All the days at 2012 World Series of Poker are recognized by either being official, unofficial or busy day. Likewise Sunday was pronounced as the official opening day, Monday as the unofficial opening day whereas Tuesday as the busy day of the premiere poker event. With WSOP at its full gear, all three tournaments going on simultaneously are making the event electrifying at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The second day Event #2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em became the highlight of the event.
The second day started with 239 of the original 2,101 players with chips and till the final hand was over early in the morning only 15 players remained in the field. Jacob Bazeley took the lead and held 1.291 million chips. Ryan Schmidt with 1.193 million chips accompanied Jacob with over a million and was way to face the rest of the field competitors, as the next closest, Abdyl Konjuhi with just 754,000 chips. The list of other well-recognized field players includes JP Kelly, who finished 26th in the WSOP Main Event last year and won two bracelets in 2009, Vanessa Selbst aiming once again at becoming the first woman since 2008 and winning a bracelet in an open event
Selbst played very unpredictably and made the leap to over 700,000 chips on one of the last hands of the night. When she raised pre-flop, she observed both Dan Smith and Nicolas Verkaik move all-in behind her. Very soon, she made the call with 7S-7C, up against Smith’s AH-6D and Verkaik’s AC-QD. Although Smith showed some impressive performances, but flopping a 6 wasn’t good enough to move ahead and both he and Verkaik were thrashed out in 17th and 16th place, respectively.
On Wednesday at 1:00PM local time, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event will resume. The fans can also enjoy the tournament as the final table will be streamed live on the WSOP’s website.
2012 WSOP Event #2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – End of Day 2 Chip Counts
1. Jacob Bazeley – 1,291,000
2. Ryan Schmidt – 1,193,000
3. Abdyl Konjuhi – 754,000
4. JP Kelly – 721,000
5. Vanessa Selbst – 706,000
6. Joseph Cino – 703,000
7. Kenneth Strickland – 685,000
8. Kwinsee Khoa Tran – 592,000
9. Brent Hanks – 578,000
10. Neil Willerson – 479,000
11. Kennii Nguyen – 411,000
12. Richard Park – 379,000
13. Andrew Badecker – 349,000
14. Todd Keikoan – 265,000
15. Michael Kaufman – 243,000
This year, there was something more for the fans, two events simultaneously began on Tuesday to meet the usual expectation of Brasilia Room. The first was, the WSOP introduced its new type of event Event 3: $3,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em / Pot-Limit Omaha, ensuring getting more fans attracted towards the field. And the other one was the bracket-style tournament featuring 512 players but only 317 were fortunate enough to get through the first round. The play began with each player holding 3,000 chips, and two 3,000 chip re-buys to use at any time. That means they were allowed to start their game with 9,000 if they wished or until they were low, whatever they chose.
The dreams of 64 players including Annette Obrestad, Josh Arieh, Sam Stein, Andy Frankenberger, Justin Bonomo, David Williams, David Chiu, David Benefield, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, John Racener, and Justin Smith are still alive and they will be gunning for a bracelet in Wednesday’s action.
Event #3 will resume at 1:00pm in the Amazon Room, it event will stop its play when the field is down to 16 players.
Another tournament was Event #4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better. The event had 622 competitors who paid the buy-in, created a $839,700 prize pool as well as a $201,559 first prize. The game is still open and can’t be predicted who is going to make his day as the remaining 210 players including Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, with 41,500 chips, has taken the lead in the field, and “old school” favorites Chau Giang and World Poker Tour announcer Mike Sexton.
2012 WSOP Event #4: Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better – End of Day 1 Chip Leaders
1. Michael Mizrachi – 41,500
2. Brian Nadell – 34,600
3. Thomas Bessoir – 30,100
4. Yarron Bendor – 28,700
5. Frankie O’Dell – 26,500
6. Jordan Siegel – 25,900
7. Chris Tryba – 24,200
8. Chau Giang – 23,400
9. Zimnan Ziyard – 23,000
10. Mike Sexton – 22,400
Another tournament, Event #5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em will begin on Wednesday.