On Tuesday, the 2012 World Series of Poker nominated its October Nine star players who made it to the final table of the Main Event. However, the last two eliminations disappointed the poker community; nothing much against those nine skilled and fortunate players.
On Tuesday night, the WSOP was on the verge of having a Main Event final table with a remarkable history. It would really have been a big thing in the poker world had those two eliminations not occurred.
In the history of poker, Barbara Enright reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event and became the first woman to be placed fifth, winning $114,180. No other women poker player has made it so far.
France’s Gaelle Baumann and Norway’s Elisabeth Hille were the two women poker players who reached close to making up the list of the October Nine. On Monday, Hille entered on 5th place and Baumann was in 20th with other remaining 27 players. By the time dinner break began, 15 players remained, including the two women for the championship.
As the countdown began, all eyes were on those two women, expecting them to make the biggest in the poker world. Before the midnight PST, Hille held AHQH and called for three-bet all-in pre-flop for 3.465 million chips. Andras Koroknai called with 7S-7C and Hille’s flop of 4S-3S-JD was not enough to deal with. Though, the KC gave her a few more outs, but it was just a 3C on the river that caused the end of Elisabeth Hille’s World Series of Poker.
The next woman poker pro, Gaelle Baumann, holding low chip counts, managed to double-up and made another half million chips three hands after that, but the very next hand was the tournament concluding hand for everyone.
Holding AD-9H, Baumann called all-in pre-flop for 5.2 million. But with AH-JS Koroknai made his call and the big blind folded and the flops were 3H-QC-QH. The KD on the turn was not help for Baumann. As a result, her dream to be the only woman to finish at the final table was crushed.
However, the two women made the history by making it among the final 27. Before this, when Annie Duke finished 10th and Kathy Liebert placed 17th in the year 2000.
While the men who made it to October Nine to compete for the coveted bracelet were Jesse Sylvia with leading chipcount 43,875,000, and the only non-American and Hungarian Andras Koroknai with 29,375,000 chips.
2012 World Series of Poker Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts
- Jesse Sylvia – 43,875,000
- Andras Koroknai – 29,375,000
- Greg Merson – 28,725,000
- Russell Thomas – 24,800,000
- Steven Gee – 16,860,000
- Michael Esposito – 16,260,000
- Robert Salaburu – 15,155,000
- Jacob Balsiger – 13,115,000
- Jeremy Ausmus – 9,805,000