The 2012 WSOP has finally reached the main event. The 10 day event kicked off on Saturday the 7th of July with the first of three starting days and attracted 1,066 players, which according to WSOP.com "was a 19% increase from last year’s opening session". The main event has a buy-in of $10,000 and after the first day's session only 657 players remained. Among the known players that were kicked out during the first day of event 1A were the 12-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, the 1993 champion Jim Bechtel and Joe Hachem who got his only bracelet after winning the 2005 main event.
The chipleader after the first day is William John who managed to get a good start; 100,000 chips a head of the second placement which is held by Gerardo Lubas who cashed $8,920 from this year's event #46. The top ten standings from Day 1A is:
1. William John - 266,700 2. Gerardo Lubas - 165,825 3. Daniel Strelitz - 164,125 4. Dane Lomas - 157,600 5. Cary Katz - 154,850 6. Benjamin Pollak - 144,200 7. Chance Kornuth - 141,775 8. Jonathan Cuevas - 141,675 9. Jared Okun - 141,350 10. Eric Kurtzman - 136,900
There are only 3 remaining players in Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Even though some might not be familiar with the game of this event, you still probably find it interesting to know that poker giants Scotty Nguyen and Phil Ivey are chasing another bracelet!
That's right! Scotty has the chance of winning his 6th gold bracelet and Phil can take home his 9th! Both of them have plenty of chips to gamble with and it will be interesting to see if the other player, chip leader Joe Cassidy, can do anything to stop them.
We will be back with more information as soon as a winner has been crowned!
It was a really exciting final table of Event #2 ($1,500 NLHE) as previous bracelet winners Vanessa Selbst, JP Kelly and Andrew Badecker were on it. All eyes were on JP Kelly when the final table started, but nothing worked out for the British poker pro and he was knocked out already in 8th place.
Vanessa Selbst was the next player to hit the rail. After losing a significant pot to Jacob Bazeley, she moved all-in from cutoff holding K[d]7[d], Andrew Badecker called from small blind with K[c]Q[d]. The board ran out J[c]9[h]4[c]Q[s]8[h] and Badecker moved into the chip lead with three remaining players.