Day 1b completed
Day 1b completed
Day 1b of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event has officially come to a close. Today saw 2,114 players put up $10,000 to compete for the most prestigious title in poker. Combined with the players who came out for Day 1a, the total number of entrants for the Main Event so far is up to 3,180. Leading the remaining players of Day 1b is John Hoang who is sitting atop a stack of 180,000. Rounding out the top three are James Schafer (171,250) and Vanessa Selbst (168,350).
This is the day of the year that all tournament poker players wait for, so it was no surprise to see a stacked field that was filled to the brim with familiar faces. That being said, this also turns out to be the saddest day of the year for some, as their hopes of making a deep run in the Main Event have to be pushed back one more year. Among those to turn up for play only to have their WSOP come to an end before the day's conclusion were Tom Dwan, David Singer, Tyler Bonkowski, Martin Kabrhel, Chris DeMaci, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Chip Jett, Victor Ramdin, Joe Sebok, Todd Brunson, Amanda Musumeci, Bertrand Grospellier, 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, and current UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
While the series came to an end for many, others thrived in this deep structured tournament. One of the more familiar faces looking to make a deep run in this tournament is four-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu. Despite his recent cash in Event 60: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit), Negreanu has had a rough series thus far. He's managed to collect 140,575 chips so far on Day 1, however, and has a solid chance at finishing the series on a strong note as he is sitting top ten in chips to finish Day 1b.
This summer has come to be known as the year of the woman here at the WSOP. Many female players made final tables in open events and Vanessa Selbst was able to capture her second bracelet. Selbst continued to crush the dreams of other players on Day 1b of the Main Event. The biggest addition to Selbst's stack came on the final hand of the evening when she got it all in with another big stack. All of the money went in before the flop and Selbst held against her opponent's . Selbst turned a set of aces and her opponent rivered a king just to rub it in. After that win Selbst was able to end the night with 168,350.
Up until Selbst's final hand of the night it was Maria Ho who held the position of woman with the most chips for a majority of the day . Ho gained a solid chunk of her chips when she was able to river a full house to double up. Ho finished the day with 130,425 and will be a force to be reckoned with when she returns for Day 2.
Other familiar names who will be returning for Day 2 include Jason Somerville (144,725), Shaun Deeb (125,900), Brian Hastings (119,000), Sam Farha (118,500), Amnon Filippi (109,900), Bernard Lee (96,575), Eugene Katchalov (96,275), George Danzer (84,125), Dan Harrington (83,750), Robert Varkonyi (75,325), Jerry Yang (71,775), Barry Greenstein (60,825), Justin Bonomo (54,225), Liv Boeree (40,500), Bryan Devonshire (22,525) and many more.
With five levels under their belts, the surviving players will return to play for Day 2 at 12:00 PM on Tuesday. Make sure to stay tuned to our coverage of Day 1c tomorrow as the field is expected to be the largest we've seen thus far at the Main Event. As usual, cards will be in the air at 12:00 PM and we'll be here to give you the lowdown on all of the big pots, bad beats, and bustouts from the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.
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Please note players showing as having one chip failed to write their chip counts on their chip bag. Also, one player did not write their name or their chip count on their bag, which should make for an interesting start to Day 2 for them!
We're hunting big stacks here as the night is coming to a close, and it appears John Hoang has snuck ahead of James Schafer for the apparent chip lead to close Day 1b. The hunt continues as the bagging and tagging begins!
The ESPN main stage was set to play one last final hand before the table ended for the night. We don't know exactly how the action went, but after a series of raises Vanessa Selbst managed to get all in and at risk literally by the hand of her opponent. Lucky for Selbst she had a dream scenario.
Selbst flipped over while her opponent mustered up for second best. The flop blanked out for both players, but the on the turn guaranteed Selbst would be returning to the Main Event, returning with a monster stack.
Andrew Brokos was just involved in an interesting hand with Pacome Chavignon which resulted in a big bump for Brokos and a hit to Chavignon. Brokos, recall, has a string of cashes in the WSOP Main Event to his credit, including finishing within the top 100 three of the last four years (35th, 2008; 87th, 2010; and 53rd, 2011).
The preflop action was related to us second hand, but it sounds like Chavignon opened with a raise, Brokos reraised, Chavignon four-bet, Brokos reraised again, and Chavignon called. The flop then came and Chavignon fired a bet of 10,000 that Brokos called. The pair then checked down the turn and river.
Chavignon tabled — he'd flopped two pair, then the jack on the turn had counterfeited his hand. Brokos showed , that turn jack having made his hand best.
Brian Rast has taken a hit to his stack just as the night ends. Context for the following comes in this recent post in which we related his tweet that he felt like he was playing so well it was as though he could see opponents' cards.
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Well, other than one hand I blasted off a big river bluff into a full house. Couldn't see that hand! Ugh... 24,400 to end the day July 09 2012
Oh...my....god. We just witnessed a wild hand that saw Bryan Devonshire double up late in the night. We walked over as we saw ESPN telling the dealer to hold up. When we got there, we saw that Devo held on a flop that read . His opponent held , and Devo was well out in front. The cameras got all set up, and the dealer revealed the turn: .
This drew a groan from the whole table, as it gave his opponent trips. Devo's opponent told the dealer to hold up to make sure the cameras were in place, and Devo just sat silently in his chair. After a few more seconds of delay, the dealer showed the river.
The whole tabled erupted as Devo binked the ace on the river to get a winning full house. His table mate David Pham said "I folded the last ace!" and dug it out of the muck. Devo just let out a wry smile, as he started stacking his chips. After that hand, Devo is back up to 26,000.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier got off to a great start in the first couple of levels, but it was all downhill from there. He was short for most of the post dinner break play, and when we walked by his table just now, his seat was empty.
We took to twitter, and found out that he minraised on the button with , and that the big blind moved him all in with . Grospellier made the call, but his eights didn't hold. Grospellier's summer at the WSOP is over.