The 35th day of play at the 2012 World Series of Poker was the slight calm before the storm. The largest satellite in poker history was running for Sunday’s $1,000,000 BIG ONE for ONE DROP event in one corner of the Amazon Room (won by Gus Hansen), while the $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em tournament played down to a final table of nine in the other corner. Elsewhere in the Amazon Room, the $2,500 Six-Max Ten-Game Mixed event played down to the final 19 players, and elsewhere in the Rio Convention Center cards got into the air on Day 1 of another $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, where 3,166 players entered. The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event failed to crown a champion on Saturday night, and the final three players will return on Sunday to fight it out for the gold bracelet.
$25,000 BIG ONE for ONE DROP Satellite
The largest satellite in poker tournament history attracted 96 players at the Rio on Saturday. They all ponied up the $25,000 buy-in in hopes of claiming the 48th and final seat in the $1,000,000 BIG ONE for ONE DROP charity tournament that begins on Sunday, July 1. Gus Hansen won the last $1 million seat in the tournament, while Shaun Deeb took second place and also won $1 million. He is the first alternate for the BIG ONE for ONE DROP tournament, but all current players are expected to play tomorrow so he will likely just pocket the $1 million in cash.
Jason Somerville took third place in the event and he was awarded $400,000. Since there was a deal struck between the final two players, Somerville’s bustout hand was the last competitive hand of the satellite. Hansen raised preflop with A4 and Somerville reraised all in with KT. The board ran out A7527 and Somerville was eliminated in third place. Will Failla was the unfortunate bubble boy in the event; he fell in fourth place and walked away empty handed.
$5,000 No Limit Hold’em
Day 3 of the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event welcomed back 48 players and by the end of the night there were surprisingly just three players left in the running for a gold bracelet and $952,694. Dan Smith, Kyle Julius, and Panayote Vilandos were the final three players and they will return at 2 p.m. tomorrow to decide a champion.
The pace of play was sporadic on Day 3, with flurries of eliminations paired with stretches of slower play that made this event seem destined to push to a fourth day. The final elimination hand of the night saw Kevin Schulz move all in on the button preflop for 900,000. Vilandos made the call and they flipped over their cards. Schulz held A6 and Vilandos flipped over AT. The board ran out TT677 and Schulz was eliminated in fourth place.
Here are the overnight chip counts:
1. Dan Smith – 6,620,000
2. Kyle Julius – 4,435,000
3. Panayote Vilandos – 3,955,000
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em
The $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em event played down to a final table of nine ladies; and they will return at 1 p.m. tomorrow to play down to a champion, who will walk away with a gold bracelet and $170,587 in prize money. Debbie Pechac is the overnight chip leader with 630,00.
There were 117 players who returned for today, and notables that did not make it through the day include J.J. Liu (45th place), Erica Schoenberg (28th place), and Leo Margets (22nd place). On her final hand, Margets was all in with J4 in the hole and she was covered by Freda Lawrence, who held K8. The board ran out KQJ69 and Margets was eliminated in 22nd place.
Here are the final table chip counts:
1. Debbie Pechac – 630,000
2. Candida Ross-Powers – 548,000
3. Yen Dang – 483,000
4. Lesley Amos – 352,000
5. Anna Lundholm – 218,000
6. Rae Rocco – 203,000
7. Angela Moed – 145,000
8. Janet Howard – 132,000
9. Freda Lawrence – 99,000
$2,500 Six-Max Ten-Game Mixed
Day 2 at the the $2,500 Six-Max Ten-Game Mixed event saw the field play down to the final 19 players, and they will return tomorrow at 3 p.m. to play down to a champion who will walk away with a gold bracelet and $244,259 in prize money. Vanessa Selbst is the overnight chip leader with 346,900. Notables remaining in the tournament include Scott Clements, Tommy Hang, Mike Wattel, James Mackey, Chris Bjorin, Can Kim Hua, and Brynn Kenny.
Big-name players who fell during the day included Noah Boeken, Dan O’Brien, Bryan Micon, Mike Matusow, Maria Ho, Vladimir Shchmelev, Brett Richey, Richard Ashby, and Jeff Madsen. “ow just cashed 10game got 26 k chips most ive had is 28 ave is 70 this can truly be a miracle,” tweeted Matusow about the event. “Out 43rd i played anazing very happy,” was his final tweet of the night about the tournament.
Here are the top 10 overnight chip counts:
Vanessa Selbst – 346,900
Michael Saltzburg – 286,700
Matthew Ashton – 285,600
Julien Renard – 283,000
Tommy Hang – 228,900
Gabriel Nassif – 221,500
Thomas Chambers – 195,700
Mike Wattel – 179,900
Chris Bjorin – 152,400
Vincent van der Fluit – 137,600
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
The $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event attracted 3,166 players, making it the largest $1,500 event of the summer. The prize pool is over $4 million, and the winner will walk away with a gold bracelet and $737,248 on Monday, July 2. Mario Nagel is the overnight chip leader with 158,700. Notables at the top included Cherish Andrews, Vicky Coren, Brock Parker, Ali Eslami, and Alan Sass.
Big-name players that busted during play on Day 1 included Nam Le, Huck Seed, Faraz Jaka, Dutch Boyd, David Benyamine, Jeff Lisandro, Lauren Kling, Dwyte Pilgrim, Men Nguyen, and Bryan Devonshire. “@devochips I never had anything but have managed to bluff my way to 5600 from 4500 thru 4. 100-200 then 100-200/25 next.,” tweeted Devonshire from the tournament. “They gave me my best hand of the tournament and a squeeze spot, now I’m out. Try again tomorrow” was his final tweet of the day from the tournament.
Here are the top 10 overnight chip counts:
1. Mario Nagel – 158,700
2. Zachary Humphrey – 152,200
3. Luke Nettles – 125,300
4. Robert Kuhn – 115,800
5. Michael Ruane – 110,300
6. Yuji Higaki – 106,000
7. Robert Brewer – 105,900
8. Graydon Kowal – 105,800
9. Rupert Elder – 102,900
10. Bryan Piccioli – 102,400
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