WSOP TODAY: May 28; first bracelet decided

Highlights from day 2 of the 2012 WSOP (May 28)

It’s plenty tough to take home a WSOP bracelet, but there’s a new way for players to back a winner this year. For the first time, almost all WSOP gold bracelet event final tables will have odds posted.

The opening line is expected to be announced each morning, with odds based on chip counts entering the final table and the chances of the player winning.
Punters can wager up to $1000 on the outcome of any final table.

For the first time – a special wagering station has been set up close to the tournament area. The WSOP Sportsbook accepts bets on WSOP markets and sporting events.

• To mark Memorial Day yesterday, the official “shuffle up and deal” honours were awarded to poker player “Captain” Tom Franklin, a dual WSOP gold bracelet winner and former United States Marine Corps and Vietnam War veteran.

The first bracelet was decided when Chiab Saechao (pictured, with thanks to won Event #1, the $500 buy-in Casino Employees Championship. He is a 35-year-old blackjack dealer from Visalia, which is located in California’s Central Valley. Saechao collected $70,859 in prize money. The runner up was Patricia Baker, a poker dealer from Key West, Florida.

Event #2, the $1500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Tournament began with 2101 players. After day one, only 240 players remain with Sadan Turker of the UK the chip leader. The total prizepool is USD $2,836,350 while the top 216 finishers will finish in the money. The winner will receive USD $517,725 and a WSOP gold bracelet.

Phil Hellmuth remains very much alive in Event #2 and is on the verge of adding more distance between himself and the rest of the poker world atop his perch as the all-time WSOP cashes leader while continuing the chase for that elusive 12th gold bracelet.

Top 10 chip counts

Sadan Turker (UK) 158,100
Eli Elezra (USA) 155,900
Ryan Snickles (USA) 142,400
Brandon Cantu (USA) 130,100
Peter Campo (USA) 125,500
Michael Lee (USA) 109,200
Nicholas Verkaik (Canada) 105,600
Thad Mitchell (USA) 99,700
William Ryan (USA) 95,300
Elliot Shmukler (USA) 95,200

• Action today (May 29) features the opening sessions of Event #3, the $3000 buy-in Heads-up No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha Mix (capped at 512 players) and Event #4, the $1500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament. There are also three Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em tournaments along with the first mega satellites for the Main Event.

• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla,

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