Highlights from day 16 of the 2012 WSOP (June 11)
If there was ever a player destined to win a WSOP event based on his name, it was Cliff Goldkind (pictured left). The 24-year-old college student from Potomac, Maryland won the $1500 No Limit Hold’em (event #19 on the 2012 schedule) and the whopping sum of USD $559,514 in prize money.
While taking a recent break from his studies, Goldkind went to Israel, where he served in the Israeli Army. He was discharged in February, just four months prior to this debut victory.
The tournament was played over a three-day period, starting with 2302 entrants. The final table of nine players concluded in a lightning fast time of less than four hours. The runner-up was Kennii Nguyen, who wore a court jester’s hat during most of the tournament. He earned a very respectable $347,036 in prize money – his biggest score ever.
• Ben Scholl, a 26-year-old equity trader from the Philadelphia area won the $5000 buy-in Limit Hold’em Championship (event #20). He collected $206,760 for just his third cash at the WSOP.
Scholl, who considers himself an amateur poker player, is actually hooked up to some considerable poker talent. He works in the same high power financial firm as two former gold bracelet winners and math gurus Bill Chen and Jarred Ankenman.
Terrence Chan, recognised among the best Limit Hold’em players in the world, has entered nine gold bracelet tournaments so far this year. So far, he’s batting 67 per cent for cashes. With his 12th-place finish in this event, Chan needs four more cashes to tie Nikolay Evdakov’s number. Also noteworthy in these two events were the final table appearances of father and son Barry Shulman (eighth in event 19) and Jeff Shulman (third in event 20).
• Event #21, the $1000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament is down to 17 players after a massive field 2799 entered two days earlier. Jamie Armstrong is currently the chip leader with past bracelet winners Eric Baldwin and John Esposito still in contention. Aussies Tim Duckworth and Chris Moutzouris both cashed in this event.
Final table action in Event #22 also starts today with eight players shooting for the $2500 buy-in Deuce-To-Seven (Limit) Triple-Draw Lowball title. David Baker leads a talent-loaded line-up including Farzad Bonyadi, Shawn Buchanan, Ben Lazer, Layne Flack and Josh Arieh.
A field of 924 players started Event #23, the $3000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament with 141 players returning for day two. Jeff Manza was a big chip leader after day one with Aussie Jason Pritchard lying 14th in chips.
Neil Friets leads the $5000 Omaha High-Low Split World Championship field into day two. There are 184 players remaining from a starting field of 256 with the top 27 due to be paid a slice of the USD $1,203,200 prizepool. Event #25 ($1500 buy-in Limit Hold’em Shootout) and Event #26 ($3000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha) start today.
• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla, WSOP.com