WSOP TODAY: June 19; US goes 27 for 33, Tony G out of $1m buy-in event

Highlights from day 24 of the 2012 WSOP (June 19)

Max Steinberg (pictured left) doubled all of his previous WSOP winnings when he won Event #33, the $1000 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Steinberg pocketed the sum of $440,238 in prize money. He also received poker’s supreme symbol of excellence – the WSOP gold bracelet. This marked his first such victory.

Steinberg is a 23-year-old professional poker player, who learned much of his craft from playing online. After surviving an initial field size totalling 2795 players, Steinberg defeated a formidable final table line-up.

It took six hours to whittle the field from nine down to the final three, and they then battled for nearly four more hours, trading the chip lead back and forth several times. One of Steinberg’s toughest foes proved to be Vegas local Matt Stout, who finished third.

Like Steinberg, the eventual runner-up, Samuel Gerber (Switzerland) had finished second in an event played two years ago. Steinberg and Gerber were both equally motivated for another chance to earn a victory, with Steinberg gaining the upper hand on this occasion. As runner-up, Gerber barely missed out on becoming only the second WSOP gold bracelet winner in history from the nation of Switzerland.

With this victory, Steinberg now has one win, two final table appearances, and four cashes on his WSOP resume. He has also massed nearly $800,000 in career earnings, all won during the past three years.

• The line-up for the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament continues to take shape and the roster is nearly complete as it approaches the 48-player cap. Last week Australia’s only participant Tony G announced that he would not be playing in the tournament as he has a scheduling conflict. Tony G is the Manager of the Lithuanian Men’s Basketball Team and he will be with the squad as they play in Houston and then on to South America for qualifying games.

Haralbos Voulgaris has purchased the seat won by Carlos Nahas in the $25k buy-in satellite held by Le Grand Tournoi de Poker Loto-Quebec. Nahas wasn’t even the original participant in the satellite event as a friend won his way into the tournament via a slot machine and handed the ticket off to his poker-playing friend. Now the duo have parlayed a lucky roll on the slots into what is likely a hefty lump sum for the entry, plus a piece of one of the better players in the field.

• Event #34, the $5000 buy-in Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha tournament continues into day three with just 11 players of the 419 starters still in contention. Chip leader Naoya Kihara would be the first Japanese bracelet winner should he hang on. First prize is USD $512,029.

Dutchman Joep van den Bijgaart is the chip leader heading into the final table of Event #35, the $2500 buy-in Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No Limit) tournament. Michael Gathy (third in chips) is looking for his second bracelet this year while Ivey is in the hunt for his ninth career gold bracelet.

A field of 587 players entered Event #36, the $3000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Shootout and 60 will return for day two while Event #37, the $2500 Eight-game Mixed Event, started with 477 players. A total of 209 will return for day two, while event #38, another $1500 No Limit Hold’em event, starts today.

• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla,

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