Highlights from day 28 of the 2012 WSOP (June 23)
It’s one of the biggest days for Australia at the WSOP in recent memory with two Aussies poised for a charge at a gold bracelet.
Fresh from her win in the Melbourne Champs Main Event, Jackie Glazier (pictured left, with thanks to wsop.com) lies just a handful of chips behind leader Joseph Chaplin heading into day three of Event #41, the $3000 No Limit Hold’em event. Just 30 of the 1394 starters remain, including JP Kelly, Elio Fox, Scott Montgomery, Fabrice Soulier, Dan Shak, Jason Koon and Shannon Shorr.
Aussies following for the rail at the Rio will also be keeping a close eye on five-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro as he enters the final day with the chip lead in Event #42, the $2500 buy-in Mixed High-Low Split (Omaha/Seven-Card Stud) tournament.
With 22 of the 393 starters still in contention, the Australian Poker Hall of Fame legend and 2009 WSOP Player of the Year leads a list of contenders that features Perry Friedman, Norman Chad, Tom Schneider, Bryan Devonshire, Mark Gregorvich and Allen Bari.
In other events currently underway, 317 players of the starting field of 2770 will return for day two of Event #43, a $1500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Reigning WSOP National Champion Sam Barnhart is the current chip leader. Event #44 ($1000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em and one of the highlights of the schedule (Event #45, the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship) start today.
• Jan-Peter Jachtmann collected Germany’s first bracelet for the 2012 WSOP when he took out the $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship and USD $661,000 in prize money. The three-day competition drew another blistering line-up of heavyweights. Of the 36 players who finished in the money, nearly half (16) were gold bracelet winners.
Jachtmann is a 44-year-old professional poker player and publisher from Hamburg, Germany. He operates the largest German-language poker publication in the world. This was yet another huge boost to the booming poker market in Germany following Pius Heinz’s landmark victory in the 2011 WSOP Main Event Championship.
• Ronnie Bardah has been on the world’s biggest poker stage before, finishing 24th in the 2010 Main Event Championship after suffering a mysterious series of seizures that sent him to a nearby hospital during the event.
Redemption of sorts came for Bardah with victory in the $2,500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em title. Bardah is a 29-year-old poker pro from Brockton, Massachusetts. The part-time kickboxer, who recently took several months off from poker to live and study in Thailand, returned to his profession with a fury.
Fuelled with some extra energy and added motivation, not to mention experience that may have been lacking in previous deep tournament runs, Bardah’s skills served him extraordinarily well in this battle. He won $182,088 in prize money, plus his first WSOP gold bracelet.
• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla, WSOP.com