Highlights from day 32 of the 2012 WSOP (June 27)
Man’s best friend played a special role in celebrations for the latest WSOP bracelet winner Joey Weissman, who took out Event #45 ($2500 No Limit Hold’em) and the first prize of $694,609.
As the 24-year-old ran rough shod over the final table, Weissman’s two-year-old black speckled mutt named Revis (pictured left with Weissman, thanks to wsop.com) was never more than a few metres away and was quick to join the celebrations, earning a well deserved rub on the belly for his loyal support!
Weissman dominated the nine-hour long final table until play reached three-handed. The eventual champ also survived a torrid heads-up battle against Frenchman Jeremy Quehen, who put up a ferocious fight during the final three hours and came close to winning France’s second gold bracelet of 2012. At one point, Quehen doubled up and then re-doubled up and eventually seized the chip lead before Weissman prevailed.
• The $50,000 Poker Players Championship final table never fails to disappoint. It is always stacked with top talent and some fascinating personalities. The stacked final eight includes a chip leader with a lot on the line. Michael Mizrachi has a chance to become the first two-time Poker Players Championship winner as well as pick up a third career gold bracelet.
Mizrachi has the slight edge in chips, but with a line-up that includes past 2006 runner-up Andy Bloch and Bruno Fitoussi, gold bracelet winner Bill Chen, and a strong line-up of British and East Coast pros, nothing is a forgone conclusion.
The final table chip count reads Michael Mizrachi (3,648,000), Andy Bloch (3,598,000), Chris Klodnicki (3,276,000), Stephen Chidwick (2,026,000), Luke Schwartz (1,494,000), Bill Chen (1,293,000), Roland Israelashvili (694,000) and Bruno Fitoussi (188,000).
• The race for the title of most WSOP cashes in a single year took another turn yesterday when Terrence Chan collected a ninth cash for the 2012 series. Russian Konstantin Puchkov cashed for the ninth time this year, with a ninth place finish in Event #46. His nine cashes temporarily surpassed Chan, at least for a couple of hours. Chan squeezed into the money in Event #47, finishing in 117th place in an event where 117 places paid.
The all-time record holder for most cashes in a single year at the WSOP is the late Nikolay Evdakov, from Russia. He cashed ten times in 2008. With about 15 events till to be played in Las Vegas, Chan and Puchkov are likely to match, if not crack the old record. Seven gold bracelet events played at WSOP Europe in September will count, as well.
• Event #47, the $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low Split tournament, will be decided today with just 10 players returning for the final day. Charalampos Lappas and Steven Loube are separated by just a handful of chips at the top of the table.
Dutchman Paul Berende leads the final 20 players in Event #48, the $1500 buy-in Limit Hold’em tournament. Others still in contention include Chad Brown, 2010 Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel, Dwyte Pilgrim and Justin Bonomo
Event #49, the $1500 Ante Only No Limit Hold’em attracted a field of 939, with 110 back for day two while Event #50, the $5000 No Limit Hold’em tournament, will start today. Also scheduled for today is a $1570 Mega Satellite for the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop.
• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla, WSOP.com