WSOP TODAY: July 10; Frenchwoman leads, 10 Aussies through to day 3

Highlights from day 45 of the 2012 WSOP (July 10)

It’s been a successful WSOP for female players with victories for Allyn Jaffrey Shulman and Vanessa Selbst – and, of course, Australia’s Jackie Glazier runner-up finish in Event #41 ($3000 No Limit Hold’em).

The spotlight has now shifted to Gaelle Baumann of France (pictured left, with thanks to after she topped the chip count with 505,800 in the combined running of day 2A and 2B in the 2012 WSOP Main Event. Day 1A players were confined to the Amazon Room while the day 1B field was spread throughout the Brasilia and Pavilion Rooms.

In the 43-year-history of the World Series of Poker, a woman has appeared at the championship final table only once. Poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright, who finished fifth in the 1995 Main Event Championship, still stands at the only woman in history to take a seat at poker’s most famed table.

Other notables to feature prominently included Shaun Deeb (460,900), Vanessa Selbst (350,400), Jason Somerville (332,700) and Daniel Negreanu (277,200). Five former WSOP Main Event champions will also return for day three – Pius Heinz, Peter Eastgate, Jerry Yang, Robert Varkonyi and Dan Harrington.

Others who’ll be back include Eugene Katchalov, Gavin Smith, Liv Boeree, Mike McDonald, Sammy Farha, Brock Parker, David Pham, Gabe Kaplan, actor Kevin Pollak (playing his first WSOP Main Event), Brian Hastings, Eric Baldwin and Faraz Jaka.

A total of 10 Australians prevailed with Aaron Lim leading the way on 181,800 after starting the day with just 16.000 in chips. Those who bowed out included Didier Guerin, Tom Rafferty, Grant Levy, David Steicke, Ngoc Nguyen, John Corr, Adam Hudson, Jeff Lisandro, Ben O’Connell, Kent Hunter, Oliver Speidel, Faramarz Delnawaz and Scott Brown.

And a special mention to Cameron McNeill, who is the last man standing of the 2012 TeamWSOP contingent from the Australian Poker League. He’s solidly placed with 141,300 and eager to surpass the achievement of fellow APL player Charlie Elias, who finished 53rd in the 2009 WSOP Main Event.

Day 2A-B chip count (top 20)

1 Gaelle Baumann (France) 505,800
2 Mark Demirdjian CA 499,900
3 Shaun Deeb (USA) 460,900
4 Kevin Davis (USA) 394,800
5 Jan Kasten (Germany) 391,800
6 Taylor Paur (USA) 391,600
7 Matthew Woodward (USA) 381,000
8 Jacob Schindler (USA) 371,600
9 Julio De La Rosa (Dominican Republic) 350,700
10 Vanessa Selbst (USA) 350,400
11 Jeffrey Beckley (USA) 347,700
12 John Hoang (USA) 346,000
13 Nghi Van Tran (Canada) 345,200
14 Christopher Kolla (Germany) 344,600
15 David Diaz (USA) 337,900
16 Michael Marder (USA) 333,000
17 Jason Somerville (USA) 332,700
18 Eugene Katchalov (USA) 330,900
19 Jeffrey Finkelstein (USA) 328,900
20 Scott Anderson (USA) 325,800

Aussies through to day 3 from day 2A-B

Aaron Lim 181,800
John Apostolidis 156,500
Jackie Glazier 150,000
Cameron McNeill 141,300
Mel Judah 130,700
Joseph Caruso 93,900
Daniel Attard 67,300
Jason Pritchard 63,300
Matthew Russell 40,400
Paul Spiteri 33,200

• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla,

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