2012 WSOP: A Force to Be Reckoned With* and Negreanu Goes for Gold

Lief Force has 207,708 reasons to be smiling (before taxes, at least).* Alternate headlines: The Force is With Leif; Welcome to The Jungle; This Leif Does Not Fall; Dewey Defeats Truman; A Showing of Force; Hometown Boy Wins Bracelet**

Scratch what we said about the Year of the WomanTM stuff. Pretend yesterday didn’t happen. Thanks.

Today’s 2012 WSOP updates:

:: Event #3 ($3,000 Heads-Up NLH/PLO) – Back in 2006, Leif Force, then known as Jungle Boy, was like a 1.0 version of Daniel Cates, now known as Jungleman. Force grinded up a big bankroll on Bodog, and then folded his way to an eleventh place finish in the Main Event, earning $1,154,527. Since then, Force has had sporadic success, with his best finish a second place at a WPT event last year.

Force though has started off the 2012 WSOP strong, outlasting a tough field and final 8 to win his first bracelet and bank $207,708. He defeated Jason Koon ($128,660) heads-up for the title. Annette Obrestad, a woman, finished eighth for $28,409. Get a profile of Leif here. Get full results here.

:: Event #4 ($1,500 7CS 8oB)Cory “Slow Rolled Straight Flush on Jennifer Harman” Zeidman captured this one, earning his first bracelet and $201,559. Not winning her first bracelet was Xuan Liu, a woman (6th – $29,985), or Marsha Waggoner, a woman (9th – $12,822), or Linda Johnson, a woman (13th – $8,027). Get a profile of Cory here. Get full results here.

:: Event #5 ($1,500 PLH) – This is the marquee event of the day, as Daniel Negreanu goes for elusive bracelet #5. He’ll start the final table in sixth overall with 212,000. Bryan Pellegrino is the big stack, entering final table play with 790,000. He’s followed by Jonathan Aguiar with 552,000. Get full final table chip counts here.

:: Event #6 ($5,000 NLH Mixed Max) – The final event of the day brought in a field of 409, with 112 surviving to Day 2. Joe Tehan, whose name still looks too much like Tehran for our liking, is the overnight chip leader with 219,200. He’s followed by Aaron Jones with 167,100. Recent WPT Championship champ Marvin Rettenmaier is third with 166,500. And OleGSmith, Gavin Smith, is fifth with 138,600. Get full chip counts here.

** Tallahassee Democrat newspaper only

*** Photo courtesy of WSOP


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