2012 WSOP: Hanks Wins First Major Bracelet Event; Liu, Obrestad In Contention

Xuan Liu is looking good in pursuit of her first bracelet.

Could this be the Year of the WomanTM?

Two years ago, Pre-Black Friday, self-appointed WSOP commish WSOP head Ty Stewart said that the 2010 WSOP would potentially be the Year of the Woman. Then, just like every year from 1972-2009, not one single woman won a bracelet.*

But women are making runs this year. Here’s the latest.

:: Event #2 ($1,500 NLH)Vanessa Selbst, a woman, was looking to become the first woman since Vanessa Selbst to win a bracelet. She came close, but finished fourth, banking $161,345. Hopefully she spends a good portion of that on booze for her party tomorrow night. The event was won Brent Hanks, who grabs $517,725 and his first bracelet. Get full results here.

:: Event #3 ($3,000 NLH/PLO Heads-Up) – A solid field of 8 remain, including Annette Obrestad, a woman. David Benefield, Jason Koon, Lief Force, and Andy Frankenberger also remain.

:: Event #4 ($1,500 7CS 8oB) – With 23 remaining, Xuan Liu, a woman leads this one. Liu is stacked at 330,500. Also alive is another woman, Linda Johnson, a woman. Johnson has 175,000. Follow the progress and the two ladies compete for a bracelet here.

:: Event #5 ($1,500 PLH) – This event is currently in progress. In brought in a field of 639. They’re just shy of the money now with around 70 remaining. Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, and John “Fuck” Juanda are among the chip leaders. Follow the action here.

* Except for Annie Duke and [……….].


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