2012 WSOP Underway, Over 2,100 Enter $1,500 Event, Including Phil Ivey

We're as happy to see the 2012 WSOP get underway as we are to see a new Candice Swanepoel photo shoot.

The 2012 WSOP got underway Sunday.

As is customary, the $500 buy-in Casino Employees event kicked things off. A total of 732 entered, with Chiab “Chip” Saechao banking the $70,859 first place prize. Read more about Event #1 here.

The first open tournament started Monday with Event #2 ($1,500 NLH). An impressive 2,101 entered, creating a first place prize of $517,725. Play wrapped with 239 remaining. A total of 216 get paid.

There are a surprising large number of big names still in the field. Not among them is current chip leader, Sadan Turker, with 158,100. He’s followed by Eli Elezra (155,900).

Other big stacks remaining include but are certainly not limited to Brandon Cantu (130,100), Layne Flack (74,500), John Juanda (60,700), Vanessa Selbst (52,300), Phil Hellmuth (44,600), and Jason Mercier (41,900).

And yes, Phil Ivey did play, but was eliminated.

Get full chip counts here.

The new $3,000 buy-in Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em / Pot-Limit Omaha (512 player max) kicks off today at noon PT. Follow the updates here.

More Candice Swanepoel pics here.

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