Last week, in our Five Things to Expect at the 2012 WSOP post, we possibly wrote that this would not be the Year of the Pro. Let’s just pretend we didn’t write that. Yeah, we are right about a lot, like last year when we repeatedly said Epic Poker would fail or that the Internet is in fact here to stay, but we’re looking pretty off on this one. Anyway, here’s the latest.
:: Event #6 ($5,000 NLH Mixed Match) – Down to the final four, headlined by ex-November Niner Joseph Cheong going for first bracelet. First will earn $480,564. Get updates here.
:: Event #7 ($1,500 Seven Card Stud) – In a “pro heavy” final table, Andy Bloch finally ditched the mostly undeserved “bridesmaid” moniker he’s been carrying for years, as he pulled through and won his first bracelet. Bloch earns $126,363, and more importantly, can tell everyone to shut the fuck up about finishing second three times over the course of one year between 2007-08. Bloch defeated Barry Greenstein ($78,038) heads-up for the title. David Williams finished fourth ($36,470) and Caroline Hermesh, a woman, finished seventh ($15,135). Get Bloch’s winner’s profile here. Get full results here.
:: Event #8 ($1,500 Omaha 8oB) – The starting field of 967 is down to 20. Most of the marquee names, like Phil Hellmuth (52nd – $4,817), Daniel Negreanu (45th – $5,639), and the incomparable Jack Ernest Ward (37th – $5,639) were eliminated after the money bubble burst. The incomparable Tyler Schwecke is chip leader, stacked at 452,000. He’s followed by Allen Bari (417,000) and Gavin Griffin (346,000). John Racener (264,000) and Dutch Boyd (149,000) also remain. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #9A ($1,500 NLH Re-Entry) – The big weekend tourney brought in 1,696 for its first flight, with 254 surviving. Day 1B is today. Get full chip counts here.
* Photo courtesy of BLUFF Magazine photo blog.