Big Money, No Whammies!
Today’s WSOP Bracelet Boxscore
Steven Loube $267,345 – Event #47 $1,500 PLO/8
Kenny Hsuing $165,205 – Event #48 $3,000 Limit Hold’em
Greg Hobson $256,691 – Event #49 $1,500 Ante Only NLHE
There were two new events introduced into the WSOP schedule and both drew a lot of attention even though their buyins are a universe apart. Wednesday was the start of the very first “Ante Only” tournament for a $1,500 buyin, an event where blinds do not exist all players build the pot via antes. After a dubious start when both the dealers and players were a little confused, the pace of play took off and never looked back.
The floorstaff expected fast early action with bigger than normal pots in the first levels. They were incorrect, however, when thinking action would slow down in later stages. This event was one of the few to finish Day 2 on schedule with their final table 9 and the final table lasted only 5 hours from start to finish. Greg Hobson outlasted Mike Sowers for his bracelet and $256,691.
The other nes event is only slightly bigger, as the Big One for One Drop is the $1,000,000 buyin event a lot of people have been looking forward to witnessing. The field is capped at 48 players and the WSOP released a statement saying 47 players had thrown down their buyin and the field will be complete after Saturday’s $25,000 satellite. Play kicks off at 1:11pm on Sunday and available to view online at WSOP.com
More info below.
Tweet of the Day – There’s a big gap between the people who can put this amount through the cage, and those who are working their 9-5 jobs.
— Christian Harder (@realcharder30) June 29, 2012
Full House: $1 Million Hold ‘Em Ante – Even The Wall Street Journal has noticed the $1,000,000 event with an article about players and staking arrangements. Interesting part in the article was 12-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth saying he might not play (check next link).
Big One for One Drop Player List – Phil Hellmuth is one of the notable players missing from the list and will not be in the event. Other notables missing from the big buyin tournament are Patrik Antonius, Viktor Blom, and Gus Hansen. The complete list seems to be a nice range between professional poker players and stinking rich business men. Not a real shocker, both Hellmuth and Hansen found their way into the event via satellites Saturday evening.
Phil Ivey and Erik Seidel Highlight the ‘Table of Death’ – A lot of the rich businessmen were probably happy with their table draw when they saw Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Ben Lamb, Tom Marchese, Antonio Esfandiari, Nick Schulman, Vivek Rajkumar, and Brandon Steven are all sitting in one place with nary a soft, cushy real east mogul in sight.
BLUFF Asks Who Is Your Pick To Win the $1 Million One Drop Event?Video featuring BJ Nemeth, Dennis Phillips, and Kara Scott (going with the homer pick).
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