WSOP 2012 Events #1 and #2: Ivey Out, Saechao and Hanks Win

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2012. May 31.
Four days into the 43rd World Series of Poker (WSOP), two events have already been completed. Event #1 $500 Casino Employees NLHE was won by <strong>Chiab Saechao</strong>, while Event #2 $1,500 NLHE victory went to <strong>Brent Hanks</strong>. <strong>Phil Ivey</strong> was eliminated early in the tournament.
On 27 May, the 43rd WSOP launched with Event #1 $500 Casino Employees NLHE, the traditional opening event of the championship. The first bracelet went to Chiab ’Chip’ Saechao, along with the $70,859 first prize, besting a field of 732 that included WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. The results were as follows:

WSOP 2012 Event #1 Winnings

Event #2 $1,500 NLHE started on 28 May with 2,101 entrants and ended yesterday. The prize pool topped at a stunning $2,836,350 and the top 216 finishes paid. This was the first major field event in this year’s WSOP and it featured many of the biggest names in the industry. JP Kelly, Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth, John Juanda, Vanessa Selbst, Noah Schwartz, Brandon Cantu, Matt Jarvis, Jake Cody, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey were among the many notable players worth mentioning.

It was only JP Kelly and Vanessa Selbst among them, however, to make it to the final table, while Phil Ivey’s return to the Series was cut short by Maria Ho’s straight against his pair of Ts on Day 1 Level  5 (100/200). His appearance, at least, granted the tournament some extra attention.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

The final table of the event was played on Day 3, 30 May. The stacks of the players can be seen below:

WSOP 2012 Event #2 Stacks

Dealing started on Level 24 (4,000/12,000/24,000), and it was not long before the first eliminations occurred; Richard Park was sent home in 9th place by Andrew Badecker’s pocket rockets, right before JP Kelly saying goodbye to the tournament, running into Hanks’ AQs. Early on Level 25 (5,000/15,000/30,000), Michael Kaufman got railed, followed by Abdyl Konjuhi, Ryan Schmidt and Vanessa Selbst a level later. The heads-up was set by Badecker dropping out in 3rd place, shoving with {#}T {#}T and getting called by Hanks, who held {#}Q {#}Q on a neutral board.

Brent Hanks: 5,325,000
Jacob Bazeley: 4,120,000

On Level 29 (10,000/40,000/80,000) it all ended: following a dramatic hand that crippled Jacob Bazeley, they shoved:

Brent Hanks: {#}A {#}T
Jacob Bazeley: {#}T {#}4

Board: {#}J {#}T {#}2 {#}6 {#}J

Brent Hanks
Brent Hanks

After three WSOP Final table appearances, Hanks won his first bracelet with the $517,725 prize. Runner-up Bazeley could take home $322,294.

WSOP 2012 Event #2 Winnings


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