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Event #61 - WSOP Main Event - No Limit Hold'em Results & Report

43rd World Series of Poker 2012

Event #61 - WSOP Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
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Greg Merson Greg Merson Wins the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event ($8,531,853)!
It took nearly 13 hours of play and 400 hands, but finally a 2012 World Series of Poker champion has been crowned. Walking...
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Date: July 7, 2012 Time: 12:00 PM

Buy-In: $10,000
Prizepool: $62,031,390
Entries: 6,598
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Greg Merson $8,531,853
2 USA Jesse Sylvia $5,295,149
3 USA Jacob Balsiger $3,799,073
4 USA Russell Thomas $2,851,537
5 USA Jeremy Ausmus $2,155,313
6 Hungary Andras Koroknai $1,640,902
7 USA Michael Esposito $1,258,040
8 USA Robert Salaburu $971,360
9 USA Steve Gee $754,798
10 France Gaelle Baumann $590,442
11 Norway Elisabeth Hille $590,442
12 USA Scott Abrams $590,442
13 Canada Marc-Andre Ladouceur $465,159
14 Canada Danny Wong $465,159
15 Germany Wilfried Harig $465,159
16 USA Percy Mahatan $369,026
17 USA Robert Buckenmayer AKA "Bob" $369,026
18 Australia David Balkin $369,026
19 USA Jamie Robbins AKA "JRobb" $294,601
20 USA Paul Volpe $294,601
21 USA Robert Corcione $294,601
22 USA Cylus Watson $294,601
23 USA Yuval Bronshtein AKA "Yuvee" $294,601
24 USA Daniel Strelitz $294,601
25 USA Roland Israelashvili $294,601
26 Germany Jan Heitmann AKA "Erdnase" $294,601
27 Germany Nicco Maag $294,601
28 Sweden Erik Hellman $236,921
29 USA Jordan Batt $236,921
30 Netherlands Niels van Alphen $236,921
31 USA Shahriar Assareh $236,921
32 Slovakia Tomas Samol $236,921
33 USA Taylor Paur $236,921
34 USA Charles Coultas $236,921
35 USA Marty Zabib $236,921
36 USA Jonathan Schoder $236,921
37 USA Omar Saeed $191,646
38 USA Kyle Keranen $191,646
39 USA Amnon Filippi $191,646
40 Germany Lasell King $191,646
41 USA Webber Kang AKA "Ching Chang Chong" $191,646
42 USA Paul Siem $191,646
43 Spain Jordi Martinezalonso $191,646
44 France Gwennael Grandmougin $191,646
45 Hungary Fabrizio Gonzalez $191,646
46 France Tristan Clemencon $156,293
47 USA Amit Makhija AKA "amak316" $156,293
48 Belgium Jean Malherbe $156,293
49 Israel Amit Zulkuwitz $156,293
50 USA Leo Wolpert $156,293
51 USA Scott Anderson $156,293
52 USA Richard Pyne $156,293
53 USA Casey Yontz $156,293
54 Norway Heige Stjernvang $156,293
55 UK Sam Holden $128,384
56 USA David Baker AKA "ODB" $128,384
57 USA Bobby Law $128,384
58 USA John Beauprez $128,384
59 France Alban Juen $128,384
60 France Eric Le Goff $128,384
61 USA Eric Pratt $128,384
62 USA Dave D'Alesandro $128,384
63 USA David Kluchman $128,384
64 Japan Takashi Ogura AKA "mogura" $106,056
65 USA Nicholas Cushman $106,056
66 USA A.J Jejelowo $106,056
67 USA Mazin Khoury $106,056
68 USA Felipe Quijano $106,056
69 USA Jason Somerville $106,056
70 USA Mohammad Siddiqui $106,056
71 USA Marcia Topp $106,056
72 USA Nick DiVella $106,056
73 USA Vanessa Selbst $88,070
74 USA Eric Buchman $88,070
75 USA Andrew Flaherty $88,070
76 Mexico Max Ovseyevitz $88,070
77 Brazil Nicolau Villa Lobos $88,070
78 USA Andrew Dean $88,070
79 USA Josh Neufeld $88,070
80 USA Alfred Firova $88,070
81 USA Sam Soverel $88,070
82 USA Roman Valerstein $73,805
83 Australia Lawrie Gibson $73,805
84 USA Kyle Bowker $73,805
85 USA Isaac Baron $73,805
86 Canada Erik Cajelais $73,805
87 Canada Stephane Bisson $73,805
88 USA Ben Greenberg $73,805
89 USA Dung Nguyen $73,805
90 USA Susie Zhao $73,805
91 Greece Manos Foudoulakis $62,021
92 USA David Randall $62,021
93 Brazil Fabio Sousa $62,021
94 USA William Hefflefinger $62,021
95 USA David Warady $62,021
96 USA Gavin Smith $62,021
97 USA Frederick Vogt $62,021
98 Russia Kirill Rabtsov AKA "Gansik" $62,021
99 USA Frank Calo AKA "Frank The Tank" $62,021
100 Canada Timothy Adams $52,718
101 USA Jonathan Seelbach $52,718
102 Netherlands Marcel Luske AKA "The Flying Dutchman" $52,718
103 USA Timothy Chang $52,718
104 USA Aaron Kaiser $52,718
105 USA John Roh $52,718
106 USA Michael Moreno $52,718
107 USA David Peters $52,718
108 USA Balint Barta $52,718
109 USA Adel Jo $52,718
110 Canada Bruno Kawauti $52,718
111 USA Ricky Markowitz $52,718
112 USA David Funkhouser $52,718
113 France Klaus Pautrot $52,718
114 USA Mark Clement $52,718
115 Denmark Lasse Soerensen $52,718
116 USA Joseph Cheong $52,718
117 USA Francois Safieddine $52,718
118 USA Francis Witek $52,718
119 USA Michael Gable $52,718
120 USA Gregory Milliron $52,718
121 Belgium Raphael Ayani $52,718
122 Romania Mihai Manole $52,718
123 France Mesbah Guerfi $52,718
124 USA Mark Cole $52,718
125 USA Vladimir Mefodichev $52,718
126 USA Daniel Devau $52,718
127 Germany Nico Behling $52,718
128 USA Antonio Garcia AKA "elche92" $52,718
129 USA Timothy Kilpatrick $52,718
130 USA Bobby Poe $52,718
131 Hungary Zsolt Vizsnyiczai $52,718
132 USA Sachin Modi $52,718
133 USA Robert Lay $52,718
134 USA Kevin Pollak $52,718
135 USA John Duley $52,718
136 USA Steve Merrifield $52,718
137 Norway Steffen Retterholt $52,718
138 USA Rodrick Kennedy $52,718
139 USA Michael Swimelar $52,718
140 Switzerland Ronny Kaiser AKA "ronnyr3" $52,718
141 USA Jim Burns $52,718
142 USA Andrew Lee $52,718
143 USA Brian Lamanna $52,718
144 Dominican Republic Julio De La Rosa $52,718
145 Germany Mathias Maasberg $52,718
146 USA Michael Ferrell $52,718
147 Spain Bartolome Gomilaromero $52,718
148 Canada Chanracy Khun $52,718
149 USA John Phan $52,718
150 UK Niall Farrell $52,718
151 Canada Sorel Mizzi $52,718
152 USA Perry Green $52,718
153 Canada Stephane Blouin $52,718
154 Canada Matt Marafioti AKA "ADZ124" $52,718
155 USA Patrick Halter $52,718
156 USA Chance Kornuth $52,718
157 Italy Marco Ruggeri $52,718
158 USA Peter Mccullough $52,718
159 Sweden Christopher Andler $52,718
160 USA Daniel Negreanu AKA "Kid Poker" $52,718
161 UK Nicholas Abourisk $52,718
162 Ireland John O'Shea $52,718
163 Germany Hans Hein $44,655
164 UK Luke Brereton $44,655
165 USA Kyle Knecht $44,655
166 Canada Dennis Montogomery $44,655
167 USA Dan Shak $44,655
168 Canada Joel Bullock $44,655
169 USA Daniel Schacher $44,655
170 USA Eduardo Trulli $44,655
171 USA Jarrett Nash $44,655
172 UK Craig Mccorkell $44,655
173 USA Wayne Peterson $44,655
174 France Francois Tosques $44,655
175 USA Will Souther AKA "The Monkey" $44,655
176 USA Michael Shelton $44,655
177 USA Andrew Moreno $44,655
178 USA William Katona $44,655
179 USA John Owen $44,655
180 USA Zaher Sayegh $44,655
181 UK Derek Chisholm $44,655
182 USA Ryan Pochedly $44,655
183 USA Jeffrey Finkelstein $44,655
184 USA Charles Clark $44,655
185 USA AP Phahurat AKA "LegitAP47" $44,655
186 USA Gregory Brewer $44,655
187 Russia Mikhail Alexandrov $44,655
188 Japan Yuji Masaki $44,655
189 USA Robert Bresner $44,655
190 Germany Christopher Kolla $44,655
191 Equatorial Guinea Joseph Marchal $44,655
192 USA Mohammed Jaafar $44,655
193 USA Bryan Paris $44,655
194 USA Randy Haddox AKA "Randers" $44,655
195 South Africa Eugene Du Plessis $44,655
196 USA Joseph Opie $44,655
197 Switzerland Ronny Schenk $44,655
198 Denmark Morten Ahrensbach $44,655
199 USA Daniel Dizenzo $44,655
200 Malta Bryan Vanrijsbergen $44,655
201 Denmark Mads Andersen $44,655
202 USA Keith Johnson $44,655
203 UK JP Kelly $44,655
204 USA Vincent Maglio $44,655
205 Estonia Svyatoslav Belyaev $44,655
206 USA Jonathan Fountain $44,655
207 USA Daniel Sauva $44,655
208 USA Brian Meinders $44,655
209 USA Matt Ezrol $44,655
210 USA Jeffrey Fielder $44,655
211 USA Freddy Deeb $44,655
212 Canada Nghi Van Tran $44,655
213 France Oscar Kemps $44,655
214 Canada Sean Giesbrecht $44,655
215 USA Craigory Thames $44,655
216 Russia Mikhail Rudoy $44,655
217 USA Matt Woodward $44,655
218 USA An Van Tran $44,655
219 USA Matt Wolf $44,655
220 Russia Roman Duiunov $44,655
221 USA Andrew Lichtenberger $44,655
222 USA Hye Park $44,655
223 USA Jeff Gross $44,655
224 Italy Massimo Mosele $44,655
225 USA Jeffrey Schobert $44,655
226 USA Anthony Scherer $44,655
227 USA Andrew Powderly $44,655
228 USA Jose Gomez $44,655
229 UK Adam Lawler $44,655
230 USA Anthony Thambynayagam $44,655
231 USA Erkut Yilmaz $44,655
232 Russia Andrey Zaichenko AKA "Zaya" $44,655
233 France Gilbert Diaz $44,655
234 USA William Klevitz $44,655
235 USA Timothy Odell $38,453
236 USA Barry Wiedemann $38,453
237 USA John Juanda $38,453
238 USA Tom Tran $38,453
239 Gjorgji Chuchuk $38,453
240 Canada Evan Jarvis $38,453
241 Russia Mikhail Lakhitov $38,453
242 Germany Jan Kasten $38,453
243 USA David Ernest $38,453
244 UK James Brodie $38,453
245 Sweden Metin Antar $38,453
246 USA Michael Stembera $38,453
247 USA Logan Trindade $38,453
248 USA Loren Klein $38,453
249 USA Sam Abueid $38,453
250 USA Blake Barousse AKA "blakeb0921" $38,453
251 USA Jared Hamby AKA "TheWacoKidd" $38,453
252 USA Philip Sternheimer $38,453
253 USA Alan Curl $38,453
254 France Sebastien Clot $38,453
255 USA Wes Gauthier $38,453
256 USA Julien Chamoun $38,453
257 USA Jesse Martin $38,453
258 USA Joshua Rotenberg $38,453
259 France Remy Cucak $38,453
260 USA Derek Chin $38,453
261 France David Debue $38,453
262 Austria Peter Schneider $38,453
263 USA Eric Cloutier $38,453
264 USA Farhan Madhani $38,453
265 USA Stephen Cesaro $38,453
266 USA Paul Soukthavone $38,453
267 Canada Aadam Daya $38,453
268 USA Michael Kaufman $38,453
269 USA Joel Micka $38,453
270 USA Corey Thompson $38,453
271 USA Maurice Hawkins AKA "The Favorite" $38,453
272 USA Matthew Silberzweig $38,453
273 USA Nicholas Carrillo AKA "Rounder63" $38,453
274 USA Benjamin Hamnett $38,453
275 USA Ryan Fair $38,453
276 USA Dennis Frederick AKA "The Bug" $38,453
277 USA Robert Brown $38,453
278 Canada Derek Mymko $38,453
279 UK James Keys $38,453
280 Switzerland Patrick Khayat $38,453
281 Italy Alessio Isaia $38,453
282 USA Brent Hanks AKA "B" $38,453
283 USA Salman Behbehani $38,453
284 Australia Jackie Glazier $38,453
285 USA Neil Blumenfield $38,453
286 Ireland Fergal Nealon $38,453
287 USA Eric Baldwin $38,453
288 USA Joshua Weizer $38,453
289 Turkey Ercan Olgun $38,453
290 USA Claudia Crawford $38,453
291 Canada Michael Neuber $38,453
292 USA Josh Evans $38,453
293 Canada Alexander Berdichevsky $38,453
294 USA Joe Goott $38,453
295 Italy Davide Catalano $38,453
296 USA Benjamin Alcober $38,453
297 USA Joonhee Yea $38,453
298 Sweden Anton Wigg $38,453
299 USA Neil Beckerman $38,453
300 Germany Stephan Ibs $38,453
301 USA Jae Pak $38,453
302 USA Cameron Somsky $38,453
303 France Fabrice Humbert $38,453
304 Canada Griffin Benger $38,453
305 Sweden Ferit Gabriellson $38,453
306 USA Michael Pesek $38,453
307 Canada Mark Demirdjian $32,871
308 UK Jamie Sill $32,871
309 USA Jerry Wong $32,871
310 Germany Heinz Kamutzki $32,871
311 USA David Inselberg $32,871
312 USA David Stroj $32,871
313 USA Alan Wasserberger $32,871
314 USA Demetrios Arvanetes $32,871
315 France Fabrice Bachellez $32,871
316 USA Vincent Wille $32,871
317 USA Assani Fisher AKA "Icy Pots" $32,871
318 USA Bryan Zindrick $32,871
319 USA Shaun Deeb $32,871
320 USA Ryan Daniel AKA "R.D." $32,871
321 Belgium Laurens De Smet $32,871
322 USA Maria Ho $32,871
323 Belgium Kenny Hallaert $32,871
324 Switzerland Guido Tauriello $32,871
325 Denmark Claus Vallo $32,871
326 USA Jimmy Dowda $32,871
327 USA Sean Rice $32,871
328 USA Todd Breyfogle AKA "Sharkslayerr / Twitter" $32,871
329 USA Robert Layne $32,871
330 USA Luke Chung $32,871
331 USA Chun Chen $32,871
332 Canada Darren Grant $32,871
333 USA Louis Crispino $32,871
334 Italy Cristiano Guerra $32,871
335 USA Robert Kelepouris $32,871
336 USA Nicholas Augustino $32,871
337 Italy Johan Guilbert $32,871
338 USA Frank Marro $32,871
339 USA Jeremy Renz $32,871
340 USA Derek Buonano $32,871
341 USA Robert Wisiak AKA "wiz" $32,871
342 Norway Orjan Skommo $32,871
343 Panama Bolivar Palacios AKA "Ramux, Rambo" $32,871
344 USA Amritraj Singh $32,871
345 USA Meikat Siu AKA "May" $32,871
346 USA Eric Brix $32,871
347 USA Shawn Quillin AKA "Doc" $32,871
348 USA Trevor Vanderveen $32,871
349 USA William Wellborne $32,871
350 USA Ryan Young $32,871
351 Netherlands Peter Bosen $32,871
352 Canada Jeff Hakim $32,871
353 USA Johnny Chan $32,871
354 Bulgaria Simeon Naydenov $32,871
355 France Olivier Chubilleau $32,871
356 USA Michael Kamran $32,871
357 Israel Amir Sonsino $32,871
358 UK Chris Moorman $32,871
359 Romania Dan Murariu AKA "Agentu" $32,871
360 USA Christina Lindley $32,871
361 USA Kunal Patel $32,871
362 Mexico Rodrigo Navarro $32,871
363 Italy Giuseppe Zarbo $32,871
364 UK Paul McTaggart $32,871
365 USA Melvin Dukes $32,871
366 Canada Justin Shih $32,871
367 USA Leon Piso $32,871
368 USA Darin Thompson $32,871
369 USA Scott Blackman AKA "scott" $32,871
370 Canada Debbie Haigh $32,871
371 USA Daniel Arfin $32,871
372 USA Alexander Beck $32,871
373 UK Karim Jomeen AKA "Kaz" $32,871
374 France Pacome Chavignon $32,871
375 USA Ankush Mandavia $32,871
376 USA Jamie Shaevel $32,871
377 USA Thomas Blizniak $32,871
378 Canada Marc Karam AKA "Myst" $32,871
379 USA Jeremy Allen $28,530
380 USA Zachary Fahmie $28,530
381 USA Lee Childs $28,530
382 USA Charlie Lacause $28,530
383 Canada Anthony Mar AKA "DJ Physik" $28,530
384 USA Daniel Hirleman $28,530
385 USA Luke Vrabel $28,530
386 Canada Mike McDonald $28,530
387 Lebanon Barakeh Fadi $28,530
388 UK Teddy Sheringham $28,530
389 USA David Icke $28,530
390 USA Filipp Khavin $28,530
391 Italy Alejandro Vargas $28,530
392 UK Marc Wright $28,530
393 USA Phil Collins $28,530
394 USA Romik Vartzar $28,530
395 USA Antonio Riberio $28,530
396 Russia Dmitry Kataev $28,530
397 USA Daniel Ospina $28,530
398 USA Devin Looney $28,530
399 USA David Peters $28,530
400 Japan Kosei Ichinose $28,530
401 Ireland John Murray $28,530
402 A Ram Hong $28,530
403 Germany Adrian Apmann $28,530
404 Canada Shawn Buchanan $28,530
405 USA William Dawson $28,530
406 John Lavorato $28,530
407 USA Anthony Harb $28,530
408 Michael Vik $28,530
409 USA Micah Raskin $28,530
410 Canada Terrence Chan $28,530
411 USA Kyle Julius $28,530
412 France Nazim Guillaud $28,530
413 David Scherzer $28,530
414 Germany Felix Funk $28,530
415 USA Joseph Pergola $28,530
416 Netherlands Iain Somers $28,530
417 USA Jeffrey McAlister $28,530
418 Fabio Luoungo $28,530
419 USA Samuel Blankenship $28,530
420 USA Ali Eslami $28,530
421 USA Luke Nettles $28,530
422 Canada Justin Ouimette $28,530
423 Belize Filip Verboven $28,530
424 USA Christian Rasmussen $28,530
425 USA Vivek Rajkumar AKA "Black Magic" $28,530
426 USA Lawrence Barbetta $28,530
427 USA Roberto Riva $28,530
428 USA Grant Hinkle $28,530
429 USA Michael Song $28,530
430 USA Justin Young $28,530
431 USA Ezra Abu Gazal $28,530
432 China Raymond Wu $28,530
433 USA John Leathart $28,530
434 Lennart Winnemuller $28,530
435 Canada Guillaume Gignac $28,530
436 Philip Macdonald $28,530
437 Norway Dag Martin Mikkelsen AKA "dmmikkel" $28,530
438 USA David Wilhoit $28,530
439 New Zealand Rhys Jones AKA "Rebo" $28,530
440 Japan Yuri Ishida $28,530
441 Zachary Fritz $28,530
442 USA Dave Williams $28,530
443 USA Daniel Johnson $28,530
444 Edgars Augstkains $28,530
445 USA Carl Maddy $28,530
446 UK Phillip Peters $28,530
447 USA Brian Zeid AKA "Biz E" $28,530
448 Yik Chiu $28,530
449 Italy Stefano Fiore $28,530
450 Denmark Anders Rasmussen $28,530
451 USA Katie Dozier $24,808
452 USA Stephen Foutty $24,808
453 USA Michael Hickman $24,808
454 France Marc Bariller $24,808
455 France Maxence Dupont $24,808
456 USA Armando Fernandez AKA "highyield" $24,808
457 Norway Thomas Swensen $24,808
458 USA Jordan Lewis $24,808
459 USA Robert Deppe $24,808
460 USA Sandeep Pulusani $24,808
461 USA Stan Sinclair $24,808
462 Duykhanh Le $24,808
463 USA Brian Nadell $24,808
464 USA Curtis Householder $24,808
465 Alin Rapoport $24,808
466 Canada Richard Jeffrey $24,808
467 USA Kory Kilpatrick AKA "s00tedj0kers" $24,808
468 France Bruno Lopes $24,808
469 Philippines Gerardo Lubas $24,808
470 USA Michael Hack $24,808
471 USA Ajay Gnanasambanthan $24,808
472 UK John Shipley $24,808
473 USA Eddie Blumenthal $24,808
474 Italy Salvatore Bonavena $24,808
475 USA David Kaleel $24,808
476 Bryn Pimlott $24,808
477 USA Kelvin Gates $24,808
478 USA Michael Lipman $24,808
479 USA Joshua Chait $24,808
480 Joshua Gilliam $24,808
481 USA Daniel Hicks $24,808
482 USA Joshua Mancuso $24,808
483 Kenneth Dobbs $24,808
484 Australia Simon Taberham AKA "tabzzy" $24,808
485 USA Keith Block AKA "Dr. Fells" $24,808
486 Jeffrey Stewart $24,808
487 Canada Zhi Pan $24,808
488 USA Marc Goldman $24,808
489 USA Jean Moussa $24,808
490 Mario Juste $24,808
491 USA Aaron Ruppert $24,808
492 USA Dan Stern $24,808
493 USA Adam Johnson $24,808
494 Romania Anton Ionel $24,808
495 Edouard Mignotbonnefous $24,808
496 David Corsello $24,808
497 USA Bernard Lee $24,808
498 USA Timothy Joseph AKA "Tornado" $24,808
499 USA Brian Kim $24,808
500 USA William Choi $24,808
501 USA Antonio Esfandiari AKA "The Magician" $24,808
502 USA Scott Hall $24,808
503 USA Everett Carlton $24,808
504 USA Roy Duleba $24,808
505 USA Christian Harder AKA "charder30" $24,808
506 USA Tyler Hancock $24,808
507 Germany Ernst Schmejkal $24,808
508 USA James Mitchell $24,808
509 UK Adam Latimer $24,808
510 USA Leo Labbe $24,808
511 Mark Teitscher $24,808
512 Jordan Oathes $24,808
513 Darren Sinnaeve $24,808
514 Noeung Troeung $24,808
515 USA Michael Nasserazad $24,808
516 USA Joseph Conroy $24,808
517 USA Zachary Korik $24,808
518 USA Paul Isom $24,808
519 Germany Stephan Schreitl $24,808
520 Michael Mcadam $24,808
521 Barry Rives $24,808
522 USA Michael Wright $24,808
523 Sallie Avino $21,707
524 USA John Wrona $21,707
525 UK Daniel Rudd $21,707
526 UK Christopher Day $21,707
527 USA Huck Seed $21,707
528 Rudolf Schwartz $21,707
529 USA Martin May $21,707
530 Germany Erik Scheidt $21,707
531 USA Robert Schulz AKA "Bobby" $21,707
532 Dominik Bosnjak $21,707
533 Matthias Nilsson $21,707
534 USA Louis Werman $21,707
535 David Briegs $21,707
536 Russia Konstantin Streletskiy $21,707
537 Daniel Alacahan $21,707
538 Wayne Hoovestol $21,707
539 Alejandro Anaya $21,707
540 USA Ronnie Bardah AKA "RoNasty" $21,707
541 Roberto Betbese $21,707
542 Russia Ruslan Gazaev $21,707
543 USA Dana Kellstrom $21,707
544 USA Dennis Booze $21,707
545 USA Chris Kwon $21,707
546 USA Justin Shelton $21,707
547 USA Andres Ibarguen $21,707
548 USA Jason Potter $21,707
549 USA James Schafer $21,707
550 France Marc Negron $21,707
551 USA Richard Whitebrook $21,707
552 UK Gary Hurst $21,707
553 Ukraine Vitalii Minakov $21,707
554 Canada Henry Strasser $21,707
555 USA Keith Morgan $21,707
556 Marvin Lee $21,707
557 France Stephane Benadiba $21,707
558 UK Kevin Williams $21,707
559 Netherlands Patrick Renkers $21,707
560 USA Tuan Le $21,707
561 USA JC Tran $21,707
562 USA Kim Chee $21,707
563 USA Omar Zazay $21,707
564 USA Ian Feller $21,707
565 USA Phung Ngo $21,707
566 Italy Marco Bognanni $21,707
567 France Thibaud Guenegou $21,707
568 USA Gary Dunn $21,707
569 Jason Gigliotti $21,707
570 USA Xiu Deng $21,707
571 Trinidad and Tobago Ramlal Basdeo $21,707
572 David Corwin $21,707
573 Larry Powell $21,707
574 USA Clinton Baker $21,707
575 USA Evan Marshall AKA "The Sniper" $21,707
576 USA Micah Smith AKA "MicahJ" $21,707
577 Robert Cecich $21,707
578 USA Ernest Smith $21,707
579 USA Carter Newhof $21,707
580 Australia Paul Birman $21,707
581 USA Michael Dentale AKA "Mikey Unbelievable" $21,707
582 Paul Spiteri $21,707
583 Jason Terry $21,707
584 Kevin Tiell $21,707
585 Australia Michael Weiss $21,707
586 USA Kevin Song $21,707
587 USA Samantha Cohen $21,707
588 USA Jerrimie Pacheco $21,707
589 USA Musa Mustafa AKA "Mike" $21,707
590 Jordan Knackstedt $21,707
591 Markus Hausberger $21,707
592 Ireland Peter Murphy $21,707
593 USA Rodger Johnson $21,707
594 Russia Karen Sarkisyan $21,707
595 Thomas Czyszczon $19,227
596 South Africa Jason Strauss $19,227
597 France Alexis Bouchiouane $19,227
598 USA Steven Schlesinger $19,227
599 Joshua Levkov $19,227
600 Spain Mikel Allende $19,227
601 USA Dan Natarelli $19,227
602 USA Stewart Newman $19,227
603 UK Neil Ryder $19,227
604 USA Kent Goulding $19,227
605 Benjamin Saada $19,227
606 Madagascar Tommy Velliama $19,227
607 USA Justin Oliver $19,227
608 France Joseph Teanotoga $19,227
609 USA Loi Phan $19,227
610 Kirk Specka $19,227
611 USA Adam Bennett $19,227
612 USA Thaddeus Wolff $19,227
613 France Antoine Guyetant $19,227
614 USA John "Brock" Parker $19,227
615 Spain Fabien Perrot AKA "Schumyfab" $19,227
616 UK Paul Ephremsen $19,227
617 USA Scott Augustine $19,227
618 USA Derek Gregory $19,227
619 USA Zachary Cooke $19,227
620 Canada Guillaume Rivet $19,227
621 USA Raymond Morgan $19,227
622 USA Robert Peltekci $19,227
623 Ireland Reggie Lyons $19,227
624 Spain Josep Galindo $19,227
625 Ray Babao $19,227
626 Desislav Velikov $19,227
627 USA Ross Myers $19,227
628 Jordan Mayers $19,227
629 France Youcef Benzerfa $19,227
630 USA Louis Asmo $19,227
631 UK Liv Boeree $19,227
632 USA Bahbak Oboodi $19,227
633 USA Brian Hamilton $19,227
634 Roberto Luongo $19,227
635 USA David Tuchman AKA "Friar Tuck" $19,227
636 James Gloyd $19,227
637 USA Anthony Wise $19,227
638 Thomas Jacobson $19,227
639 Scott Daigle $19,227
640 USA David Diaz $19,227
641 USA John Corsi $19,227
642 Ryan Batchelor $19,227
643 USA George Leandrou $19,227
644 USA Robert Lo $19,227
645 USA Christine Brewer $19,227
646 USA Matt Lefkowitz $19,227
647 USA Dave Orvis $19,227
648 Germany Marvin Rettenmaier $19,227
649 Canada Dylan Shwartz $19,227
650 USA Arthur Tanimoto $19,227
651 USA Mike Schneider $19,227
652 USA Chris Stull $19,227
653 USA David Singontiko $19,227
654 France Jerome Naye $19,227
655 Germany Serkan Kurnaz $19,227
656 USA Michael Vo $19,227
657 Lukas Nemec $19,227
658 USA Daniel Pickard $19,227
659 USA Jason Mercier AKA "treysfull21" $19,227
660 Cobi Cobian $19,227
661 USA Justin Allen AKA "Lockdowntex" $19,227
662 USA Lance Keating $19,227
663 USA Su Zhu $19,227
664 USA Ryan Austin $19,227
665 USA Soon Hwang $19,227
666 USA Steve Rosen $4,808
667 USA Dane Lomas $4,808
668 USA Desmond Portano $4,808
669 USA David Kelley $4,808

Tournament Report

Greg Merson Wins the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event ($8,531,853)!

It took nearly 13 hours of play and 400 hands, but finally a 2012 World Series of Poker champion has been crowned. Walking away with the gold bracelet and a whopping $8,531,853 first-place prize is Greg Merson!

After a handful of eliminations yesterday set the stage for Day 9 of the Main Event today, Merson was joined by Jesse Sylvia and Jake Balsiger to battle to a winner. Merson took the chip lead into three-handed play, but it was far from over.

The three players battled and battled. Several short stacks doubled up, the chip lead changed hands numerous times, and at times, no one thought the competition was going to end. Then, on the 382nd hand of the final table, Balsiger's tournament came to a close.

With the blinds at 1,000,000/2,000,000/300,000, Sylvia raised on the button to four million. Balsiger moved all in from the small blind for 20.3 million, and Merson called. Sylvia got out of the way, which left Balsiger at risk with the {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} to Merson's {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}.

After the {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and the {J-Clubs} turn, Balsiger needed help on the river to stay alive. When the {5-Hearts} finished off the board, it also finished off Balsiger's amazing Main Event run. With his elimination, Balsiger failed to become the youngest player ever to win the Main Event, but he earned a massive payday of $3,799,073 to take home with him.

Heading into heads-up play, Merson had the chip lead over Sylvia, but both had plenty ammunition to play with. Merson chipped away early, and then all the money went in on the 399th hand.

During the same level as Balsiger's elimination, Merson opened the pot with a raise from the button to four million. Sylvia reraised from the big blind to 9.5 million, but then Merson announced that he was all in. Sylvia started the hand with 69.3 million and tanked for a couple of minutes. Eventually, he made the call and put himself at risk holding the {Q-Spades}{J-Spades}. Merson held the {K-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. The two crowds rose to their feet and began chanting for their respective player. Then, it was time for the flop.

On the flop, the {9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts} rolled out, and Merson's hand stayed in front. The turn brought the {6-Spades}, and the river completed the board with the {7-Clubs}. Merson's king high held up to give him the victory as his cheering section rushed the stage.

Merson was quick to push his fans away as he made his way around the table to congratulate Sylvia on his effort. For his runner-up finish, Sylvia took home $5,295,149. Merson's rail returned to their seats to wait for the champ, but then they chanted "Jesse! Jesse! Jesse!" over and over as a salute to Sylvia.

As stated above, Merson earned the most coveted prize in poker with the WSOP Main Event gold bracelet along with over $8.5 million, but he also won another prize with this victory. With his win, Merson overcame Phil Hellmuth to win the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year. It's been quite the year for Merson, and he will forever go down in the poker history books for his performance. Congratulations to all of the winners, and especially Greg Merson on becoming the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion! And until next time, goodnight from Las Vegas!



Merson, Sylvia and Balsiger Three-Handed for the Gold

Day 8 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event and the first night of the final table is in the history books, and play only took approximately seven and a half hours. The final three players moving to tomorrow are Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia and Jake Balsiger.

With high expectations, this final table didn't disappoint. Although the action seemed to get off to a slow start, it only took 30 hands before the first player hit the rail, and that was former WSOP bracelet winner Steve Gee. He was eliminated in a spectacular hand against Russell Thomas where Thomas called Gee's river shoved on a board of {7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{3-Spades}. Thomas held the {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} to beat Gee's {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and send him to the rail.

Next out the door was Robert Salaburu. He called all in from the big blind after Sylvia shoved his big stack from the small blind. Sylvia held the {Q-Clubs}{5-Clubs} against Salaburu's {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. Sylvia hit a queen on the river, and eliminated Salaburu from the field.

Michael Esposito fell in seventh place at the hands of Merson. He got the last of his money in dominated with the {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} versus Merson's {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}. The flop, turn and river ran out {9-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{6-Spades}{8-Clubs}, and Esposito was eliminated.

Then, it was the lone non-American to hit the rail in sixth place. Andras Koroknai became the first Hungarian player to reach the WSOP Main Event final table, but he won't become the first Hungarian to win the gold as he got a little too frisky with his stack. Koroknai six-bet all in holding the {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} after Merson had five-bet. Merson called with a dominating {A-Spades}{K-Spades} and held as the board ran out {8-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs}{7-Spades}{7-Hearts}.

When the final table began, Jeremy Ausmus was the short stack and the only player under 10 million. He battled his way all the way down to five-handed play, but that's where his run would end. On a board of {9-Clubs}{8-Spades}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, Sylvia checked, and Ausmus fired 1.5 million. Sylvia check-raised to 3.6 million, and Ausmus moved all in for around 14.5 million. Sylvia called with the {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts} for two pair, nines and threes. Ausmus needed help holding the {10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, but had plenty of outs to a straight or a ten. The river completed the board with the {5-Spades}, and that ended Ausmus' run.

Thomas was then eliminated in fourth place to set the stage for the final day of play. He got all in preflop with the {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} against Balsiger's {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}, and once again it was the short stack who held a dominated hand. After the board came {Q-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, Thomas was left with fourth-place money and a ticket out the door.

Tomorrow's final day of play will see the 2012 WSOP Main Event champion crowned, and it will be Merson who takes the chip lead into action. He bagged up 88.35 million, while Sylvia is in second place with 62.75 million. Balsiger will be bringing up the rear with 46.875 million, but this is really anyone's ball game.

The action is scheduled to kick off at 5:45 PM local time tomorrow,



Nine Players, One Bracelet: The WSOP Main Event Final Table Is Set!

We started with 6,598 players, in for ten grand apiece. They came from 82 different countries, aged from 21 to 92. And after a wild week-and-a-half just nine remain with chips and hopes of becoming the next world champion of poker.

There's no other tournament like it... the World Series of Poker Main Event.

From that huge field just 27 remained to start today, led by Marc Ladouceur of Quebec, Canada who had already improved on his 63rd-place finish in the WSOP Main Event a year ago. The plan was to play down to a final nine who will return October 28-30 to find the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion.

Thanks to everyone for following our coverage all summer long here at PokerNews. It's been another amazing seven-and-a-half weeks in Vegas. See you in October!



Ladouceur Leads the Remaining 27 Players

Day 6 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event is in the books, and after another five-plus levels of play, Marc Ladouceur leads the remaining 27 players with 15.875 million chips.

The day began with 97 players and the chip leader was Kyle Keranen. Gavin Smith was the first notable player to bow out when his ace-queen was unable to best Eric Legoff’s pocket jacks. There were then a flurry of eliminations, including William Hefflefinger, Stephane Bisson, Erik Cajelais, and Isaac Baron.

There were five women who returned to play on Day 5, including Vanessa Selbst, Elisabeth Hille, Gaelle Baumann, Marcia Topp, and Susie Zhao. Selbst had an incredibly rocky day, and it all began when she was crippled by David Balkin, who won a nearly two million-chip race with two red fours against Selbst’s {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. The board ran out {2-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, and Selbst was left with just 380,000 chips. She then doubled with {j-Hearts}{9-Spades} against the {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} of Scott Anderson, turning a jack-high straight on a board of {2-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Spades}. A meaningless {6-Clubs} completed the board, and Selbst was back up to 700,000.

Selbst could never stay above the million-chip mark however, and on her final hand, she open-jammed 750,000 on the button with {q-Hearts}{7-Spades}. Greg Merson called out of the big blind with {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}, and the board ran out {7-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{10-Spades}{6-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}, eliminating Selbst in 73rd place.

Topp and Zhao were also eliminated today. Topp ran pocket sixes into Robert Corcione’s pocket queens, and Zhao ran king-queen into Baron’s ace-queen.

Today was not a good day to be a former end-of-day chip leader of the 2012 Main Event — Keranen (Day 5), and Dave D’Alesandro (Day 3) were both eliminated. Keranen doubled Scott Abrams, Corcione, and lost a big pot to Jeremy Ausmus before three-bet jamming over a raise and a call with {8-Hearts}{4-Spades}. Percy Mahatan snapped it off with {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}, and the board ran out {7-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, eliminating Keranen.

D’Alesandro was eliminated when he ran {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} into the {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades} of Charles Coultras.

The chip lead changed hands several times today, and at one point, Amit Makhija, who entered the day with 1.4 million chips, vaulted into the lead with over 6 million. In a three-bet pot, he and A.J. Jejelowo took a flop of {9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs}. Jejelowo led out for 600,000, and Makhija called. The turn as another nine – the {9-Spades} – and Jejelowo checked to Makhija, who slid out 500,000. Jejelowo quickly moved all in for 2.045 million, and Makhija called. Makhija was ahead with {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}, and Jejelowo was drawing slim with {a-Clubs}{7-Spades}. The {7-Clubs} bricked on the river, and Makhija was suddenly the chip leader.

Makhija began sliding however, and after being bluffed by Marc Ladouceur in a massive pot, he three-bet jammed over an open from Abrams. Tristan Clemencon cold-called the all in from the big blind, and Abrams re-jammed. Clemencon tank called, and the hands were opened.

Abrams {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}
Makhija {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Clemencon {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The board ran out {q-Spades}{3-Spades}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, and both Makhija and Clemencon were eliminated.

Taylor Paur also ascended to the top of the counts today, but he too was unable to survive the day. Paur crossed the seven million-chip mark after winning big pots off of Steven Gee and Jamie Robbins, but Gee won a massive pot off of Paur holding two aces. Paur had queens on the board of {10-Spades}{9-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}, and the {7-Clubs} completed the board, doubling Gee to over five million chips.

Paur slipped down to around a million, and was eliminated in 33rd palce when he ran {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} into Robbins’ {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}. The {10-Spades}{9-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Spades}{7-Diamonds} board did not help Paur, and he was eliminated.

At the end of the day when Erik Hellman busted in 28th place, Ladouceur was our leader followed by Daniel Strelitz and Corcione. Strelitz strung together three big pots during the middle of the day, Corcione chipped up steadily, and Ladouceur pounced late…

Join us tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, where we will play the remaining hour and thirty-seven minutes of Level 30. We will then march forward until there is a 2012 “Novemeber” Nine. Can Gaelle Baumann or Elisabeth Hille become the second woman to make a Main Event final table? Can Greg Merson take another step towards becoming the only double-bracelet winner of 2012? Can Jamie Robbins best his eleventh-place finish in the 2009 Main Event?

All of these questions and more will be answered tomorrow, but for now, good night from Las Vegas!

End of Day 6 Players and Chip Counts

Marc Ladouceur 15,875,000
Daniel Strelitz 12,790,000
Robert Salaburu 10,915,000
Russell Thomas 9,985,000
Elisabeth Hille 9,770,000
Yuval Bronshtein 9,735,000
Jamie Robbins 8,750,000
Robert Corcione 8,745,000
Cylus Watson 8,500,000
Jeremy Ausmus 8,300,000
Scott Abrams 8,080,000
Greg Merson 7,435,000
Jesse Sylvia 7,385,000
Jacob Balsiger 7,330,000
Michael Esposito 7,045,000
Percy Mahatan 6,750,000
Jan Heitmann 6,390,000
Danny Wong 6,360,000
David Balkin 6,330,000
Gaelle Baumann 5,530,000
Roland Israelashvili 5,525,000
Steven Gee 4,830,000
Robert Buckenmayer 4,410,000
Andras Koroknai 3,125,000
Wilfried Haerig 2,665,000
Paul Volpe 2,650,000
Nicco Maag 1,300,000



Day 5 Concludes; Kyle Keranen Leads The Final 97 Players

When the sun rose over Las Vegas today, 282 players awoke with dreams of becoming the next world champion of poker. After five grueling levels of play on Day 5, only 97 remain. This means that at the most basic level, each player returning for Day 6 has at least a one in ninety-seven shot at winning the first place prize of $8,527,982 and the shiny gold championship bracelet that accompanies it. The one closest to achieving this goal is Kyle Keranen who is sitting on the biggest stack in the room with 6,935,000.

On Keranen's heels is Robert Salaburu who finished Day 5 with a stack of 6,195,000. Rounding out the top three is Taylor Paur with 5,820,000.

When the day began there were several notable names still in the hunt for the championship. However, as both the blinds and the pressure rose, many of those players were sent to the rail with their summer coming to an end a bit earlier than they would have enjoyed. Eric Cloutier, Jesse Martin, John Juanda, Andrew Lichtenberger, Freddy Deeb, JP Kelly, Randy Haddox, AP Phahurat, Andrew Moreno, Will Souther, Dan Shak, Chance Kornuth, John Phan, and Sorel Mizzi are just a handful of the players who saw their stacks vanish today.

Daniel Negreanu was one of the other faces to hit the rail today. This makes Negreanu's second Day 5 bust from the Main Event in back to back years. While seated at the featured table, Negreanu moved all in for his last 240,000 in chips from early position. It folded around to actor Kevin Pollak in the cutoff who tanked before moving all in for his last 500,000. It folded around and Pollak showed {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} which was crushing Negreanu's {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}. Negreanu failed to improve and was forced to end his summer with a 160th-place finish.

Soon after, Pollak would meet his untimely demise in a most sickening fashion. Pollak moved all in before the flop holding {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs} and was called by Omar Saeed with the other two queens. Saeed would flop two hearts and then hit two more on the streets to follow to end Pollak's impressive run in the Main Event. After the initial shock wore off of Pollak's face, all he could do was laugh at the crazy scenario that unfolded. The renowned actor made a remarkable run with his 134th-place finish and left everyone within the vicinity of his table with a smile on their face.

The day also saw the elimination of the oldest player in the field, the 76-year-old Perry Green. Green has three WSOP bracelets to his name and finished runner-up to Stu Ungar in the 1981 WSOP Main Event. Green announced "Shuffle Up and Deal" to the runners today and left an impression of humility on the room through his words. Green hit the rail when he ran into the two pair of an opponent.

Jospeh Cheong was also returning to play today to take on his third consecutive Day 5 in a row. Cheong was able to battle through and move on to the final table in 2010 and finished in 114th in 2001. Cheong was forced to settle for a 115th place finish this year when he was eliminated by Paul Volpe. Volpe ended up finishing the day with a stack of 3,250,000.

While many big names fell, others were able to thrive and move on to Day 6 of the biggest poker tournament in the world. Keranen finished the day as the chip leader and was able to start his upward trend when he six-bet all in with {Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}. Keranen was able to crack his opponent's pocket jacks to scoop the pot of almost three million chips.

Other notable names that will be returning for Day 6 include Gaelle Baumann (3,980,000), Jan Heitmann (3,410,000), Amnon Filippi (3,400,000), Elisabeth Hille (3,390,000), A.J. Jejelowo (3,340,000), Roland Israelashvili (2,805,000), Marcia Topp (1,700,000), Jason Somerville (1,400,000), David ODB Baker (1,360,000), Vanessa Selbst (1,350,000), Erik Cajelais (1,180,000), Greg Merson (945,000), Sam Holden (765,000), and Gavin Smith (675,000).

Play will resume tomorrow at 12:00 PM PST where the final 97 players will return for five more levels

End of Day 5 Players and Chip Counts

Kyle Keranen 6,935,000
Robert Salaburu 6,195,000
Taylor Paur 5,820,000
Erik Hellman 4,715,000
Wilfried Haerig 4,505,000
Shahriar Assareh 4,395,000
Charles Coultas 4,015,000
Gaelle Baumann 3,980,000
Fabrizio Gonzalez 3,935,000
Nicco Maag 3,895,000
Jeremy Ausmus 3,810,000
Robert Corcione 3,750,000
Jacob Balsiger 3,675,000
Jean Malherbe 3,620,000
Eric Pratt 3,460,000
Jan Heitmann 3,410,000
Amnon Filippi 3,400,000
Elisabeth Hille 3,390,000
A.J. Jejelowo 3,340,000
Paul Volpe 3,250,000
Manos Foudoulakis 3,020,000
Michael Esposito 3,005,000
Jesse Sylvia 2,990,000
Roland Israelashvili 2,850,000
Yuval Bronshtein 2,775,000
Cylus Watson 2,700,000
Jordi Martinezalonso 2,700,000
Nicholas Cushman 2,540,000
John Beauprez 2,495,000
David Kluchman 2,425,000
Percy Mahatan 2,400,000
Alban Juen 2,376,000
Eric Legoff 2,230,000
Lawrie Gibson 2,210,000
Russell Thomas 2,095,000
Omar Saeed 2,040,000
Tomas Samol 1,995,000
Daniel Strelitz 1,980,000
Eric Buchman 1,930,000
David ODB Baker 1,910,000
Casey Yontz 1,890,000
Mazin Khoury 1,885,000
Dung Nguyen 1,880,000
Steven Gee 1,815,000
Roman Valerstein 1,770,000
Helge Stjernvang 1,760,000
Lasell King 1,740,000
Andras Koroknai 1,720,000
Marcia Topp 1,700,000
Sam Soverel 1,680,000
Jamie Robbins 1,649,000
Andrew Flaherty 1,550,000
Amit Zulkowitz 1,520,000
Felipe Quijano 1,500,000
Scott Anderson 1,485,000
Marc Ladouceur 1,480,000
Stephane Bisson 1,445,000
Jason Somerville 1,400,000
Amit Makhija 1,400,000
Richard Pyne 1,400,000
Andrew Dean 1,390,000
Jordan Batt 1,300,000
David Balkin 1,295,000
Nicolau Villa Lobos 1,285,000
Scott Abrams 1,255,000
Nick DiVella 1,250,000
Erik Cajelais 1,205,000
Marty Zabib 1,185,000
Vanessa Selbst 1,165,000
Isaac Baron 1,165,000
Mohammad Siddiqui 1,160,000
Webber Kang 1,095,000
Gwennael Grandmougin 1,055,000
Paul Siem 1,055,000
Josh Neufeld 1,015,000
Alfred Firova 995,000
Greg Merson 945,000
Leo Wolpert 940,000
Bobby Law 900,000
Robert Buckenmayer 875,000
Kyle Bowker 855,000
Takashi Ogura 830,000
Fabio Sousa 805,000
Ben Greenberg 780,000
Danny Wong 775,000
Sam Holden 765,000
Max Ovseyevitz 755,000
Susie Zhao 740,000
Tristan Clemencon 725,000
David Randall 710,000
Gavin Smith 675,000
David Warady 650,000
William Hefflefinger 636,000
Niels van Alphen 565,000
Jonathan Schoder 470,000
Dave D'Alesandro 415,000
Frederick Vogt 55,000



Day 4 Ends With Volpe On Top; Many Notables Still in Contention

After another four levels of hard-fought No-Limit Hold’em, Day 4 of what is arguably poker’s most prestigious tournament — the Main Event — is history. When all was said and done, Paul Volpe would stand tall as the Day 4 chip leader with 2,750,000.

Play was scheduled for five levels today; however, players were sent on an extended break at the end of the 17th level so that payouts could be verified. As a result, it was decided that only four levels be played today.

Day 4 kicked off with 720 hopefuls all trying to survive – and thrive – into the money. However, only 666 spots were guaranteed a minimum $19,227 payday.

As expected, the money bubble came shortly after play began for the day. In the very first deal of hand-for-hand play, we witnessed a four-way bubble, which meant each bubble boy would take home a share of a $19,227 min-cash. It was also decided they would play a four-handed single-table tournament to determine who would get a seat in next year’s Main Event.

Among those who managed to cash, but ultimately fall short of the elusive Day 5 include Jason Mercier, Liv Boeree, Brock Parker, JC Tran, Tuan Le, Huck Seed, Terrence Chan, Mike McDonald, Chris Moorman, One Drop Champion Antonio Esfandiari, Maria Ho, Shaun Deeb and NHL goalie Roberto Luongo, who made his Main Event debut and had to settle for a min-cash after running pocket fours into Bryan Vanrijsbergen’s pocket jacks.

Also unable to last the day was Johnny Chan, our last-standing Main Event champion. Chan met his end late in the day after getting all-in preflop with pocket sevens and running into Isaac Baron’s pocket kings. Barron flopped quads on the flop and that was all she wrote for Chan.

By the day’s end, just 282 remained to duke it out on Day 5. Some notables still in the hunt include Erik Hellman (2,216,000), John Juanda (194,000), Kyle Bowker (2,081,000), Gaelle Baumann (1,438,000), Gavin Smith (831,000) and Vanessa Selbst (1,678,000) who spent all of her day at a restricted-access feature table.

Volpe came into Day 4 among the chip leaders and steadily built his stack throughout the day. Volpe was able to score a couple of eliminations, including the elimination of Sean Rice during the last level of play to propel his stack over three million. Volpe would have ended the day with about four million; however, he lost a big pot against Eric Pratt just before play ended.

End of Day 4 Players and Chip Counts

Paul Volpe 2,750,000
Erik Hellman 2,216,000
Dave D'Alesandro 2,093,000
Kyle Bowker 2,081,000
Eric Buchman 2,076,000
Elisabeth Hille 2,014,000
Andras Koroknai 1,971,000
Amit Zulkowitz 1,961,000
Eric Legoff 1,947,000
Nicco Maag 1,899,000
Leo Wolpert 1,835,000
Ben Greenberg 1,822,000
Jacob Balsiger 1,775,000
Jonathan Seelbach 1,709,000
Vanessa Selbst 1,678,000
Erik Cajelais 1,600,000
Mads Andersen 1,595,000
Randy Haddox 1,542,000
Robert Salaburu 1,529,000
Jamie Robbins 1,503,800
Robert Corcione 1,494,000
Timothy Adams 1,475,000
Joseph Cheong 1,441,000
Gaelle Baumann 1,438,000
AP Phahurat 1,426,000
Daniel Strelitz 1,386,000
David ODB Baker 1,381,000
Gregory Milliron 1,366,000
Richard Pyne 1,365,000
Steffen Retterholt 1,353,000
Manos Foudoulakis 1,343,000
Andrew Flaherty 1,341,000
Jesse Sylvia 1,336,000
Tristan Clemencon 1,332,000
Andrew Lee 1,321,000
Nicholas Abourisk 1,287,000
Eric Pratt 1,278,000
Wilfried Haerig 1,276,000
Francois Safieddine 1,268,000
Roman Valerstein 1,259,000
Mikhail Aleksandrov 1,213,000
Gwennael Grandmougin 1,213,000
Luke Brereton 1,212,000
Tom Tran 1,165,000
Andrew Lichtenberger 1,150,000
Kyle Keranen 1,144,000
Zsolt Vizsnyiczai 1,144,000
Nghi Van Tran 1,141,000
Alban Juen 1,132,000
Lasell King 1,128,000
Christopher Andler 1,121,000
Dung Nguyen 1,100,000
David Peters 1,099,000
Bryan Vanrijsbergen 1,099,000
Fabio Sousa 1,090,000
John Phan 1,084,000
Michael Shelton 1,069,000
Joseph Opie 1,068,000
Jordi Martinezalonso 1,065,000
Shahriar Assareh 1,046,000
Isaac Baron 1,039,000
Andrey Zaichenko 1,025,000
A.J. Jejelowo 1,023,000
David Kluchman 1,012,000
William Klevitz 1,001,000
Michael Esposito 1,000,000
Yuval Bronshtein 971,000
Nicholas Cushman 967,000
Max Ovseyevitz 961,000
Ricky Markowitz 956,000
Patrick Halter 940,000
Mark Cole 939,000
Josh Neufeld 923,000
Marc Ladouceur 903,000
Mathias Maasberg 896,000
David Randall 894,000
Wayne Peterson 893,000
Steven Gee 890,000
Stephane Blouin 880,000
Eduardo Trulli 870,000
Alfred Firova 860,000
Sam Soverel 859,000
Mohammad Siddiqui 834,000
Gavin Smith 831,000
Cylus Watson 830,000
Jordan Batt 830,000
Niall Farrell 829,000
Charles Coultas 827,000
Jeffrey Finkelstein 825,000
Lasse Soerensen 808,000
Amnon Filippi 795,000
Jan Heitmann 788,000
Julio de la Rosa 784,000
JP Kelly 778,000
Farhan Madhani 775,000
Michael Moreno 773,000
Takashi Ogura 761,000
Antonio Garcia 740,000
Steve Merrifield 738,000
Kyle Knecht 738,000
Helge Stjernvang 720,000
Remy Cucak 720,000
Michael Swimelar 718,000
James Brodie 705,000
John Oshea 701,000
Michael Gable 700,000
Scott Montgomery 698,000
Michael Ferrell 687,000
John Owen 687,000
David Funkhouser 684,000
Barry Wiedemann 684,000
Frank Calo 677,000
Hans Joaquim Hein 676,000
Russell Thomas 674,000
Percy Mahatan 674,000
Bryan Paris 673,000
Nico Behling 673,000
Casey Yontz 670,000
Jonathan Schoder 668,000
Susie Zhao 665,000
Omar Saeed 664,000
Marcia Topp 662,000
Adam Lawler 654,000
Robert Bresner 652,000
Chance Kornuth 651,000
Mesbah Guerfi 646,000
Jan Kasten 642,000
Jason Somerville 640,000
Daniel Deveau 638,000
Philip Sternheimer 631,000
Robert Buckenmayer 627,000
Matt Marafioti 623,000
Jeffrey Fielder 619,000
Craig McCorkell 618,000
Oscar Kemps 615,000
Scott Abrams 614,000
Bartolome Gomilaromero 612,000
William Hefflefinger 609,000
Massimo Mosele 606,000
Marcel Luske 603,000
Nicholas Divella 597,000
Francis Witek 597,000
Fabrizio Gonzalez 595,000
Marty Zabib 591,000
Daniel Sauva 586,000
David Balkin 579,000
Joel Bullock 574,000
Lawrie Gibson 570,000
Ronny Kaiser 569,000
Daniel Schacher 565,000
Robert Lay 560,000
Francois Tosques 555,000
Sachin Modi 553,000
Frederick Vogt 541,000
Mazin Khoury 539,000
Anthony Thambynayagam 537,000
Kevin Pollak 530,000
Stephane Bisson 530,000
Vladimir Mefodichev 527,000
Tomas Samol 526,000
Jarrett Nash 526,000
Joshua Rotenberg 525,000
Andrew Dean 523,000
Ryan Pochedly 520,000
Webber Kang 519,000
Taylor Paur 507,000
Daniel Dizenzo 500,000
Evan Jarvis 492,000
Matthew Wolf 485,000
Brian Lamanna 478,000
Gregory Brewer 475,000
Christopher Kolla 473,000
Raphael Ayani 464,000
Craigory Thames 463,000
Blake Barousse 461,000
Aaron Kaiser 455,000
David Warady 451,000
Mikhail Rudoy 446,000
Morten Ahrensbach 445,000
Adel Jo 434,000
Erkut Yilmaz 427,000
Dan Shak 419,000
Andrew Moreno 416,000
Danny Wong 416,000
Jeffrey Schobert 410,000
Jean Malherbe 410,000
John Roh 410,000
Amit Makhija 407,000
Aadam Daya 400,000
Derek Chisholm 399,000
Sorel Mizzi 398,000
Ruggeri Marco 398,000
Scott Anderson 393,000
Mihai Manole 391,000
Mikhail Lakhitov 390,000
Sam Abueid 390,000
Timothy Odell 389,900
Michael Kaufman 387,000
Gjorgji Chuchuk 384,000
Roland Israelashvili 382,000
Corey Thompson 381,000
Brian Meinders 377,000
Greg Merson 376,000
Jonathan Fountain 364,000
Stephen Cesaro 362,000
Klaus Pautrot 360,000
Sam Holden 358,000
Jim Burns 355,000
Andrew Powderly 353,000
Kirill Rabtsov 351,000
Eric Cloutier 348,000
Peter Malkoun 348,000
Robert Brown 347,000
Will Souther 346,000
Jeremy Ausmus 345,000
Joel Micka 345,000
David Debue 344,000
Jeffrey Gross 338,000
Chanracy Khun 338,000
Timothy Chang 335,000
Metin Antar 334,000
Benjamin Hamnett 328,000
Timothy Kilpatrick 322,000
Loren Klein 321,000
Matthew Silberzweig 320,000
John Beauprez 318,000
Vincent Maglio 318,000
Alan Curl 315,000
William Katona 310,000
Jose Gomez 305,000
Perry Green 304,000
John Duley 303,000
Daniel Negreanu 302,000
Charles Clark 300,000
Niels van Alphen 293,000
Joseph Marchal 288,000
Bobby Law 281,000
Gilbert Diaz 275,000
Nicolau Villa Lobos 274,000
Sebastien Clot 273,000
Jared Hamby 258,000
Felipe Quijano 258,000
Balint Barta 253,000
Bruno Kawauti 253,000
Chin Derek 250,000
Rodrick Kennedy 246,000
Anthony Scherer 244,000
Matt Woodward 238,000
Nicholas Carrillo 230,000
Bobby Poe 229,000
Mohammed Jaafar 226,000
Matthew Ezrol 224,000
Ronny Schenk 219,000
James Keys 218,000
Hye Park 215,000
Jesse Martin 197,000
John Juanda 194,000
Derek Mymko 192,000
Keith Johnson 191,000
Alessio Isaia 189,000
Ryan Fair 186,000
Svyatoslav Belyaev 183,000
Michael Stembera 168,000
Peter Schneider 166,000
Mark Clement 165,200
Paul Siem 159,000
Paul Soukthavone 156,000
Patrick Khayat 155,000
Brent Hanks 150,000
David Earnest 140,000
Freddy Deeb 117,000
Maurice Hawkins 116,000
Zaher Sayegh 102,000
An Van Tran 102,000
Logan Trindade 95,000
Yuji Masaki 84,000
Eugene Du Plessis 81,000
Roman Duiunov 61,000
Dennis Frederick 31,000



D'Alesandro Leads Into Day 4 with the Money Bubble Looming

That’s a Wrap! After five levels of monstrous poker action, Day 3 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event has come to an end. Leading the field heading into the all-important Day 4 is Dave D'Alesandro, who finished up the night with 1.1 million in chips.

D'Alesandro will join approximately 720 other hopefuls who are still in contention to make a run at the title. All of those players will be vying to at least make the top 666 players to pick up a $19,227 min-cash and then continue their journey toward the final table, the $8,527,982 first-place prize, and of course, the gold bracelet.

It started over twelve hours ago when 1,738 returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with the hopes of making it through the night. However, as is always the case with poker tournaments, not everyone can survive. Some of those who hit the rail throughout the day include Abe Mosseri, John Racener, Chris Tryba, Vicky Coren, Barry Greenstein, Bryn Kenney, Karina Jett, Eugene Katchalov, Faraz Jaka, Nick Schulman, Brian Hastings and 2011 WSOP Player of the Year, Ben Lamb.

Also not managing to survive Day 2 were past WSOP Main Event champions in Dan Harrington (1995), Robert Varkonyi (2002), Jerry Yang (2006), Peter Eastgate (2009) and the defending champ, Pius Heinz. The last hand of Eastgate’s tournament occurred early in the day, with him calling the five-bet all in of Nghi Van Tran on a {2-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop. Eastgate held {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and Tran held {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Eastgate had plenty of outs to survive and double up, however, it wasn’t meant to be as a {7-Clubs} turn and {8-Clubs} river sent him to the rail. While these Main Event alumni couldn’t endure Day 3, Johnny Chan and Huck Seed advanced to Day 4 with a chance to win another title.

End of Day 3 Players and Chip Counts

Dave D'Alesandro 1,100,000
Sean Rice 1,076,000
Jacob Balsiger 1,065,000
Leo Wolpert 1,003,500
Ben Greenberg 963,000
A.J. Jejelowo 928,500
Daniel Rudd 834,500
Jonathan Seelbach 824,000
Michael Ferrell 821,000
Paul Volpe 820,000
Paul Birman 817,500
Vanessa Selbst 814,000
Kyle Keranen 802,500
Benjamin Alcober 789,500
Alban Juen 786,500
Cylus Watson 775,000
Mike Schneider 750,000
Erik Hellman 746,000
Sorel Mizzi 738,000
Nicholas Augustino 720,500
Bryan Vanrijsbergen 701,000
Mark Demirdjian 685,000
Vivek Rajkumar 678,000
John Phan 655,000
Andrew Lee 653,000
Davide Catalano 652,000
Jeremy Allen 650,500
Marc Karam 650,000
Nghi Van Tran 648,000
Robert Salaburu 646,500
Lasse Soerensen 646,000
Duykhanh Le 638,500
Craig McCorkell 638,500
Jason Somerville 637,000
Jan Kasten 636,000
Niels van Alphen 635,500
Marc Wright 635,500
Susie Zhao 624,000
Ercan Olgun 622,500
Eric Legoff 620,000
Kunal Patel 618,000
Amit Zulkowitz 616,500
Jeffrey Finkelstein 608,000
Marcel Luske 602,000
David Funkhouser 602,000
Gaelle Baumann 599,000
Shaun Deeb 598,000
Ernst Schmejkal 589,500
Matt Woodward 587,000
Erik Cajelais 585,500
Marcia Topp 585,500
Randy Haddox 579,500
Tristan Clemencon 577,000
Roman Valerstein 576,500
Chanracy Khun 571,000
Lee Childs 570,000
Corey Thompson 566,500
Jesse Sylvia 565,500
David Peters 561,000
Chun Chen 553,500
Timothy Odell 552,000
Micah Raskin 550,000
Nicco Maag 548,500
Wes Gauthier 545,000
Tom Tran 542,500
Robert Layne 542,000
Michael Shelton 539,500
Michael Hack 533,500
Yuval Bronshtein 533,500
Nico Behling 533,500
Fabrizio Gonzalez 532,000
Christopher Day 526,000
Amnon Filippi 525,000
Nicholas Cushman 520,500
Pacome Chavignon 520,000
Matthew Silberzweig 520,000
Nicholas Abourisk 517,000
Mazin Khoury 517,000
John Oshea 514,500
Mads Andersen 512,000
Stephen Foutty 510,000
Marc Goldman 507,000
Charles Coultas 507,000
JP Kelly 506,000
Eric Cloutier 505,500
Jonathan Fountain 504,500
David Randall 502,000
Andrew Flaherty 502,000
David Debue 498,500
Alessio Isaia 497,000
David Tuchman 496,000
Niall Farrell 495,000
Wayne Peterson 494,500
Antonio Esfandiari 485,000
Karim Jomeen 485,000
Adam Lawler 481,000
Michael Wright 480,000
Eric Buchman 478,000
Gregory Milliron 478,000
Michael Kaufman 478,000
Eduardo Trulli 474,000
Roland Israelashvili 473,500
Zachary Korik 473,000
Amritraj Singh 470,000
Amir Sonsino 470,000
Dennis Montogomery 465,500
Vladimir Mefodichev 463,500
Dane Lomas 462,500
Mikhail Lakhitov 462,000
Marty Zabib 461,500
A Ram Hong 461,500
David Warady 457,000
Svyatoslav Belyaev 450,000
Dani Stern 449,500
Robert Corcione 446,500
Oscar Kemps 445,500
Robert Brown 445,500
Wilfried Haerig 444,500
Frank Marro 440,500
Zsolt Vizsnyiczai 437,500
David Kluchman 436,000
Rhys Jones 433,000
Kyle Bowker 431,000
Derek Chisholm 429,500
Mathias Maasberg 429,500
Chance Kornuth 429,000
Taylor Paur 427,500
Morten Ahrensbach 427,000
Francois Tosques 426,000
Sam Holden 424,500
AP Phahurat 421,000
Loren Klein 421,000
Maurice Hawkins 419,000
Shahriar Assareh 417,000
Max Ovseyevitz 417,000
Ruggeri Marco 417,000
Andrew Powderly 415,500
Ryan Young 414,000
Jeffrey Schobert 413,500
John Duley 412,500
Andrew Dean 410,000
Ankush Mandavia 408,000
Scott Anderson 407,000
Barry Wiedemann 405,500
Mikhail Aleksandrov 404,000
Alexander Beck 404,000
Robert Lay 402,500
James Keys 399,000
Claudia Crawford 398,000
Will Souther 397,500
Mike McDonald 396,000
Ryan Daniel 395,500
Stephen Cesaro 394,500
Mike (Musa) Mustafa 393,500
Gwennael Grandmougin 393,000
Ryan Fair 389,000
Grant Hinkle 387,500
David Earnest 386,500
Jim Burns 384,500
Armando Fernandez 384,000
Roberto Riva 383,500
Sebastien Clot 383,500
Maria Ho 382,000
Jeffrey Gross 382,000
Webber Kang 381,500
Mark Cole 381,000
John Owen 381,000
Alejandro Vargas 380,000
Joshua Rotenberg 380,000
Ajay Gnanasambanthan 380,000
Nicholas Divella 377,000
Tomas Samol 376,500
Johnny Chan 374,500
Manos Foudoulakis 373,500
Jeffrey Fielder 370,500
Eric Baldwin 368,000
Alan Wasserberger 367,500
Eddie Blumenthal 367,000
Jerry Wong 367,000
Patrick Halter 366,000
Joshua Evans 366,000
David Balkin 366,000
Carter Newhof 366,000
Greg Merson 365,000
Demetrios Arvanetes 361,000
Fabio Luongo 360,000
Simon Taberham 360,000
Kevin Song 359,500
John Juanda 357,500
Josh Neufeld 356,500
Robert Kelepouris 356,000
Sandeep Pulusani 355,000
Michael Nasserazad 354,500
Timothy Kilpatrick 353,000
Justin Shelton 351,000
Peter Schneider 351,000
Jeremy Ausmus 350,000
Marco Bognanni 349,000
Jamie Robbins 346,500
Perry Green 346,500
Omar Saeed 344,500
Danny Wong 344,000
Imad Bejjani 343,500
Maxence Dupont 343,500
Orjan Skommo 343,500
Bryan Paris 342,500
Daniel Arfin 342,500
Gerardo Lubas 342,000
Felix Funk 340,500
Nicolau Villa Lobos 339,000
Neil Beckerman 338,500
Philip Macdonald 338,000
Brock Parker 337,000
Dan Martin 337,000
Eric Pratt 336,000
Joel Bullock 336,000
Daniel Schacher 335,500
Michael Hickman 335,000
Vincent Wille 334,900
Kamran Siddiqui 334,000
Mesbah Guerfi 333,000
Hans Joaquim Hein 331,500
Iain Somers 331,500
Anthony Harb 331,000
Romik Vartzar 330,500
Charlie Lacause 330,000
Stan Sinclair 330,000
Frank Calo 329,000
Giuseppe Zarbo 329,000
Guillaume Gignac 329,000
John Leathart 328,500
Benjamin Hamnett 328,500
Zachary Fritz 328,500
Amit Makhija 326,000
Zaher Sayegh 325,000
Darren Grant 324,500
Gavin Smith 323,500
Anders Rasmussen 322,000
Fabrice Humbert 321,000
Erik Wigg 317,500
Ruslan Gazaev 317,500
Daniel Sauva 317,000
Scott Blackman 315,000
Antonio Ribeiro 314,000
Charles Clark 311,500
Filip Verboven 311,000
Jan Heitmann 310,500
Dave Williams 310,000
Alin Rapoport 310,000
Keith Block 309,500
Timothy Adams 309,500
Jamie Shaevel 309,000
Mikel Allende 307,000
Michael Lipman 307,000
Raphael Ayani 306,500
Chris Moorman 305,500
Isaac Baron 305,000
Craigory Thames 304,500
Jose Gomez 304,000
Antoine Guyetant 301,500
Erkut Yilmaz 301,500
Steve Rosen 300,500
Everett Carlton 300,500
John Beauprez 299,500
Adel Jo 299,000
Adam Johnson 296,000
Luke Vrabel 294,000
Andrew Lichtenberger 293,300
Farhan Madhani 293,000
Robert Peltekci 293,000
Luke Brereton 292,500
Richard Jeffrey 292,000
Paul Ephremsen 292,000
David ODB Baker 291,500
Daniel Strelitz 289,500
Ravi Raghavan 288,000
John Shipley 286,500
Mark Clement 283,500
Paul Isom 283,000
Dan Murariu 282,500
Christopher Andler 282,000
Kosei Ichinose 281,000
Ricky Markowitz 281,000
Steve Merrifield 280,000
Michael Esposito 279,500
Freddy Deeb 278,500
Lasell King 277,000
Joseph Conroy 276,000
Marc Bariller 275,000
David Corsello 273,500
Bobby Poe 273,500
Fabrice Bachellez 273,000
Jean Malherbe 273,000
Omar Zazay 273,000
Terrence Chan 272,000
Nazim Guillaud 271,000
John Lavorato 270,000
Brian Zeid 270,000
Tri Huynh 268,000
Stephane Blouin 267,000
Vincent Maglio 267,000
Helge Stjernvang 266,500
Andrew Moreno 266,000
Yik Chiu 266,000
Joshua Gilliam 265,000
Jeffrey Stewart 265,000
Ozzy Sheikh 264,500
Sachin Modi 264,500
Adam Latimer 264,000
Takashi Ogura 262,000
Anthony Thambynayagam 261,000
Blake Barousse 260,500
James Mitchell 260,000
Steffen Retterholt 259,500
Joonhee Yea 258,500
Jordan Mayers 258,500
Michael Pesek 258,000
Fabio Sousa 258,000
Marc Negron 257,500
Timothy Chang 257,000
Scott Schwalich 256,500
Daniel Dizenzo 256,500
Robert Deppe 255,000
Eric Brix 255,000
David Diaz 254,000
Derek Buonano 253,500
Phil Collins 252,500
Robert Bresner 252,000
David Peters 250,500
Anthony Scherer 249,500
Stephan Schreitl 249,000
Jared Hamby 246,500
Metin Antar 246,000
Ramlal Basdeo 246,000
Christopher Kolla 245,500
Kenny Hallaert 245,500
Anton Ionel 245,000
Steven Schlesinger 245,000
Ronnie Bardah 244,500
William Choi 243,000
Todd Breyfogle 242,000
Andras Koroknai 242,000
Ryan Batchelor 241,000
Keith Johnson 241,000
Dominik Bosnjak 240,500
Tuan Le 240,000
Matthias Nilsson 240,000
Salman Jaddi 240,000
Andrey Zaichenko 239,500
Adam Bennett 239,000
Devin Looney 239,000
Joseph Opie 238,500
Joseph Cheong 237,000
Jimmy Dowda 237,000
Serkan Kurnaz 236,500
Paul Mctaggart 236,000
Scott Abrams 235,000
Jae Pak 235,000
Desislav Velikov 235,000
Jason Strauss 233,500
Kevin Pollak 233,000
Thibaud Guenegou 232,500
Barry Rives 232,500
Justin Ouimette 231,500
Bryan Zindrick 231,500
Dag Martin Mikkelsen 230,500
Joshua Weizer 230,000
Bobby Law 230,000
Richard Pyne 229,000
Michael Moreno 227,500
Brent Hanks 227,000
Bolivar Palacios 227,000
Daniel Ospina 226,500
Nicholas Carrillo 225,000
Simeon Naydenov 225,000
Louis Asmo 225,000
Robert Wisiak 225,000
Heinz Kamutzki 224,500
Francois Safieddine 224,000
Zachary Cooke 224,000
Trevor Vanderveen 223,500
Erick Lindgren 222,000
Edouard Mignotbonnefous 220,000
Valentin Messina 219,500
Neil Blumenfield 219,500
Salman Behbehani 219,000
Robert Lo 219,000
John Murray 217,500
Justin Young 217,000
Chin Derek 216,500
Philip Peters 216,500
Shawn Quillin 216,000
Leon Piso 216,000
Lawrence Gibson 215,500
Balint Barta 214,500
Yuri Ishida 214,000
Joshua Chait 214,000
Michael Song 214,000
Benjamin Saada 213,500
Elisabeth Hille 213,500
Frederick Vogt 213,500
Steven Gee 213,000
Ronny Kaiser 212,500
Derek Gregory 212,000
Laurens Desmet 210,500
Daniel Hirleman 210,000
Joel Micka 210,000
Filipp Khavin 210,000
Russell Thomas 209,500
Casey Yontz 209,500
William Hefflefinger 208,000
Liv Boeree 207,500
Antonio Garcia 207,000
Alan Curl 206,000
Shawn Buchanan 205,500
Assani Fisher 205,000
John Corsi 205,000
Barakeh Fadi 202,000
James Brodie 202,000
David Inselberg 201,500
George Leandrou 200,000
Kelvin Gates 199,500
Bruno Lopes 197,500
Melvin Dukes 197,500
Peter Bosen 197,500
Salvatore Bonavena 197,000
Jonathan Schoder 197,000
Xiu Deng 196,500
JC Tran 195,500
Paul Spiteri 195,500
Youcef Benzerfa 195,500
Sam Abueid 195,500
Samuel Blankenship 194,500
Matthew Ezrol 193,500
Noeung Troeung 193,000
Thomas Blizniak 192,500
Aaron Ruppert 192,500
Michael Vik 191,000
Joe-Boy Rahme 191,000
Raymond Wu 191,000
Thomas Swensen 190,000
Jerrimie Pacheco 190,000
Guillaume Rivet 190,000
Meikat Siu 189,000
Jesse Martin 187,500
Joshua Levkov 187,500
William Katona 187,500
Brian Nadell 187,500
Brian Lamanna 187,000
Jackie Glazier 187,000
Ryan Pochedly 187,000
Mihai Manole 186,500
Joseph Goott 185,500
Mohammed Jaafar 185,500
Remy Cucak 185,000
Jason Potter 184,000
Ross Myers 184,000
Bahbak Oboodi 184,000
David Stroj 182,000
Lawrence Barbetta 182,000
Kim Chee 182,000
Soon Hwang 182,000
William Klevitz 181,500
Percy Mahatan 180,500
Logan Trindade 180,000
Cameron Somsky 179,500
Paul Soukthavone 178,500
Philip Sternheimer 177,500
Kristijonas Andrulis 177,000
Felipe Quijano 177,000
Thaddeus Wolff 177,000
Christian Harder 176,500
An Van Tran 176,500
Henry Strasser 176,000
Sam Soverel 175,000
Evan Marshall 174,500
Raymond Morgan 173,000
Micah Smith 172,500
Samantha Cohen 172,500
Stephane Bisson 172,000
Klaus Pautrot 172,000
Ronny Schenk 172,000
Ali Eslami 171,500
Jamie Sill 171,500
Valdemar Kwaysser 171,000
Zachary Fahmie 171,000
Jordan Batt 170,500
David Briegs 169,500
Aaron Kaiser 169,500
Dylan Shwartz 169,000
James Schafer 168,000
Jean Moussa 168,000
Clinton Baker 167,500
Kyle Knecht 166,500
Simon Lam 164,000
Konstantin Streletskiy 163,500
Julien Chamoun 163,500
Tommy Velliama 163,000
Daniel Hicks 162,500
Louis Crispino 162,000
Larry Powell 161,500
Jermy Renz 161,000
Vitalii Minakov 159,500
Kyle Julius 159,000
Olivier Chubilleua 159,000
Jerome Naye 159,000
Griffin Benger 158,000
Evan Jarvis 157,000
Scott Daigle 156,000
Robert Buckenmayer 155,500
Desmond Portano 154,500
Marc Ladouceur 153,500
Jon Van Fleet 153,000
Fergal Nealon 152,000
Daniel Deveau 151,500
Dmitry Kataev 151,000
Bryan Pimlott 150,500
Jordan Oathes 148,500
Sean Giesbrecht 148,000
Matt Marafioti 147,500
Louis Werman 147,000
John Roh 147,000
Gjorgji Chuchuk 146,500
Lukas Nemec 146,500
Matthew Wolf 146,500
Zhi Pan 146,000
Jordan Lewis 146,000
Jordi Martinezalonso 146,000
Ray Babao 145,000
Lennart Winnemuller 144,500
Scott Hall 144,000
Michael Mcadam 142,500
Gary Hurst 142,000
Anthony Mar 141,500
Anthony Rivera 141,000
Yuji Masaki 140,000
Su Zhu 140,000
Huck Seed 137,500
Gilbert Diaz 137,500
Eugene Du Plessis 137,000
Justin Shih 136,500
Dan Shak 135,500
Joshua Mancuso 135,500
Adam Schwartz 135,000
Bernard Lee 133,500
Scott Augustine 133,500
Chris Kwon 133,000
Daniel Pickard 133,000
Carl Maddy 133,000
Matthew Kay 131,000
Marvin Rettenmaier 129,500
David Singontiko 129,500
Claus Vallo 129,500
Peter Murphy 128,500
Chris Stull 128,000
Jason Terry 128,000
Gregory Brewer 127,500
Ian Feller 126,000
Tom Koral 125,500
Stephen Hung 125,500
Jason Gigliotti 125,500
Darren Sinnaeve 125,000
Bartolome Gomilaromero 125,000
Debbie Haigh 124,500
Cristiano Guerra 124,000
David Wilhoit 124,000
Michael Swimelar 124,000
Joseph Pergola 124,000
Andres Ibarguen 123,500
Reggie Lyons 123,500
Thomas Czyszczon 123,000
Christine Brewer 123,000
Rodger Johnson 122,000
Katie Dozier 121,000
Alfred Firova 121,000
Michael Gable 120,000
Ezra Abu Gazal 120,000
Kirill Rabtsov 119,500
Marco Oliveira 119,000
Curtis Householder 118,000
Lance Keating 115,500
Johan Guilbert 115,500
Paul Siem 115,500
Kyle Cheong 115,000
Robert Yong 115,000
Stephane Benadiba 114,000
Kent Goulding 113,000
Massimo Mosele 113,000
Kory Kilpatrick 112,500
Brian Hamilton 112,000
Daniel Johnson 112,000
Matt Lefkowitz 111,500
Roy Duleba 111,500
Josep Galindo 110,000
Daniel Negreanu 109,000
Wayne Hoovestol 108,500
William Dawson 108,500
Markus Hausberger 108,000
Robert Schulz 106,500
Hye Park 106,500
Fawz Bennis 106,500
Jesse Posada 106,000
Patrick Khayat 106,000
Brian Meinders 105,500
Loi Phan 105,500
David Kaleel 105,000
Ruslan Dykshteyn 105,000
Aadam Daya 104,500
Jeremy Quehen 104,500
Roberto Betbese 104,500
Aaron Lim 104,000
Sergii Baranov 103,500
Anthony Guetti 103,500
Mikhail Rudoy 102,500
Alejandro Anaya 102,000
Michael Stembera 102,000
Gerald Schlichting 101,000
Brian Kim 100,500
Leo Labbe 100,500
Patrick Renkers 99,500
Kirk Specka 99,000
John Wrona 98,500
Michel Abecassis 98,000
Matthew Kurtz 97,500
Alexis Bouchiouane 96,500
Guido Tauriello 95,500
Ferit Gabriellson 95,500
Kevin Williams 95,000
David Scherzer 94,500
Robert Cecich 94,000
Kenneth Dobbs 93,500
Chris Moore 93,500
Roberto Luongo 92,000
Dennis Frederick 91,500
William Wellborne 91,500
Martin May 91,500
Daniel Alacahan 90,500
Bryan Sneed 90,500
Robert Perelman 90,000
James Gloyd 90,000
Edgars Augstkalns 89,000
Karen Sarkisyan 89,000
Jason Mercier 87,500
Justin Oliver 87,000
David Kelley 85,500
Stefano Fiore 85,000
Michael Vo 85,000
Thiago Nishijima 84,000
Lynne Beaumont 83,500
Michael Adamo 83,500
Phung Ngo 83,000
Michael Weiss 80,500
Stephan Ibs 80,500
Dennis Booze 80,000
David Icke 80,000
Michael Dentale 80,000
Gary Dunn 78,000
Jordan Knackstedt 78,000
Julio de la Rosa 77,600
Michael Neuber 77,500
Steve Mccluskey 77,000
Darin Thompson 76,000
Erik Scheidt 76,000
Neil Ryder 75,000
Fabien Perrot 75,000
Dan Natarelli 74,500
Adrian Apmann 74,500
Edmund Chan 73,500
Anthony Wise 73,000
Ernest Smith 72,500
Marvin Lee 71,500
Richard Whitebrook 69,000
Ryan Austin 68,500
Sallie Avino 67,000
Jarrett Nash 65,500
Michael Kamran 65,000
Dave Orvis 64,500
Joseph Marchal 64,000
Jamie Kerstetter 63,000
Roman Duiunov 63,000
Cobi Cobian 63,000
Jeff Hakim 61,000
Arthur Tanimoto 60,000
Francis Witek 60,000
Keith Morgan 59,000
Dana Kellstrom 59,000
Denis Thibert 58,500
David Corwin 56,500
Daniel Quach 56,500
Joseph Teanotoga 54,000
Jen-Yue Chiang 52,500
Christina Lindley 51,500
Timothy Joseph 50,000
Ryan Daut 48,000
Luke Chung 47,500
Alexander Berdichevsky 47,500
Stewart Newman 46,500
Luke Nettles 44,500
Thomas Jacobson 43,500
Zach Clark 42,000
Nathan Tuthill 42,000
Tyler Hancock 41,000
William Daymon 40,500
Michael Slavin 40,000
Peter Kamaras 36,500
Justin Allen 36,500
Jeffery Mcalister 35,500
Jed Dickerson 33,500
Rodrick Kennedy 33,500
Kevin Tiell 31,000
Derek Mymko 25,000
Mark Teltscher 20,000



Michael Hack with Biggest Stack as Day 2c Concludes

The Main Event marches on! Today saw the 2,300 survivors from Day 1c reconvene for five more two-hour levels' worth of poker, all hoping to last to tomorrow's Day 3 and join the players who won their way through during yesterday's Day 2a/2b.

When the dust settled, about 900 of those who began Day 2c survived, with Michael Hack appearing to possess the biggest stack around with 457,000, followed closely by Marco Bognanni with 452,100. In other words, no one today reached the heights achieved by Gaelle Baumann from Day 2a/2b to equal the 505,800 she bagged at night's end yesterday.

Randy Haddox began today with the biggest starting stack, and he and fellow big stack Eric Hellman spent the afternoon continuing their upward climb, soon to be joined by Sam Soverel, Ziv Bachar, Justin Ouimette, and Jeremy Allen in the race to 400,000.

Meanwhile the short stacks were busting at a rapid clip, with Scott Clements, Matt Savage, Jennifer Tilly, Ted Forrest, Kirk Morrison, Noah Schwartz, David "Doc" Sands among the early eliminations.

Phil Ivey would see his remarkable 2012 WSOP come to an abrupt end early on Day 2c as well after losing the last of his short stack to Nick DiVella, thus ending his pursuit of a sixth final table and first bracelet this summer. Others running out of chips before dinner included Jeff Madsen, Prahlad Friedman, Blair Hinkle, Jennifer Harman, Michael Mizrachi, and former WSOP Main Event champions, Jamie Gold (2006), Joe Cada (2009), and Tom McEvoy (1983).

By the final break of the night, Randy Haddox remained at the top of the Day 2c leaderboard, topping 450,000 for a while before slipping back. Luke Brereton and David Kluchman had pushed up onto the front page of the counts as well, with Jake Cody also edging toward the 300,000-chip mark. Meanwhile, Jennifer Leigh, Perry Friedman, Tom Marchese, Steve Billirakis, and Jason Alexander and his mustache and sideburns had all left us.

Also hitting the rail as the night wore down to its conclusion was the Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson. Brunson had mentioned earlier that he might skip this year's ME, but ultimately changed his mind because "it's such a great event!" Brunson made it through Day 1c with above average chips and lasted well into today's Day 2c, but ultimately was knocked out, with the announcement of his elimination greeted with applause from other players recognizing his significant achievements and contributions to poker.

Other late bustouts tonight included Gus Hansen, Tim West, Ludovic Lacay, and Matt Affleck. And after an up-and-down day, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom also hit the rail during the last half-hour of play.

Meanwhile, chip leaders Hack and Bognanni emerged, with Jonathan Fountain, Randy Haddox, and John Leathart also ending the day with 400,000-plus chips. Other notables making it through the day who will return to healthy stacks tomorrow include Jake Cody, Joseph Cheong, Ravi Raghavan, Ronnie Bardah, Ben Lamb, Antonio Esfandiari, and Johnny Chan.

End of Day 2c Players and Chip Counts

Michael Hack 457,000
Marco Bognanni 452,100
Jonathan Fountain 435,400
Randy Haddox 407,300
John Leathart 404,900
Erik Hellman 397,900
David Kluchman 383,000
Jim Burns 381,600
Fransois Tosques 372,200
Luke Brereton 372,000
Jeremy Allen 364,200
Burt Boutin 363,800
Sergii Baranov 363,000
Jesse Sylvia 353,100
Wayne Peterson 352,700
Sam Holden 352,600
Jake Cody 322,000
Joseph Cheong 313,400
Justin Ouimette 312,400
Daniel Eichhorn 302,700
Claudia Crawford 288,000
Neil Ryder 283,000
Jerry Randolph 281,500
Ravi Raghavan 280,000
Maurice Hawkins 280,000
Ronnie Bardah 274,400
Mark Vanderloo 273,000
Tristan Clemencon 271,800
Ben Lamb 271,000
Xiu Deng 271,000
Antoine Guyetant 267,000
Steve Merrifield 252,000
Dylan Schwartz 250,900
Ari Engel 235,200
Josh Weizer 233,000
Vivek Rajkumar 230,900
Marvin Rettenmaier 230,000
Dee Friedman 210,000
Joshua Levkov 208,000
Ziv Bachar 206,700
Antonio Esfandiari 205,300
James Keys 203,000
Bruno Lopes 201,000
Sumit Kumar 195,000
Johnny Chan 194,400
Bryan Paris 193,700
Christophe DeMeulder 191,600
Mihai Manole 190,000
Eric Buchman 188,300
Ozzy Sheikh 187,000
Nick Schulman 185,000
Jonathan Hilton 182,000
Farzad Bonyadi 180,000
Kyle Bowker 171,000
Mike Cameron 170,000
David Tuchman 170,000
Anthony Rivera 168,000
Michael Pesek 167,000
Jonathan Tamayo 165,000
Mathias Maasberg 165,000
Dag Martin Mikkelsen 164,400
Eric Cloutier 160,000
Bruno Portaro 160,000
Paul Volpe 159,000
Marcel Luske 155,000
Freddy Deeb 151,800
Raul Paez 150,000
Kory Kilpatrick 150,000
Jesse Chinni 145,000
Andrew Moreno 143,300
John Juanda 143,000
James Mackey 142,000
David Inselberg 142,000
Shane Warne 141,000
Paul McTaggart 140,000
Kyle Julius 140,000
Zachary Cooke 140,000
Steve Karp 138,000
Matt Marafioti 135,000
Nick DiVella 134,000
Brent Hanks 128,000
Peter Feldman 126,300
Gregory Heimann 123,000
Barry Wiedemann 122,000
Timothy Adams 122,000
Paul Wasicka 120,000
Daniel Delorenzogalvan 120,000
Frederik Jensen 120,000
Chris Moorman 120,000
Sam Soverel 118,000
James Sykes 117,000
Dan Idema 116,000
Steve Yea 115,000
Rebhi Attiyah 115,000
Jason Potter 110,000
Amit Makhija 110,000
McLean Karr 110,000
Kenny Hallaert 108,800
Will Failla 108,000
JP Kelly 107,400
George Caragiorgas 105,000
Brian Nadell 105,000
Phil Galfond 105,000
Salvatore Dicarlo 105,000
Eoghan O'Dea 105,000
Ryan Young 104,000
Leif Force 102,000
Jason Mercier 100,700
Ty Reiman 100,000
Michael Schneider 100,000
Eric Levesque 100,000
Christian Harder 96,100
Robert Croak 93,000
Justin Zaki 92,000
Sorel Mizzi 91,800
Shannon Shorr 90,000
Michael Binger 90,000
Kurt Jewell 88,300
Daniel Alaei 86,700
Bolivar Palacios 86,000
Matthew Beisner 85,575
Jimmy Arvanetes 84,000
Jeff Gross 84,000
Tyson Marks 84,000
Nam Le 82,200
John Phan 82,000
Ylon Schwartz 81,000
Terrence Chan 80,400
Gabe Patgorski 80,000
Vinny Pahuja 77,000
Justin Pechie 75,000
Bryn Kenney 73,400
Juan Manuel Pastor 73,000
Andy Seth 72,725
Joe Tehan 72,000
Dario Minieri 72,000
Keith Gipson 70,000
Dean Hamrick 70,000
Jamie Kerstetter 68,300
John Racener 67,200
Ryan Fair 66,000
Nenad Medic 65,000
Serge Nadjar 65,000
Dominik Nitsche 63,000
Sam Grafton 62,000
Tom Koral 60,000
Phil Collins 60,000
Konstantin Puchkov 58,000
Brent Zimmerman 57,000
Maya Geller 55,000
Hac Dang 55,000
Kosei Ichinose 55,000
Lisa Parsons 55,000
Brett Richey 54,000
Heather Sue Mercer 52,500
Kelly Kim 52,000
Pieter de Korver 48,500
Alex Outhred 48,000
Christian Rasmussen 47,000
Katie Stone 46,000
Jason Young 45,000
Raymond Davis 42,000
Luke Schwartz 42,000
Lars Bonding 41,650
Daniel Reijmer 40,000
Earl Barron 40,000
Bryan Buonocore 40,000
Chris Brammer 40,000
Jacobo Fernandez 39,000
Andrew Seidman 38,500
Ryan Austin 37,000
Max Steinberg 35,200
Joe Cassidy 34,575
Brad Booth 33,700
Brandon Adams 31,900
Jeff Shulman 31,200
Mike Leah 28,225
Yuval Bronshtein 28,000
Joe Awada 23,000
David Plastik 20,000
Phil Laak 20,000
Eddy Sabat 20,000
Luke Schwartz 18,000
Athanasios Polychronopoulos 16,000
Ana Marquez 15,000
David Oppenheim 15,000
Chris Oliver 10,000
Tom McEvoy 10,000
Karim Jomeen 328



Baumann Leads Charge to Day 3, Approximately 900 Survivors for Day 2a/b

The first of two Day 2 fields of Event 61, $10,000 Main Event, of the World Series of Poker have finished play for the day. The combined Day 1a field (657) and Day 1b (1,387) field combined was 2,044 and after five levels approximately 900 players remain. Leading them all is Gaelle Baumann with 505,800.

Also at the top of the counts are Mark Demirdjian (499,990), Shaun Deeb (460,900), Gerard Lubas (449,500), Kevin Davis (394,000), Vanessa Selbst (350,400), Jason Somerville (332,700) and Daniel Negreanu (277,200). Five former WSOP ME that survived the day: Pius Heinz, Peter Eastgate, Jerry Yang, Robert Varkonyi and Dan Harrington.

A laundry list of notables still remain in the field, including; David Diaz, Eugene Katchalov, Maria Ho, Gavin Smith, Katie Dozier, Bernard Lee, Amnon Filippi, Dani Stern, Mike McDonald, Taylor Paur, Sammy Farha, Brock Parker, Jackie Glazier, David Pham, Gabe Kaplan, Kevin Pollak, Brian Hastings, Eric Baldwin and Faraz Jaka to name a few.

Unable to survive the day were Justin Bonomo, Tony Dunst, Darvin Moon, Bryan Devonshire, David Williams, Mike Sexton Erik Seidel, Brian Rast, Isaac Haxton, Chad Brown, Jeffrey Lisandro, Mike Matusow, Martin Staszko, Scott Seiver and the legendary Billy Baxter.

The Day 1a and 1b fields were kept separate throughout play. Day 1a players were confined to the Amazon Room in the Orange and Purple Sections. By the end of player only two tables remained in the Orange Section.

The Day 1b field was quite a bit larger. They were spread across the Brasilia and Pavilion Rooms. The Pavilion Room was empty shortly after dinner and almost the whole Red Section was broken in the Brasilia Room.

William John began play as the far and away chip leader when he returned with 266,700. He lost a large pot to begin the day to Mark Demirdjian and steadily bled chips throughout the day. His day ended shortly after returning from dinner when he held got all in on a ten-high flop holding {A-} {K-}. Demirdjian flopped a set of tens and turned a full house to eliminate John.

Maria Ho had a successful Day 2 and even stopped to talk to our lovely Lynn Gilmartin. In one hand Ho opened and was three-bet to 6,000. She called and the flop came {J-Spades} {A-Clubs} {3-Diamonds}. Ho check-called 8,000 and the turn came {7-Diamonds}. Both players checked and the river came {8-Spades}. Ho bet 14,000, got a call and tabled {A-Hearts} {Q-Hearts}. Her opponent flashed pocket kings and she was near 200,000.

Day 2c kicks off tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. PST and will have the survivors from Day 1c. The surviving players will finally condense into one field on Day 3, starting on Thursday at noon.

End of Day 2A+B Players and Chip Counts

Gaelle Baumann 505,800
Mark Demirdjian 499,900
Shaun Deeb 460,900
Gerard Lubas 449,500
Kevin Davis 394,000
Jan Kasten 391,800
Taylor Paur 391,600
Ronny Kaiser 379,600
Julio de la Rosa 350,700
Vanessa Selbst 350,400
Jeff Beckley 347,700
John Huang 346,000
Nghi Van Tran 345,200
Christopher Kolla 344,500
David Diaz 337,900
Jason Somerville 332,700
Eugene Katchalov 330,900
Jeffrey Finkelstein 328,900
Zachary Hall 313,200
Brian Meinders 311,200
Eric Kurtzman 310,000
Suzie Zhao 304,200
Vitas James 300,400
Gavin Smith 279,100
Daniel Negreanu 277,200
James Cain 271,600
Heinz Kamutzki 268,400
Kennii Nguyen 268,000
Ercan Olgun 266,100
James Schafer 265,000
Adam Johnson 259,900
Joseph Rahme 259,100
Marcia Topp 250,000
Sean Giesbrecht 250,000
Kristijonas Andrulis 248,500
Lawrence Greenberg 240,000
Roger Jensen 230,400
Niall Farrell 230,000
Dusti Smith 229,200
Matthew Hyman 226,000
Jared Okun 225,000
John Hoang 223,300
Katie Dozier 223,000
Anh Van Nguyen 220,000
Brock Parker 218,000
Amnon Filippi 210,000
David Peters 207,500
Hans Hein 205,000
Michael Shelton 200,000
Zach Hall 200,000
Chance Kornuth 200,000
Maria Ho 198,500
Dani Stern 194,000
Matthew Berkey 194,000
Bernard Lee 190,500
Daniel Strelitz 190,400
Teddy Sheringham 190,000
Matt Kirby 190,000
Phillip Willcocks 190,000
Robert Kelepouris 190,000
Igor Loffe 188,000
Robert Peltekci 186,300
Roman Valerstein 183,200
Eric Baldwin 182,600
Mike McDonald 180,000
Joseph Hunter 177,100
Tommy Wong 175,000
Jesse Martin 170,000
Gerardo Lubas 165,825
Mark Eddleman 165,000
Matt Woodward 165,000
Matt Wood 163,600
Barny Boatman 162,000
Shawn Buchanan 162,000
David Pham 160,000
Ben Pollak 160,000
Dane Lomas 157,600
Andrew Lichtenberger 156,500
Jerry Schlichting 155,200
Oscar Kemps 152,000
Lee Childs 151,900
Jackie Glazier 150,000
Terry Grimes 150,000
Matas Dilpsas 150,000
Jerry Yang 149,600
Sammy Farha 149,600
Ryan Eriquezzo 145,000
Paul Phua 145,000
Peter Eastgate 144,800
Rhys Jones 144,000
Roberto Luongo 142,400
Kyle Cheong 142,000
Gabe Kaplan 141,500
Shawn Quillin 141,200
Ray Chiu 140,000
Fabio Luongo 140,000
Faraz Jaka 139,500
Everett Carlton 138,000
Cai Zhen 135,075
Kahlil Qaqish 135,000
Dan Harrington 134,100
Guang Lu 130,000
Chris Moore 129,050
Cary Katz 128,300
David O'Shaughnessy 126,000
Michael Wolf 123,000
Erik Cajelais 122,000
William Lo 122,000
Jamie Armstrong 120,400
Brian Hastings 120,000
Samantha Cohen 120,000
Justin Young 120,000
Michael Tureniec 118,425
Todd Witteles 118,000
Ashkan Razavi 117,500
Keith Lehr 117,000
Ian Feller 116,000
Dan Shak 115,000
Jan Heitmann 115,000
Roland Israelashvili 115,000
Isaac Baron 112,000
Karina Jett 110,400
AP Phahurat 110,000
Brian Kim 110,000
Alessio Isaia 110,000
Blake Kelso 110,000
Leo Wolpert 108,000
Jeremy Saunders 106,000
Jon Eaton 106,000
Steve Burkholder 105,000
Yann Dion 104,350
Liv Boeree 104,300
Marc Inizan 104,000
Irving Lorenzo 103,900
Daryl Brown 101,000
Mike Schneider 98,000
Simon Charette 95,000
Jenyue Chiang 94,000
Peter Frazis 93,400
Kyle Knect 92,000
Leroy Le 92,000
Leo Margets 88,000
Daniel Stern 86,300
Jacob Rasmussen 85,000
Daniel Harrington 83,750
Steven Burkholder 82,000
Amanda Baker 80,900
Micah Raskin 80,000
Bryan Pellegrino 80,000
Laurence Grondin 79,000
Brandon Steven 76,000
Mike Wolf 75,800
Wendeen Eolis 74,000
Abrahim Aboukhalil 73,350
Scott Dorin 73,000
David ODB Baker 72,700
Jason Lester 72,000
Shane Sigsbee 70,000
Mikhail Lakhitov 69,075
Nachman Berlin 69,000
Matt Salsberg 69,000
Salvatore Bonavena 68,000
Bryan Lacoix 67,250
Deanna Dozier 67,000
Mandy Baker 67,000
Jon Spinks 66,800
James Dempsey 66,700
Christina Lindley 65,000
Charles Lacause 65,000
Tuan Le 65,000
Mike Moed 64,000
Filippo Candio 62,000
Abe Mosseri 60,000
Scott Abrams 60,000
Vicky Coren 60,000
Erick Lindgren 60,000
Ilan Boujenah 60,000
David Singontiko 60,000
George Danzer 60,000
David Zeitlin 60,000
Mark Gregorich 59,000
Luke Vrabel 57,000
John Strzemp 55,400
Henry Strasser 55,000
Erik Gamans 55,000
Tom Schneider 53,500
Don Natarell 53,000
Jordan Smith 53,000
JC Tran 52,800
Marco Traniello 52,000
Mel Judah 52,000
Hai Le 52,000
Senaca Easley 52,000
Kevin Pollak 51,900
Jason Gigliotti 51,000
Hoyt Corkins 50,700
Dawn Lucarelli 50,000
Rob Perelman 49,000
Huck Seed 48,000
Alex Kravchenko 48,000
Jeremy Kottler 47,000
Don Fujita 47,000
Aaron Steury 47,000
Michael Chow 46,600
Tim Killday 45,500
La Sengphet 45,000
Adam Levy 45,000
Bryan Furtin 44,600
David Steicke 44,000
Bryan Lanoix 43,600
Eric Stocz 42,000
David Ritter 42,000
Michel Abecassis 41,000
Gregory Merson 40,000
Marc Arseneau 40,000
Simon Lam 38,000
Steve Zolotow 38,000
Patrick Renkers 38,000
Pius Heinz 37,300
Alexander Kravchenko 36,900
Sam Stein 35,575
Dewey Tomko 35,225
Ali Eslami 34,500
Max Weinberg 34,000
Al Barbieri 34,000
Mike Marder 33,000
David Boyacian 33,000
Seneca Easley 32,000
Pierre Canali 30,000
Aaron Jones 29,000
Sofia Lovgren 28,400
Chris Tryba 28,300
Tom Franklin 28,000
David Peat 26,200
Marcin Horecki 25,125
Sam Barnhart 25,000
Adam Hui 24,000
Jeffrey Frye 24,000
Craig Bergeron 23,000
Anders Rasmussen 20,000
Robert Varkonyi 19,000
Yueqi Zhu 18,000
Mark Maletic 18,000
Blair Rodman 18,000
Barry Greenstein 15,400
Layne Flack 14,000
Miguel Borrero 13,000
Lenka Hein 12,000
Vitaly Lunkin 11,000
Foster Hays 9,000
Bjorn Li 4,000



Haddox Leads Day 1c; Blom, Brunson & Ivey Move on to Day 2c

On Saturday, Day 1a of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event drew 1,066 players. The following day, 2,114 turned up for Day 1b. On Monday, that combined total was passed as 3,418 players packed the Rio for Day 1c action, the largest one-day Main Event field in its 43-year history. The final number of 6,598 entrants created a prize pool of $62,021,200, with $8,527,982 of that reserved for first place.

The man best positioned to capture that prize from the Day 1c field is Randy Haddox, who bagged up 188,275 and finished the night as chip leader. He joins William John (266,700) and John Hoang (180,000), who played Day 1a and 1b respectively, as the starting-flight chip leaders.

Some other players who survived Day 1c in decent shape are Doyle Brunson (81,400), who almost didn’t play this year’s Main Event; former Main Event champs Joe Cada (117,375), Jamie Gold (24,800), Johnny Chan (82,300), Tom McEvoy (24,125); 2006 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen (33,525); the current 2012 WSOP POY frontrunner Phil Ivey (11,525); and Big One for One Drop winner Antonio Esfandiari (78,925).

Another man who will be returning on Day 2c with a decent stack is Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (110,225), who is playing his first WSOP Main Event. In one of his more notable hands, an early position raiser made it 700, a middle-position player limped, and the player in the cutoff three-bet to 2,600. Blom then four-bet to 5,800 from the big blind, the other two players got out of the way, and the cutoff five-bet to 12,000. Blom shuffled his chips before moving in 18,400 for a six-bet. The Swede’s opponent moved all in and Blom let out a sigh and called.

Showdown

Blom {A-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Opponent {K-Clubs}{K-Spades}

Blom was in bad shape, but he got lucky as the board ran out {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{7-Spades} and he doubled to 90,000 in chips.

Unfortunately, not everyone was as lucky as Blom. Day 1c saw plenty of big names come and go including David “Bakes” Baker, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Olivier Busquet, Max Martinez, Jimmy Fricke, Thor Hansen, Brendon Rubie, Justin “Boosted J” Smith, David Bach, Chino Rheem, Jonathan Little, Nacho Barbero, Andrew Robl, Lex Veldhuis, Matt Waxman, Humberto Brenes, Vincent van der Fluit and Jonathan Duhamel, just to name a few.

Likewise, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ, Chris Moneymaker, hit the rail on Day 1c in Level 4 when he raised to 1,500 from under the gun and cleared the field all the way to Marty Zabib, who made the call from the small blind. Hank Farrell then three-bet to around 6,800 from the big blind, Moneymaker called off for the same amount, and Zabib came along for the ride.

The two active players proceeded to check it down as the board ran out {7-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and Zabib rolled over {K-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} for trips. Farrell simply mucked while Moneymaker showed {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} before taking his exit from the 2012 WSOP Main Event.

The surviving players from Day 1c will return at Noon PST on Wednesday for Day 2c; meanwhile, on Tuesday, July 10, the survivors from Days 1a and 1b will return at Noon PST to play their respective Day 2s in separate rooms.

End of Day 1C Players and Chip Counts

Randy Haddox 188,275
Erik Hellman 175,950
Marco Bognanni 169,600
Daniel Morgan 160,025
Mathias Maasberg 159,150
Brandon Adams 158,100
Steve Yea 157,175
Paul McTaggart 155,475
Asa Smith 148,475
Zennawi Petros 148,150
Andrew Moseley 147,075
Maurice Hawkins 143,000
Sam Soverel 140,000
Barry Wiedemann 129,350
Lisa Parsons 127,025
Scott Blackman 125,000
Mark Vanderloo 124,775
Jake Cody 124,675
Claudia Crawford 124,000
Joe Cada 117,375
Paul Volpe 115,875
Sorel Mizzi 115,000
Erik Audé 112,000
Adam Foster 111,500
Marty Zabib 111,325
Viktor Blom 110,225
Ravi Raghavan 110,000
Russell Thomas 108,675
Bruno Portaro 105,000
Farzad Bonyadi 105,000
Daniel Ospina 104,175
Brett Richey 99,000
Roberto Romanello 97,000
Jamie Heitner 95,000
Jeremy Allen 92,600
David Tuchman 92,000
Matt Affleck 91,300
Burt Boutin 91,000
Perry Friedman 90,000
Raymond Davis 85,000
Steve Billirakis 85,000
Jason Young 85,000
Joseph Cheong 84,775
Johnny Chan 82,300
Doyle Brunson 81,400
Jacob Bazeley 81,300
Leif Force 80,450
Chris Moorman 80,000
Matthew Beisner 80,000
Lars Bonding 79,000
Antonio Esfandiari 78,925
Bryn Kenney 75,000
John Juanda 74,450
Scott Freeman 74,200
Vivek Rajkumar 74,050
Aditya Agarwal 73,000
Marvin Rettenmaier 72,000
Greg Ronaldson 70,000
David Paredes 70,000
Matt Marafioti 69,000
Terrence Chan 68,500
Keith Gipson 68,000
Gus Hansen 67,575
Rob Aaronson 67,000
David Plastik 65,000
Jesse Chinni 65,000
Jimmy Arvanetes 65,000
Andy Frankenberger 64,500
Brian Lamanna 64,000
Tom McCormick 64,000
Liutaurus Armavicius 63,200
Randy Lew 62,025
Lawrence Uresti 62,000
Fredy Torres 61,000
Daniel Alaei 60,500
Michael Mizrachi 60,050
Kenneth Wong 60,000
Will Failla 60,000
Vicente Sepulveda 60,000
Katie Stone 59,500
Andrew Moreno 59,200
Dario Minieri 58,925
Nick Schulman 58,000
Nam Le 57,150
Fabrice Soulier 57,000
Yen Dang 55,000
Joe Tehan 54,300
Ari Engel 54,000
David Inselberg 53,000
Juan Manuel Pastor 52,000
Abraham Araya 52,000
Stephen Chidwick 52,000
Angel Guillen 50,000
Eric Levesque 50,000
Phil Collins 50,000
Steve Rosen 50,000
Mclean Karr 50,000
Jason Alexander 49,550
Jennifer Leigh 49,000
Alan Boston 49,000
Maya Geller 49,000
Eddy Sabat 48,000
Kyle Julius 48,000
Jason Senti 47,000
Ana Marquez 47,000
David Miscikowski 47,000
Miltiadis Kyriakides 46,000
Brian Roberts 46,000
Shannon Shorr 45,600
Athanasios Polychronopoulos 45,000
Tim West 45,000
David Grey 45,000
Blair Hinkle 45,000
Lacey Jones 45,000
Prahlad Friedman 45,000
Daniel Idema 45,000
Mayu Roca 44,000
Jason Potter 43,500
Tom Marchese 43,000
Calvin Anderson 43,000
Ylon Schwartz 43,000
Sam Grafton 43,000
Ronnie Bardah 42,000
James Mackey 42,000
Peter Rho 42,000
Justin Gardenhire 42,000
Scott Clements 41,000
Mike Thorpe 40,875
JP Kelly 40,600
Jamie Kerstetter 40,000
Anton Ionel 39,000
Earl Barron 38,000
Stewart Yancik 38,000
David Oppenheim 38,000
Michael Benvenuti 38,000
Phil Galfond 37,300
Josh Rotenberg 37,300
David Chiu 37,200
Christophe De Meulder 37,000
Shane Schleger 37,000
Tristan Clemencon 37,000
Tom Koral 36,000
Jen Harman 36,000
Sam Holden 36,000
Mike Telker 36,000
Hac Dang 36,000
Matt Matros 36,000
Jon Turner 35,000
John Racener 35,000
Dan Smith 35,000
Young Phan 35,000
Martins Adeniya 35,000
Theo Tran 34,500
Robert Williamson 34,025
Arnaud Mattern 34,000
Rex Clinkscales 34,000
Jeff Madsen 33,525
Mickey Appleman 33,000
Joe Cassidy 33,000
Michael Binger 33,000
Christian Harder 33,000
Howard Tahoe Andrew 33,000
Roger Despres 32,500
Ben Lamb 32,475
Tristan Wade 32,000
Freddy Deeb 32,000
Konstantin Puchkov 32,000
Amit Makhija 32,000
Dominik Nitsche 32,000
Bill Klein 32,000
Davidi Kitai 32,000
Adam Lippert 32,000
Melanie Weisner 31,700
Joe Awada 31,500
Cliff Josephy 31,450
Maria Mayrinck 31,100
Tony Moreno 31,000
Phil Laak 31,000
Tony Cousineau 30,800
Dan Kelly 30,300
Daniel Cates 30,000
Yuval Bronshtein 30,000
Eoghan O'Dea 30,000
Clint Tolbert 30,000
George Leandrou 30,000
Bob Chow 30,000
Marina Baroco 30,000
John Phan 30,000
Binh Nguyen 30,000
Andrew Chen 30,000
Hiren Patel 30,000
Vinny Pahuja 30,000
Darryll Fish 30,000
Annie LePage 30,000
Daniel Reijmer 30,000
Jeffrey Papola 30,000
Matt Weber 30,000
Jonathan Tamayo 30,000
Jared Jaffee 30,000
Zachary Humphrey 30,000
Hai Chu 30,000
Matt Giannetti 29,900
Joanne Monteavaro 29,000
Doug Carli 29,000
Nick Binger 29,000
Jeff Shulman 28,675
Dutch Boyd 28,500
Allen Kessler 28,000
Shawn Sheikhan 28,000
Jared Jaffe 28,000
Joe Elpayaa 27,000
Kenny Nguyen 27,000
Michael Pesek 27,000
Kurt Jewell 26,675
Chris Brammer 26,000
Gregory Heimann 26,000
Mitch Schock 25,400
Ludovic Lacay 25,400
Andre Akkari 25,200
Dan Martin 25,000
Anthony Harb 25,000
Mark Radoja 25,000
Kevin Boudreau 25,000
Leo Fernandez 25,000
Mike Leah 24,850
Jamie Gold 24,800
Marcel Luske 24,500
Tom McEvoy 24,125
Keith Ferrera 24,000
Ayaz Mahmood 24,000
Heather Sue Mercer 24,000
Aaron Overton 23,000
Grayson Ramage 23,000
Jennifer Tilly 22,000
Jason Mercier 22,000
David Sands 21,375
Badih Bounahra 21,000
Kevin Calenzo 21,000
Philipp Gruissem 21,000
Alan Sternberg 20,500
Jared Hamby 20,400
Luke Schwartz 20,000
Jason Wheeler 20,000
Scott Fischman 20,000
Sam Trickett 19,000
Kirk Morrison 19,000
Harrison Gimbel 18,350
Michael Weiss 17,200
Donavan Russell 17,000
Erika Moutinho 16,000
Ryan Daut 16,000
Stacey Nutini 16,000
Scott Bohlman 16,000
Mike Wattel 16,000
Dan Heimiller 15,500
William Reynolds 15,000
Jamie Rosen 15,000
Ben Yu 14,625
Antony Lellouche 14,000
Beverley Cheney 13,650
Gus Voelzel 13,500
Gary Benson 12,500
Alex Outhred 12,325
Ebony Kenney 12,000
James Mordue 12,000
Jeff Gross 12,000
Phil Ivey 11,525
Scott Baumstein 11,300
Eric Wasserson 11,200
John Morgan 11,000
Noah Schwartz 10,700
David Benyamine 10,000
Matt Savage 9,275
Todd Terry 8,850
Emil Patel 8,400
Ted Forrest 8,150
Al Riccobobo 8,000
Michael Cooper 7,500
Alex Keating 6,300
Al Riccobono 6,000
Doug Lee 6,000
Brad Booth DNR



Day 1b Concludes; Hoang Leads; Selbst and Negreanu Close Behind

Day 1b of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event has officially come to a close. Today saw 2,114 players put up $10,000 to compete for the most prestigious title in poker. Combined with the players who came out for Day 1a, the total number of entrants for the Main Event so far is up to 3,180. Leading the remaining players of Day 1b is John Hoang who is sitting atop a stack of 180,000. Rounding out the top three are James Schafer (171,250) and Vanessa Selbst (168,350).

This is the day of the year that all tournament poker players wait for, so it was no surprise to see a stacked field that was filled to the brim with familiar faces. That being said, this also turns out to be the saddest day of the year for some, as their hopes of making a deep run in the Main Event have to be pushed back one more year. Among those to turn up for play only to have their WSOP come to an end before the day's conclusion were Tom Dwan, David Singer, Tyler Bonkowski, Martin Kabrhel, Chris DeMaci, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Chip Jett, Victor Ramdin, Joe Sebok, Todd Brunson, Amanda Musumeci, Bertrand Grospellier, 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, and current UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

While the series came to an end for many, others thrived in this deep structured tournament. One of the more familiar faces looking to make a deep run in this tournament is four-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu. Despite his recent cash in Event 60: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit), Negreanu has had a rough series thus far. He's managed to collect 140,575 chips so far on Day 1, however, and has a solid chance at finishing the series on a strong note as he is sitting top ten in chips to finish Day 1b.

This summer has come to be known as the year of the woman here at the WSOP. Many female players made final tables in open events and Vanessa Selbst was able to capture her second bracelet. Selbst continued to crush the dreams of other players on Day 1b of the Main Event. The biggest addition to Selbst's stack came on the final hand of the evening when she got it all in with another big stack. All of the money went in before the flop and Selbst held {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds} against her opponent's {K-}{k-}. Selbst turned a set of aces and her opponent rivered a king just to rub it in. After that win Selbst was able to end the night with 168,350.

Up until Selbst's final hand of the night it was Maria Ho who held the position of woman with the most chips for a majority of the day . Ho gained a solid chunk of her chips when she was able to river a full house to double up. Ho finished the day with 130,425 and will be a force to be reckoned with when she returns for Day 2.

Other familiar names who will be returning for Day 2 include Jason Somerville (144,725), Shaun Deeb (125,900), Brian Hastings (119,000), Sam Farha (118,500), Amnon Filippi (109,900), Bernard Lee (96,575), Eugene Katchalov (96,275), George Danzer (84,125), Dan Harrington (83,750), Robert Varkonyi (75,325), Jerry Yang (71,775), Barry Greenstein (60,825), Justin Bonomo (54,225), Liv Boeree (40,500), Bryan Devonshire (22,525) and many more.

With five levels under their belts, the surviving players will return to play for Day 2 at 12:00 PM on Tuesday. Make sure to stay tuned to our coverage of Day 1c tomorrow as the field is expected to be the largest we've seen thus far at the Main Event. As usual, cards will be in the air at 12:00 PM and we'll be here to give you the lowdown on all of the big pots, bad beats, and bustouts from the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

end of Day 1B Players and Chip Counts

John Hoang 180,000
James Schafer 171,250
Vanessa Selbst 168,350
Jeff Beckley 158,550
Matt Woodward 158,500
Nelius Foley 146,875
Shawn Quillin 146,350
Jason Somerville 144,725
Daniel Negreanu 140,075
Guang Pu Lin 135,700
Maria Ho 130,425
Shaun Deeb 125,900
Mark Eppleman 125,750
Cody Wang 121,250
Brian Hastings 119,000
Erik Silevitch 115,475
Jeremy Kottler 112,000
Amnon Filippi 109,900
Todd Witteles 105,400
Bryan Pellegrino 105,000
Everett Carlton 105,000
Pacome Chavignon 100,500
Bernard Lee 97,675
Eugene Katchalov 96,275
Shawn Buchanan 95,000
Sean Pramuk 95,000
Chris Moore 91,000
Dani Stern 88,350
Andrew Brokos 88,000
Max Weinberg 88,000
Micah Raskin 88,000
David Pham 86,500
George Danzer 84,125
Samantha Cohen 84,000
Dan Harrington 83,750
Nick Peperone 83,000
Sam Farha 80,000
Kyle Cheong 79,800
David Steicke 79,000
Jan Heitmann 78,000
Kevin Vandersmissen 77,000
Robert Varkonyi 75,325
Dan Shak 75,000
Grant Levy 75,000
Roland Israelashvili 74,500
Barny Boatman 74,000
Michael Shelton 72,000
Jerry Yang 71,775
Erik Cajelais 70,000
Darus Suharto 69,000
Matt Salsberg 67,125
Tex Barch 67,000
Lee Childs 65,000
David Peters 64,000
Anthony Gregg 64,000
Mike Moed 64,000
Brian Kim 63,000
Paul Harris 62,500
Tuan Le 62,000
Sam Gregory 62,000
Richard Toth 61,725
Barry Greenstein 60,825
Neil Channing 60,000
Charles Coultes 60,000
Dan Attard 59,500
Steve Brecher 59,000
Tom Schneider 58,000
Gaelle Bauman 58,000
David Diaz 57,300
Justin Young 56,175
David ODB Baker 55,700
Rob Peltecki 55,000
Ryan Lenaghan 55,000
Justin Bonomo 54,225
Abe Mosseri 54,000
Adam Levy 54,000
Sam Barnhart 53,000
Chad Brown 53,000
Andrew Lichtenberger 52,000
Ali Eslami 52,000
Alex Kravchenko 52,000
Brandon Steven 52,000
Peter Eastgate 51,000
Scott Abrams 51,000
Darvin Moon 50,650
Deanna Dozier 49,000
Mike McDonald 48,000
John Tabatabai 46,500
Jeff Lisandro 46,300
Darren Elias 46,000
Erick Lindgren 46,000
James Akenhead 46,000
Marco Traniello 45,000
Lauren Kling 45,000
Katie Dozier 45,000
Bill Chen 45,000
Bob Bright 45,000
Scott Seiver 45,000
Mel Judah 44,975
Chau Giang 44,000
Gregory Merson 43,000
John Wills 43,000
Eric Stocz 43,000
Seneca Easley 43,000
Gabriel Nassif 42,000
Blair Rodman 42,000
Paulo Rink 42,000
Larry Wright 42,000
Oscar Kemps 41,000
Liv Boeree 40,500
James Calderaro 40,000
Mark Gregorich 39,400
Dan O'Brien 39,000
David Nowling 39,000
Mark Thoennes 39,000
Martin Staszko 39,000
Cliff Goldkind 38,800
Luke Vrabel 38,500
Galen Hall 38,000
Tom Franklin 38,000
Vicky Coren 38,000
Gabe Kaplan 38,000
Keith Lehr 37,000
Thomas Conway 37,000
Marcin Horecki 37,000
Paul Magriel 36,000
Craig McCorkell 36,000
Sam Stein 35,575
Salvatore Bonavena 35,500
Danielle Andersen 35,500
Marc Inizan 35,000
Bart Hanson 35,000
David Sklansky 35,000
Mikhail Shalamov 34,000
Steve Sung 34,000
Chris Tryba 33,800
David Boyacian 33,500
Vitaly Lunkin 33,000
Christina Lindley 33,000
Joe Serock 33,000
Layne Flack 32,000
Huck Seed 32,000
Max Lehmanski 32,000
Ruben Visser 32,000
Huy Nguyen 31,600
JC Tran 31,500
Rick Salomon 31,200
Matt Vengrin 31,000
Tony Dunst 31,000
Chris Schreiber 31,000
Eli Elezra 31,000
Kyle Cartwright 31,000
Kevin Saul 30,000
Roland De Wolfe 30,000
Evan Panesis 30,000
Hiren Patel 30,000
Paul Sokoloff 30,000
Marc-Andre Ladouceur 30,000
Tony Gregg 30,000
Ryan Tepen 30,000
Andy Bloch 30,000
Adam Junglen 30,000
Dominykas Karmazinas 30,000
Jean-Robert Bellande 30,000
Williams Thorson 30,000
Dermot Blain 30,000
Dario Alioto 30,000
Robert Mizrachi 30,000
Nicolas Chouity 30,000
Jim Collopy 29,000
Jesse Martin 28,750
John Dolan 28,000
Steve Dannenmann 28,000
Drazen Ilich 28,000
Alex Cordero 27,600
Steve Zolotow 27,000
Dwyte Pilgrim 27,000
Elio Fox 26,800
Nathan Meyvis 26,500
Minh Ly 26,000
Jeff Bryan 26,000
Sirous Jamshidi 25,700
Gavin Smith 25,300
Nathan Dowland 25,200
Max Pescatori 25,000
Adam Hui 25,000
Joe Bartholdi 25,000
Brian Rast 24,400
Christopher George 24,000
Vanessa Rousso 24,000
Craig Bergeron 24,000
Rep Porter 23,000
Bryan Devonshire 22,525
Rob Perelman 22,000
Ismael Bojang 22,000
Matthias De Meulder 21,550
Gene Nava 21,500
Joe Ebanks 21,500
TJ Cloutier 21,200
Josh Tieman 19,500
Jeff Sarwer 19,000
Leo Margets 18,500
Owais Ahmed 18,000
Joe Verrecchia 17,000
James Rann 16,200
Erik Seidel 16,000
John Cook 16,000
Tom Middleton 14,000
Mickey Petersen 13,000
Dag Palovic 12,600
Aaron Jones 12,000
Tony Utnage 12,000
Rami Boukai 12,000
Matt Hawrilenko 11,000
Eric Siegel 11,000
Josh Brikis 10,700
Nikolai Yakovenko 10,000
Jon Aguiar 7,000
Carter Gill 4,000



Day 1a In the Books: William John Leads; Kornuth and Baldwin Big Stacks

Well today was one of the most exciting days on the poker calendar, as the biggest poker tournament in the world kicked off at Day 1a of the 2012 Main Event! 1066 players stormed the Rio this morning with $10,000 and a dream, and after five action packed levels. William John is looking down at everyone else, as he sits on a whopping 266,700 chips, which covers the rest of the field by 100,000. Trailing John are Gerardo Lubas (165,800), Daniel Strelitz (164,125), Dane Lomas (157,600), and Chance Kornuth (141,775), who round out the top five.

Plenty of famous faces were here at the Rio today, including our defending champion Pius Heinz. Heinz spent most of his day on the main stage in the mothership, and he grinded a shortish stack for much of the day. However, Heinz found a key double up in the last level and his stack grew to 39,275 by the end of the night.

We were also surprised to see the one, the only, Phil Hellmuth, who unlike in past years, made a quiet, subdued entrance to this event. Hellmuth originally had registered for Day 1C of this event, but tweeted that after getting 14.5 hours of sleep, he was ready to play the day. Unfortunately for Hellmuth, it might not have been his best decision, as he was eliminated in the last level of the night when his top pair ran into the bottom set of Michael Tureniec.

While Hellmuth won’t be coming back for Day 2, there are a ton of notable names that still have a shot at the dream of the Main Event Final Table. That list of names includes Eric Baldwin (123,150), Faraz Jaka (115,775), Filippo Candio (85,000), JJ Liu (78,800), Mike Sexton (15,200), and David Williams (9,100).

Of course, not everyone could make it to the end of the day. We lost a handful of famous faces, including Ray Romano, Greg “FBT” Mueller, Allen Bari, Kathy Liebert, Eric Froehlich, Matt Glantz, Lee Markholt,Frank Kassela, Pokernews Hostess Kristy Arnett, former main event final table finishers Raymond Rahme and Soi Nguyen, and three former Main Event Champions: 1993 Champ Jim Bechtel, 2005 Champ Joe Hachem, and the aforementioned Hellmuth.

The players who have advanced to make it to Day 2 will now have two days off before they return on Tuesday at noon to play five more levels. Tomorrow will be Day 1b, where we will see a fresh batch of players try to match the accomplishment of today’s survivors. Play for Day 1b will start at noon tomorrow.

End of Day 1A Players and Chip Counts

William John 266,700
Gerardo Lubas 165,825
Daniel Strelitz 164,125
Dane Lomas 157,600
Cary Katz 154,850
Benjamin Pollak 144,200
Chance Kornuth 141,775
Jonathan Cuevas 141,675
Jared Okun 141,350
Eric Kurtzman 136,900
David Randall 132,725
Mark Dietz 132,300
Vasile Buboi 132,075
Leo Wolpert 128,300
Mark Demirdjian 127,125
Marko Neumann 125,650
Jon Eaton 125,550
Barakeh Fadi 123,450
Eric Baldwin 123,150
Matthew Kirby 120,825
David Funkhouser 120,600
Jamie Armstrong 120,400
Michael Tureniec 118,425
Steven Brackesy 118,400
Daniel Lowery 118,250
Kevin Rabichow 117,800
Warren Russell 117,500
Idris Ambraisse 117,425
Faraz Jaka 115,775
Isaac Hagerling 115,550
Justin Kindred 114,800
Kanajett Hathaitham 114,050
Tommy Wong 112,575
Jason Mcguirk 111,400
Jeff Banghart 111,225
Ryan Welch 110,425
Nicholas Schwarmann 109,225
Sean Goudelock 109,000
Eracles Panayiotou 107,350
Mikhail Rudoy 107,275
Jacob Schindler 106,450
Steven Greenberg 105,750
Tom Hu 105,300
Craigory Thames 104,450
Yann Dion 104,350
Nicholas Carrillo 103,400
Adam Lalopoulos 102,725
Joshua Chait 101,775
Kristijonas Andrulis 101,650
Niall Farrell 100,950
Daniel Weinman 100,875
Roman Valerstein 99,950
Ronald Eaton 99,825
Ferit Gabriellson 99,100
David Silverman 96,900
Brian Meinders 96,225
Sofia Lovgren 96,200
Nicholas Petrangelo 96,000
Curtis Householder 95,650
Simon Charette 95,000
William Lyness 94,350
John Beauprez 94,000
Erik Wigg 94,000
Joseph Hunter 92,850
Matthew Hyman 92,800
Taylour Mackay 92,600
Iven Sharrak 91,025
Alain Roy 90,250
Amir Sonsino 90,225
Rodrigo Tranooso 89,750
Manos Foudoulakis 89,375
Michael Neuber 88,225
Marc Wright 88,150
Jeffrey Moore 88,050
Kahlil Qaqish 87,875
Clayton Fletcher 87,250
Patrick Coughlin 87,200
Hoyt Corkins 86,850
Jason Manger 86,800
Edward Miller 86,450
Isaac Baron 86,300
Zachary Hall 85,250
Filippo Candio 85,000
David Harvey 84,875
Jerrimie Pacheco 84,475
Anton Kunikeyev 84,275
Derrick Dichiara 84,125
Joseph Shalgi 83,800
David Chase 83,750
Anders Taylor 83,650
Steven Mcnally 82,850
Phillip Willcocks 82,700
Anton Morgenstern 81,825
Louis Cohen 81,750
Felix Funk 81,425
Jaime Vilela 81,150
Amanda Baker 80,900
Kirk Shelmerdine 80,200
Russell Kamer 80,125
Nick Davies 79,975
Ankush Mandavia 79,950
Matthew Honig 79,400
Catherine Dever 79,250
Alejandro Barcelo 79,200
Leo Labbe 79,175
Daniel Rudd 78,925
Andrew Chud 78,850
JJ Liu 78,800
David Corsello 78,425
Kevin Davis 78,200
Fabio Luongo 77,825
Richard Mclendon 76,150
Dominik Bosnjak 76,100
Andrew Flaherty 75,825
James Sinclair 75,175
Martin Tavera 75,050
Michael Bennington 75,025
Michael Lipman 74,925
Antonio Ribeiro 74,900
Felix Bleiker 74,525
Mikhail Glushankov 74,350
Joshua Gale 73,825
Benjamin Longstaff 73,750
Steven Frankel 73,350
Christopher Lastiwka 73,250
Kambiz Zamani 73,225
Sergey Tikhonov 73,075
David Farber 73,025
Nachman Berlin 73,000
Feming Chan 72,950
Zhi Pan 72,350
Mark Cole 72,125
Dusti Smith 71,925
Jim Willerson 71,325
Dmitrii Valouev 71,050
Julie Farkas 70,750
Hans Winzeler 70,725
Chad Lawson 69,975
Ronny Kaiser 69,600
Mikhail Lakhitov 69,075
Bryan Lanoix 68,950
Karina Jett 68,550
Jamie Sill 68,250
Matas Dilpsas 68,100
Randy Mcintyre 67,675
Roy Gibbs 67,650
Asmat Asghar 67,600
Steen Ronlov 67,525
Matthew Wood 67,400
Irving Lorenzo 67,375
Michael Wright 67,300
Daniel Couzens 66,925
Jon Spinks 66,800
Ryan Hoffman 66,475
Anthony Denicco 66,300
Andrew Katz 66,125
Matthew Wolf 65,900
Salman Behbehani 65,825
Jordan Young 65,000
Jimmy Dowda 64,375
Brian Davis 64,175
Hien Nguyen 64,175
Joseph Barry 64,150
Hasan Habib 63,900
David Singontiko 63,675
Michael Stembera 63,600
Mario Nagel 63,450
Imad Bejjani 63,200
Freddy Blanc 63,175
Jordan Francis 63,050
Juan Sebasti Yepes 62,825
Kurt Lichtman 62,675
Danny Smith 62,575
Andrea Benelli 62,375
Eric Haddad 62,250
Kenneth Connel 61,800
Najib Kamand 61,775
Don Nguyen 61,675
Lejdin Fazlibegu 61,675
Tac Diep 61,675
Robert Kelepouris 61,500
Vien Dinh Bui 61,175
Brock Parker 61,025
Marcus Opzeeland 60,950
Larry Hieb 60,550
Zarik Aghbolaghi 60,475
David Scherzer 60,475
Richard Wagner 60,025
Angela Gelinas 59,900
James Cain 59,850
Chris Kwon 59,800
Jonathan Crute 59,750
Brian James 59,625
Alessio Isaia 59,525
Greg Byard 59,325
Isaac Haxton 59,200
Zeferino Garcia 59,000
Kevin ODonnell 58,750
Andy Black 58,525
Daniel Bowling 58,300
Helio Liberman 58,150
Erik Scheidt 58,025
Casey Yontz 57,725
Michael Klein 57,625
Mark Lefever 57,400
Salvatore Bianco 57,075
Edward Hatley 57,000
Dan Glimne 56,850
Eddie Blumenthal 56,675
Randall Yasny 56,575
Ruslan Gazaev 56,575
Jeremy Wien 56,550
Chris Bjorin 56,450
Vincent Robert 56,300
Hewitt Poland 56,275
Dustin Bailey 56,200
Nikolaus Teichert 56,050
Jonathan Lane 56,050
Richard Barabino 55,950
Mike Parisi 55,625
Sean Giesbrecht 55,600
Wendeen Eolis 55,125
Mohammed Ayyash 55,100
Taylor Paur 54,775
Aaron Ruppert 54,175
Andreas Nasvall 54,150
Christopher Kolla 54,025
Justin Cereste 54,000
Wilfried Haerig 53,550
Claudio Cecchi 53,500
Kirill Rabtsov 53,025
Rene Angelil 52,900
Ken Lennaard 52,800
Bryan Sneed 52,750
Toby Lewis 52,250
Didier Guerin 52,250
Todd Barlow 51,925
James Fournier 51,875
Nicholas Wong 51,825
Jeff Singer 51,800
Adrian Soriano 51,525
Richard Quach 51,350
Marcia Topp 51,250
Ilan Boujenah 51,050
Simon Taberham 51,025
Zachary Fritz 50,700
Juan Jalil 50,375
Olav Prinz Von Sachsen 50,250
Robert Stevanovski 50,150
Gerard Kane 50,025
John Martin 49,875
Tri Huynh 49,750
Steven Watts 49,350
Edmond Caruso 49,200
Robin Roths 49,175
Stefan Lehner 49,125
Heinz Kamutzki 48,875
Cesar Garcia 48,825
Cameron Hamilton 48,600
Robert Fenner 48,500
Salman Jaddi 48,225
Ian Johns 48,200
Ronald Lawton 48,020
Qinghai Pan 47,850
Ken Einiger 47,775
Yin Sun 47,700
Benjamin Hamnett 47,700
Jeremy Ausmus 47,500
Carl Le 47,500
Tommy Hoard 47,325
Erik Knutson 47,125
Dilyan Kovachev 46,950
Stephan Guy 46,925
Norman Shapiro 46,875
Christopher O'donnell 46,800
Philippe Louet 46,725
Michael Chow 46,600
Dmitry Kataev 46,600
Charles Tabor 46,500
Victor Ilyukhin 46,400
Aaron Orourke 46,175
Johan Petersen 46,125
Kirk Specka 46,100
Stephan Ibs 46,100
Jonathan Driscoll 45,700
Daniel Arfin 45,675
Richard Harroch 45,600
Lawrence Lakatosh 45,525
David Goldberg 45,525
Duane Wellnitz 45,475
Erica Schoenberg 45,300
Matthew Mercurio 45,225
Denis Thibert 45,175
Ryan Leng 45,150
Nicholas Abourisk 45,000
Sang Yu 44,925
Roberto Luongo 44,800
Joshua Popp 44,725
Scott Eskenazi 44,675
Roger Jensen 44,525
Chris Viox 44,475
Marc Arseneau 44,400
Andrea Carini 44,300
Deborah Phillips 44,075
Kevin Pollak 43,900
Richard Gilreath 43,875
Claudio Rinaldi 43,850
Colin Wickersheim 43,675
Kennii Nguyen 43,500
Christoph Lovett 43,300
Thomas Joanides 43,200
Jacob Solis 43,075
Jan Kasten 42,975
Richard Czerniak 42,900
Daniel Simms 42,900
Terry Grimes 42,650
Yueqi Zhu 42,500
Andrew Akash 42,475
Mark Weitzman 42,475
Rodolfo Castaneda 42,375
Jeffrey Forrest 42,350
Ottavio Tassone 42,250
Craig Casino 42,200
Rocco Lazazzaro 42,150
Joseph Wertz 42,150
Arthur Tanimoto 42,050
Lawrence Gibson 41,975
Neil Mcfayden 41,950
Leonardo Cancado 41,900
Thijmen Stocker 41,850
Alan Mastic 41,850
Eric Gigon 41,725
Aurelien Guiglini 41,675
Jared Bluestein 41,550
Ferreira Sou Douglas 41,475
Paul Siem 41,350
John Strzemp 41,100
Steven Schlesinger 40,975
Nicholas Phillips 40,925
Vitas James 40,750
Christophe Grange 40,625
Hagop Killedjian 40,600
Jung Lim 40,575
Jason Gigliotti 40,375
Ray Foley 40,200
Kevan Casey 40,100
Justin Shelton 40,025
Sandeep Pulusani 40,000
Anthony Wright 39,850
Raja Kattamuri 39,800
Pius Heinz 39,775
Peter Linton 39,750
Leroy Le 39,725
Serkan Kurnaz 39,700
Romain Curelly 39,275
Brett Shaffer 39,100
Robert Zarzycki 39,025
Ryan Olson 39,000
Adam Pabst 38,925
Lennart Winnemuller 38,525
Artur Sindoyan 38,500
Larry Karambis 38,450
Jason Pritchard 38,450
Robert Rawls 38,400
Jason Lester 38,350
Jean Michel Wurfel 38,250
Johann Busing 38,175
Alexander Venovski 38,150
Bailey Dodson 38,100
Paul Cogliano 38,075
Roy Upshaw 38,075
Tapio Vihakas 37,950
Alexander Petersen 37,950
Laurent Bellaiche 37,950
Michael Adams 37,925
Samuel Golbuff 37,925
Stipe Zadro 37,875
Norbert Szecsi 37,725
David Reeh 37,725
Vitor Buzinaro 37,600
Simo Kiukas 37,575
Frank Goulard 37,575
Travis Klein 37,475
David Roemer 37,300
Scott Mayfield 37,075
Kai Kassebaum 36,900
Ara Arzoumanian 36,650
Erik Diguilio 36,600
Rhynie Campbell 36,425
Valerio Greco 36,125
Julian Galvan 35,950
Joel Patchell 35,850
Sean Dempsey 35,725
Ted Sorensen 35,525
Justin Warner 35,500
Kyle Johnson 35,400
Lee Morris 35,350
Barry Shulman 35,275
Roopchan Baboolal 35,250
Dewey Tomko 35,225
Paul Spiteri 35,200
Michael Wolf 34,700
Ron Faltinsky 34,450
David Barinelli 34,400
Konstantin Bucherl 34,175
Christian Glissmann 34,100
Javier Chabolla 34,050
Jordan Knackstedt 33,975
Greg Croll 33,975
Joseph Rahme 33,850
Roy Papatheodorou 33,725
Ricardo Lima 33,725
Michael Byrne 33,700
Craig Vandoorn 33,575
Tore Lukashaugen 33,400
Markus Dittrich 33,300
Bryan Vanrijsbergen 33,300
Romik Vartzar 33,175
Redmond Lee 33,000
Cherng Hua 32,975
Jackie Glazier 32,950
Timothy Foster 32,800
Andrew Pantling 32,725
Gabriel Thaler 32,700
Jonathan Moonves 32,575
Peter Charalambous 32,550
Bodo Sbrzesny 32,500
James Dawick 32,475
Marco Pontillo 32,375
Keith Morgan 32,250
Mark Schmid 32,225
Anthony Ramsden 32,200
Mark Maletic 31,950
Velimir Marceta 31,950
Shawn Daniels 31,800
Ryan Paulin 31,775
Larry Goodman 31,725
Tom Macey 31,575
Emad Alabsi 31,500
Shane Douglas 31,300
Roberto Rodriguez La Torre 31,300
Robert Goldbaum 31,275
Jerry Payne 31,250
William Baxter 31,175
Artem Litvinov 31,150
Jenny Marczynski 31,150
Dennis Cronin 30,950
Alejandro Vargas 30,675
Stanislav Barshak 30,550
Richard Arnold 30,350
Olvedi Artur 30,300
Jay Rosenkrantz 30,100
John Riordan 30,000
Eric Perez 30,000
David Edgar 29,775
Daniele Vesco 29,700
Pete Vilandos 29,525
Theodore Green 29,425
Scott Schwalich 28,900
Aaron Frei 28,875
Pratyush Buddiga 28,850
Andrea Vezzani 28,750
Quinn Do 28,700
Tommy Petropoulos 28,500
Mike Matusow 28,450
Thomas Mcteer 28,400
David Stefanski 28,200
Mike Luong 28,125
Dylan Linde 28,000
Foster Hays 28,000
Becky Rocco 27,900
Cary Busler 27,800
Joseph Pergola 27,750
Aaron Steury 27,650
Michael Ryan 27,650
Robert Redman 27,625
Michael Kaplan 27,575
Thuy Phan 26,750
Constantinos Theocharides 26,600
Jerry Morris 26,525
Anthony Newman 26,500
Ben Logan 26,500
Tony Bigdali 26,450
Yotam Shmuelov 26,300
Raymond Coburn 26,100
Lisa Hamilton 26,075
Brian Benhamou 26,050
Andrew Sakai 25,900
Nikolas Metaxas 25,750
Adam Hsu 25,700
Allen Cunningham 25,375
Ryan Schmidt 25,300
Michael Gagliano 25,250
Allen Pock 25,225
John Shaw 25,150
Elliot Shmukler 25,100
Mads Aamot 25,100
John Pito 25,000
Robert Schulz 24,800
James Czarnecki 24,775
Sebastien Guidez 24,700
Kenneth Kavowras 24,600
Kirill Kruglov 24,450
Todd Hansen 24,350
La Sengphet 24,150
Alexander Meidinger 23,875
Jordan Morgan 23,850
Michael Corson 23,850
Kathy Lehne 23,725
Kyle White 23,650
Sergej Barbarez 23,650
Matt Stout 23,400
Warren Lindland 23,225
Alexander Debus 23,200
Sebastian Gohr 23,100
William Davenport 22,900
Robert Pisano 22,825
Jordan Smith 22,800
Daniel Dizenzo 22,750
Joe McGowan 22,750
Anthony George 22,650
Nicolas Chappuis 22,625
Michael Glick 22,600
Robert Gates 22,450
Peter Ippolito 22,325
Adam Cook 22,250
Nicholas Crisp 22,075
Saint Hung 22,050
Gillian Epp 21,825
Jonas Mackoff 21,825
Mikhail Aleksandrov 21,550
Owen Glantz 21,450
Steven Gee 21,425
Sasa Stancic 21,225
Simon Kovacic 21,200
Gregory Bastin 21,200
Markus Ritt 21,150
Alberto Santana 21,050
Thibaud Guenegou 20,950
Marco Leonzio 20,925
Mark Shepherd 20,925
Jed Dickerson 20,925
Gary Friedlander 20,825
Brandon Caputo 20,675
Diego Zeiter 20,600
Avery Cardoza 20,200
Raffi Boyadjian 20,200
John Toste 20,150
Scott Dorin 20,000
Michael Kanaan 19,975
Ben Roberts 19,975
Jennifer Shahade 19,900
Robin Keston 19,700
David Patent 19,550
Jeffrey Frye 19,175
Martin Sutcliffe 19,100
Ryan Huston 19,100
Dana Isaacson 18,875
Tom Rafferty 18,625
Michael Davis 18,550
Ethan Porter 18,525
David Trevino 18,400
Tatjana Pasalic 18,325
Macradij Yacoubian 18,325
Artur Koren 18,250
Semen Apokorin 18,100
Andrew Nguyen 18,100
Walton Carlisle 17,775
Maxim Fedorov 17,750
Brandon Meyers 17,725
Eli Gorin 17,700
David Ashby 17,650
Timothy Mckernan 17,575
Redmond Toth 17,450
Dany Ducas 17,200
Jonathan Dimmig 17,075
Govert Metaal 17,050
Richard Bassing 17,050
Shane Stewart 17,000
Thea Robin 16,950
Thomas Mou 16,700
Kevin Schulz 16,650
Eugene Du Plessis 16,350
Charles Smithson 16,300
Jerrod Ankenman 16,250
Todd Elwood 15,950
David Schnettler 15,850
John Eames 15,675
Sridhar Prathivadi 15,600
Adam Zimowski 15,575
James Grant 15,400
Michael Mccliman 15,300
Vitaly Kovyazin 15,225
Mike Sexton 15,200
Donnacha O'Dea 15,050
Sean Winter 15,025
Alexander Beeckx 14,275
Alex Madriaga 14,200
George Griffith 14,200
Louis Pito 14,050
Daniel Kaiser 13,950
David Frazier 13,925
Allyn Jaffrey Shulman 13,800
Kevin Sumstine 13,775
Grayson Nichols 13,475
David Tindall 13,400
Steven Miranda 13,225
Carlos Lopez Neira 13,150
Douglas Roger 13,050
Phillip Gilbert 13,050
Miguel Borrero 13,000
Christopher Greaves 12,250
Michael Wasserman 12,100
Gregg Shanberg 11,975
Frederick Dykes 11,925
Norson Shiniti 11,825
John Lavorato 11,300
Rafael Caiaffa 11,275
Didier Vardapin 11,225
Simon Cremniter 11,200
Luca Bartoli 11,200
Steve Ryan 11,125
Simon Gunther 11,100
Brent Sheirbon 11,025
Cassio Pisapiadealmeida 11,000
Jeremy Dittmar 10,650
Ryan Tongen 10,625
Carl Kuran 10,525
Jason Stuken 10,325
Daniel Hauptfeld 10,000
Bjorn Li 9,850
Kevin MacPhee 9,850
Donghwan Choi 9,850
Neville Darrell 9,575
Edward Ross 9,525
David Williams 9,100
Damir Alidzanovic 8,500
Court Harrington 8,400
Thomas Leto 8,375
Slaven Popov 8,200
Frank Kucich 8,175
Austen Johnson 7,775
Andrew Weisner 7,275
Won Lee 7,125
Nathan Walsh 7,075
James Hess 6,450
Anthony Deyoe 6,425
Lenka Hein 6,000
Fredrick Patterson 5,850
Henning Gunby 5,600
Peter Hedlund 4,950
Harvey Larocque 4,000
Dominik Leitner 3,650
Kenneth Shelton 1,225
Debbie Haigh 1
James Vonderhaar 1
Aleksandr Konstantino 1

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