It is hard to believe that the 2012 WSOP has already reached its halfway mark. So far there have been a total of 30 gold bracelets awarded with 23 of them going to Americans. The weekend smashed all previous attendance records with almost 10,000 players, and that’s not counting lookie-loos, general audience and fans. You should have been there. But don’t worry; it’s not too late, it’s only halfway point and there are still 31 more bracelets to give out. Here is how the last events ended up:
She’s smart, she’s an attorney and she’s a professional poker player. Allyn Jaffrey Shulman did it. She won Event #29: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship. She defeated a record breaking field of 4,128 players and in so doing, she finally broke the Female Non-Winning Streak of 248 events without a bracelet. She gladly and proudly takes home the prize of $603,713 and her first-ever World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
Larry Wright defeated a field of 284 players and a star-studded final table that included Michael Mizrachi and Erick Lindgren. Wright won Event #30: $1,500 2-7 Draw Low-ball, a big fat check for $101,975 and captured his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
Early this Tuesday morning Carter Phillips championed Event #31: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em. He took the coveted gold bracelet from a field of 2,811 entrants and walked off with $664, 130. Phillip, a professional poker player from Charlotte, North Carolina who is now the proud winner of his second gold bracelet, winning his first in the 2010 World Series of Poker $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed event . Congratulations Mr. Phillips.
And our congratulations also go out to David “Bakes” Baker for holding strong, toppling John Monnete heads up, and defeating a final eight that included Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth. Baker is no stranger to the WSOP. He has made it to three final tables and cashed regularly at the WSOP since 2008. He is now the winner of Event #32: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. and the sweet sum of $451,779 plus his second gold bracelet.
We’re half way to the Main Event – the Final Nine! For my money, or all my poker chips, I could not have asked for a more exciting WSOP to this point… and we still have a second half. Are you ready for it?