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The 3 Wise Men of the 20112 WSOP

There are only 3 players left at the final table of the 2012 WSOP Championship battle. Short stack Jake Balsiger followed by Jesse Sylvia and chip leader Greg Merson outlasted everybody else last night and are now ready to go for it all tonight. If Balsiger pushes through and takes the title he will become the youngest Main Event Champ in WSOP history. Greg Merson is not just playing for the 2012 title, the money and the bracelet but also for the honor of being named “2012 WSOP Player of the Year”. And, winning the $8.5 mil will go a long ways in supporting  Jesse James Sylvia’s entrepreneurial dreams of getting into the movie making business in Los Angeles.

Their seating positions are as follows: Seat 1 — Jake Balsiger with 46,375,000 in chips – Seat 2 — Greg Merson with 88,350,000 in chips – Seat 3 — Jesse Sylvia with 62,750,000 in chips.

We wish them all the best of luck and we can’t wait to see who ends up with all the poker chips, the 2012 WSOP Championship Title and the coveted bracelet.

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I find myself pulled in all different directions: updating the Texas Poker Store inventory and making sure our new luxury poker tables are ready to be shipped, putting the finishing touches in the new poker song I wrote with Randy Pavlock and my best friend and wife Lynn Paris and arranging for the production of our poker music video, which is to be released with our poker song before the 2012 WSOP’s final table in October. And, as if that wasn’t enough, you know I have to keep up with the latest from this year’s already explosive WSOP. So, in that regard, here is what happened since our last report.

Jan-Peter Jachtmann from Germany crushed a field of 293 to capture Event #39: $10,000 Pot Limit-Omaha. One of his dreams was to play with his hero Sammy Farha,  and not only did that dream come true for him but he beat Farha to take the Title, $661,000 and his first gold bracelet . Now, as the Publisher of the largest German-language poker magazine, Poker Blatt, he will have something to brag about.

Ronnie Bardah, the true grinder from Stoneham, Massachusetts finally reaches the top of the coveted mountain and wins Event #40: $2,500 Limit Hold’em – Six-Handed.  He started the day dead last and clawed and scratched his way to the Title, a hefty prize purse of $182,088 and his first career bracelet. Despite the health problems he’s had, he maintained a strong attitude and it paid off for him in the form aces full over fours. Congratulations Ronnie.

Greg Ostrander, a  40-year-old former police officer from Webster, New York defeated a field 1,394 players to win Event #41 – $3,000 Buy-In No-Limit Hold’em. Ostrander takes home his first gold bracelet to show off at his old precinct, and he’ll have enough money to buy the entire station a few rounds to celebrate his victory. He collects a purse valued at  $742,072.

Oleksii Kovalchuk wins 2nd WSOP Bracelet

Oleksii Kovalchuk, the young 22-year-old from Kiev, Ukraine is the winner of Event #42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better. He managed to triumph over a field of 393 to get his second career WSOP gold bracelet and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow worth $228,014.


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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?

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It’s only June 9 and there are already 15 new WSOP champions wearing their well-earned WSOP bling . . . aka the 2012 WSOP gold bracelet. Not to mention the few dollars they each put in their pockets . Our hearty congratulations go out to all the latest winners including:

Brian Hastings who won Event 12: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em and  bagged his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet along with a $371,498 pay day.

David Arsht took Event 13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em  to win his first gold bracelet and a sweet $211,921 payoff .

Brandon Schaefer was the winner of  Event 14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout, along with his first WSOP bracelet and a pot of gold worth $311,174.

Adam Friedman conquered Event 15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better,  his first career WSOP bracelet and a total of $269,037.  This had to have been the most exciting event that Friedman ever played. After all, he defeated Eli Elezra, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Todd Brunson even as Todd’s dad Doyle stood by and watched his son go down in flames.

We’ll come back with more updates soon, but for right now we’re on our way to the cage to cash in our poker chips.

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