2012 WSOP Day 31 Recap: Palumbo Plunders WSOP Gold

Rocco Palumbo Wins At 2012 WSOPRocco Palumbo was the only bracelet winner on day 31 of the 2012 World Series of Poker. For more on this story and all of the latest events at the Rio, read on…

WSOP 2012 Event #44 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
23 year old Italian poker pro Rocco Palumbo has claimed his first ever WSOP title, as well as a handsome $464,464 in prize money, after taking down Event #44 at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

Palumbo emerged from the second largest field at this year’s WSOP to claim victory, becoming the first Italian since to win at the World Series since 2008. He said, “We haven’t had a great year at the World Series and it’s been two or three years since we’ve won a bracelet. I’m surely happy for me, but I’m happy for Italy too.”

Final ten payouts:

1 – Rocco Palumbo – $464,464
2 – Nelson Robinson – $288,448
3 – Thomas Conway – $203,437
4 – Kevin Elia – $79,464
5 – Jason Everett – $107,411
6 – Kevin Elia – $79,464
7 – Anke Berner – $59,478
8 – Patrick Karschamroon – $45,040
9 – David Forster – $34,503
10 – Darren Rabinowitz – $26,727

WSOP 2012 Event #45 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 3 of the 2012 WSOP Players Championship is in the books and 26 of the finest players the poker world has to offer remain in the event. The chip leader is none other than Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, but he’ll have a tough task on his hands to stay there,with the likes of David “ODB” Baker, Phil Ivey, Daniel Alaei and Andy Bloch all still in contention.

The likes of David Benyamine, Brian Hastings, Jason Mercier and defending champion Brian Rast all hit the rail on a day that saw much discussion about a controversy from the night before.

A farcical situation had occurred on one table that lasted for around 45 minutes and caused significant commotion. A five way pot, in which some players were all in, got interesting when Shaun Deeb threw in a pot raise, that was actually a little less than the full pot. Nikolai Yakovenko then thought before declaring himself to be all in, Viktor Blom folded out of turn, before everyone eventually folded to Abe Mosseri, who had a big decision.

Mosseri went into the tank for over ten minutes, while a huge crowd gathered to see what was going on. Spectators had to be silenced from talking about the hand, as did some of the players involved, while Yakovenko eventually called the clock. Mosseri decided to call, a turn and river were dealt, but then everyone realized that Mosseri had only said “call” to Yakovenko declaration of “all in” (which hadn’t actually put him all in).

This meant that the side pot between Yakovenko and Mosseri was now in question and to make matters worse, the two had been needling each other all day, slowrolling and criticizing each others play.

The floor staff were called and made the ruling that the turn and river should be redealt, which caused fury amongst the players involved; Deeb in particular was not letting it go and demanded the decision of WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who had already left the building.

A second decision was eventually made by the most senior official around, stating that it was “accepted action” by all parties that every chip was in the middle, even Mosseri had only declared “call.” Yakovenko had only really put in around 60% of his chip stack, but it was ruled that he now had to pay off Mosseri’s entire stack.

That made the needle between the two players worse, but more importantly, the whole farce had taken around 40 minutes to sort out, which had resulted in much lost time on this table, but also many others that had been distracted and that had left to watch what was happening. Discussion was had about pausing the clock, but a different table had broken and Phil Ivey had been moved to this table, making it impossible for extra hands to be played as Ivey would have been playing double.

Hopefully the final 26 players will see this tournament out with no more controversy…

Top six chip counts, 2012 WSOP Players Championship:

1 – Viktor Blom – 1,262,000
2 – David Oppenheim – 1,165,000
3 – Daniel Alaei – 1,058,000
4 – David “ODB” Baker – 1,025,000
5 – John Hennigan – 992,000
6 – Bill Chen – 984,000

WSOP 2012 Event #46 – $2,500 No Limit Hold’em
Joey Weissman leads the remaining 25 players in WSOP Event #46, but plenty of other talented players are lurking, including Vanessa Selbst.

Ryan D’Angelo began the day as chip leader but eventually fizzled out in 38th place, joining the likes of Pius Heinz and Kenni Nguyen at the rail.

$694,609 of the $3,655,925 prize pool awaits the eventual winner.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Joey Weissman – 1,239,000
2 – Michael Gagliano – 1,108,000
3 – William Reynolds – 1,066,000
4 – Vanessa Selbst – 786,000
5 – Jimmy Fradettedufour – 778,000
6 – Philip Meulyzer – 767,000

WSOP 2012 Event #47 – $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better
The first day of the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better drew 978 entries, creating a total prize fund of $1,320,300. $267,345 of that will be heading the way of the winner and leading the chase is Alex Gomes.

Other big names still in the hunt include England’s James Dempsey, Joe Tehan and Sean Getzwiller, while top pros like Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Jennifer Harman and Erik Seidel all hit the rail.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Alex Gomes – 143,300
2 – Roch Cousineau – 95,500
3 – James Dempsey – 77,000
4 – Andy Frankenberger – 76,000
5 – Mark Herm – 75,000
6 – Joe Tehan – 73,600

WSOP 2012 Event #48 – $3,000 Fixed Limit Hold’em
Sam Barnhart leads the remaining 126 players into Day 2 of the $3,000 Limit Hold’em event.

247 players bought in, making for a $674,310 prize pool, $165,205 of which awaits the winner. Still in the hunt for the money and that all important gold WSOP bracelet are Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel and Chad Brown.

The likes of Isaac Haxton, Phil Ivey, Scott Seiver and defending champion Tyler Bonkowski all busted the first day.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Sam Barnhart – 58,900
2 – David Forster – 52,000
3 – Kenny Hsiung – 47,800
4 – Michael Parizon – 46,800
5 – Micah Raskin – 44,000
6 – Bruno Portaro – 41,200

Getting under way later today we have an interesting twist on a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament – an ante only event (no blinds). For all the latest news on that tournament, plus all the rest of the goings on at the Rio throughout the 2012 World Series of Poker, stay with us!

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