WSOP 2012 Day 30: Channing Goes Close, Wait Goes On

Neil Channing Unlucky At WSOP 2012Two more bracelets have been awarded on the 30th day of the 2012 World Series of Poker, but England’s Neil Channing (right) isn’t the owner of either of them. Despite a huge run in WSOP Event #43, Channing fell just short. For news on this and all the rest of the action at the Rio, read on…

WSOP 2012 Event #41 – $3,000 No Limit Hold’em
An unscheduled fourth day was required to settle this one, as Jackie Glazier and Greg Ostrander returned to finish their heads up duel for the WSOP bracelet and the $742,072 first prize.

Glazier out-chipped Ostrander 9,480,000 to 3,070,000 but after just an hour’s worth of poker, it was Ostrander leaving the table with his first WSOP title in the bag.

Initially, Glazier had picked away at the American’s stack but he eventually scored a double up and crucially, momentum. A second double up snatched the chip lead away from Glazier and at that point, Ostrander never looked back.

He said after his victory, “This is the goal for everybody. I got 232nd place in last year’s Main Event, which I thought was a really good achievement out of almost 7,000 players. But no matter how far you go, unless you win you always feel defeated, even if you come in second.”

Ostrander clearly understands how his heads up opponent must have felt, and he paid tribute to her: “There are a lot of great female players, Jackie is obviously one of them and she has credentials to back it up … She was very tough and to be honest with you, she got the best of me yesterday.”

Final table payouts:

1st – Greg Ostrander – $742,072
2nd – Jackie Glazier – $458,996
3rd – Paul Vas Nunes – $290,407
4th – Morten Mortensen – $210,793
5th – Roger Fontes – $155,498
6th – Darryl Ronconi – $116,452
7th – Joseph Chaplin – $88,481
8th – Kyle Frey – $68,121
9th – Dylan Hortin – $53,126

WSOP 2012 Event #43 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Henry Lu is the newest WSOP champion after taking down the 43rd event at the 2012 World Series of Poker. 20 players returned for the third and final day, all dreaming of the coveted WSOP bracelet and of course, the small matter of $654,380 – but none were a match for Lu.

Lu’s heads up opponent was Englishman Neil Channing, who ran the final table over and went into three handed play with around 75% of the chips. He must have felt that his long quest for a WSOP title was coming to an end, especially when he eliminated James Mackey to give himself a five to one chip lead for the heads up duel with Lu.

But despite Channing’s momentum, Lu would not go away. Channing may have busted five opponents on the final table, but he was not to claim a sixth victim. A three hour battle ensued that saw Lu all in and with his tournament life at stake on several occasions, but with determination and of course a little bit of luck, he eventually came out on top.

The final hand was a classic coinflip, with Lu shoving his pocket fours and Channing calling with A – J. The fours held and Lu became the latest winner at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

Lu said after his epic victory, “The pressure was off, because coming into the final table, it was already more than I expected. A World Series of Poker bracelet has got to be the pinnacle of anybody’s career. I’m 22 so this is my second Series. It’s a good start, I’m doing pretty good so far!”

Final table payouts:

1 – Henry Lu – $654,380
2 – Neil Channing – $406,409
3 – James Mackey – $286,633
4 – Tom Alner – $207,019
5 – John Nelson – $151,338
6 – Hovan Nguyen – $111,961
7 – Balazs Botond – $83,802
8 – Francois Dur – $63,459
9 – Jared Rosenbaum – $48,614

WSOP 2012 Event #44 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Just 16 remain of the original 2,949 entrants and leading the way is Thomas Conway.

Plenty of big names have already fallen by the wayside and they were joined on Day 2 by the likes of Joe Cada, Joe Tehan, Soi Nguyen, Jude Ainsworth and Blair Hinkle.

An interesting story is that of Anke Berner, the last lady standing in the event, who started the day with a tiny chip stack and declared that she would likely be playing one hand. Now she’s spun her 7,600 up into 655,000 – good for sixth place overall – and looks to be in with a serious chance of claiming the $464,464 first price.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Thomas Conway – 880,000
2 – Nelson Robinson – 871,000
3 – Darren Rabinowitz – 760,000
4 – Francisco Azares – 678,000
5 – Patrick Karschamroon – 678,000
6 – Anke Berner – 655,000

WSOP 2012 Event #45 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 2 of the 2012 WSOP Players Championship is in the books. A further four players registered, taking total attendance up to 108 and making for a prize pool of $5,184,000. The eventual winner will trouser $1,451,527 in addition to their WSOP bracelet and of course, the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

At the top of the chip counts going into Day 3 is Andy Bloch, who recently scored his first bracelet at the World Series of Poker, while John Monnette – another recent bracelet winner – is also near the top of the tree and looking in good shape in his battle with Phil Ivey to be 2012 WSOP Player of the Year.

Ivey remains in contention, as do other big names like Doyle Brunson, Huck Seed and Jeff Lisandro. Former Players Championship winner Michael Mizrachi is looking good, as is his brother Robert.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Andy Bloch – 687,000
2 – Abe Mosseri – 633,100
3 – John Monnette – 572,200
4 – Michael Mizrachi – 563,100
5 – Joe Cassidy – 542,300
6 – Robert Mizrachi – 500,200

WSOP 2012 Event #46 – $2,500 No Limit Hold’em
The only event to get under way on Day 30 of the 2012 World Series of Poker attracted a total of 1,607 entrants, making for a prize pool of $3,655,925 and a first prize pay day of $694,609 waits for some lucky individual in a few days time.

Ryan D’Angelo is the man in pole position to take down that cash, as well as the all important WSOP bracelet, though Vanessa Selbst, Mike McDonald, Justin Bonomo and Martin Staszko all remain in the hunt too.

Kicking off later today we have two more events, a $3,000 Fixed Limit Hold’em event and a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better event. Stay tuned for all the latest news throughout the 2012 World Series of Poker!

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