WSOP 2012 Day 34: Hobson Makes The Right Choice

Greg Hobson WSOP 2012 WinnerA sole bracelet was won on the 34th day of the 2012 World Series of Poker, and it went the way of online pro Greg Hobson in the innovative new “Ante Only” No Limit Hold’em tournament that has done away with small and big blinds. For all the latest news and views from the Rio, read on!

WSOP 2012 Event #49 – $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold’em
Greg Hobson has become the first ever “Ante Only” champion at the World Series of Poker after successfully emerging on top of a 939 strong field, in this innovative new tournament.

Hobson returned for the third and final day along with eight rivals, including the likes of Mike McDonald and Justin Schwartz, who became the first casualty of the day when running his A – K into Hobson’s A – A. A good start for the eventual champion.

Plenty of other top pros fancied a crack at the Ante Only event, including notable names such as John Racener, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Erick Lindgren and Max Pescatori, who all busted on Day 2.

Online pro Hobson admitted that he lacked experience in this kind of event, but certainly wasn’t the only player struggling to adapt to the inventive new format: “I think I maybe played [this type of poker tournament] one time in a WCOOP or something online, but it’s nothing that I felt more comfortable with than anyone else in that field. Everyone is trying to figure out the right strategies throughout.”

Hobson had previously cashed three times at the WSOP, but had never registered a major live poker victory until today. However, the man known online as “DuckU” has registered in excess of $4.5 million in online poekr tournament prize money.

Final table payouts, WSOP Ante Only event:

1 – Greg Hobson – $256,691
2 – Mike Sowers – $158,887
3 – John Hayes – $99,409
4 – Harrison Gimbel – $72,155
5 – Eugene Du Plessis – $53,267
6 – Mike McDonald – $39,931
7 – Seth Davies – $30,373
8 – Sameer Aljanedi – $23,413
9 – Justin Schwartz – $18,292

WSOP 2012 Event #50 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em
1,001 entrants stumped up the $5,000 to play on Day One of the 2012 WSOP’s latest No Limit Hold’em tournament and with two days in the books, just 48 players remain.

Showing the way is Kyle Julius, a man with seven WSOP cashes, two EPT and two WPT cashes on his CV, but who is yet to take an event down here in Vegas. Julius is predominantly known for his runner up finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event back in January, but he will be looking to change that by landing his first major title here at the Rio.

Chasing Julius are the likes of Tommy Vedes and Joseph Cheong, while the likes of Brock Parker, Phil Hellmuth, Jennifer Harman, Andy Frankenberger Jeff Lisandro and Pius Heinz all failed on Day 2, hitting the rail early.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Kyle Julius – 867,000
2 – Andrea Dato – 745,000
3 – Stanislav Barshak – 690,000
4 – Erik Aude – 688,000
5 – David Diaz – 568,000
6 – Derek Gregory – 536,000

WSOP 2012 Event #51 – $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship
A 936 strong field kicked off the 2012 World Series of Poker Ladies Championship, at which last year’s winner Marsha Wolak was invited to kick the tournament off with those famous words, “shuffle up and deal”. And a strong field it was too, with the likes of Karina Jett, Jennifer Tilly, Liv Boeree, Kathy Liebert, JJ Liu and Victoria Coren all present.

However, after the first day’s poker it’s France’s Gaelle Baumann that’s showing them all how it’s done, holding a slender chip lead over nearest rival Lara Boutros. $170,587 awaits the eventual winner.

Top six chip counts, 2012 WSOP Ladies Championship:

1 – Gaelle Baumann – 77,300
2 – Lara Boutros – 76,600
3 – Anna Lundholm – 73,400
4 – Myra Thompson – 66,500
5 – JJ Liu – 66,000
6 – Sofia Lovgren – 64,000

WSOP 2012 Event #52 – $2,500 10 Game Mix (Six Handed)
Tommy Hang tops the chip counts after the first day of this WSOP Ten Game tournament, an event that attracted a stellar field of 421 entries, including poker stars such as Shaun Deeb, Jennifer Harman, Andy Frankenberger, Martin Staszko and Allen Bari.

$244,259 awaits the eventual winner. Here are the top six chip counts after Day 1:

1 – Tommy Hang – 74,000
2 – Steve Chanthabouasy – 54,000
3 – Vincent van der Fluit – 53,000
4 – Bryn Kenney – 40,200
5 – Dan O’Brien – 40,000
6 – Michael Chow – 36,000

Getting started today we have a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, a fun, non bracelet carrying $560 “Doubles” event, in which players must buddy up and alternate playing the same chip stack, plus a $25,000 super satellite to “The Big One” – the $1,000,000 buy in tournament that kicks off on Sunday.

Stick with us for all the latest reports from the Rio, throughout the remainder of the 2012 World Series of Poker!

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