WSOP Day 29: Kovalchuk Wins, Players Championship Underway

Oleksii Kovalchuk Wins At 2012 WSOPOleksii Kovalchuk scored his second bracelet in two years on Day 29 of the 2012 World Series of Poker, the only bracelet to be awarded. We’re reaching the business end of several other tournaments though, while the 2012 Poker Players Championship finally kicked off yesterday. For all the latest news from the Rio, read on…

WSOP 2012 Event #41 – $3,000 No Limit Hold’em
Greg Ostrander and Jackie Glazier are the last two standing in WSOP Event #41 and they will return later to finish the tournament. The two opted to call it a night with the chip stacks as follows:

1 – Jackie Glazier – 9,480,000
2 – Greg Ostrander – 3,070,000

30 hopefuls returned at the start of Day 3, including familiar faces like Dan Shak, Scott Montgomery and JP Kelly, but none could keep pace with Ostrander and Glazier. Whoever comes out on top of this heads up encounter will not only collect their first WSOP bracelet, but a hefty first prize of $742,020.

Glazier recently took down the 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event and she’s bidding to become the second lady to win a bracelet at the 2012 World Series of Poker, after Allyn Jaffrey Shulman took down the Seniors Event.

WSOP 2012 Event #42 – $2,500 Omaha / Seven Card Stud High Low Eight or Better
Event #42 of the 2012 World Series of Poker provided our only bracelet winner on Day 29, and that winner was Oleksii Kovalchuk, who won his first WSOP title in 2011 and has followed up with back to back successes.

Cheered on by a boisterous rail, Kovalchuk saw off 21 opponents on the final day of the tournament, including top pros such as Jeff Lisandro and Allen Bari, as well as poker pundit Norman Chad.

However, Kovalchuk admits that split pot games aren’t his strongest suit. In fact, he wasn’t totally sure of what he was doing and had to take advice on starting hands from his friends before the tournament. He said, after his victory, “It’s like a fairytale. A guy who sits in the tournament and doesn’t know the rules and wins. How can that happen? How do you explain that?”

However you explain it, it did happen and the man from Kiev is now $228,041 better off for his efforts.

Final table payouts:

1 – Oleksii Kovalchuk – $228,014
2 – George Danzer – $140,825
3 – Mark Gregorich – $90,829
4 – Daniel Ratigan – $65,812
5 – Yuval Bronshtein – $48,387
6 – Norman Chad – $36,093
7 – Wing Wong – $27,313
8 – Tim Burt – $20,966

WSOP 2012 Event #43 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Day 2 is in the books and it’s Zach Clark leading the 20 remaining hopefuls in the chase for the $654,380 first prize. Also vying for a chunk of the $3,739,500 prize pool are Britain’s Neil Channing and Randy Lew.

Plenty of big names hit the Day 2 rail, such as Tommy Vedes, Andrew Lichtenberger, Pius Heinz, Andy Frankenberger and Chino Rheem.

Top six chip counts, WSOP Event #43:

1 – Zach Clark – 1,342,000
2 – Balazs Botond – 1,320,000
3 – Neil Channing – 1,319,000
4 – James Mackey – 1,074,000
5 – John Nelson – 1,019,000
6 – Jesse Yaginuma – 709,000

WSOP 2012 Event #44 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
The first day of the latest $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2012 World Series of Poker is complete. A mammoth field of 2,949 has created a prize pool of $2,654,100, $464,464 of which is reserved for the eventual winner.

Top of the tree going into Day 2 is Tony Welds, who is yet to cash in a World Series of Poker event. He’s going to have a tricky time keeping hold of his lead though, as the field contains plenty of experienced pros, including Jude Ainsworth, Blair Hinkle and Mikhail Lakhitov.

Plenty of top pros busted on the first day too, such as John Racener, Barry Shulman, Kathy Liebert and Liv Boeree.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Tony Welds – 131,900
2 – Amnon Filippi – 130,900
3 – Julian Parmann – 101,400
4 – Mazin Khoury – 100,900
5 – Mikhail Lakhitov – 98,100
6 – Jude Ainsworth – 96,600

WSOP 2012 Event #45 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship
The 2012 Poker Players Championship got under way with a total of 104 entrants and all but one of them remains going into Day 2. The sole elimination was David Singer, while Matt Glantz leads the chase for the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Amongst the galaxy of poker stars buying into this event were past winners Brian Rast and Michael Mizrachi, as well as Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed, Viktor Blom, Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey.

Ivey is in terrific form and leads the chase for the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year, though he is yet to actually win a bracelet this year. This would be a terrific tournament to get off the mark with.

Registration is still open at this stage, so the first prize pay out is unknown at this stage, but the current prize pool stands at $4,992,000.

Top six chip stacks, 2012 WSOP Players Championship:

1 – Matt Glantz – 310,700
2 – Ali Eslami – 286,900
3 – Keith Gipson – 281,500
4 – Lyle Berman – 280,300
5 – Andy Bloch – 265,600
6 – Alexander Kravchenko – 260,700

Getting started later in the day is Event #46 of the 2012 WSOP, a $2,500 buy in No Limit Hold’em tournament. Stay tuned for all the latest news from the Rio!

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