WSOP 2012: Danzer wins $140k, just misses bracelet
There were about half a dozen Team PokerStars Pro headlines to comes out of Las Vegas this weekend, but the biggest of them all was George Danzer's near-win at the World Series of Poker.
The man with the scarf finished runner-up to Oleksii Kovalchuk in the $2,500 O8/Stud8 event for more than $140,000. Danzer staged an amazing comeback during heads-up play and nearly won Team Pro's first bracelet of the 2012 WSOP. Instead he was forced to be satisfied with a big brick of cash.
This morning, Danzer collapsed into his bed, disappointed but still determined to win his first bracelet. He now sits in third place on the Team Pro 2012 WSOP earnings list. We may well see him late-register to the Poker Players Championship later today.
While all PokerStars and German eyes were on Danzer this morning, another German managed to make news overnight. 2011 WSOP champion and Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz got his first WSOP cash since winning the title last November. Heinz finished in the top ten percent of a massive $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em field for a couple thousand dollars.
Meanwhile, Team Online's Randy Lew remains in the same in tournament. With 20 players remaining headed into Day 3, Lew is still alive. While he has a below-average stack, he has enough chips to play and has already guaranteed himself more than $18,000.
Lew isn't the only one under the PokerStars flag who had a big day yesterday. Jude Ainsworth navigated a big minefield in the $1,000 buy-in NLHE yesterday to finish in the top ten in chips. He still has a long way to go before we start talking about bracelets, but simply surviving that field for a day is an accomplishment in itself.
Finally, we can't fail to furher mention the $50,000 Poker Players Champion that kicked off yesterday. More than 100 of the world's top players sat down for the 8-game mix event last night. At the end of the day, nearly all of them remained, and nearly all of them were behind Team PokerStars Pro Kravchenko. He's sixth in chips headed into Day 2.
Less than two weeks remain before the WSOP Main Event. The PokerStars Blog will have full coverage of the $10,000 buy-in Main Event beginning on July 7.
Good luck tonight to Lew, Ainsworth, and all the Team Pros still alive in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.