WSOP 2012: It's all about the money


After three days, 15 levels and 30 hours of play, the remaining players in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event are tantalizingly close to reaching the money today.

At the close of play late last night, 720 players were bagging up chips, all set for another day's play before surely, making the money. But from those 720, only 666 will be guaranteed a min-cash of $19,227, meaning among those taking their seats in the Amazon Room today are 54 souls who are about to have a really bad day.

If you were reading last night you'll know that one of those is unlikely to be Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. The double bracelet winner has raided the superlatives box every day this week, bagging up 814,000 last night to lead the remaining seven Team Pros still in credit - that's' 12th place overall.

Behind Selbst is the Flying Dutchman Marcel Luske, who, with workmanlike precision, recorded a profitable Day 3 to close on 602,000 chips despite feeling unwell. Jan Heitmann, never one to display negativity in his Tweets (unless we're not translating very well), found his way to 310,500, while Liv Boeree, who had peaked at more than 400,000 after a heater that even she couldn't believe, closed down a little on 207,500. That said she oozed confidence as she walked into the tournament room this morning.

The last table in the Brasilia Room last night

The pride of Italy, Salvatore Bonavena, returns with 197,000, while Daniel Negreanu, who endured a knockabout day yesterday, returns with bruises and 109,000 to play with. Jason Mercier is the last of them, and with 87,500 has the work to do. But that's work he's done before.

For to the superstitious out there you may have noticed two things. First, that today is Friday the 13th. Second, that 666 players will be paid (we don't count that the 667th player received their buy-in for next year). It means plenty of opportunity for weirdness, crank phone calls and a potential bloodbath.

All that will pan out in the coming hours of play.