WSOP 2012: Selbst soars as Main Event comes to life


Three different rooms came to life today, hosting Day 1B of the World Series of Poker Main Event, and it didn't take a magnifying glass to notice that it was a lot bigger than yesterday. After the 1,066 of Day 1A came the 2,114 of Day 1B, swelling the field as the Main Event got started once more in earnest.

It's sometimes hard to tell how an event of this size is progressing, or even if it's advancing at all. It's easy to mistake the great mass of people everywhere as pandemonium. But actually they're just on the fringes of something great.

In the same way the weather people might forecast a storm on the horizon, tomorrow's starting field promises to be even bigger. Only then will we know how big this thing really is as the number of entrants stops going up and finally starts going down.

But tonight the sense from all this confusion comes from Vanessa Selbst, among the chip leaders tonight, bagging up 168,000 after a momentous last level. Just a few thousand off the lead, Selbst, who won the second bracelet of her career earlier in the Series, reached this end of day peak after her aces held up against kings, giving the Team PokerStars Pro ample - 168,350 - going into Day 2.

Vanessa Selbst winning her second bracelet earlier in the series

After yesterday's gentle introduction the Team Pros were out in force today. Behind Selbst was Daniel Negreanu with more than 140,000, exactly where you'd expect him at the business end of the biggest event of the summer. Eugene Katchalov closed on nearly 100,000 while George Danzer, fresh from a third place finished in the Deuce to Seven event the night before, ended the day with more than 80,000.

Others who returns include Jan Heitmann, Richard Toth, Barry Greenstein, Chad Brown and Alex Kravchenko. Not to be outdone was Team Online's Gabriel Nassif, as well as Liv Boeree, Martin Staszko and Marcin Horecki. Salvatore Bonavena, Vanessa Rousso, Matthias de Meulder, Mickey Petersen and Dag Palovic complete the line-up.

Others were unable to stretch out their World Series finale. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier busted before the close, as did Ville Wahlbeck and Theo Jorgensen. Victor Ramdin departed before them all.

It proved an intriguing forerunner to what is likely to be one of the biggest days in World Series history, with more than 3,000 players expected at the Rio for Day 1C, among them the bulk of the liveried Team PokerStars Pros.

For now content yourself with the news from the day. We started all over again, met MMA fighter George St-Pierre, got a roundup of WSOP results, found out how to win a deuce to seven contest, went looking for rare creatures, studied those who had fallen and did some colour by number. The rest you can find out about tomorrow, when play continues as 12 noon.

Until then, it's good night from Las Vegas.