WSOP 2012: Team Pro report card
We're nearly finished with the 2012 World Series of Poker and several Team PokerStars Pros have made huge scores.
Kicking off the series strong was Vanessa Selbst, who was able to pull off a 4th place finish in Event #2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $161,345. Selbst looked like she would break the drought of ladies winning open events, but couldn't finish out and was eventually eliminated by Jacob Bazeley when her K♦7♦ couldn't outrun his K♣Q♣. Selbst followed that up with a 9th place finish in Event #12: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up for $20,674, and another deep run in Event #46: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em where she took home $20,327 for 24th place.
Selbst then won gold in Event #52: $2,500 10-Game Mix - Six Handed. She bested a field of 421 players to grab the first-place prize of $244,259, becoming the first woman to win an open event at the WSOP since 2008. Who was the last woman to win an open event at the WSOP? Selbst.
Also making early splashes were Daniel Negreanu, who finished 5th in Event #5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em for $41,483, David Williams who finished 15th in Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up for $9,644 and 4th in Event #7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $36,470, and last but not least, Barry Greenstein who made two final tables in one weeks time. First, Greenstein finished 2nd in Event #7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $78,038, and then, later that week, he finished 6th in Event #18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz for $30,150, the same event where Phil Hellmuth nabbed his 12th gold bracelet.
Some other players to make final tables so far at this years series were Jason Mercier, who finished 6th in Event #39: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $72,132, Victor Ramdin, who finished 4th in Event #25: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout for $37,897, and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier who finished 6th in Event #23: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed for $68,738.
The two stars of the series so far are Joe Cada and George Danzer, who have amassed over half a million dollars together. Cada first made a huge run in Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em and came close to grabbing his second bracelet. In the end he fell to Carter Phillips after he got in all-in once with J♣[10c] on a [10h]5♦2♠9♠ against Phillips 9♦9♣. Cada fell shortly after, but collected $412,424 for his deep run.
Danzer almost closed the deal as well with a second place finish in Event #42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Danzer fell to Okeksii Kovalchuk eventually, but still collected a healthy pay day. On the deciding hand in the Omaha round, Danzer three-bet Kovalchuk's opening raise, who called to see a flop. That flop came down 6♠9♥[10d]. Danzer put out a bet, which Kovalchuk raised, and Danzer called. The turn came 9♦ which Danzer check called, and the river was the 2♦ which Danzer check called again. Kovalchuk showed A♣9♣[10c]2♥ for a full house, and that put Danzer down to just two big bets, and he was eliminated shortly after. Danzer still collected $140,825 for his finish though and walked away just one step shy of the gold.
Several other players have multiple cashes including Chad Brown, Jonathan Duhamel, Randy Lew, Humberto Brenes, Viktor Blom and Liv Boeree. In total, the Team PokerStars Pros have amassed more than $1 million and cashes this year and have come very close to the gold several times.