The 2012 World Series of Poker had another remarkable and noteworthy day on Day 40, leaving critics and fans with more enthusiasm and anticipation. Four more tournaments played out throughout the course of the day. These included Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em- Six-handed, Event #58: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better, Event #59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Day 1b, and Event #60: $10,000 2-7 Lowball.
In events #57 and 58, it was originally intended to play down until a winner was crowned but each of these two tournaments paused and will start up again on the following day. In event #59, Alex Cordero found a way to build the biggest stack and looks to enter into day 2 of playing with 100,475. However, he will encounter some fierce competition in Jack Cody who trails by very little going into the second day. This should make for a very interesting round of competition. In event #60, Konstatin Puchkov found a way to build the biggest stack on the first day and looks to enter into day two with a very good possibility of getting his 11th. Securing his 11th would break records and make history
In event #57, there were still several likely contenders who were still left in the competition and still looking for a bracelet. Some of these included Jason Mercier, Andrew Lichtenberger, Nick Maimone, and Eugene Katchalov. However, all of them eventually reached the end of their journey. This eventually left only Keith Lehr and Gregory Merson as the final two contestants still standing. Merson beat Lehr in just one hand on July 6th, securing his first ever bracelet.
In event #58, there were 31 players left going into day 3 of the competition. Included in these contenders were notables David Baker and Scotty Nguyen. They both eventually made it to the final table where their hopes of winning fell short. Returning the following day are Viacheslav Zhukov, Chris Bell, and Rock Cousineau. A number of well known players were eliminated during this particular competition including Anotine Saout who placed 19th, Bryan Devonshire who placed 29th and Antony Lellouch who placed 14th.
In event #59, there was a showing of about 3,000 players to start the competition, several of which were not very well known or recognizable. There were some pros in the competition that fell short early in this one including Faraz Jaka, Lauren Kling, Dennis Phillips, J.C. Tran and Andy Frankenberger. There were other pros who seemed to fair very well to start including Sam Grizzle, Amanda Leatherman, Ben Yu, and Jeff Madsen.
Event #60 had an initial showing of 101 players who were looking to play no-limit 2-7 lowball. There were also several notable players in this mix including John Juanda, Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, and David Baker. There were also a number of well known players who did not make it through the first day including Phil Hellmuth, Galen Hall, Chad Brown, and Michael Mizrachi.