[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen it comes to poker, there is no event that is bigger than the 2012 World Series of Poker tournament that is currently taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This event spans many days and features many different tournaments, all under one roof. The first few days of this tournament have been completed and there have been many surprises along the way.
The final eight contestants have been determined in the $3000 heads-up No limit Hold-Em event and includes notable participants such as Jason Koon, Annette Obrestad, Simon Naydenov, David Benefield, Julian Powell, Greg Merkow, Leif Force and Andy Frankenberg. The action will pick back up soon with the head to head matchups that will eventually lead to one of these players being named the winner.
In the $1800 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo tournament a long day has been forecasted to help determine the champion. In the lead with over 300,000 chips is Chris Tryba who hopes to hold that lead through the final day of this event. There are still 23 competitors in this event, including last year’s champion Chris Viox. One of pokers top stars, Phil Ivey, is trying to get back to the top in his 2012 return to the tour, along with hall of famer Linda Johnson, who came back for the brink of elimination to amass a stack of 175,000 chips by the end of the day. It looks to be a long and exciting day before the new champion is crowned for this event.
Many people do not realise the endurance that is required from these poker players. When play began in this event on Wednesday there, were 198 players still in the running. If it was not for the curfew that is imposed in this tournament, it is possible the players would have had to carry on through the night. The 23 players that were left when the time limit was reached got a brief amount of rest before returning to the tables on Day 3,because of the curfew.
Day 3 of the tournament saw plenty of action in the $1500 No Limit Hold-Em event. An event that started with over 2100 entrants saw that number dwindle to 239 after one day. After the second day, there were only 15 contestants left and they were led by Jacob Bazeley and Ryan Schmidt who both have amassed over a million chips. The third day of this tournament looks like it will be full of high stakes action as the leaders try to keep control of their tables.
The third day of the tournament offers plenty of events for people to watch. The first day of the new event was set to begin. The $3000 No limit heads up Hold-Em/Pot Limit Omaha has attracted a field of over 300 players. The players are all starting with $3000 in chips and can use two $3000 buy-ins whenever they needed. With a field that includes many top players it is sure to be an exciting event for all to watch. There are also 210 players left in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better, which originally attracted over 600 players who created a pool that will give the winner a prize of a little over $200,000.
All of the action that is occurring might make it hard to decide where to watch the action. With so many stars and so many events going on, it is easy to miss some of the pivotal moments, but that is not stopping any of the spectators from trying. The crowd has been vocal in the support of their favourites and has made this event spectacular once again.