$5k Mix-Max tourney enters heads-up play today

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jun 02, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, WSOP News | No Comments »

Another of the new events at the 2012 World Series of Poker is about to enter heads-up play (the first new event on the schedule was the PLO/NLHE Heads-Up tournament) as the $5k Mix-Max No Limit Holdem tournament is down to 32 players, actually 31 players thanks to a double bust-out to end the night.

The Mix-Max tournament is a new format in the poker world, which calls on players to play in full ring, short-handed, and heads-up NLHE games; as the tournament progresses (in the case of the WSOP on each day of the event) the format of the tournament changes. Day 1 of the $5k Mix-Max at the WSOP was played at 9-handed tables; Day 2 saw the field play 6-handed; and today’s finale will be played as a heads-up tournament.

Another wrinkle added by the WSOP for the event was the seeding of players based on their chip-counts, and with one player missing this means that chip-leader Warwick Mirzikinian secured a first-round bye, and is already guaranteed at least a 16th place finish!

Here is a look at the matchups for the final day of the event, including the players’ chip-counts and seeding:

Bracket 1

* Warwick Mirzikinian (467,500) vs. 32. bye (only 31 players remain)

The winner of this match will play the winner of:

* 16. Michael Ferrell (184,000) vs. 17. Ryan Odonnell (153,500)

Bracket 2

* 8. Sergey Tikhonov (294,000) vs. 25. Matthew Deluca (90,500)

The winner of this match will play the winner of:

* 12. Brian Rast (230,500) vs. 21. Toby Lewis (108,500)

Bracket 3

* 4. John Hennigan (362,500) vs. 29. Anthony Gargano (49,000)

The winner of this match will play the winner of:

* 13. Adam Geyer (202,500) vs. 20. Markus Gonsalves (118,000)

Bracket 4

* 5. Aubin Cazals (340,000) vs. 28. Eric Froehlich (64,000)

The winner of this match will play the winner of:

* 9. Marvin Rettenmaier (266,000) vs. 24. Igor Yaroshevskyy (92,000)

Bracket 5

* 2. Fabrizio Baldassari (461,000) vs. 31. Tom McCormick (19,000)

The winner of this match will play the winner of:

* 15. Daniel Buzgon (196,000) vs. 18. Dimitar Danchev (152,000)

Bracket 6

* 7. Joseph Cheong (307,500) vs. 26. Nabih Zaczac (78,000)

The winner of this match will play the winner of:

* 11. Randy Haddox (244,500) vs. 22. Konstantin Puchkov (105,500)

Bracket 7

* 3. Aaron Jones (409,000) vs. 30. Victor Ramdin (47,500)

The winner of this match will play the winner of:

* 14. Hugo Lemaire (201,000) vs. 19. Robert Tepper (135,500)

Bracket 8

* 6. Ryan Leng (335,000) vs. 27. Joe Tehan (67,000)

The winner of this match will play the winner of:

* 10. Nicolas Levi (253,400) vs. 23. Brock Parker (100,000)

After the first and second round matchups listed above, the winners from each bracket will then play against each other in the quarter-finals:

* Quarter-Final 1 — Winner of Bracket 1 plays the winner of Bracket 2

* Quarter-Final 2 — Winner of Bracket 3 plays the winner of Bracket 4

* Quarter-Final 3 — Winner of Bracket 5 plays the winner of Bracket 6

* Quarter-Final 4 — Winner of Bracket 7 plays the winner of Bracket 8

Followed by the semi-finals which will see the winner of Quarter-Final play the winner of Quarter-Final 2, and the winner of Quarter-Final 3 play the winner of Quarter-final 4.

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