Get ready for a wild Sunday at the 2012 WSOP

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jun 03, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, WSOP News | No Comments »

As the Saturday action came to a close it was very clear that this Sunday was going to be one of the busiest days at the World Series of Poker, as two tournaments will be awarding bracelets (the $5k Mix-Max and the $1,500 Omaha 8) Day 1b of the $1,500 NLHE tournament will get underway, and the $5k 7-Card-Stud event is also on today’s docket.

Joe Cheong aiming for WSOP gold in $5k Mix-Max tournament

In 2010 Joseph Cheong was one of the breakout stars as he took aggression to a whole new level on his way to finishing third in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Since then, the man known as “Subiime” has proven to be a very talented poker player, and is now on the cusp of winning his first WSOP bracelet.

Cheong is one of four players remaining in the $5k Mix-Max NLHE tournament, and needs to win two Heads-Up matches to claim the gold bracelet and the nearly $500k in prize-money that will be awarded to the winner. Here is a look at those matchups:

* Semi-Final #1: Warwick Mirzikinian (1,547,500) vs. Aubin Cazals (1,475,000)

* Semi-Final #2: Joseph Cheong (1,567,000) vs. Hugo Lemaire (1,545,000)

Racener, Bari, Boyd, Griffin, and Davis all alive in O8 tournament

Another tournament that will declare a winner on Sunday is the $1,500 Omaha 8 event. With nearly 1,000 entrants the tournament will award a sizable first-place prize of $264k, not to mention the gold bracelet.

Among the players still in contention are 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener (who finished one spot ahead of Joe Cheong), Raymond Davis, and two players looking for their second WSOP wins in Allen Bari and Gavin Griffin.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip counts entering Sunday:

1. Tyler Schwecke — 452,000

2. Allen Bari — 417,000

3. Gavin Griffin — 346,000

4. Michael Kleist — 290,000

5. Wes Self — 269,000

6. John Racener — 264,000

7. Brian Lives — 262,000

8. Ryan Turner — 257,000

9. Ashly Butler — 255,000

10. Bryan Jolly — 245,000

$1,500 NLHE with re-entry looks like it could be a BIG one

With nearly 1,700 entries on Day 1a, and a re-entry format, Event #9, a $1,500 NLHE tournament, could be one of the biggest fields of the 2012 WSOP. A number of big names finished the day strong, with several bracelet winners landing in the Top 10 chip counts, including 2011 double-bracelet winner Brian Rast and 2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip counts from Day 1a:

1. Giorgio Medici — 106,500

2. David Miscikowski — 105,100

3. Josh Mancuso — 81,800

4. Brian Rast — 70,000

5. Ari Engel — 69,000

6. Jonathan Duhamel — 65,700

7. Robert Lipkin — 64,000

8. Kevin MacPhee — 64,000

9. Terrence Chan — 58,000

10. David Benyamine — 51,600

$5k Stud tournament

Along with Day 1b of the $1,500 NLHE event, the $5k Stud event will also begin on Sunday. Last year 126 players registered for this event which boasted a $10k buy-in, so we’ll have to see if the reduced buy-in is able to bring in more players.

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