What to watch for on Day 2 of the 2012 WSOP Main Event

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 10, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

There are multiple storylines developing after the first three opening flights of the 2012 World Series of poker Main Event, and with the attendance “scare” now behind us (nearly 6,600 players entered the event) it’s time to start focusing on the individuals that are looking to become the next WSOP Champion.

Doyle decides to play at the last minute

At first the Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson, had decided to skip the WSOP Main Event, citing cash=game sessions and the long, grueling, days of the Main Event as too much for him to handle. But a change of heart saw Brunson register at around 4 PM, and Doyle didn’t disappoint, turning his 30k starting stack into over 80k chips by the end of the night. Doyle will now get a day off before returning for Day 2c on Wednesday.

Mizrachi hoping history repeats itself

In 2010 Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi won the $50k Poker Players Championship and went on to final table the World Series of Poker Main Event. This year Mizrachi once again won the poker Players Championship, and after a fantastic Day 1 of the WSOP Main Event is hoping history repeats itself and another Main Event is in the cards for The Grinder. Mizrachi ended Day 1c with 60,000 chips, but at one point was up over 100,000.

A number of women among the chip leaders

The ladies have had a fantastic 2012 WSOP tournament series thus far and nothing would cap off the Year of the Woman better than some deep runs in the World Series of Poker Main Event (maybe they could even have a final table appearance or two and a possible victory???). Among the chip-leaders are a slew of the game’s top female talent, including Vanessa Selbst, Lisa Parsons, Claudia Crawford, Maria Ho, and Sofia Lovgren, all above or very close to the 100,000 chip-mark heading into Day 2.

This is the year that the poker world will have to keep a very close eye on the ladies, and not just for a 20-something-place finish and the title of Last Woman Standing.

Can the Magician deliver again?

Another player who could do the unthinkable at the 2012 WSOP Main Event is Antonio Esfandiari, who has already won over $18 million at the 2012 WSOP by winning the Big One for One Drop tournament. Antonio was in the Main Event field on Day 1c, and managed to accumulate a mountain of chips by the end of the night, at just under 80,000. Could Antonio follow-up his One Drop victory with a deep Main Event run? We’ll have to wait and see!


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