WSOP Notebook: The ME bracelet, pee-breaks and more

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 31, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Day 4 of the 2012 World Series of poker saw the first open-event bracelet handed out and a full four tournaments in action. It also saw a number of female players taking it to their male counterparts, but first let me start off with another story involving women at the WSOP…

Excuse me, you’re in the Ladies’ Room

There is never a shortage of controversy at the World Series of Poker, and one of the most controversial aspects of the tournament series over the years has been the bathrooms, or rather the lack thereof! Anyone who has ever been to the WSOP knows that the men’s rooms are flooded during breaks, with lines out the door, while women can saunter in and out of the ladies’ room at will.

With 97% of tournament entries being men, the WSOP decided that it might be a good idea to turn the ladies room right near the Amazon Room into a men’s room, and while this decision looks pretty good on the surface they forgot one important thing: There are still women playing in the tournaments!

Bracelet Bling

According to an article in the Las Vegas Sun-Review, the 2012 WSOP Main Event Bracelet, which differs from the bracelets awarded in the preliminary events, is the richest trophy in the history of sports; trumping everything, including Superbowl rings.

The 2012 Main Event bracelet has to be seen to be believed [the picture is at the bottom of the article], and according to WSOP officials is worth more than the other 61 WSOP bracelets combined!

Selbst comes up short

After Patricia Baker fell one spot short of giving the ladies their first WSOP bracelet (that didn’t come in the Ladies tournament) during Event #1, Vanessa Selbst made the ladies two-for-two in final tables in Event #2, the $1,500 NLHE event. Selbst who was among the chip-leaders for most of the tournament ended up finishing in 4th place, oh so close to her second WSOP bracelet –Selbst is the last female player to win an open event, which she did in 2008.

In other female poker player news, Annette Obrestad has made the final 8 in the $3k Heads-Up PLO/NLHE tournament; Xuan Liu is the chip-leader with 23 players remaining in the $1,500 Stud 8 tournament where she will be joined by Linda Johnson and Marsha Waggoner on the final day of the tourney.

Today’s Events

There will be five tournaments in action on Thursday, with two bracelets scheduled to be awarded (in Event #3 and Event #4). Here is a look at the complete schedule of WSOP events on Thursday:


May 29, noon Heads-Up No-Limit Hold ‘Em/Pot-Limit Omaha (Three-Day Event)



May 29, 5 p.m. Seven-Card Stud High-Low Eight-Or-Better (Three-Day Event)



May 30, noon Pot-Limit Hold ‘Em (Three-Day Event)



May 31, noon Mixed Max (Day 1 Nine-Handed, Day 2 Six-Handed, Day 3 And 4 Heads-Up)



May 31, 5 p.m. Seven-Card Stud (Three-Day Event)


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