Two women among final 27 in WSOP Main Event

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 16, 2012 Posted in Tournament News, WSOP News | No Comments »

With just 27 players remaining in the 2012 World Series of poker Main Event there is a very good chance that for the first time since 1995, and only the second time in the 43-year history of the WSOP, a women may be among the final nine competitors. There is still a lot of poker to be played before that dream becomes a reality, but Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann have both been among the chip-leaders for much of the tournament.

Both women have virtually come out of nowhere during the 2012 WSOP Main Event, but as we’ve seen in previous years, there are a lot of really talented, yet unknown, poker players in the world:

* Hille has no track-record in live tournaments according to thehendonmob.com’s database, and it’s unclear what the Norwegian’s online tournament experience may be. Hille will take nearly 10 million chips into Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event.

* Baumann is a French poker player who has a handful of previous cashes in live tournaments, including two small cashes earlier in the 2012 WSOP tournament series. Baumann will enter Day 7 with just over 5.5 million in chips.

The last and only woman to make a WSOP Main Event final table was Barbara Enright back in 1995. Enright, considered one of the best female players of her time, finished 5th in the event. The closest brush with a second final table was Annie Duke in 2000. Duke finished in 10th place in the tournament, just missing the official final table.

Perhaps the best known player still in contention is also one of the shortest stacks, in the form Lock Poker’s Paul “PaulGees” Volpe. Volpe will likely be looking to chip-up early, and with blinds at 60,000/120,000 with a 15,000-chip ante he’ll have some room to maneuver sitting on a 22 Big Blind stack.

Here is a look at the seating assignments and chip counts for the remaining players in the field:

Table 1:

* Seat 1: Greg Merson — 7,435,000

* Seat 2: Jesse Sylvia — 7,385,000

* Seat 3: Percy Mahatan — 6,750,000

* Seat 4: Jamie Robbins — 8,750,000

* Seat 5: Wilfried Haerig — 2,665,000

* Seat 6: Cylus Watson — 8,500,000

* Seat 7: Elisabeth Hille — 9,770,000

* Seat 8: David Balkin — 6,330,000

* Seat 9: Marc Ladouceur — 15,875,000

Table 2:

* Seat 1: Daniel Strelitz — 12,790,000

* Seat 2: Russell Thomas — 9,985,000

* Seat 3: Jacob Balsiger — 7,330,000

* Seat 4: Jan Heitmann — 6,390,000

* Seat 5: Michael Esposito — 7,045,000

* Seat 6: Robert Buckenmayer — 4,410,000

* Seat 7: Roland Israelashvili — 5,525,000

* Seat 8: Scott Abrams — 8,080,000

* Seat 9: Nicco Maag — 1,300,000

Table 3:

* Seat 1: Andras Koroknai — 3,125,000

* Seat 2: Steven Gee — 4,830,000

* Seat 3: Danny Wong — 6,360,000

* Seat 4: Paul Volpe — 2,650,000

* Seat 5: Robert Salaburu — 10,915,000

* Seat 6: Jeremy Ausmus — 8,300,000

* Seat 7: Gaelle Baumann — 5,530,000

* Seat 8: Yuval Bronshtein — 9,735,000

* Seat 9: Robert Corcione — 8,745,000

 

 

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