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Official Report
Event #61
End of Day Two
No-Limit Hold’em World Championship
Buy-In: $10,000
Number of Entries: 6,598
Number of Players Remaining from Days 2A and 2B: 854
Number of Players Remaining from Day 2C: 911
Total number of Players Going into Day 3: 1,165
Total Net Prize Pool: $62,021,200
Number of Places Paid: 666
First Place Prize: $8,527,982
July 9th through October 29th, 2012

TOP TEN CHIPS GOING INTO DAY THREE


1. Gaelle Baumann - 505,800
2. Mark Demirdjian - 499,900
3. Shaun Deeb - 460,900
4. Michael Hack - 457,000
5. Marco Bognanni - 452,100
6. Gerardo Lubas - 449,500
7. Jonathan Fountain - 435,400
8. Randy Haddox - 407,300
9. John Leathart - 404,900
10. Erik Hellman - 397,900

MAIN EVENT HEADLINES – END OF DAY TWO

2012 WSOP Main Event Championship Ready to Begin Day Three

Second “Day Two” Session Now Complete

Approximately 1,765 Survivors Remain

Gaelle Baumann is Chip Leader

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OVERVIEW


Today’s official report is largely statistics-based – relating to both the overall tournament as well as individual players.

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BIGGEST LIVE POKER TOURNAMENTS OF ALL-TIME

This is the fifth-largest live poker tournament in history.  Here are the seven largest live poker tournaments in history:
 
1.  2006 WSOP Main Event – 8,773 players
2.  2010 WSOP Main Event – 7,319 players
3.  2011 WSOP Main Event – 6,865 players
4.  2008 WSOP Main Event – 6,844 players
5.  2012 WSOP Main Event – 6,598 players* (new)
6.  2009 WSOP Main Event – 6,494 players
7.  2007 WSOP Main Event – 6,358 players

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PAST WORLD CHAMPIONS

There are 36 different players who have won the WSOP Main Event Championship.  Of this number, 27 past champions are still living.  
 
Current Status of former champions reads as follows:

1975/1976:  Doyle Brunson – Eliminated on Day Two
1983:  Tom McEvoy – Eliminated on Day Two
1986:  Berry Johnston – Eliminated on Day One
1987/1988:  Johnny Chan – 220,000 in chips entering Day Three
1989:  Phil Hellmuth – Eliminated on Day One
1993:  Jim Bechtel – Eliminated on Day One
1995:  Dan Harrington – 138,500 in chips entering Day Three
1996:  Huck Seed – 70,600 entering Day Three
1998:  Scotty Nguyen – Eliminated on Day One
2001:  Carlos Mortensen – Eliminated on Day One
2002:  Robert Varkonyi – 104,800 in chips entering Day Three
2003:  Chris Moneymaker – Eliminated on Day One
2004:  Greg “Fossilman” Raymer – Eliminated on Day One
2005:  Joe Hachem – Eliminated on Day One
2006:  Jamie Gold – Eliminated on Day Two
2007:  Jerry Yang – 149,000 in chips entering Day Three
2008:  Peter Eastgate – 144,500 in chips entering Day Three
2009:  Joe Cada – Eliminated on Day Two
2010:  Jonathan Duhamel – Eliminated on Day One
2011:  Pius Heinz – 39,300 in chips entering Day Three
 
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CELEBRITIES AND NOTABLE PLAYERS

The World Series of Poker has attracted celebrities and notable personalities since its inception.  This year is no exception.

Current Status of Poker Hall of Fame members:

Doyle Brunson – Eliminated on Day Two
T.J. Cloutier – Eliminated on Day Two
Mike Sexton – Eliminated on Day Two
Johnny Chan -- 220,000 in chips entering Day Three
Dewey Tomko – Eliminated on Day Two
Erik Seidel – Eliminated on Day One
Dan Harrington – 138,500 in chips entering Day Three
Barry Greenstein – 15,400 in chips entering Day Three

Current Status of past WSOP “Player(s) of the Year:

2004:  Daniel Negreanu – 277,200 in chips entering Day Three
2005:  Allen Cunningham – Eliminated on Day One
2006:  Jeff Madsen – Eliminated on Day One
2007:  Tom Schneider – Eliminated on Day One
2008:  Erick Lindgren – 57,000 in chips entering Day Three
2009:  Jeffrey Lisandro – Eliminated on Day One
2010:  Frank Kassela – Eliminated on Day One
2011:  Ben Lamb – 277,000 in chips entering Day Three

Current Status of Non-Poker Celebrities:

Ray Romano (actor and comedian) – Eliminated on Day One
Rene Angelil (music manager – Celine Dion’s husband) – Eliminated on Day Two
Shane Warne (sportsman/cricketer) – Eliminated on Day Two
Jason Alexander (actor and comedian) – Eliminated on Day Two
Kevin Pollak (actor) – 51,900 in chips entering Day Three
Jennifer Tilly (actress and former gold bracelet winner) – Eliminated on Day Two
Teddy Sherringham (former professional soccer star) – 142,000 in chips entering Day Three
Gabe Kaplan (actor and comedian) – 141,500 in chips entering Day Three

Antonio Esfandiari (“Big One for One Drop” Champion – 161,000 in chips entering Day Three

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STATISTICAL ODDS AND ENDS

This tournament attracted 6,598 entries.

Female players totaled 235 players -- representing 3.56 percent of the field.  This is about the same percentage of females that played last year.

The average age of all participants was 37.73 years.  This is about 6 months older (average) than last year’s 37.17 average age.

Specific age with most players – 26 (there are 338 players aged 26 who entered this year’s Main Event)

Metropolitan Areas with largest WSOP player participation:
Las Vegas/Henderson, NV – 406 players
New York/Brooklyn, NY – 141 players
London, UK – 81 players
Los Angeles, CA – 75 players
Houston, TX – 58 players
Chicago, IL – 52 players
Moscow, Russia – 46 players
San Diego, CA – 39 players

Most Entrants by State/Province:
 
California – 819 entrants
Nevada – 436 entrants
New York – 416 entrants
Florida – 341 entrants
Texas – 333 entrants
Illinois – 224 entrants
New Jersey – 181 entrants
Ontario – 166 entrants
Massachusetts – 162 entrants
Ohio – 126 entrants

Every WSOP held over the past 12 years has included at least one multiple gold bracelet champion (meaning two or more wins within the same year).  The last year the WSOP was comprised exclusively of single-event winners was back in 1999.  The record for most multiple gold bracelet winners within a single year was in 2009, when five players managed to win two or more titles.  However, presently – no player has won two gold bracelets in 2012.

Reigning World Champions rarely perform well the following year after their victory.  Chris Ferguson was the last World Champion to win a gold bracelet the year after winning, which happened in 2001.  Perhaps it’s due to the increasing size of the fields.  But there’s also great pressure on the champions to do well – along with many distractions.  What follows is a list of the seven World Champions to win a gold bracelet after winning their championships during the previous year:

Johnny Moss (1975)
Doyle Brunson (1977)
Bobby Baldwin (1979)
Stu Ungar (1981)
Johnny Chan (1988)
Hamid Dastmalchi (1993)
Chris Ferguson (2001)

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MORE WSOP – BY COUNTRY STATS

(Nation / 2012 Number of Entrants / 2011 Number of Entrants)

United States – 4579 / 4606
Canada – 455 / 481
United Kingdom – 300 / 278
France – 168 / 213
Germany – 115 / 158
Russia – 97 / 111
Australia – 88 / 94
Italy – 86 / 108
Brazil – 76 / 82
Denmark – 49 / 46
Sweden – 46 / 77
Netherlands – 39 / 54
Spain – 34 / 42
Ireland – 34 / 35
Argentina – 32 / 22
Scotland – 36 / 36
Switzerland – 28 / 26
Wales – 2 / 4
Norway – 25 / 34
Japan – 21 / 25
Mexico – 19 / 12
Hungary – 17 / 24
Israel – 18 / 18
South Africa – 15 / 18
Belgium – 15 / 26
Austria – 14 / 24
Columbia – 13 / 9
China – 12 / 8
Ukraine – 11 / 4
Finland – 11 / 22
Bulgaria – 11 / 4
Lebanon – 10 / 4
Czech Republic – 9 / 11
Hong Kong – 8 / 10
Portugal – 8 / 19
Venezuela – 10 / 20
Lithuania – 7 / 8
Turkey – 7 / 4
Chile – 6 / 7
Malta – 6 / 7
Latvia – 6 / 3
Greece – 5 / 5
Slovakia – 4 / 6
Poland – 4 / 1
Peru – 4 / 3
Bermuda – 3 / 0
Trinidad – 3 / 2
Uruguay – 3 / 3
Cyprus – 3 / 4
Costa Rica – 3 / 3
Bolivia – 3 / 2
Belize – 3 /2
Philippines – 3 / 3
South Korea – 3 / 6
Serbia – 3 / 0
India – 3 / 2
New Zealand – 3 / 5
Estonia – 3 / 4
Turks and Caicos – 2 / 2
Romania – 2 / 4
Belarus – 2 / 0
Malaysia – 3 / 1
Paraguay – 1 / 0
Azerbaijan – 1 / 2
Bahrain – 1 / 1
Singapore – 1 / 4
Marshall Islands – 1 / 1
Tanzania – 1 / 0
Kazakhstan – 1 / 2
French Polynesia – 1 / 1
Cayman Islands – 1 / 0
Slovenia – 1 / 0
Isle of Man – 1 / 0
Iceland – 1 / 2
Croatia – 1 / 1
Guatemala – 1 / 3
Dominican Republic – 1 / 0
Ecuador – 1 / 0
Macedonia – 1 / 2
Bahamas – 1 /1
Monaco – 1 / 3
Uruguay – 1 / 3
American Samoa – 0 / 1
Andorra – 0 / 2
Indonesia – 0 / 1
Mongolia – 0 / 1
Montserrat – 0 / 1
Oman – 0 / 1
Saint Lucia – 0 / 6
Saudi Arabia – 0 / 1
Senegal – 0 / 1
Taiwan – 0 / 2
Unknown – 3 / 0

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WSOP -- FOR THE AGES

The youngest player to enter the 2011 WSOP Main Event Championship was Cody Teska – at 21 years and seven days.  The all-time youngest player record was set last year by Logan Deen, from Cocoa, FL.  He turned 21 on the day he took his seat in the 2011 Main Event, which means he holds a record that can be tied, but never broken (unless age restriction laws are changed in the future).

The oldest player to enter the 2012 WSOP Main Event Championship was Ellen “Gram” Deeb, from Troy, NY at age 92.  This is her second straight year to play in the Championship.  Last year, she became the oldest female participant in Main Event history.  Unfortunately, Mrs. Deeb was eliminated during Day One. The WSOP looks forward to welcoming her again in 2012 (Note:  The oldest player in WSOP was Jack Ury, who in 2010 played at age 97).

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WSOP MAIN EVENT ALL-TIME RECORDS

Most Main Event Wins (Career):

3 – Johnny Moss (first win was by a vote)
3 – Stu Ungar
2 – Doyle Brunson
2 – Johnny Chan

Most Main Event Cashes (Career):
 
10 – Berry Johnston
8 – Humberto Brenes
7 – Bobby Baldwin
7 – Doyle Brunson
7 – Jay Heimowitz
7 – Phil Hellmuth
7 – Mike Sexton
7 – Chris Bjorin
7 – John Esposito
6 – John Bonetti
6 – Johnny Moss
6 – Jason Lester
6 – Steve Lott
6 – Johnny Chan
5 – 17 players tied with 5 cashes each

Most Main Event Final Tables (Career):
 
5 – Doyle Brunson
5 – Jesse Alto
4 – Johnny Chan
4 – T.J. Cloutier
4 – Dan Harrington
4 – Berry Johnston
4 – Johnny Moss
4 – Stu Ungar
3 – 6 players tied with 3 final tables each

Youngest Winner:
 
Joe Cada (2009) -- 21 years, 11 months, 22 days

Oldest Winner:
 
Johnny Moss (1974) – 66 years, 11 months, 24 days

Most Consecutive Years Played at WSOP (entered at least one gold bracelet event):
 
39 – Howard “Tahoe” Andrew (1974 to present)

Most Consecutive Main Events Played (Career):
 
30 – Tom McEvoy (1983 to present)

Most Total Main Events Played (Career):
 
40 – Doyle Brunson (did not play years 1999 through 2001)

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2012 WSOP STATISTICS


Through the conclusion of Event #60, the nationality of gold bracelet winners has been:
 
United States (47): Chip Saechao, Brent Hanks, Leif Force, Cory Zeidman, Andy Bloch, Herbert Tapscott, John Monnette, Brian Hastings, David “Doc” Arsht, Brandon Schaefer, Adam Friedman, Matt Matros, Andy Frankenberger, Phil Hellmuth, Cliff Goldkind, Ben Scholl, Randy Ohel, Joe Cassidy, Brian Meinders, Gabe Scott, Ylon Schwartz, Larry Wright, Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman, Carter Phillips, David “Bakes” Baker, Max Steinberg, Chris Tryba, David “ODB” Baker, Ronnie Bardah, Dung “Gomer” Nguyen, Greg Ostrander, Henry Lu, Joey Weissman, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, Steven Loube, Kenny Hsiung, Greg Hobson, Pete Vilandos, Yen Dang, Vanessa Selbst, Jim Willerson, Will Jaffe, Antonio Esfandiari, Greg Merson, Nick Schulman
Canada (3): Ashkan Razavi, Simon Charette, Timothy Adams, Ryan Eriquezzo
Germany (2): Jan-Peter Jachtman, Dominik Nitsche
France (1): Aubin Cazals
Bulgaria (1): Nick Jivkov
Netherlands (1): Vincent van der Fluit
Belgium (1): Michael Gathy
Japan (1): Naoya Kihara
Great Britain (1): Craig McCorkell
Ukraine (1): Okelsii Kovalchuk
Italy (1):  Rocco Palumbo
Czech Republic (1):  Tomas Junek
Russia (1):  Viacheslav Zhukov

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the national origins (birthplace) of winners have been:
 
United States (46): Brent Hanks, Leif Force, Cory Zeidman, Andy Bloch, Herbert Tapscott, John Monnette, Brian Hastings, David “Doc” Arsht, Brandon Schaefer, Adam Friedman, Matt Matros, Andy Frankenberger, Phil Hellmuth, Cliff Goldkind, Ben Scholl, Randy Ohel, Joe Cassidy, Brian Meinders, Gabe Scott, Ylon Schwartz, Larry Wright, Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman, Carter Phillips, David “Bakes” Baker, Max Steinberg, Chris Tryba, David “ODB” Baker, Ronnie Bardah, Dung “Gomer” Nguyen, Greg Ostrander, Henry Lu, Joey Weissman, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, Steven Loube, Kenny Hsiung, Greg Hobson, Vanessa Selbst, Jim Willerson, Will Jaffe, Antonio Esfandiari, Greg Merson, Nick Schulman, Ryan Eriquezzo
Canada (2): Simon Charette, Timothy Adams
Vietnam (2): Dung “Gomer” Nguyen, Yen Dang
Germany (2):  Jan-Peter Jachtman, Dominik Nitsche
Thailand (1): Chip Saechao
Bulgaria (1): Nick Jivkov
France (1): Aubin Cazals
Iran (1): Ashkan Razavi
Netherlands (1): Vincent van der Fluit
Belgium (1): Michael Gathy
Japan (1): Naoya Kihara
Great Britain (1): Craig McCorkell
Germany (1): Jan-Peter Jachtmann
Ukraine (1): Okelsii Kovalchuk
Italy (1):  Rocco Palumbo
Greece (1):  Pete Vilandos
Czech Republic (1):  Tomas Junek
Russia (1):  Viacheslav Zhukov

Through the conclusion of this event, the home states of the 47 American winners have been:
 
Nevada (9): Brent Hanks, Andy Bloch, Randy Ohel, Joe Cassidy, Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman, Carter Phillips, David “Bakes” Baker, Chris Tryba, Antonio Esfandiari
New York (8): Matt Matros, Andy Frankenberger, Greg Ostrander, Henry Lu, Joey Weissman, Vanessa Selbst, Will Jaffe, Nick Schulman
Texas (5): Ylon Schwartz, Larry Wright, David “ODB” Baker, Pete Vilandos, Jim Willerson
California (4): Chip Saechao, John Monnette, Phil Hellmuth, Max Steinberg
Pennsylvania (3): Brian Hastings, David “Doc” Arsht, Ben Scholl
Florida (3): Leif Force, Cory Zeidman, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi
Ohio (2): Adam Friedman, Kenny Hsiung
Maryland (2): Cliff Goldkind, Greg Merson
Alabama (1): Herbert Tapscott
Washington (1): Brandon Schaefer
New Jersey (1): Brian Meinders
Oklahoma (1): Gabe Scott
Kansas (1): Dung “Gomer” Nguyen
Massachusetts (1): Ronnie Bardah
Georgia (1):  Steven Loube
Alaska (1):  Greg Hobson
Colorado (1):  Yen Dang
Connecticut (1):  Ryan Eriquezzo
 
Through the conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of professional poker players to semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets is as follows:
 
Professional Players (47): Brent Hanks, Leif Force, Andy Bloch, Aubin Cazals, John Monnette, Ashkan Razavi, Vincent van der Fluit, Brian Hastings, Brandon Schaefer, Adam Friedman, Matt Matros, Andy Frankenberger, Phil Hellmuth, Randy Ohel, Michael Gathy, Simon Charette, Joe Cassidy, Gabe Scott, Ylon Schwartz, Timothy Adams, Larry Wright, Carter Phillips, David “Bakes” Baker, Max Steinberg, Naoya Kihara, Chris Tryba, Craig McCorkell, David “ODB” Baker, Ronnie Bardah, Greg Ostrander, Okelsii Kovalchuk, Henry Lu, Rocco Palumbo, Joey Weissman, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, Kenny Hsiung, Greg Hobson, Yen Dang, Vanessa Selbst, Will Jaffe, Antonio Esfandiari, Tomas Junek, Greg Merson, Viacheslav Zhukov, Nick Schulman
Semi-Pros (6): Cory Zeidman, Nick Jivkov, Brian Meinders, Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman, Jan-Peter Jachtman, Pete Vilandos
Amateurs (8): Chip Saechao, Herbert Tapscott, David “Doc” Arsht, Cliff Goldkind, Ben Scholl, Dung “Gomer” Nguyen, Steven Loube, Jim Willerson, Dominik Nitsche, Ryan Eriquezzo

Semi-Pros (6): Cory Zeidman, Nick Jivkov, Brian Meinders, Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman, Jan-Peter Jachtman, Pete Vilandos
 
Amateurs (8): Chip Saechao, Herbert Tapscott, David “Doc” Arsht, Cliff Goldkind, Ben Scholl, Dung “Gomer” Nguyen, Steven Loube, Jim Willerson
 
 
Note:  Various categories and statistics will be updated with each gold bracelet event as they are completed.


-- by Nolan Dalla, Alan Fowler, Brad Iott, and Ashley Murray



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