Wait, isn't that......uhhhh? What's his name? He sure looks like that guy on TV. He looks just like that odd-looking man who stands next to the tall smart guy on ESPN. You've seen him. He's the funny guy on all the WSOP shows. No, wait a minute. That can't possibly be him! Why not? Well, for one thing -- he made it to Day Three of the $2,500 Omaha/Stud High-Low Split event. Nope. No way that's him. Ahh Hah! I remember his name now -- it's Norman Chad. It's definitely not Norm Chad. This guy in the picture -- whoever he is -- is much better looking. To see more photos from the 2012 WSOP, please visit the official WSOP PHOTO BLOG.
Terrence Chan Cashes Again – Now at Eight for 2012 (All-Time Record is 10)
Move Aside Pius Heinz: Jan-Peter Jachtmann Wins Another WSOP Victory for Germany
Huge Crowd Pleaser -- Ronnie Bardah Wins Six-Handed Limit Hold’em Victory
Event #41 Final Table Coming Today -- 1,000th Gold Bracelet to be Awarded
Jachtmann won the $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship. This is the 39th of 61 gold bracelet events on the 2012 WSOP schedule. The three-day competition drew another blistering lineup of heavyweights. Of the 36 players who finished in the money, nearly half (16) were gold bracelet winners. The tournament began with 293 entrants and concluded on Saturday night under the bright lights of the ESPN Main Stage.
Jachtmann is a 44-year-old professional poker player and publisher from Hamburg, Germany. He operates the largest German-language poker publication in the world. For this achievement, Jachtmann collected the astronomical sum of $661,000 in prize money, plus his first WSOP gold bracelet. This was undoubtedly yet another huge boost to the booming poker market in Germany.
Indeed, Jachtmann becomes this year's first WSOP winner from Germany, following reigning world poker champion Pius Heinz’s landmark victory in the 2011 WSOP Main Event Championship.
RONNIE BARDAH GETS HIS KICKS, AND A GOLD BRACELET, TOO
Ronnie Bardah has been on the world’s biggest poker stage before. The professional poker player finished 24th in the 2010 Main Event Championship - - an unforgettable experience. But nothing in his previous poker life could quite compare with what happened tonight, when Bardah managed to win his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Bardah won the $2,500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em title. This was the 40th of 61 gold bracelet events on the 2012 WSOP schedule. The three-day competition drew another tough field, largely comprised of Limit Hold’em specialists – their number often overshadowed by the global dominance of No-Limit Hold’em. The tournament began with 302 entrants and concluded on Saturday night with just one player -- a radiant Bardah -- sitting at the feature table surrounded by one of the largest mobs of supporters seen at this year's WSOP, so far.
Bardah is a 29-year-old poker pro from Brockton, Massachusetts. The part-time kickboxer, who recently took several months off from poker to live and study in Thailand, returned to his profession with a fury.
Fueled with some extra energy and added motivation -- not to mention experience that may have been lacking in previous deep tournament runs, Bardah's skills served him extraordinarily well in this battle. For this achievement, Bardah collected $182,088 in prize money, plus his first WSOP gold bracelet.
The runner up was Marco Johnson, a 26-year-old poker pro from Walnut Creek, CA. Terrence Chan just missed out on the final table of this event, finishing seventh. While Chan came up short of the bracelet, he is now one step closer to breaking the late Nikolay Evdakov's cashing record, as this finish marks Chan's eighth in-the-money run this summer.
WSOP TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE DAY
Question of the Day: Who is the player who set the all-time record for accruing the most penalties in a single event – which was four? Hint 1: Despite the penalty, which required him to miss 80 minutes of playing time (four 20-minute penalties), he still made it all the way to the final table. Hint 2: It was during a WSOP Main Event Championship.
Answer coming in tomorrow’s WSOP Daily Shuffle.
Yesterday’s Question of the Day: How many penalties has Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri been given during the course of his long career playing in WSOP events? Two hints: Barbieri is originally from Philadelphia and his started playing at the WSOP in 1999.
Answer: Shocker! The answer is one. That’s right ONE. The bombastic pokerwailer was issued his very first penalty on Friday night, while playing in the Omaha/Stud High-Low Split event. During the heat of action, he became upset and uttered a slew of expletives – costing him an entire round of hands. After the incident, Barbieri was extremely remorseful. He promised that such behavior will never happen again.
DAY 29: THE WSOP TODAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012
Today’s first tournament is a $75 buy-in TURBO MEGA-SATELLITE.
EVENT #44, the $1,000 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament, begins with the play of Day One. Registration will be available up through the completion of four levels, plus two breaks, which is estimated to be about 4:40 pm. Action takes place inside Brasilia. This is a three-day event. This same event on last year’s schedule drew 2,890 entries.
EVENT #44 UPDATES can be followed at WSOP.com. Coverage includes chip counts as well as written updates supplied from the tournament floor by our friends at PokerNews.com.
The official Structure Sheet for EVENT #44 can be viewed HERE.
EVENT #41, the $3,000 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament, continues with Day Three – including the final table. There are 30 players remaining from the starting field of 1,394. Joseph Chaplin is the current chip leader, followed closely by Jackie Glazer of Australia. Action will take place inside Amazon. The list of survivors and chip counts is available HERE.
EVENT #43, the $1,500 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament, continues with Day Two. There are 317 players remaining from the starting field of 2,770. The top 297 finishers will make the money. Reigning WSOP National Champion Sam Barnhart is the current chip leader. Action will take place inside Amazon. The list of survivors and chip counts is available HERE.
EVENT #42, the $2,500 buy-in MIXED HIGH-LOW SPLIT (OMAHA/SEVEN-CARD STUD) tournament continues with the play of Day Three – including the final table. There are 22 players remaining from the starting field of 393, including chip leader and 2009 WSOP Player of the Year, Jeff Lisandro. Action will take place inside Amazon. Chip counts from the first day of play can be found HERE.
The first DAILY DEEP STACK NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament begins. The entry fee is $235. Registration is open for four (30 minute) levels, plus one break – which means until about 4:20 pm.
The official gold bracelet ceremony includes three recent winners. Chris Tryba and Saturday's two winners, Ronnie Bardah and Jan-Peter Jachtmann. The anthems of the United States and Germany will be played.
The first MEGA-SATELLITE begins. The entry fee is $330
EVENT #45, the $50,000 buy-in POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP tournament, begins with the play of Day One. Registration will be available until the start of Day 2 -- Level 6 on the structure. Action takes place inside Amazon. This is a five-day event. This same event on last year’s schedule drew 132 entries.
EVENT #45 UPDATES can be followed at WSOP.com. Coverage includes chip counts as well as written updates supplied from the tournament floor by our friends at PokerNews.com.
The official Structure Sheet for EVENT #45 can be viewed HERE.
The second DEEP STACK NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament begins. The entry fee is $185. Registration is open for four (30 minute) levels, plus one break – which means until about 8:20 pm.
The second MEGA-SATELLITE of the day begins. The game is No-Limit Hold’em (Note: This event regularly features different games – so be sure and check the schedule in advance). The entry fee is $550.
The third and final DEEP STACK NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament begins at 10 pm. The entry fee is $135. Registration is open for four (30 minute) levels, plus one break – which means until about 12:20 am.
All WSOP gold bracelet tournaments end for the night.
* Please note that all listed times are estimates and subject to change
-- by Nolan Dalla