7/1/2012 11:21:10 PM PST
Congratulations to Vanessa Selbst, Winner of Event 52 ($244,259)!
Day 3 of Event 52, $2,500 Ten Game Mix Six-Handed, of the World Series of Poker has wrapped up after three long days of play. The event began with 420 other hopefuls and it's Vanessa Selbst standing alone at the end of play with her second WSOP bracelet and $244,259.
Selbst is the first woman to win an open bracelet event since she won her first bracelet in a 2008 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. Selbst earned all but one elimination at the final table. She is the sixth woman to have multiple bracelets; she joins Barbara Enright, Nani Dollison, Jennifer Harmana, Susie Isaacs and Starla Brodie.
Day 3 saw 19 players return to play down to a winner. Within three levels the field was trimmed down one table. Scott Clements was eliminated in 8th place, making this event the second final table he bubbled this series.
The field combined to one table on the stage in the Pavilion Room seven-handed and after only ten minutes of play Julian Renard was eliminated. Selbst sent Renard packing while playing a round of Stud Hi. Selbst made two pair and Renard only held a pair of eights.
The next elimination occurred during Pot Limit Omaha and Mike Gorodinsky got all his chips in on the flop. Gorodinsky held
and Selbst tabled . The board completed and Selbst made a flush and sent Gorodinsky to the rail.
Another 30 minutes would pass before Selbst sent another to the rail. This time the game was Razz. Thomas Chambers was short stacked and made an ace low and Selbst found her way to a nine eight low. Chamber was eliminated in 5th place.
Chris Bjorin was the next to hit the rail during a round of Limit Hold'em. Selbst opened with two bets and Bjorin made it thee bets from the small blind. Selbst made it four bets and Bjorin called – leaving him with just 3,000 behind. The flop came
, Bjorin tossed in his chips and Selbst called. Bjorin held and Selbst had . The board completed and Selbst earned another knockout.
Tommy Hang had stayed out of the way for most of the final table and then he got committed in a hand of Stud. Michael Saltzburg did the dirty work this time, letting Selbst catch a breather. Saltzburg made a full house of jacks full of threes and Hang was drawing dead at sixth street. Hang was eliminated in third place.
Selbst and Saltzburg entered heads up play with Selbst holding 2.64 million and Saltzburg had 516,000. The pair played one full round of 2-7 No Limit Single Draw that saw Selbst take five of the six hands played in that round.
Saltzburg then survived a round of Omaha Hi Low 8-Or-Better that saw him get quartered on the low and left him with very few chips.
The next round of 2-7 Limit Triple Draw would see them play just a couple hands before Selbst sealed her victory. The first round saw Saltzburg draw two cards and Selbst just one. The next round saw them both stand pat and Selbst table the nuts with
for the win.
VIDEO Final Table Payouts
Place Player Prize
1 Vanessa Selbst $244,259
2 Michael Saltzburg $150,840
3 Tommy Hang $97,884
4 Chris Bjorin $64,649
5 Thomas Chambers $43,099
6 Mike Gorodinsky $30,169
7/1/2012 11:12:25 PM PST
Michael Saltzburg Eliminated in 2nd Place ($150,849)
2-7 Limit Triple Draw
The last hand of the tournament began with Vanessa Selbst opening the button. Michael Saltzburg called and then drew two. Selbst drew one and then Saltzburg led with a bet. Selbst then raised and Saltzburg called. Both players stood pat and then Saltzburg was all in for his last remaining chips.
At this point, Selbst quickly tabled
, holding the nuts. Saltzburg could do nothing but stare at the felt as Selbst was out of her chair waiting for Saltzburg's cards to go in the muck. That's exactly where they went, and Selbst was over to her rail to celebrate.
With that, Saltzburg goes home in a very gallant second place, collecting $150,849, while Selbst wins her second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, solidifying herself as one of poker's greats.
Vanessa Selbst 3,157,000 164,500 Michael Saltzburg 0 -165,000
7/1/2012 10:51:41 PM PST
Selbst Has a Cheering Section
Some of Vanessa Selbst's friends have shown up to give her their support. Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, Galen Hall, Vanessa Rousso Scott Seiver and Tiffany Michelle are all in attendance.
They even brought signs to hold up.
7/1/2012 10:49:57 PM PST
Round of 2-7 No Limit Single Draw
Vanessa Selbst dominated the round of 2-7 No Limit Single Draw. She won the first hand after Saltzburg called a 30,000 bet. Selbst made a
low and Saltzburg mucked.
Selbst won five of the six hands they played.
Michael Saltzburg 380,000 -136,000
7/1/2012 10:37:03 PM PST
Cards Back in the Air
Cards are back in the air following the shortened dinner break.
7/1/2012 10:36:37 PM PST
Level 25 started
7/1/2012 10:13:50 PM PST
Heads-Up Counts at Dinner
Vanessa Selbst 2,641,000 -59,000 Michael Saltzburg 516,000 166,000
7/1/2012 10:12:46 PM PST
Dinner For Two
The two remaining players are heading on a reduced 30-minute dinner break. We will have heads-up chip counts posted very soon. We can tell you that Selbst currently has a big chip lead.
7/1/2012 9:56:14 PM PST
Selbst Continues Her Domination
Vanessa Selbst has just taken down two back-to-back badugi hands - one against each opponent. The first was against Tommy Hang, with Hang folding to heat after the second round of drawing.
The next hand was against Michael Saltzburg and started with Saltzburg raising the button. Selbst then three-bet and Saltzburg called. Both players drew one and Selbst bet. Saltburg called and Selbst stood pat, while Saltzburg drew a card. Same exact actions during the next round of drawing and then Saltzburg called the final bet from Selbst. At showdown, Selbst tabled
, with her queen badugi enough to rake in yet another pot.
Vanessa Selbst 2,700,000 170,000 Michael Saltzburg 350,000 -210,000 Tommy Hang 140,000 -237,000
7/1/2012 9:48:47 PM PST
Chris Bjorin Eliminated in 4th Place ($64,649)
Vanessa Selbst entered the pot with two bets and Chris Bjorin made it three bets from the small blind. Selbst made it four bets and Bjorin called - leaving himself with just 3,000 behind.
The flop came
, Bjorin tossed in his remaining chips and Selbst called.
The board finished
and Bjorin was eliminated from the final table.
Vanessa Selbst 2,530,000 80,000 Chris Bjorin 0 -70,000
7/1/2012 9:40:51 PM PST
Selbst Crushing the Table
Vanessa Selbst has gone on a rampage to hold well over two thirds of all the chips in play.
The first hand was against Michael Saltzburg and Selbst play out a hand where Selbst ended up drawing a jack-ten low, which was enough to see Saltzburg's cards into the muck. A few hands later and she would leave Chris Bjorin crippled. Here is how the hands looked.
On fourth street, Bjorin bet and Selbst called. On fifth, it was the other way around. On sixth, both players checked and it was the same on seventh. At showdown, Selbst turned over
, with her ten-seven low good enough to leave Bjorin crippled.
Vanessa Selbst 2,450,000 350,000 Michael Saltzburg 560,000 -37,000 Chris Bjorin 70,000 -475,000
7/1/2012 9:35:45 PM PST
Thomas Chambers Eliminated in 5th Place ($43,099)
Selbst eliminated Chambers with an nine eight low. Selbst has a full head of steam and is running the table over.
Vanessa Selbst 2,100,000 1,753,100 Thomas Chambers 0 -195,700
7/1/2012 9:29:09 PM PST
Selbst Booming; Chambers Struggling
Vanessa Selbst has taken down yet another hand, this time against Thomas Chambers. Here is how the cards looked.
Selbst: / /
Chambers: / /
We caught the action from fifth street, with Selbst check-calling a bet from Chambers. Both players then checked sixth street and Selbst led on seventh street. Chambers thought hard, before eventually making the call.
When Selbst tabled
, her trips for the high pot and seventy-six for the low were good enough to send Chamber's cards into the muck, leaving him as the short stack.
Vanessa Selbst 1,750,000 250,000 Thomas Chambers 80,000 -182,000
7/1/2012 9:17:09 PM PST
Selbst Takes Another
Tommy Hang had the bring in, Vanessa Selbst completed and Chris Bjorin made it two bets. Hang folded and Selbst called.
Bjorin bet out on 4th street, he called on 5th street and then bet out on 6th street. Selbst checked 7th, Bjorin bet and Selbst check-raised. Bjorin called and then said "Nice hand" when Selbst talbed a seven high straight.
Vanessa Selbst 1,500,000 100,000
7/1/2012 9:05:59 PM PST
Level 24 started
7/1/2012 9:02:41 PM PST
Selbst Takes Some Back
2-7 Limit Triple Draw
Thomas Chambers opened from under the gun for 30,000, Michael Salzburg called from the button and Vanessa Selbst called from the big blind.
Round 1: All three players drew two cards. Selbst bet out and got two calls.
Round 2: Selbst and Salzburg drew two cards and Chambers drew one card. Action checked around to Salzburg, he bet and got two calls.
Round 3: Each player drew one card and all three players checked.
Selbst tabled 8 7 6 4 2 and the two other players mucked.
7/1/2012 8:55:02 PM PST
Selbst Wins a Couple
2-7 Limit Triple Draw
Folded to Vanessa Selbst on the button, she made it two bets to go and only Chris Bjorin in the big blind would make the call. Selbst then drew three cards and Bjorin two cards.
Bjorin led here, then called the raise from Selbst. Both players drew one card and then checked, drawing one card again.
This time Bjorin would check then think hard before folding to a bet from Selbst.