Photo Caption: (Photo by Joe Giron) At first glance, poker pro Shaun Deeb’s 2012 WSOP results have been marginal.  About 25 events entered, with three cashes – two of them small.  He did make one final table appearance, finishing sixth.  Still, those results are not up to Deeb’s high standards.  Yesterday, someone casually asked Deeb how things were going.  “Well, finished second-place in a satellite a few days ago,” Deeb replied.  “That sucks,” was the follow up.  But wait.  That’s not the whole story.  You won’t believe it when you hear the rest.  To read more, see more from today’s “WSOP Daily Shuffle.”  
 
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DAILY HEADLINES
 
The Morning After:  No Poker Hangover for Two New Gold Bracelet Champions

New Yorker Tops 3,166-Player Field in Event #54 – Collects $737,348 and First Gold Bracelet
 
Tomas Junek Tops 2,798-Player Field in Event #56 – Collects $661,022 and First Gold Bracelet

Why is Shaun Deeb Happy  with his 2012 WSOP Results?


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THE MORNING AFTER
 
It might sound ridiculous, but July 4th was the “morning after” for just about everyone who loves poker.  While most of the fireworks went off the previous day during the record-smashing “Big One for One Drop” event, there were still a few flashes of glory on America’s Independence Day.  The day began with New Yorker Will Jaffe’s half-million dollar victory over Brazilian Luis Campelo in Event #54.  That was followed by Tomas Junek’s victory in Event #56.
 
Then, there are the big attendance numbers of the last few days – more than 9,000 poker players in the last three open gold bracelet events (Events 53, 54, and 56).  Perhaps the amazing thing about what’s happening this week at the WSOP is that the Main Event has not yet begun – and the atmosphere already feels like poker’s world championship.
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WILL JAFFE TOPS 3,221-PLAYER FIELD AND WINS $500,070 IN NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM (EVENT #54)


On the day after the “Big One for One Drop” celebration, Will Jaffe and his merry band of fellow New Yorkers came to the Rio in Las Vegas and launched their own poker party.
 
Jaffe won the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em (Event #54), which attracted a monster-sized field totaling 3,221 players.  He collected $500,070 in prize money.  Jaffe was also presented with his first WSOP gold bracelet.  Fittingly, the heads-up victory by an American over a Brazilian runner up took place on the Fourth of July.
 
Jaffe is a 25-year-old professional poker player from Bridgehampton, NY – located in Long Island.  He has been playing full time for about four years.  Jaffe first became passionate about the game when he was a sophomore in college, studying in New York City.
 
Jaffe defeated the Brazilian Luis Campelo after a long heads-up match that lasted nearly four hours.  The third day and final table session went so long that it was suspended.  Players returned for an unscheduled fourth day, during which the championship was ultimately decided.
 
The final hand came when Jaffe was dealt A-2 offsuit.  He ended up making a full house -- deuces full of aces.

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TOMAS JUNEK TRIUMPHS OVER 3,221-PLAYER FIELD AND WINS $661,022 IN NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM (EVENT #56)


Czech mate.
 

He topped a huge field of 2,798 players.  He won $661,022.  He won a WSOP gold bracelet.

Other than that, it was pretty much a normal day for Mr. Junek.

The latest WSOP champ is a 23-year-old Czech poker player form Prestavlky – which, one might guess, just crowned it’s first WSOP champion.

Perhaps Martin Srazko, the runner up of last year’s WSOP Main Event hold the distinction of being the biggest money earner ever from the Czech Republic.  But on this night, he fellow countryman did one better --- winning the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
 
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SHAUN DEEB’S SECOND-PLACE FINISH IN A SATELLITE
 
Why is this news?  Who cares?
 
Well, listen to this.
 
Poker pro Shaun Deeb finished in second place in a satellite event, which took place last Saturday.  That normally would not be much of a story, even to Deeb.
 
But when you consider the satellite had a $25,000 buy-in and was a competition to win a seat in the ultra-historic Big One for One Drop event, the story becomes a little more compelling.
 
So, what did Deeb win for second place?
 
Try – one million dollars.  That’s right, $1,000,000.
 
Of all the cash games Deeb has played, of all the tournaments he’s entered and occasionally won, of all the final tables and cashes he’s achieved, Deeb’s single-biggest score in poker was finishing in second place in a one-time satellite, that paid a record amount to the top finishers.

So, in the end – Deeb is having a pretty good 2012 WSOP.
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WSOP QUESTION OF THE DAY

 
Question of the Day:  Who is the only poker player in history from the continent of Africa to win a WSOP gold bracelet?
 
Answer coming in tomorrow’s WSOP Daily Shuffle.

Yesterday’s Question of the Day:  Who was the first player to win $1 million at the WSOP?

 
Answer:  This (poorly-worded) question can be answered in two ways.  The first poker player to win $1 million (at once) was Brad Daugherty, the 1991 World Champion.  That was the first year the WSOP Main Event Championship hit the seven-figure mark for first place.  However, the first poker player to achieve $1 million in WSOP (career) earnings was Jack Keller.  He won the World Championship in 1984.  Keller was the first player to hit $1,000,000 for his WSOP accumulated career earnings, which took place in 1987.   Note:  Johnny Chan was the second WSOP millionaire (1988).
 
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DAY 35:  THE WSOP TODAY – THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012


9:00 AM

Today’s first tournament is a $75 buy-in TURBO MEGA-SATELLITE.

12:00 NOON

EVENT #59B, the $1,000 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament begins with the second of two starting days.  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 four-day event.  Last year’s similar tournament drew 4,805 entrants.

EVENT #59B 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 #59B can be viewed HERE.
 
1:00 PM
EVENT #57, the $10,000 buy-in SIX-HANDED NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament continues with Day Three – including the final table.  There are 27 players remaining from the starting field of 474 entrants.  Chris Brammers is the chip leader.  Chip counts from the end of the second day of play can be found here.

2:00 PM
EVENT #58, the $3,000 buy-in POT-LIMIT OMAHA HIGH-LOW SPLIT tournament continues with Day Three – including the final table.  There are 31 players remaining from the starting field of 526 entrants.  Felicia Johnico is the chip leader.  Chip counts from the end of the second 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.

2:20 PM

Two players will be honored at the official gold bracelet ceremony today – USA’s Will Jaffe (winner of Event #54) and the Czech Republic's Tomas Junek (winner of Event #56) are the honorees.

4:00 PM
The first MEGA-SATELLITE begins. The entry fee is $330

5:00 PM

EVENT #60, the $10,000 buy-in DEUCE-TO-SEVEN DRAW LOWBALL tournament begins.  Registration will be available up through the completion of four levels, plus two breaks, which is estimated to be about 9:40 pm.  Action takes place inside Amazon.  This is a three-day event.  Last year’s similar tournament drew 139 entrants.

EVENT #60 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 #60 can be viewed HERE.
 
6:00 PM

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.

8:00 PM
The second MEGA-SATELLITE of the day begins.  (Note: This event regularly features different games – so be sure and check the schedule in advance).  The entry fee is $550.

10:00 PM
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.

3:00 AM
All WSOP gold bracelet tournaments end for the night.
 
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* Please note that all listed times are estimates and subject to change

-- by Nolan Dalla