Photo Caption:  The most exciting day so far at this year's WSOP is quite possibly on the horizon as two of the world's most famous poker players square off in pursuit of a gold bracelet, starting on Friday.  The Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Championship resumes play on Day Three -- with only 19 players remaining.  Phil Ivey begins the day ranked in sixth place.  Phil Hellmuth returns in seventh place.  Is Friday destined to be a day of destiny for either of these iconic champions?  We shall see.  To see more photos from the 2012 WSOP, please visit the official WSOP PHOTO BLOG.


DAILY HEADLINES

Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Championship Now Down to Final 19 – Including Ivey, Hellmuth, and All-Star-Lineup
 
Here’s the Heads-Up:  Brian Hastings Now Has a Gold Bracelet -- Nosebleed Stakes Online Pro Storms into Las Vegas and Ships Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em World Championship

David “Doc” Arsht Tops Biggest Limit Hold’em Field in Four Years – Wins Gold Bracelet in One of Year’s Biggest Surprises
 
No-Limit Shootout Down to 12 – Layne Flack and Jeff Madsen in the Final Dozen
 
1500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Event Begins – 1,604 Entrants
 
“Weekend Warriors” on Tap – Big 1500 and 1000 Level Events Expected Saturday and Sunday

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HASTINGS AND ARSHT JOIN THE GROWING LIST OF BRACELET WINNERS
 
Brian Hastings, a top-flight online poker pro now living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, won EVENT #12, the $10,000 buy-in HEADS-UP NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP tournament.  He collected his first gold bracelet.  First place paid $371,498.   
 
The NEWS FLASH of Hastings’ victory can be seen here.
 
The top 32 finishers from a starting field of 152 entrants collected prize money.  Former gold bracelet winners who made the money were two-time champ Brock Parker, who made the final four.  Vanessa Selbst, another former winner, made the round of 16, as did Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari.  
 
“Doctor Dave” Arsht won EVENT #13, the $1,500 buy-in LIMIT HOLD’em tournament.  He collected his first gold bracelet.  First place amounted to $211,921.  
 
Dr. Arsht is a 66-year-old retired physician (urology) from the Philadelphia, PA area.  The NEWS FLASH of Dr. Arsht’s victory can be seen here. 
 
THE WSOP TODAY

9:00 AM
Today’s first tournament is a $75 buy-in TURBO MEGA-SATELLITE.

NOON
EVENT #17, the $10,000 buy-in POT-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament begins today.  Late registration will be available for this event up until about 4:40 pm * Action takes place inside Brasilia.  The Pavilion White and Black sections will be used for overflow.
 
EVENT #17 UPDATES can be followed at WSOP.com.  Coverage includes almost-live chip counts as well as written updates supplied from the tournament floor by our friends at PokerNews.com.

The official Structure Sheet for EVENT #17 can be viewed HERE.
 
1:00 PM
EVENT #14 the $1,500 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM SHOOTOUT tournament continues with the play of Day Three – including the final table.  There are 12 players remaining which will begin as two tables of six (playing down to ten).  Action will take place inside Amazon. Some of the notables still alive in that event include Layne Flack, Jeff Madsen, Brandon Steven, and Brandon Schaefer. Updates from the final day of play are available HERE.
 
EVENT #16 the $1,500 buy-in SIX-HANDED NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament continues with the play of Day Two.  There are 137 players remaining.  Action will take place inside Amazon. The complete list of Day One survivors and chip counts is available HERE.
 
2:00 PM
EVENT #15, the $5,000 buy-in SEVEN-CARD STUD HIGH-LOW SPLIT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP tournament continues with the play of Day Three – including the final table.  There are 19 survivors remaining – including some stars playing in pursuit of historical implications.  11-time champion Phil Hellmuth remains alive as does 8-time winner Phil Ivey.  Play will take place inside Amazon, with the final table streaming live with commentary on WSOP.com.

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
Today’s gold bracelet ceremony includes the winners of EVENT #12 (Brian Hastings) and EVENT #7 (Andy Bloch).  Only the U.S. anthem will be played today.

4:00 PM
The first MEGA-SATELLITE begins.  The entry fee is $330
 
5:00 PM
EVENT #18, the $2,500 buy-in SEVEN-CARD RAZZ tournament begins today.  Late registration will be available for this event up until about 9:40 pm * Action takes place inside Amazon.
 
EVENT #18 UPDATES can be followed at WSOP.com.  Coverage includes almost-live chip counts as well as written updates supplied from the tournament floor by our friends at PokerNews.com.

The official Structure Sheet for EVENT #18 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.  The game is LIMIT HOLD’EM, which feeds into EVENT #20.  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.
 
 
WHAT ELSE

REMINDER:  In order to avoid lines on tournament day, the WSOP encourages players to register early.  This is particularly true for the $1,000 buy-in SENIORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (EVENT #29) coming up one week from today (Friday) – June 15th.

Cash game action continues to expand and is about as the same number of games as was spread last year.  In coming weeks as overall attendance increases getting closer to the Main Event Championship, the number of cash games is likely to surpass the busiest times at last year’s WSOP.  There are 82 poker tables dedicated to cash games inside Pavilion, plus an additional 14 poker tables dedicated to cash games inside the Rio (Main Casino).  Right now, the most popular game spread is $1-3 No-Limit Hold'em.  However, games of virtually all limits are being spread.

Single-table satellites are being held 24/7 inside the Pavilion.  All satellite winners receive $500 buy-in tournament chips.
 
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* Please note that all listed times are estimates and subject to change
 
-- by Nolan Dalla (special shout out today goes to the great Mike Paulle, my predecessor as WSOP Media Director from the old Binion’s Horseshoe days)