Photo Caption (Photo by Jay WhoJedi Newnum):  If you love poker, it doesn’t get much better than this.  On Monday night, poker fans everywhere were treated to a rare dream-team matchup, when the two biggest stars in the game – the two “Phils” -- battled it out for a gold bracelet at the $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. final table.  However, the much anticipated short-handed match between the two superstars never materialized.  Hellmuth went out fourth.  Ivey busted fifth.  The real stars of the day were the three actual gold bracelet winners, all familiar names to poker fans.  David "Bakes" Baker won his second gold bracelet, by burning Ivey, Hellmuth and the others.  Earlier in the day, Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman won the largest Seniors World Championship in poker history and broke the curse of non-female winners in open gender events at the WSOP.  And the memorable night ended with Carter Phillips winning his second gold bracelet as well, defeating 2009 World Champion Joe Cada in heads-up play.  Indeed, this will be tough day to top in terms of thrilling moments.  To see more photos from the 2012 WSOP, please visit the official WSOP PHOTO BLOG.

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DAILY HEADLINES
 
Magical Monday:  Three New Gold Bracelet Winners

David "Bakes" Baker Wins Second Gold Bracelet -- Tops Second Most Stacked Final Table in WSOP History
 
Carter Phillips Tops Field of 2,811 Players and Defeats 2009 World Champion Joe Cada Heads-Up -- Wins Second Gold Bracelet

Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman Wins 2012 Seniors World Championship -- Card Player Magazine Attorney Collects $603,713 and First Gold Bracelet

Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman Breaks the Curse – Female Non-Win Streak Ends at 249 Consecutive Events

Phil Ivey Makes Fourth Final Table this Year – But Finishes Fifth (Now Has 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th)

Phil Hellmuth Misses Number 13 – Finishes Fourth

John Monnette Neck-to-Neck with Phil Ivey in WSOP Player of the Year Race

25 of 32 Gold Bracelets Won By Americans – To Date

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ALLYN JAFFREY WINS RECORD-SMASHING VICTORY IN LARGEST SENIORS EVENT OF ALL TIME
 
The notable tidbits from this year’s Seniors World Championship were overwhelming.  A number of new records were set in this historic event won by Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman from Las Vegas, including the following:
 
1. Largest Seniors World Championship in history – at 4,128 entrants (broke the previous high mark set last year, which was 3,752 players
 
2. Largest starting single-day of any poker tournament in history – broke all previous records, including the 2006 WSOP Main Event numbers (largest live poker tournament of all time).
 
3. Biggest field in poker tournament history with a female champion – broke the previous high mark set by Liv Boree in 2010 in Sanremo, Italy (which was 1,240 entrants).
 
4. Streak of 249 consecutive gold bracelet events (Ladies Event excluded) without a female winner broken – until this day, no female had won a gold bracelet in an open event since Vanessa Selbst in 2008.
 
5. First time in history that a husband-wife-son trio made WSOP final table appearances in the same year – Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman (1st in Event #29), Jeff Shulman (3rd in Event #20), Barry Shulman (8th in Event #19).
 
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FILLED UP WITH PHILS AT THE WSOP
 
It’s getting to the point where anytime there’s a WSOP final table to be played, just go ahead and reserve one seat for a guy named Phil.  At least one player by the name – Phil Ivey or Phil Hellmuth – is likely to show up.
 
At Monday’s $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament, Ivey and Hellmuth met at the same final table together for the first time in seven years.  The last occasion when the two Phils sat together in a final session with a gold bracelet on the on the line was back in 2005 ($5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha).  Ivey finished first, and Hellmuth took eighth.
 
This time, the outcome was reversed, in part – although neither player was ultimately pleased with the result.  Hellmuth ended up in fourth place, while Ivey finished fifth.
 
Stealing the spotlight was David “Bakes” Baker, who won his second career gold bracelet.
 
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DAVID “BAKES” BAKER COOKS THE HORSE FINAL TABLE AND BURNS HELLMUTH, IVEY, MONNETTE, AND OTHERS
 
David Baker was the winner of the $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. championship (Event #32).  He topped one of the toughest and most experienced fields ever assembled for any WSOP event.  Six of the nine final table players were former gold bracelet winners.

Baker is a 25-year-old professional poker player from Las Vegas, NV.  He enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2010, when he final tabled the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, finishing sixth.  Baker followed up that performance with a win in the $10,000 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event – good for his first gold bracelet.  

Baker is a dedicated poker pro who started playing seriously while in college.  He gradually improved to the point he was making a living at the game, mostly toiling away in online poker games.  Baker now plays in some of the biggest and toughest cash games in the world.
 
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CARTER PHILLIPS WINS SECOND GOLD BRACELET VICTORY -- WHILE RUNNER-UP JOE CADA PROVES 2009 WIN WAS NO FLUKE

Carter Phillips won Event #31, a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament, early Tuesday morning.  The victory marks the second gold bracelet of his young career.

Phillips bested 2009 Main Event winner Joe Cada heads up.  Had Cada been able to hang on for the win, he would have become the first Main Event champion of the post-Moneymaker era to win a follow-up bracelet.
 
Instead, Phillips earned $664,130 for the victory.
 
Event #31 was a three-day, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament that began Saturday.  There were 2,811 entrants, making it the second largest tournament at the 2012 WSOP thus far.
 
Event #31 boasted a prizepool of $3,794,850 and paid the top 297 finishers.
 
Phillips' first bracelet came in 2010 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event.  He was awarded $482,774 for that victory.
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WSOP TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE DAY

Question of the Day:  Of all the names publicly displayed at the 2012 WSOP, which name is the most visible (defined as posted in a public place where everyone can easily see the name).  Hint:  This name is appears at 484 different locations inside the tournament room(s).
 
Note:  Answer coming in tomorrow’s “WSOP Daily Shuffle.”

Yesterday’s Question of the Day:  Name the winners of the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event in which the World Poker Championship was their very first time to play in any WSOP event.  Hint:  There are six.
 
Answer:  The list of first-time WSOP players who debuted as world champions includes – Johnny Moss (1970), Hal Fowler (1979), Stu Ungar (1980), Robert Varkonyi (2002), Chris Moneymaker (2003), Jerry Yang (2007).
* technically, Moss had never played in the WSOP previously to his first win, since this was the first year it was offered.
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DAY 24:  THE WSOP TODAY –     TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

9:00 AM

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

12:00 NOON

EVENT #36, the $3,000 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM SHOOTOUT tournament, begins with the play of Day One.  Limited late registration will be available for this event.  However, due to the shootout format, no seats are guaranteed after the noon start.* The maximum number of players permitted in this event is 2,000.  Action takes place inside Brasilia.  The Pavilion White and Black sections will be used for overflow.  This is a three-day event.

EVENT #36 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 #36 can be viewed HERE.
 
1:00 PM
EVENT #33, the $1,000 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament continues with Day Three – including the final table.  There are 14 players remaining from the starting field of 2,795.  The current chip leader is Vitaly Meshcheriakov.  Action will take place inside Amazon.  The list of survivors and chip counts is available HERE.

EVENT #34, the $5,000 buy-in SIX-HANDED POT-LIMIT OMAHA tournament continues with Day Two.  There are 72 players remaining from the starting field of 419.  The current chip leader is gold bracelet winner David Benyamine.  The top 42 finishers will make the money.  Action will take place inside Amazon.  The list of survivors and chip counts is available HERE.

2:00 PM
EVENT #35 is a $2,500 buy-in MIXED HOLD’EM (LIMIT/NO-LIMIT) tournament continues with Day Two.  There are 85 players remaining from the starting field of 393.  The current chip leader is Randy Haddox.  The top 45 finishers will make the money.  Action will take place inside Amazon.  The list of survivors and chip counts is available 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
The official gold bracelet ceremony includes two recent winners – Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman (winner of Event #29) and Carter Phillips (winner of Event #31).  The U.S. anthem will be played in their honor.
 
4:00 PM
The first MEGA-SATELLITE begins.  The entry fee is $330
 
5:00 PM
EVENT #37 is a $2,500 buy-in EIGHT-GAME MIX tournament that begins with Day One play.  Late registration will be available for this event up until about 9:40 pm.* Action takes place inside Amazon.  The Pavilion White and Black sections will be used for overflow.  This is a three-day event.

EVENT #37 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 #37 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 No-Limit Hold’em (Note:  This event sometimes features other games –so  be sure and check the advance schedule).  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