Photo Caption:  Ladies Day at the WSOP is always a special time.  Women come from all over to play in the $1,000 Buy-In Ladies World Poker Championship.  This exciting event has produced many stars and well-known champions – from Barbara Enright, to Susie Isaacs, to Hollywood actress Jennifer Tilly.  Then, there’s last year’s champion, as well – Marsha Wolak .  The 2011 Ladies World Poker Champion joined WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel on stage to start the tournament with the tradition “Shuffle Up and Deal” announcement.  Friday’s opener attracted 936 entries.  
 
(Photo by Neil Stoddart/PokerNews/WSOP).
 
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DAILY HEADLINES

Final 48 Players for “Big One for One Drop” to Be Announced on Saturday

Alaskan Greg Hobson Wins Inaugural Ante-Only No-Limit Hold’em and First Gold Bracelet

"Ante-Only" Inaugural Debuts with Strong Turnout – 939 Players

Ladies World Championship Gets Underway – with 936 Players

Biggest Mega-Satellite Ever Begins on Saturday -- $25,300 to Enter

“One Drop” On Tap – World’s Richest Poker Event Starts Sunday
 
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ALASKAN GREG HOBSON WINS $1,500 BUY-IN ANTE-ONLY NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM (EVENT #49)

A new tournament debuted at the 2012 World Series of Poker.  The game is called “Ante-Only No-Limit Hold’em.”  This marked the first time such a game has ever been featured as a gold bracelet event.
 
The first-ever Ante-Only No-Limit Hold’em champion is Greg Hobson, from Anchorage, Alaska.  The 33-year-old professional poker player pocketed $256,691 in prize money, along with his first WSOP gold bracelet.  This marked Hobson's fourth time to cash at the WSOP.  He has previously been highly successful in the online poker world, playing under the screen name "DUCK_U."  His name stems from his status as a graduate of the University of Oregon (Ducks).
 
This was the 49th of 61 gold bracelet events on the 2012 WSOP schedule.  The three-day competition drew a larger-than-expected field-size, particularly since such an event had never been offered before.  Moreover, the $1,500 entry fee wasn’t exactly a frivolous sum for tournament entrants, most of whom had not played this form of poker in the past.  But at least for one player, the ultimate winner Hobson, it appeared that he's been playing this unique variation for a lifetime.
 
In a post tournament interview, Hobson confided that he had actually played the game very little, in fact.  He arrived the first day with about the same grasp of the game as most players.  However, the thought he was able to make some quick adjustments and learned the game better as the tournament progressed over three days.  The tournament began on Wednesday with 939 entrants.  The event concluded on Friday night.
 
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WSOP TRIVIA QUESTION OF THE DAY

Question of the Day:  Who are the only two players who have won WSOP gold bracelets during each of the last three years (2010, 2011, and 2012)?


Answer coming in tomorrow’s WSOP Daily Shuffle.

Yesterday’s Question of the Day:  Name each of the casinos where a WSOP gold bracelet has been awarded over the past 43 years.  Hint:  There are five different casinos where a gold bracelet has been won and awarded.
 
Answer:  Two are easy.  Two are more challenging.  One is really tough.  The answer is -- Binion’s Horseshoe
(1970-2004); Rio Las Vegas (2005-present); Casino at the Empire in London (2007-2010); Hotel Majestic Barriere in Cannes (2011); Caesars Palace Las Vegas (2011).  The London and Cannes locations hosted WSOP Europe.  Caesars Palace Las Vegas hosted one gold bracelet event, held last year, which was the 2010-2011 season-ending WSOP Circuit National Championship – the first official gold bracelet event of 2011.   
 
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DAY 31:  THE WSOP TODAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

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

12:00 NOON
EVENT #53, the $1,500 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.  Last year’s similar tournament drew 3,000 entrants.

EVENT #53 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 #53 can be viewed HERE.

1:00 PM

EVENT #50, the $5,000 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament, continues with Day Three – including the final table.  There are 48 players remaining from the starting field of 1,001.  Kyle Julius is the current chip leader.  Chip counts from the end of the second day of play can be found HERE.

EVENT #51, the LADIES NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT #49, continues with Day Two.  There are 117 players remaining from the starting field of 936, all of which are in the money.  Gaelle Bauman is the current chip leader.  Chip counts from the end of the second day of play can be found HERE.

The BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP ($1 MILLION BUY-IN) tournament is holding a mega-satellite, which costs $25,300 to enter.  This events feeds into the $ 1million buy-in historic gold bracelet tournament, which begins on July 1st.  This is the largest mega-satellite event ever held in poker history.  

2:00 PM
EVENT #52, the $2,500 buy-in SIX-HANDED TEN-GAME MIX tournament, continues with Day Two.  There are 167 players remaining from the starting field of 421. Tam Han is the current chip leader.  Chip counts from the end of 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.

2:20 PM
Two players will be honored at the official gold bracelet ceremony today.  Greg Hobson, winner of Event #49 and Kenny Hsiung, winner of Event #48 will be the honorees.  The anthem of the United States will be played in commemoration of their victories.

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

5:00 PM
There is no 5 pm tournament today.

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 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