Photo Caption: Former WSOP gold bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst ranks fifth in chips going into the final day of Event #2 -- the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament. Only 15 players remain alive out of 2,101 starters. Should Selbst go on to win, she would break the dubious streak of no-female winners in open events over the past four years. In fact, she was the last female to win a gold bracelet.
………. WSOP DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
Writer's Note: "The Daily Shuffle" will be posted exclusively at WSOP.com just prior to the start of the day's events. Post time will be at about 11 am (Las Vegas time). Players and fans may look to this page as a daily clearinghouse for important news and information about tournaments and other events happening at the Rio. When applicable, "The Daily Shuffle" will also provide a brief overview of the highlights from the previous day.
……….. DAILY HEADLINES
Jacob Bazeley Leads Event #2 Entering Third and Final Day
Vanessa Selbst and J.P. Kelly Rank in Top Five -- with 15 Players Left
NLHE/PLO Mix Tournament Debuts at WSOP for First Time
Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split Attracts All-Star Field -- Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi in 2nd After First Day
First-Ever “Mix-Max Mega-Satellite” to be Offered at WSOP on Wednesday ………..
NEWS FLASH! WSOP FINAL DAY WAGERING BEGINS WEDNESDAY
Imagine this – betting on the outcome of a WSOP gold bracelet event. Now, it’s possible. For the first time ever, virtually all WSOP gold bracelet event final playing sessions will have odds posted. The opening line is expected to come out each morning, a few hours prior to the start of the final day’s action. Odds are based on chip counts entering the final day, as well as calculated chances of the player winning. Bettors may wager up to $1,000 on the outcome of any finale.
The WSOP wager is essentially a “futures” bet. Final-day wagering options may include nine players -- as is the case when a standard final table is set. This will occur when the final-table participants are known entirely entering the last day. When there are more players returning for the last day, odds will still be available on each player. Hence, futures will be available on all players entering the final day of most gold bracelet events.
Wagering is accepted at any Caesars Entertainment property in Las Vegas. Moreover, for the first time – a special wagering station has been set up close to the tournament area. The “WSOP sportsbook” is located in what’s called the Rotunda, immediately outside the front entrance to Pavilion. The “WSOP sportsbook” accepts not only WSOP wagers, but bets on sporting events, as well. Note: Horseracing action will not be accepted at this location. ………..
THE WSOP TODAY9:00 AM – As will be the case on most WSOP mornings, a $75 buy-in TURBO MEGA-SATELLITE is the first tournament of the day.12:00 NOON – EVENT #5 is a $1,500 buy-in POT-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament. Registration is expected to be open for the first four levels of play (plus two 20-minute breaks). This means registration will close at approximately 4:40 pm.Playing action is expected to be concentrated primarily inside the Brasilia Room -- which is one of three large tournament rooms used at this year's WSOP. The two other tournament rooms are Pavilion (used primarily for cash games, satellites, and Deep-Stack tournaments) and Amazon (used primarily for 5 pm starts and all re-starts). Most noon-start events will begin inside Brasilia. Note that if Brasilia is not large enough to accommodate the entire starting field, tournament play is also assigned to Pavilion -- sections Black and White.Event #5 is listed as a three-day event. Day One will play from noon until about 12:45 am. There will be a 90-minute dinner break -- expected to take place between 6:40 and 8:10. Event #5 surviving players will bag up at the conclusion of 10 playing levels and return to play on Thursday for Day Two. That session will begin at 1 pm.
Event #5 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 #5 can be viewed HERE.
Event #2, the $1,500 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament continues with the play of the third and final day. This will be the first final table of the year for an open gold bracelet event. The final table will be played on the ESPN feature table inside the Amazon Room. Final table action can be seen on the live stream, exclusively at WSOP.com.
Event #3, the $3,000 buy-in HEADS-UP NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM/POT-LIMIT OMAHA MIX continues with the play of Day Two. There are 64 players now; all are in-the-money. Three flights will take place today. At 1 pm, the 64 will play to 32. Then, at 4 pm, the 32 will play to 16. Then, at 7 pm, the 16 will play to 8. At that point, play will end for the day. All action will take place inside Amazon.
2:00 PM – Event #4, the $1,500 buy-in SEVEN-CARD STUD HIGH-LOW SPLIT tournament continues with the play of Day Two. There are 210 survivors who will return today. Action will take place inside Amazon.
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. 4:00 PM – The first MEGA-SATELLITE begins. The entry fee is $330.6:00 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 am.8:00 PM – The first-ever MIX-MAX MEGA-SATELLITE begins. The entry fee is $550. This tournament feeds into Event #6, which begins the following day on Thursday.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
A brewing restroom controversy and battle of the sexes has been averted. WSOP officials agreed yesterday to leave the two busiest public restrooms as they were originally designated -- “Male” and “Female.” The well-intended experiment to turn both of these facilities – located in the main hallway across from the Total Reward Center -- into Male restrooms created problems, and so changes were made. Note that in order to accommodate the larger number of Male players in poker events, the restrooms located on the far east side of the convention center will both be designated exclusively for Males.
Single-table satellites are being held 24/7 inside the Pavilion. All satellite winners receive $500 buy-in tournament chips.
WSOP cashier advises that safety deposit boxes are filling up fast. Players are encouraged to come to the WSOP Main Cage soon if they are interested in obtaining a secure box for cash, chips, and valuables.
No gold bracelet ceremony will be held today.
THE WSOP YESTERDAY
Event #2, the $1,500 buy-in NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM tournament continued yesterday and played from 239 down to 15. The end of Day Two chip leader is Jacob Bazeley from Ludlow, KY. He has a very slight advantage in chips over Ryan Schmidt, from Anchorage, AK. Two other serious threats include J.P. Kelly (two previous wins) and Vanessa Selbst (one previous win).
Event #3, the $3,000 buy-in HEADS-UP NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM / POT-LIMIT OMAHA MIX started yesterday and played from 317 down to 64. Remaining players can be viewed HERE.
Event #3 prize pool totals $865,410. The top 64 finishers will finish in-the-money. The winner receives $207,708 and a WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #4, the $1,500 buy-in SEVEN-CARD STUD HIGH-LOW SPLIT tournament started yesterday and played from 622 down to 210. Two-time gold bracelet winner Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi, from Florida sits in 2nd place entering the day. Remaining players can be viewed HERE.
Event #4 prize pool totals $839,700 The top 64 finishers will finish in-the-money. The winner receives $201,559 and a WSOP gold bracelet.
CASH GAMES continued to increase in both size and variety. There are now 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 will be held in the coming days and weeks ahead.
* Please note that all listed times are estimates and subject to change