WSOP Daily: JP Kelly and Vanessa Selbst riding high in $1.5k NL

WSOP Daily: JP Kelly and Vanessa Selbst riding high in $1.5k NL

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The $1,500 NL Hold'em event is down to 15, the big names are out in force for the $3,000 heads up and the Grinder leads the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better. Here's a round up of the day's action.

Event #2 $1,500 No Limit – JP Kelly among the chip leaders

The Brits are on the march at this year's WSOP already with JP Kelly leading the charge for the $1,500 No Limit title. Kelly is among the final 15 players who will return to battle for the bracelet tomorrow and sits fourth in the chip counts on 721,000.

The other big name left from the huge starting field of 2,101 is Vanessa Selbst who is just behind Kelly in fifth place on 706,000. Last month's EPT Grand Final High Roller finalist Andrew Badecker is also still contention but will have to work hard, returning as he does as one of the short stacks.

Jacob Bazeley on 1,291,000 is the man to beat going into the final day followed by Ryan Schmidt 1,193,000, Abdyl Konjuhi 754,000 then Kelly and Selbst.

Londoner Sadan Turker, who started the penultimate day as the chip leader eventually busted in 24th for a score of $15,287. Other notables to make the money were John Juanda 25th, Phil Hellmuth 61st, Hoyt Corkins 72nd, David Sands 80th, Eli Elezra 104th, Layne Flack 118th and Jason Mercier 181st.

The action resumes at 9pm tonight UK time.

Event #3 $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha

The first ever $3,000 mixed heads up NLHE/PLO event attracted a top quality field of 317 runners. The opening day saw three rounds of matches with 64 players making it through to tomorrow.

Notable names still in include Justin Bonomo, Justin Smith, Josh Arieh, Mike Sexton, Victor Ramdin and Annette Obrestad. Ben Vinson flies the flag for blighty.

Big hitters who started but who bowed out early included Phil Ivey, Jake Cody, Daniel Negreanu and ElkY.

The field of 64, who have all secured a min-cash, will be whittled down to 16 when the action resumes this evening.

Event #4 - $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better - Grinder leads

There was a very healthy sprinkling of pros amongst the 622 starters for the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better event and it was one of their number who had the chip lead at the close of play. Michael Mizrachi bagged up 41,500, almost 6,000 ahead of closest rival Brian Nadell.

There are plenty of big names further down the leader board with Chau Giang 23,400, Mike Sexton 22,400, Jimmy Fricke 16,500 and Robert Mizrachi 14,700 handily placed. Further back are the likes of Phil Ivey 10,400, Barry Greenstein 5,900, Phil Hellmuth 5,500 and Scotty Nguyen on 4,000.

High profile opening day casualties included Daniel Negreanu, ElkY, Allen Cunningham and David Benyamine.

The bubble is some way off with 64 players making the money. The winner will walk away with $201,559.

Tags: WSOP 2012, JP Kelly, Vanessa Selbst, Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Annette Obrestad