All of the pure poker players couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off the WSOP first open event of the year. Well known poker pros and WSOP bracelet owners Vanessa Selbst, JP Kelly and Andrew Badecker all made the final table. Each was looking to claim the first open tournament of the 2012 series. But when the final card hit the felt, it was another pro named Brent Hanks to take the title. Over 2100 players came into the event, all looking for the coveted gold bracelet.
On day 3 of the event the field had narrowed down to 9 players and the final table was set. Vanessa Selbst was the chip leader most of day two and found herself in excellent position at the final table to win another bracelet. No one had a tougher time than JP Kelly. He was all over the place, doubling up at one point, only to be crippled later. He even quadrupled up, only to be eliminated a few hands later by Brent Hanks! Vanessa Selbst was searching for her 2nd bracelet and after eliminating Michael Kaufman in 7th place. She again became the chip leader. That chip lead didn’t last long as she was pulled back into the group when Hanks made a full-house the same time Selbst made a straight!
Hanks eliminated Abdyl Konjuhi in 6th place and took control of the tournament at that point, as he was the first to $3 million in chips. Jake Bazeley finally woke up with a hand after facing a long drought of bad cards and reduced Selbst to the short stack. Then Badecker decided to get involved as he eliminated Ryan Schmidt in 5th, followed by Selbst in 4th. When 3 handed began, it was Badecker with the most chips, but it wouldn’t matter. After losing a huge hand to Bazeley where he made a full-house, only to lose to Bazeley’s higher full-house, he was crippled. The next hand he was eliminated by Hanks in 3rd place.
Heads up play was back and forth for awhile until the deciding all in pre-flop hand all but secured the victory for Hanks. Bazeley got Hanks all in holding pocket 9′s to Hanks’ A-9. Only 5 cards away from poker glory when the flop yielded an Ace for Hanks, crippling Bazeley. Bazeley was eliminated the next hand when his 10-4 was outkicked by A-10 of Hanks. The former school teacher, turned poker pro was victorious and finally won his first bracelet after making 3 previous final tables. With the win Hanks takes home over $517,000 in prize money and the gold bracelet.
This was the event which Henry Misner played. He lasted over six hours in his first WSOP event after not sleeping for over thirty hours! Congrats to Henry and good luck in any future games.
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Mike “Daggum” Krisle – Beat Writer – AGP