Compared to the barrage of big names that were winning bracelets and coming up just short in 2011, 2012 has been pretty tame aside from the early exploits of Phil Hellmuth and the now ice-cold Phil Ivey, — who hasn’t made a final table all week! But with the $50k Poker Players Championship nearing the money-bubble, and the final Day of Event #46, a $2,500 NLHE tournament, featuring two of the best young talents in the game, Vanessa Selbst and William Reynolds, we may be on the verge of another run for the top poker pros at the WSOP.
The event began on Monday, when 1,607 players came to the Rio with $2,500 in hand. After two days of play the field has been trimmed down to 25, all with their eyes set on the nearly $700k that awaits the winner –not to mention the coveted WSOP bracelet. All of the remaining players are guaranteed at least a $20k payday, with the top six finishers all receiving six-figure payouts.
William Reynolds is one of only three players who passed the 1,000,000-chip threshold on Tuesday, ending the day with 1,066,000 chips which was good enough to land him in third place. Just behind Reynolds on the leader-board, but well behind in terms of chips is Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst, who bagged up 786,000 chips, sending her into Day 3 in 4th place on the leader-board.
Selbst’s poker resume speaks for itself, with 12 six-figure cashes, and one seven-figure cash for her career, including a Partouche Poker Tour victory in 2010, back-to-back NAPT Mohegan Sun victories in 2010 and 2011, and a WSOP bracelet in 2008. Selbst is looking to make her second final table of the 2012 WSOP, having finished 4th in Event #2, a $1,500 NLHE tournament.
Selbst may be the better known of the two, but Reynolds is one of the most well-respected poker players in the game, equally adept in cash games and tournaments. Reynolds is working on his fourth cash at the 2012 WSOP, but this is his first really deep-run in a tournament this year. In less than four years the youngster has racked-up over $1.5 million in tournament earnings, including winning the $25k PCA High-Roller tournament in 2010.
Joining the pair for Day 3 of the tournament will be several other known-poker-pros including Konstantin Puchov and Fernando Brito. Here is a look at the Top 10 chip-counts heading into the final day of Event #46:
- Joey Weissman — 1,239,000
- Michael Gagliano — 1,108,000
- William Reynolds — 1,066,000
- Vanessa Selbst — 786,000
- Jimmy Fradettedufour — 778,000
- Philip Meulyzer — 767,000
- Yordan Jeliazkov — 678,000
- Jeremy Quehen — 601,000
- Stephen Reynolds — 591,000
- Joshua Hillock — 530,000
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