World Series Update: Eight Remain In Heads-Up Event, More Events Starting
The 2012 World Series of Poker NLHE/PLO heads-up event is now down to the final eight players, meaning only three more matches stand between each player and claiming one of the most coveted bracelets of the summer.
Given the quality of the remaining eight competitors, it’s not hard to see why the heads-up bracelet is so sought after; a quick glance over the quarter-finalists reveals plenty of talent with the likes Jason Koon, Annette Obrestad, Andy Frankenberger and David Benefield all still in contention.
With at least $28,409 in prize money already in the bag for each player, the payouts begin to jump massively from here on in and the winner will ultimately walk away with $207,708, a gold bracelet and the knowledge that they’ve beaten one of the toughest fields of the 2012 Series thus far.
In the Stud-8 event, meanwhile, there are now 23 players remaining from the starting field of 622 and it is currently Xian Liu who leads the way ahead of Cory Zeidman and perennial WSOP casher Chris Bjorin, but WPT lead commentator Mike Sexton is still in the hunt and currently sits in 15th.
All players at the moment will receive at least $5,416 for their efforts so far, but with a cool $201,559 set aside for the winner and the chip lead seemingly changing with almost every hand towards the close of Day 2, we can expect a lot more action when play resumes later this afternoon.
Also starting yesterday was the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em, in which the remaining 71 players have all already made the money in record time as the 639 starting runners dropped like flies during Day 1. Currently it is Antonio Esfandiari who leads the field, but with big names like Daniel Negreanu, Tommy Vedes and Alan Sternberg all in the top ten, he’ll have to work hard to stay there today.