WSOP 2012: Viktor Blom Leading $50,000 Players Championship
With only 26 players still standing going into Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, it is currently the enigmatic young Swede Viktor Blom who leads the field despite being one card away from elimination earlier in the tournament.
Blom will return to contest Day 3 on a stack of 1.26 million, but he oh so nearly could have been left trying to find another tournament to fill his time after a colossal pot against Joe Cassidy saw him a one-outer to survive and cripple his opponent.
The hand came in a round of PLO, with all of the money going in on the turn of a 10s 9h 5c Ad board with Cassidy covering Blom by only 50,000 chips. With the cards on their backs, Blom held Ah 9d 9s 2h for a set of nines, but Cassidy seemingly had him locked with As Qd 10c 10d for a set of tens.
Incredibly, the case 9c fell on the river – prompting both players to jump out of their seats for different reasons – and the pot was pushed in Blom’s direction, propelling him to the top of the chip counts at the expense of David Oppenheim (1.16 million chips) and Daniel Alaei (1.05 million chips).
Also currently in the top five are WSOP bracelet winners David “ODB” Baker (1.02 million) and John Hennigan (992,000), while at the other end of the table a crippled Cassidy (141,000) is lifted off of the bottom by only Michael Glick (71,000) and 12 time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (28,000).