2012 WSOP, Day VII – Negreanu Takes 5th Before Tearing Up Omaha, BC’s Caroline Hermesh to Represent Canada at Stud Final Table


Event #5, Pot Limit Hold’em $1,500

Daniel Negreanu wasted no time in gathering chips and improving his position on the final table, quickly climbing to an above stack. Negreanu definitely seemed on top of his game and ready to settle in for the poker marathon ahead of him in the quest for 1st, but he would have to settle with a fifth place finish instead of bracelet number five. Daniel’s exit would be a tough pill to swallow for all but the world’s most seasoned poker veterans, a bill he certain fills. After a little re-raising back and forth, Negreanu didn’t hesitate in getting all of his chips in against with AQ vs opponent Nick Jivkov’s AJ. When the flop fell 10,Q,9, Daniel quickly realized he needed to see a few bricks fall to stay ahead. The 2 on the turn was a good a start, but the King on the river sent a smiling Negreanu to the rail and cash cage for just over $41,000. Nick on the other hand would at least end up putting those chips to good use and going on to win the bracelet and more than $189,000.


  • Event #6,”Mix-Max” $5,000

By the time the money hit at 44, just Gavin Smith remained of our Canadian contenders who started Day 2’s Six-Max play. Poker’s jester stayed in the top ten chip counts for most of the day, his counts floating between the 3rd-20th spots, but staying well ahead of the rest of the pack’s average. Things got a little rock after that as Gavin hovered at 32nd overall as the field thinned to under 40, the magic number of those that would move on into the Heads Up bracket play. Unfortunately Smith won’t be returning for Day 3 as he was eliminated in 38th for $10,984. With Gavin hit the rail, there are no Canadians left in the field to claim the $480,564 top prize. “On to the next one” they say…


  • Event #7, Seven Card Stud $1,500

Going into Day 2, more than one hundred of the initial starting field of 367 remained, but the money spots were not set to hit until the final 40 was reached. Quebec’s Gylbert Drolet squeaked his way past that mark, finishing in 36th for $2,685 while Nicholas Verkaik of Ontario fought his way into the final few tables, going out 15th for $4,637.

The big news however is that we will have another woman representing Canada at a 2012 WSOP final table for the second time this year as British Columbia’s Caroline Hermesh enters Day 3 sitting 7th of the remaining 9. Caroline has already proven to be quiet patient in grinding her way up the ladder thus far, so we like her chances of making history today. Along with the bracelet, $126,363 goes to the winner; “you go get’em girl!


  • Event #8, Omaha Hi/Low Split 8 or Better $1,500

Nearly 970 players turned out for this one, creating a first place pay-out set at more than $264,000. They will have to drop a more than a hundred more players before e money hits on today’s Day 2, with 220 players remaining. In the Mean time Negreanu is on a tear once again, appearing in the top ten chip counts once again, Today’s official chip counts hadn’t been updated at the time of writing, but it looks that Ahn Van Nyguyen is also joining Daniel for Day 2. We are sure there are more Canadians still in the mix as well and will be sure to include those names making the money or advancing in tomorrow’s report.


Starting Today

The first 5 day of the 2012 World Series of Poker will start and there is a ton of excitement for this one; Event #9A is a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry and will see players busting on the first starting heat the opportunity to buy in again on Sunday’s #9b. This is a rare privilege when it comes to the WSOP and according to all the hype, could result in a top prize of over $1,000,000!


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