2012 WSOP Week 2 Recap – $1,500 Omaha Sets Records and Andy Bloch Wins First Bracelet
The second week of the 2012 WSOP is nearly in the books and this past week has produced numerous big events and new champions. In addition, the WSOP saw the largest $1,500 NL Event since 2008 and the largest Omaha Hi-Lo tournament in history. Finally, Andy Bloch finally gets the monkey off his back in the $1,500 Stud Event.
This past weekend, everyone was talking numbers. The first came from Event #8, the $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better. A total of 967 players took to the felt in this event to make the largest Omaha Hi-Lo field in the history of poker. Herbert Tapscott became the oldest player to win a bracelet this year as the 71-year-old defeated Gavin Griffin to take the bracelet and the $264,400 top prize.
Later Saturday night, the only number that everyone cared about was the number one. Andy Bloch finally ended six years of frustration at WSOP final tables by winning the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Event. While he only took home $126,363, the win was priceless as he finally lost the title of “best poker player to never win a bracelet.”
On Sunday, the final numbers were in for Event #9, the $1,500 NL Hold’em Re-Entry Event. A field of 3,404 players took part in the event, making Event #9 the largest $1,500 NL Event since 2008. Ashkan Razavi eventually took the bracelet and $781,398 but it was Amanda Musumeci that many were talking about. She became the third woman to play heads-up for a bracelet so far this WSOP and just fell short of being the first woman to take an open bracelet event since 2008.
Among other event winners this past week was John Monnette. He took down his second career bracelet by winning Event #10, the $5,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship. Monnette won the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix Event in 2011 for his first bracelet title.
Numerous events are on tap for the next few days, including the $2,500 Razz Event, the first $1,000 NL Hold’em Event on Sunday as well as the $1,500 HORSE Event on Wednesday. Things are really beginning to heat up at the 2012 WSOP and the next week should produce many more interesting stories.