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Jacob Bazeley Leads Event No. 2 at the 2012 WSOP, J.P. Kelly and Vanessa Selbst Not Far Behind

Winner Will Take Home $517,725 On Wednesday


Jacob BazeleyWere just a few days into the 2012 World Series of Poker and we have already found ourselves a star-studded final day of action in event no. 2, the $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament.

The field of 2,101 generated a massive $2,836,350 prize pool which was paid out to the top 216 players. After navigating their way through the bubble, the remaining competitors set their sights on $517,725, which is ear-marked for the eventual winner, along with the gold bracelet.

A total of 15 players remain, and some are among the games best. Leading the way is Jacob Bazeley, who along with Ryan Schmidt, have a monster lead over the rest of the field. They were the only two players on Tuesday to cross the seven-figure mark, finishing the day with 1,291,000 and 1,193,000, respectively.

Although they share a a chip advantage, there are plenty of notable and skilled professionals looming behind them. In fourth place is J.P. Kelly, who already owns two WSOP bracelets. In fifth place is the always dangerous Vanessa Selbst, who has the distinction of being the last woman to win an open WSOP event. Perhaps she can repeat that feat on Wednesday.

Vaness SelbstOther notables still in the hunt include Khoa Kwinsee Tran, Brent Hanks, Todd Keikoan and Andrew Badecker, who won a bracelet in 2011 and currently resides in 66th place in the Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Lock Poker. Wednesday’s winner will earn 1,080 POY points in total, enough to put Badecker into the top ten overall.

Be sure to stay tuned to Card Player for full live updates from the final table of event no. 2.

On Tuesday, two more events got underway. Event no. 3, a $3,000 mixed heads-up tournament, attracted a total field of 317 entrants. Everyone who won their first three matchups was guaranteed a spot in the money and a $3,395 payday. The winner, of course, will be taking home the lion’s share of $207,708.

The tournament, which is played half no-limit hold’em and half pot-limit Omaha, attracted a large number of specialists, who make up a large portion of the remaining 64 players. Among those who survived to the second day of play were Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Justin Bonomo, Annette Obrestad, Jason Koon, Andy Frankenberger, Justin Smith, Sam Stein, Eric Froehlich, John Racener, Mike Sexton, Victor Ramdin, David Williams, Josh Arieh, David Chiu, Tim West and Byron Kaverman. After three more rounds on Wednesday, the final day field of 16 will be set.

Over in event no. 3, a $1,500 stud eight-or-better tournament, a total of 622 players entered, narrowly beating last year’s field of 606, which was won by Chris Viox. This year’s tournament generated a total prize pool of $839,700, $201,559 of which is set aside for first place.

Among the notables who survived to battle it out on day 2 were Michael Mizrachi, Chris Tryba, Chau Giang, Mike Sexton, Joe Tehan, Scotty Nguyen, Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, Owais Ahmed and Tom Schneider.

For complete coverage of the summer poker festival, check out our WSOP landing page.