WSOP Daily Round Up - Event 2 Completed, Events 3 & 4 getting close and Esfandiari Leading Event 5

Two time WPT winner Antonio Esfandiari leads the way in Event 5
Brent Hanks picked up his first WSOP bracelet in Event 2
Annette Obrestad is questing for gold bracelet number two and is down to the final 8 in Event 3.

As reported earlier the second open event of the 2012 WSOP has been decided, with former school teacher Brent Hanks taking down the huge $518k first prize and the gold bracelet for Event 2, the $1500 NLHE (although in reality Hanks walked away with a little over $400k after a deal was done with runner up Jacob Bazeley).

As we've heard, Hanks had to overcome a hugely talent laden final table to claim his prize but can consider himself a little lucky as the pivotal hand in the two hours of heads up play saw him outdraw Bazeley's pocket nines all in pre flop with his inferior holding of A8 - had the board run out dry Hanks would have been out there and then - the Ace on the flop however left Bazeley severely short stacked and he was soon eliminated in second spot.

Event 3, the $3k HU Hold Em/PLO mix is down to the final eight and coming back tomorrow to do battle we have;

Annette Obrestad vs Jason Koon

David Benefield vs Simeon Naydenov

Leif Force vs Andy Frankenberger

Gregg Merkow vs Julian Powell

Obrestad and Frankenberger are both looking for their second bracelet's while the others will all be determined to get one for themselves. Play today will conclude the event and starts at 1pm local time in the Amazon Room.

Event 4, $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better is fast apporaching the business end of proceedings with just 23 players remaining from the original 622. Big names to fall by the wayside during the day inclued; Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Scotty Nguyen, Robert Mizrachi, Steve Billarakis, Chiau Giang, Bryan Devonshire and Jeff Madsen - while Michael Mizrachi, Todd Brunson, Mike Sexton and fellow "Poker Hall Of Fame" inductee, Linda Johnson are all still in the hunt. The day ended with another woman, Xuan Liu, as chip leader with 330,500 chips. Once again, when play resumes this afternoon the event will be played to a finish.

Event 5, $1500 PLHE got underway yesterday with 631 players in the field. That number was slashed dramatically in one day and as a result only 71 players will be returning for Day 2. Leading the way is "The Magician" Antonio Esfandiari with 112.6k chips. A new WSOP rule meant that although the final level ended with 77 players still in the event, as they were less than one table away from the money - they had to play down to the money. Bizarrely there was no official "bubble boy" on this occasion as two players were eliminated in the bubble position playing on separate tables during hand for hand play. This meant this both shared the 72nd place prize money - this meant that with the $1,216 they each received that both players still lost money in the event but neither went home empty handed.

Once again there are way too many big names who went to the rail to mention but a few include; Phil Ivey, Taylor Caby, Barry Greenstein, Gavin Smith, Liv Boeree, Jennifer Harman, Shaun Deeb and Jason Mercier. Sitting high up on the leaderboard chasing down Esfandiari is a dangerously placed Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu who holds 94k chips.

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