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WSOP: Weissman wins bracelet and The Grinder leads the PPC

TAGs: michael mizrachi, poker player's championship, the grinder, world series of poker

wsop-world-series-of-poker-2012Joey Weissman has become the latest player to be rewarded for his fine play with a World Series of Poker bracelet after taking down Event #46: $2.5k NLHE. Weissman was strong coming into the day with the chip lead and never really looked back. The talk of nerves just didn’t materialize and he managed to see off the challenges of the likes of Vanessa Selbst and Fernando Brito with relative ease. Weissman takes a prize of $694,609 back to Florida along with that coveted bracelet.

Over at the $50,000 Poker Players Championship a familiar name is out in front as Michael Mizrachi aims to win through the final table tomorrow. Event #45 came into the day with poker prodigy Viktor Blom top of the pile after a late chip rush. Isildur, regrettably, won’t be back for the final day after he busted out in 14th place and bracelet hound Phil Ivey’s latest bid for some bling ended outside the money. Andy Bloch is ready to pounce behind “The Grinder” if he slips up.

Event #47 is another that reached its final table with Charalampos Lappas leading the way and proved that unlike his country there’s no austerity drive on his poker playing abilities. He will be sorely tested on the final day with Steven Loube on 947,000 – only a small way behind Lappas’ stack of 994,000. That only happened after Lappas caught a break on the final hand of the day and it left Viatcheslav Ortynskiy in dead last.

Limit Hold’em’s latest outing is the $3,000 buy-in Event #48 and out in front going into day three is Paul Berende. 20 players will return tomorrow with former WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel among the players still in with a fighting chance.

The first day of the first ever $1,500 Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em is underway with 939 players paying the $1,500 to be a part of Event #49. 110 of the field is intact as Sameer Al Janedi leads the field with a commanding 177,000 chips. Still in the mixer are McLean Karr, Erick Lindgren, and Mike McDonald as they all vie for the format’s first ever bracelet.

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