From last week, some of the more prestigious events were staged at WSOP 2012. The first of these was The Poker Players Championship with $50,000 buy in. The event ran from June 24 to June 28. Michael Mizrachi, also known as The Grinder, won the event and the prize money of $1.45 million. This was a tad bit less than the $1.55 million Mizrachi won for the same event in 2010. That was his first bracelet and this is his third. Mizrachi is now third in the WSOP 2012 Player of the Year rankings and fourth in the all-time live tournament earnings list. And the icing on the cake is that Mizrachi is the only player to have won this event twice. For the record, Chris Klodnicki finished second and Andy Bloch finished third.
The Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship ended on July 1. Though some male players would get fits if this event was labeled as prestigious, it does indicate which female player is on top of the rankings. This year Yen Dang (in picture) emerged victorious defeating Debbie Pechac in the heads up. Both are from the United States. If one has to kook for a very familiar name one has to go down to Erica Schoenberg in position 28. Very little is known about Yen. She was born in Viet Nam but now lives in Denver, Colorado. She discovered poker while in law school, played a while at local card rooms before making it her full-time job.
The event in progress is The Big One for One Drop. Despite the $1 million buy in, the event was a sell out. This is the first year this event is being held. Only the big daddies of poker and head honchos of poker related corporations are playing. At the end of Day 1, 37 poker pros remained out of the starting field of 48. Brian Rast leads with 10.7 million chips. Phil Hellmuth is second with 8.4 million chips. Others in the fray include Antonio Esfandiari, Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan, Jason Mercier and Phil Ivey. Daniel Negreanu is at the moment second last and if he can grind his way through to the top, it will be a miracle.