The 2012 World Series of Poker is nearly three-quarters of the way complete and moving into the home stretch. On Wednesday, Event 46: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em is scheduled to wrap up with the final 25 players returning to action to play for the WSOP gold bracelet. Event 46 is the focus of this edition of the PokerNews What To Watch For.
Event 46: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Selbst Looking for Redemption
Everyone thought Vanessa Selbst was going to win her second WSOP gold bracelet when she kicked off the series with a final table right away in Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em this summer. Her run ended in fourth and she hasn't been back to a WSOP final table since, but that looks to be shaping up differently here.
Selbst is among the final 25 players of Event 46 and sits in fourth place with 786,000. She's above average and it's no secret how good Selbst is at working with a big stack. There are a lot of good players left and Selbst has a few people in front of her with over a million in chips, but in our minds, she's the odds-on favorite in this one.
Reynolds Chases Gold
William Reynolds is known to be a high-stakes cash game player online, but he always seems to do very well in the tournaments he plays. Reynolds is one of three players to enter Day 3 of this event with over a million in chips and sits in third place. His deep stack and extensive cash game background should make him a handful for his opponents.
Ninth Time a Charm for Puchkov?
By making the money in this event, Konstantin Puchkov recorded his ninth cash of the 2012 WSOP. He holds the lead for most cashes and is one off the record of 10 held by the late Nikolay Evdakov from 2008. The question now is: Can Puchkov turn his ninth cash into a second piece of WSOP gold?
In 2010, Puchkov won the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event for over $250,000 and his first gold bracelet. His only other WSOP final table on record actually came from this year in Event 37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix. Puchkov will be looking to win the gold and jump into the tier of two-time WSOP gold bracelet winners.
As always, you can find PokerNews' coverage of the 2012 WSOP on our Live Reporting Pages. We look forward to having you follow along and stay tuned for plenty more from our What To Watch For series.