WSOP What To Watch For: Lisandro Leads Event #42; $50K Poker Players Championship Kicks Off
Sunday is set to be a big day at the 2012 World Series of Poker. Two more events have reached Day 3 as both Event #41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em is down to 30 players and Event #42: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better is down to 22 players. These events will be featured in this edition of the PokerNews What To Watch For.
Normally, the focus here is only on events that reach their final scheduled day of play, but there's a little something extra for Sunday. Event #45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship will be kicking off at 1700 PDT (0100 BST), and that is surely something you'll want to be watching for as only the biggest names in the game plop down the massive buy-in and look to be crowned the best all-around player in the world.
American Gold for Fox?
Elio Fox officially became a face in the industry when he conquered the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event. Other than that massive €1.4 million score, Fox has never cashed in a WSOP event — until now.
Fox will be looking to take his top-five chip stack and turn it into a second piece of gold jewelry. He has one bracelet from Europe, but not one from American soil and this one would come with a prize of $742,072.
Kelly Goes for Third Bracelet
JP Kelly has two gold bracelets, with one coming from the WSOP in Las Vegas and the other from the WSOP Europe. Very few people have accomplished the feat of winning multiple bracelets on different continents and Kelly will be able to add a third piece of hardware to his collection if he can find his way to the top of the final 30 players.
For much of Day 2, Kelly kept his stack in the top three. He'll enter Day 3 in third place overall and is playing on top of his game. Focused and determined, it'll be fun to watch Kelly try and work his way to a third WSOP title.
Glazier Representing the Women
The women at the 2012 WSOP are crushing it and every event there seems to be a new female face deep in the mix. This time it's Australia's Jackie Glazier who's found her way to Day 3 of Event #41. She'll begin the day second in chips and her competition better not underestimate her.
Glazier is one of the premier tournament players in Australia. She only has one WSOP cash on record, coming from an in-the-money finish in the 2012 Main Event, but her results from Down Under stretch far and wide. Glazier has never had a six-figure score, but finishing sixth or higher will check that off her list.
Will Lisandro Earn Another Bracelet?
How many reading this can correctly guess how many gold bracelets Jeff Lisandro has? If you guessed five, you're right on the money. Only 11 players have more gold bracelets than Lisandro and he'll be able to join the likes of Layne Flack, TJ Cloutier and Jay Heimowitz with six if he's able to win Event 42.
Down to the final 22 players, Lisandro has the chip lead by a sizable margin. For much of Day 2, he looked in the zone as his stack is evidence of that. The last time Lisandro won a bracelet was in 2010, but all of his five pieces of WSOP gold have come in the last six years. If he's able to win this one, Lisandro will have an average of one bracelet per year dating back to 2007. That's quite an amazing accomplishment.
Huge Buy-In, Elite Field, Prestigious Title
On Sunday, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship kicks off at 1700 PDT (0100 BST). Among the top players in the game, this is often the one they want to win the most as it's held with the highest amount of prestige within their small community. The field is only expected to be around 100 players for this year's event, but it's going to be 100 of the most well known and greatest players in the game — literally walking legends.
Last year, Brian Rast defeated Phil Hellmuth to win the title. Things should be just as exciting this year and PokerNews has all of the live coverage kicking off later this evening.
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.