Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz
Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz
Day 1 Completed

Vedes Leads Day 1; Greenstein, Hellmuth & Tehan in Hot Pursuit

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante
Tommy Vedes
Tommy Vedes

On Friday, 309 players turned up for the 2012 World Series of Poker Event #18 $2,500 Seven Card Razz and created a prize pool of $702,975. After eight levels of play, approximately136 players remained with Tommy Vedes and his stack of 44,600 best positioned to make a run at the $182,793 first-place prize.

The numbers were down a bit from last year’s field of 363 players, but the field was no less brilliant, though it was short one man. You see, last year Rep Porter emerged victorious to capture his second gold bracelet and the $210,615 first-place prize, but due to some scheduling conflicts, namely his daughter’s ballet recital, Porter opted to forgo a possible title defense. Talk about a man who has his priorities straight.

Porter’s absence meant there would be a new Razz champion, though a few players were looking to capture a razz bracelet for a second time. Jeff Lisandro, Barry Greenstein, Frank Kassela, Linda Johnson, and Ted Forrest have all won razz events in the past at the WSOP, and all were in action on Day 1. Unfortunately, Kassela was essentially blinded off as he was busy competing in Event #16 $1,500 NLHE Six-Handed (he finished in 15th place for $17,323) while Lisandro never seemed to get anything going. They were both eliminated late in the evening. Greenstein, Johnson, and Forrest have moved on to Day 2.

Unfortunately not everyone was so lucky. Dozens of players hit the rail on Day 1 such as Daniel Negreanu, Dan Shak, Richard Ashby, Annie Duke, Jason Mercier, Chris Tryba, Chris Bjorin, Huck Seed, Nacho Barbero and Phil Ivey.
Of course where some failed to survive, other thrived. Jared Bleznick (13,600), Greg Raymer (18,300), Berry Johnston (21,400), Ted Forrest (25,600), Phil Hellmuth (31,500), Joe Tehan (39,500), Tom McEvoy (39,700) and Kami Chisholm (43,500) were among the players who punched their tickets to Day 2.

Notable End of Day 1 Chip Counts

Tommy Vedes44600
Kami Chisholm43500
Bryan Micon41500
Tom McEvoy39700
Joe Tehan39500
Larry Wright34700
Firsau Vasili34200
Phil Hellmuth31500
Allen Bari26900
Ted Forrest25600

Who will be the next to add their name to the list of Razz Champions?

$2,500 Seven Card Razz Champions

2011Rep Porter363$210,615
2010Frank Kassela365$214,085
2009Jeff Lisandro315$188,390
2008*Barry Greenstein453$157,643
2007*Katja Thater341$132,653
2006*James Richberg409$139,576
2005*O’Neil Longson291$125,690

*Featured $1,500 buy-in.

Day 2 is set to kick off at 2 PM PST, so join us then as we’ll bring you all the latest hands, eliminations and action from Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz.

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Notable End of Day 1 Chip Counts

Tommy Vedes us
Tommy Vedes
us 44,600 29,600
Kami Chisholm
Kami Chisholm
43,500 3,500
Bryan Micon us
Bryan Micon
us 41,500 20,500
Tom McEvoy us
Tom McEvoy
us 39,700 4,700
Joe Tehan us
Joe Tehan
us 39,500 9,500
Bill Chen us
Bill Chen
us 36,500 500
Larry Wright
Larry Wright
Firsau Vasili
Firsau Vasili
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 31,500 24,000
Allen Bari us
Allen Bari
us 26,900 17,900
Ted Forrest us
Ted Forrest
us 25,600 18,100
Brett Richey us
Brett Richey
us 23,600 14,600
Yarron Bendor us
Yarron Bendor
us 21,600 -4,400
Berry Johnston us
Berry Johnston
us 21,400 14,400
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
us 20,900 13,400
Kevin Calenzo us
Kevin Calenzo
us 18,400
Jennifer Harman us
Jennifer Harman
us 18,400 8,400
Greg Raymer us
Greg Raymer
us 18,300 10,800
Dan O'Brien us
Dan O'Brien
us 18,100 4,100
Andy Bloch us
Andy Bloch
us 17,500 2,500
David Singer us
David Singer
us 15,800 -2,200
Scott Clements us
Scott Clements
us 15,800 1,800
Ylon Schwartz us
Ylon Schwartz
us 15,300 -4,700
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
us 13,600 600
Linda Johnson us
Linda Johnson
us 12,900 5,400

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Bag & Tag

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 400-800, 100 ante

Players are now bagging their chips. We're out to get counts, so stay tuned for those and a full recap of the Day 1 action.

A Wheel Ends Stern's Night


After committing much of his stack drawing to a wheel on seventh and missing, Max Stern was left with just 1,000. Not long after he got it in on the turn and was in big trouble.

Stern: {6-}{4-} / {7-}{7-}{3-}{8-} / {Q-}
Opponent: {3-}{5-} / {2-}{A-}{6-}{4-} / {K-}

Stern wished his opponents good luck and made his exit just shy of Day 2.

Max Stern us
Max Stern
us Busted

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Seed Planted


We didn't catch the action, but we do know that 1996 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Huck Seed was eliminated after his 9-8-5-4-A failed to overcome his opponent's 8-5-4-3-2.

Meanwhile, Dario Alioto has also been eliminated from the tournament.

Dario Alioto it
Dario Alioto
it Busted
Huck Seed us
Huck Seed
us Busted

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Lisandro Denied


We didn't catch the hand, but we do know that Jeff Lisandro has been eliminated from the tournament. Lisandro won this event back in 2009 enroute to becoming the World Series of Poker Player of the Year, but a second title in four years is not in the cards. That means Barry Greenstein is the only former champ remaining in the field, though he is somewhat short at the moment.

Jeff Lisandro au
Jeff Lisandro
au Busted

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