Fifteen Remain in 2012 WSOP Main Event

Jacob Balsiger
Jacob Balsiger

Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event has turned into a free-for-all with 12 eliminations in the first two levels of play.

At the dinner break only two tables and 15 players remained with Robert Salaburu, Jacob Balsiger and Scott Abrams amongst the chip leaders.

There are still two females in the field although both are getting low in chips. Norwegian Elisabeth Hille has 8.8 million while Gaelle Baumann has 3,550,000.

German Nicco Maag was the first player to bust on Day 7 when he shoved ace-jack into Russell Thomas’ ace-queen.

Right behind Maag was fellow German Jan Heitmann who was one of the biggest players left in the tournament. Heitmann made an ill-timed shove with pocket sixes and got called down by Daniel Strelitz with eights.

Noted mixed-game pro Yuval Bronshtein lost a coinflip for his tournament life when his ace-queen failed against pocket jacks. Bronshtein crashed out in 23rd place for $294,601.

Sick Hand Sees Jesse Sylvia Nail Exciting Double Up

Perhaps the most notable hand yet to be played on Day 7 occurred when short-stack Jesse Sylvia got all in with pocket aces against Greg Merson’s queen-ten of clubs.

Merson got lucky to turn a flush but Sylvia got even luckier to river a full house to secure the all-important double up.

Percy Mahatan was the latest player to bust when his pocket queens failed against Robert Salaburu’s turned two-pair.

Elisabeth Hille
Hille: Still alive.

Action resumes in the massive tournament at 8 p.m. with blinds of 100,000/200,000 with 30,000 ante. Check our WSOP live updates section for the most recent news on the tournament.

Here are the chip counts as of the dinner break (courtesy

Jacob Balsiger – 25,730,000
Robert Salaburu – 22,245,000
Scott Abrams – 21,160,000
Michael Esposito – 17,570,000
Greg Merson – 16,805,000
Marc-Andre Ladouceur – 16,765,000
Russel Thomas – 15,350,000
Jeremy Ausmus – 13,530,000
Steven Gee – 11,860,000
Elisabeth Hille – 9,390,000
Andras Koroknai – 9,080,000
Jesse Sylvia – 7,635,000
Danny Wong – 5,615,000
Gaelle Baumann – 3,045,000
Wilfried Harig – 2,905,000

About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

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Hank 2012-07-16 21:25:00

Go Elisabeth and Gaelle. Nobody needs nine more men with poor hygiene splitting all that money.