Williams in Bracelet Position, Massive Omaha 8 Numbers

David Williams
David Williams

David Williams rampaged his way to a final table while Omaha 8 exploded on Day 6 of the 2012 WSOP.

Williams could potentially win his second bracelet if he comes out on top of Event 7 but he’ll have to outlast Andy Bloch and Barry Greenstein to do it.

The Omaha-8 event drew some outstanding numbers yesterday and became the biggest O-8 on record.

Meanwhile the $5k Mix-Max is getting down to the nitty-gritty with just 31 players. Head to our live update section if you want information on that event.

Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein
 

Williams Leads Stacked $1.5 Seven-Card Stud Final Table

David Williams is the chip leader heading into the final eight of Event 7 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud but he’ll have to contend with Andy Bloch and Barry Greenstein.

Williams accumulated 493,500 chips on Day 2 of Event 7 but Bloch is second with 296,500 and Greenstein is third 254,000.

Interestingly Williams won his first bracelet in the same event in 2006.

Meanwhile Andy Bloch is widely considered to be one of the best poker players without a bracelet. He has eight WSOP final tables, two runner-up finishes and over $4.5 million in live tournament earnings.

Greenstein won his first bracelet in 2008 when he took down the $1,500 Seven-Card Razz for $157,643.

If one of those players can break through today it would be the first big name pro to win a bracelet at the 2012 WSOP. The final table begins at 2 p.m today.

Here’s a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

David Williams – 493,500
Andy Bloch – 296,000
Barry Greenstein – 254,000
Stephen Su – 180,000
Lee Goldman – 175,500
Scott Abrams – 130,000
Caroline Hermesh – 61,500
Joseph Ranciato – 35,000
Huu Vinh – 26,500

Raymond Davis
Raymond Davis
 

Huge Field for Event 8 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better

It’s been somewhat of a “soft” start here at the 2012 WSOP with no $1k No-Limit Hold’em events or $10k championship events for the first week but that didn’t keep a record-breaking field of 967 players from coming out for Event 8 Omaha-8 yesterday.

One of the more obscure poker variants, Omaha-8 appears to be gaining momentum amongst poker players.

Only 220 players made it through Day 1 and will attempt to secure a spot at the final table today.

Nikolai Yakovenko finished atop the chip counts with 61,600 but Raymond Davis, Todd Brunsonm Daniel Negreanu and Jeff Madsen are also in the mix.

The remaining players are competing for a prizepool of $1.3 million with $264,400 dedicated to first place.

Action resumes at 1 p.m. today.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip leaders heading into Day 2:

Nikolai Yakovenko – 61,600
Raymond Davis – 57,200
Matthew Croker – 49,200
Todd Brunson – 48,500
Brandon Bregman – 47,500
Ryan Lenaghan – 46,800
Matt Lefkowitz – 45,100
Daniel Negreanu – 45,000
Jeff Madsen – 44,000
Joseph Kuether – 43,500

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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 PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

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