Winning his twelfth WSOP bracelet is now becoming as elusive as ever for Phil Hellmuth, having again finished second in a 2012 WSOP event – this time to America Eric Rodawig in the $10,000 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship (Event 33). Hellmuth actually had a pretty good third day, starting from ninth position of the eighteen players that remained, and being short-stacked for much of the time when the final table was reached. But it was Arlington, Virginia native Rodawig who achieved the masterful feat of starting the day as chip leader and retaining that position until the end. His effort was rewarded with a shiny new bracelet and $442,183.
In the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship (Event 31) Sam Stein had to literally play through the night to achieve his victory. Only the quick demolition of his final three opponents prevented him from missing his breakfast – collecting the winner´s bracelet and $420,802 a little after 5.00am in the morning. It had been a much earlier night for Eastbourne based UK poker player, Zimnan Ziyard, who was eliminated in sixth position and collected a very nice $71,548 for his efforts.
Sadly, there was no British renaissance in either of the $1,500 NLHE events that sandwiched the Omaha (Events 32 and 34), but in the inaugural Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha Championship (Event 35), Chris Moorman is amongst a strong British challenge in the remaining field of 100 which is headed by PokerStars pro player Vanessa Selbst.