The 2012 World Series of Poker is switching to high gear with Event #2 rewarding this year's second gold bracelet to Brent Hanks and three more events already underway. The recent WPT World Championship winner Marvin Rettenmaier crashed the 2012 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings going up by 50 positions to settle in sixth place. His former teammate as a Titan Poker team pro, Sam Trickett, signed a new sponsorship deal with online sportsbook Matchbook.com to represent the site during the WSOP. Find all this and more in today's Inside Shuffle.
Brent Hanks Wins WSOP Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Brent Hanks became the second player to win a 2012 World Series of Poker gold bracelet. He outplayed a field of 2,101 players featuring such big poker names as Terrence Chan (who finished 189th for $2,893), Jason Mercier (181th, $2,893), Andrew Lichtenberger (124th, $3,531), Layne Flack (118th, $3,531), Jean-Robert Bellande (111th, $3,531), Eli Elezra (104, $3,531), Hoyt Corkins (72nd, $6,112), Phil Hellmuth (61st, $7,204), John Juanda (25th, $15,287), Paul Wasicka (20th, $15,287), Dan Smith (17th, $18,890), and many others.
There were some big names at the final table as well but none of them were able to outlast Hanks. JP Kelly got busted trying when his hit Hanks' flush sending Kelly to the rail in eighth place with almost $50K. Headliner Vanessa Selbst went out in fourth place for just over $160K and was followed by Andrew Badecker who's pocket tens didn't hold against Hanks' pocket queens.
The heads-up match between Hanks and Jacob Bazeley went on for several hours, finally finishing in Hanks' victory. Hanks collected his first WSOP title along with the cash prize of over $500,000.
The 2012 WSOP Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em payouts:
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Marvin Rettenmaier Enters the Top 10 of the 2012 POY Rankings
The 2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel topped the 2012 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings for the 14th week in a row. Meanwhile Marvin Rettenmaier and Steve O'Dwyer who both played the $25,000 WTP World Championship Main Event final table made it into the top 10 of the rankings for the first time. Rettenmaier went 50 steps up due to his recent WPT World Championship title and now ranks in sixth place. O'Dwyer's fifth position in the same tournament earned him a lot of points as well and pushed O'Dwyer up 12 places to fourth.
Also leading the 2012 POY race are this year's Aussie Millions champion Dan Smith who currently ranks second and Andrew Badecker who just finished third in WSOP Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.
Go to EpicPoker.com for the full 2012 POY rankings.
Sam Trickett Joins Team Matchbook.com for 2012 WSOP
The 2011 European Player of the Year Sam Trickett followed the footsteps of his former teammate at the Titan Poker team pro Marvin Rettenmaier and signed a new sponsorship deal. However, unlike the recent WPT World Champion, Trickett joined an online betting exchange site Matchbook.com instead of a poker site. Plus the cooperation between the two sides will only last for the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Along with Trickett representing Matchbook.com during the WSOP will be the online cash game master Dan “Jungleman” Cates, WSOP bracelet winners JP Kelly and Matt Perrins, as well as such recognized poker pros as Roberto Romanello, James Akenhead, Martins Adeniya, Ben Vinon, Jarred Solomon, and John Hewitt who busted just before the final table in last year's WSOP Main Event.
“It was an easy choice partnering with Matchbook for the WSOP,” Trickett said. “Not only are all the players extremely talented but the majority of the team are also very good friends. It’s a unique environment to have as a poker team but provides us all with added support. I’m sure we are all going to have a fun and profitable summer together.”
Go to PokerNews.com for more on this.
Bwin.Party Enters the Social Gaming Market
On Wednesday, May 30th, bwin.party digital entertainment plc published its new social gaming strategy; the company is going to invest $50 million in social gaming projects over the next two years. Bwin.party had already purchased two gaming developers Velasco and Orneon for $23 million. The company will also establish its own social games studio called Win which will focus on creating new social games and a dedicated social gaming technology platform.
Bwin.party is already in the process of developing its first social gaming poker application which should also include online casino and sportsbook. The app is expected to be launched by the end of the year.
“We have chosen a ‘build and partner’ strategy, one that provides us with both the resources and additional management expertise to execute our planned extension into social gaming — an exciting and fast growing area of digital entertainment that is the latest addition to our business strategy,” bwin.party co-CEOs Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger said.
Go to Bwin.Party.com for the full announcement.
Shaun Deeb Explains
Shaun Deeb - who recently rocked the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker - is now in Vegas like most of the poker pros for the 43rd annual World Series of Poker. However, his first attempt wasn't as successful as his online performance – he busted out early in Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better. After he left the table, PokerNews' Sarah Grant caught up with Deeb and made him explain a few very interesting photos which she found on Facebook and Twitter.
See the pictures and Deeb's comments in the video.
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