Vegas Sees First WSOP Bracelet of 2012
May 30, 2012
The 2012 World Series of Poker is well underway, and the first gold bracelet of the year has been awarded to Event #1 Casino Employees Championship winner Chip Saechao. The 35-year-old Blackjack dealer from California, who came to the US from Thailand at the age of 15, beat out 731 other players, down from last year’s 850 registrants. Whether or not a slight decrease in participation will be a repeating pattern throughout the remainder of the series is yet to be determined.
Saechao, won $70,859 in addition to the coveted WSOP bracelet, while the $43,754 second place prize went to Floridian Patricia Baker, who would have broken the four-year run of all male bracelet winners since Vanessa Selbst won a WSOP bracelet in the Ladies World Championship.
Saechao said of his trophy, “I plan to wear it and show it off. Not too many can come over here to Las Vegas and go back home with this.”
At first, he only intended to play cash games during this year’s WSOP, but a last minute change of heart led him to go for the gold, and it’s a good thing he did.
Meanwhile, speaking of Selbst, she has the fifth highest chip stack in Event #2 $1,500 NLH and remains as one of the 15 left out of the 2,101-deep player field. The chip leader in this event is Jacob Bazeley. Also underway are Event #3 $3,000 Heads-Up NLH/PLO Mix and Event #4 $1,500 Seven Card Stud H/L Split tourneys.