Henry Lu Wins 1st Bracelet and Andy Block Leads $50K Players Championship

June 26, 2012

The 2012 gold bracelet for WSOP Event #43: $1,500 NLH was awarded to Henry Lu in the wee hours of the morning last night after a long day of intense action that began with 20 players including James Mackey who fell out in third place with a $286,000 payout leaving Lu and British poker veteran Neil Channing to duke it out heads-up for close to four hours. Ultimately, Lu would take the title leaving Channing with $406,409 making his all-time tourney earnings total more than $3 million. Channing has yet to win a WSOP bracelet.

This was the Brooklyn native’s first WSOP bracelet and along with it, he won $654,380 of the $3.7+ million prize pool amassed by 2,770 players. Lu now ranks 73rd on Card Player’s Player of the Year list, while ranking 116th on the Bluff Magazine Poker Player of the Year listing.

Meanwhile, Andy Bloch may earn his second WSOP bracelet for the 2012 WSOP in Event #45: $50K Players Championship, though he’s got some tough competition including Viktor Blom, Phil Hellmuth, David Benyamine, Jeff Lisandro, Shaun Deeb, Doyle Brunson, Huck Seed, Patrik Antonius, and Jason Mercier, just to name a few. This star-studded event is a big deal and features some of the biggest names in pro poker. And despite the fact that many players are playing tight because of the massive stakes, eliminations are imminent. Barry Greenstein was unfortunately eliminated about an hour ago after raising all in with 22,700 chips when Blom called. David Baker, in the big blind, went all in with 108,900 chips. Blom called again. Greenstein’s A♦/3 ♣ was no match for Blom’s A♥ /J♠. Baker showed J♦/J♣. The board read 8♥/4♦/7♠/7♥/Q♠ and Baker won it all, doubling up and sending Greenstein to the rail.

Currently Bloch, who won his first bracelet this year in Event #7: $1,500 7 Card Stud, is chip leader and brothers Michael and Robert Mizrachi, John Hennigan, John Monnette, and Jeff Lisandro hold the big stacks of 600,000 chips or greater. Forty-eight players remain.


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