When World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012 Main Event was launched, 3 WSOP events were in progress—Event #59, Event #60, and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) National Championship.
Dominik Nitsche won his first ever WSOP bracelet playing Event #59, the $1k NL Hold’em event. Nick Schulman won Event #60, the $10k Two to Seven NL Lowball event.
The WSOP National Championship reached the final stage with eight finalists.
Event #59 initially had a player field of 51 players competing for the top prize of $654,797. The chip leader on the third day was Alex Cordero, and the other finalists were Chiab “Chip Saechao and Jake Cody. However, it turned out that Cordero finished third, while Dominik Nitsche, poker player from Germany, won the coveted top prize and the WSOP bracelet. According to the final results, the top five players of the event were Dominik Nitsche, the last man standing, who collect a prize of $654,797; Jonathan Hilton, the runner-up, who collected $405,156; Alex Cordero, who finished third and won $291,725; Sebastian Comel, who finished fourth and won $215,592; and Randy Lanosga, who finished fifth and won $160,665.
The final table of Event #60 had a total of ten players. Everybody felt that John Juanda will emerge as the champion, but it was Nick Schulman who won the prestigious bracelet and collected the big pot of $294,321.
According to the final results of Event #60, Nick Schulman, the last man standing, won the bracelet and the large pot of $294,321. The runner-up Mike Wattel got a prize of $181,886. The players who finished third, fourth, and fifth were George Danzer, Benjamin Parker, and Ashton Griffin, who won $115,295, $78,088, and $55,482, respectively.
The WSOP National Championship, the second annual event of its kind, is one of the three WSOP events that ESPN will show live. On Friday, the player field for this prestigious event was 157 players, and on Saturday, only 39 of them were left playing. Ultimately, the final table had only eight players playing, with Yung Hwang as the chip leader. While Hwang had a total number of 1.224 chips, his rival Matt Keikoan had 957,000 chips.
The final table will be played on July 11, Wednesday , at 13:00 PST, and the event will be shown on ESPN Main Stage in August. The winner will get the championship title, the prestigious WSOP bracelet, and the top prize of $416,051.