The opening WSOP event might not be the most prestigious event in WSOP series of events it is also not the best paying event either, but try telling that to Chiab Saechao, and I bet that he will hear none of that for he is the first gold bracelet winner in the 2012 WSOP event. For a player, who started playing poker two years ago this is one giant step for him. The first event is usually organized for casino employees. It took a total of 21 hours for Saechao to walk home with the grand prize of $70,859 at the event held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
A total of 81 players registered for this event, including Ty Stewart who is the WSOP executive director. He managed to finish at the 19th place, a remarkable improvement from last year’s position where he failed to cash. For chiab, this was an impressive debut has he now has 1 win, 1 bracelet, 1 final table finish and 1 in the money finish. Chiab Saechao favorite poker player is Daniel Negreanu.
When asked what he would do with money, Chab had these to say:
“I will settle most of my debt, and give some of the money so that she can buy something nice for herself”
On the news bracelet design, he had one phrase “I love it!”
You can watch the full interview here
Patricia Baker was the second runners up. For her efforts, she earned an impressive $43,754. In the event, the top 81 finishers were compensated. Of the total 81 players, only four players were not from the United States. These were:
• Andre Rauch: Switzerland 46th
• Logan Robbins: 56th
• John Podobnik: 70th
• Khai Trinh: 73rd
You can see the list of full prize list money here.
You can catch up on the live coverage of the event at WSOP.Com