One Drop, Selbst Make WSOP History
History was made on Sunday at the 2012 World Series of Poker as the Big One for One Drop Event kicked off and the winner will take the largest prize pool in poker history.
In addition, Vanessa Selbst not only became the first woman to win an open event at the WSOP since 2008, but also the first ever to win a mixed games bracelet.
Big One For One Drop to Win $18 Million
On Saturday, the announcement hit news wires that the Big One for One Drop Event was officially sold out.
Two big names were noticeably absent from the player list. Andy Beal dropped out of the event at the last minute and Phil Hellmuth failed to put together the needed money to play.
It seemed that the event would be devoid of the WSOP's biggest "personality." That was until the MGM satellite on Saturday night.
Hellmuth worked out a deal and actually purchased the satellite seat from the winner and took his seat in the event on Sunday.
At present, that purchase has paid off as Hellmuth finished Day 1 of the event second in chips behind Brian Rast.
Eleven players fell on Sunday on Day 1 and nine of them were pros. Erik Seidel, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand Grospellier and Michael Mizrachi were among those that fell on Sunday.
The remaining 37 players will be back on Monday and are playing for the first WSOP platinum bracelet in history and a top prize of $18.34 million.
This will be the largest first-place prize in poker history and the winner will automatically become the new leader on poker's all-time money list.
Vanessa Selbst Becomes First Woman to Win Mixed Bracelet
The last woman to win an open WSOP event was Vanessa Selbst when she won the $1,500 PL Omaha Event in 2008.
It seems fitting that Selbst made history again on Sunday by winning her second bracelet and becoming the first woman in WSOP history to take a mixed poker title.
Selbst took down the $2,500 10-Game Mix - Six Handed Event on Sunday after heading into the final table with nearly a 2:1 chip lead over the rest of the table.
Legendary Swedish pro Chris Bjorin made yet another final table and looked to be the only real threat to Selbst due to his experience in mixed games.
Bjorin would ultimately finish in 4th place and with three players left, Selbst's second bracelet seemed a lock as she started with 2.7 million in chips with the next closest player at 350k.
Selbst started heads-up play with Michael Saltzburg with a 5:1 chip lead and almost never lost a pot from that point on. She made quick work of her opponent to win her second career bracelet and continue women's domination at this year's WSOP.
This was the third bracelet win for women at the WSOP this summer. Allyn Jaffrey Shulman took down the Seniors Event and Yen Dang won a relatively drama-free Ladies Event.