Monday, Jul 16, 2012 Women Shine as WSOP Main Event Winds Down
Norway's Elisabeth Hille. Photo: PokerListings.com
The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event is winding down and soon we will know who will play at the Octo-Nine final table.
Two women have made it deep in the Main Event and the drama from the event could either make or break this year's broadcast. Also, Adam Junglen decided that maybe it is time for a change in his life.
Two Women Remain in the Main Event
Norway's Elisabeth Hille and France's Gaelle Baumann are the last two women standing in the Main Event and it appears Poker Junkie blogger Compncards nailed his prediction about a deep run by the ladies.
Vanessa Selbst was the "biggest named" lady that went deep and finished 73rd.
Baumann made headlines in the Ladies Event this summer when she finished 15th. The Main Event will be Hille's first ever live cash.
Both ladies should garner a lot of attention on Monday and we could be headed for a historic final table should both happen to defy the odds and make the Octo-nine.
Year of the Unknown ?
By and large, the players going into the final day of the Main Event are largely unknown by the casual poker public.
Scott Abrams, Yuval Bronshtein, Steven Gee, Paul Volpe and others are known by those that closely follow the game, but the casual fan that ESPN will target for ratings will have a largely new cast of characters to follow and get to know.
This could be fantastic for ratings, or could result in even more turned dials. ESPN really needs a good rebound year for ratings, and right now things look about a coin-flip.
Adam Junglen Taking "Extended Break" From Poker
Adam Junglen announced via his blog that he would be taking an extended break from poker in order to work on "finding happiness."
According to his blog, he has been finding himself not having fun at the tables much more often than in the past and his friend and backer Daniel Negreanu noticed this.
Per the blog, Junglen said that "The vast majority of my waning energy has been put into poker since I was a teenager. It's slowly become obvious to me that my intense dedication to poker has been superseding my own personal happiness for years."
He and Negreanu then decided that a break from the game was needed. Junglen said that he doubted that the break would be forever, so he will probably pull an Eastgate within six months to a year.