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WSOP Update: Two New Bracelets & One Drop Participants

By , Rakeback.com Poker News Editor

The 2012 World Series of Poker has been moving along rapidly (you can still qualify to participate!). The last WSOP update we provided mentioned the first 6 bracelet winners, and since then 2 additional winners have been crowned. They are:

  • Event #6 – $5,000 NLHE Mixed-Max – Aubin Cazals for $480,564
  • Event #8 – $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo – Herbert Tapscott for $264,400

Both Cazals and Tapscott had to defeat well-known players heads-up on their way to victory.

Cazals defeated 2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong (who has over $5 million in lifetime tournament earnings but is still searching for his first bracelet). Herbert Tapscott defeated Triple Crown winner Gavin Griffin on the way to his own WSOP bracelet.

Neither Cheong nor Griffin should be too displeased, however, considering Cheong earned $296,956 and Griffin earned $163,625 for their respective runner-up finishes.

Big One For One Drop Participants

The $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop charity event is scheduled for July 1st, and this week a list of committed participants was released. The players you can expect to see put up the $1 million are:

  • Andy Beal
  • Anonymous – U.S. Venture Capitalist
  • Anonymous – European Hedge Fund Manager
  • Anonymous – U.S. Hedge Fund Manager
  • Anonymous – French businessman
  • Arnaud Mimran
  • Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
  • Bobby Baldwin
  • Bob Bright
  • Caesars Entertainment seat
  • Caesars Entertainment via June 30 $25,300 satellite at Rio
  • Carlos Nahan 
  • Cary Katz
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Daniel Shak
  • Erik Seidel
  • Giovanni “Malibu” Guarascio 
  • Gus Hansen
  • Guy Laliberté
  • Johnny Chan
  • Jonathan Duhamel
  • Justin Smith
  • MGM Mirage Satellite seat
  • Patrik Antonius
  • Paul Newey
  • Paul Phua
  • Phil Ruffin
  • Richard Yong
  • Tom Dwan
  • Tony Guoga
Numerous high-stakes players including Justin Bonomo and Marvin Rettenmaier have recently been looking for investors in order to gather the funds to join the event as well. As the event approaches the list of players is sure to expand – many people involved are projecting that the 48-player cap will be reached.

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