Brandon Schaefer Lands Top Spot in his First and Only 2012 WSOP Event; Friedman Wins $5,000 Event

In a 2012 WSOP event that concluded last Friday – the No-Limit Hold’em Shootout which requires a $1,500 buy-in – Brandon Schaefer landed the top place and an impressive $311,174. Interestingly, this was the first and only event that Schaefer will be entering in the 2012 WSOP, as he is scheduled to join the US Army this week. With this move, the player will be leaving behind a poker career that spanned seven years, to serve in the US Army for six years.

In the event, Schaefer faced-off against a strong field of 1,138 players, which comprised professionals, semi-pros and amateurs. Jon Cohen finished second in the event, taking home $192,559 in prize money. In the event, Cohen got to experience the best run he has had at the WSOP. Besides him, the final table had two bracelet holders – Jeff Madsen and Layne Flack, who finished seventh and fourth respectively.

Friedman Wins 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split World Champion 2012

Last Friday, another player, Adam Friedman, won a WSOP event. His first appearance at a big poker tournament was in the 2005 WSOP. Despite that, he had quite a long run at the event. But, Friedman did not take home the bracelet that year, a fact that disappointed him a lot. This year, he turned it around to win the 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split World Champion 2012 ($5,000 buy-in).

In 2005, when he participated in the Main Event at the WSOP, he went on to beat a field comprising thousands of players. His long run in the event caught people’s attention. But when he was sent to the rails in 43rd place, those watching him were as shocked as Friedman. This year, he outlasted a field of 212 players, to make it to heads-up play against one of the most formidable opponents – Todd Brunson.

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Brunson Takes Second Place

With over $999,000 in earnings at the WSOP, and one bracelet to his credit, Brunson had 33 in-the-money finishes in the past, while Friedman had just seven cashes, and a little over $450,000 in winnings at the WSOP. His earnings have reached $716,413, with the addition of his latest win of $269,037. Though Brunson went on to make it to the place of the runner-up, he was upset as he had maintained the chip lead during most part of the heads-up play against Friedman.

The event, which was scheduled to take place over three days, was extended to four, when the heads-up session went on for longer than expected. This is the second event at this year’s WSOP with the scheduled time pushed up to accommodate game-play. The previous one was a $5,000 Mixed Max event in which Aubin Cazals won.

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