Back in May, before the World Series of Poker (WSOP) began, we flagged Jackie Glazier as one of the Aussies to watch this summer in Las Vegas. This is a lady who knows how to deliver! Glazier is on the cusp of greatness as she goes into a heads-up battle tomorrow with a 3:1 chip advantage and the bracelet on the line.
The tip of Glazier was based on her red hot form this year which included a second place at the Joe Hachem Deepstack for $35,000 followed a couple of days later by winning the coveted Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event for $95,000. This remarkable achievement at the Crown Casino was off the back of a fine 2012 Aussie Millions performance which included three final tables.
Glazier hit Vegas on June 10th and played a couple of events at the Venetian and WSOP Event# 38 but hadn’t hit the money until this event. The $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Event #41 attracted a huge field of 1,394 players, of which just 324 survived at the end of the first day. Glazier had a good Day 1 and finished the day with 88,700 good enough for 21st spot in the chip count.
She had an even better Day 2, finishing the day in second spot with a whopping 1,077,000 chips; just 8,000 behind chip-leader Joseph Chaplin. Glazier’s key moment came when she hit a runner-runner flush on a board to stun and eliminate Ryan Julius who called her all-in on the river after obviously being confused by her bluff check-raise on the flop. Just 30 remained after the day ended and with the likes of JP Kelly, Scott Montgomery, Dan Shak and Shannon Shorr in the hunt it was still a loaded field.
Day 3 saw the surviving players whittled down to an unofficial 10-handed final table. There was no eliminations for the first two and half levels but it was JP Kelly who was eventually the first out; much to the delight of his former opponents. Chaplin hit the rail in seventh place after he couldn’t come out in one piece in a three way all-in. Glazier then busted Roger Fontes in fifth place as she counterfeited his pocket deuces with queen-high on a paired board. The Melbourne native scored a massive pot when she busted Paul Van Nunes in thirrd spot after she four-bet all-in preflop with . Van Nunes made a good call with to put himself at risk but the board ran out to gift Glazier a flush and catapult her into the chip lead.
Heads up play began with Glazier holding 7,495,000 chips to Greg Ostrander’s 5,055,000. Glazier won a 1.6 million chip pot when she five-bet all in on a flop, a stunned Ostrander eventually folded and later claimed to have folded pocket queens. The two exchanged some small blows but no knockout came as the ten levels for the day expired. They initially agreed to play one more level to see if they could crown a winner but then reneged and decided to bag it up and come back tomorrow.
When play begins tomorrow Glazier will have 9,480,000 chips and the whole of Australia on her side against Ostrander’s 3,070,000. The Aussie will be bidding to become the first woman to win an open WSOP event since Vanessa Selbst took down a bracelet in 2008. With a massive USD$742,020 for the winner things will be tense when play resumes at 1pm Las Vegas time tomorrow. Stay tuned to PokerNetwork for updates throughout the day as we hope to see the first Australian bracelet of the 2012 WSOP.
Event #41 Final Table Results (So far)
Paul Vas Nunes
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