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Americans Dominate 2012 WSOP

Sixty events have concluded in the 2012 WSOP and American players have once again dominated the championships, taking home 45 gold bracelets.

The Main Event final table–Event No. 61–will resume on October 28, and with eight players from the U.S. occupying seats to only one international player, Andras Koroknai from Hungary, the odds are stacked in favor of an American wearing that gold bracelet as well. However, Koroknai sits in second place in chips with 29,375,000.

Interestingly enough, Koroknai was responsible for eliminating the final two non-U.S. players who were vying to join him at the final table, who were also the final two women still alive out of the 211 who entered. Elisabeth Hille from Norway was knocked out in 11th place when Koroknai’s pocket 7’s took down her A-Q. France’s Gaelle Baumann finished 10th when her A-9 in the hole was defeated by the Hungarian’s A-J.

Following the American bracelet winners are Canadian players who managed to take three titles in the 2012 WSOP with them north of the border. Germany nailed two championships, while Japan, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, England, Italy, Russia, Holland, Ukraine and the Czech Republic each won one WSOP title.

This year turned out far better for American players than the previous season, as only 28 coveted gold bracelets remained within U.S. borders in 2011.

In all-time WSOP titles, according to the Hendon Mob database, the U.S. has won 842, way ahead of Canada’s 31, England’s 26, and 14 bracelets awarded to Germans, including last year’s Main Event winner, Pius Heinz. Phil Hellmuth, who won his 12th championship this summer, has more bling than entire countries, such as 11 for Italy, France’s 10, and eight bracelets that have been won by Russians.




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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.