Vanessa Selbst and JP Kelly are among the final 15 as Event #2 at the 2012 WSOP, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, plays down to a champion today.

Selbst, the last female bracelet winner in an open event, had an up-and-down day but ended on an up, winning a couple of key flips to finish with 706,000 chips – good for fifth on the leaderboard.

Right above Selbst in fourth is Brit JP Kelly. Also a past bracelet winner, both at the WSOP and WSOPE, Kelly is in great position to take down his third career bracelet with 721,000 in chips.

Out in front of the pack, however, are Jacob Bazeley and Ryan Schmidt.

Bazeley is the outright chip leader with 1,291,000 while Schmidt sits just off the pace with 1,193,000.

A WSOP Circuit regular, Bazeley has a 66th-place finish in last year’s Main Event to his credit.

Notable players to make it in the money but bust out yesterday included Paul Wasicka, Dan Smith, John Juanda, Noah Schwartz, Jason Mercier and Jean-Robert Bellande.

Phil Hellmuth also recorded his 86th career WSOP cash but busted out in 61st.

Action in Event #2 resumes and 1 p.m. from the Rio in Las Vegas. Once the final table of nine is reached, live streaming coverage will be available on

The top 15 and chip counts:
1. Jacob Bazeley 1,291,000
2. Ryan Schmidt 1,193,000
3. Abdyl Konjuhi 754,000
4. JP Kelly 721,000
5. Vanessa Selbst 706,000
6. Joseph Cino 703,000
7. Kenneth Strickland 685,000
8. Kwinsee Khoa Tran 592,000
9. Brent Hanks 578,000
10. Neil Willerson 479,000
11. Kennli Nguyen 411,000
12. Richard Park 379,000
13. Andrew Badecker 349,000
14. Todd Keikoan 265,000
15. Michael Kaufman 243,000

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