Event #11: $600 2021 Spring Series PLO Championship

Event Info

Buy-in $600
Prize Pool $48,960
Players 96
Players Left 3
Average Chip Stack 1,280,000
Total Chips 3,840,000
Event #11: $600 2021 Spring Series PLO Championship
Day 1 Completed

David O'Brien Wins 2021 Spring Series PLO Championship

David O'Brien
David O'Brien

After almost 11 hours of play, Event #11: 2021 Spring Series PLO Championship has come to an end after 96 players became three.

With three players remaining at the end, chip leader David O'Brien, negotiated with his two remaining adversaries to agree to a three-way even chop while he got what he truly wanted, the belt buckle and money clip commemorating his victory.

"I am not leaving here without that." said O'Brien defiantly as he discussed the deal with his opponents, Pom Jun and Lawrence Lazar who agreed to the chop, meaning each walked away with $9,874 in winnings.

O'Brien was declared the official winner of the shiny new belt buckle and money clip to make for quite the story.

"I had never played tournaments ever before until Easter I was driving by here and saw Champions Poker Club and thought I would check it out", he explained.

O'Brien has been a popular character over the last few days at the Lone Star Poker Series, regaling people about his life stories while enjoying a good game of poker. He admits that he is not well versed in tournament strategy yet but that he is learning where he made mistakes and is improving each day. He will look to enter even more events as the series goes on, including the Main Event, which he has won several raffle seats.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize Money
1David O'Brien$9,874*
2Pom Jun$9,873*
3Lawrence Lazar$9,873*
4William Mattison$4,406
5Paul Espinoza$3,550
6Loi Nguyen$2,815
7Joe Castaneda$2,203
8Jason Fitzpatrick$1,714
9Brandon Guzman$1,346

*Indicates three-way deal.

Action of the Day

The tournament attracted 96 entries and generated a prizepool of $48,960. Action was fierce all day as chips flew from stack to stack as PLO action often is.

Play would go down to the final table with some memorable hands along the way. It was at the final table where O'Brien would begin his ascent to the top of the chip counts. He won a critical three-way hand against fifth place finisher Paul Espinoza and Lazar that catapulted him into a commanding chip position when his nut flush bested the second nut flush.

From there he maintained his lead, with only Jun coming within touching distance. William Mattison was eliminated in fourth place to bring the field down to three, where the deal was then agreed upon.

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Tags: David O'Brien

O'Brien Adds More With Nut Flush


Level 18 (10,000/20,000/20,000)

David O'Brien continued to absorb all the chips at the table like a magnet when he got involved in a three-way hand.

Action was picked up on the board as the board read {2-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. Paul Espinoza bet 140,000, Lawrence Lazar called, as did O'Brien.

The river came the {3-Hearts} to put three hearts on the board. Espinoza and Lazar checked. O'Brien bet 100,000, Espinoza nearly beat him into the middle with a quick call and Lazar also called.

O'Brien tabled the {k-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} for the nut flush. Espinoza's hand was swept away and Lazar could only shake his head as his second nut queen high flush was no good.

David O'Brien us
David O'Brien
us 3,100,000 2,025,000
Lawrence Lazar us
Lawrence Lazar
us 465,000 -345,000
Paul Espinoza us
Paul Espinoza
us 315,000 -225,000

Tags: David O'BrienLawrence LazarPaul Espinoza

Joe Castaneda Eliminated in 7th Place ($2,203)

Joe Castaneda
Joe Castaneda

Level 17 (10,000/15,000/15,000)

Joe Castaneda was depleted to a single chip after a previous hand where he folded rather than putting the rest in the middle. He was all in preflop.

Paul Espinoza and Loi Nguyen would play out the resulting hand, exchanging bet and calls on the turn and river as the board was fully fleshed out to read {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{4-Clubs}{5-Hearts}.

Espinoza and Nguyen chopped it up, after both had identical jacks full of aces full boats and Castaneda was eliminated in 7th place.

Loi Nguyen us
Loi Nguyen
us 560,000 300,000
Paul Espinoza us
Paul Espinoza
us 540,000 135,000
Joe Castaneda US
Joe Castaneda
US Busted

Tags: Loi NguyenPaul Espinoza