Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||40,000 / 80,000|
Day 2 Completed
The only Omaha tournament of the 2018 Poker Masters gathered 37 entries in Event #3: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the PokerGO Studio outside of the Aria Resort and Casino. When the dust settled, it was Keith Lehr taking down the event for an impressive $333,000, as well as 300 points towards the Purple Jacket race.
Lehr is best known for his outstanding play in both Omaha cash games and tournaments. He has almost $3 million in live earnings and a WSOP bracelet, coming in of course, Omaha. The Los Angeles native captured his first cash of this year's Poker Masters and already sits tied for second on the jacket race.
This event had the deepest final table thus far, all with at least 50 big blinds and the Day 2 chipleader Jonathan Depa holding over 100 bigs. The deep stacks led to some rather slow play to start the final table, the first elimination coming five levels into the day. Once the first one dropped, all the action started to open up and the tournament would come to an end just two hours later.
The biggest story of the final table was Brandon Adams, who found himself at his third consecutive final table in as many events. He came into this tournament second in chips and already in the lead of the 2018 Purple Jacket race, no matter what he would be adding to his lead, distancing himself from his competition and improving his chances of wearing that jacket.
Poker Masters Event #3 Final Table Results:
|1st||Keith Lehr||United States||$333,000|
|2nd||Jonathan Depa||United States||$222,000|
|3rd||Ben Yu||United States||$148,000|
|4th||Isaac Haxton||United States||$92,500|
|5th||Brandon Adams||United States||$74,000|
|6th||Dan Shak||United States||$55,500|
Final Table Action
The beginning of Day 2 had a lot of limping and passive play, due to the stack sizes being so deep and the bottom four players being so relatively close in chips. One player who was not playing passive was Adams, who has shown over the last few tournaments that he has no problem with putting a bluff in with absolute air, continuing that play today.
It was not until after the fifth round of blinds that Day 2 would have its first exit in Dan Shak, who fell at the hands of Depa. Shak opened up from under the gun for most of his stack and Depa would put in more than enough to force Shak all in. Shak made the call and was in bad shape against Depa's pair of kings. The flop came down, giving Shak only two outs and when the board had finished running out, he missed both and was eliminated by Depa's cowboys over ladies.
The person to make a leap to the payout desk next was the same person bringing all the buzz to this final table — Adams. He would find himself on the short stack after losing a big hand to Depa and put the rest of his chips in against Ben Yu on a ten-high flop, holding a ten and a flush draw to Yu's overpair. The New Orleans native had a lot of outs against Yu's overpair but failed to hit any of them and was eliminated in fifth place.
After two levels of four-handed play, it was Yu and Isaac Haxton who found themselves in an ICM battle and Haxton would wind up losing the battle when he moved all in on a queen-high flop with top pair. He was up against Depa's straight draw. The turn and river gave Depa two pair though to eliminate Haxton in fourth place.
Just minutes after Haxton hit the rail, Yu was sent to the exit. Lehr called a bet from Yu before the flop and check-called an all-in shove from Yu who had flopped straight. Yu picked up a few more outs on the turn but failed to connect on the river as Lehr sent him to the payout desk in third place.
The heads-up battle took several hands before a massive pot unfolded where Depa turned a one-outer for a set of sixes, though the six on the turn also gave Lehr two pair and a flush draw. All the chips went in the middle and Lehr managed to land a diamond on the river for the flush, leaving Depa with just one blind. Depa managed to do the unthinkable, surviving three all-ins and getting his stack back over the million mark.
In the final hand of the night, Depa limped from the button and Lehr checked right behind. After the flop came down, there were three raises between the two and Depa found himself all in once more. Lehr was behind Depa's two pair, but would all but seal the deal on the turn when he made a higher two-pair. Lehr faded the river, sending Depa home in second for a respectable $222,000 payday.
This concludes the PokerNews coverage of Event #3: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha here at the Poker Masters. Check out the live coverage of Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck Poker currently underway and make sure to stay tuned to PokerNews.com for all the remaining 2018 Poker Masters updates.
2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket Rankings:
|1st||Brandon Adams||United States||510|
|T-2nd||David Peters||United States||300|
|T-2nd||Keith Lehr||United States||300|
|T-3rd||Jared Jaffee||United States||210|
|T-3rd||Jonathan Depa||United States||210|
|T-3rd||Brian Green||United States||210|
|T-4th||Isaac Haxton||United States||180|
|T-5th||Jake Schindler||United States||150|
|T-5th||Ben Yu||United States||150|
Jonathan Depa called from the button, Keith Lehr checked the big blind and the flop came down . Lehr bet 240,000 and Depa took a moment before raising to 720,000.
Lehr put his opponent all in and Depa would make the call. Lehr tabled for top pair and Depa showed for bottom two pair.
The turn was a devastating card for Depa as the hit the felt, giving Lehr a higher two pair. The river did not help Depa when the hit, giving Lehr the pot and eliminating Depa from the tournament in second place.
Jonathan Depa just found himself all in on three sperate occasions against Keith Lehr and managed to take down everyone of the pots, moving back over a million in chips and staying alive.
Jonathan Depa opened to 240,000 from the button, Keith Lehr made the call from the big blind and the flop came down . Lehr check-called a bet of 225,000 from Depa and the turn came down the .
Action checked to Depa who bet 675,000m Lehr quickly moved all in and Depa made the call. Depa tabled for a turned set and Lehr showed for two pair with a flush draw.
The hit on the turn, giving Lehr the flush, taking down the pot and leaving the Day 2 chipleader with just crumbs.
Ben Yu opened from the button to 280,000, Keith Lehr made the call from the big blind and the flop fell . Lehr checked to Yu who moved all in and was snap called by Lehr.
Yu tabled for a straight draw with a pair of sevens and Lehr showed for a flopped straight. The on the turn gave Yu a few more outs to stay alive, but the on the river did not help him as Lehr took down the pot, eliminating Yu from the tournament and heading into heads-up play with Jonathan Depa
Isaac Haxton opened to 280,000 from the button, Jonathan Depa called from big blind and the flop came down . Depa quickly put his opponent all in and Haxton snap-called as the players turned over their hands.
Haxton tabled for top pair and Depa showed for a straight draw. The on the turn gave Depa some added outs to send Haxton home and he would hit one of those when the hit on the river, giving him two pair.
Haxton was eliminated from the tournament in fourth and Depa would pull in the pot, taking the chip lead.
Ben Yu raised to 210,000 from the button, Keith Lehr three-bet to 660,000 from the big blind and Yu made the call. The flop came down , Lehr moved all in and Yu snap-called.
Lehr tabled for a straight with a flush draw and Yu showed for a straight draw with a flopped set. The turn came down the and Lehr took the lead with his flush.
A on the river would change nothing as Lehr took down the pot with his flush, doubling through Yu and taking the chip lead of the final four.
Jonathan Depa opened to 210,000 from the button, Keith Lehr moved all in for 425,000 and Isaac Haxton moved all in over the top for 625,000. Depa made the call and the three players turned over their hands with Depa in the position to bust two opponents.
The flop came down and Lehr took a commanding lead. A on the turn gave Depa a draw but the on the river changed nothing as Lehr took down the pot with his set of sevens, leaving Haxton as the new short stack.