2022 888poker XL Winter Series WSOPC Rozvadov
Event 43 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Players 720

Level Info

Level 22
Blinds 15,000 / 30,000
Ante 0


Players today have gone into the tank on several occasions, without a clock being called on them yet. Whenever Casey Kastle is facing a large decision, he takes his time thinking it through before making a call. Each of the few flops that we see tends to bring heavy decisions with it.

Jon Maren Eliminated - 5th Place ($56,019)

Jon Maren
Jon Maren
Jon Maren was eliminated after he had raised preflop and was called by Casey Kastle. The flop ran {K-Clubs} {8-Spades} {Q-Hearts} and Jon moved all in after Casey had checked. Casey called and turned over 6-6-5-2 for a pair of sixes while Jon showed A-J-2-3 for a straight draw. The {2-Clubs} fell on the river, giving Jon even more possibilities, but the {Q-Spades} on the river was of little help and made Jon our fifth place finisher.

Jon Maren Avoids Call

On a flop of {J-Diamonds} {A-Spades} {K-Diamonds}, Jon Maren pushed his remaining chips in the middle after he had called a preflop raise from Casey Kastle. Kastle went into the tank, then ultimately folded his hand. After the fold, Maren flopped over A-Q-Q-5 for top pair and a diamond draw. We're not sure what Casey held, but the turn and river could have been dangerous for Maren.

Michael Fetter Doubles Through Jon Maren

Preflop, Michael Fetter made it 60,000 to go and was called by Jon Maren. The flop came {5-Hearts} {10-Spades} {5-Diamonds} and Jon led out for 130,000 and Michael moved all in. Jon called and showed {A-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} {8-Spades} {4-Hearts} for eights and a low draw while Michael held {K-Diamonds} {K-Clubs} {4-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} for an over pair. The turn brought the {3-Clubs} giving Michael an open-ended straight draw while the river brought the {Q-Clubs} to keep his kings and fives as the high with no low.

Raises Continue to Take it Down

Preflop raises tend to be the norm here, taking place nearly every hand. For nearly every preflop raise we see, the action gets folded around. We've only seen one flop on the last six hands.

The Final Table Set

We report a lot about the action going on at the ESPN featured table but we have been asked quite a bit about what the experience is like.

The final table set here at the Rio is setup much like a mini arena. The final table is setup in the middle, slightly raised off the ground with some type of black tile for the flooring. Directly above the table are big screen plasma monitors on every side surrounded by various lighting. You can watch the action on the big screen almost like you can on television, just without being able to see the hole cards.

The seating on three sides of the table is set up stadium style to allow proper viewing for all spectators. On the fourth side, you have desks and seating for the various media outlets that cover the final table events. On one of the spectator sides you also have the Milwaukee's Best No Limit Lounge where players can gather and have a bird's eye view of the final table.

If you ever get a chance to come out to the Rio during the series, stop by and check out one of the featured tables. It is a different experience than watching poker live on tv, but well worth the trip.

Three Consecutive for Fetter

Michael Fetter has led out preflop for three hands in a row now and won all three. Only once did he get called, by Casey Kastle, only to take the hand down on the flop.

Seidel Shows Enthusiasm! Ok, Not Really...

If someone has never seen Erik Seidel play poker before, you would think that he is bored at the poker table. He sits there, with his head resting firmly on his fist with the most disinterested look you have ever seen. He never speaks, he never really does anything other than sit there unless he is in a hand. Sometimes when he sits there, he reminds you of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. "Could be a good day, but I doubt it."

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Chad Burum Eliminated - 6th Place ($44,226)

Martin Klaser raised to 40,000 preflop and Chad Burum called. The flop ran {J-Spades} {5-Spades} {6-Hearts}. Chad managed to get all his chips in the middle holding {A-Hearts} {Q-Spades} {8-Spades} {3-Hearts} for the second nut low draw and a flush draw against Martin's {A-Diamonds} {2-Spades} {6-Clubs} {5-Hearts} for two pair and a nut low draw. The turn was the {7-Clubs} and the river brought the {4-Diamonds}, keeping Martin's two pair good for the high and he scooped to eliminate Chad Burum.