Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $1,104,300
Players 818

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 50,000 / 100,000
Ante 0

Lives Lives


Brian Lives bet a flop of {k-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} {5-Clubs} in a four-way pot with Anthony Reategui, Joe Liebman and Mike Cipolla. Cipolla asked how much Lives had behind.

"13," replied Lives. "That's all it's going to cost you." Cipolla and Reategui both made the call. They also called the last 13,000 on the {3-Spades} turn, then checked down the {q-Diamonds} river. Cipolla tabled {a-} {4-} {6-} {8-} for the second nut low and a pair of eights; Lives claimed the high with a small flush, {a-} {5-} {6-Diamonds} {3-Diamonds}.

Tags: Brian Lives

Schwartz Out-Flopped by Krause


Ylon Schwartz moved in for the kill against Andreas Krause, but it was Krause who wound up scooping the pot. Krause raised pre-flop and was called by Schwartz from the small blind. Schwartz check-called a bet on a flop of {9-Spades} {7-Clubs} {4-Hearts}. When the turn fell {k-Hearts}, Schwartz bet and put Krause all in. Krause called with two pair and a low draw, {a-Hearts} {8-Hearts} {4-Diamonds} {7-Diamonds}. Schwartz had only one pair and no low draw, {k-Spades} {j-Spades} {j-Diamonds} {q-Diamonds}. The turn {5-Diamonds} didn't improve Schwartz's hand, allowing Krause to double up.

Tags: Andreas KrauseYlon Schwartz

Bach Shaking His Head


The feature table recently played a three-way pot involving two bracelet winners: Anthony Reategui and David Bach. But it was the non-bracelet winner, Brian Lives, who scooped the pot. Lives bet the {2-Diamonds} {9-Diamonds} {2-Hearts} flop, the {j-Clubs} turn and the {9-Spades} river. Reategui and Bach both called on the flop; only Bach called the turn and river bets. At showdown, Lives opened {a-Clubs} {2-Spades} {7-Clubs} {8-Hearts} for three deuces. Bach shook his head, double-checked his hand several times, and then mucked.

Tags: David BachBrian LivesAnthony Reategui

Seed Plays the Bully


Steve Cowley opened on the button, and Huck Seed three bet him from the small blind. Cowley called to see the {8-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop. Seed bet out, and Cowley raised. He wasn't expecting Huck to put in a third bet though. Cowley sat motionless for a minute before giving up and saving his last 40,000 for another fight.

Tags: Huck SeedSteve Cowley

McWhorter a Whole Lot McShorter


Sometimes a big part of poker is avoiding getting unlucky. James McWhorter got very unlucky after defending his big blind against the button raise of Joe Liebman. McWhorter led out on a flop of {10-Clubs} {a-Diamonds} {j-Clubs}, with Liebman calling behind. The turn {a-Clubs} paired the board. McWhorter checked, then raised Liebman's bet. Liebman called.

That took the players to the {4-Clubs} river, a card which changed absolutely nothing. McWhorter bet, then moaned when Liebman raised. "I knew it," he said. He made the crying call with an ace and a ten in his hand, the second nut full house. Liebman turned up {a-Hearts} {9-Hearts} {j-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds}, the nut full house.

McWhorter was crippled after losing the pot.

Tags: James McWhorterJoe Liebman

Crane Lifts Some From Buchanan


Ward Crane started the day as one of the shortest stacks with only 40,000 chips. He got them all in without delay on a {8-Spades}{7-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop against Shawn Buchanan. The turn was the {5-Diamonds} and the river the {3-Spades}, putting three spades on the board. Crane scooped the pot with {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades} for the nut flush draw and nut low. "That's a good spot to be in," said one of the other players as Crane doubled up to over 80,000.

Tags: Shawn BuchananWard Crane

Table Draw


Feature Table - Red 372

Seat 1 - Chris Viox
Seat 2 - Daniel Klein
Seat 3 - Michael Cipolla
Seat 4 - Sasha Rosewood
Seat 5 - Anthony Reategui
Seat 6 - Joe Liebman
Seat 7 - Brian Lives
Seat 8 - James McWhorter
Seat 9 - David Bach

Red 365

Seat 1 - Mike Puskarich
Seat 2 - Scott Epstein
Seat 3 - Stephen Su
Seat 4 - Todd Barlow
Seat 5 - Hamid Salari
Seat 6 - Ward Crane
Seat 7 - Shawn Buchanan
Seat 8 - Michael Chow

Red 360

Seat 1 - Robert Ferdinand
Seat 2 - Jesse Hollander
Seat 3 - Ylon Schwartz
Seat 4 - Steve Cowley
Seat 5 - Huck Seed
Seat 6 - Dan Heimiller
Seat 7 - Jeff Madsen
Seat 8 - Fred Koubi
Seat 9 - Andreas Krause


Crack Open the Red Bull -- Day 3 Awaits

Sasha Rosewood
Sasha Rosewood

We're down to 26 player now in the Event #4 - $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo. While that's far fewer than the 818 that started this tournament, it's nowhere near close to a winner. Today is going to be a long day for all involved.

When we left off last night at 3am, Chau Giang was eliminated on the final hand to finish in 27th place. But there are still five bracelet winners and one Player of the Year in the field, along with a November Niner and some very strong Omaha players. Sasha Rosewood starts the day as the chip leader. The looming question is who will end it as chip leader.

We anticipate that it will take about 5 hours to reach the final table, with the final table itself taking anywhere from 5-7 additional hours after that.

No matter how long it takes, PokerNews will be the exclusive source for all of the live updates. See you in 20 minutes!

Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
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