2011 World Series of Poker

Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Day: 1
Event Info

2011 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
130,000 / 250,000

Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

Day 1 Completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Player Chips Progress
Fabrizio Gonzalez uy
Fabrizio Gonzalez
Eric Buchman us
Eric Buchman
108,800 3,300
WSOP 2X Winner
Guillaume Rivet
Guillaume Rivet
Christopher George us
Christopher George
Mikhail Smirnov ru
Mikhail Smirnov
Richard Ashby gb
Richard Ashby
85,000 32,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Marco Johnson us
Marco Johnson
WSOP 2X Winner
Freddy Deeb lb
Freddy Deeb
WSOP 2X Winner
Damjan Radanov us
Damjan Radanov
Alessio Isaia it
Alessio Isaia
Andrew Barber us
Andrew Barber
WSOP 1X Winner
Robert Stevanovski us
Robert Stevanovski
Nikolai Yakovenko ru
Nikolai Yakovenko
Allen Bari us
Allen Bari
WSOP 1X Winner
John Crisp
John Crisp
James Dempsey gb
James Dempsey
68,700 17,700
WSOP 1X Winner
Erick Lindgren us
Erick Lindgren
68,600 39,600
WSOP 2X Winner
Andrey Zaichenko ru
Andrey Zaichenko
WSOP 1X Winner
Alexander Kostritsyn ru
Alexander Kostritsyn
Kirill Gerasimov ru
Kirill Gerasimov
65,300 47,300
Yuval Bronshtein il
Yuval Bronshtein
65,100 26,100
WSOP 2X Winner
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
Todd Barlow us
Todd Barlow
Mack Lee us
Mack Lee
Ville Wahlbeck fi
Ville Wahlbeck
63,000 32,000

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Tags: Official Day 1 Chip Counts

Chasing Eric Buchman

Level 8 : 500/1,000, 0 ante
Eric Buchman
Eric Buchman

If not for the endless string of split pots, this $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship might be our very favorite event of the year to cover. Nowadays, only the big-buyin events feature intimate, highly skilled fields from top to near-bottom like this one.

Today's field was a strong one with 202 players -- nearly all of them faces you'd be familiar with -- turning up to the Rio with the buyin burning a hole in their pockets. Many of them torched through stacks in the early event in order to give this evening show their full attention. Like Tom Dwan, for example, who busted the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event just a few minutes before registration closed for this Championship. Dwan had a short and productive four levels over here on our side of the room, working his 30,000-chip stack to 61,000 by night's end.

Also in the mix were the likes of John Racener, Will Failla, Justin Smith, Ted Forrest, and Michael Mizrachi, but they were all cursed with a very short day and run out of the room within the first few levels. Also falling by the wayside was Francesco Barbero, one of the still-growing 2011 class of bracelet winners. Barbaro could easily justify the investment after taking down this event's little brother, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event of a few days ago. He had a miserable day, though, and his last big bet went into his final pot during the closing level of the night.

Barbaro wasn't the only 2011 bracelet winner in the room, either. Allen Bari won Event #4 yesterday, and Eugene Katchalov took down Event #5, too; both men survived the day with chips to spare. Bari, in particular, had a good day, finishing up with 70,700 tucked safely inside his chip bag for the overnight soak.

Joining those survivors in tomorrow's Day 2 will be a significant crowd of familiar faces. Erik Seidel, Dwan, John Juanda, Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu, Todd Brunson, Barry Greenstein and a pair of Deebs (Shaun and Freddy) will headline the restart at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday. That's today, if you're scoring at home. A few of those guys have chips with which to do some damage, too. Negreanu was one of the last to register, but he managed to stack up 51,800 by the time the clock wound down, and Freddy Deeb is very near the top with 82,800 chips.

From the looks of it, though, everyone's chasing Eric Buchman right now. He had a quiet day as far as table talk went, electing instead to let his chips do the talking. Buchman had a taller stack every time we walked past his table, and his finishing count of 105,500 will set the pace for Day 2.

We'll be back here tomorrow afternoon to pick up the action and play down as close to a final table as we can muster. Thanks for joining us; we'll see you in about 13 hours!

Tags: Eric Buchman

Four to Go

Level 8 : 500/1,000, 0 ante

It's our very favorite time of the night.

The clock has been paused with ten minutes left in the level, and each table will play four more hands before bagging, tagging, and selling to the butcher in the store.

A Masterful Double

Level 8 : 500/1,000, 0 ante

Men "The Master" Nguyen and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, got three bets in preflop and then three more after the flop came {4-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{j-Spades} to put Nguyen all in.

Nguyen: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{6-Clubs}
Grospellier: {k-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{9-}{x-}

The turn and river both bricked for Grospellier, and Nguyen doubled to 17,000.

Tags: Bertrand GrospellierMen Nguyen

Family Feud

Level 8 : 500/1,000, 0 ante

David "Bakes" Baker made it two bets from middle position, and the action folded to David "ODB" Baker who called in the big blind.

It's the battle we've all been waiting for.

The flop fell {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{6-Clubs}, and ODB check-called a bet from Bakes. ODB check-called another bet after the {6-Diamonds} paired the board on the turn, but led out after the {4-Spades} fell on the river. Bakes called.

"Just queens," ODB announced, tabling {q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for the nut-low.

Bakes opened {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} for trip sixes, and the two split the pot. A bit anticlimactic. but that's O8 for ya.

Tags: David "Bakes" BakerDavid "ODB" Baker



Player Chips Progress
Freddy Deeb lb
Freddy Deeb
79,000 28,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
57,000 23,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Dan Kelly us
Dan Kelly
56,000 13,000
Todd Brunson us
Todd Brunson
55,000 30,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
55,000 10,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Tom Dwan us
Tom Dwan
54,000 9,000
John Juanda id
John Juanda
54,000 28,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Alessio Isaia it
Alessio Isaia
48,000 8,000
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
47,000 29,000
Steve Billirakis us
Steve Billirakis
47,000 2,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Thor Hansen us
Thor Hansen
47,000 23,000
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
46,000 14,000
WSOP 5X Winner
46,000 3,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr
Bertrand Grospellier
45,000 16,000
Chau Giang us
Chau Giang
44,000 9,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Frank Kassela us
Frank Kassela
40,000 -1,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Yuval Bronshtein il
Yuval Bronshtein
WSOP 2X Winner
38,000 3,000
Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
37,000 11,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
WSOP 4X Winner
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
37,000 -15,000
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
WSOP 4X Winner
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
36,000 22,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael Binger us
Michael Binger
35,000 5,000

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Seidel Thanks Shak

Level 8 : 500/1,000, 0 ante

"Erik, you didn't even thank me yet," Dan Shak said, looking up from his iPad. Seidel was across the table getting a massage from a therapist who is often seen with her elbows buried in Shak's spine instead.

"Why? Did she cut you short?" Seidel asked, not really understanding what was going on.

"No. You didn't thank me yet," Shak repeated. "You still owe me a 'thank you'. Do you know why yet?"

Seidel was puzzled, and the conversation was on the verge of getting awkward. There was a bit of a silent pause.

Shak continued, "I pretty much handed you the $100,000 at the Bellagio," Shak grinned across the felt. He was talking about the recent $100,000 Super High Roller event that Seidel won. Shak was deep in it, too, but Seidel won a couple massive pots from him on the way to the trophy.

Seidel's understated sense of humor is incredibly entertaining. "Oh," he said, suddenly aware. "That was very kind." A wry smirk came across his own face, perhaps as he thought back to that day a couple weeks ago when he added another seven figures of cash to his bank account.

We'd smile, too.

Tags: Dan ShakErik Seidel