2011 World Series of Poker

Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed
Day: 1
Event Info

2011 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
40,000 / 80,000

Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed

Day 1 Completed

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Official Day 1 Chip Counts

Player Chips Progress
Vanessa Selbst us
Vanessa Selbst
Erick Lindgren us
Erick Lindgren
WSOP 2X Winner
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
194,800 -200
WSOP 6X Winner
Vincent van der Fluit nl
Vincent van der Fluit
WSOP 1X Winner
Michael McDonald
Michael McDonald
Jamie Rosen us
Jamie Rosen
157,200 200
Gregory Brooks us
Gregory Brooks
Jesper Hougaard dk
Jesper Hougaard
WSOP 2X Winner
John Kabbaj gb
John Kabbaj
WSOP 2X Winner
Chris DeMaci us
Chris DeMaci
Peter Jetten ca
Peter Jetten
Micah Smith us
Micah Smith
Blaz Svara si
Blaz Svara
David Ulliott
David Ulliott
Joseph Ressler
Joseph Ressler
Jared Ingles us
Jared Ingles
122,600 33,600
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
WSOP 1X Winner
Gary Pollak
Gary Pollak
Hans Winzeler us
Hans Winzeler
Robert Shortway
Robert Shortway
Joseph Ebanks
Joseph Ebanks
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
105,500 500
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Bror Kivelio
Bror Kivelio
Andy Seth us
Andy Seth
101,800 -8,200
Gregory Bastin
Gregory Bastin

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Selbst, Lindgren, Deeb, & McDonald Thrive on Day 1 of Inaugural $5K PLO/Six-Handed Event!

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 0 ante
Vanessa Selbst is Day 1 chip leader with 250,300.
Vanessa Selbst is Day 1 chip leader with 250,300.

No one really knew what to expect today in regards to Event #35 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha/Six Handed. This was the first time a six-handed PLO event graced the World Series of Poker Schedule, so the turnout was anyone’s guess. As it turned out, the inaugural event drew an impressive 507 entrants, creating a prizepool of $2,382,900. With the top 48 finishers slated to get paid, including $619,575 that was reserved for first place, the pros turned out in full force. By the end of the night, only 110 players remained, including chip leader Team PokerStars Pro (USA) Vanessa Selbst with 250,300. A little further behind her are Erick Lindgren (208,700), Shaun Deeb (195,000), and Mike “timex” McDonald (181,100).

McDonald, who is playing in his first WSOP this summer, built his chips steadily throughout the day, but one hand was really reminiscent of his day-long heater. Late in the day, Amnon Filippi got his short stack all in preflop against McDonald:

Filippi: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}
McDonald: {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}

Filippi was ahead with his aces, but the {J-Clubs}{K-Spades}{Q-Spades} flop quickly changed that by giving McDonald a straight. The {9-Clubs} turn and {6-Clubs} river improved him to a flush, but the result was the same . . . Filippi was eliminated. "This is the best I've ever run in a tournament," McDonald said after the hand. "And I run good all the time."

While McDonald and company were running good, not everyone was so fortunate. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Carlos Mortensen, Galen Hall, Sammy Farha, Barry Greenstein, Eric Baldwin, Joe Cada, Robert Williamson, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Scott Seiver, and Daniel Negreanu were just a few of the pros who hit the rail on Day 1.

While many pros failed to survive, others successfully navigated the field and will be return on Day 2. They include David “Devilfish” Ulliott, Joe Hachem, Brian Rast, Layne Flack, Erick Lindgren, Andy Seth, Jeff Lisandro, and Jason Mercier. Also making it through were Kevin Boudreau and Chance Kornuth, the runner-up and winner of last year’s $5,000 PLO event (though that one was played nine handed), who happened to play at the same table much of the day.

The remaining field will return tomorrow at 2:30 PM PST for Day 2 action. We’ll surely hit the money and most likely come close to a final table. Join us then as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team brings you all the action, hands, and eliminations from the $5,000 PLO/Six-Handed Event!

Sarah Grant give you an update on all the events.

Raptor Doubles

David Benefield
David Benefield

On a flop of {4-Spades}{8-Spades}{Q-Clubs}, David Benefield got his last 16,900 all in against a player in middle position.

Benefield: {4-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{Q-Spades}
Opponent: {8-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{9-Spades}{K-Diamonds}

McDonald was ahead with two pair but had a lot of cards to dodge. The {A-Clubs} turn was safe, so it was down to the river. The dealer burned and slowly revealed the {5-Diamonds}. Benefield's hand held and he doubled in the closing minutes of Level 10.

Player Chips Progress
David Benefield us
David Benefield
40,000 -9,500

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Three More Hands!

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 0 ante

The tournament supervisor has just given the dealers the go-ahead to deal three more hands before we call it a night.

Patel Picks Chips Up

The action has slowed considerably as we approach the closing stages of this Day 1, but Emil Patel has just scored a timely double-up through David Chiu.

All the money was in the middle after the flop of {2-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{4-Spades} and we got there just as the cards were tabled:

Patel: {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}
Chiu: {Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

Patel improved to trips after the turn and river came running {A-Clubs}, {A-Spades} and he's now close to 40,000 while Chiu drops below 70,000.

Player Chips Progress
David Chiu us
David Chiu
65,000 30,000
WSOP 5X Winner
Emil Patel us
Emil Patel
38,000 9,500

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Mercier Doubles Up

Level 10 : 500/1,000, 0 ante
Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

We came to Jason Mercier's table after he had just shoved his last 20,400 on the river into a pot that had about 30,000 in it. The board read {k-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{a-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, and his opponent was in the tank for a few minutes before he flung the chips in for the call. Mercier showed {j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{8-Spades} for the second nut flush, and his opponent mucked. Mercier is back up to 71,000 after that pot.

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More Chips for Cheong

The action folded to Joseph Cheong who raised to 2,000 from the button before the flop, but he found only one caller from the big blind before both checking the flop of {J-Hearts}{2-Spades}{6-Spades} and the turn of the {9-Spades}.

However, after the big blind checked the river of the {4-Diamonds}, Cheong led out for 2,500. The big blind called, but Cheong's two pair with {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Clubs} was best. Cheong's now up to more than 130,000 in chips after that hand.

Player Chips Progress
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
131,000 36,000
WSOP 1X Winner

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Grinder Doubles

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi was all in on a flop of {j-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{j-Spades} for his last 8,000 (there was at least 20,000 in the point at this point) and Bryan Colin made the call. Grinder showed {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Spades} and Colin had {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}

The turn and river were {a-Spades}{3-Hearts} and Mizrachi's full house was enough to double him up. He now has 43,000 after the hand

Player Chips Progress
43,000 24,500

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