We just got back from break and the first three pots went down like this.
On the first one Phil Ivey raised on the button and Joe Cassidy called from the big blind. The flop came down and Cassidy check-called Ivey's bet. The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the and Ivey folded to Cassidy's bet.
On the next hand Scotty Nguyen raised the button and Ivey defended his big blind. The flop came down and Ivey check-called. The turn was the and Ivey check-called another bet. On the river the popped up and Ivey check-folded. Scotty was nice enough to show his for a full house and took down the pot.
The third hand was raised by Cassidy from the button and Ivey three-bet from the small blind. Cassidy called. The flop came down and Cassidy called Ivey's continuation bet. The turn was the and Cassidy raised Ivey's bet to 160,000. Ivey called and the river was the . Ivey checked called and showed . He took down the high with trips and Cassidy tabled for the low. Chop it up!
The players are on a 20-minute break and here are the official counts from the table.
On the button, Phil Ivey raised. Scotty Nguyen folded and Joe Cassidy called from the big blind. The flop produced the and Cassidy check-called a bet from Ivey.
The turn was the and Cassidy check-raised Ivey's bet. Ivey called.
The river was the and Cassidy bet. Ivey called.
Cassidy showed the and Ivey the . Cassidy had queens and fours with an ace-three for low. Ivey had the same low and got quartered.
Joe Cassidy raised on the button and Scotty Nguyen called from the big blind. The flop came down and Nguyen check-called a bet from Cassidy.
The turn was the and Nguyen checked again. This time after Cassidy bet Nguyen folded and Cassidy won the pot.
Between the final three players of Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better, there are 13 World Series of Poker gold bracelets represented. Phil Ivey has eight of those and Scotty Nguyen has five. That leaves Joe Cassidy with none.
The closest Cassidy has ever come to earning a gold bracelet was in 2004 when he took fourth in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout for $23,180. He also has a fifth-place finish from 2010 in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship and an eighth-place finish in the $10,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw World Championship last year. Other than those results, he has not broken the top 10 in a WSOP event.
Cassidy is widely considered as one of the best all-around players in the game, but many people relate success in poker to how many bracelet one holds. Without having one his wrist, Cassidy is relatively unknown to many poker fans, but he's still considered a class player by his peers. We'll see if Cassidy can make this event his first-ever piece of WSOP hardware. He's already secured his deepest WSOP finish and it would only be fitting that he goes on to defeat to of the greatest the game has ever seen to earn it.
Joe Cassidy raised on the button. Phil Ivey called from the small blind and Scotty Nguyen called from the big blind. The flop and turn were checked through on the board and the landed on the river. After Ivey checked, Nguyen bet. Both Cassidy and Ivey gave it up, allowing Nguyen to rake in the pot.
On the flop, Joe Cassidy check-raised a bet from Phil Ivey. Ivey called and the turn was the . Cassidy led with a bet and Ivey put in a raise. Cassidy called. The river was the and Cassidy bet. Ivey called.
Cassidy tabled the for a six-four low and a set of deuces. Ivey held the for the same low and got quartered.