Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
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Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 1a Completed

Christopher Trang Bags Solid Lead on Flight 1a of $565 PLO

AndrewPieper • Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante
Christopher Trang
Christopher Trang

An impressive field of 1,193 entrants came into the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for Day 1a of Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha. Just 52 players survived the 18-level day to bag and advance onto Day 2.

Christopher Trang went on a tear on the final levels of the night to build from the 5,000 starting stack to end with a commanding chip lead boasting 402,000. The next closest was Peter Linton bagging 309,000.

Other notables who will also be advancing onto Day 2 include Ludovic Geilich (195,000), Nick Jivkov (122,000), Craig Varnell (90,000), and Vivian Saliba (73,000).

Ryan Laplante, who won this event in 2016, is aiming for a repeat and bagged a healthy stack of 180,000. One of the key hands for Laplante resulted in him eliminating Ionescu who at one time held the chip lead himself.

Laplante called a raise from Christopher Trang in middle position and John Gordon called on the button. Mircea Ionescu then announced a pot-sized raise out of the big blind, getting folds from Trang and Gordon. Laplante thought for a few moments before calling the 36,000. The two saw a jack-eight-six flop and Laplante bet the remaining 30,000 or so of Ionescu's stack. "I can't believe this. OK, I call," Ionescu said, putting the rest of his chips in the middle.

Laplante tabled jack-nine-eight-seven for two pair and a straight draw to Ionescu's jack-ten-nine-deuce for an inferior one pair but an open-ended straight draw. The turn brought a seven, making Ionescu's straight, but the river fell was an eight, filling up Laplante and Ionescu made his way to the payout cage.

A perk for players on either flight of Day 1 is the ability to make the money even if their journey comes to an end before the end of play. Of the 1,193 contestants, 179 would make the money, securing a min-cash of at least $833. Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Dan Heimiller, and Jeff Gross are a few of those to do so.

Registration for the second and final flight for this event has closed, drawing 1,225 more entries for a grand total of 2,418. Both flights will combine for Day 2 on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for all the live updates from the rest of the $565 PLO and the whole of the 2018 World Series of Poker.

Tags: Barry GreensteinChris FergusonChristopher TrangDan HeimillerJeff GrossLudovic GeilichNick JivkovPeter LintonRyan LaplanteVivian Saliba

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante
Christopher Trang us
Christopher Trang
us 402,000 37,000
Peter Linton gb
Peter Linton
gb 309,000 57,000
Seth Zimmerman us
Seth Zimmerman
us 272,000 47,000
John Racener us
John Racener
us 212,000 212,000
Rick Fuller us
Rick Fuller
us 196,000
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
gb 195,000 -20,000
Ryan Laplante us
Ryan Laplante
us 180,000 20,000
Pearce Arnold us
Pearce Arnold
us 166,000
Gregory Wood us
Gregory Wood
us 165,000
Jonas Wexler us
Jonas Wexler
us 148,000
Adam Lippert us
Adam Lippert
us 143,000 -42,000
Reed Orem us
Reed Orem
us 132,000 132,000
Andreas Krause de
Andreas Krause
de 132,000
Ngoc Nguyen us
Ngoc Nguyen
us 129,000
Henry Hull us
Henry Hull
us 123,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
ca 123,000 123,000
Nick Jivkov bg
Nick Jivkov
bg 122,000 -30,000
John Roveto us
John Roveto
us 114,000
Rumen Nanev bg
Rumen Nanev
bg 114,000
Ryan Haas us
Ryan Haas
us 108,000 108,000
Eric Fields us
Eric Fields
us 107,000
Stephane Tayar fr
Stephane Tayar
fr 104,000
Joseph Sanders us
Joseph Sanders
us 102,000
Sergio Benso it
Sergio Benso
it 101,000
Omar Mehmood us
Omar Mehmood
us 101,000

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Bag Time

AndrewPieper • Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

Just 52 players of the 1,193 that entered the day survived to bag for Day 2. Flight 1b registration is still open for those still looking to enter.

Last Level of the Night

AndrewPieper • Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

Level 18 has just begun, marking the final half-hour level before those remaining will secure a bag for Day 2. Just 59 remain and are guaranteed a cash of at least $1,590.

Laplante Rivers Ionescu to Move Above 200,000

AndrewPieper • Level 16: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

Christopher Trang opened from the hijack to 6,000. John Gordon called on the button with Ryan Laplante flatting the small blind as well. Mircea Ionescu then bet the pot out of the big blind, getting folds from Trang and Gordon. Laplante pondered for a few seconds before calling the 36,000.

The two saw a flop of {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and Laplante bet the remaining 30,000 or so of Ionescu's stack.

"I can't believe this. OK, I call," Ionescu said, putting the rest of his chips in the middle.

Laplante tabled {J-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{9-Spades}{7-Diamonds} for two pair and a straight draw to Ionescu's {J-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} for an inferior one pair but an open-ended straight draw. The turn brought a {7-Diamonds} making Ionescu's straight, but the river fell an {8-Diamonds}, filling up Laplante as he eliminated Ionescu, who not long ago held over 200,000

Ryan Laplante us
Ryan Laplante
us 240,000 60,000
Mircea Ionescu
Mircea Ionescu
Busted

Tags: Mircea IonescuRyan Laplante