Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Day 1 Completed

Flack, Matusow, Glaser Hunting Bracelet in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

KaleGozer • Level 10: 400-800, 0 ante
Layne Flack is going for bracelet #7
Layne Flack is going for bracelet #7

On the second day of the 2018 World Series of Poker, the limit Omaha Hi-Lo aficionados came out in full force to contest for the bracelet in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. A total of 911 players paid the requisite $1,500 to play, six more than the event drew last year. Together, they created a total prize pool of $1,229,850, and the winner on Saturday, June 2 will receive the biggest chunk worth $239,771, as well as the gold WSOP bracelet.

After ten levels of 60 minutes and plenty of chopped pots, 295 of the entrants made it through to the second day. It was Dao Bac who claimed the Day 1 chip lead with 74,700. Nick Guagenti, who had a deep run in last year's Main Event, also had a strong showing with 65,600, as well as Pamela McPeak, who bagged 64,900.

Top Chip Counts After Day 1

PlaceNameCountyChip CountBig Bets
1Dao BacUnited States74,70075
2Nick GuagentiUnited States65,60066
3Pamela McPeakUnited States64,90065
4John MonnetteUnited States62,00062
5Tommy ChenUnited States61,40061
6Frank MuirUnited States61,30061
7Kate HoangUnited States58,40058
8John JenkinsUnited States58,20058
9Michael ZepekUnited States53,20053
10Brian HaackUnited States53,10053

Among those that made it through to the second day were many former WSOP bracelet winners, including six-time winner Layne Flack (41,500), four-time winner Jeff Madsen (31,900) and three-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser (27,200). Glaser won this very event back in 2016 and will be trying to achieve an improbable second victory in three years. Allen Kessler (39,600), John Racener (31,300) and Mike Leah (22,500) also advanced to Day 2.

Mike Matusow made it to Day 2 with 14,800. "The Mouth" showed why he earned his moniker by bombarding his opponents with a non-stop barrage of words throughout the day. Matusow made it through in good company, as fellow bracelet winners Madsen, Chris Tryba and Leif Force also advanced from a stacked table that brought a combined 16 bracelets together at one point.

Six of those belonged to Chris Ferguson, who busted out shortly before the end of the night at the hands of Matusow himself. Holding a hand with ace-four of clubs, Matusow flopped the nut flush to end Ferguson's bid for a seventh piece of jewellery in the ultimate level of the night.

Leif Force_ Mike Matusow
Leif Force (left) with Mike Matusow (right)

Plenty of notables showed up for this event and many of them fell by the wayside on the first day. James Woods was among the first to fall, and the actor was joined on the rail by Ari Engel, Sorel Mizzi, Brian Hastings, James Obst, Mike Ross, Felipe Ramos, Kathy Liebert, Kristen Bicknell, Jeff Lisandro and Todd Brunson.

On Friday, June 1 at 2 p.m. local time, the remaining players will return in level 11, with limits of 500/1,000. Another ten levels of 60 minutes are scheduled as play continues in the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. PokerNews will be on the floor to cover this event start-to-finish as the 2018 World Series of Poker rolls on.

Event #4: Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Bets
4971Tom LoveUnited States5,1005
4972Prince DocnesUnited States21,90022
4973Shaun DeebUnited States28,70029
4974Pojana JenneUnited States9,2009
4975Denny AxelUnited States46,40046
4977Daniel BuzgonUnited States4,9005
4978Mike LeahCanada22,50023
4979Tamir IlcafassUnited States16,70017
4981Philip LongUnited Kingdom25,00025
4983Matt GlantzUnited States12,20012
4984Danny MangraUnited States29,90030
4985Jared KoppelUnited States38,20038
4986Aaron SteuryUnited States15,10015
4987Mike MatusowUnited States14,80015
4988Dao BacUnited States74,70075
4989Mallory SmithUnited States9,80010
4991Ryan LaplanteUnited States24,50025
4992Joe FordUnited States4,3004
4993John ReissUnited States30,30030
4994Jeremy AusmusUnited States12,70013
4995Randy OhelUnited States9,4009
4997Jorge LeonUnited States8,0008
4998Forrest AuelUnited States16,50017
5001Nader IsahacUnited States1,3001
5002Jerry WongUnited States15,60016
5004Chad EveslageUnited States40,40040
5005[Removed:321] NassiriUnited States4,3004
5008Victor RamdinUnited States42,00042
5009Robert SlezakUnited States29,60030
5041Gregory KoloUnited States7,6008
5042Justin LibertoUnited States23,60024
5043Chase HauglandUnited States22,40022
5044Brian SaltusUnited States43,30043
5045Aron DermerUnited States22,10022
5046Kathy ChangUnited States27,70028
5047Cat AntoniukUnited States6,4006
5048Ihab AliUnited States8,1008
5049James YooUnited States51,00051
5051Martin CorpuzUnited States45,60046
5052Sebastian LangrockAustria31,60032
5053Maria HoUnited States8,4008
5054Jason LesterUnited States9,50010
5055Olaf ArnesonUnited States25,70026
5056Monty DennisUnited States23,50024
5057Jim GroveUnited States14,10014
5058Pamela McPeakUnited States64,90065
5059Tad JurgensUnited States4,5005
5061Corey HochmanUnited States27,40027
5062James ChenTaiwan21,90022
5063Craig ChaitUnited States25,50026
5064Vladislav TinchevGermany28,90029
5065Kal RaichuraCanada20,50021
5066Brandon GersonUnited States18,80019
5068Sergio TorrezUnited States7,2007
5069Thomas TaylorCanada32,50033
5071Jordan ZyndaUnited States18,20018
5072Julien MartiniFrance30,40030
5073Matt VengrinUnited States18,60019
5075Kate HoangUnited States58,40058
5076Colin WickersheimUnited States20,90021
5077John RovetoUnited States23,20023
5078Jeff ShulmanUnited States32,60033
5079Randolph JensenUnited States46,90047
5081Frank KasselaUnited States21,20021
5082Daniel ChioUnited States44,90045
5083Sergey ZaporozhetsRussian Federation19,70020
5084Richard KatzmanUnited States9,1009
5085Douglas ExmanUnited States31,00031
5087David SelfUnited States33,80034
5088Allen KesslerUnited States39,60040
5089Paul HonasUnited States20,50021
5091Kevin BrewerUnited States42,00042
5092Xunen ZhengUnited Kingdom29,90030
5093Francis WhitakerUnited States23,80024
5094Robert CampbellUnited States42,20042
5096Laurent OliveFrance14,20014
5097DID NOT REPORT 2United States23,40023
5098Justin VoldUnited States27,80028
5099Jeff MadsenUnited States31,90032
5101Chris TrybaUnited States14,20014
5102John UrpsisUnited States24,80025
5103John Wendell RobisonUnited States18,80019
5104Matt WaxmanUnited States43,20043
5105Hernan SalazarUnited States15,40015
5106Patrick GunnUnited States33,10033
5107Lawrence BergUnited States16,30016
5109Joe AronestyUnited States10,20010
5111Cole JacksonUnited States36,10036
5112Anton MorgensternGermany18,70019
5113Benjamin DobsonUnited Kingdom7,5008
5114Scott FitzhughUnited States19,60020
5115Mark GregorichUnited States15,80016
5116Anthony FrederickUnited States21,40021
5117Denis BilodeauUnited States16,10016
5118J SmithUnited States7,6008
5119Alan SternbergUnited States13,30013
5121Cornelio McleanUnited States18,10018
5122Adam KipnisUnited States8,6009
5123Gary FloydUnited States15,10015
5124Brett JungblutUnited States48,30048
5125David LeviUnited States19,50020
5126Jacobo FernandezUnited States36,30036
5128Jose Paz-GutierrezBolivia14,00014
5129Nick PolydorosUnited States24,20024
5131Perry FriedmanUnited States10,20010
5132Barry MarfleetUnited States11,10011
5133Michael HindeUnited States41,30041
5134Brian SchwartzUnited States7,2007
5135Jose RazocabreraUnited States47,00047
5136Jesse HamptonUnited States4,7005
5137Dennis NapelUnited States10,10010
5138Anthony ArvidsonUnited States24,50025
5139Timothy FoleyUnited States11,20011
5141Jason GoochUnited States14,40014
5142Brian YeeUnited States26,70027
5143Jan SteinUnited States24,30024
5144Mikhail SeminRussian Federation24,90025
5145Dagang WangUnited States7,5008
5146Leo FasenUnited States31,80032
5147Alan MorganUnited States12,70013
5148Saige CiarlettaUnited States13,30013
5149James PursleyUnited States45,30045
5151Eric JudgeUnited States23,70024
5152Christopher LogueUnited States34,50035
5153Lori BerumenUnited States18,50019
5154Michael ZepekUnited States53,20053
5155Nadezhda MagnusUnited States20,00020
5156Ed SmithUnited States33,60034
5157Robert MizrachiUnited States17,40017
5158Hal RotholzUnited States9,60010
5159Osama AweidaUnited States37,60038
5161Anthony MalceinUnited States21,90022
5162Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom27,20027
5163Jonathan CohenUnited States19,00019
5164Raymond DavisUnited States41,70042
5165Renan BruschiBrazil14,80015
5166Manelic MinayaUnited States17,00017
5167Wing WongUnited States12,90013
5168Ashton GriffinUnited States26,50027
5169Don ZewinUnited States6,4006
5171Derek RaymondUnited States14,70015
5172Chris KlodnickiUnited States21,80022
5173Thayer RasmussenUnited States3,0003
5174David MartinUnited States8001
5175Alex VisbiskyUnited States51,00051
5176Thomas HuntUnited States12,00012
5177David BrookshireUnited States26,70027
5178Roland IsraelashviliUnited States14,30014
5179David WonnenbergUnited States12,80013
5181Matt GrapenthienUnited States48,90049
5182William BrockUnited States36,40036
5183Mack LeeUnited States44,50045
5184Perry GreenUnited States19,80020
5185Peter LevineUnited States32,00032
5186Michael JacobsUnited States20,90021
5187Christopher SchalerUnited States45,70046
5188Ray HensonUnited States19,40019
5189Scott BullerUnited States52,10052
5191Peter EichhardtSweden47,30047
5192Jake SchwartzUnited States10,20010
5193Rylen SanehisaUnited States5,8006
5194Andrey ZhigalovRussian Federation3,9004
5195Donald SpagnuoloUnited States19,40019
5196Layne FlackUnited States41,50042
5197John MonnetteUnited States62,00062
5198Pj ChaUnited States5,6006
5199Lisa FrenchUnited States15,60016
5201Matthew BathurstUnited States28,40028
5202Nickolai OrlovUnited States11,80012
5203Vinson AnensonUnited States13,90014
5204Claudangelo BeaudouinUnited States15,70016
5205Hope WilliamsUnited States2,9003
5206Brayden GazlayUnited States14,30014
5207Jermaine ReidUnited States13,20013
5208James DouglasUnited States27,40027
5209John RacenerUnited States31,30031
5211Benjamin SchollUnited States26,40026
5212Ronan NallyUnited Kingdom16,50017
5213Daniel WeinmanUnited States28,70029
5214Henry ChowUnited States31,10031
5215Michael NooriUnited States25,50026
5216Steve LustigUnited States26,00026
5217Micah BrooksUnited States21,50022
5218Tom McCormickUnited States12,70013
5219Ilya DymentUnited States7,7008
5221Tommy ChenUnited States61,40061
5222Tony MaUnited States22,90023
5223Marsha ShuttUnited States43,20043
5224Alex ChristianUnited States45,80046
5225Nick GuagentiUnited States65,60066
5226Spencer BuzbeeUnited States23,00023
5227Jared TalaricoUnited States3,3003
5228Jeremy PrivettUnited States4,7005
5229Errol MasseyUnited States24,10024
5231Alan BittikoferUnited States44,80045
5232Jon EvansUnited States27,60028
5234Terry OltmanUnited States23,70024
5235Lloyd FletcherUnited States18,90019
5236Yuebin GuoUnited States25,50026
5237Adam HamanUnited States29,00029
5238Zachary BrooksUnited States5,2005
5239Jason GolaUnited States17,80018
5241Larry ColtUnited States6,7007
5242Sean EichendorfCanada1,8002
5243Steven LindlofUnited States37,50038
5244Jason RivkinUnited States15,70016
5245Christopher RothUnited States51,80052
5246Danny ChangUnited States32,40032
5247Sergey KosachRussian Federation25,60026
5248Robert CoatesUnited States27,50028
5249Daniel SpearUnited States16,20016
5251Tuvya FeltUnited States24,90025
5252Honesto GuiangUnited States24,80025
5253Phuong TranUnited States20,30020
5254Michael MooreUnited States29,20029
5255Ruben VeraUnited States20,70021
5256Phu TranUnited States13,10013
5257Louis CheffyUnited States17,50018
5258Jeff SiegalUnited States14,70015
5259Ricardo Rodriguez OrtegaUnited States13,80014
5261Daryl KermmoadeUnited States3,4003
5262Wellington DraperUnited States38,00038
5263Danny WongUnited States43,30043
5264James HaganUnited States10,70011
5265Ben HammondUnited States4,9005
5266Andrew PilletUnited States39,10039
5267Michael EckstutUnited States24,30024
5268Joe BrandenburgUnited States24,20024
5269Jason RiesenbergUnited States12,30012
5271Scott KneelandUnited States50,80051
5272Matthew SchreiberUnited States18,60019
5273Chris WallaceUnited States20,00020
5274Daniel ZhuUnited States10,50011
5275Pete RasmussenUnited States30,70031
5276John PintoUnited States14,20014
5277Long NguyenUnited States17,30017
5278James DedauwUnited States45,50046
5279Brandon AgeloffUnited States35,50036
5281Harry BienenfeldUnited States24,00024
5282Paul EdwardsUnited States13,00013
5283Gary VickUnited States35,40035
5284Eddie BlumenthalUnited States10,00010
5285Steve AllenUnited States7,8008
5286Matt GregoireUnited States25,40025
5287Itsuko YoroiJapan34,90035
5288Rod ChernUnited States44,80045
5289Gregory DinkinUnited States20,10020
5291Natasha MercierUnited States14,60015
5292Paul HarvellUnited States9,60010
5293Chris BjorinSweden31,90032
5294Wayne DiepUnited States18,50019
5295Dan MatsuzukiUnited States36,40036
5296Anita PerlUnited States30,30030
5297Rafael ConcepcionUnited States32,40032
5298Paul SokoloffCanada7,5008
5299Dennis TymchakCanada7,9008
5301Keith OharaUnited States10,60011
5302Rudolf SchwartzCanada22,40022
5303Todd WittelesUnited States32,20032
5304Glenn CozenUnited States4,6005
5305Heikki PiiraFinland10,10010
5307Roderick ChinUnited States4,3004
5308Richard WeeksUnited States8,6009
5309Christopher VitchUnited States20,80021
5311Matt WoodwardUnited States37,90038
5312Stephen JohnsonUnited States6,6007
5313Cody SchererUnited States28,70029
5314Jesse SimonelliUnited States29,00029
5315Joseph BrodskyUnited States35,70036
5316William KoppUnited States19,40019
5317Marc FarrarUnited States22,10022
5318Amit SanderUnited States19,90020
5319Brian HaackUnited States53,10053
5321Brett ShafferUnited States26,10026
5322Christopher DzoanUnited States21,60022
5323Paul ZibitsUnited States19,00019
5324Eric SnyderUnited States16,20016
5325Daniel Brecht-HaddadUnited States10,10010
5326Scott NickleachUnited States31,40031
5328Doug SaabUnited States21,70022
5329James KlimkoskiUnited States29,60030
5331John LewisUnited States3,0003
5332Joel SalmanUnited States8,7009
5333John JenkinsUnited States58,20058
5335DID NOT REPORT 1United States12,00012
5336Scott ClementsUnited States15,00015
5338Michael RussellUnited States25,00025
5339Jason StockfishUnited States13,10013
5341Frank MuirUnited States61,30061
5342Jason PhamolivoUnited States36,60037
5343Thang TranUnited States9,70010
5344Matthew SuelflowUnited States20,40020
5345Orlando RomeroUnited States25,40025
5346Dale PhillipsUnited States16,40016
5347Mike WattelUnited States33,50034
5349Michael KlattUnited States1,0001

Tags: Benny GlaserJeff MadsenLayne FlackMike Matusow

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 10: 400-800, 0 ante

The full chip counts will be published when PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.

Dao Bac us
Dao Bac
us 74,700 24,700
Nick Guagenti us
Nick Guagenti
us 65,600 18,600
Pamela McPeak us
Pamela McPeak
us 64,900 -100
Tommy Chen us
Tommy Chen
us 61,400 61,400
Frank Muir us
Frank Muir
us 61,300 -1,000
Kate Hoang us
Kate Hoang
us 58,400 -1,600
John Jenkins us
John Jenkins
us 58,200 1,200
Michael Zepek US
Michael Zepek
US 53,200 53,200
Brian Haack US
Brian Haack
US 53,100 53,100
Scott Buller us
Scott Buller
us 52,100 52,100
Christopher Roth us
Christopher Roth
us 51,800 51,800
Alex Visbisky us
Alex Visbisky
us 51,000 51,000
James Yoo US
James Yoo
US 51,000 51,000
Scott Kneeland US
Scott Kneeland
US 50,800 50,800
Matt Grapenthien us
Matt Grapenthien
us 48,900 29,900
Brett Jungblut us
Brett Jungblut
us 48,300 48,300
Peter Eichhardt se
Peter Eichhardt
se 47,300
Jose Razocabrera us
Jose Razocabrera
us 47,000 47,000
Randolph Jensen US
Randolph Jensen
US 46,900 46,900
Denny Axel us
Denny Axel
us 46,400 46,400
Alex Christian US
Alex Christian
US 45,800 45,800
Christopher Schaler us
Christopher Schaler
us 45,700 45,700
Martin Corpuz us
Martin Corpuz
us 45,600 45,600
James Dedauw US
James Dedauw
US 45,500 45,500
James Pursley US
James Pursley
US 45,300 9,300

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Day 1 is Done

KaleGozer • Level 10: 400-800, 0 ante

The first day of Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at the 2018 World Series of Poker is done. An assortment of end-of-day chip counts and an extensive recap will follow.

McPeak Makes Late Run for the Lead

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 400-800, 0 ante

In the penultimate hand of the night, Pamela McPeak added to her big stack after taking on Roland Israelashvili. On the river of a board {7-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Clubs}{K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}, Israelashvili called a bet by McPeak with {A-Spades}{10-Spades}{X-}{X-} for the nut flush, but McPeak had {A-}{Q-}{5-}{X-} for a full house. McPeak was over 70,000 at that point before surrendering a pot to John jenkins in the last hand of the night.

Pamela McPeak us
Pamela McPeak
us 65,000 65,000
John Jenkins us
John Jenkins
us 57,000 14,000
Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
us 24,000 4,000

Tags: John JenkinsPamela McPeakRoland Israelashvili

Hoang Among the Big Stacks

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 400-800, 0 ante

Towards the end of the level, Kate Hoang has emerged as one of the bigger stacks, however, the chip lead seems to be up close and could go either way.

Hoang got into a three-way pot out of the small blind and checked the {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Spades} turn, as did the big blind. David Self bet on the button and picked up two callers. On the {10-Spades} river, the action checked once more to Self and his bet was called by Hoang and the big blind. Self showed {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for a set of tens and Hoang mucked, the big blind took the low portion of the pot with the {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}.

Kate Hoang us
Kate Hoang
us 60,000 33,000
David Self us
David Self
us 30,000 30,000

Tags: David SelfKate Hoang

Four More Hands

KaleGozer • Level 10: 400-800, 0 ante

The clock has been paused with ten minutes remaining. Four more hands will be played until chips are bagged and tagged for the night. The announcement caused some excitement in the room, as several players were actively betting on the number of remaining hands announced.

Roller Coaster Exit for Beckley

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 400-800, 0 ante

Joshua Beckley escaped from elimination and essentially doubled through, chopping with a low against Jason Phamolivo on a board of {Q-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Spades}{A-Diamonds} after he tabled {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}. Phamolivo won the high pot with {A-Spades}{J-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{5-Spades} while the third player in the hand mucked.

Beckley then got into a hand with Corey Hochman and called bets on the {Q-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} flop and the {Q-Clubs} turn. The {8-Spades} came on the river and Hochman fired again. Beckley tank-folded and was shown the {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{X-}.

One hand later, Hochman raised and his table neighbor three-bet, Hochman called. On the {A-Spades}{10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop, Hochman checked and called a bet before check-raising the {J-Hearts} turn, which resulted in a call. The {9-Clubs} river completed the board and Hochman's final bet was reluctantly called to see him turn over {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for the nut straight.

Beckley's remaining two preflop bets vanished the next hand as he left the tournament area in the final level of the night.

Jason Phamolivo US
Jason Phamolivo
US 29,000 29,000
Corey Hochman us
Corey Hochman
us 24,000 24,000
Joshua Beckley us
Joshua Beckley
us Busted

Tags: Corey HochmanJason PhamolivoJoshua Beckley

Razo Has It

KaleGozer • Level 10: 400-800, 0 ante

Mike Leah raised in middle position, a player on the button called, Ryan Laplante called from the small blind and Jose Razo peeled from the big. Leah continued with the small bet on the {10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop and all other players came along.

On the {9-Clubs} turn, it was Razo who led out and once again everyone called, bringing four players to the river. The river was the {K-Clubs} and Razo bet again. Leah was the only caller as the button and Laplante quickly folded their hands.

Razo tabled {Q-Hearts}{J-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} for the nuts and Leah mucked.

Jose Razo US
Jose Razo
US 30,000 30,000
Ryan Laplante us
Ryan Laplante
us 30,000 -7,500
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 14,000 -11,000

Tags: Jose RazoMike LeahRyan Laplante