Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Day 1 Completed

Bjorin Leads After Day 1; Hellmuth Advances to Day 2 of Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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Chris Bjorin
Chris Bjorin

The first Championship Event of the 2018 World Series of Poker has kicked off at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship attracted a field of 161 entries so far, with 75 players advancing to Day 2.

However, the field size is not set in stone yet, as registration remains open until the cards get back in the air on Monday, June 4th, 2019, at 2 p.m. local time. All new entries will receive 50,000 in chips and the action continues with blinds of 2,000/4,000 and a big bet of 8,000.

Leading the field of Day 1 survivors is Sweden's two-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Bjorin with 249,500, followed by fellow two-time champion Jesse Martin (232,000) and Daniel Ratigan (231,000). Other big stacks and notables in a field filled with the best mixed game players in the world include Viacheslav Zhukov (206,500), Robert Mizrachi (204,000), Nick Schulman (148,500) and Tom Koral (144,500). Record 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth entered in the late stages and bagged up an above-average stack of 136,000.

Frenchman Julien Martini, who claimed the gold bracelet in the extra day of Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, jumped into the action after his victory and bagged up 87,000. Runner-up Kate Hoang was less fortunate and failed to get through, 7th place finisher Rafael Concepcion made it through to Day 2 as one of the bigger stacks on 194,500.

Several other bracelet winners made it through to Day 2, while such big names as Benny Glaser, Todd Brunson, Chris Klodnicki, David "ODB" Baker, Joe McKeehen, Erik Seidel, Brock Parker, Adam Owen, Scott Clements and Daniel Negreanu were all eliminated throughout the 10 one-hour levels. Glaser, who won this very event in 2016, peaked at 220,000 before a streak of unfortunate hands decimated his stack. The Brit was eventually ousted by Jean-Robert Bellande in a three-way all in after the latter rivered the nut straight to eliminate Glaser and John Hennigan.

Daniel Negreanu
No Day 2 for Daniel Negreanu in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

For Negreanu, the tournament ended in the penultimate level of the night after he got most of his short stack in with pocket kings and ran into the pocket aces of Nick Schulman. Despite flopping additional outs with a straight draw, Negreanu failed to get there and joined the rail.

Another 10 levels are scheduled for Day 2 and the PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action until a champion is crowned.

Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Day 2 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Bets
4281Ian JohnsUnited States82,50010
4282Daniel AlaeiUnited States69,5009
4283Anil GurnaneyUnited States66,0008
4285Chris BjorinSweden249,50031
4286Ismael BojangAustria29,5004
4287Noah BronsteinUnited States31,5004
4288Howell CheekUnited States29,0004
4291Robert StevanovskiUnited States124,00016
4293Perry FriedmanUnited States42,0005
4294Larry KantorUnited States179,50022
4295Jesse MartinUnited States232,00029
4296Jean-Robert BellandeUnited States102,00013
4297Matt WoodwardUnited States36,0005
4299Mike MatusowUnited States74,0009
4301Jonathan DuhamelCanada92,00012
4302Scott ColeUnited States76,00010
4304Stuart RutterUnited Kingdom106,50013
4305Doug LorgereeUnited States177,50022
4306Anthony ZinnoUnited States120,00015
4308Tom KoralUnited States144,50018
4309Viacheslav ZhukovRussia206,50026
4311Marco JohnsonUnited States11,5001
4313Daniel RatiganUnited States231,00029
4315Wayne DiepUnited States126,50016
4316Carol FuchsUnited States32,0004
4317Smith SirisakornUnited States121,50015
4318Ben YuUnited States48,0006
4319Nikolai YakovenkoUnited States203,00025
4361Illya TrincherUnited States36,0005
4364Jared TalaricoUnited States95,00012
4365Christopher LogueUnited States72,0009
4366Ben LandowskiUnited States130,00016
4367Jose Paz-GutierrezBolivia44,5006
4368Jonathan DepaUnited States109,00014
4369Eli ElezraUnited States80,50010
4371Mark GregorichUnited States131,00016
4372Dylan LindeUnited States122,50015
4373Andrew KelsallUnited States49,5006
4374Per HildebrandSweden169,50021
4375Sampo RyynanenFinland137,50017
4376Felipe RamosBrazil60,0008
4377Kyle MiasoUnited States130,50016
4382Esther TaylorUnited States111,00014
4383Rafael ConcepcionUnited States194,50024
4384Tai NguyenUnited States211,00026
4385Christopher RothUnited States142,00018
4386Adam CoatsUnited States127,50016
4387Lars GronningUnited States57,0007
4388Talon WhiteUnited States53,0007
4389Jason BeckmanUnited States23,5003
4393Phil HellmuthUnited States136,00017
4394Ralph PerryUnited States79,00010
4395Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States88,00011
4396Scott BohlmanUnited States165,50021
4397Dan ShakUnited States131,00016
4398James ChenTaiwan143,50018
4451Daniel ZackUnited States98,50012
4452Grzegorz TrelskiUnited States102,50013
4453Calen McNeilCanada157,50020
4456Robert MizrachiUnited States204,00026
4457Brian RastUnited States68,5009
4458Steve ChanthabouasyUnited States228,00029
4461Paul VolpeUnited States126,00016
4462Matthew KellyUnited States80,00010
4463Ryan LenaghanUnited States65,5008
4465Julien MartiniFrance87,00011
4466Patrick PezzinCanada90,00011
4468Paresh DoshiUnited Kingdom66,5008
4469David WalesUnited States37,0005
4471David BenyamineUnited States59,0007
4473Nick SchulmanUnited States148,50019
4474Dustin DirksenUnited States156,00020
4475Andrew YehUnited States29,5004
4476James ObstAustralia39,0005
4478John MonnetteUnited States115,50014

Tags: Benny GlaserChris BjorinDaniel NegreanuJulien MartiniPhil Hellmuth

End of Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

KaleGozer • Level 10: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

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

Chris Bjorin se
Chris Bjorin
se 249,500 4,500
Jesse Martin us
Jesse Martin
us 232,000 52,000
Daniel Ratigan us
Daniel Ratigan
us 231,000 231,000
Steve Chanthabouasy us
Steve Chanthabouasy
us 228,000 98,000
Tai Nguyen us
Tai Nguyen
us 211,000 21,000
Viacheslav Zhukov ru
Viacheslav Zhukov
ru 206,500 56,500
Robert Mizrachi us
Robert Mizrachi
us 204,000 -36,000
Nikolai Yakovenko ru
Nikolai Yakovenko
ru 203,000 153,000
Rafael Concepcion us
Rafael Concepcion
us 194,500 4,500
Larry Kantor US
Larry Kantor
US 179,500 39,500
Doug Lorgeree us
Doug Lorgeree
us 177,500 177,500
Per Hildebrand se
Per Hildebrand
se 169,500 24,500
Scott Bohlman us
Scott Bohlman
us 165,500 -14,500
Calen McNeil ca
Calen McNeil
ca 157,500 7,500
Dustin Dirksen us
Dustin Dirksen
us 156,000 26,000
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
us 148,500 -11,500
Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
us 144,500 -35,500
James Chen tw
James Chen
tw 143,500 63,500
Christopher Roth us
Christopher Roth
us 142,000 -8,000
Sampo Ryynanen fi
Sampo Ryynanen
fi 137,500 137,500
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 136,000 11,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 131,000 -19,000
Mark Gregorich us
Mark Gregorich
us 131,000 61,000
Kyle Miaso us
Kyle Miaso
us 130,500 85,500
Ben Landowski us
Ben Landowski
us 130,000 78,000

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Day 1 Complete

KaleGozer • Level 10: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

The first day of Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship has concluded. Chip counts and an end-of-day recap follow shortly.

Concepcion Builds Stack; Bojang Chops

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

During the last hands of the night, Ismael Bojang raised from early position and was called by Grzegorz Trelski. Bojang bet the {Q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} flop and was called before getting his stack in after the {8-Spades} turn, Trelski called.

Ismael Bojang: {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs}
Grzegorz Trelski: {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

The {7-Hearts} on the river ensured the split pot, Bojang would have scooped it all with a four and remained left with his short stack.

Rafael Concepcion won a hand without showdown by betting against Trelski and then took on Jean-Robert Bellande. The latter had raised and Concepcion called. On the {Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop Bellande continued and was called before both then engaged in table chat on the {Q-Diamonds} turn. "Are you donating to me or I donate to you?" Bellande asked, Concepcion replied "I hope you donate to me."

Bellande bet and Concepcion called. Both opted to check the {10-Diamonds} river and Concepcion announced trips tens, rolling over his {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}. Bellande was left stunned, sighed, shrugged some more and sent his cards into the muck.

Rafael Concepcion us
Rafael Concepcion
us 190,000 40,000
Grzegorz Trelski us
Grzegorz Trelski
us 100,000 -40,000
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de 30,000 -5,000

Tags: Grzegorz TrelskiIsmael BojangJean-Robert BellandeRafael Concepcion

Five More Hands to Go

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

The clocks have been stopped with 10 minutes to go and five more hands will be played before bagging and tagging.

Assorted Counts

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

After being down to as low as 10,000, Esther Taylor spun up that stack to more than two times the starting stack. Further assorted counts can be found below.

Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
us 180,000 145,000
Rafael Concepcion us
Rafael Concepcion
us 150,000 82,000
Viacheslav Zhukov ru
Viacheslav Zhukov
ru 150,000 65,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
us 150,000 50,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 150,000 38,000
Per Hildebrand se
Per Hildebrand
se 145,000 50,000
Larry Kantor US
Larry Kantor
US 140,000 10,000
Esther Taylor us
Esther Taylor
us 115,000 97,000
James Chen tw
James Chen
tw 80,000 -37,000
Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
us 60,000 -25,000

Tags: Esther Taylor

Bellande Rivers Glaser and Hennigan

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Jean-Robert Bellande
Jean-Robert Bellande

"I don't know what I had on the flop but I do know I had a straight on the river."

Those were the words of Jean-Robert Bellande, who, on a board of {10-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Spades}{K-Spades}, found a king with his {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} to knock both Benny Glaser and John Hennigan out. "Johnny World" had {8-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs} open in front of him, while Glaser's hand was already face-down in the muck.

"I wanted to fold on the turn, but then I thought I could catch a king, and maybe a ten, so I check-called. On the river, I decided to bet," Bellande spoke after the hand. With the double knock-out, Bellande moved up to 240,000.

Jean-Robert Bellande us
Jean-Robert Bellande
us 210,000 110,000
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb Busted
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us Busted

Tags: Benny GlaserJean-Robert BellandeJohn Hennigan

Assorted Counts in the Final Level of Day 1

zedmaster84 • Level 10: 1,500-3,000, 0 ante

Chris Bjorin and Robert Mizrachi appear to be the current chip leaders while Tai Nguyen has also built quite a big stack and may take a shot at the overnight lead.

Chris Bjorin se
Chris Bjorin
se 245,000 5,000
Robert Mizrachi us
Robert Mizrachi
us 240,000 10,000
Tai Nguyen us
Tai Nguyen
us 190,000 80,000
Christopher Roth us
Christopher Roth
us 150,000 105,000
Matthew Kelly us
Matthew Kelly
us 120,000
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
us 65,000
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
de 35,000 -65,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 15,000 -45,000

Tags: Chris BjorinRobert MizrachiTai Nguyen