Day 1 Completed
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
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.
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
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Bets|
|428||1||Ian Johns||United States||82,500||10|
|428||2||Daniel Alaei||United States||69,500||9|
|428||3||Anil Gurnaney||United States||66,000||8|
|428||7||Noah Bronstein||United States||31,500||4|
|428||8||Howell Cheek||United States||29,000||4|
|429||1||Robert Stevanovski||United States||124,000||16|
|429||3||Perry Friedman||United States||42,000||5|
|429||4||Larry Kantor||United States||179,500||22|
|429||5||Jesse Martin||United States||232,000||29|
|429||6||Jean-Robert Bellande||United States||102,000||13|
|429||7||Matt Woodward||United States||36,000||5|
|429||9||Mike Matusow||United States||74,000||9|
|430||2||Scott Cole||United States||76,000||10|
|430||4||Stuart Rutter||United Kingdom||106,500||13|
|430||5||Doug Lorgeree||United States||177,500||22|
|430||6||Anthony Zinno||United States||120,000||15|
|430||8||Tom Koral||United States||144,500||18|
|431||1||Marco Johnson||United States||11,500||1|
|431||3||Daniel Ratigan||United States||231,000||29|
|431||5||Wayne Diep||United States||126,500||16|
|431||6||Carol Fuchs||United States||32,000||4|
|431||7||Smith Sirisakorn||United States||121,500||15|
|431||8||Ben Yu||United States||48,000||6|
|431||9||Nikolai Yakovenko||United States||203,000||25|
|436||1||Illya Trincher||United States||36,000||5|
|436||4||Jared Talarico||United States||95,000||12|
|436||5||Christopher Logue||United States||72,000||9|
|436||6||Ben Landowski||United States||130,000||16|
|436||8||Jonathan Depa||United States||109,000||14|
|436||9||Eli Elezra||United States||80,500||10|
|437||1||Mark Gregorich||United States||131,000||16|
|437||2||Dylan Linde||United States||122,500||15|
|437||3||Andrew Kelsall||United States||49,500||6|
|437||7||Kyle Miaso||United States||130,500||16|
|438||2||Esther Taylor||United States||111,000||14|
|438||3||Rafael Concepcion||United States||194,500||24|
|438||4||Tai Nguyen||United States||211,000||26|
|438||5||Christopher Roth||United States||142,000||18|
|438||6||Adam Coats||United States||127,500||16|
|438||7||Lars Gronning||United States||57,000||7|
|438||8||Talon White||United States||53,000||7|
|438||9||Jason Beckman||United States||23,500||3|
|439||3||Phil Hellmuth||United States||136,000||17|
|439||4||Ralph Perry||United States||79,000||10|
|439||5||Brandon Shack-Harris||United States||88,000||11|
|439||6||Scott Bohlman||United States||165,500||21|
|439||7||Dan Shak||United States||131,000||16|
|445||1||Daniel Zack||United States||98,500||12|
|445||2||Grzegorz Trelski||United States||102,500||13|
|445||6||Robert Mizrachi||United States||204,000||26|
|445||7||Brian Rast||United States||68,500||9|
|445||8||Steve Chanthabouasy||United States||228,000||29|
|446||1||Paul Volpe||United States||126,000||16|
|446||2||Matthew Kelly||United States||80,000||10|
|446||3||Ryan Lenaghan||United States||65,500||8|
|446||8||Paresh Doshi||United Kingdom||66,500||8|
|446||9||David Wales||United States||37,000||5|
|447||1||David Benyamine||United States||59,000||7|
|447||3||Nick Schulman||United States||148,500||19|
|447||4||Dustin Dirksen||United States||156,000||20|
|447||5||Andrew Yeh||United States||29,500||4|
|447||8||John Monnette||United States||115,500||14|
The full chip counts will be published once PokerNews receives them and a recap of today's action is to follow.
The first day of Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship has concluded. Chip counts and an end-of-day recap follow shortly.
During the last hands of the night, Ismael Bojang raised from early position and was called by Grzegorz Trelski. Bojang bet the flop and was called before getting his stack in after the turn, Trelski called.
The 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 flop Bellande continued and was called before both then engaged in table chat on the 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 river and Concepcion announced trips tens, rolling over his . Bellande was left stunned, sighed, shrugged some more and sent his cards into the muck.
The clocks have been stopped with 10 minutes to go and five more hands will be played before bagging and tagging.
Andrew Kelsall bet through a board of and moved all in blind for fewer than one big bet out of the small blind before the river card was dealt. James Obst called. Kelsall announced queens full and rolled over the , which ended up as the winner.
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.
"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 , found a king with his to knock both Benny Glaser and John Hennigan out. "Johnny World" had 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.
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.