2018 World Series of Poker

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

2018 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000

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

Level 10 : 1,500/3,000, 0 ante
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)

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.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Bjorin se
Chris Bjorin
249,500 4,500
WSOP 2X Winner
Jesse Martin us
Jesse Martin
232,000 52,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Daniel Ratigan us
Daniel Ratigan
231,000 231,000
Steve Chanthabouasy us
Steve Chanthabouasy
228,000 98,000
Tai Nguyen us
Tai Nguyen
211,000 21,000
Viacheslav Zhukov ru
Viacheslav Zhukov
206,500 56,500
Robert Mizrachi us
Robert Mizrachi
204,000 -36,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Nikolai Yakovenko ru
Nikolai Yakovenko
203,000 153,000
Rafael Concepcion us
Rafael Concepcion
194,500 4,500
Larry Kantor us
Larry Kantor
179,500 39,500
Doug Lorgeree us
Doug Lorgeree
177,500 177,500
Per Hildebrand se
Per Hildebrand
169,500 24,500
Scott Bohlman us
Scott Bohlman
165,500 -14,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Calen McNeil ca
Calen McNeil
157,500 7,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Dustin Dirksen us
Dustin Dirksen
156,000 26,000
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
148,500 -11,500
WSOP 4X Winner
Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
144,500 -35,500
WSOP 2X Winner
James Chen tw
James Chen
143,500 63,500
WSOP 1X Winner
Christopher Roth us
Christopher Roth
142,000 -8,000
Sampo Ryynanen fi
Sampo Ryynanen
137,500 137,500
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
136,000 11,000
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
131,000 -19,000
Mark Gregorich us
Mark Gregorich
131,000 61,000
Kyle Miaso us
Kyle Miaso
130,500 85,500
Ben Landowski us
Ben Landowski
130,000 78,000

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Concepcion Builds Stack; Bojang Chops

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.

Player Chips Progress
Rafael Concepcion us
Rafael Concepcion
190,000 40,000
Grzegorz Trelski us
Grzegorz Trelski
100,000 -40,000
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
30,000 -5,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Grzegorz TrelskiIsmael BojangJean-Robert BellandeRafael Concepcion

Kelsall Doubles Through Obst

Level 10 : 1,500/3,000, 0 ante

Andrew Kelsall bet through a board of {Q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{3-Spades}{8-Hearts}{3-Hearts} 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 {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}, which ended up as the winner.

Player Chips Progress
Andrew Kelsall us
Andrew Kelsall
40,000 -3,000
WSOP 1X Winner
James Obst au
James Obst
21,000 -24,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Andrew KelsallJames Obst

Assorted Counts

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.

Player Chips Progress
Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
180,000 145,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Rafael Concepcion us
Rafael Concepcion
150,000 82,000
Viacheslav Zhukov ru
Viacheslav Zhukov
150,000 65,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
150,000 50,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
150,000 38,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Per Hildebrand se
Per Hildebrand
145,000 50,000
Larry Kantor us
Larry Kantor
140,000 10,000
Esther Taylor us
Esther Taylor
115,000 97,000
James Chen tw
James Chen
80,000 -37,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
60,000 -25,000
WSOP 4X Winner

Tags: Esther Taylor

Bellande Rivers Glaser and Hennigan

Level 10 : 1,500/3,000, 0 ante
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.

Player Chips Progress
Jean-Robert Bellande us
Jean-Robert Bellande
210,000 110,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
WSOP 5X Winner
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: Benny GlaserJean-Robert BellandeJohn Hennigan

Assorted Counts in the Final Level of Day 1

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.

Player Chips Progress
Chris Bjorin se
Chris Bjorin
245,000 5,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Robert Mizrachi us
Robert Mizrachi
240,000 10,000
WSOP 4X Winner
Tai Nguyen us
Tai Nguyen
190,000 80,000
Christopher Roth us
Christopher Roth
150,000 105,000
Matthew Kelly us
Matthew Kelly
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
WSOP 3X Winner
Ismael Bojang de
Ismael Bojang
35,000 -65,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
15,000 -45,000
WSOP 9X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: Chris BjorinRobert MizrachiTai Nguyen