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Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship



Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Day 1 Completed

Yarron Bendor Leads $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship; 90 Players Remain and Registration Still Open

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante
Yarron Bendor
Yarron Bendor

Day 1 of the Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship has come to a conclusion at the 2019 World Series of Poker with Yarron Bendor leading the approximate 90 survivors into Day 2.

The second Omaha Hi-Lo event of the series saw the first Championship event of the series take center stage inside the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. A field of 173 players entered the tournament throughout the day, and that number is set to increase with registration open until the start of play on Day 2.

Even with the final number set to increase, the 173-player field is the biggest since 2014 when Brock Parker defeated a 178-player field, while the record in this variation of the Championship is 212 players back in 2010 when Sammy Farha collected the WSOP bracelet.

The Omaha Hi-Lo Championship is grouped in one of the tougher events of the series, and as a result, a plethora of tournament veterans, cash game regulars and out-of-town grinders take a seat. The likes of WSOP bracelet winners David "ODB" Baker, Gary Benson, Todd Brunson, Andrew Brown, Scott Bohlman, Steven Loube, Randy Ohel, Julien Martini, Jarred Graham, Scott Clements, Ryan Hughes, Brian Rast, Mike Gorodinsky, Steven Wolanksy, Jesse Martin, Josh Arieh, Layne Flack, and Daniel Negreanu all found themselves on the rail throughout the day.

However, the man on top is Yarron Bendor who finished the day with 375,500 in chips. Bendor finished in third-place in this event in 2017 behind Abe Mosseri and Negreanu. Although Bender was one of the chip leaders for the majority of the day, he shot past David Benyamine in the final few hands to be the only player in reaching distance of 400,000 in chips. Benyamine sits in second with 291,500, while Richard Ashby (290,500), Shaun Deeb (263,500), David "Bakes" Baker (221,000), Alex Foxen (218,000), and Tom Koral (216,500) are also among the leaders.

The first Omaha Hi-Lo event of the series concluded a few days ago with Derek McMaster collecting his first WSOP bracelet and the $228,228 first-place prize. McMaster entered today's tournament and continued his good fortune following his event in Event #4 to finish with 240,000 in chips; good for fifth place among the notable player finishers.

Also surviving into Day 2 include WSOP bracelet winners Sam Higgs, Mike Wattel, John Racener, Perry Friedman, Mike Matusow, Owais Ahmed, Nick Schulman, John Monnette, James Obst, Ben Lamb, Dan Zack, Chris Vitch, Ray Dehkharghani, Chris Ferguson, Brandon Shack-Harris, and defending champion Paul Volpe.

Day 2 begins at 2 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, June 7, with the remaining players scheduled to play seven 90-minute levels with registration remaining open until the start of play. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on the floor to provide continuous live updates of all the Event #18 action, so stay tuned to for all the live coverage of this event, and the entire 2019 World Series of Poker.

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Day 2 Seat Draw Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Webjoker • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4161Dominik BaudSwitzerland172,000
Amazon4162Max PescatoriItaly94,000
Amazon4163Bryce YockeyUnited States67,500
Amazon4164Robert MizrachiUnited States120,000
Amazon4165David "Bakes" BakerUnited States221,000
Amazon4166Bart HansonUnited States60,500
Amazon4167Curtis PhelpsUnited States169,500
Amazon4169Ben LambUnited States21,500
Amazon4171Richard AshbyUnited Kingdom290,500
Amazon4172Esther TaylorUnited States63,000
Amazon4173Alex FoxenUnited States218,000
Amazon4175John MonnetteUnited States110,000
Amazon4176Derek McMasterUnited States240,000
Amazon4177Anson TsangHong Kong110,000
Amazon4178Josh PollockUnited States89,000
Amazon4179Roland IsraelashviliUnited States70,000
Amazon4181Yarron BendorUnited States375,500
Amazon4183Christopher RothUnited States107,000
Amazon4184Nick GuagentiUnited States168,500
Amazon4185Dan ZackUnited States92,500
Amazon4186Michael ChowUnited States20,000
Amazon4187Andrew YehUnited States196,000
Amazon4188Jameson PainterUnited States94,000
Amazon4189Eric WassersonUnited States104,000
Amazon4191Ylon SchwartzUnited States129,500
Amazon4192Anthony ZinnoUnited States45,500
Amazon4193Anthony AlbertoUnited States157,000
Amazon4194Gary BoldenUnited States156,000
Amazon4195Joey CoudenUnited States74,000
Amazon4196David BenyamineUnited States291,500
Amazon4197Andrew KelsallUnited States54,000
Amazon4198Bradley HelmUnited States90,000
Amazon4199Ofir MorUnited States82,000
Amazon4241Matthew GonzalesUnited States69,000
Amazon4242Delmiro ToledoUnited States258,000
Amazon4243Jyri MerivirtaFinland92,000
Amazon4244Frankie O'DellUnited States102,000
Amazon4245James ObstAustralia86,000
Amazon4246Allen KesslerUnited States64,000
Amazon4248Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom143,500
Amazon4249Jonathan DepaUnited States53,000
Amazon4251Ville HaavistoFinland111,000
Amazon4252Chris AmaralUnited States100,500
Amazon4254Tom KoralUnited States216,500
Amazon4255Marco JohnsonUnited States39,000
Amazon4256Kyle MiasoUnited States140,500
Amazon4257Dario SammartinoItaly93,000
Amazon4258Dan SantoroUnited States41,500
Amazon4259Chris BjorinSweden60,500
Amazon4261Robert SlezakUnited States143,500
Amazon4262Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States58,000
Amazon4263Frank DigiorgioUnited States77,500
Amazon4264Ray DehkharghaniUnited States70,000
Amazon4265Todd BarlowUnited States61,500
Amazon4266Ryan MillerUnited States105,500
Amazon4267Carol FuchsUnited States71,500
Amazon4268Perry FriedmanUnited States158,500
Amazon4269Ken AldridgeUnited States201,500
Amazon4271Jose Paz-GutierrezBolivia86,000
Amazon4272Jason LesterUnited States39,000
Amazon4273Ryan LenaghanUnited States128,000
Amazon4274Robert CampbellAustralia71,500
Amazon4275Robert StevanovskiUnited States227,000
Amazon4276Michael MckennaUnited States53,000
Amazon4277Simeon MyersUnited States81,500
Amazon4278Sam HiggsUnited States190,000
Amazon4279Chris FergusonUnited States42,000
Amazon4331Ryan PalufUnited States51,500
Amazon4332Gregory JamisonUnited States66,500
Amazon4333Tony CousineauUnited States63,000
Amazon4334Chris VitchUnited States76,000
Amazon4335Jake SchwartzUnited States142,500
Amazon4337Mike MatusowUnited States150,500
Amazon4338Larry KantorUnited States139,500
Amazon4339Calen McNeilCanada55,500
Amazon4341Matt WoodwardUnited States80,000
Amazon4342Dylan LindeUnited States124,000
Amazon4343Andrew BarberUnited States2,500
Amazon4344Mike WattelUnited States172,000
Amazon4345John RacenerUnited States184,500
Amazon4346Andrey ZaichenkoRussia77,500
Amazon4348Jeremy HeartbergUnited States84,500
Amazon4351Timothy FlandersUnited Kingdom132,500
Amazon4352Alexey MakarovRussia66,500
Amazon4353Nick SchulmanUnited States128,000
Amazon4355Jeffrey VaughnUnited States87,500
Amazon4356Shaun DeebUnited States263,000
Amazon4357Paul VolpeUnited States114,000
Amazon4358Stuart ElkinUnited States97,000
Amazon4359Owais AhmedUnited States145,500

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante
Yarron Bendor us
Yarron Bendor
us 375,500 30,500
David Benyamine fr
David Benyamine
fr 291,500 -23,500
Richard Ashby gb
Richard Ashby
gb 290,500 50,500
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 263,000 -17,000
Delmiro Toledo us
Delmiro Toledo
us 258,000 258,000
Derek McMaster us
Derek McMaster
us 240,000 -5,000
Robert Stevanovski us
Robert Stevanovski
us 227,000 227,000
David "Bakes" Baker us
David "Bakes" Baker
us 221,000 41,000
Alex Foxen us
Alex Foxen
us 218,000 93,000
Tom Koral us
Tom Koral
us 216,500 -3,500
Ken Aldridge us
Ken Aldridge
us 201,500 76,500
Andrew Yeh us
Andrew Yeh
us 196,000 121,000
Sam Higgs au
Sam Higgs
au 190,000 -5,000
John Racener us
John Racener
us 184,500 24,500
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
us 172,000 -18,000
Dominik Baud ch
Dominik Baud
ch 172,000 172,000
Curtis Phelps us
Curtis Phelps
us 169,500 169,500
Nick Guagenti us
Nick Guagenti
us 168,500 73,500
Perry Friedman us
Perry Friedman
us 158,500 71,000
Anthony Alberto us
Anthony Alberto
us 157,000 27,000
Gary Bolden us
Gary Bolden
us 156,000 1,000
Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
us 150,500 60,500
Owais Ahmed us
Owais Ahmed
us 145,500 10,500
Robert Slezak us
Robert Slezak
us 143,500 143,500
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb 143,500 25,500

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Three More Hands

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante

The Tournament Director has announced that there will be three more hands remaining on Day 1 of Event #18.

Arieh Eliminated by Higgs and Wasserson

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante

Josh Arieh was all in for his last 10,500 against Sam Higgs and Eric Wasserson.

Higgs bet out on every street on the {j-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{3-Spades}{5-Spades}{6-Hearts} board and Wasserson called him down.

Higgs tabled his {a-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{6-Spades}{7-Hearts}, and Wasserson tabled his {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}.

Arieh stood there stunned as he looked at his cards and tabled his {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and stated, "I had it scooped until the river!"

With Higgs tabling sixes-up as opposed to Arieh's fives-up, Arieh was eliminated late here on Day 1.

Sam Higgs au
Sam Higgs
au 195,000 85,000
Eric Wasserson us
Eric Wasserson
us 95,000 -25,000
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us Busted

Tags: Eric WassersonJosh AriehSam Higgs

Martin Eliminated by Obst and Bolden

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante
Jesse Martin
Jesse Martin

Jesse Martin was all in for 6,000 from middle position, and James Obst raised to 9,000 next to act in the hijack. Gary Bolden called from the button and the {9-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{7-Spades}{q-Clubs} checked through to the river.

Martin: {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}
Obst: {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{5-Spades}
Bolden: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}

With Obst and Bolden both holding ace-jack high to trump Martin's king-jack high, he would be eliminated, and Obst and Bolden would chop the pot.

Gary Bolden us
Gary Bolden
us 155,000 5,000
James Obst au
James Obst
au 63,000 30,000
Jesse Martin us
Jesse Martin
us Busted

Tags: Gary BoldenJames ObstJesse Martin

Arieh Triples Through McNeil and Kessler

tRaMSt0p • Level 10: 3,000-6,000, 0 ante

From the button, Josh Arieh was all in for his last 5,000 against Calen McNeil in the small blind, and Allen Kessler from the big blind.

McNeil and Kessler checked down the {k-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} board and McNeil tabled {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, and Kessler tabled {q-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs}.

Arieh revealed his {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Spades} for top set and collected the entire pot.

Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler
us 59,500 13,000
Calen McNeil ca
Calen McNeil
ca 50,000 50,000
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 15,000 8,500

Tags: Allen KesslerCalen McNeilJosh Arieh