Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
The third and penultimate day of Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship has seen 23 players out of a 183-entry strong field return to the tables of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, and it took five 90-minute levels to determine the six contenders for the next live-streamed final table of the 2019 World Series of Poker.
Three former WSOP bracelet winners are in the mix to add one more to their collection and four-time champion Robert Mizrachi has a commanding lead over the other five finalists after a late surge on the feature table when the remaining nine players had combined to one table.
Mizrachi bagged up 3,905,000, more than second-placed Nick Guagenti (2,000,000) and Owais Ahmed (1,850,000) have combined at their disposal. Australia's Robert Campbell (1,235,000) is the only none-American on the final table and he is followed by Frankie O'Dell (1,000,000) and Jake Schwartz (940,000).
Among the notables to bow out before the final table were the WSOP bracelet winners David “Bakes” Baker, Sam Higgs, Mike Wattel, Mike Matusow, Richard Ashby, and Day 2 chip leader Ken Aldridge. Reigning WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb was the first to depart from the nine-handed final table, followed by Ed Vartughian, and David Benyamine's elimination in 7th place set the final six.
All remaining hopefuls have $76,456 locked up for their efforts so far, and the winner can look forward to a top prize of $443,641 and the coveted gold bracelet. The action is set to resume at 12 p.m. noon local time on the main feature stage in the Amazon room and can be followed via CBS All Access on a security delay of 30 minutes.
The returning limits will be 60,000-120,000 and plenty of scoops and quarters will be required to determine a champion.
Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship Final Six
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Bets|
|2||Frankie O'Dell||United States||1,000,000||8|
|3||Nick Guagenti||United States||2,000,000||17|
|4||Robert Mizrachi||United States||3,905,000||33|
|5||Jake Schwartz||United States||940,000||8|
|6||Owais Ahmed||United States||1,850,000||15|
Action of Day 3
Several players returned to their seats with the premise of finding an early double and the first level saw nine players head to the rail. First to go was David "Bakes" Baker, who turned a full house against Nick Guagenti and was shown the equally strong full house. However, Guagenti improved on the river and Baker became the first casualty of the day. Simeon Myers was unable to turn one-eighth of a big bet into a pay jump and it wouldn't take long to set up the final two tables.
Sam Higgs got his short stack in and flopped two pair only for Frankie O'Dell to turn a set and sent the Aussie out in 17th place. Mike Wattel stood no chance in a four-way pot and Mike Matusow's hope of an even deeper run was shattered when he missed out on a wrap low draw to secure at least half of the pot.
Richard Ashby wasn't able to build his stack and ran into the wheel of O'Dell and Owais Ahmed cemented his top spot with two tables remaining by sending Yarron Bendor and Robert Slezak to the rail in back-to-back hands. Andrew Yeh and start-of-day chip leader Ken Aldridge saw their stacks decimated and hit the rail before the final table was set.
For Shaun Deeb, an eventful day filled with many ups and downs ended in a 9th place finish. In a battle of short stacks, his aces and gutshot on the turn were no good against the flopped set of sixes and flush draw of Ed Vartughian.
The next casualty would be Vartughian, though, as he was scooped twice and failed to mount yet another comeback on Day 3. Eventually, the same fate was also waiting for David Benyamine, who had to settle for 7th place. Reduced to fewer than two big bets, he chopped twice, doubled and busted with aces in a three-way pot when Robert Mizrachi turned a ten-high straight and Jake Schwartz hit the nut low to chop up Benyamine's stack.
That ended Day 3 right after the start of level 23 and the remaining six players will return to the feature stage to determine a champion after a good night's sleep. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the floor to provide all the action until a champion is crowned in the Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, and throughout the 2019 World Series of Poker.
Robert Mizrachi raised and Jake Schwartz called. David Benyamine raised and both players called.
Benyamine bet on the flop and got two calls. The turn was the and Benyamine was all in for 120,000 and got two calls.
The pair checked the river.
Mizrachi showed a ten-high straight and the second nut low. Schwartz showed for the nut low and Benyamine open-mucked and was eliminated.
The players are now bagging up ahead of the final day. With play complete for the day, we'll be back very soon with a full recap of a dramatic day at the felt.
All remaining players agreed to skip the break and continue until David Benyamine would bust upon his request, as he was about be in the blinds.
In the old level, Benyamine was all in two times in a row from early position and survived with split pots, then he got it in again for the last 165,000 against Nick Guagenti in the new level.
"I am really bad at busting short stacks," Guagenti said and Benyamine indeed scored a full double on a board.
David Benyamine raised and Owais Ahmed called.
The flop was and Ahmed check-called a bet. The pair checked the turn and the river was the . Ahmed bet and Benyamine called.
Ahmed showed for a nine-high straight and a six low to scoop the pot.
Benyamine raised a short while later and Frankie O'Dell called in the small blind. O'Dell check-raised on the flop and Benyamine called.
The turn was the . O'Dell bet and Benyamine called.
The river was the . O'Dell bet and Benyamine thought for a minute or so before calling.
O'Dell showed for two pair and took down the pot.
On the three-way flop of , Nick Guagenti and David Benyamine checked to Robert Campbell, who bet and received two calls. On the turn, the same action repeated and Guagenti then check-folded the on the river to a bet from Campbell. Benyamine called and had for the high pot, Campbell for the low.
Jake Schwartz was then quartered by Frankie O'Dell when his ace-deuce had no low on the board. O'Dell had for the same low and a pair.
Benyamine lost a pot to Owais Ahmed when his announced ace-king on a checked through river ended up second-best to the of Ahmed.
Getting his last 235,000 chips in the middle with against the of Nick Guagenti, O'Dell doubled on a runout with queens up.
Owais Ahmed check-called bets on the flop and the turn from Robert Campbell.
Ahmed check-raised the river and Campbell re-raised.
"Ok," said Ahmed. "Raise, raise, raise."
Action was capped and Ahmed then showed for the nut straight and Campbell sensationally turned over to chop the pot.