2019 World Series of Poker

Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
Day: 1
Event Info

2019 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
200,000 / 400,000

Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

Day 1 Completed

Lehr Leads After Day 1; Defending Champion Deeb Among Big Stacks in Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

Level 10 : 1,000/2,500, 0 ante
Keith Lehr topped 128 survivors on Day 1
Keith Lehr topped 128 survivors on Day 1

One of the most prestigious events of the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has kicked off at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the four-card specialists showcased their talents on Day 1 of the Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller.

The previous four editions of this very event have seen a bigger field emerge year-after-year and the fifth installment is on track to continue that trend thanks to 221 entries within the first ten 60-minute levels. The record so far stands at 230 entries and that number is within reach to be surpassed, as the registration period remains open for the first two levels and following break on Day 2 until approximately 4.15 p.m. local time.

Defending champion and reigning WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb, who narrowly missed out on his fifth bracelet during the 2019 WSOP so far, made it through with a top ten stack of 518,500 after entering mid-way through the day and spinning up his stack. On the way there, he scored a crucial double through Tyler Smith when his top two pair (and third pair, too) held up against top and bottom pair as well as the nut flush draw of Smith.

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb

Ultimately, it was a close race for the overnight lead and Keith Lehr beat Paul Volpe to the top spot among 128 survivors after bagging up 692,000. Volpe follows close behind with 682,000 and the third-biggest stack belongs to Firas Sadou (625,000). Other notables with big stacks after Day 1 include Dario Sammartino (595,500), Ludovic Geilich (590,000), Alexey Makarov (584,500), Niko Soininen (574,500), Ka Kwan Lau (492,500), Noah Schwartz (441,000), and Isaac Baron (435,000).

The first-ever WSOP $25,000 PLO High Roller Anthony Zinno advanced with a stack of 239,000. James Calderaro, who claimed the gold bracelet in and finished 4th one year later, was among the more than two dozen players who took advantage of the single re-entry and failed to bag up chips for Day 2.

Big names that won't be returning for Day 2 anymore are Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Johannes Becker, Warwick Mirzikinian, Artem Babakhanyan, Phil Galfond, Chance Kornuth, and 2019 Player of the Year contender Dan Zack. The elimination of Mizrachi in fact vaulted Lehr into the top spot when his flush draw and gutshot got there. Mizrachi called all in after the river, was shown the nut straight and mucked, mentioning in table chat he had a set of sixes.

All those that only busted once or haven't even taken part yet can still enter in the first two 60-minute levels on Day 2 and it is expected that another record for the PLO High Roller will be set.

Previous WSOP $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Rollers at a Glance

YearPlayerCountryFirst PrizePlayersPrize Pool
2018Shaun DeebUnited States$1,402,683230$5,462,500
2017James CalderaroUnited States$1,289,074204$4,868,750
2016Jens KyllonenFinland$1,127,035184$4,370,000
2015Anthony ZinnoUnited States$1,122,196175$4,156,250

Day 2 will resume at 2 p.m. local time with blinds of 1,500/3,000, which provides new entries 50 big blinds worth in the first level of play. Once the registration closes, the prize pool information will be released and the second of four tournament days is expected to whittle down the field close to the money bubble as another ten levels of 60 minutes each are scheduled.

The PokerNews team will be on the floor to provide all the action of the most-expensive PLO event of the 2019 WSOP until a champion is crowned.

Tags: Alexey MakarovAnthony ZinnoArtem BabakhanyanChance KornuthDan ZackDario SammartinoFiras SadouIsaac BaronJames CalderaroJohannes BeckerKa Kwan LauKeith LehrLudovic GeilichNiko SoininenNoah SchwartzPaul VolpePhil GalfondShaun DeebTyler SmithWarwick Mirzikinian

Day 2 Seat Draw Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller

Level 10 : 1,000/2,500, 0 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4121Niklas AstedtSweden329,000
Amazon4123Isaac BaronUnited States435,000
Amazon4124Joshua MarvinUnited States178,500
Amazon4125Veselin KarakitukovBulgaria186,000
Amazon4126Robert MizrachiUnited States337,500
Amazon4127Evan KrentzmanUnited States382,000
Amazon4128Anson TsangHong Kong370,500
Amazon4131Sam SneadUnited States227,000
Amazon4132Joe HachemAustralia40,500
Amazon4133Chase SteelyUnited States146,500
Amazon4134Connor DrinanUnited States235,000
Amazon4135Anthony ZinnoUnited States239,000
Amazon4137The NguyenUnited States195,000
Amazon4138Alex FoxenUnited States242,500
Amazon4141Sebastian BastianAustralia248,000
Amazon4143Adam HendrixUnited States79,000
Amazon4144Tyler SmithUnited States253,500
Amazon4145Josh AriehUnited States241,500
Amazon4146Konstantin BeylinUnited States248,000
Amazon4147Maksim KolosovRussia245,000
Amazon4148Jorryt van HoofUnited Kingdom396,500
Amazon4151Matthew GonzalesUnited States140,500
Amazon4152Demis HassabisUnited States376,000
Amazon4153Laszlo BujtasHungary280,500
Amazon4154Firas SadouUnited States625,000
Amazon4155Joshua TiemanUnited States295,000
Amazon4156Robert SalaburuUnited States312,000
Amazon4158Mohsin ViraniUnited States295,000
Amazon4162Alex EpsteinUnited States391,000
Amazon4163Dominique MosleyUnited States95,000
Amazon4164Andrew NguyenUnited States341,500
Amazon4165Jordan PolkUnited States159,000
Amazon4167Ben YuUnited States98,000
Amazon4171John RacenerUnited States310,000
Amazon4172Wasim KorkisUnited States318,000
Amazon4173Bryce YockeyUnited States418,500
Amazon4174Paul VolpeUnited States682,000
Amazon4175Mike KrasienkoUnited States301,500
Amazon4176Thai HaUnited States141,000
Amazon4177Michael KamranUnited States90,000
Amazon4178Joni JouhkimainenFinland388,000
Amazon4181Ognjen SekularacGermany71,000
Amazon4182Krasimir YankovBulgaria133,000
Amazon4183George WolffUnited States125,000
Amazon4185Ryan LaplanteUnited States244,000
Amazon4186Scott EskenaziUnited States205,500
Amazon4187Ka Kwan LauHong Kong492,500
Amazon4191Jake SchindlerUnited States212,000
Amazon4192Ben TollereneUnited States363,500
Amazon4193Martin KozlovAustralia107,500
Amazon4194Markus GonsalvesUnited States84,500
Amazon4195Justin BonomoUnited States329,000
Amazon4196Alex RochaUnited States390,000
Amazon4197Raphael SchreinerAustria72,000
Amazon4198Christopher FrankGermany209,000
Amazon4201Noah SchwartzUnited States441,000
Amazon4203Nicholas PetittiUnited States26,500
Amazon4204Iaroslav BoikoUkraine270,000
Amazon4205Leif ForceUnited States180,500
Amazon4206Brian HastingsUnited States171,500
Amazon4207Joseph SandersUnited States148,000
Amazon4208Ioannis Angelou KonstasGreece232,000
Amazon4211Jake SchwartzUnited States165,500
Amazon4212Roger TeskaUnited States104,000
Amazon4214Junayed KhanUnited States448,000
Amazon4215Eddie OchanaUnited States436,500
Amazon4216Dan SmithUnited States106,500
Amazon4217Josh PollockUnited States131,500
Amazon4218John RiordanUnited States537,000
Amazon4221Shaun DeebUnited States518,500
Amazon4222Keith LehrUnited States692,000
Amazon4223Joshua LadinesUnited States369,000
Amazon4224Anton MorgensternGermany370,500
Amazon4225Will JaffeUnited States221,500
Amazon4226Rory BrennanIreland170,000
Amazon4227Brent RobertsUnited States280,500
Amazon4232Sylvain LoosliFrance184,500
Amazon4233Matt O'DonnellUnited States125,500
Amazon4234Anthony AlbertoUnited States234,500
Amazon4235Michael HeritschUnited States271,000
Amazon4236Robert PaddockUnited States188,000
Amazon4237Jeffrey PalarinoUnited States405,500
Amazon4238Millard HaleUnited States61,000
Amazon4242Peter WareUnited States246,000
Amazon4243Tobias ZieglerGermany203,500
Amazon4244Daniel AlaeiUnited States173,500
Amazon4245Andre NyffelerUnited States155,000
Amazon4246Esther TaylorUnited States45,500
Amazon4247Fabian SchoneckGermany227,000
Amazon4248Matthew SchreiberUnited States338,000
Amazon4251David MezeiHungary423,500
Amazon4252Ajay ChabraUnited States107,000
Amazon4253Andrei RazovRussia215,500
Amazon4254Bryan BuonocoreUnited States60,500
Amazon4255Erik SeidelUnited States157,500
Amazon4256Benoit GallandCanada246,500
Amazon4257Toby LewisUnited Kingdom149,000
Amazon4258James ChenTaiwan73,000
Amazon4261Ludovic GeilichUnited Kingdom590,000
Amazon4262Jason BeckmanUnited States332,000
Amazon4263Majid YahyaeiUnited States360,000
Amazon4264Andrew PeplinskiUnited States116,000
Amazon4265Thomas SaadUnited States233,000
Amazon4266Gergo NagyHungary297,000
Amazon4267Pakinai LisawadThailand128,000
Amazon4268Aaron MermelsteinUnited States291,000
Amazon4271Sandeep PulusaniUnited States89,000
Amazon4272Alexey MakarovRussia584,500
Amazon4273Andrew IgeUnited States145,000
Amazon4274Nick SchulmanUnited States148,000
Amazon4275Dario SammartinoItaly595,500
Amazon4276Micah SmithUnited States170,000
Amazon4277Henrik HecklenUnited States214,500
Amazon4278Lautaro GuerraUnited Kingdom492,500
Amazon4331Jonathan AbdellatifBelgium128,500
Amazon4332Matt GiannettiUnited States117,000
Amazon4333Ben LambUnited States252,500
Amazon4334JC TranUnited States186,000
Amazon4335Kyle BowkerUnited States130,000
Amazon4337Kahle BurnsAustralia137,000
Amazon4338Dylan WeismanUnited States192,500
Amazon4341Niko SoininenFinland574,500
Amazon4342Gavin CochraneUnited Kingdom417,500
Amazon4344Sean WinterUnited States167,000
Amazon4345Dominykas KarmazinasLithuania352,000
Amazon4346Adi AbugazalUnited States371,500
Amazon4347Cong PhamUnited States125,000
Amazon4348Quan ZhouChina387,500

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : 1,000/2,500, 0 ante

128 players out of 222 entries bagged up for Day 2. A recap of today's action is to follow.

Player Chips Progress
Keith Lehr us
Keith Lehr
WSOP 2X Winner
692,000 -33,000
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
WSOP 3X Winner
682,000 12,000
Firas Sadou us
Firas Sadou
625,000 75,000
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
595,500 35,500
Ludovic Geilich gb
Ludovic Geilich
590,000 400,000
Alexey Makarov ru
Alexey Makarov
584,500 42,500
Niko Soininen fi
Niko Soininen
574,500 144,500
John Riordan us
John Riordan
WSOP 2X Winner
537,000 -3,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
WSOP 6X Winner
518,500 -61,500
Lautaro Guerra es
Lautaro Guerra
492,500 492,500
Ka Kwan Lau es
Ka Kwan Lau
WSOP 1X Winner
492,500 -107,500
Junayed Khan us
Junayed Khan
448,000 448,000
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
WSOP 1X Winner
441,000 66,000
Eddie Ochana us
Eddie Ochana
436,500 146,500
Isaac Baron us
Isaac Baron
WSOP 1X Winner
435,000 -20,000
David Mezei hu
David Mezei
423,500 -53,500
Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
WSOP 1X Winner
418,500 113,500
Gavin Cochrane gb
Gavin Cochrane
417,500 212,500
Jeffrey Palarino us
Jeffrey Palarino
405,500 405,500
Jorryt van Hoof nl
Jorryt van Hoof
396,500 251,500
Alex Epstein us
Alex Epstein
WSOP 1X Winner
391,000 181,000
Alex Rocha us
Alex Rocha
390,000 155,000
Joni Jouhkimainen fi
Joni Jouhkimainen
WSOP 1X Winner
388,000 17,000
Quan Zhou cn
Quan Zhou
387,500 207,500
Evan Krentzman us
Evan Krentzman
382,000 382,000

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Simao Busts to Bastian

Level 10 : 1,000/2,500, 0 ante

The {a-}{a-}{q-}{j-} of Joao Simao were all but rushed away as his table neighbor Sebastian Bastian had the best hand with {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs} for top set on the {q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} board. Simao was covered and Bastian then said "alright, just muck my hands, I aint gonna play any more."

Bastian then called a raise the next hand and folded, before folding preflop in his final hand of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Sebastian Bastian bs
Sebastian Bastian
215,000 -37,000
Joao Simao br
Joao Simao
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Joao SimaoSebastian Bastian

Tran Doubles Through Alberto

Level 10 : 1,000/2,500, 0 ante

On a flop of {j-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Hearts} with 33,500 in the middle, JC Tran found himself all in against Anthony Alberto.

Tran: {k-Spades}{j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{6-Spades}
Alberto: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}

Tran held top set against Alberto's straight and flush draw, and over pair.

The turn and river bricked out with the {2-Spades} and {9-Diamonds}, and Tran secured the double.

Player Chips Progress
JC Tran us
JC Tran
194,500 93,500
Anthony Alberto us
Anthony Alberto
97,500 -94,000

Tags: JC TranAnthony Alberto

Lehr Busts Mizrachi to Cement Lead Late on Day 1

Level 10 : 1,000/2,500, 0 ante

On the {9-Hearts}{4-Spades}{3-Spades}{j-Clubs} turn, Keith Lehr and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi on the button both invested a pot-sized bet of 61,500 and the {5-Clubs} fell on the river. Lehr now bet 150,000 and Mizrachi had around 100,000 behind. "The Grinder" vaulted out of his chair to study the board and eventually called all in.

Lehr turned over {k-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} for the nut straight and Mizrachi mucked his cards.

"I figured I get paid when the ten or five comes," Lehr said in table chat and Mizrachi replied "You know what I had. I had sixes and the six of spades, too."

Player Chips Progress
Keith Lehr us
Keith Lehr
WSOP 2X Winner
800,000 190,000
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
WSOP 5X Winner

Tags: Keith LehrMichael Mizrachi

Tran Shoves Flop on Alberto

Level 10 : 1,000/2,500, 0 ante
JC Tran
JC Tran

Anthony Alberto raised to 6,000 from middle position and was met with a call from the cutoff before JC Tran raised pot to 27,500 from the button.

The blinds folded, and once Alberto called, the cutoff folded.

The flop landed {6-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and Alberto checked. Tran went all in for 37,500, and after roughly two minutes of deliberation, Alberto mucked.

Player Chips Progress
Anthony Alberto us
Anthony Alberto
191,500 -28,500
JC Tran us
JC Tran
101,000 36,000

Tags: Anthony AlbertoJC Tran