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Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed



Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
Day 2 Completed

John Richards Leads the Pack of the 24 Players Left in Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed

gaellej • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
John Richards
John Richards

At 2 p.m., the remaining players of Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed returned to the Amazon room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino to battle on Day 2, knowing that 126 players would reach the money for a minimum of $4,489.

The day started with 173 players and they went flying to the rail, at least until the bubble approached. Ben Yu, Jeff Lisandro, Paul Volpe, Matt Stout or Owais Ahmed were among the 47 other players that failed to make it to the money.

The money bubble lasted for more than 75 minutes when, finally, Benny Glaser was eliminated, while Johan Guilbert made it into the money with only two big blinds. Glaser, who down to less than one big blind, managed at first to triple up, being all in preflop from the blind when he hit a pair of kings on the board. Glaser hanged around for two more orbits but who himself all in again from the big bling with jack-ten-six-five rainbow and fell against William Kakon who hit two pair with queen-jack-ten-four.

Benny Glaser
Benny Glaser

Some WSOP champions tried their hand at trying to catch John Richards. Norbert Szecsi (46th, $7,346), Loren Klein (74th, $5,174), Steven Wolansky (77th, $5,174), Leif Force (80th, $4,818) or five-time bracelet winner Michael Mizarchi (95th, $4,594) made the money but ultimately busted.

Only 24 players found a bag at the end of the day and it was John Richards who ended the night with the biggest stack of 1,949,000 chips. Richards surged as the chipleader during the middle of the day and eliminated Vivian Saliba (56th, $5,686) when he hit a runner-runner flush. Richards stayed at the top of the counts until the end of the night and busted Richard Turhim (39th, $8,628) after all the chips went in the middle on the flop with Turhim having aces and Richards a wrap and a flush draw. Richards hit his draw on the turn to climb to a stack above 1,500,000.

Richards, on a hot run, busted the winner ofEvent #67: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Robert Campbell (33th, $10,351) a few hands later when Campbell called all in a three-bet from Richards on a king-high flop. Richards was ahead with top and bottom pair but Campbell had an open-ended straight draw and outs to a higher two pair. Campbell didn’t hit, however, and the WSOP Player of the Year contender was out.

Following in the steps of Richards are Abraham Faroni (1,226,000), Michael Kuney (1,123,000) and Juha Helppi (1,085,000) who recently won the Event #72$10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $306,622.

Klein was sent into the rail after a very unfortunate hand. All the chips went in the middle on the turn in a massive three-way pot between Klein, Jonathan Gaviao, and Abraham Faroni. Klein and Gavaio both held Broadway to Faroni’s set of tens. Klein also held a set of jacks with an opportunity to draw out to both the nut flush or a full house in order to scoop the pot but Faroni hit the case ten on the river to scoop the entire pot and eliminate Klein in the process, to gasps from the surrounding rail.

The remaining players are all guaranteed to receive at least $12,678 for their efforts but are competing for the$448,392 first-place prize and one of the very last WSOP gold bracelets this summer.

The tournament will restart tomorrow, Saturday, July 14th, at 2 pm and will play down to the last six players with a 15-minute break every two levels. The limits will begin at 8,000/ 16,000 with the average stack at 695,833.

Stay tuned to PokerNews for the continuous live updates of all the action until a new champion is crowned.

Tags: Abraham FaroniBenny GlaserJohan GuilbertJohn RichardsJonathan GaviaoLeif ForceLoren KleinNorbert SzecsiOwais AhmedRobert CampbellSteven WolanskyVivian SalibaWilliam Kakon

Seat Draw Day 3 Event #85: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed

Webjoker • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon4021Alan SternbergUnited States1,082,00068
Amazon4022Joao VieiraPortugal510,00032
Amazon4023Conrad FourieSaint Lucia536,00034
Amazon4024John RichardsUnited States1,949,000122
Amazon4025Abraham FaroniUnited States1,226,00077
Amazon4026David ParedesUnited States340,00021
Amazon4031Joseph CheongUnited States1,039,00065
Amazon4032Caleb KingUnited States277,00017
Amazon4033Noah SchwartzUnited States305,00019
Amazon4034Florian StrasserAustria1,021,00064
Amazon4035Melad MarjiUnited States531,00033
Amazon4036Evangelos KokkalisGreece410,00026
Amazon4061Thomas SchropferGermany239,00015
Amazon4062Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States902,00056
Amazon4063Brant HaleUnited States212,00013
Amazon4064Ka LauHong Kong613,00038
Amazon4065Veerachai VongxaiburanaUnited States769,00048
Amazon4066Nacho BarberoArgentina971,00061
Amazon4071Millard HaleUnited States511,00032
Amazon4072Michael BenkoCanada574,00036
Amazon4073Evan KrentzmanUnited States206,00013
Amazon4074Juha HelppiFinland1,085,00068
Amazon4075Anders WessmanSwitzerland249,00016
Amazon4076Michael KuneyUnited States1,123,00070

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
John Richards us
John Richards
us 1,949,000
Abraham Faroni us
Abraham Faroni
us 1,226,000
Michael Kuney us
Michael Kuney
us 1,123,000 163,000
Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi
fi 1,085,000 35,000
Alan Sternberg us
Alan Sternberg
us 1,082,000 272,000
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 1,039,000 -221,000
Florian Strasser at
Florian Strasser
at 1,021,000 -204,000
Nacho Barbero ar
Nacho Barbero
ar 971,000 116,000
Brandon Shack-Harris us
Brandon Shack-Harris
us 902,000 -18,000
Veerachai Vongxaiburana us
Veerachai Vongxaiburana
us 769,000 -251,000
Ka Kwan Lau hk
Ka Kwan Lau
hk 613,000 163,000
Michael Benko ca
Michael Benko
ca 579,000 -11,000
Conrad Fourie za
Conrad Fourie
za 536,000 -25,000
Melad Marji us
Melad Marji
us 531,000 -14,000
Millard Hale us
Millard Hale
us 511,000 -151,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 510,000 -100,000
Evangelos Kokkalis gr
Evangelos Kokkalis
gr 410,000 5,000
David Paredes us
David Paredes
us 340,000 -125,000
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
us 305,000 -178,000
Caleb King us
Caleb King
us 277,000 -84,000
Anders Wessman CH
Anders Wessman
CH 249,000 19,000
Thomas Schropfer de
Thomas Schropfer
de 239,000 -233,000
Brant Hale us
Brant Hale
us 212,000 -54,000
Evan Krentzman us
Evan Krentzman
us 206,000 -154,000

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Faroni Doubles Through Richards on the Last Hand of the Night

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Abraham Faroni opened to 30,000 from the hijack and action folded around to John Richards in the big blind. Richards three-bet to 101,000.

"You want to play ball, let's play ball," said Faroni as he four-bet to 400,000.

"I've never been scared to put a chip in the pot before, why would I be now? An even four hundred?" said Richards as he called.

The flop came {8-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and Richards checked his cards before announcing that he bet the pot. Faroni said he was all in, though he really was calling off the remaining 195,000 in his stack.

Abraham Faroni: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

"I can beat that," said Richards as he turned over {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}{j-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}.

"Maybe not," he added as the dealer brought the turn {6-Diamonds} and river {6-Clubs}, resulting in Faroni's aces holding and getting a double up on the last hand of the night.

John Richards us
John Richards
us 1,949,000 -601,000
Abraham Faroni us
Abraham Faroni
us 1,226,000 696,000

Tags: Abraham FaroniJohn Richards

Trips for Shack-Harris Versus Helppi

gaellej • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

The flop read {q-Spades}{7-Spades}{4-Diamonds} when Brandon Shack-Harris checked in the cutoff position before calling a bet from Juha Helppi on the button.

Shack-Harris check-called again on the {7-Hearts} turn, this time for 75,000, and a {q-Clubs} fell on the river. Both players checked and Shack-Harris showed {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} for trip sevens and Helppi looked at his cards one more time before sending them into the muck.

Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi
fi 1,050,000 -480,000
Brandon Shack-Harris us
Brandon Shack-Harris
us 920,000 300,000

Tags: Brandon Shack-HarrisJuha Helppi

Four More Hands

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

The tournament director has instructed dealers to deal four more hands before play will end with the remaining players bagging and tagging their chips for the evening.

Richards Still Climbing

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
John Richards
John Richards

Melad Marji opened to 30,000 from the hijack and action folded to John Richards in the small blind. He asked how much the raise was and the dealer answered.

"Thirty? That's cheap," he said as he looked at his cards. "Too cheap for me," he continued as he tossed in chips to call.

The flop came {8-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Richards checked. Marji fired a continuation-bet of 45,000 and Richards check-raised to 125,000. After a while of thinking, Marji called.

The turn brought the {2-Diamonds} and Richards continued, betting 300,000. Marji went back into the tank, albeit not for as long, and proceeded to toss his hand away.

John Richards us
John Richards
us 2,550,000 600,000
Melad Marji us
Melad Marji
us 545,000 -225,000

Tags: John RichardsMelad Marji

Helppi Chipping Up on Vieira

gaellej • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Juha Helppi
Juha Helppi

Juha Helppi raised on the button and Joao Vieira called from the big blind. The flop brought {q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{2-Spades} and Vieira check-called a bet of 75,000 from Helppi.

Both checked on the {j-Hearts} turn and a {5-Hearts} completed the board. Both players checked again and Vieira tabled {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for two pair. The dealer sent the pot to Helppi who showed {q-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for a higher two pair.

Juha Helppi fi
Juha Helppi
fi 1,530,000 190,000
Joao Vieira pt
Joao Vieira
Winamax Team Pro
pt 610,000 -48,000

Tags: Joao VieiraJuha Helppi