US Poker Open MSPT $1,600 Venetian RGPS Jamul Casino
Event #28: $1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max

Event Info

Prize Pool $498,750
Players 525

Level Info

Level 33
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 0

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 525
Event #28: $1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max
Day 1 Completed

William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine Wins Event #28: $1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max ($110,673)

Chad_Holloway • Level 33: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante
William Romaine
William Romaine

On Tuesday night, the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #28: $1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max attracted 425 players who rebought 100 times. The 525-entry field resulted in a $498,750 prize pool, and after 12 hours of play, it was Connecticut's William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine coming out on top for $110,672.62 and his first gold bracelet

It was a bit of redemption for Romaine, who earlier in the series finished runner-up to Michael “miguelfiesta” Lech in Event #13: $1,500 High Roller Freezeout, which was good for $110,979. Romaine went on to notch four smaller cashes before getting his hands on a gold bracelet here two weeks later.

It wasn’t the first time Romaine hit it big on; in fact, his lone gold ring came back in March 2019 when he won the WSOP Circuit $525 Main Event for $92,400. In the live realm, Romaine has $234,614 in tournament earnings including a career-best $142,215 for finishing 61st in last year’s WSOP Main Event.

2020 WSOP Online Event #28 Final Table Results

1William “SlaweelRyam” Romaine$110,673
2Mark “victb” Ioli$68,478
3Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu$45,287
4Stephen “Chippingggup” Tyson$30,474
5Kyle “Ksparks740” Sparks$21,047
6Gabriel “NJ_FittyFish” Ramos$14,813

After two-time bracelet winner Anthony “heheh” Zinno bubbled in 81st place, the march to the final table began in earnest. Among those to fall short but earn a payday were Brian “tsarrast” Rast (69th - $1,596), Eric “circleball” Baldwin (59th - $1,695.75), Ryan “im.sorry” Torgersen (38th - $2,144.62), Erica “huckcheevers” Lindgren (30th - $2,992.50), Ryan “protential” Laplante (22nd - $3,690.75), ESPN commentator Norman “normanchad” Chad (13th - $4,638.37), three-time bracelet winner Upeshka “gomezhamburg” De Silva (9th - $7,880.25), and final table bubble boy Ralph “sosana” Perry (7th - $10,673.25).

Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu began the final table as the big stack but with the blinds up there the chips were flying. Gabriel “NJ_FittyFish” Ramos was the first to go after calling off a short stack with queen-ten-ten-nine and failing to get there against the ace-king-king-three of Romaine.

Kyle “Ksparks740” Sparks got his stack all in preflop against two players, which was whittled down to one on the run. Stephen “Chippingggup” Tyson had the nut low and a medium pair while Sparks had bottom pair. The latter failed to improve on the river and exited in fifth place.

During four-handed play, Tyson got it in on the turn with the high while Romaine had the low. The latter rivered a straight to scoop, and just like that Tyson was gone in fourth place.

Amarapu, who had qualified via a $100 satellite, got his stack in with both low and high draws against Romaine’s top pair, which ultimately held when a king completed the board on the river. That allowed Romaine to take 4.7 million into heads-up play against the 3.1 of Mark “victb” Ioli.

It didn’t take long for Romaine to whittle down his opponent, eventually leaving Ioli with crumbs after betting him off on the river. It was all over the very next hand.

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Mark "victb" Ioli Eliminated in 2nd Place ($68,478.37)

Chad_Holloway • Level 33: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante
Mark Ioli
Mark Ioli

William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine raised the button and Mark "victb" Ioli called to see a {6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{j-Clubs} flop. Ioli checked, Romaine bet, and Ioli check-raised. Romaine called and the {k-Spades} appeared on the turn. Ioli bet and then called when Romaine raised. On the {k-Hearts} river, Ioli, who had 430,150 left, checked it over to Romaine, who bet. Ioli thought for a bit and folded.

In the very next hand, Ioli raised the button and Romaine called to see the {3-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{a-Hearts} flop. Romaine bet and Iola called off his remaining 110,150.

William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine: {a-Spades}{2-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}
Mark "victb" Ioli: {5-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{8-Clubs}

Romaine was ahead with a pair of aces and that's what won him the pot after the {10-Clubs} appeared on the turn followed by the {10-Diamonds} on the river.

Event 28 Final Hand
Event 28 Final Hand
William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine us 7,875,000 3,230,150
Mark "victb" Ioli us Busted

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Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu Eliminated in 3rd Place ($45,286.50)

AnthonyThompson • Level 33: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante

William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine raised to 320,000 from the small blind and Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu defended their big blind to see a {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{7-Clubs} flop.

Romaine continued for 160,000 and then called Amarapu's 320,000 raise bringing the {5-Spades} turn. Romaine led out for 320, 000 and Amarapu called off their 156,086 stack.

Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu: {a-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs}{3-Clubs}
William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine: {q-Spades}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{4-Spades}

Amarapu held outs going to the river but the {k-Diamonds} wasn't one of them and Amarapu turned their $100 satellite into a third place finish.

William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine us 4,644,850 1,606,086
Mark "victb" Ioli us 3,230,150 1,840,000
Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu Busted

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Stephen “Chippingggup” Tyson Eliminated in 4th Place ($30,473.62)

Chad_Holloway • Level 32: 60,000-120,000, 0 ante

Stephen “Chippingggup” Tyson raised the button and William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine defended the big blind to see a {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{q-Clubs} flop.

Romaine checked, Tyson bet, and Romaine check-raised. Tyson called and the {8-Hearts} appeared on the turn.

Romaine bet and then called when Tyson raised all in for 438,688.

Stephen “Chippingggup” Tyson: {k-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{k-Spades}{8-Spades}
William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine: {5-Hearts}{j-Spades}{3-Clubs}{k-Clubs}

Tyson had the overpair of kings, while Romaine had a low. That low turned into a high as well when the {4-Spades} spiked on the river to give Romaine a straight for the scoop.

William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine us 3,038,764 258,688
Chippingggup Busted

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"kheescoopy" Scores a Double

AnthonyThompson • Level 32: 60,000-120,000, 0 ante

William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine raised to 240,000 from the small blind and then called "kheescoopy's" 360,000 three-bet to see a {7-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{q-Clubs} flop.

Romaine led out for 120,000 and "kheescoopy" called bringing the {9-Spades} turn. Romaine fired out 240,000 and then called "kheescoop's" 393,043 all in raise.

"kheescoopy": {k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{j-Spades}{2-Clubs}
William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

The {10-Clubs} river secured "kheescoopy" double with the straight as there was no lo hand.

William "SlaweelRyam" Romaine us 2,780,076 596,957
Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu 1,746,086 -271,957

Kyle "Ksparks740" Sparks Eliminated in 5th Place ($21,047.25)

AnthonyThompson • Level 31: 50,000-100,000, 0 ante
Kyle Sparks
Kyle Sparks

Kyle "Ksparks740" Sparks raised to 200,000 under the gun, Stephen “Chippingggup” Tyson three-bet to 300,000 the next seat overmand Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu called from the big blind.

Action was back on Sparks who jammed for 382,417 and both opponents called to see a {8-Spades}{3-Spades}{k-Diamonds} flop appear.

Amarapu check-called Tyson's 100,000 bet bringing the {7-Hearts} turn. Amarapu checked their option once again only to fold after Tyson fired out 200,000.

Stephen “Chippingggup” Tyson: {a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades}
Kyle "Ksparks740" Sparks: {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}

Sparks was behind holding some outs, but unfortunately, the {j-Hearts} river wasn't one of them ending his tournament in fifth place.

Sparks Drops in 5th Place
Sparks Drops in 5th Place
Chippingggup 2,848,688 764,834
Vasu “kheescoopy” Amarapu 2,018,043 -707,492
Kyle "Ksparks740" Sparks US Busted

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