Event #84: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
Event #84: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
Day 1 Completed

Laszlo Bujtas Leads After Day 1 of Event #84: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller; Arieh, Hellmuth Battle for POY

Calum_Grant • Level 15: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Laszlo Bujtas
Laszlo Bujtas

With just four events remaining on the World Series of Poker schedule, the race for Player of the Year might just be decided tomorrow on Day 2 of Event #84: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller.

Josh Arieh completed a miraculous comeback, falling down to 14,000 chips at one point on Day 1 before finishing the night with 1,355,000. Arieh, already with two bracelets in the 2021 WSOP, leads the POY race by nearly 600 points.

The man who’s his closest chaser, though, also bagged chips on Day 1. Phil Hellmuth was, as usual, a late entrant into the field and finished the day near the bottom of the chip counts with 365,000. A win in this event will not only earn the champion $1,188,918 and the WSOP bracelet, but it will also be worth more than 1,000 POY points, more than enough for Arieh either to clinch the title or Hellmuth to close the gap.

At the end of 15 levels, just 33 players out of a starting field of 85 survived to play Day 2 tomorrow at 2 p.m. PST. Play was supposed to last through Level 17, but the decision was made to shorten the day by two levels, one that didn’t sit well with some of the players.

Laszlo Bujtas of Hungary finished Day 1 as the chip leader, bagging 1,980,000. Bujtas has nine career WSOP cashes and two final tables. His largest cash was a big one; Bujtas finished runner-up in the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event for $789,227.

Right behind Bujtas is Ben Lamb, who busted a player near the end of the night to finish with 1,750,000. Arieh, Jared Bleznick (1,270,000), and Daniel Negreanu round out the unofficial top-five. Negreanu's first entry into this tournament lasted him less than a level, but his second bullet went much better as he finished with 1,250,000. Scott Seiver (1,070,000) and Dan Cates (1,045,000) also bagged more than one million chips.

Further down the leaderboard, Chance Kornuth (625,000), Shaun Deeb (520,000), Dan Smith (505,000), and Anthony Zinno (420,000) will have some catching up to do on Day 2 if they want to contend for the bracelet.

Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountyChip Count
1Laszlo BujtasHungary1,980,000
2Ben LambUnited States1,755,000
3Alexander PetersenDenmark1,355,000
4Josh AriehUnited States1,355,000
5Jared BleznickUnited States1,270,000
6Alex AleksandrovskiUnited States1,130,000
7Daniel NegreanuCanada1,125,000
8Jeremy AusmusUnited States1,125,000
9Scott SeiverUnited States1,070,000
10Dan CatesUnited States1,045,000

Over the course of 10 hours of play, Brian Rast, Felipe Ramos, Jake Schindler, and Robert Mizrachi all saw their $50,000 buy-in disappear as they hit the rail.

Day 2 is scheduled to play down to a winner. There are still 33 players left chasing the top prize and the bracelet, and PokerNews will be along the entire way as they work their way to the final table and the crowning of a new WSOP champion.

Day Seat Draw

Amazon4052Adam HendrixUnited States375,000
Amazon4053Daniel CatesUnited States1,045,000
Amazon4054Daniel NegreanuCanada1,125,000
Amazon4055Noah SchwartzUnited States365,000
Amazon4056Gavin CochraneUnited Kingdom1,000,000
Amazon4057Jared BleznickUnited States1,270,000
Amazon4058Matthew WantmanUnited States685,000
Amazon4061Dan SmithUnited States505,000
Amazon4062Ole SchemionGermany400,000
Amazon4063Laszlo BujtasHungary1,980,000
Amazon4064Scott SeiverUnited States1,070,000
Amazon4065Chance KornuthUnited States625,000
Amazon4068Michael SongUnited States180,000
Amazon4121Henrik HecklenDenmark425,000
Amazon4122Sterling SavillUnited States370,000
Amazon4123Shaun DeebUnited States320,000
Amazon4124George WolffUnited States715,000
Amazon4125Cliff JosephyUnited States405,000
Amazon4126Matt VengrinUnited States550,000
Amazon4127Alex AleksandrovskiUnited States1,130,000
Amazon4132Charles SinnUnited States840,000
Amazon4134Anthony ZinnoUnited States420,000
Amazon4135Ben LambUnited States1,755,000
Amazon4136Phil HellmuthUnited States365,000
Amazon4137Ap GarzaUnited States510,000
Amazon4138Veselin KarakitukovBulgaria590,000
Amazon4141Jeremy AusmusUnited States1,125,000
Amazon4142Kyle BowkerUnited States320,000
Amazon4143Alexander PetersenDenmark1,355,000
Amazon4144Frank CrivelloUnited States650,000
Amazon4145Jonas KronwitterGermany640,000
Amazon4147John BeauprezUnited States275,000
Amazon4148Josh AriehUnited States1,355,000

Tags: Ben LambChance KornuthDan CatesDaniel NegreanuJosh AriehLaszlo BujtasPhil HellmuthScott Seiver

Assorted End of Night Chip Counts

dsalituro • Level 15: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Laszlo Bujtas hu
Laszlo Bujtas
hu 1,980,000 1,510,000
Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 1,750,000 -100,000
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 1,355,000 525,000
Jared Bleznick us
Jared Bleznick
us 1,270,000 630,000
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 1,250,000 460,000
Alex Aleksandrovski US
Alex Aleksandrovski
US 1,130,000 -70,000
Scott Seiver us
Scott Seiver
us 1,070,000 500,000
Dan Cates us
Dan Cates
us 1,045,000 175,000
Gavin Cochrane gb
Gavin Cochrane
gb 1,000,000 -150,000
Ka Kwan Lau hk
Ka Kwan Lau
hk 735,000 15,000
George Wolff us
George Wolff
us 715,000 415,000
Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
us 625,000 415,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 520,000 90,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 505,000 205,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 420,000 -80,000
Cliff Josephy us
Cliff Josephy
us 405,000 55,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 400,000 125,000
Adam Hendrix us
Adam Hendrix
us 375,000 -55,000
Noah Schwartz us
Noah Schwartz
us 365,000 165,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 365,000 -185,000

Action Has Ended

connorrichards • Level 15: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Day 1 is officially over following the completion of Level 15. Stay tuned for a recap of the day's events.

Hellmuth Takes From Schemion at End of Night

dsalituro • Level 15: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Heads-up on the turn with the board showing {q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, Phil Hellmuth bet 50,000 and Ole Schemion called. The river came the {3-Diamonds} and Schemion checked over to Hellmuth, who bet another 125,000.

Schemion considered the decision for a moment before folding. "Want me to show you a free one?" Hellmuth asked. He turned over {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for the nut flush and took the pot.

Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 550,000 230,000
Ole Schemion de
Ole Schemion
de 275,000 35,000

Tags: Ole SchemionPhil Hellmuth

Lamb Busts Zimnik, Contending for Chip Lead

dsalituro • Level 15: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Nathan Zimnik moved all in around 120,000 after Ben Lamb raised. Noah Schwartz tank-folded and Lamb called.

Nathan Zimnik: {k-Spades}{j-Hearts}{j-Spades}{7-Diamonds}
Ben Lamb: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{3-Spades}

"Oh my God, I folded kings," Schwartz said upon seeing each player's holdings.

"I'm getting it in good, is what I'm doing," Lamb replied.

The board ran out {4-Spades}{3-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Spades}, giving Lamb two pair, queens and fours, and the knockout to climb up to 1,850,000.

Ben Lamb us
Ben Lamb
us 1,850,000 250,000
Nathan Zimnik us
Nathan Zimnik
us Busted

Tags: Nathan ZimnikBen Lamb

Wolff Sends Opponent to the Rail

connorrichards • Level 15: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
George Wolff
George Wolff

George Wolff opened on the button and Charles Sinn called in the small blind. The big blind moved all-in for 65,000 and Wolff raised the pot. Sinn thought for a minute and folded.

Big Blind: {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{6-Spades}
George Wolff: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{10-Spades}{5-Clubs}

The board ran out {j-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{3-Hearts}{8-Spades}{2-Clubs} and Wolff eliminated the opponent and won the pot with a pair of aces, which apparently was not as good as what Sinn would have had.

"I would've f***ed your face over. I would've won," Sinn told Wolff. "I need another vodka Sprite. It's getting crazy over here."

Charles Sinn us
Charles Sinn
us 490,000 -10,000
George Wolff us
George Wolff
us 300,000 29,000

Tags: Charles SinnGeorge Wolff

Garza's Kings Are Good

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AP Garza raised to 12,000 and Anthony Zinno re-raised to 50,000. Garza called to see the {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} flop.

Both players checked to the {5-Diamonds} turn. Garza checked again and Zinno bet 75,000. Garza called and the {9-Clubs} river was checked down.

Garza showed {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} for kings and sevens while Zinno mucked his cards.

AP Garza us
AP Garza
us 640,000 535,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 500,000 30,000

Tags: Anthony ZinnoAp Garza

Sinn Gets After Hendrix

connorrichards • Level 15: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Charles Sinn opened to 35,000 in early position and Adam Hendrix flat-called on the button.

"Pot," Sinn announced before betting 95,000 on the flop of {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. Hendrix called.

"Pot," Sinn said again with a bet of 285,000 as soon as the {3-Clubs} peeled off on the turn.

Hendrix had taken around 40 seconds to make a decision when Sinn grew irritated.

"What's going on with the time bank? You've got to enforce that," he told the dealer. "Call the floor."

Shaun Deeb informed Sinn that players can use their time extensions and turn them in to the dealer after the hand is over. Sinn then apologized and Hendrix folded after giving the dealer one of his time extensions.

Charles Sinn us
Charles Sinn
us 500,000 20,000
Adam Hendrix us
Adam Hendrix
us 430,000 125,000

Tags: Adam HendrixCharles Sinn

Last Level of the Night

connorrichards • Level 15: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Players have started the last level of the night after a change to the tournament structure. They were originally scheduled to play through Level 17.