Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Day 2 Completed

Old School Stars Boatman, Judah, Men "The Master" in Final 23

MikePatrick • Level 25
Barny Boatman
Barny Boatman

A wild and fast-paced day of eliminations has left some familiar names from the poker history books to battle for a bracelet on Saturday on the final day of the World Series of Poker Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha.

Hendon Mob co-founder and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Barny Boatman (2,480,000) and seven-time bracelet winner Men "The Master" Nguyen (2,480,000) hold two of the three biggest remaining stacks, trailing just Mark Erickson (2,580,000) for the chip lead entering Saturday’s final day of play.

They'll be joined by some other big names, including five-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (1,190,000), who'll be looking for his second bracelet of the summer. Last year's third-place finisher in this event, Scott Abrams is still in the mix with 890,000, and another old-school legend in two-time bracelet winner Mel Judah has a competitive stack of 815,000 to work with. Two-time bracelet winner Rami Boukai will return with one of the shorter remaining stacks with 385,000.

They'll all strive for the $195,565 first prize and that prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.

Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts

1Mark EricksonUnited States2,580,000
2Barny BoatmanGreat Britian2,480,000
3Men NguyenUnited States1,630,000
4Stanley KrimermanUnited States1,620,000
5William SlaghtUnited States1,565,000
6Jarod MinghiniUnited States1,515,000
7Adam FriedmanUnited States1,190,000
8Scott AbramsUnited States890,000
9Anthony NguyenUnited States855,000
10Mel JudahGreat Britian815,000

Recap of the Day

Men Nguyen
Men Nguyen

With 223 players returning Friday, the potential for a wild day of rapid eliminations was certainly there, and the action did not disappoint. Before the second break of the day, the field was already down to the 116-player bubble with no hand-for-hand play even needed as Michel Abecassis was busted by Anthony Nguyen to ensure everyone left earned at least $2,413.

Among those unfortunate to not cash were Daniel Negreanu, Sam Farha, Shaun Deeb, and last year’s runner-up in this event Hernan Salazar.

Those who managed to make the money but fell short of Day 3 included 2021 fifth-place finisher Damjan Radanov (112th - $2,413), Day 1 chip leader Kate Krickl (95th - $2,639), two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris (72nd - $3,016), three-time bracelet winner Chance Kornuth (45th - $4,113), and two-time bracelet winner Nathan Gamble (38th - $4,713).

As for those still in the hunt Saturday, Boatman scored a huge double knockout late in the day to boost his stack amidst the leaders, while after dropping below 400,000, Nguyen rebuilt "masterfully" to finish with his healthy stack. Erickson helped with a knockout late in the day to ensure his spot atop the chip counts for Saturday's finale.

With so many events running Saturday at the WSOP, this event will be wrapping up in the green section of the Paris Ballroom at 2 p.m. Las Vegas time. Play will begin with Level 26 and as many 60-minute levels as needed to crown a champion.

PokerNews will be there for all the action, so keep it locked right here for updates throughout the day from the new home of the WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: Adam FriedmanAnthony NguyenBarny BoatmanBrandon Shack-HarrisChance KornuthDamjan RadanovDaniel NegreanuHernan SalazarJarod MinghiniKate KricklMark EricksonMel JudahMen NguyenMichel AbecassisNathan GambleParis Las VegasRami BoukaiSam FarhaScott AbramsShaun DeebStanley KrimermanWilliam Slaght

Seat Draw For Day 3

YorkshirePud • Level 25
Paris2632Igor ZektserUnited States810,000
Paris2633Ren LinUnited States260,000
Paris2634Qinghai PanUnited States370,000
Paris2635Barny BoatmanUnited Kingdom2,480,000
Paris2636Michelle RothUnited States160,000
Paris2637Paul SokoloffUnited Kingdom50,000
Paris2642Anthony NguyenUnited States855,000
Paris2643Mel JudahUnited Kingdom815,000
Paris2644Stanley KrimermanUnited States1,620,000
Paris2645Mark EricksonUnited States2,580,000
Paris2646Peter NeffUnited States495,000
Paris2651Men NguyenUnited States1,630,000
Paris2653John ZableUnited States245,000
Paris2654Adam FriedmanUnited States1,190,000
Paris2655Rami BoukaiUnited States385,000
Paris2656Shawn CarterUnited States225,000
Paris2657Scott AbramsUnited States890,000
Paris2662Jarod MinghiniUnited States1,515,000
Paris2663Paul LenkeitUnited States370,000
Paris2664Bradley AndersonUnited States805,000
Paris2665William SlaghtUnited States1,565,000
Paris2666Youcef ZalaghChina220,000
Paris2667James ChenUnited States470,000

Final Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

ChrisBean • Level 25
Mark Erickson us
Mark Erickson
us 2,580,000 -70,000
Barny Boatman gb
Barny Boatman
gb 2,480,000 180,000
Men Nguyen us
Men Nguyen
us 1,630,000 840,000
Stanley Krimerman US
Stanley Krimerman
US 1,620,000 790,000
William Slaght US
William Slaght
US 1,565,000 25,000
Jarod Minghini us
Jarod Minghini
us 1,515,000 165,000
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 1,190,000 -240,000
Scott Abrams us
Scott Abrams
us 890,000 -90,000
Anthony Nguyen us
Anthony Nguyen
us 855,000 127,000
Mel Judah au
Mel Judah
au 815,000 554,000
Igor Zektser us
Igor Zektser
us 810,000 495,000
Bradley Anderson us
Bradley Anderson
us 805,000 158,000
Peter Neff us
Peter Neff
us 495,000 132,000
James Chen (US) us
James Chen (US)
us 470,000 165,000
Rami Boukai us
Rami Boukai
us 385,000 -57,000
Qinghai Pan us
Qinghai Pan
us 370,000 -40,000
Paul Lenkeit US
Paul Lenkeit
US 370,000 -39,000
Ren Lin cn
Ren Lin
cn 260,000 -130,000
John Zable us
John Zable
us 245,000 -14,000
Shawn Carter us
Shawn Carter
us 225,000 109,000
Youcef Zalagh us
Youcef Zalagh
us 220,000 -233,000
Michelle Roth us
Michelle Roth
us 160,000 -522,000
Paul Sokoloff gb
Paul Sokoloff
gb 50,000 22,000

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Time to Bag and Tag

MikePatrick • Level 25

Day 2 has ended for the night and the players are bagging their chips.

Play will resume Saturday at 2 p.m. PT in the Green section of the Paris Ballroom.

Stay close for complete end-of-night chip counts and a full recap of the day's wild action.

Popejoy & Perlman Eliminated on Second Last Hand of Night

MikePatrick • Level 25

Big O

Michael Popejoy got his last 68,000 chips in preflop against Marc Erickson and Paul Lenkeit.

Erickson and Lenkeit checked down the {j-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{3-Hearts}{j-Clubs} board and revealed their hands.

Michael Popejoy: {q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{3-Spades}{2-Hearts}
Paul Lenkeit: {a-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}
Marc Erickson: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}

Erickson's jacks and eights took down the high half of the pot, while Lenkeit's ace-four got him the low as Popejoy was sent home a few minutes early in 25th place.

Meanwhile, at an adjacent table, Marc Perlman was also eliminated leaving 23 players in the field for Day 3 on Saturday.

Mark Erickson us
Mark Erickson
us 2,650,000 125,000
Paul Lenkeit US
Paul Lenkeit
US 409,000 -91,000
Michael Popejoy US
Michael Popejoy
US Busted
Marc Perlman us
Marc Perlman
us Busted

Tags: Marc EricksonMarc PerlmanMichael PopejoyPaul Lenkeit

Final Three Hands of the Night

MikePatrick • Level 25

Tournament staff has announced that the final 25 players will play three more hands before racing off the yellow T-1,000 chips and bagging for the night.

Erickson Gets Huge Double Up Through Popejoy

ChrisBean • Level 25
Michael Popejoy
Michael Popejoy

Big O

All the chips went into the middle on a flop of {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}{2-Spades}, with Robert Erickson on the button at risk for a gargantuan 1,234,000. Erickson was up against Michael Popejoy in the big blind.

Robert Erickson: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}
Michael Popejoy: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}

Erickson flopped the joint by hitting a boat of jacks full of twos. There was no help for Popejoy as the runout of {4-Spades}{q-Spades} completed the board to give Erickson a double and the chip lead.

After stacking his chips Erickson asked the PokerNews reporter to confirm what hand he had. After being told of his hole cards Erickson chirped "That is a f**king good hand!"

Mark Erickson us
Mark Erickson
us 2,525,000 875,000
Michael Popejoy US
Michael Popejoy
US 286,000 -1,114,000

Tags: Michael PopejoyRobert Erickson

Mender Eliminated by Anderson

MikePatrick • Level 25

Limit Omaha 8 or Better

A short-stacked Anthony Mender exchanged preflop raises with Bradley Anderson preflop until his last 125,000 chips were in the middle.

Anthony Mender: {a-Spades}{q-Spades}{q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}
Bradley Anderson: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{10-Spades}{7-Clubs}

The {2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop gave Mender hope with the best low draw, but the {2-Clubs} turn and {j-Spades} river allowed Anderson's aces to hold without a low chopping his pot to send Mender to the rail 30 minutes before the end of the day.

Bradley Anderson us
Bradley Anderson
us 647,000 180,000
Anthony Mender us
Anthony Mender
us Busted

Tags: Anthony MenderBradley Anderson

Levy Put on Fumes by Zektser; Busts Shortly After to Lin

MikePatrick • Level 25

Limit Omaha 8 or Better

Picking action up on a completed board of {2-Spades}{9-Spades}{q-Clubs}{j-Spades}{6-Diamonds}, and over 100,000 in the pot, Jonathan Levy faced a bet from Igor Zektser which if he called, would leave Levy with just 12,000.

Ultimately he chose to call and saw Zektser table {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{5-Spades} for a spade flush. Levy shook his head and mucked his cards.

Shortly after he was eliminated with {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} versus Ren Lin's {k-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts} when the board came {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts} to give Lin a winning flush to send Levy to the rail.

Ren Lin cn
Ren Lin
cn 390,000 -590,000
Igor Zektser us
Igor Zektser
us 315,000 95,000
Jonathan Levy us
Jonathan Levy
us 12,000 -88,000

Tags: Igor ZektserJonathan LevyRen Lin