Event #77: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha

Kellett Battles Back from Brink of Elimination

mattohalloran • Level 28: Blinds 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Richard Kellett

No-Limit Omaha

Richard Kellett's stack was reduced to just 45,000 after he ran his queen-jack into Sandeep Pulusani's ace-jack and failed to improve, doubling up Pulusani.

On the very next hand, Kellett found himself forced all in as the big blind. Pulusani put in a raise to 225,000 from under the gun. Vincent Lam on the button came along for the ride, creating side pot action. The pair checked through the {3-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} flop to the {2-Clubs} turn, before Pulusani fired 475,000 on the {k-Spades} river, getting a snap fold from Lam.

Richard Kellett: {k-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}
Sandeep Pulusani: {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}

Kellett had managed to pair his king on the river to stay alive and triple up. On the following hand, Esther Taylor limped from the button, leaving the action on Kellett in the small blind. He tanked for several minutes, to the point of players at the other table noticing and complaining about the tanking. Eventually the floor was called, and Kellett limped in as the five-second countdown was nearly ending.

Pulusani quickly moved all in from the big blind. Taylor got out of the way and Kellett once again started tanking. The clock was once again called and Kellett again made the call nearly as late as he could.

Richard Kellett: {6-Clubs}{7-Clubs}
Sandeep Pulusani: {a-Clubs}{k-Clubs}

Kellett was dominated, but picked up an open ender on the {9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop. The {7-Hearts} turn gave him a pair to put him in the lead, and the {4-Clubs} river changed nothing. Kellett had survived another all in, earning himself another double up, but he wasn't done yet.

On the next hand, Lam opened from under the gun for 250,000. Kellett, now on the button, tanked again before moving nearly all in, leaving himself just 25,000 behind. Lam moved all in, and Kellett started to tank again.

"What are you thinking about?" Lam asked, after which Kellett snap called.

Richard Kellett: {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}
Vincent Lam: {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}

Kellett was ahead and Lam was unable to improve on the {9-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} runout. Kellett once again survived and doubled up, increasing his stack 12 fold after doubling up Pulusani a few hands prior.

Player Chips Progress
Vincent Lam ca
Vincent Lam
ca 3,500,000 -690,000
Sandeep Pulusani us
Sandeep Pulusani
us 2,350,000 1,365,000
Richard Kellett gb
Richard Kellett
gb 1,350,000 -50,000

Tags: Richard KellettEsther TaylorSandeep PulusaniVincent Lam