Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Day 2 Completed

Arieh Seeks Third Bracelet; Henson and Ferguson Piling Up More POY Points

mnuwwarah • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante
Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Just 15 players remain in contention in Event #51: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, and storylines abound as the tournament heads to Day 3.

First off, there's Josh Arieh, who bagged the chip lead with a massive 1,695,000, giving him a wide lead over second-place Bruce Yamron (1,040,000).

Most famous for his third-place finish in the WSOP Main Event in 2004, Arieh already has two bracelets. He took down a $3,000 Limit Hold'em in 1999 and a $2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha in 2005. He's in prime position for his third after bagging more than 15 percent of the total chips.

Then there's Chris Ferguson, who finished with 486,000. The man once known as "Jesus" to the poker world has spent the past few years as persona non grata, only daring to show his face at the WSOP again in 2016. Ferguson put forth a strong effort that year and has followed it this year by piling up more cashes.

Those cashes have put him squarely in the WSOP Player of the Year race, where he sits in seventh at the time of writing, but the man atop the leaderboard also remains in this event. Ray Henson, who has a slight lead over Ryan Hughes — Hughes soft bubbled this tournament on Day 2 after a tough beat at the hands of Mark Herm — bagged a roughly average stack of 588,000.

The money bubble eventually did burst, but it took an extended level and some time putting off a break. Eventually, Ben Lamb went down in 33rd. Start-of-day leader Dario Sammartino, Phil Hui, John Monnette, Scott Clements and Fabrice Soulier were some of those making it into the money but failing to see bagging time.

The remaining players return to Brasilia Room at 2 p.m. Wednesday for Day 3, and a winner will be crowned who will take home over $500,000. Come back to PokerNews to see who it will be.

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Brasilia7221Viatcheslav OrtynskiyRussia457,000
Brasilia7222Kate HoangUnited States991,000
Brasilia7223Damjan RadanovUnited States569,000
Brasilia7225Bruce YamronUnited States1,040,000
Brasilia7226Josh AriehUnited States1,695,000
Brasilia7227Chris FergusonUnited States486,000
Brasilia7228Christopher RothUnited States278,000
Brasilia7261Jeremy JosephUnited States559,000
Brasilia7262Andrey ZaichenkoRussia339,000
Brasilia7263Quentin KruegerCanada931,000
Brasilia7264Raymond HensonUnited States588,000
Brasilia7265Sean RemzUnited States409,000
Brasilia7266Tyler GrothUnited States860,000
Brasilia7267Bryce YockeyUnited States729,000
Brasilia7268Mark HermUnited States518,000

Tags: Chris FergusonRay Henson

End of Day 2 Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 1,695,000 175,000
Bruce Yamron us
Bruce Yamron
us 1,040,000 -125,000
Kate Hoang us
Kate Hoang
us 991,000 291,000
Quentin Krueger ca
Quentin Krueger
ca 931,000 206,000
Tyler Groth us
Tyler Groth
us 860,000 243,000
Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 629,000 -1,000
Ray Henson us
Ray Henson
us 588,000 -72,000
Damjan Radanov us
Damjan Radanov
us 569,000 -106,000
Jeremy Joseph us
Jeremy Joseph
us 559,000 209,000
Mark Herm us
Mark Herm
us 518,000 148,000
Chris Ferguson us
Chris Ferguson
us 486,000 -114,000
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy ru
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy
ru 457,000 -25,000
Sean Remz us
Sean Remz
us 409,000 -116,000
Andrey Zaichenko ru
Andrey Zaichenko
ru 329,000 -71,000
Christopher Roth us
Christopher Roth
us 278,000 28,000

John Monnette Eliminated in 16th Place ($19,313)

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John Monnette - 16th Place
John Monnette - 16th Place

Damjan Radanov raised in the cutoff, John Monnette stuck in about 100,000 on a reraise for most of his stack, and Josh Arieh repotted in the big blind to chase away Radanov.

Monnette: {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{k-Spades}{j-Spades}
Arieh: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

"How do you wake up with that?" Monnette wondered aloud.

The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{10-Spades}, no help to Monnette after he missed his flush draw.

John Monnette us
John Monnette
us Busted

Tags: John MonnetteJosh AriehDamjan Radanov

Final 16 Redraw

mnuwwarah • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante
SeatTable 728Table 729
1Viatcheslav OrtynskiyJeremy Joseph
2Kate HoangAndrey Zaichenko
3Damjan RadanovQuentin Krueger
4John MonnetteRay Henson
5Bruce YamronSean Remz
6Josh AriehTyler Groth
7Chris FergusonBryce Yockey
8Christopher RothMark Herm

Yockey Takes a Gut Punch

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Tyler Groth potted for 96,000 on a board of {2-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}, and Bryce Yockey called. On the {5-Spades} river, Groth potted again and Yockey snap-called.

"Wheel," Groth said, tabling {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. "Oh my God. Full house."

A disgusted Yockey mucked {2-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}.

"That's like the seventh time I've had a full house and a low and gotten scooped in this tournament," he said in frustration.

"I forgot I had that," Groth said, leaning back in his seat and apologizing for the slowroll.

Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 630,000 -230,000
Tyler Groth us
Tyler Groth
us 617,000 342,000

Tags: Bryce YockeyTyler Groth

Ari Engel Eliminated in 17th Place ($16,675)

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Ari Engel - 17th place
Ari Engel - 17th place

Christopher Roth raised to 36,000 from under the gun and both Damjan Radanov and Ari Engel called.

The flop landed {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} and both Engel and Roth checked to Radanov who bet 40,000. Engel moved all in for 87,000, and once Roth folded, Radanov called.

Radanov: {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Engel: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

The turn of the {A-Clubs} opened up outs for Radanov, and when the {5-Clubs} on the river completed his flush, Engel was eliminated in 17th place for a $16,675 payday.

Damjan Radanov us
Damjan Radanov
us 675,000 180,000
Ari Engel ca
Ari Engel
ca Busted

Tags: Ari EngelDamjan Radanov

Ortynskiy Doubles Through Lenaghan, Who Then Busts

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Ryan Lenaghan - 18th Place
Ryan Lenaghan - 18th Place

We didn't see when the money went in, but Ryan Lenaghan got {a-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{3-Diamonds} in against the {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{2-Spades} of Viatcheslav Ortynskiy, with a final board of {7-Spades}{10-Clubs}{a-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} between them. Ortynskiy had flopped top two and turned a boat, and he doubled for 205,000, leaving Lenaghan with about 70,000 back. He busted that in short order.

Viatcheslav Ortynskiy ru
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy
ru 482,000 218,000
Ryan Lenaghan us
Ryan Lenaghan
us Busted

Michael Kong Eliminated in 19th Place ($16,675)

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Michael Kong - 19th place
Michael Kong - 19th place

From the button, Kate Hoang raised to 40,000 and Michael Kong called in the big blind.

The flop fell {6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Kong bet out 88,000 before Hoang announced a raise. Kong pushed in his remaining 65,000 and the cards were tabled.

Hoang: {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}
Kong: {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

The turn and river landed the {5-Hearts} and {6-Spades} and Kong was eliminated in 19th place for a $16,675 payday as Hoang climbed back up to 700,000 in chips.

Kate Hoang us
Kate Hoang
us 700,000 150,000
Michael Kong US
Michael Kong
US Busted

Tags: Michael KongKate Hoang