Event #22: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Preispool $1,445,850
Players 1,071

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 0

Payan Doubles

Elie Payan doubles up.
Elie Payan doubles up.

Rafe Kibrit raised from the button to 100,000 only to have Elie Payan reraised to 300,000 form the big blind. Kibrit made the call and the dealer slid the {J-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Clubs} out in the middle of the felt. Payan bet all in for 580,000 and Kibrit called, standing and tabling the {J-Clubs}{8-Spades}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades} for top and bottom pair plus a flush draw. Payan showed the {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Hearts} for a better flush draw, a straight draw and bottom pair.

The turn was the {A-Hearts} and that gave Payan a better two pair and the lead. The river completed the board with the {3-Spades} and Payan was safe from elimination. He doubled up, but it still down in chips to Kibrit as the battle goes on.

Rafe Kibrit
Rafe Kibrit
3,060,000 -705,000
Elie Payan fr
Elie Payan
fr 1,760,000 705,000

Tags: Elie PayanRafe Kibrit

Kibrit Firing

[user68268] • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante

From the button, Elie Payan limped in and then called a raise to 150,000 from Rafe Kibrit out of the big blind. The flop came down {J-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and Kibrit didn't waste any time. He fired right out for the full amount, 300,000. Payan gave it up and Kibrit won the hand.

Tags: Elie PayanRafe Kibrit

Kibrit Can't Be Beat

• Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante

Rafe Kibrit limped in on his button and Elie Payan checked, bringing a flop of {10-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{2-Clubs} to the felt. Both players knocked the table and the turn came {K-Diamonds}.

Payan fired a bet of 100,000 and after Kibrit called, the dealer turned over the {K-Hearts} on the river.

Payan slowed down and checked it to Kibrit, who seized the moment of weakness by betting 150,000. This forced a fold by Payan and Kibrit is pulling away after having been on life support just an hour ago.

Tags: Elie PayanRafe Kibrit

Break Over, Blend 'Em and Send 'Em!

• Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante

To borrow a phrase coined by out tournament announcer here this evening, the players are back at the table and the dealer is ready to "blend 'em and send 'em."


Quick Break

• Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 0 ante

The players have stood to stretch and, perhaps in Elie Payan's case, shake off this recent run of bad luck as we are now on a quick ten-minute break.

Tags: Elie Payan

Kibrit Catching Cards, Momentum Officially Turned

• Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 0 ante

Riding that incredible rush which all poker players have known at some point in their lives, Rafe Kibrit raised to 80,000 from the button and Elie Payan came along for the ride.

Flop: {2-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{8-Spades}

Both players checked the flop and the {8-Diamonds} fell on the turn. Payan checked it once more, his aggression a thing of the past at this point, and Kibrit fired 120,000 into the middle. Payan decided to peel off one more card and made the call.

River: {Q-Spades}

Kibrit slid eight green chips forward for a bet of 200,000 and Payan agonized briefly before deciding to look his red-hot opponent up. Kibrit calmly turned over his {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for trip eights on the turn and Payan had paid him off once again.

Kibrit now holds all of the green 25,000 denomination chips on the table in a stunning reversal of fortune. In an entertaining coincidence, at least for Kibrit, his rush began immediately after a fan wearing all green entered the audience area to cheer him on. This fan tells us his nickname is "The Royal Sweat" and he seems to have the uncanny ability of rooting for eventual bracelet winners. Rafe Kibrit will certainly be thankful to "The Royal Sweat" for arriving just in the nick of time if he goes on to complete the comeback and capture the gold bracelet here tonight.

Tags: Elie PayanRafe Kibrit

We Have a New Leader

Rafe Kibrit pumps his fist as he takes the chip lead
Rafe Kibrit pumps his fist as he takes the chip lead

Rafe Kibrit fired 180,000 on the {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{2-Diamonds} flop and Elie Payan made the call to see the turn, which was the {5-Spades}. Kibrit stayed on the gas and fired 400,000 this time, one of the largest bets this tournament has seen. Payan again made the call and wasn't about to back down.

The {K-Spades} completed the board on the river and Kibrit checked. Payan fired the pot and had Kibrit's 1.11 million covered. Kibrit tanked for a minute or two and then finally announced a call.

When Kibrit called, Payan nodded as if to say, "Nice call, you're good." Kibrit then showed the {J-Spades}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} for a Broadway straight. His cheering section erupted as Payan's hand spun into the muck.

Rafe Kibrit
Rafe Kibrit
3,640,000 2,820,000
Elie Payan fr
Elie Payan
fr 1,180,000 -2,820,000

Tags: Elie PayanRafe Kibrit

Arena Rockin' and Rollin' After Rafe Doubles-Up

• Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 0 ante

After Elie Payan had seemingly taken control of the match with his aggressive play, Rafe Kibrit made his stand and raised to 80,000 from the button. Payan made the call and the flop fell {A-Spades}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs}.

Payan checked and Kibrit continued with a bet of 135,000, which the Frenchman called. The turn card came {6-Clubs} and Payan knocked the table once more, prompting Kibrit to bet the pot of 435,000. Payan made the call and this bet put most of Kibrit's stack into the middle. The American-heavy rail began to stand in anticipation, as they knew it was do or die time for their man.

River: {10-Diamonds}

Payan checked for a third time and Kibrit pushed his remaining chips into the pot. Payan appeared discouraged but with the pot odds he was being laid he had to make the call.

Kibrit tabled the {A-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades} for two pair on the flop and Payan instantly mucked, eliciting a roar of approval from Kibrit's friends and fans. Kibrit doubled up to approximately 1,600,000 with the win and the final table arena is now rocking with shouts of "Ship It!" and "Let's go Rafe!"

Tags: Elie PayanRafe Kibrit

A Look at the Current WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 0 ante

Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

Amir Lehavot330.7521$578,454
Viacheslav Zhukov31511$465,216
Jake Cody30011$851,192
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier299.2531$364,565
Jason Sommerville291.5021$525,274
Sean Getzwiller28011$611,185
Eddie Blumenthal279.8020$589,784
Allen Bari279.5011$877,262
Richard Ashby273.6020$305,212
John Juanda27011$367,170

*Standings through Event #21