Event 26: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha



Patel Doubles Through Brar

We caught up to find Emil Patel all in on a flop of {3-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{9-Spades}. Jaspal Brar called and the hands were turned over:


Patel was ahead with his flopped set of treys and stayed that way through the {4-Spades} turn and the {6-Hearts} river. This hand crippled Brar, leaving him with only 13,000 in chips.

Emil Patel us
Emil Patel
us 183,000 43,000
Jaspal Brar ca
Jaspal Brar
ca 13,000 -132,000

Tags: Emil PatelJaspal Brar

Erik Seidel Doubles Through Raul Paez

Our intrepid reporter Josh_Cahlik brought you news of an Erik Seidel deficit, but we can now tell you that he has doubled up through Raul Paez.

Paez raised to 8,000 in late position and Seidel raised 'pot' for 30,000 on the button. Paez doesn't like to fold much and he made the call. The flop was {J-Spades} {7-Clubs} {2-Spades}, Paez bet pot and Seidel called.

Seidel{A-Hearts} {A-Clubs} {9-Clubs} {4-Hearts}
Paez{A-Diamonds} {J-Clubs} {9-Diamonds} {4-Clubs}

So Seidel was ahead and it would stay that way as the {2-Hearts} and {10-Clubs} bricked for the Spaniard.

Raul Paez es
Raul Paez
es 232,000 -78,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 98,000 43,000

Tags: Erik SeidelRaul Paez

Eskenazi Out; Rheem Doubles Up Pettersson

We caught up with the action of this massive hand on a {9-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{A-Clubs} flop. Scott Eskenazi in the small blind checked and Thomas Pettersson followed suit from the big. Chip leader Chino Rheem fired out a bet of 16,000.

Eskenazi tanked before annocing "pot", moving the rest of his stack in for 70,500. After about ninety seconds of deliberation, Pettersson also announced a pot sized bet, moving his remaining 180,000 into the middle. Rheem, being one to gamble, announced a call and the hands were turned up:


Rheem was calling for a club, but instead the dealer brought out the {7-Spades} on the turn. This gave Rheem a few more outs to crack Pettersson's flopped set of aces. Rheem was looking for an eight, a trey, or a club. Instead the {2-Hearts} rivered and Pettersson was able to score a huge double up, thrusting him into the chip lead. Eskenazi hit the rail and Rheem took a big hit, knocking him down to 241,000.

Thomas Pettersson se
Thomas Pettersson
se 461,000 264,000
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
us 241,000 -294,000
Scott Eskenazi us
Scott Eskenazi
us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Chino RheemScott EskenaziThomas Pettersson

Table #435: Chambers & Boyd The Top Dogs

Tom Chambers has 6 WSOP chases to his name and 4 of them have come is some derivative of Pot-Limit Omaha including a runner-up finish in the 2008, $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event for $142,784. He is currently sitting on a pretty looking 340,000 chips; here is how the table looks.

Seat 1Ryan Franklin, 82000
Seat 2Emil Patel, 140000
Seat 3Ronit Chamani, 47000
Seat 4Joe Beevers, 32000
Seat 5Jon Hoellein, 44000
Seat 6Tom Chambers, 340000
Seat 7Jaspal Brar, 145000
Seat 8Dutch Boyd, 210000
Tom Chambers
Tom Chambers
340,000 259,900
Dutch Boyd us
Dutch Boyd
us 210,000 -1,000
Jaspal Brar ca
Jaspal Brar
ca 145,000 38,000
Emil Patel us
Emil Patel
us 140,000 85,000
Ryan Franklin us
Ryan Franklin
us 82,000 -35,000
Ronit Chamani za
Ronit Chamani
za 47,000 -63,000
Jon Hoellein us
Jon Hoellein
us 44,000 -65,000
Joe Beevers gb
Joe Beevers
gb 32,000 -5,000

Seidel Loses a Good Chunk

Erik Seidel limped in late position and the player in the cutoff followed suit. The small blind completed and the big blind checked his option.

The flop brought the {k-Spades}{7-Hearts}{3-Hearts} and all four players checked. The {J-Clubs} peeled off on the turn and the small blind checked. The big blind pushed out 15,000 and Seidel quickly called. The player in the cutoff tanked for about a minute and a half before putting 64,000 into the middle. It folded back around to Seidel who pondered for roughly a minute before mucking his hand. Seidel is currently sitting on about 55,000.

Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 55,000 -10,000

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Table #436: Rheem, Kursevich and Scott Ruling

Table 436 is currently housing three of the big boys, Chino Rheem Vadzim Kursevich and Austin Scott (who just told us he likes to be called Gabe but for the sake of continuity he will remain as Austin). Here are the current seat positions, chip counts and a few hands.

We joined the action at the turn and the board was showing {5-Diamonds} {7-Spades} {Q-Diamonds} {J-Spades}. The two players in the hand were Viacheslav Igin and Chino Rheem (no surprise there then). Igin checked, Rheem bet 25,000 and Igin called. At the river we saw the {K-Diamonds} and both players checked.

"Two pair," said Igin.

"Good," said Rheem before showing a pair of fives for the set and Igin mucked his hand.

Rheem: {5-Spades} {5-Clubs} {2-Clubs} {8-Clubs}

Then Scott raised to 8,000 in first position, Rheem called in the hijack seat as did
Igin on the button. The flop was {9-Clubs} {6-Spades} {5-Diamonds} and a 17,500 Rheem bet won the pot.

Seat 1Vadzim Kursevich, 410000
Seat 2Dominique Mosley, 114000
Seat 3Chino Rheem, 535000
Seat 4Huykhiem Nguyen, 95000
Seat 5Viacheslav Igin, 95000
Seat 6Scott Eskenazi, 71,500
Seat 7Thomas Pettersson, 197000
Seat 8Austin Scott, 360000
Chino Rheem us
Chino Rheem
us 535,000 106,000
Vadzim Kursevich by
Vadzim Kursevich
by 410,000 10,000
Austin Scott us
Austin Scott
us 360,000 175,000
Thomas Pettersson se
Thomas Pettersson
se 197,000
Dominique Mosley us
Dominique Mosley
us 114,000 -25,000
Viacheslav Igin
Viacheslav Igin
95,000 -65,000
Khiem Nguyen de
Khiem Nguyen
de 95,000 43,100
Scott Eskenazi us
Scott Eskenazi
us 71,500 49,500

WSOP Bracelet Holder Oleksii Kovalchuk Doubles Up

Steve Merrifield raised to 6,000 in first position, Raul Paez called a few seats over before Oleksii Kovalchuk squeezed to 33,000 in mid-position. Merrifield folded but Paez decided to take a flop out of position.

Flop: {10-Diamonds} {8-Spades} {5-Diamonds}

Paez put Kovalchuk all-in for around 30,000 and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet holder made the call.

Kovalchuk{A-Diamonds} {A-Hearts} {9-Spades} {3-Diamonds}
Paez{K-Clubs} {Q-Spades} {9-Diamonds} {9-Hearts}

So Kovalchuk was ahead with his aces and that's the way the result stayed after the {5-Clubs} and {2-Spades} completed the board.

Raul Paez es
Raul Paez
es 310,000 58,500
Oleksii Kovalchuk ua
Oleksii Kovalchuk
ua 138,000 95,000

Tags: Oleksii KovalchukRaul PaezSteve Merrifield

Our Defending Champion Samuel Stein is Gone

Hats off to Samuel Stein. He won't feel like it right now, but he deserves a lot of credit for going so deep in his search for back-to-back World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in the same tournament.

He was eliminated in 35th place and takes home a pay check for $8,812. His vanquisher was Vadzim Kursevich who is looking mean and keen with a chip stack of 400,000 chips. Interestingly, Kursevich has the chip leader Chino Rheem sitting two seats to his left.

Vadzim Kursevich by
Vadzim Kursevich
by 400,000 238,000
Sam Stein us
Sam Stein
us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Sam SteinVadzim Kursevich

Boyd Sends Kovachev Packing

We caught up on a flop of {2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{A-Hearts} to see Dilyan Kovachev get his last 51,000 in the middle. Dutch Boyd called, showing {2-Hearts}{4-Spades}{6-Hearts}{J-Spades} for a flopped two pair that was ahead of Kovachev's {A-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}.

The turn brought the {4-Diamonds}, giving Boyd a full house. The {J-Hearts} completed the board and Kovachev was sent home in 34th place.

Dutch Boyd us
Dutch Boyd
us 211,000 36,000
Dilyan Kovachev bg
Dilyan Kovachev
bg Ausgeschieden

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