Event 47: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better
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Event 47: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better
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Gomes Takes Commanding Chip Lead Into Day 2; Dempsey & Frankenberger Lurking

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Alex Gomes
Alex Gomes

On Tuesday, the Brasilia Room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino was packed full as 978 players forked over $1,500 to play in Event #47 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. That number was up from last year’s 946, and up considerably from 2010’s field of 847. Needless to say, PLO8 is becoming a popular game.

After ten levels of play, the field was reduced to just 149 players, each looking to make the money by finishing in the top 117 and laying claim to their share of a $1,320,300 prize pool. The man best positioned to not only make the money, but to make a run at the $267,345 first-place prize, is chip leader Alex Gomes.

Gomes built his stack throughout the day and hit when it counted. For instance, late in the night Joseph Haddag got all in preflop and was called Gomes.

Showdown

Haddag{A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Gomes{A-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{K-Spades}{9-Spades}

The {10-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{J-Clubs} flop gave Haddag top pair with top kicked, but the {K-Diamonds} turn gave Gomes a pair of kings and the lead. The {9-Clubs} river improved Gomes to two pair, which was good enough to win the pot, sending Haddag to the rail, and locked up the title of Day 1 chip leader with 143,300, almost twice the number of his closest opponent.

Obviously not everyone was as fortunate as Gomes. Dozens upon dozens of notables came and went throughout the day including Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Olivier Busquet, Mike Matusow, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Jennifer Harman, Erik Seidel, Scott Seiver and Men “The Master” Nguyen.

Another man who couldn’t survive the day was the defending champ, David Singontiko. He had a good showing, making it down to under 180 players, but then the following hand happened with just a half hour left in the day. With 9,800 in the pot and a board reading {7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{K-Spades}, Dario Alioto checked and allowed Singontiko to fire out a pot-sized bet. Alioto responded by moving all in for 15,100 and Singontiko made the call.

Showdown

Singontiko: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}
Alioto: {A-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}

Alioto held the straight and had Singontiko drawing dead. The meaningless {4-Hearts} was put out on the river, and Singontiko was left with just 2,500. A couple of hands later, Singontiko was eliminated from the tournament.

In related news, Day 3 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship unfolded over in the Amazon Room, and the PLO8 tournament saw some spillover from that event. Chad Brown, Shaun Deeb, Dan Kelly, Scott Clements and Jason Mercier busted that tournament and tried their luck in Event 47, but all of them hit the rail early. On the other hand, three other $50K casualties, Allen Kessler, Michael Binger and Barry Greenstein, found success and survived the day, bagging 17,400, 8,000 and 59,300 respectively.

Another man who had a little bit of luck was Lee Watkinson, who was at one point on the verge of elimination. You see, he was short stacked with about 1,500 and got involved in a three-way pot. Watkinson and Rob Whittenburge were both all in with the former having the latter covered. An unknown player was also in the hand and had both covered by a large margin.

Showdown

Watkinson{A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{9-Spades}
Unknown{A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{4-Diamonds}
Whittenburge{Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

The board ran {4-Hearts} {Q-Spades} {10-Hearts} {4-Clubs} {J-Hearts} and Whittenburge took the main pot with his full house, while the dealer shipped the side pot to the unknown player. Watkinson, who thought he had busted, left the tournament area but then returned several moments later when it hit him that he should have chopped the side pot since both players had made a Broadway straight. A floorman was summoned, Watkinson received his half of the side pot (900) and was back in the tournament. By the end of the night, he had run that stack up to 22,000.

Some other players who’ll be returning on Day 2 are David Bach (20,800), Berry Johnston (41,000), Warren Oberman (50,500), Michael Cooper (61,000), Andy Frankenberger (76,000) and James Dempsey (77,000).

Notable End of Day 1 Counts

PlayerChips
Alex Gomes143,300
James Dempsey77,000
Andy Frankenberger76,000
Joe Tehan73,600
Nital Jethalal65,000
Randy Ohel62,000
Michael Cooper61,000
Barry Greenstein59,300
Tim Finne58,400
Michael Lawrence56,200

Day 2 action is set to kick off at 1:00 PM PST in the Purple Section of the Amazon Room. Join us then as we bring you all the action and eliminations on the way to the money in Event #47 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better.

Tags: Alex GomesAndy FrankenbergerJames Dempsey

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (komplett)

YorkshirePud
Alex Gomes
Alex Gomes
143,300
Roch Cousineau
Roch Cousineau
95,500
James Dempsey gb
James Dempsey
gb 77,000
Andy Frankenberger us
Andy Frankenberger
us 76,000
Mark Herm us
Mark Herm
us 75,000
Joe Tehan us
Joe Tehan
us 73,600
Peter Winsper
Peter Winsper
72,300
Nicholas Verkaik ca
Nicholas Verkaik
ca 71,600
Nital Jethalal
Nital Jethalal
65,000
Tarek Makki
Tarek Makki
64,200
Randy Ohel us
Randy Ohel
us 62,000
Marc Perlman us
Marc Perlman
us 62,000
Michael Cooper us
Michael Cooper
us 61,000
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
us 59,300
Charalampos Lappas gr
Charalampos Lappas
gr 59,100
Miguel Candelario
Miguel Candelario
58,800
Timothy Finne us
Timothy Finne
us 58,400
Adam Kornuth
Adam Kornuth
57,900
Paul Jackson gb
Paul Jackson
gb 56,600
Lawrence Michael us
Lawrence Michael
us 56,200
Cesar Garcia es
Cesar Garcia
es 54,700
Steven Loube us
Steven Loube
us 54,400
Kyle Carlston us
Kyle Carlston
us 53,400
Warren Oberman
Warren Oberman
51,500 1,000
Niall Fitzgerald
Niall Fitzgerald
50,800

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Notable End of Day 1 Chip Counts

Chad_Holloway
Alex Gomes
Alex Gomes
143,300 13,300
James Dempsey gb
James Dempsey
gb 77,000 24,000
Andy Frankenberger us
Andy Frankenberger
us 76,000 -26,000
Joe Tehan us
Joe Tehan
us 73,600 31,600
Nital Jethalal
Nital Jethalal
65,000
Randy Ohel us
Randy Ohel
us 62,000
Michael Cooper us
Michael Cooper
us 61,000 -17,000
Barry Greenstein us
Barry Greenstein
us 59,300 17,300
Tim Finne us
Tim Finne
us 58,400 30,400
Michael Lawrence
Michael Lawrence
56,200
Steven Loube us
Steven Loube
us 54,400
Kyle Carlston us
Kyle Carlston
us 53,400
Warren Oberman
Warren Oberman
50,500 5,500
Salvatore Bonavena it
Salvatore Bonavena
it 41,100
Berry Johnston us
Berry Johnston
us 41,000 17,000
Dario Alioto it
Dario Alioto
it 40,100 100
Ryan Lenaghan us
Ryan Lenaghan
us 35,600 2,600
Dan Heimiller us
Dan Heimiller
us 25,800 3,800
Michael Chow us
Michael Chow
us 25,200
Doug Carli
Doug Carli
23,400 2,400
Lee Watkinson us
Lee Watkinson
us 22,000 6,700
David Bach us
David Bach
us 20,800 -4,700
Tony Cousineau us
Tony Cousineau
us 17,500 500
Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler
us 17,400 -1,200
Terrence Chan ca
Terrence Chan
ca 9,600 -19,400

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Six More Hands . . . Bad News for Chan

Chad_Holloway • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players will play six more hands before bagging and tagging for the evening. That's bad news for Terrence Chan, who recently tweeted:

Tags: Terrence Chan

Going For the Gold

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

The field has been trimmed down to just the Gold Section. Play will wrap up in the next 20 minutes.

Defending Champ First Crippled, Then Eliminated

Chad_Holloway

With 9,800 in the pot and a board reading {7-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{K-Spades}, Dario Alioto checked and allowed David Singontiko to fire out a pot-sized bet. Alioto responded by moving all in for 15,100 and Singontiko made the call.

Showdown
Singontiko: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}
Alioto: {A-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}

Alioto held the straight and had Singontiko drawing dead. The meaningless {4-Hearts} was put out on the river, and Singontiko was left with just 2,500. A couple of hands later, Singontiko was eliminated from the tournament.

Dario Alioto it
Dario Alioto
it 40,000 18,000
David Singontiko us
David Singontiko
us 2,500 -16,600

Tags: Dario AliotoDavid Singontiko

Confusion at Table 20

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Jason Somerville kept his cool.
Jason Somerville kept his cool.

We came upon Table 20 and one player was very upset, some of the players at the table had left their seats and were wandering and two floormen were in attendance.

We missed the action of the hand but the short story is that Alex Gomes beat Jason Somerville in a pot where Gomes took 3/4 of the pot and Somerville earned 1/4 of the pot.

Somewhere along the way the upset player was certain that the dealer chopped the pot wrong - it should be noted he was not involved in the hand.

Somerville was calm and collected and broke down the hand with each action. Gomes said nothing and the floorman pleaded with the upset player to calm down and let them figure out action. The action was replayed for everyone and the pot came out correct.

Tags: Jason SomervilleAlex Gomes

When the Gomes Get Tough, the Tough Get Out of the Way

Chad_Holloway

Joseph Haddag got all in preflop, for how much we can't be sure, and was called by Alex Gomes, who has more than enough chips to spare.

Showdown
Haddag: {A-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{J-Diamonds}
Gomes: {A-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{K-Spades}{9-Spades}

The {10-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{J-Clubs} flop gave Haddag top pair with top kicked, but the {K-Diamonds} turn gave Gomes a pair of kings and the lead. The {9-Clubs} river improved Gomes to two pair, which was good enough to win the pot and send Haddag to the rail.

Alex Gomes
Alex Gomes
130,000 39,000
Joseph Haddag
Joseph Haddag
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Tags: Alex GomesJoseph Haddag