Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better



Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
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Yockey Near the Chip Lead; Elezra, Negreanu and Hellmuth All Bag on Day 1

KaleGozer • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Bryce Yockey
Bryce Yockey

When Bryce Yockey plays poker, he's sitting on a big stack. That almost became an axiom. Regardless of the buy-in and game, Yockey has been showcasing his versatility for several years and capped it off in 2017. He first made the Millionaire Maker final table and then topped it by claiming his first WSOP title in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship.

Now wearing the bracelet winner badge, Yockey returned to the game that he conquered last year in the exclusive competition. This time, he's headlining the smaller buy-in version but the Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better attracted a large field of 935 entries. While it isn't easy to take the spotlight with that many tables in operation, Yockey still found a way to get a ton of attention and eventually parked in second place on the provisional leaderboard.

Yockey had a healthy stack through all our checkpoints, but his biggest surge came in the last level of the day. He was seen in a monster pot, battling against Stuart Rutter. With nearly 15,000 already lying in front of each player, Yockey check-shoved over Rutter's 14,000-bet with a high board featuring two queens. Rutter tanked for several minutes and his hand was eventually declared dead.

Yockey had almost 160,000 at that point which would surely lock him for the lead, but he gave up some of it before bagging and finished just shy of the lead with 131,900 as Brad Albrinck reported a 137,100-chip stack. Another player who impressed on Day 1 was Dustin Pattinson with 129,100.

There was another notable contender for the overnight pole position: three-time bracelet winner Eli Elezra. His story was similar to Yockey's as Elezra lost some of his chips towards the end of the day, settling for 102,600.

Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra had a strong showing on Day 1, bagging over a 100k

Among the 191 players who advanced through to Day 2 were both Phil Hellmuth (67,400) and Daniel Negreanu (81,100). Hellmuth managed to cruise through the field even though he was a target of Rutter's constant mocking, which escalated into a one-level penalty for the Englishman.

While there are still many notable players remaining, one of them stands out in particular: defending champion Nathan Gamble arrived at 11 a.m. for the first hand of the day and finished with 42,000, just above the tournament average. If Gamble pulls off a tremendous back-to-back winning story, he'd take home $244,370.

First things first, there is a bubble to burst before any considerations of potential champions as there are two more days to spend on the trail. But the touchstone of all events looms just around the corner as 141 players will take home pieces of the $1,262,250 prize pool.

Some of those who won't pick up a payout slip include Erik Seidel, Mike Wattel, Frank Kassela, Mike Leah and Scott Bohlman as they were all eliminated during the day.

The action recommences on Wednesday, June 27 at 12 p.m. so come back to follow the PokerNews live coverage of the popular four-card split-pot game.

Tags: Brad AlbrinckBryce YockeyDaniel NegreanuEli ElezraNathan GamblePhil HellmuthStuart Rutter

Day 2 Seating and Chip Counts

KaleGozer • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon4011DID NOT REPORT 1United States7,1006
Amazon4012David DilleUnited States53,90045
Amazon4013Yew KanMacau49,20041
Amazon4014Nick GuagentiUnited States30,10025
Amazon4015Peter NeffUnited States28,70024
Amazon4016Adam CoatsUnited States72,40060
Amazon4017Mike MatusowUnited States76,80064
Amazon4018Daniel NavarroUnited States4,5004
Amazon4019Jeosafat CruzUnited States9,9008
Amazon4022Michael FiorelliUnited States27,80023
Amazon4023Dustin PattinsonUnited States129,100108
Amazon4024Eduardo LezcanoUnited States22,80019
Amazon4025Joshua PenderUnited States40,70034
Amazon4026Eli ElezraUnited States102,60086
Amazon4027David HuntUnited States51,10043
Amazon4028Andrew O'FlahertyIreland11,1009
Amazon4029Andrew YehUnited States57,00048
Amazon4031Craig ChaitUnited States25,80022
Amazon4032Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil15,60013
Amazon4033Ben TangUnited States18,80016
Amazon4034Bill MinceUnited States22,60019
Amazon4035Wendy WeissmanUnited States21,30018
Amazon4036Daniel VitielloUnited States39,10033
Amazon4037Ryan JonesUnited States53,00044
Amazon4038Rylen SanehisaUnited States12,70011
Amazon4039Victor RamdinUnited States32,50027
Amazon4041Dylan LindeUnited States36,00030
Amazon4042David BrookshireUnited States38,10032
Amazon4043John MonnetteUnited States23,70020
Amazon4044Philipp EirischGermany22,60019
Amazon4045Timothy VuksonCanada15,00013
Amazon4046Angela JordisonUnited States21,20018
Amazon4047Allyn ShulmanUnited States31,40026
Amazon4048Barry LeventhalUnited States31,00026
Amazon4049Justin ClarkUnited States27,30023
Amazon4051Daniel NegreanuCanada81,10068
Amazon4052Jonathan DepaUnited States38,60032
Amazon4053John HegiUnited States39,80033
Amazon4054Josh ShaferUnited States54,20045
Amazon4055Hsiao LiuUnited States77,00064
Amazon4056Eric PosnerUnited States36,80031
Amazon4057David ShaneUnited States39,90033
Amazon4058Vincent MasinoUnited States6,6006
Amazon4059J SmithUnited States12,70011
Amazon4061Cal KimesUnited States26,20022
Amazon4062Matthew LansdonUnited States29,10024
Amazon4064Kyle EmersonUnited States11,50010
Amazon4065Michael KechkayloUnited States25,80022
Amazon4066Sebastian LangrockGermany14,50012
Amazon4067Paul JohnsonUnited States25,70021
Amazon4068Kyle MiasoUnited States85,80072
Amazon4069Adam HendrixUnited States57,20048
Amazon4071Roy ThungUnited States11,3009
Amazon4072Brendan TaylorUnited States73,90062
Amazon4073Benjamin MinerUnited States20,10017
Amazon4074John ZaleskiUnited States31,40026
Amazon4075Matthew HonigUnited States30,00025
Amazon4076Paul SiemUnited States57,70048
Amazon4077Jose Paz-GutierrezBolivia35,10029
Amazon4078Corey HochmanUnited States34,50029
Amazon4079Garrett GarvinUnited States12,30010
Amazon4081William MigelyUnited States52,00043
Amazon4082Alex LivingstonCanada66,50055
Amazon4083Lex NerenbergUnited States34,80029
Amazon4084Sergey AltbreginRussia38,10032
Amazon4085Brandon NoeUnited States31,00026
Amazon4086Jesse DavidUnited States58,20049
Amazon4087Zachary HenchUnited States23,90020
Amazon4088Bryan AndrewsUnited States42,90036
Amazon4089Jameson PainterUnited States25,30021
Amazon4091Jordan SiegelUnited States26,60022
Amazon4092Troy ActonUnited States19,10016
Amazon4093Thomas CazayousUnited Kingdom81,40068
Amazon4095Chris BjorinSweden20,90017
Amazon4096Tyson PotrebenkoCanada29,80025
Amazon4097Michael GrossUnited States59,60050
Amazon4098Jarred SolomonSouth Africa45,60038
Amazon4099Erle MankinUnited States68,00057
Amazon4101Veerachai VongxaiburanaUnited States31,90027
Amazon4102Igor SharaskinRussia52,50044
Amazon4103Sergio BensoItaly55,70046
Amazon4104Gregory JoslynUnited States15,20013
Amazon4105Aaron SiasUnited States27,40023
Amazon4106Shiva DudaniUnited States24,20020
Amazon4107Quinn DoUnited States83,60070
Amazon4108Danny SmithUnited States10,7009
Amazon4109John DacruzUnited States37,20031
Amazon4111David ErnstUnited States13,90012
Amazon4112Justine RodersUnited States24,80021
Amazon4113Joseph CoudenUnited States70,00058
Amazon4114Ted WeinstockUnited States24,50020
Amazon4115Aditya AgarwalIndia10,3009
Amazon4116Gary BensonAustralia18,90016
Amazon4117Nathan GambleUnited States42,00035
Amazon4118Joseph CheongUnited States27,60023
Amazon4119Stuart RutterUnited Kingdom6,8006
Amazon4121David BadolatoUnited States11,90010
Amazon4122Jean-Paul PasqualiniFrance74,20062
Amazon4123Benjamin ZamaniUnited States54,00045
Amazon4124Timothy BurtUnited States22,20019
Amazon4125Kevin GerhartUnited States62,20052
Amazon4126Peter MalbashaIreland26,50022
Amazon4127Cai ZhenUnited States9,4008
Amazon4128Robert CampbellUnited States48,50040
Amazon4129John RacenerUnited States40,10033
Amazon4132Shirley RosarioUnited States30,80026
Amazon4133Matthew SmithUnited States63,00053
Amazon4134Tom WestUnited States21,20018
Amazon4135Samuel NgaiCanada31,50026
Amazon4136Jason StockfishUnited States71,10059
Amazon4137Todd WittelesUnited States21,50018
Amazon4138Michael SixUnited States17,80015
Amazon4139Raz AlonIsrael16,20014
Amazon4141Lee WatkinsonUnited States65,00054
Amazon4142Warren ColmanUnited Kingdom48,50040
Amazon4143Amnon FilippiUnited States39,10033
Amazon4144Quentin KruegerCanada27,60023
Amazon4145Roland IsraelashviliUnited States26,70022
Amazon4146Brian NortonUnited States43,60036
Amazon4147Richard CowperthwaitUnited States10,8009
Amazon4148Jason FairclothUnited States17,60015
Amazon4149Randy OhelUnited States55,80047
Amazon4151Mark ScacewaterUnited States13,40011
Amazon4152Andrew RapleyCanada10,3009
Amazon4153Brian HastingsUnited States33,70028
Amazon4154David LeviUnited States16,50014
Amazon4155Bruce RogoffUnited States63,70053
Amazon4156Corey EmeryUnited States22,70019
Amazon4157Matthew EzrolUnited States24,20020
Amazon4158Pablo CoboSpain17,50015
Amazon4159Phil HellmuthUnited States67,40056
Amazon4172Taylor CoxUnited States12,40010
Amazon4173Anton GrinkevichUnited States19,30016
Amazon4174Joseph SilvermanUnited States48,60041
Amazon4175Jeffrey AmasakiUnited States8,2007
Amazon4176John CorronUnited States7,2006
Amazon4177Jeffrey LandherrUnited States57,20048
Amazon4178Brad AlbrinckUnited States137,100114
Amazon4179Tony MaUnited States19,20016
Amazon4181Christopher CareyUnited States42,10035
Amazon4182Todd RohulichUnited States13,60011
Amazon4183Karl WestheimerUnited States8,1007
Amazon4184Robert McLaughlinUnited States32,30027
Amazon4185Lee ArmstrongAustralia70,70059
Amazon4186Bryce YockeyUnited States131,900110
Amazon4187Anton SmirnovRussia62,60052
Amazon4188David GreeneUnited States30,40025
Amazon4189Andrew MuirheadUnited States29,40025
Amazon4191Abdel HamidUnited States54,70046
Amazon4192Noah GoldmanUnited States18,10015
Amazon4193Peter WalsworthUnited States16,90014
Amazon4194Antoine LabatFrance76,00063
Amazon4195Kim KallmanFinland48,80041
Amazon4196Blake KelsoUnited States7,6006
Amazon4197Sue SmithUnited States10
Amazon4198Peter LevineUnited States23,60020
Amazon4199Donna CooperUnited States50,60042
Amazon4201Cody CrouchUnited States19,00016
Amazon4202Edward HanUnited States75,40063
Amazon4203Andreas KlattGermany15,30013
Amazon4204Jeffrey CookUnited States46,00038
Amazon4205Kate HoangUnited States24,80021
Amazon4206Chris FergusonUnited States52,70044
Amazon4207Prince DocnesUnited States27,10023
Amazon4208Brandon CantuUnited States10
Amazon4209Michael PickettUnited States22,90019
Amazon4212Gregory KoloUnited States20,00017
Amazon4213James BucknerUnited States7,0006
Amazon4214Jeff WilliamsUnited States69,96058
Amazon4215Gerald CohenUnited States8,5007
Amazon4216Christopher ConradUnited States52,20044
Amazon4217Paul SokoloffCanada38,80032
Amazon4218Howard SimonUnited States17,60015
Amazon4219Steven WolanskyUnited States20,90017
Amazon4221Sergey SelinRussia60,10050
Amazon4222Sloane MartinFrance21,30018
Amazon4223Gregory JamisonUnited States71,20059
Amazon4224Michael TerlizziUnited States57,70048
Amazon4225Ivan StarostinUnited States44,40037
Amazon4227Peter CharalambousUnited Kingdom13,00011
Amazon4228Alan FideloUnited States36,20030
Amazon4229Alexander KuzminRussia44,50037
Amazon4231Aaron WallaceUnited States9,8008
Amazon4232Timothy TallonUnited States4,2004
Amazon4233Mihails MorozovsLatvia53,50045
Amazon4234Dorian GrantUnited States27,10023
Amazon4235Paul JacksonUnited Kingdom21,40018
Amazon4236Barry WerthmannUnited States23,40020
Amazon4237Michael ColecchiaUnited States8,9007
Amazon4238Bruno FitoussiFrance70,20059
Amazon4239Jeremy HarkinUnited States38,40032

End of Day Chip Counts (komplett)

Jan_Kores • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Brad Albrinck us
Brad Albrinck
us 137,100 137,100
Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 131,900 -26,100
Dustin Pattinson us
Dustin Pattinson
us 129,100 129,100
Eli Elezra il
Eli Elezra
il 102,600 -30,400
Kyle Miaso us
Kyle Miaso
us 85,800 85,800
Quinn Do us
Quinn Do
us 83,600 83,600
Thomas Cazayous fr
Thomas Cazayous
fr 81,400 81,400
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 81,100 34,600
Hsiao Liu us
Hsiao Liu
us 77,000 77,000
Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
us 76,800 12,800
Antoine Labat fr
Antoine Labat
fr 76,000 76,000
Edward Han us
Edward Han
us 75,400
Jean-Paul Pasqualini fr
Jean-Paul Pasqualini
fr 74,200 74,200
Brendan Taylor us
Brendan Taylor
us 73,900 73,900
Adam Coats us
Adam Coats
us 72,400 72,400
Gregory Jamison us
Gregory Jamison
us 71,200 71,200
Jason Stockfish us
Jason Stockfish
us 71,100 -13,900
Lee Armstrong au
Lee Armstrong
au 70,700 70,700
Bruno Fitoussi fr
Bruno Fitoussi
fr 70,200 24,200
Joseph Couden us
Joseph Couden
us 70,000 70,000
Jeff Williams us
Jeff Williams
us 69,960 69,960
Erle Mankin us
Erle Mankin
us 68,000 68,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 67,400 -600
Alex Livingston ca
Alex Livingston
ca 66,500 66,500
Lee Watkinson us
Lee Watkinson
us 65,000 30,000

Alles lesen

Yockey Wins a Massive Pot Without Showing

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

We picked up the action on the river with a lot of chips already lying in front of Bryce Yockey and Stuart Rutter, who was in position. There were chunks of 2,500, then 3,200 and 8,000 apiece when they made it to the final betting round on the {J-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} board.

Yockey checked to Rutter who fired 14,000 and Yockey check-raised all in for 20,000 effectively. Rutter spent a few minutes thinking until somebody at the table called a clock. Rutter was given 25 seconds and a five-second verbal countdown to make his decision.

He protested that it wasn't enough considering the high board and a weird spot. Nonetheless, he had to act within the given time and he failed to do so, so his hand was declared dead. Yockey took down the massive pot without showing anything and climbed to 158,000. He's presumably the current tournament chip leader.

Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 158,000 112,000
Stuart Rutter gb
Stuart Rutter
gb 6,000 -19,000

Tags: Bryce YockeyStuart Rutter

Hellmuth Counterfeited But Still Good

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

There were 6,500 chips in the pot and the {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop was out when we got to the table. The big blind checked, Phil Hellmuth bet the pot from under the gun, a player in middle position called, and the big blind folded.

The turn brought the {9-Spades} and both players checked.

The {9-Hearts} hit the river and they checked again. Hellmuth flipped over {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{3-Spades} for flopped jacks up that got counterfeited by running nines, but his hand was still good enough to win the pot. His opponent mucked and Hellmuth took the chips.

Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us 68,000 1,000

Tags: Phil Hellmuth

Yockey Nearly Felts Seidel

• Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

There was a substantial pot already brewing and the board read {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{7-Spades} when we got to the table. Erik Seidel shoved for what looked like about 20,000 and Bryce Yockey called. Seidel had the larger of the two stacks by a very narrow margin.

Erik Seidel: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{3-Spades}
Bryce Yockey: {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Hearts}

Seidel had draws to the nut flush, king-high straight, and second-nut low, but needed help against Yockey's two pair and nut-low draw. The {K-Diamonds} on the river changed nothing and Yockey took the pot to leave the legendary eight-time bracelet winner running on fumes.

Bryce Yockey us
Bryce Yockey
us 65,000 19,000
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 1,000 -46,300

Tags: Erik SeidelBryce Yockey

Wattel Ousted

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

Mike Wattel risked his remaining chips on the flop of {4-Spades}{7-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} in what started as a three-way pot. Wattel eventually needed to beat just one player but his {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Spades} trailed against {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Spades}.

Wattel needed either a five or running cards to scoop the pot but he had a live low draw. The {4-Clubs} and {J-Clubs}, however, didn't give him anything and Wattel left the tournament short of advancing into Day 2.

Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
us Ausgeschieden

Tags: Mike Wattel

Ohel Tackles One

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

Randy Ohel raced preflop against a short stack who potted and then called off for 4,200 total when Ohel three-bet.

Ohel had {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} and hit heavily on the {K-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} runout. His rival finished with an inferior flush as he had {J-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{2-Spades}.

Randy Ohel us
Randy Ohel
us 31,200 10,300

Tags: Randy Ohel

Elezra Pushing for the Overnight Lead

Jan_Kores • Level 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Eli Elezra
Eli Elezra

Eli Elezra has been guarding a huge stack for a while and he keeps adding to his piles in the last level. Elezra just seized another chunk in the following hand.

He was in the small blind, facing a raise to 3,500 from a short-stacked player in late position. Igor Sharaskin called on the button and Elezra came along.

The {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop saw Elezra check to the opener who moved all in for his last 500. Sharaskin and Elezra both called and they checked the {2-Clubs} turn and the {J-Spades} river.

Elezra announced ace-jack, turning up {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and neither of his opponents could beat that. Elezra moved up to 133,000 with the average stack showing just over 31,000 at the moment.

With around 40-minutes left to play on Day 1, Elezra is a hot contender for the overnight chip lead.

Eli Elezra il
Eli Elezra
il 133,000 28,000

Tags: Eli Elezra