Event 4: $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha

Ding Ding Ding

That's the dinner bell we hear. The remaining players have exited the Crown Poker Room and we're all going to fill our tummies. See you back here in roughly 70 minutes.

Levy Doubles To Dinner

Grant Levy is going to enjoy his dinner a little more now thanks to a double up on the last hand before the break.

Levy was all in preflop for his last 9,400 with {A-Spades}{3-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and was called by the big blind who held {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

The board was all Levy as it fell {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{J-Spades} to give Levy a double to 20,000.

Judah Almost Triples

Emad Tahtouh raised from early position to 2,200, and a player on the button moved all in for 5,600 total. Mel Judah moved all in for 8,500, and Tahtouh called. The players revealed their hands, and it was off to the races.

Tahtouh: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}
Judah: {9-Clubs}{j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Button: {k-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{a-Spades}

The board rolled out {3-Spades}{j-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and shockingly, Judah scooped the pot with a lonely pair of jacks. He sits on 24,000.

Annette Misses Monster Draw

Annette Obrestad raised to 2,000 before Con Angelakis popped it another 7,200 more from late position. Obrestad made the call and the flop came down {K-Spades}{8-Spades}{J-Clubs}.

Both players checked and the {a-Diamonds} hit the turn. Obrestad checked, then called the 12,000 bet by Angelakis.

The river was the {5-Clubs} and both players checked it down. Angelakis showed {A-?}{A-?}{Q-?}{2-?} for a set of aces which held on as Obrestad revealed {K-?}{J-Spades}{9-Spades}{10-?} for two pair and a big draw that failed to deliver. Angelakis increases his lead as Obrestad slips to 22,000.

Thomas Flush With Chips

Thomas on fire!
Thomas on fire!
It's been a good week for Brent Thomas so far. After a huge result in Event #1 where he picked up $97,155 for his third place result, he now finds himself at the top of the chip count leaderboard in today's event as we start to get towards the business end of proceedings.

A large portion of his stack was obtained in a recent pot where George Cotaidis, Annette Obrestad and Thomas all called the preflop shove of 7,400 of a short-stacked player.

They saw a flop of {K-Spades}{7-Spades}{J-Hearts} and when the action checked to Thomas, he moved all in for his last 29,100 chips. Cotaidis and Obrestad stepped aside and the cards were tabled.

Thomas: {A-Spades}{4-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
Opponent: {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

Thomas had a big draw and he fell further behind on the {A-Clubs} turn which gave his opponent a straight, but the {J-Spades} on the river completed his flush to scoop the pot and eliminate his opponent. Thomas, who is competing in only his second-ever Omaha tournament, is now up to 58,500 chips.

The Dam Doesn't Burst - This Time

Catching up to the action on the {4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{5-Spades} flop, a player in the big blind led out for 3,400 and Kenneth Dam moved all-in for 8,200 total. The big blind called, and the cards were on their backs.

Dam: {7-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Big Blind: {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}

Dam was well ahead with the flopped nut straight, and the {3-Diamonds} turn, and {2-Hearts} river would keep him on top. Kenneth Dam is now on 20,000.

Another Royal

We've just spotted another royal flush and the second one for this table, as Gary Benson was the man responsible, but not before a little controversy.

We arrived at the table with the board reading {5-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and the {4-Hearts} accidentally revealed as the turn card before the flop action had completed. Tournament Director Jonno Pittock ruled that play would continue with the river card to be dealt out, effectively becoming the turn card, with the {4-Hearts} to be reshuffled into the deck for the river.

The action on the flop completed with just Benson and Damien Elsing seeing the new turn card which was the {A-Hearts}. Both players checked, the deck was reshuffled and the {9-Diamonds} hit the river. Benson fired out 3,200 and Elsing made the call with Benson showing {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} for the royal.

"I had the nuts with the {4-Hearts} anyway as the {a-Hearts} was still in the deck!" laughed Benson as he chipped up to 13,000, leaving Elsing on 11,000.

Tahtouh Correctly Gets Out of a Sticky Situation

Emad Tahtouh opened preflop, an unknown player called, and Michael "Sticky" Guttman raised all in. Tahtouh open folded two kings and the unknown player called.

Guttman: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{q-Spades}{5-Spades}
Unknown: {6-?}{5-?}{9-?}{8-?}

The flop came down {3-?}{k-?}{9-?}, and the turn and river bricked out for the unknown and Guttman chipped up to about 26,800.

When the king dropped on the flop, Tahtouh jovially said, "I wish I knew less and stuck in in with kings."