Event #28: $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,370,800
Players 596

The Chip Leaders Battle

L.J. Klein
L.J. Klein

Miguel Proulx and L.J. Klein are our chip leaders at the moment. The pair are sitting side by side and between them have won the majority of the pots this level. They've mostly stayed out of each other's way, although just now we saw a hand in which they butted heads.

Proulx opened for 65,000 from UTG, and Klein was his only caller. The flop came {A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}, and Proulx continued with a bet of 120,000. Klein quickly called.

The turn brought the {7-Hearts} and a check from Proulx. Klein promptly pushed out 200,000, and Proulx folded.

Klein jumps back in front, moving to 1.15 million, while Proulx now has 780,000.

Tags: Chau GiangL.J. Klein

Greco vs Tayar


Michael Greco raised to 60,000 from the button and Stepaane Tayar made the call from the big blind.

The flop came {J-Spades}{5-Spades}{K-Clubs} and both players checked. Tayar bet 30,000 when the {K-Hearts} came on the turn and Greco called. Tayar then checked the {9-Hearts} on the river and Greco bet 155,000. Tayar mucked, dropping his stack to 480,000. Meanwhile, Greco is up to 673,000.

Tags: Michael GrecoStephane Tayar

Tommy Le Eliminated in 8th Place ($32,254)

Tommy Le - 8th place
Tommy Le - 8th place

Miguel Proulx raised to 65,000 from late position, and Tommy Le called from the big blind. The flop came {3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}, Le pushed the rest of his short stack in the middle, and Proulx called.

Le showed {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and was looking for help against Proulx's {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}{5-Spades}{5-Hearts}. The turn was the {7-Spades} and river {8-Diamonds}, and Proulx's set of fives was best.

Le is swiftly out in eighth, while Proulx improves to 835,000.

A Pot for Pope


L.J. Klein once again raised to 65,000 from early position, and it folded around to Trevor Pope who called from the small blind. Joerg Engels also called from the BB.

The trio ended up checking down all three streets, with the board ultimately showing {6-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Pope tabled {Q-}{10-}-X-X. He'd checked his queens full on the end but got no takers. The others mucked, and Pope took the pot.

"Pope! Pope! Pope! Pope!" yelled his cheerleaders, still fill of energy following dinner.

Pope has 594,000 now.

Tags: Joerg EngelsL.J. KleinTrevor Pope

Tommy Can't Take Tayar

Stephane Tayar
Stephane Tayar

The table folded around to Tommy Le who raised pot to 105,000 from the button, and it folded to Stephane Tayar in the big blind. Tayar thought about it, then made the call.

The flop came {2-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}, Tayar bet enough to put Le all in, and Le let it go.

Le has quickly fallen all of the way down to 127,000 and last place, losing most of his stack to Tayar over the last half-hour. Tayar is now at 570,000.

Tags: Stephane TayarTommy Le

Klein and Proulx Keep Pressuring

Miguel Proulx
Miguel Proulx

The last five hands have seen Miguel Proulx raise three times (to 65,000) and take the blinds, and L.J. Klein do the same twice (for the same amount).

Some space has opened up between Klein and the field now, following that rapid transfer of chips from Tommy Le to Stephane Tayer right after dinner. Klein is up to 1.02 million, with Michael Greco his closest foe with 663,000. Proulx is in third with 625,000.

Tags: L.J. KleinMiguel Proulx

Tayar and Le at It Again


Once again Tommy Le raised preflop to 75,000 and Stephane Tayar moved all in for 265,000. Action folded to Le and he made the call.

Le: {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{J-Spades}{9-Clubs}
Tayar: {A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

The flop was quite interesting when it came {10-Spades}{2-Spades}{A-Clubs}, giving Tayar top set but providing Le with a flush draw. The {8-Diamonds} on the turn gave Le even more outs with a straight draw. In fact, Le supporters could be heard calling out cards for the river that would give him the win.

When the {4-Hearts} came on the river Tayar and his supporters erupted in celebration. Tayar went from the short stack to 575,000 while Le drops to 307,000 and is the new short stack.

Tags: Stephane TayarTommy Le

Tayar Tames Le


Tommy Le has come back from the dinner break in the same aggressive frame of mind with which he concluded the previous level. He opened the first three hands with raises. On the first Trevor Pope reraised and forced a fold. Le took the blinds the second time.

Then, on the third hand, Le raised to 75,000 from middle position, and Stephane Tayar reraised all in for his last 110,000. It folded around and Le called.

Tayar {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}
Le {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{8-Spades}{2-Diamonds}

The board went {Q-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, and Tayar doubled up to 265,000. Le now has 572,000.

Tags: Stephane TayarTommy Le

Dinner Break


Play has slowed tremendously as of late, with preflop raises usually being enough to take down the pot.

Players are now on a one hour dinner break. We'll have to wait and see if any strategies change when they return.