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

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,370,800
Players 596

Klein and Le Feasting Before Dinner


We're seeing a lot of raise-and-take-it happening here as we approach the dinner break that is scheduled for the end of this level. It has been L.J. Klein and Tommy Le doing most of the raising and taking, with Klein having crept up past Le and into the chip lead.

Klein is pushing up close to the one-million chip mark at present, while Le is around 820,000.

Tags: L.J. KleinTommy Le

Stephane Staying


As expected, it wasn't long after that hand with Trevor Pope that Stephane Tayar was all in with his short stack. And he survived. As expected.

Tayar was all in with {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} against L.J. Klein's {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs}, and the {6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds} board meant we still had a table of eight.

Tayar is still short with 162,000, while Klein is in second (behind Tommy Le) with 760,000.

Tags: L.J. KleinStephane Tayar

Keep Pope Alive

Trevor Pope
Trevor Pope

Yet another double-up from a short stack to report. Seems more often than not since we've gone nine-handed we've seen the little guys making what they need to stay alive.

In this case, Trevor Pope was the short one, up against Stephane Tayar. They'd built a pot already by the time the {6-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} came. Then Tayar bet, and Pope called with the last of his stack. Pope had {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and Tayar {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}.

The turn was the {2-Diamonds} and the river the {5-Diamonds}, and Pope's aces held. Pope's cheering section -- including Annette Obrestad -- gave a gleeful roar of excitement following their man's triumph.

Pope's up to 556,000 while Tayar is way down under 100,000 now.

Tags: Stephane TayarTrevor Pope

Klein Cuts Into Engels' Stack; Le Leads


Joerg Engels opened for 65,000 from the button, and L.J. Klein called from the big blind. Both checked the {Q-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{5-Hearts} flop. The turn brought the {K-Spades} and a bet of 100,000 from Klein. Engel called.

The river was the {7-Hearts}. Klein bet 150,000 this time. Engels fiddled with his chips for about a half-minute, then let it go. Klein is up to 735,000, while Engels has slipped back to the middle of the pack with 650,000.

After sitting on the short stack for much of the early part of the day, Tommy Le is our current chip leader with just under 800,000.

Tags: Joerg EngelsL.J. Klein

Patrick Hanoteau Eliminated in 9th Place ($25,044)

Patrick Hanoteau - 9th place
Patrick Hanoteau - 9th place

Patrick Hanoteau began the day as one of our chip leaders, and in fact moved in front at one point early on. But a series of losing hands saw the Frenchman's stack slip to ninth position, and just now he was forced to commit the last of his chips.

The hand began with Hanoteau raising to 70,000 from middle position, Karl Gal reraising behind him, and Hanoteau calling with his remaining 40,000 or so. Hanoteau had {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{7-Spades} and Gal {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Spades}.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}, giving Hanoteau the flush draw. The turn was the {Q-Clubs}, adding a Broadway wrap for Hanoteau. But the river was the {4-Spades}, and Hanoteau is out.

Gal now has 561,000.

Hard Luck for Hanoteau, All Good for Gal


Karl Gal raised to 44,000 from middle position, Patrick Hanoteau reraised to 150,000, and it folded back to Gal. Gal reraised all in, and Hanoteau called.

Gal showed {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} and Hanoteau {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. The flop came {10-Spades}{J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, giving Gal a big wrap draw. The turn was the {2-Spades}, adding flush possibilties for Gal.

The river then brought the {7-Spades}, giving Gal the flush and the pot. He's up to 456,000, and now Hanoteau is the table's short stack with 115,000.

Tags: Karl GalPatrick Hanoteau

Greco All In


Patrick Hanoteau raised to 45,000 and was reraised by Michael Greco to 160,000. Hanoteau made the call and the two saw a flop of {5-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Spades}.

Hanoteau bet enough to put Greco all in, which was 76,000. Greco called and showed {A-Clubs}{A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} for a pair of aces. Hanoteau showed {9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{8-Spades} for a pair of tens and a straight draw.

The {Q-Spades} on the turn changed nothing and neither did the {2-Clubs} on the river. Greco doubled to 524,000 while Hanoteau dropped to 265,000.

Tags: Michael GrecoPatrick Hanoteau

Greco Gets There


Another limped pot -- this time involving five players. The flop came {4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{K-Spades}, and Michael Greco bet 80,000. Only Joerg Engels was interested in sticking around, raising Greco to 160,000. That was enough to put the Englishman all in, and he called with his remaining chips.

Greco {Q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}
Engels {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}

A set of kings for Engels, and an open-ender for the former star of "Eastenders." The turn was the {3-Clubs}, giving Greco the straight, and after the {A-Diamonds} river he'd doubled to 280,000. Engels still leads with 930,000.

Tags: Joerg EngelsMichael Greco

Joerg Jumps Ahead

Joerg Engels
Joerg Engels

During the deal, the {5-Hearts} was exposed. "Indecent exposure," cracked Robbie, our Tournament Director.

Five players limped to see a flop of {K-Hearts}{3-Spades}{3-Hearts}. L.J. Klein bet 50,000 from the small blind, and only Engels called from the cutoff. The turn brought the {Q-Clubs} and a bet of 165,000 from Klein. Engels went into the tank for a couple of minutes before finally making the call.

The river brought the {6-Diamonds} and this time Klein checked. Engels checked as well. The players tabled their cards, and Engels' {6-}{3-}-X-X -- treys full of sixes -- proved best.

Engels chips up over one million with that one, moving into the chip lead. Klein is down to 575,000.

Tags: Joerg EngelsL.J. Klein

Le Fills Up, Chips Up


Four players limped to see a flop of {6-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Trevor Pope checked, Patrick Hanoteau bet 45,000, Tommy Le called, Michael Greco folded, and Pope folded as well.

The turn brought the {8-Diamonds}. Hanoteau checked, Le bet the pot -- 170,000 -- Hanoteau check-raised all in, and Le called with his remaining chips.

Hanoteau showed {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{4-} for the straight, while Le tabled {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} for a set of nines. The river brought the {6-Diamonds}, filling Le up and enabling him to survive.

Le bumps up over 700,000 on that hand, suddenly going from almost out to challenging for the chip lead. Hanoteau drops to about 520,000.

Tags: Patrick HanoteauTommy Le