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

Barbero Eliminated


Jose Barbero was all in preflop with {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades}{A-Clubs} against the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Spades} of his opponent in Seat 7.

The board ran out {K-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}, giving Seat 7 a full house. Barbero has been eliminated from the tournament late on Day 1.

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Baker Takes One


David Baker, winner of Event No. 19, the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw Championship, just now limped in from early position, the player in the hijack seat limped behind, then the button raised to 1,500. The small blind called, the BB folded, and Baker and the other two called the raise as well.

Four players, then, to see the {3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} flop. It checked around to the hijack who bet 3,500, and only Baker stuck around. Both then checked the {4-Hearts} turn and {5-Clubs} flop.

"Flush," said Baker, tabling {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. His opponent studied his four again, then mucked. Baker is at about 24,000 at the moment, which is just a touch above the average with 189 players remaining.

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Recent Eliminations


Eric Baldwin, Mike Beasley, Ben Roberts, Vivek Rajkumar, Sigi Stockinger and Jason DeWitt are among the notables who have been recently eliminated.

Ivey's Absence


Believe it or not, Phil Ivey is still alive in the tournament. He has been M.I.A. for the past few levels, slowly being blinded off, as he played in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship.

Ivey is currently sitting with 7,225 and will need to get back soon if he wants to avoid elimination.

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Hachem Ousts Stockinger

Joe Hachem
Joe Hachem

Sigi Stockinger was just now all in preflop, having chosen a fine PLO hand -- {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} -- to which to assign his fate. Joe Hachem was his foe, going to battle with {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}.

The community cards would decide it. The first four -- {K-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} -- suggested all sorts of possibilities for Stockinger. But the {Q-Clubs} came on the river. Hachem's set of queens proved best, and Stockinger is out.

Hachem is now at 40,000.

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Some Updated Chip Counts


Here's a fresh round of updated counts for you. Click that "Chip counts" tab for counts on all of those we have tracked thus far.

Joe Serock 75,000 55,500
Tex Barch 70,000 -22,000
57,000 31,000
Michael Binger 53,000 -500
Richard Ashby 52,000 25,000
Tom Dwan 52,000 10,000
50,000 23,000
Joe Hachem 47,000 32,000
Scotty Nguyen 47,000 2,500
Robert Williamson III 40,000 9,000
Kirill Gerasimov 40,000 21,000
Shannon Shorr 39,000 3,000
T.J. Cloutier 37,500 -2,500
J.C. Tran 37,000 -5,000
Chau Giang 35,500 5,500
Will Failla 33,000
Eric Cloutier 31,000 11,400
Tom McEvoy 30,000 -5,000
Christian Harder 27,300 2,500
Erik Seidel 22,000 500
Bertrand Grospellier 22,000 6,800
Brian Rast 20,000 2,500
Scott Montgomery 20,000 -6,000
Frank Kassela 19,500 -5,500
Chip Jett 18,000 -1,000

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Baldwin vs Grospellier


There was about 6,000 in the pot at the river with a board reading {K-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades} when Eric Baldwin bet 4,700. Bertrand Grospellier thought it over for a minute or so before raising all in for 6,625, which was enough to set Baldwin all in.

Baldwin mulled it over, reciting possible hands aloud, before finally mucking. He left himself with around 5,000 while Grospellier is up to 22,000.

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Grospellier Cut in Half

Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand Grospellier

When action folded to the player in the small blind, he raised the pot only to have Bertrand Grospellier reraise the pot from the big blind for 8,200 more.

The small blind mulled it over and then pushed all in for a total of 12,900. Grospellier called and they turned over their cards:

Grospellier: {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}
Small Blind: {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}

Grospellier was in the lead preflop but was in trouble when the flop came {9-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Grospellier picked up the nut flush draw, but that was nixed when the {9-Clubs} hit the turn and gave his opponent a full house. The river was the {J-Diamonds} and Grospellier lost nearly half his chips in the hand. He is down to 15,200.

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Tran the Man


A player sitting under the gun raised and got four callers behind him, including J.C. Tran in the hijack seat and Shannon Shorr on the button.

The flop came {6-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{9-Hearts}. It checked to Tran -- winner of this event in 2009 -- who bet 2,500, and only Shorr called. The turn was the {3-Clubs}, and Tran bet 5,500 this time. Shorr thought a short while, but got out.

Tran, wearing his familiar New York Yankees cap, has about 42,000 at present, while Shorr is sitting with 35,000.

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A Bitter One for Barbero


With the board showing {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, Jose "Nacho" Barbero made a pot-sized bet of 2,200, the player sitting to his left reraised the pot, and Brian Rast got out. The action back on Barbero, he thought at length about what do, enough time for the coffee he ordered earlier to arrive. Finally, with a bit of a pained look, Barbero reraised enough to put his opponent all in, and the call was made.

Barbero showed {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} for top two pair and a gutshot to Broadway. His opponent tabled {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} for the nut flush draw and one pair. The turn was the {A-Clubs}, meaning both now had top two. But the river was the {J-Diamonds}, giving his opponent the flush.

Barbero now has 12,000 and a hot cup of coffee, to which he's presently adding sugar.

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