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

Updated Chip Counts

Scott Seiver 44,500 -4,500
T.J. Cloutier 40,000 13,000
Robert Williamson III 37,000 7,000
Bertrand Grospellier 29,500 1,500
Scotty Nguyen 26,500 5,500
Scott Montgomery 26,000 16,000
Will Failla 25,000 13,000
Josh Arieh 25,000 13,000
Eugene Todd 23,000 -2,000
JC Tran 22,000 -3,000
Michael Binger 20,000 12,500
Tim West 20,000 16,000
Chau Giang 20,000 7,000
Tommy Le 20,000 15,500
Chip Jett 19,500 500
Shannon Shorr 19,500 -4,000
Eric Cloutier 18,800 11,300
Brian Rast 16,000 -9,500
Tom Dwan 16,000 6,000
Rep Porter 15,500 4,500
Men Nguyen 15,000 11,000
Dan Shak 15,000 4,000
Mike Sowers 15,000 -500
Eric Baldwin 14,600 5,100
Jim Meehan 14,000 7,500

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Small One for Le


Pursuing that tough-tables-everywhere theme, here's a hand from the table featuring Erik Seidel, Chris Ferguson, Men Nguyen, and James Akenhead. Oh, and Sandra Naujoks and Name Le are at that one, too.

Akenhead limped in from middle position, and it folded around to Le who called from the small blind, and Seidel checked his option from the big blind.

The flop came monotone -- {8-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{J-Clubs}. Le checked, Seidel bet 300, Akenhead folded, and Le called. Both remaining players then checked the {10-Diamonds} turn and {4-Spades} river.

Le showed {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs} for a flush, and Seidel took one more look at his four before tossing them dealerward. Le has 13,500 now, Seidel 8,200, and Akenhead 5,200.

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Tough Tables


As players are eliminated and tables combined, new and interesting rosters are appearing. Two tables imparticular are quite formidable.

Table 17 currently has Tom McEvoy, Bertrand Grospellier, Eric Baldwin, and Gavin Griffin.

Table 29 is home to James Akenhead, Chris Ferguson, Erik Seidel, and Men Nguyen.

Tables are still breaking so stacked tables surely await in the future.

Chips for Nacho


With the board showing {10-Spades}{3-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} and about 1,200 in the middle, Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero of Argentina bet 800, and his opponent called. The river was the {6-Hearts}, Barbero bet 2,400, and his opponent got out.

Barbero comes to the WSOP on a torrid streak, having taken down two consecutive Latin American Poker Tour events. In February Barbero bested a field of 307 to win the LAPT Punta del Este Main Event. Then just over a week ago Barbero came away with all the chips at LAPT Lima, where 384 players entered.

Here Barbero looks to be having a good afternoon thus far. With that last hand, Nacho chips up to 31,000 as we approach the midway point of Level 6.

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PokerStars Pro McEvoy Holding Strong

Tom McEvoy
Tom McEvoy

Tom McEvoy limped in middle position and then called a raise to 600 from the player on the button. The two saw a flop of {K-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and both checked.

When the {J-Clubs} came on the turn, McEvoy bet 1,000 and the button called. McEvoy then checked when the {9-Diamonds} hit the river.

"Straight," the button said after checking. McEvoy silently turned over {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for a full house and took down the pot. He is now up to 15,100.

Tags: PokerStarsTom McEvoy

333 Remain


Here at the start of Level 6, the big board is now showing 333 players left from our starting field of 596. Looking like less than half of our starters are going to make it to the dinner break, which begins at the end of this level.

Marco Crazy About Spades


"Crazy" Marco Johnson just enjoyed a timely triple up.

Johnson was in a tricky spot, all in preflop with {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}{8-Clubs}{6-Spades} against two opponents, both of whom held nice PLO starters -- {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{9-Hearts} and {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}.

Luckily for Johnson the board conveniently brought three spades to give him the nut flush, and Johnson is now up to 17,000.

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More Updated Chip Counts

Bertrand Grospellier 28,000 19,400
JC Tran 25,000 2,000
Humberto Brenes 23,500 11,800
Joe Serock 22,500
Scotty Nguyen 21,000 -17,000
Isaac Haxton 18,300 1,800
Jordan Morgan 15,000 2,000
Gavin Griffin 14,500 -11,500
Matt Stout 14,000 3,000
Layne Flack 12,500 5,100
Cliff Josephy 12,300 8,500
Burt Boutin 12,200 5,200
Jonathan Little 12,000 -1,000
Will Failla 12,000 7,500
Rep Porter 11,000 -5,000
Dan Shak 11,000 -1,600
Tom Dwan 10,000 -3,000
Eric Baldwin 9,500 3,000
Neil Channing 9,300 -7,700
Ted Lawson 8,500
Michael Binger 7,500 500
Nick Binger 7,500 3,400
Tom McEvoy 7,000 3,300
David Baker 5,700 -2,300
George Lind 5,500 3,500

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Some Updated Chip Counts

Robert Williamson III 30,000 9,500
T.J. Cloutier 27,000 3,000
Brian Rast 25,500 1,500
Eugene Todd 25,000 15,000
Shannon Shorr 23,500 15,000
Chip Jett 19,000 14,000
Phil Galfond 18,000 8,000
14,000 1,000
Chau Giang 13,000 6,000
Ben Roberts 12,500 8,000
Josh Arieh 12,000 3,500
Joe Hachem 11,000 2,000
Andy Bloch 11,000 175
Sam Stein 11,000 5,500
Scott Montgomery 10,000 -1,500
Jeff Madsen 10,000 3,000
Ted Lawson 8,500 -3,000
Richard Toth 8,000 3,200
Eric Cloutier 7,500 4,500
Michael Binger 7,000 -800
Praz Bansi 6,600 4,600
Jim Meehan 6,500 -2,500
Marco Johnson 6,200 2,500
Surinder Sunar 6,000 -2,000
Tom Schneider 6,000 -300

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Ferguson Rises Again


The player in the hijack raised to 450 and James Akenhead reraised to 1,575. Chris Ferguson, who was next to act from the small blind, raised again to 5,400, leaving himself only 350 behind.

Action folded back to the hijack who mucked. Akenhead put in a big pile of chips, which put Ferguson all in. Ferguson called and showed {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{7-Hearts} and was ahead of Akenhead's {9-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}.

The board ran out {A-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{9-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Ferguson got a much needed double up to around 11,600. Akenhead was still left with a healthy stack near 18,000.

Tags: James AkenheadChris Ferguson