Event #50: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,162,000
Players 460


Well, we were kind of due one after the breakneck pace of the day so far.

Action has really slowed down since Chance Kornuth's double up. Whether it's down to the blinds getting big and the resulting shallowness of everyone's stack but Kornuth's, the proximity to a bracelet, or just the fact that the rail have all moved around so they can't tilt anyone - we're not sure. But all the pots played since that double up have been small, and there has been little change in the stack sizes.

Big Double Up for Kornuth

Kevin Boudreau raised to 175,000, and his nemesis, Chance Kornuth, potted for a total of 585,000. Boudreau called, and the flop fell {q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{5-Hearts}. Kornuth moved all in for around 800,000, and Boureau called.

Kornuth: {k-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} for top two pair
Boudreau: {k-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Spades} for straight draws

The {2-Spades} on the turn was safe for Kornuth, and the {a-Clubs} on the river gave him aces and queens to double up to retake the chip lead with 2.9 million. That knocked Boudreau back to 1.5 million.

Tags: Chance KornuthKevin Boudreau

Musical Chairs, with Extra Added Security

No-one has come to blows yet, but the TD and a couple security guards are now attempting to move Chance Kornuth's railers over to the other side of the stands so that Kevin Boudreau doesn't have to look at them while he's playing.

"Hey, how come nobody's fighting with us?" asked a bemused gentleman who was railing Danny Smith.

The Smith rail in turn tried to move over to where the Kornuth rail had been, but were prevented by the security guard standing in front of the seats there. "I'm sorry," he said, "This section is closed now."

"Everybody's on Team Dan now," said the Smith railer.

...And Break

We are now taking a 20-minute break. If others adjourn to the parking lot, we're staying out of it.

All In, Call, and a Chop

Kevin Boudreau limped, and Danny Smith and Chance Kornuth called in the blinds. They checked the {k-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} flop, and all three checked again after the {k-Clubs} on the turn paired the board. Then things got crazy after the {8-Diamonds} river. Smith bet out 90,000, and Kornuth potted to 350,000. Boudreau folded, and with the action back on him, Smith wanted a count of Chance's stack. He had about 600,000 behind. Smith raised to 520,000. Kornuth snap-shoved, and Smith called. Smith turned up {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{10-Spades}{2-Spades} and Kornuth held {k-Hearts}{9-Spades}{j-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}, giving both kings full of nines to chop the pot.

Tags: Chance KornuthKevin BoudreauDanny Smith

Tensions Running High at the Final Table

We don't know exactly what happened to spark it - although we think it may have been some heckling from the rail that kicked it off - but there is some serious tension brewing between Kevin Boudreau and Chance Kornuth.

We witnessed two hands.

Hand 1

Boudreau raised to 125,000 on the button and Kornuth called in the big blind. They checked the {2-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} board down to the river, when Kornuth bet out 225,000. Boudreau called and turned over {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for a flush - but then mucked his other two cards when Kornuth turned over {j-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{q-Hearts} for an ever-so-slightly better flush.

Some words were exchanged but the only bit of it we caught was, "Chance, you're crazy," from the mouth of Boudreau.

Hand 2

Next hand, Boudreau opened for 125,000, under the gun this time. Kornuth called from the small blind and they saw a {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Spades} flop. They both checked.

Kornuth bet out 160,000 on the {q-Clubs} turn and Boudreau called; Kornuth checked the {3-Diamonds} river. Boudreau bet 225,000.

Maybe 30 seconds had elapsed when Boudreau asked the tournament director, "Can I call the clock? How long has it been?"

Replied TD David Klein, "Not long enough."

Kornuth called, and mucked as soon as Boudreau turned over {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{9-Clubs}.

Boudreau turned to his cheering rail and bellowed, "PAID OFF LIKE A FISH! PAID OFF LIKE A FISH!"

He sat back down and told Kornuth, "You used to be so much fun, Chance, Now I want to bust you every hand."


As we said, we don't actually know what sparked this off, but we do know that Boudreau was threatened with a penalty if he didn't calm down, the rail were ordered to stop heckling, and the waiters have been ordered not to serve any drinks to the rail.

Tags: Chance KornuthKevin Boudreau

Boudreau with the Hero Call

Kevin Boudreau limped his button, and Chance Kornuth checked the big blind. They were heads up to the {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Spades} flop. Kornuth bet out 90,000, and Boudreau potted to 405,000. Very slowly, Kornuth made the call. The {2-Spades} on the turn completed a flush draw, and Kornuth checked. Boudreau checked behind. The {4-Hearts} came on the river, and Chance bet out a scary-looking 450,000. "Call," said Boudreau quickly, not needing to count out the chips. Kornuth didn't even need to see a hand before starting to muck. Kevin showed {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{2-Hearts} for a set of tens.

"We have a hero," shouted one of Boureau's friends as he dragged nearly two-million chip pot. He is up to 3.4 million while Kornuth continues his slide down to 1.2 million.

Tags: Kevin BoudreauChance Kornuth

Boudreau Doubles Through Kornuth

Boudreau - on Broadway
Boudreau - on Broadway

Kevin Boudreau opened for 125,000 under the gun and small blind Chance Kornuth reraised the pot. Boudreau re-potted, they agreed to get all the chips in, and the cards were on their backs.

Boudreau: {4-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{a-Spades}
Kornuth: a somewhat esoteric {q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{7-Spades}

Board: {q-Hearts}{j-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}

Boudreau flopped a Broadway straight, while Kornuth got two pair. He failed to fill up, though, and the roar from the Boudreau rail was deafening as their boy doubled up.

Boudreau - 2.3 million and the chip lead
Kornuth - 2.1 million

Tags: Chance KornuthKevin Boudreau