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

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,162,000
Players 460

Jason Mercier Eliminated in 16th Place ($19,479)

Jason Mercier - 16th place
Jason Mercier - 16th place

Eric Liu potted preflop and Jason Mercier re-potted. Liu called, and they saw a flop. All the chips went in.

Liu: {j-Spades}{10-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Mercier: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

Board: {k-Spades}{3-Spades}{7-Hearts}{q-Spades}{6-Clubs}

A third spade dropped on the turn, making Liu a flush. Mercier sat there for a moment, before pushing his whole stack over to Liu. While Mercier looked rather dejected as he trudged to the payout desk, Liu moved to the upper echelons of the chip counts on 980,000.

Tags: Eric LiuJason Mercier

Iammarino Doubles Through Charlton

Niall Charlton raised and and David Iammarino shoved from the button for not much more. It folded back around to Charlton who called, and they were on their backs.

Charlton: {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}
Iammarino: {k-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{a-Spades}{7-Hearts}

Board: {2-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}

Iammarino doubled to 170,000. Charlton was left with 390,000.

Tags: David IammarinoNiall Charlton

More for Mizrachi

Robert Mizrachi made a small raise from early position, and Danny Smith and Mark Eddleman both called.

Flop: {q-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} - Mizrachi checked, and Smith and Eddleman checked behind.

Turn: {5-Clubs} - Mizrachi bet 59,000. Smith folded, and Eddleman made the call.

River: {7-Clubs} - Mizrachi bet a reasonable 74,000, and Eddleman called.

Mizrachi turned over {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{8-Spades} for kings and fives, which was enough to take down the pot. He moved further into the lead with 950,000, leaving Eddleman with a still decent 320,000.

Tags: Danny SmithMark EddlemanRobert Mizrachi

Break Down

After half the field went flying out of here in the last two levels, those who survived are off on a 20-minute break to catch their breaths.

G0lfa Willing to Gamble

Ali Aljenabi potted preflop, and Ryan D'Angelo pressed repot, leaving himself 30,000 behind. Aljenabi matched G0lfa's bet of 168,000 to see the flop fall {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}. Aljenabi tossed in a handful of pink chips, and D'Angelo called all in.

D'Angelo: {j-Spades}{10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for top two pair
Aljenabi: {a-Spades}{q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} for top pair, top kicker and some backdoor draws

The {3-Hearts} turn ended Aljenabi's shot at a runner-runner straight or flush, and he was down to looking for a better two pair. But the {j-Clubs} on the river actually improved G0lfa's two pair, giving him the win with jacks and tens.

"It's a gambling tournament," D'Angelo said. "You gotta go with it."

D'Angelo moved back up the ladder to 350,000 after losing a huge hand earlier. Aljenabi was left with just 85,000. "You shouldn't have told me you didn't like to flip," D'Angelo said to him. "I wouldn't have shoved then."

Tags: Ali AljenabiRyan D'Angelo

Gary Bolden Eliminated in 17th Place ($19,479)

Gary Bolden - 17th place
Gary Bolden - 17th place

Jose Nacho Barbero limped in early position; behind him David Iammarino and Gary Bolden (cutoff) followed suit, as did both Scott Mandel and Julian Gardner in the blinds.

All five players saw a {10-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{4-Spades} flop, and four of them checked. In position, Bolden bet pot with just a few chips behind. It folded back to Barbero, who squirmed for a minute or two. Then he reraised all in. Iammarino folded but Bolden made the call and they were on their backs.

Bolden: {10-Spades}{8-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{10-Hearts} for a set of tens
Barbero: {4-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{5-Spades} for a flush draw

Turn: bink! {q-Spades}

River: {8-Spades}

Barbero made his flush and Bolden failed to fill up, meaning that we are down to 16 players.

Tags: Gary BoldenJose Nacho Barbero

Bolden vs. Chainsaw

Gary Bolden isn't a player to mess with. His biceps are in danger of ripping his shirt, and he exudes a "tough guy" attitude without appearing to try. From a few tables over, where he is waiting for the limit hold'em shootout to begin, Allen Kessler took notice of Bolden.

"Do you do personal training?" he asked. "I need a personal trainer."

Bolden said he didn't, but that they could probably work something out.

"Good," Kessler said. "I jogged here from the parking lot and I ran out of breath."

Another player at Kessler's table laughed. "You can't get personal training comped, so you're never going to do it." But if he does, we'd pay money to see it.

Tags: Allen KesslerGary Bolden

Joe Beevers Eliminated in 18th Place ($19,479)

Joe Beevers - 18th Place
Joe Beevers - 18th Place

Mark Eddleman raised to 47,000 in early position, and Joe Beevers moved all in behind him. Eddleman made the call to put Beevers in danger.

Beevers: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{q-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Eddleman: {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{6-Hearts}

Beevers' kings were second best, but he did have club and spade flush draws to go with them. Eddleman was the one who picked up a flush draw on the flop, however, as it came {7-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts}. The {a-Hearts} on the turn sealed the deal, giving Eddleman both a flush and top set. The {j-Diamonds} river was unimportant, and Beevers was sent to the payout desk in 18th, making him the first to collect $19,479. Eddleman moved up to 550,000.

Tags: Joe BeeversMark Eddleman

Back of the Net for Charlton

Jose Nacho Barbero potted under the gun and Scott Mandel called on the button. Over in the big blind, however, Niall Charlton re-potted, with not many chips behind. Barbero tanked up for a while but folded. Mandel also tanked up - but when he emerged from the tank, he called.


Charlton: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Mandel: {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{q-Spades}{k-Clubs}

Board: {3-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

Charlton's queens held up and he doubled to 400,000. Mandel's face fell as he realized his flush draw wasn't coming in, and he fell to 210,000.

Tags: Niall CharltonScott Mandel

A PokerStar at Every Table

Two tables left, and indeed two Team PokerStars Pros - one at each table.

Representing for North America (USA), at Table 345 we have Jason Mercier. He's currently above average on a very comfortable 450,000 after knocking out Ayaz Mahmood.

And for South America (Argentina), at Table 344 is Jose Nacho Barbero. Fresh off of winning two LAPT titles back to back earlier this year, Barbero is a little below average on 285,000, but is certainly running hot and we wouldn't be surprised if he ends up taking a serious shot at this bracelet.

Tags: Jose Nacho BarberoJason Mercier