Event #55: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

Event Info

Prize Pool $3,252,400
Players 346

Proulx Down Around a Million

Miguel Proulx limped from the small blind, and Ville Mattila potted to 480,000 from the big. Proulx called.

Heads up, the flop came {7-Hearts} {5-Spades} [2d}, and Proulx checked. Mattila bet the pot, 960,000, and Proulx tank-folded to the maximum bet.

Tags: Miguel ProulxVille Mattila

Alaei Asserting Himself

Daniel Alaei
Daniel Alaei

Daniel Alaei limped from the button, Miguel Proulx folded his small blind, and Ville Mattila took a free flop in the big.

It came {A-Clubs} {10-Clubs} {2-Spades}, and Mattila tried his luck with a 350,000-chip bet into Alaei. It was a bad idea. Alaei potted to 1.45 million, and Mattila could not call.

Alaei - 6.36 million
Mattila - 2.1 million

Tags: Daniel AlaeiVille Mattila

Another to Alaei

Daniel Alaei limped in from the button, Miguel Proulx called from the small blind, and Ville Mattila knocked the felt for a friendly family flop.

It came {9-Spades} {3-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} and they all checked it around to the {A-Diamonds} turn. Proulx checked again, and Mattila bet 360,000. Alaei proceeded to raise to 900,000 straight, and that earned him another little pot to bolster his chip lead.

Tags: Daniel AlaeiMiguel ProulxVille Mattila

Alaei Treading Water

Ville Mattila raised to 290,000 from the button, and Daniel Alaei called from the small blind. The flop came {K-Spades} {J-Spades} {9-Clubs}, and both players checked. Alaei led out with 400,000 chips on the {8-Clubs} turn, and that ended the hand and chipped him back up to about 5.4 million.

Tags: Daniel AlaeiVille Mattila

Table Talk

Ville Mattila
Ville Mattila

Ville Mattila (confused): "Wait, what are the blinds?"

Daniel Alaei: "The same they've been for the last 55 minutes."

Tags: Ville MattilaDaniel Alaei

Ludovic Lacay Eliminated in 4th Place ($262,208)

Ludovic Lacay - 4th Place
Ludovic Lacay - 4th Place

Ludovic Lacay open-shoved for his last 415,000, a nickel shy of a pot-sized raise. Daniel Alaei proceeded to make a quick call, and Miguel Proulx made a quick fold.

And now, once again, we came a to dead standstill at Ville Mattila. He couldn't seem to figure out how much the bet was despite the chips being tidily stacked out in front of him. He pointed to both piles of chips, asked a few questions, and fumbled with his chips. He asked Alaei if he would check it down with him. The dealer immediately stepped in and Alaei was the one who said, "You can't ask me that. Just play."

After about another minute, Mattila still couldn't figure out the bet, and the dealer tried her best to move things along, "Okay, you are the big blind. You have 120,000 out there. If you want to call, it's 295,000 more. You can give me 300,000 and I will give you 5,000 back."

No joke. Mattila still couldn't quite get it, and he once again asked how much the total bet was. Alaei and Lacay called the clock almost simultaneously, and Mattila began to get angry. He let the clock tick down to zero and slid his cards back to the dealer with a few words to his opponents and the floor man. In any event, Lacay was now at risk, and the cards were turned up:

Lacay: {K-Spades} {J-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} {2-Spades}
Alaei: {A-Hearts} {K-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds} {J-Spades}

The all-in player stood as the dealer sealed his fate with a board of {Q-Clubs} {2-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} {10-Clubs} (3h}.

Unable to improve, Ludovic Lacay has been eliminated in fourth place. He'll pocket more than a quarter-million dollars, but he sure would have preferred the bracelet that he came so tantalizingly close to. Things might have turned out differently if Lacay could have won any one of the five all ins that he lost this evening. 0-for-5. The featured table arena is now nearly empty with the exit of the French contingent.

Tags: Daniel AlaeiLudovic Lacay

Lacay Crippled as Proulx Doubles


Obviously, another all-in situation just occurred but we have no idea how the better went. Ludovic Lacay raised the button, the words "all in" we muttered by Miguel Proulx in the big blind and then every jumped to their feet and the cards were tabled.

Lacay held the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{8-Spades} and Proulx the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{3-Clubs}.

The flop, turn and river ran out {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{4-Hearts} to give Proulx the best hand. After a final count, he was all in for just over 900,000 and Lacay was crippled to just 415,000 chips.

Tags: Ludovic LacayMiguel Proulx

No Limit to this Pot Limit


The past few hands that have gotten all in preflop haven't really obeyed the whole pot-limit rules. It's been one raise and then the two players just seem to agree to get the money in and then the cards are turned up. It's pretty hectic when an all-in situation happens, but it's also very exciting. This sort of this happened in a few of the other PLO events as well.