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

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Tony Paino 240,000
Dmitry Stelmak ru 226,000
James Akenhead gb 181,100
Felix Gubitz 178,600
Mikhail Smirnov ru 169,800
Fabrice Soulier fr 151,200
Ted Lawson us 140,000
Shawn Hattem 134,000
Ben Blackmore 129,100
Alessio Isaia it 124,700
Paul Marrow 120,800
Daniel Hindin 117,700
John Racener us 117,600
Gary Bolden us 115,500
Noah Boeken nl 114,400
Nathan Lindsay 110,800
Annette Obrestad no 106,900
Jonas Entin 105,000
David Benyamine fr 104,800
Travis Pettey 104,300
Tom Dwan us 103,800
Michael Piper 103,600
Eli Elezra us 101,500
Miguel Proulx ca 100,900
Daniel Alaei us 99,800

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Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Tony Paino 240,000
Dmitry Stelmak ru 226,000
James Akenhead gb 181,100
Felix Gubitz 178,600
Mikhail Smirnov ru 169,800
Fabrice Soulier fr 151,200
Ted Lawson us 140,000
Shawn Hattem 134,000
Ben Blackmore 129,100
Alessio Isaia it 124,700
Paul Marrow 120,800
Daniel Hindin 117,700
John Racener us 117,600
Gary Bolden us 115,500
Noah Boeken nl 114,400
Nathan Lindsay 110,800
Annette Obrestad no 106,900
Jonas Entin 105,000
David Benyamine fr 104,800
Travis Pettey 104,300
Tom Dwan us 103,800
Michael Piper 103,600
Eli Elezra us 101,500
Miguel Proulx ca 100,900
Daniel Alaei us 99,800

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Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Matthew
Tony Paino 240,000
Dmitry Stelmak ru 226,000
James Akenhead gb 181,100
Felix Gubitz 178,600
Mikhail Smirnov ru 169,800
Fabrice Soulier fr 151,200
Ted Lawson us 140,000
Shawn Hattem 134,000
Ben Blackmore 129,100
Alessio Isaia it 124,700
Paul Marrow 120,800
Daniel Hindin 117,700
John Racener us 117,600
Gary Bolden us 115,500
Noah Boeken nl 114,400
Nathan Lindsay 110,800
Annette Obrestad no 106,900
Jonas Entin 105,000
David Benyamine fr 104,800
Travis Pettey 104,300
Tom Dwan us 103,800
Michael Piper 103,600
Eli Elezra us 101,500
Miguel Proulx ca 100,900
Daniel Alaei us 99,800

Day One Is Done - No Pain For Paino

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Tony Paino leads the way after day one action!
Tony Paino leads the way after day one action!

Eight levels ago we started with a large field of 346 players who ponied up a lazy ten large for their place in this star-studded Pot-Limit Omaha field. The triple chance format gave players an opportunity to gamble it up in the early stages without fear of going broke, and as such, the eliminations were few and far between in the early goings.

After dinner everyone was on an even playing field and we were able to get a feel for who was ascending and who was just pretending.

Men Nguyen, Noah Boeken, Greg Raymer and Vanessa Selbst were some who rose to the top early, before late surges from James Akenhead (181,100), Dimitry Stelmak (226,000), Felix Gubitz (178,600), Mikhail Smirnov (169,800), Eli Elezra (101,500) and Australian Tony Paino (240,000) saw them top the charts towards the end of the day. There will also be some rumblings amongst the poker fraternity as young guns Tom Dwan and Annette Obrestad collected some late offerings to bag up over 100,000 chips to be in contention entering day two tomorrow.

We'll have somewhere around 170 players returning tomorrow with a massive task ahead of us to get anywhere near a final table tomorrow. Join us tomorrow from 3pm to see how it all goes down!

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Hellmuth Pulls One On Last Hand Of The Night

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On the final hand of the night, as all the other tables were busily bagging up their chips, Phil Hellmuth was in the middle of a big pot, doing what he does best.

The board read {8-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{7-Clubs} as we approached the table to see Hellmuth facing a bet of 13,500 from his opponent. As a few moments of thought and cutting down chips, Hellmuth gave his famous "raise it up".

He added just 14,000 to the bet, in what was almost a min-raise.

"I only have 15,000 behind in case you were wondering," commented Hellmuth as his opponent gave a wry grin.

He eventually folded and the table egged on Hellmuth to show the bluff since it was the last hand of the night. He obliged.

Hellmuth opened {K-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} for just a pair of sevens!

"You think I've got no heart? I do this for a living baby!" giggled Hellmuth as he'll bag up over 75,000 in just two levels of play.

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Dwanaments

Tom Dwan checked an {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{10-Clubs} flop to his only opponent, who potted for 4,300. Dwan called, then checked again after the {3-Diamonds} turn. The other player bet 12,800 this time, and Dwan flatted a second street. No more checking after the {a-Diamonds} on the river. Dwan bet out 26,400, getting a tank-fold from his opponent. Dwan scooped that one to move up to 165,000.

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Selbst Flops Big In Multi-Way Pot

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Six players limped in to see a flop of {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and the blinds checked it to an early position player who fired 3,000. Four folds before Vanessa Selbst made the call in the big blind.

The turn was the {2-Clubs} and Selbt check-called for 6,000 before both players checked the {3-Diamonds} river.

Selbt tabled {8-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{3-Clubs} for a flopped straight that rivered a flush to win the pot. She's at 92,000.

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