Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship

WTF Eugene?????

[user101598] • Level 8: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Eugene Katchalov, all smiles.
Eugene Katchalov, all smiles.

When we reached their table, Team PokerStars Pro's Eugene Katchalov and Vanessa Selbst were high-fiving because they had bet out two other opponents and were heads-up going to the turn with the board reading {9-Hearts}{j-Spades}{7-Spades}. The turn was the {q-Diamonds}, Katchalov check-called a bet, and the river was the {6-Clubs}. Both players checked.

Katchalov tabled {a-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Spades} for two pair; sevens and sixes. Selbst couldn't help but laugh.

"What the f****, Eugene???????" she asked before mucking.

Katchalov just giggled.

"Wot?" Luke Schwartz chimed in. "'e 'ad a flush draw."

The entire table erupted in laugher as Katchalov raked in the pot.

Tags: Eugene KatchalovLuke SchwartzVanessa Selbst

Isolating the Fish


Luke Schwartz and Barry Greenstein were heads-up with the board reading {9-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{5-Clubs}. Schwartz check-called every street as the board ran {5-Diamonds}, {2-Clubs}, and mucked when Greenstein tabled {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{k-Hearts}{k-Spades} for fives full of kings.

"It's an easy game when you isolate the fish," Schwartz said.


Barry Greenstein 48,000 4,000

Tags: Luke SchwartzBarry Greenstein


Chad Brown in the Red

• Level 7: 400-800, 0 ante
Chad Brown
Chad Brown

We picked up a pretty big pot on the turn as the board showed {3-Hearts} {4-Hearts} {10-Hearts} {9-Hearts}. Eric Buchman put out the leading bet, and both John Monnette and Chad Brown called to see the {4-Spades} fill out the board on fifth street. Buchman bet again, Monnette beat him into the pot with the call, and Brown tanked for a while before calling as well.

Buchman showed {3-Spades} {3-Clubs} {5-Spades} {7-Spades} for the full house, and it was good. Monnette studied his cards for a moment before slinging them angrily into the muck, and Brown could not show anything better, either. When he mucked, we got an eyeball on his dwindling chip stack. He's got just 1,300 chips left, while Buchman climbs to about 59,000 with that pot.

Tags: Eric BuchmanJohn MonnetteChad Brown

Taking Dwan's Action

• Level 7: 400-800, 0 ante
Tom "Dwan" Durrrr
Tom "Dwan" Durrrr

Josh Arieh limped into the pot under the gun, and he was followed in by Steve Zolotow, two unknown players, and Shaun Deeb in the small blind. From the big, Tom Dwan snuck in a raise, and everyone splashed the extra bet into the pot nearly simultaneously.

The flop came {10-Spades} {Q-Hearts} {9-Clubs}, and Dwan and Arieh were quickly heads up. Dwan put out the first bet, and Arieh made it two bets to go. When the monkeys in the middle folded, Dwan called the second bet, and the {J-Hearts} appeared on the turn. Dwan check-called another bet there, and he did the same following the {K-Clubs} river.

Arieh showed down {9-Spades} {10-Clubs} {8-Diamonds} {Q-Clubs}, and his straight to the king was good enough for the pot.

"All right," Dwan said immediately. "Who wants to book me for $15,000?" Steve Zolotow was obviously hungry for action, but he had no idea what Durrrr meant by his offer. It took about two minutes of Deeb and Dwan awkwardly explaining the scenario before Zolotow passed.

Smart man. Dwan still has 45,000 left.

Tags: Shaun DeebSteve ZolotowTom Dwan

Schulman Scoops


Four players saw a flop of {8-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}, including Shawn Buchanan, Nick Schulman and Blair Rodman. The fourth player led out, and only Schulman called. After the turn ({5-Spades}) and the river ({10-Clubs}) Schulman's opponent slowed down, check-calling consecutive bets, and mucked when Schulman tabled {a-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} for a straight and the nut-low.

Nick Schulman 37,000 11,000

Tags: Blair RodmanNick SchulmanShawn Buchanan

What About Bob?

• Level 7: 400-800, 0 ante

Humberto Brenes opened with a raise under the gun, and Chad Brown three-bet him from across the table. Robert Mizrachi didn't see the three-bet, and he called from the small blind, only to be forced to call the third bet as well. Brenes came along, too, and the three men took a {10-Spades} {Q-Hearts} {9-Clubs} flop. Mizrachi took the betting lead, and Brenes made the call. Brown raised, and both opponents called again to see the {4-Diamonds} on the turn. Mizrachi led right back out with a big bet, and this time Brenes ducked out before Brown made the call to see the last card.

It was the {K-Diamonds}, and Mizrachi fired his last bullet. Brown surrendered now with a fold, and his stack has slipped to about 14,000. Brother Mizrachi is up to 37,000 as he collects that pot.

Tags: Chad BrownHumberto BrenesRobert Mizrachi

Negreanu Makes Nice Call


Daniel Negreanu was involved in a four-way pot with three opponents and the board reading {6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Spades}. Three players, including Negreanu, called a bet from one opponent, and the turn brought the {j-Spades}. All four players checked.

The river was the {8-Spades}, Negreanu checked and then was faced with a bet and a call. He tanked for a while before tossing a bet in, and was pleased to see that his {q-}{q-}{x-}{x-} was good for the high. The low was awarded to a player with the nuts; {a-}{2-}.

Daniel Negreanu 45,000 14,000

Tags: Daniel Negreanu

The Grinder and Mike the Mouth

• Level 7: 400-800, 0 ante
Grinder - busto
Grinder - busto

The most recent victim of Day 1 is Michael Mizrachi, and he's really hearing it right now. "Grinder" is trying to have a conversation with some friends on the rail, but Mike Matusow and his own brother, Robert, are giving him a tough time.

"I heard Ewee (brother Eric) has more cashes than you this year, Grinder!" Matusow yelled. "You lasted six levels in this one. That's actually pretty good for you!"

Robert Mizrachi was running around in between the tables, laughing hysterically at the scene unfolding. And Matusow was still going. "Eric's played one event, and he lasted longer than you have in all six events combined!" The verbal onslaught continued as we walked away from the table to find something quieter to write about.

Tags: Michael MizrachiMike MatusowRobert Mizrachi

Bari Folds Big Hand


Winner of Event #4, Allen Bari is among our chip leaders this evening, and he just made a big fold at his table in the back of the Pavillion Room.

The board read {9-Hearts}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Spades} when we reached the table, and Bari was heads-up with an unknown opponent. The player check-called a bet from Bari, and then check-raised him after the {k-Spades} fell on the river. Bari mucked {a-}{5-} face-up, and his opponent claimed to have {k-}{k-}{5-}{x-}.

Allen Bari 61,000 5,000

Tags: Allen Bari