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



Tom "durrrr" Dwan led out from the small blind on every street as the board ran {a-Clubs}{a-Spades}{6-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. His opponent looked up him all three times, then mucked when Dwan tabled {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} for trip aces.

Tom Dwan 60,000 27,000

Tags: Tom Dwan

Chip Counts



Richard Ashby 53,000 23,000
Barry Greenstein 44,000 4,000
George Lind III 43,000 4,000
Dan Kelly 43,000 -7,000
Men Nguyen 42,000 -1,000
Mark Gregorich 41,000 11,000
Alessio Isaia 40,000 14,000
Steve Billirakis 39,000 6,000
Yuval Bronshtein 39,000 -3,000
Jeffrey Lisandro 38,000 4,000
Josh Arieh 38,000 4,000
Scott Seiver 37,000 7,000
Vanessa Selbst 37,000 10,000
Allen Cunningham 35,000 11,000
Alex Kostritsyn 35,000 3,000
Allen Kessler 35,000 5,000
John D'Agostino 35,000 -1,000
Chau Giang 35,000 4,500
Shaun Deeb 34,000 600
Robert Mizrachi 33,000 -7,000
Tom Dwan 33,000 3,000
Daniel Alaei 32,000 3,000
Daniel Negreanu 31,000 5,700
Shawn Buchanan 30,000
Michael Binger 30,000 2,000

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John Hennigan 46,000 13,000
Justin Bonomo 38,000 5,000
Erick Lindgren 34,000 4,000
Frank Kassela 30,000
David Bach 28,000 11,000
Jerry Buss 27,000 -6,000
Mike Sexton 26,000 -9,000
Thor Hansen 24,000 -6,000
Dario Alioto 23,000 -10,500
Scott Clements 22,000 -13,000
Nikolay Evdakov 18,000 5,000
Jason Mercier 13,000 -1,500
Vladimir Shchemelev 7,000 -16,000

To Each His Own

• Level 6: 300-600, 0 ante

We've got some prize pool information.

With 202 runners for this thing, the final 27 players will earn paychecks this week. The bottom cash is worth $16,329, and the final five players left standing will all earn six figures. The top two spots will guarantee you more than a quarter-million dollars, and the lucky man or woman who scoops the last pot will take home the bracelet and $465,216.

Not too shabby.

Deeb Scooped Veldhuis


Freddy Deeb and Lex Veldhuis were heads up with the board reading {10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{4-Hearts}. Deeb bet, and Veldhuis called. The river was the {6-Spades}, and Veldhuis called another bet from Deeb. Deeb tabled {a-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}, Veldhuis mucked, and Deeb scooped the pot.

Freddy Deeb 51,000 13,000
Lex Veldhuis 11,000 -19,000

"How Long Have You Been Playing Poker?"

[user101598] • Level 6: 300-600, 0 ante
Jean-Robert Bellande isn't happy.
Jean-Robert Bellande isn't happy.

When we walked up to the table, the board read {a-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}, and Allen Kessler and Jean-Robert Bellande were heads up. We're not certain exactly what the action was, but we know that Bellande was faced with a bet when he tossed enough chips in to make the call. There was a pause.

"Is that a raise?" Kessler questioned.

Bellande said nothing.

"Dealer," Andrew Brown piped up. "Is that a raise?"

"I don't know," he answered sheepishly.

Bellande stared into space silently. Eventually the dealer decided it was just a call, and dealt the river; the {k-Clubs}. Bellande checked, Kessler bet, and Bellande tank-folded. While Kessler was stacking his new chips, Bellande finally spoke.

"How long have you been playing poker, Allen?" he said bitterly. "That was clearly a call."

"I looked away," Kessler protested. "Thats why I asked."

The two continued to bicker, but it's Kessler who's a few thousand chips richer at the moment.

Tags: Allen KesslerJean-Robert Bellande


The Master's Call-Muck

• Level 5: 250-500, 0 ante
Men Nguyen
Men Nguyen

Under the gun, Men "The Master" Nguyen opened with a raise, and he found calls from nearly everyone, including Dan Kelly right next door. The {2-Hearts} {10-Diamonds} {5-Spades} flop drew a continuation bet from Nguyen, and Kelly raised to make it two bets. Nguyen called, and he check-called a big bet on the {10-Hearts} turn. The river {Q-Diamonds} filled out the board, and Kelly made one last bet. Nguyen stared down painfully at his cards, then tossed in the calling chip. As he did, he held his cards over the muck, waiting to see the hand that beat him.

Kelly showed {A-Diamonds} {10-Spades} {3-Clubs} {6-Spades}, and it was the winner. He moves up to about 50,000 now, while Nguyen takes a little step back to about 43,000.

Tags: Dan KellyMen Nguyen

Mortensen Moving Down, Juanda Jumping Up

[user101598] • Level 5: 250-500, 0 ante

Carlos Mortensen and John Juanda were heads up with the the board reading {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Mortensen check-called a bet from Juanda, and the turn brought the {q-Diamonds}. Mortensen led out, and Juanda called.

The river was the {2-Clubs}, and Mortensen led out again. Juanda called. Mortensen showed a {10-}, but Juanda tabled {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{a-Hearts} for Broadway, and scooped the pot.

Tags: Carlos MortensenJohn Juanda

Lefkowitz Scoops Himself to 50K


Farzad Bonyadi limped under the gun and Matt Lefkowitz folloed right behind him. In middle position, Gary Bolden raised and then action moved around the table to Amnon Filippi in the small blind. He called, Derek Raymond called in the big blind and the two limpers, Bonyadi and Lefkowitz, also called.

The flop came down {Q-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and five-way action commenced with Filippi up first. He checked, Raymond checked, Bonyadi bet, Lefkowitz called, Bolden folded after being the preflop aggressor and then Filippi and Raymond both came along.

Down just one player from five to four, the turn brought the {8-Hearts}. Action checked to Bonyadi and he bet. Lefkowitz called and Filippi called, but Raymond paused for a few moments. He then made the call.

The river card was the {4-Diamonds} and action checked over to Lefkowitz. He was the last player to act and wasn't about to let the showdown come for free. He bet, Filippi called and Bonyadi called. Raymond folded.

Lefkowitz showed the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. That was good for the nut diamond flush for the high and an ace-three low, which was also good. Everyone mucked and Lefkowitz scooped a nice pot to pad his stack.

Matt Lefkowitz 50,000
Amnon Filippi 33,000 1,000
Derek Raymond 32,000 7,800
Farzad Bonyadi 28,000
Gary Bolden 26,000 -15,000

Tags: Amnon FilippiDerek RaymondFarzad BonyadiMatt LefkowitzGary Bolden