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

Rivet Leads the Pack Heading Into Day 3

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Chip Leader - Guillaume Rivet
Chip Leader - Guillaume Rivet

After eighteen hours of grueling poker over two days, Guillaume Rivet has amassed a 809,000-chip stack and leads the pack heading into Day 3 of Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship.

The day started with 164 hopefuls and ended with just 22 survivors. Interestingly, the three players who topped the Day 1 charts are still alive. Fabrizio Gonzalez (147,000), Eric Buchman (76,000) and Guillaume Rivet were all able to successfully navigate their way through this tough field, and make it to Day 3. Conversely, Mikhail Smirnov, Christopher George, Marco Johnson, Allen Bari and James Dempsey were unable to protect their big stacks, and all fell short of the money. Other notables who fell short include PokerStars Team Pro's Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst, Eugene Katchalov and Pat Pezzin.

Speaking of money, Jason Mercier was the first to cash, finishing 27th despite only having 11,000 in chips (1.37 bbs) during the money bubble. The title of "Bubble Boy" was instead given to Dan "djk123" Kelly, who was scooped by Freddy Deeb. Deeb made a wheel with {A-Diamonds} {3-Spades} {5-Spades} {9-Spades} on a {2-Hearts} {4-Spades} {9-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} board, sending the sophomore Kelly home with no money.

Mercier wasn't the only person to cash today - Amnon Filippi, Raymond Dehkargani and Damjan Radanov all exited after the bubble burst.

Day 3 resumes tomorrow at 3 p.m. right here in the Amazon Room. Rivet will look to protect his chip lead in pursuit of his first bracelet, while the likes of Buchman, Shaun Deeb, Richard Ashby, Steve Billirakis, Josh Arieh, Michael Chow and Mike Sexton will be biting at his heels looking to add another bracelet to their collection.

Until then, goodnight from the Rio!

Tags: Guillaume Rivet

Event #11: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Day 2 completed

End-of-Day Chip Counts

Guillaume Rivet 809,000 29,000
Alessio Isaia 535,000 265,000
Michael Chow 449,000 49,000
Mack Lee 410,000 180,000
Jason Steinberg 403,000 -167,000
Richard Ashby 400,000 20,000
Mikael Thuritz 372,000 72,000
Mike Sexton 321,000 166,000
Brendan Taylor 319,000 169,000
Kirill Gerasimov 306,000 21,000
Steve Billirakis 232,000 -8,000
Perry Green 220,000
Viacheslav Zhukov 206,000 -94,000
George Lind 168,000 123,000
Fabrizio Gonzalez 147,000 -53,000
Shaun Deeb 146,000 -54,000
Freddy Deeb 127,000 -68,000
Mikail Tulchinskiy 121,000 -49,000
Todd Barlow 115,000 45,000
Josh Arieh 113,000 -97,000
JIm Grove 94,000 -96,000
Eric Buchman 76,000 -4,000

Se7en

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Freddy Deeb
Freddy Deeb

We've reached the point in the night where the clock is paused and a card is drawn. Freddy Deeb was given the honors tonight, and we hope it's the last time they let him draw. He pulled the unlucky seven out, and we'll play that many more hands at each table before bagging up for the night.

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Radanov Goes With Kings

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Damjan Radanov
Damjan Radanov

Damjan Radanov was very short on chips when he found a hand to commit to. It was {K-Clubs} {K-Spades} {A-Spades} {4-Clubs}, and he was up against Mikael Thuritz and his {A-Clubs} {J-Clubs} {9-Clubs} {5-Spades}.

The board came {Q-Hearts} {5-Clubs} {8-Spades} {10-Hearts} {5-Diamonds}, and the turn card was unkind to Radanov. Thuritz makes his straight to earn the knockout, pushing his stack up to 320,000 in the process.

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Taylor Doubles Through Arieh

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Brendan Taylor was all in on the turn with the board reading {9-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{10-Spades}. Josh Arieh had him at risk, and here's how the hands looked:

Taylor: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{2-Spades}{3-Hearts}
Arieh: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{5-Clubs}

Taylor would've been happy with just a low card for a chop, but the {3-Spades} peeled on the river, giving him two pair and the entire pot.

Josh Arieh 210,000 70,000
Brendan Taylor 150,000 60,000

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Mercier Put Out of His Misery

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Jason Mercier - 27th place
Jason Mercier - 27th place

Under the gun, Jason Mercier got his last ~13,000 into the pot with {4-Clubs} {5-Hearts} {7-Hearts} {8-Clubs}. Max Steinberg was the only caller, showing down {5-Clubs} {6-Clubs} {10-Clubs} {J-Diamonds} from the big blind.

The board ran out {10-Diamonds} {A-Clubs} {3-Hearts} {10-Hearts} {3-Clubs}, and Mercier can't find anything there. Trip tens give the pot and the knockout to Steinberg, and Mercier is out in 27th place with the first paycheck of this event.

Tags: Jason MercierMax Steinberg