Event #22: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

Steve Wolfe Devours His Opponent's Chips

• Level 11: 600-1,200, 0 ante

We passed by a table and saw the board reading {7-Spades}{2-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{A-Clubs}, with Steve Wolfe having bet the pot of approximately 25,000. His opponent was deep in the tank and stared at Wolfe for over three minutes while making his decision.

Eventually, the opponent made the call and Wolfe instantly tabled his {J-Spades}{8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{K-Hearts} for a runner-runner Broadway straight. Wolfe had flopped a gutshot straight draw, turned a flush draw and rivered the nuts. After the fortuitous win, Wolfe now sits with over 127,000 chips, placing him near the top of our leaderboard as Day 2 begins.

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Engel Looking for an Angle

With a lot of short stacks getting their chips in the pot and players dropping left and right we found Ari Angel trying to exploit the action. After a series of betting Ari Engel had his opponent all in on a {9-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop. Cards were tabled and it was Engel who needed some help going to the turn-river.

Engel: {A-Spades}{K-}{K-}{6-}
Opponent: {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

Engel had a pair of kings and was trailing his opponent's pair of aces. The turn brought the {4-Clubs} giving Engel's opponent a flush draw along with his high pair. A river {10-Clubs} sealed the deal and Engel's opponent doubled up.

Ari Engel 22,000 -10,100

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Payan the Punisher Gets Paid Off

• Level 11: 600-1,200, 0 ante

We caught the action with the flop reading {5-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} and Elie "Punisher934" Payan facing an all-in bet of 10,000 by a player in the big blind. After the button made the call, Payan came along as well and we were off to the turn, which fell {9-Clubs}.

Payan and the button checked and the river came {4-Spades}, prompting the players to check it down once again in order to eliminate their vulnerable opponent.

The all-in player tabled just his {7-Spades}{7-Clubs} while leaving his other cards face down, which was good for a flopped top set of sevens. Unfortunately for him, Payan revealed the {3-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{A-Hearts} for a flopped straight and dragged the 35,000+ pot his way.

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Serock Nearly Hitting Rock Bottom

Right off the bat we found Joseph Serock calling the all in of one of the short stacks at his table. We saw two extremes of possible hands, as Serock held high cards {A-}{K-}{J-}{8-} and his opponent had low drawing cards {5-}{4-}{3-}{2-}.

Players were then allowed to see five cards and they came out {4-}{10-}{10-}{A-}{2-}. Serock's opponent made a straight on the river and was able to beat Serock's two pair. Serock was crippled after this hand and does not even have enough for a big blind any more.

Joseph Serock 700 -10,300

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Day 2 of $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Set to Begin

With the World Series of Poker hitting its stride, multiple events are being run each and every day, and that means the pursuit of gold bracelets and poker glory is heating up. Day 2 of Event #22, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, presents yet another chance for poker players from around the globe to display their skills on the felt.

After a full day of action on Day 1, we saw a field of 1,071 hopefuls whittled down to just 117 runners, and those players who still have chips can practically feel that gold bracelet around their wrists. Playing in the Amazon Room’s blue area, directly adjacent to the WSOP’s extravagant final table stage, the remaining players will have a constant reminder of what is at stake today: play your best and the final table awaits, run badly and hit the rail.

The Binger brothers, Michael and Nick, are among the notable players still alive and we will be sure to keep an eye on both as they look to make the final table a family affair. Michael (41,000 chips) is best known for his deep run in the 2006 WSOP Main Event, where he finished in third place behind Paul Wasicka and champion Jaime Gold. His brother Nick (56,000) has also stamped his name on the poker world with multiple wins in minor events throughout the world. If the Binger’s can dominate on Day 2, the term sibling rivalry will take on a whole new meaning, as both Michael and Nick will have to go through each other to capture the coveted gold bracelet on Day 3.

Other notables to keep an eye on here today include Tuan Le (27,000), David Chiu (25,000), and Bill Chen (21,500). With below average stacks, all three of these players will have some work to do in order to catch our Day 1 chip leader Juha Vilkki, who sits with a huge stack of 163,000 chips. Check in with PokerNews throughout the day to follow all of the Day 2 action as the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event continues.

Tags: Bill ChenDavid ChiuJuha VilkkeMichael BingerNick BingerTuan Le

Event #22: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
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