Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed

Event Info

Prize Pool $2,382,900
Players 507

Next Pay Out

Place 24 $18,920

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 0

Seven Remain on a Single Table

[user153638] • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

Now that we're down to seven, the remaining player will combined to one table and head on over to the ESPN Main Stage. It'll take a few minutes to make the transition, but the cards should be back in the air shortly.

Seat 1: Steven Merrifield
Seat 2: Jason Mercier
Seat 3: Joseph Ressler
Seat 4: David Chiu
Seat 5: Michael "Timex" McDonald
Seat 6: Greg Brooks
Seat 7: Hans Winzeler

David Callaghan Eliminated In 8th Place ($53,210)

David Callaghan
David Callaghan

David Callaghan raised it up to 70,000 preflop from the cutoff and Jason Mercier re-raised to 120,000. Callaghan put the rest of his chips in (he only 150,000 at start of hand) with Mercier calling.

Mercier: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}
Callaghan: {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}{7-Hearts}{9-Clubs}

The board ran out {8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and Mercier's queens were good for the knockout and to move him up to 1,600,000

With Callghan's elimination we are now down to our final seven players who will move over to the ESPN main stage.

Jason Mercier 1,600,000 220,000
David Callaghan Busted

Tags: David CallaghanJason Mercier

Kind Flop for Winzeler


A short-stacked Hans Winzeler limped on the button only to have Michael "timex" McDonald make it 80,000 to go from the small blind. The big blind gave it up, Winzeler made the call, and the flop fell {K-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. McDonald was first, asked for a count, and then bet pot. Winzeler snap-called and it was apparent he had a five.

McDonald: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}
Winzeler: {5-Spades}{J-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

McDonald was clearly unhappy with his position, one that didn't improve as the {7-Clubs} hit the turn, followed by the {4-Clubs} on the river. Winzeler doubled on the hand while McDonald was left 260,000.

Hans Winzeler 540,000 270,000
Michael McDonald 260,000 -310,000

Tags: Hans WinzelerMichael McDonald

Updated Chip Counts

David Chiu 2,040,000 440,000
Steven Merrifield 1,975,000 -75,000
Jason Mercier 1,380,000 110,000
Gregory Brooks 1,110,000 95,000
Michael McDonald 570,000 -40,000
Joseph Ressler 490,000 175,000
Hans Winzeler 270,000 -78,000
David Callaghan 205,000

Callaghan Sliced

Gregory Brooks folded and David Callaghan raised to 50,000 from the button before Jason Mercier folded from the small blind to David Chiu, who raised the pot, making it 160,000 to go.

Callaghan thought about it for almost a minute, then called before the dealer spread the flop of {5-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{7-Spades}.

"How much do you have?" Chiu asked, but he didn't wait for an answer - Chiu insta-shoved. Callaghan didn't look too comfortable with that proposition and instead elected to fold.

David Chiu 1,600,000 60,000
David Callaghan 205,000 -250,000

Tags: David CallaghanDavid Chiu

Action Slowing Down

• Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

With two tables of four players each, the action has slowed down here a bit. Lot's of raise folding, lots of small pots, and very few flops. No one wants to be the last out before we hit our unofficial final table of seven.

Ressler Reduced

The action folded to Joseph Ressler who raised to 55,000 from the small blind before the flop; Steven Merrifield then made it another 110,000 to go from the big blind and Ressler called before checking his option on the flop of {8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{2-Diamonds}.

Merrifield quickly fired out a stack of green T25,000 chips, more than enough to put Ressler all in. Ressler sighed and then let his hand go.

Steven Merrifield 2,050,000 260,000
Joseph Ressler 315,000 -105,000

Tags: Steven MerrifieldJoseph Ressler

Winzeler Headed in the Wrong Direction


Steven Merrifield raised to 42,000 on the button and Hans Winzeler called from the small blind. From there, both players checked the {4-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop, leading to the {2-Spades} on the river. Winzeler chose to led out with a 61,000 bet and put the pressure on Merrifield. The latter thought for awhile before sliding in a big stack of green T25,000 chips, enough to cover his opponent.

Winzeler didn't take long to flick his cards in the muck.

Hans Winzeler 348,000 -123,000

Tags: Steven MerrifieldHans Winzeler

Merrifield Surrenders to McDonald

The action folded around to Michael "timex" McDonald who raised to 46,000 from the button before the flop; Steven Merrifield called, so off they went heads-up to the flop, which read {J-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}.

Merrifield opened for 67,000, but quickly folded after McDonald bet the pot. Merrifield is now down to less than 1.8 million, while McDonald is now back up to more than 600,000 in chips.

Steven Merrifield 1,790,000 -212,000
Michael McDonald 610,000 104,000

Tags: Michael McDonaldSteven Merrifield

Play Resumes

• Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

The cards are back in the air!