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

Chip Counts at the Break

Steven Merrifield 2,002,000 202,000
David Chiu 1,540,000 -410,000
Jason Mercier 1,270,000
Gregory Brooks 1,015,000 380,000
Michael McDonald 506,000 -224,000
Hans Winzeler 471,000 -24,000
David Callaghan 455,000 20,000
Joseph Ressler 420,000 -60,000

Break Time

[user153638] • Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

Player are now on their first 20-minute break of the day. The plan is to lose one more player before changing location to the ESPN Main Stage.

Brooks Going Downhill

Having started the day with the chip lead, Gregory Brooks is slowly succumbing to the swings of Pot Limit Omaha and as a result has moved below 700,000 in chips.

Earlier, David Chiu raised from the button and Brooks called from the small blind to go heads-up to the flop of {2-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Spades}, which they both checked before Brooks led out for 61,000 on the turn of the {5-Diamonds}. Chiu folded and Brooks picked up the pot.

A full orbit later, Mericer came out with a raise from under the gun; again, Brooks called from the small blind before leading out for 52,000 on the flop of {J-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}. Mercier called, then Brooks opened for 88,000 on the turn of the {6-Diamonds}.

However, Brooks laid his hand down after Mercier returned fire with a raise of 208,000. Mercier is now up to more than 1.25 million after that hand.

Jason Mercier 1,270,000 150,000
Gregory Brooks 635,000 -105,000

Tags: Gregory BrooksJason MercierDavid Chiu

Big Bet by Merrifield


Steven Merrifield raised to 33,000 under the gun and was called by Hans Winzeler in the big blind. Merrifield proceeded to check-call bets of 41,000 on the {3-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} flop, and 57,000 on the {6-Hearts} turn. When the {A-Spades} spiked on the river, Merrifield counted out big bet and slide forward 190,000.

Winzeler immediately stood from his chair and took his hat off. He clearly wasn't happy about being put to the test. Merrifield remainined still as Winzeler counted out his chips, stacked them up, and pondered the hand. Eventually he laid it down as Merrifield silently slid his cards to the dealer.

Steven Merrifield 1,800,000 300,000
Hans Winzeler 495,000 -155,000

Tags: Hans WinzelerSteven Merrifield

Robert Fellner Eliminated in 9th Place ($39,413)

Robert Fellner
Robert Fellner

Steven Merrifield and Robert Fellner got it all in preflop. Fellner showed {j-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and Merrifield showed {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}{9-Spades}{9-Hearts}.

The board ran out {3-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{j-Spades} and Fellner hit the rail in ninth place moving Merrifield up to 1,500,000 after the hand.

We are only one away from combining to make our unofficial final table of seven players so it should be happening pretty soon.

Steven Merrifield 1,500,000 260,000
Robert Fellner Busted

Tags: Robert FellnerSteven Merrifield

Jared Bleznick Eliminated In 10th Place ($39,413)

Jared Bleznick
Jared Bleznick

Robert Fellner just called from the button and Jared Bleznick put his last 26,000 in the pot in the small blind. Hans Winzeler called and Fellner did as well.

The board ran out {3-Spades}{10-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Hearts} with Fellner and Winzeler checking it down the whole way.

In the end, Bleznick showed {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{5-Spades} for a pair of jacks, but Winzeler had {2-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{6-Spades} for two pair and the knockout. Bleznick is out in 10th and Winzeler is up to 650,000 after the hand.

Hans Winzeler 650,000 30,000
Jared Bleznick Busted

Tags: Hans WinzelerJared BleznickRobert Fellner

Updated Chip Counts

David Chiu 1,950,000 -50,000
Steven Merrifield 1,240,000 140,000
Jason Mercier 1,120,000 -130,000
Gregory Brooks 740,000 125,000
Michael McDonald 730,000 -10,000
Hans Winzeler 620,000 -60,000
Joseph Ressler 480,000 5,000
David Callaghan 435,000 -35,000
Robert Fellner 160,000 -213,000
Jared Bleznick 40,000

McDonald Doubles; Bleznick Crippled


Michael "Timex" McDonald raised to 36,000 from the cutoff and was called by Steven Merrifield on the button. When action was on Jared Belznick in the big blind, he potted to 152,000, McDonald called, while Merrifield got out of the way.

The rest of McDonald's money got in on the {3-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{K-Spades} flop, meaning his tournament was at risk.

McDonald: {Q-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Bleznick: {A-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{3-Spades}

The {8-Spades} turn didn't change much, but the {10-Hearts} river gave McDonald a flush and the double, severly crippling Bleznick in the process.

Michael McDonald 740,000 533,000
Jared Bleznick 40,000 -490,000

Tags: Jared BleznickMichael McDonaldSteven Merrifield

Brooks Sliding


On a flop of {10-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, Greg Brooks check-called a bet of 28,000 from Jason Mercier, leading to the {8-Hearts} on the turn. Both player checked and watched the {10-Hearts} peel off on the river. This time Brooks check-folded to Mercier's 82,000 bet.

Jason Mercier 1,250,000 10,000
Gregory Brooks 615,000 -217,000

Tags: Greg BrooksJason Mercier