Event #42: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Event #42: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Day 1 completed

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

Manny Jo 226,700
Sami Kelopuro 208,000
Jeffrey Roper 193,900
Warren Fund 173,000
Ben Lamb 166,300
Nathan Doudney 165,000
Dario Alioto 160,100 79,100
Tom Dwan 159,000
Max Pescatori 148,000
Vanessa Selbst 145,800
Justin Schwartz 141,300
Ivan Freitez 138,400
Pete Vilandos 137,800
Roger Teska 134,300
Tom Marchese 133,500 3,500
Gavin Cochrane 124,400
Jared Bleznick 123,600 98,600
Sam Stein 122,100
Andrew Brown 121,000 -600
Dan Kelly 119,400
Joao Barbosa 116,800
Micah Smith 116,000
Abe Mosseri 115,200 -2,800
Mike McDonald 110,300 10,300
Robert Woodcock 106,900

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Time to Bag and Tag

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante
Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan

We have finished 8 levels of action packed PLO play, and day 1 of the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship is in the books. 361 players started the day, and by the end, 156 remain. The player at the top of the field is Manny Jo, who is currently sitting on 226,700.

There are a ton of top notch pros who are in the top 10 counts at the end of the day, including Ben Lamb(166,300), Tom Dwan(159,000) Max Pescatori(148,000), and Vanessa Selbst(145,800). In addition, Erik Seidel, J.C. Tran, Michael Mizrachi, and 2011 bracelet winners Allen Bari and Sam Stein are some of the several pros who still have plenty of chips heading into day 2.

Despite all of those players being in, we still lost over 200 players, including Jason Mercier, fresh off his win in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six Handed two nights ago. We also lost the defending champion of this event Daniel Alaei, Eli Elezra, Joe Hachem, Erick Lindgren, David Williams, and Patrik Antonius, who took a break from the nose bleed cash games to make an appearance at the Rio.

The remaining players will be returning tomorrow at 3 pm local time, where they will play 10 more levels. The hope is to play down to a final table, but play will stop at the end of level 18 regardless of how many are left. Be sure to tune into Pokernews tomorrow as we will bring you all of the action from this exciting event!

Aces Get Sexton in Trouble...Again

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

We caught up with the action on a board reading {4-Spades}{5-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. The under-the-gun player checked and Mike Sexton bet 12,000 from late position. His opponent called.

The {10-Hearts} fell on the turn and Sexton's opponent again checked. Sexton bet enough to put him all in and his opponent called.

Opponent: {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}
Sexton: {A-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{7-Clubs}

The {2-Hearts} river was no help to Sexton, who is down to just 13,000 after being among the chip leaders for a majority of the day.

Tags: Mike Sexton

Mortensen Getting Low

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

Carlos Mortensen opened to 1,800 from early position and was called by the player in the hi-jack and the big blind.

The big blind checked to Mortensen on the {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}{A-Hearts} flop and Mortensen c-bet for 3,000. The hi-jack player mucked but the big blind called.

Both players tapped the table when the {K-Spades} fell on the turn. When a {6-Clubs} completed the board, Mortensen's opponent said, "I cheeeeeck," to which Mortensen replied, "Check's good."

Mortensen's opponent flipped over {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Mortensen mucked.

Mortensen is down to just 16,000.

Tags: Carlos Mortensen

Chip Counts Nearly Day's End

We have under 30 minutes of play, and here are some updated chip counts from around the tournament

Tom Dwan 195,000 -10,000
John Hennigan 172,000 112,000
Max Pescatori 166,500 -1,500
Vanessa Selbst 135,000 30,000
Andrew Brown 130,000 5,000
Sam Stein 130,000 55,000
Tom Marchese 130,000 105,000
Matt Glantz 125,000 65,000
Dan Kelly 122,000 -5,000
Abe Mosseri 118,000 -10,000
Michael Mizrachi 105,000 10,000
Mike McDonald 100,000 -26,000
J.C. Tran 95,000 -25,000
Phil Laak 80,000 20,000
Michael Binger 75,000 -30,000
Robert Mizrachi 70,000 50,000
70,000 -30,000
Erik Seidel 67,000 -13,000
John Juanda 60,000 23,000
Humberto Brenes 60,000 20,000
Nenad Medic 50,000 -15,000
Jason Senti 50,000 43,200
James Akenhead 45,000 -6,000
Steve Billirakis 40,000 30,000
Steve Sung 37,000 -16,000

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Bari Mucks River


From middle position, Allen Bari raised to 1,600. Action folded to Andy Seth in the big blind and he made the call to see the {K-Spades}{Q-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop. Seth checked and Bari bet 1,400. Seth made the call.

The turn was the {5-Spades} and Seth checked again. Bari checked behind and the dealer placed the {2-Spades} out on the river. Seth checked and Bari bet 2,600. Seth tanked for a minute or two and then finally called.

When Seth finally called, Bari tapped the table to let him know he had the winning hand. Seth wanted to see Bari's hand though and didn't show yet, but sat there holding their cards. Bari then asked the dealer who had to show first. The dealer told Bari he had to show first and then Bari asked, "If I muck my hand, does he have to show?" The dealer nodded yes.

Bari then mucked his hand and Seth tabled the {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{6-Spades} to win the pot.

Andy Seth 83,000 23,000
Allen Bari 50,000 -25,000

Tags: Allen BariAndy Seth

Sexton's Stack Sliced in Half

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

After a series of preflop raises, Mike Sexton flatted a 25,000 bet from his lone opponent in the hi-jack position. Before the dealer could deal the flop, Sexton's opponent announced he was going all in for his remaining chips blind.

The flop came {2-Clubs}{3-Spades}{J-Hearts} and Sexton called.

Sexton: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{6-Spades}
Opponent: {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{3-Clubs}

"I didn't expect you to come up with that hand!" Sexton exclaimed.

The {9-Hearts} turn and {7-Spades} river did not improve Sexton, whose stack was knocked down to 75,000.

Tags: Mike Sexton