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

McDonald KO's Nguyen, More Words Exchanged

• Level 8: 400-800, 0 ante

Just one hand after the Selbst-Nguyen controversy, Men Nguyen was in a hand with Mike McDonald. Nguyen was all in on a {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs} flop against McDonald and hands were revealed.

Nguyen: {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}
McDonald: {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{7-Hearts}

The {8-Hearts} turn gave McDonald a flush and an irrelevant {9-Clubs} landed on the river, eliminating Nguyen. After the hand, Vanessa Selbst commented how McDonald was so blessed to have Nguyen give him literally all of his chips. She then went on the comment how he busted on the next hand. Nguyen took offense to this and began talking back and forth with her once again. Again, Matt Glantz stepped in to tell Nguyen he needed to stop and just leave.

The floor, who hadn't left the table since the controversy started, made his way around the table and pulled Nguyen aside, talking to him and telling him he should just leave the tournament area. Nguyen kept ranting about how the floor needed to speak with Selbst as well given the comment she made about how he busted on the very next hand. The floor did so and that was that.

After, Selbst made the comment, "He should have gotten a penalty," to the floor. She and Robert Mizrachi both said that they didn't want him to get a penalty because he was "giving away his chips" and that's why they weren't so adamant that he received one. The table seemed to be in agreement that the situation warranted a little more than just a verbal warning. Selbst and Mizrachi both looked at Mike McDonald, who was busy stacking his chips, and smiled, commenting on how he was the beneficiary of Nguyen "giving away chips."

McDonald is up to 126,000.

Tags: Matt GlantzMen NguyenMike McDonaldRobert MizrachiVanessa Selbst

Selbst and Nguyen Share a Few Words

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We walked passed where Vanessa Selbst is sitting and noticed that Men "The Master" Nguyen had been re-located to her immediate left. Nguyen brought up a hand that apparently occurred between them in a Pot-Limit Omaha event some time in the past where, according to Nguyen, Selbst was as a slight underdog and busted him. Nguyen then told Selbst not to bring the hand up and Selbt said that she wasn't the one who brought it up in the first place.

Robert Mizrachi was at the table to Selbst's right and defended her, saying something to the effect of treating her with respect.

Nguyen then turned to him and said, "She is not a woman," gesturing towards Selbst as if to point out for Mizrachi to take a look at her.

Selbst, obviously offended and shocked by the comment, turned to Nguyen and said, "You're an a****le."

"I know I'm an a****le," Nguyen said.

Selbst then asked the floor to give Nguyen a penalty for his behavior. The floorman verbally warned Nguyen, but no penalty was given.

Nguyen continued to argue with both Selbst and Mizrachi before Matt Glantz began to interject. Glantz was seated at an adjacent table and tried explaining to Nguyen that he was out of line and needed to just sit down and keep his mouth shut, defending Selbst just as Mizrachi was. Eventually, Nguyen sat back in his seat behind his beer and went on to the next hand.

Tags: Men NguyenRobert MizrachiVanessa SelbstMatt Glantz

Updated Chip Counts

We are just under 90 minutes from wrapping up the night, and here are some chip counts from some of the many notables in the field.

Tom Dwan 178,000 8,000
Mike Sexton 165,000 5,000
Max Pescatori 156,000 -8,000
Dan Kelly 127,000 80,000
J.C. Tran 120,000 -6,000
Michael Binger 105,000 5,000
David Baker 100,000 54,000
Michael Mizrachi 95,000 21,000
Sam Stein 75,000 26,000
Eric Baldwin 60,000 -6,000
Vivek Rajkumar 60,000 35,000
Phil Laak 60,000 3,000
Joe Serock 45,000
Humberto Brenes 40,000
John Juanda 37,000 2,000
Daniel Alaei 35,000 9,000
Alex Kravchenko 23,000 10,000
Eli Elezra 22,000 -38,000
Mike Matusow 20,000 2,000
Erica Schoenberg 20,000 -3,000
Brian Rast 20,000 -2,000
Dani Stern 10,000 -25,000
Carlos Mortensen 10,000 -28,000
Jason Senti 6,800 -58,200

Chan Comes Up With A Knockout

• Level 7: 300-600, 0 ante

Johnny Chan and three other players all took a flop of {j-Spades}{2-Hearts}{k-Hearts}. The first player to act bet out 3,000, and Chan raised it to 13,000. The other two got out of the way before the original better raised all in. Chan called, and the two flipped up their cards.

Chan: {3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Opponent: {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

Chan flopped bottom set, but he would have to fade the flush draw of his opponent to win the hand. The turn came the {7-Spades}, and the river brought the {9-Diamonds}. Chan collected the chips. and the knockout, to increase his stack to 45,000.

Tags: Johnny Chan

Matusow Loses Half His Stack

Mike Matusow and an opponent went heads up to a flop of {8-Hearts}{5-Spades}{10-Hearts}, and Matusow's opponent check called a bet of 4,300. When the {7-Clubs} hit the turn, Matusow bet 10,000 after his opponent checked. However, his opponent check raised all in, having Matusow covered. "The Mouth" quietly went into the tank for about a minute before giving up his hand, along with the 16,000 chips that went into the pot.

Mike Matusow 18,000 -14,000

Tags: Mike Matusow

Durrrrific Tournament So Far

• Level 7: 300-600, 0 ante
Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan

A player in middle position open-limped and Tom Dwan raised to 2,700 from the cutoff. The big blind and original limper called.

The flop came {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{J-Spades} and both players checked to Dwan, who c-bet to 6,700. The big blind raised to 25,000, which got a fold out of the middle position player. However, Durrrr pushed out a stack of $5,000 chips, which was enough to put his opponent all in. He insta-called.

Dwan: {A-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Opponent: {A-Hearts}{J-Hearts}{10-Spades}{4-Diamonds}

The {6-Hearts} fell on the turn, but a {7-Diamonds} river gave Dwan a straight - sending his opponent to the rail.

Dwan is up to 175,000.

Tags: Tom Dwan


Updated Chip Counts

Max Pescatori 164,000 4,000
Peter Jetten 132,000 34,000
J.C. Tran 126,000 -4,000
Andrew Brown 125,000 45,000
Davidi Kitai 96,000 66,000
Michael Mizrachi 74,000 -6,000
Phil Laak 57,000 24,000
Roberto Romanello 40,000 21,000
Dani Stern 35,000 -12,000
Heather Sue Mercer 35,000
Tony Cousineau 32,000
Jani Vilmunen 30,000
Eric Cloutier 29,000
Johnny Chan 19,000 -8,500
Travis Pearson 18,000
Lee Watkinson 14,000 -6,000
Brian Powell 13,000
Mohsin Charania 11,000