Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
The $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship always attracts a field bursting with star poker players, but it's a relatively little-known German grinder, Marko Neumann, who heads into Day 3 atop the chip counts with 1,442,000. Neumann does have more than $1.3 million in cashes, so he's no stranger to big-money poker tournaments, though the $923,379 up top here would be a career-best for him.
In second sits one of the aforementioned stars: Isaac Baron, who boasts millions in cashes both live and online under the moniker "westmenloAA." Baron chipped up in one of the craziest pots of the tournament when he got what the table described as nine bets in on a flop against Don Nguyen, who held top set against Baron's nut flush. Baron held to rocket up to 785,000, more than 250 big blinds at that point. He finished with 1,267,000.
David Williams (698,000), Tom Marchese (677,000), Sam Trickett (468,000), JC Tran (431,000), Matt Stout (425,000), and Matt Marafioti (371,000) also bagged at the end of the night.
Some notables going home with money in their pockets included Steve Billirakis, Dermot Blain, Daniel Idema, Jared Bleznick, Sergey Rybachenko, and Phil Laak. Standout players who began the day with chips but failed to grind their way into the payouts: Chris "Genius28" Lee, Noah Schwartz, Don Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, and David Benefield.
Day 3 play will commence at 2 p.m. on Saturday, so be sure to come back to PokerNews and see who will be crowned this year's premier PLO tournament champion and take home more than $900,000.
Jarred Graham raised to 27,000 from the hijack, and Alex Kravchenko made it 99,000 from the cutoff. Action folded back to Graham, who called. On the flop, Graham called the remainder of Kravchenko's stack.
Kravchenko shook his head and got up, seeing he had been outflopped. The turn gave him a backdoor flush draw though, and he sat back down when the hit the river.
Pat Walsh opened for 31,000 and Tom Hu raised it the size of the pot for a total of 93,000. Walsh made the call and Hu instantly bet pot on the flop. Walsh took a quick peek at his cards and made the call with for a pair of kings with a heart flush draw. Hu had the hand most expected him to have... .
The turn was the giving Walsh two pair, kings and queens, and moving him into the lead. The river was the to give Walsh an even better hand with a king high straight. Hu was eliminated in 24th place for $28,290.
Jonas Entin got his short stack in preflop with and was against the of Miltiadis Kyriakides. Entin flopped a boat on the , and he turned a second boat for good measure with a .
Artem Litvinov got all in for the last of his stack on a flop.
Litvinov had flopped two pair a flush, which served as blockers to Abrahams' nut flush draw. Unfortunately for him, Abrahams had plenty of outs at the top of the deck, as the turn was an and the river an .
In unseen action, Andrew Paterson was eliminated via the chip leader, Marko Neumann. Paterson finished in 26th place for $28,290.
Trevor Reardon and Ruslan Dykshteyn exchanged raises until Reardon was all in and at risk with . He was facing Dykshteyn's .
The flop came giving Reardon a wrap but Dykshteyn was still in the lead with his queens. The turn was the and the river was the and Reardon was eliminated at the hands of Dykshteyn's queens and threes. Reardon finished in 27th place for $28,290.
In a battle of the blinds, JC Tran bet 15,000 on a flop, and Matt Stout called. An hit the board, and Tran bet 40,000. Stout potted to 175,000, and Tran put Stout in for his last 43,000.
"Set of tens," Stout said as he tabled .
"Ready for a one-outer?" Tran said.
Tran had , but he didn't improve on the river.