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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $1,104,285
Entrants: 809

Event 5 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

  • Jun 01, '09 - Jun 03, '09


Updates on Final Day (Jun 03, 09)


Jason Mercier Wins Event No. 5 ($237,415)

Jason Mercier Wins

Jason Mercier limped on the button and Steven Burkholder made it 48,000 to go from the big blind. Mercier called and the flop rolled out JHeart SuitJSpade Suit6Diamond Suit. Burkholder bet 110,000 and Mercier raised to 285,000. Burkholder re-potted, Mercier moved all in and Burkholder made the all-in call. Their cards:

Mercier: QClub SuitJDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit2Spade Suit
Burkholder: AClub SuitAHeart SuitJClub Suit7Diamond Suit

Turn and River: QDiamond SuitKDiamond Suit

Mercier won the hand and the tournament with a full house. Mercier won $237,415 for first place and his first gold bracelet. Burkholder was awarded $146,748 for his second-place finish.

Player Tags: Jason Mercier,   Steven Burkholder

Final Table Update: Scales Tipping in Mercier's Favor

Blinds: 12,000-24,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 809

Chip Counts:

1. Jason Mercier — 2,290,000
2. Steven Burkholder — 1,350,000

Average Chip Count: 1,820,250

Big Hands:

Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier Takes the Lead with a Full House

Jason Mercier raised to 60,000 from the button and Steven Burkholder made the call from the big blind. The flop rolled out AHeart SuitJDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit and both players checked. The turn fell 10Club Suit and Burkholder checked. Mercier bet 85,000 and Burkholder raised to 210,000. Mercier made the call and the river fell 9Club Suit. Burholder bet 400,000 and Mercier made the call again.

Mercier flipped over ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit3Spade Suit3Heart Suit and Burkholder mucked. Mercier won the pot to grow his stack to 2.3 million and take the chip lead.

Player Tags: Jason Mercier,   Steven Burkholder

Final Table Update: Down to Heads-Up After a Bustout Bonanza

Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 809

Chip Counts:

1. Steven Burkholder — 2,040,000
2. Jason Mercier — 1,600,000

Average Chip Count: 1,820,250

Notable Eliminations:

7. Dario Alioto – $29,882
6. Jonathan Tare – $37,192
5. Chris Biondino – $48,533
4. Matt Giannetti – $66,544
3. Kevin Iacofano – $96,128

Elimination Hands:

Dario Alioto

Dario Alioto Eliminated in Seventh Place ($29,882)

Kevin Iacofono opened a pot for 45,000 preflop and Dariol Alioto raised the pot (151,000). Iacofano re-potted and Alioto made the all-in call. Their cards:

Iacofano: ASpade SuitQSpade SuitJSpade Suit10Club Suit
Alioto: KHeart SuitJDiamond Suit9Heart Suit7Diamond Suit

Board: 8Heart Suit4Spade Suit2Heart SuitQDiamond Suit7Spade Suit

Iacofano won the hand with queens and Alioto was eliminated in seventh place ($29,882) when he missed his flush draw.

Jonathan Tare Eliminated in Sixth Place ($37,192)

Four players saw a flop of JSpade Suit6Club Suit5Diamond Suit action was checked to Jason Mercier, who bet 46,000 from the cutoff. Action folded to Jonathan Tare, who raised the pot from the big blind. Mercier moved all in and Tare chose to put all of his chips at risk. Their cards:

Mercier: JHeart SuitJClub Suit6Diamond Suit5Club Suit
Tare: AClub SuitASpade Suit6Diamond Suit5Heart Suit

Turn and River: QHeart Suit9Heart Suit

Mercier took down the huge pot and Tare was eliminated in sixth place ($37,192).

Chris Biondino Eliminated in Fifth Place ($48,533)

Chris Biondino opened for 56,000 under the gun and Jason Mercier reraised enough to put Biondino on a decision for his tournament life. Biondino called and they turned up their hands:

Biondino: 5Heart Suit4Diamond Suit3Spade Suit2Spade Suit
Mercier: AClub Suit9Spade Suit6Spade Suit6Club Suit

Board: 9-8-8-K-10

Mercier made nines up and Biondino was eliminated in fifth place ($48,533).

Matt Giannetti

Matt Giannetti Eliminated in Fourth Place ($66,544)

Matt Giannetti was forced to move all in preflop on a short stack and Jason Mercier made the call. Their cards:

Giannetti: AClub Suit10Heart Suit2Spade Suit2Heart Suit
Mercier: KClub Suit10Club Suit8Diamond Suit6Heart Suit

Board: 7Spade Suit3Club Suit3Heart Suit6Diamond Suit9Spade Suit

Mercier made a ten-high straight and Giannetti was eliminated in fourth place ($66,544). Mercier had booked three eliminations in a row after the hand.

Kevin Iacofano Eliminated in Third Place ($96,128)

Steven Burkholder opened for 60,000 and from the button and Kevin Iacafano made the call from the big blind. The flop was dealt QHeart Suit10Spade Suit5Club Suit and Iacafano checked. Burkholder bet 80,000 and Iacafano check-raised the pot. Burkholder re-potted and Iacafano called all in. Their cards:

Burkholder: QClub SuitQDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit4Club Suit
Iacofano: KSpade SuitKDiamond SuitJHeart Suit3Spade Suit

Turn and River: 6Club Suit8Spade Suit

Burkholder took down the huge pot with a set of queens and took a chip lead into the final match with more than 2 million. Iacafano was eliminated in third place and he took home $96,128 in prize money.


Final Table Update: Vic Park (9th) and An Tran (8th) Eliminated

Blinds: 8,000-16,000

Players Remaining: 7 out of 809

Chip Counts:

1. Kevin Iacofano — 905,000
2. Steven Burkholder — 886,000
3. Jonathan Tare — 840,000
4. Matt Giannetti — 358,000
5. Jason Mercier — 285,000
6. Dario Alioto — 216,000
7. Chris Biondino — 84,000

Average Chip Count: 520,000

Notable Eliminations:

9. Vic Park — $22,053
8. An Tran — $25,122

Elimination Hands:

Vic Park Eliminated in Ninth Place ($22,053)

Vic Park raised to 42,000 from middle position and Matt Giannetti made the call from small blind. The flop was dealt JHeart Suit10Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit and Giannetti bet enough to put Park all in. He called and they flipped up their cards:

Park: ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit3Diamond Suit2
Giannetti: KHeart SuitKSpade SuitQSpade SuitQClub Suit

Turn and River: 2Heart Suit4Club Suit

Park missed a collection of outs and Giannatti won the hand with kings and grew his stack to 415,000. Park was eliminated in ninth place

An Tran

An Tran Eliminated in Eighth Place ($25,122)

In a limped and checked pot with a flop of KHeart Suit5Spade Suit2Diamond Suit sitting on the table, Jason Mercier bet 36,000 under the gun. Chris Biondino mucked UTG+1 and Steven Burkholder check-raised to 111,000 from the small blind. An Tran three-bet all in for 298,000 and Mercier mucked. Burkholder called and they flipped up their cards:

Tran: JClub Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart Suit2Club Suit
Burkholder: AHeart Suit10Heart Suit5Heart Suit5Diamond Suit

Turn and River: KSpade SuitQClub Suit

Burkholder won the hand with a set of fives to grow his stack to 925,000 while Tran was eliminated in eighth place, taking home $25,122.


Level 19 Final-Table Update

Blinds: 6,000-12,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 809

Chip Counts:

1. Jonathan Tare — 840,000
2. Kevin Iacofano — 650,000
3. Chris Biondino — 415,000
4. Jason Mercier — 410,000
5. An Tran — 385,000
6. Steven Burkholder — 337,000
7. Dario Alioto — 303,000
8. Victa Park — 283,000
9. Matt Giannetti — 275,000

Average Chip Count: 404,500

Notable Eliminations:


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