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Buy-In: $10,000
Prize Pool: $1,682,600
Entrants: 179

Event 18 - $10,000 World Championship Omaha 8 or Better

  • Jun 07, '09 - Jun 09, '09


Updates on Final Day (Jun 09, 09)


Daniel Alaei Wins Event No. 18

Ben Boyd Eliminated in Third Place ($182,730)

Scott Clements limped into the pot from the button and Daniel Alaei completed from the small blind. Ben Boyd checked and the flop was dealt JSpade Suit5Heart Suit2Club Suit. Alaei bet 80,000 and Boyd moved all in for an additional 10,000. Both Clements and Alaei made the call and they both checked the KHeart Suit on the turn. The river fell 3Club Suit and Alaei fired out a bet. Clements mucked and the final two players turned up their cards:

Alaei: KSpade Suit10Diamond Suit6Spade Suit4Spade Suit
Boyd: JHeart Suit9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit4Heart Suit

Alaei won the hand with his six-high straight and Boyd was eliminated in third place.

Daniel Alaei

Daniel Alaei Wins Event No. 18 ($445,898)

In the second hand of the final heads-up match Scott Clements raised and Daniel Alaei three-bet preflop. Clements four-bet all in and Alaei made the call. Their cards:

Alaei: ADiamond SuitKClub SuitKHeart Suit4Club Suit
Clements: AHeart Suit5Heart Suit3Club Suit2Heart Suit

Board: QClub Suit9Spade Suit7Club Suit10Spade SuitKSpade Suit

Alaei won the hand and the tournament while Clements was eliminated in second place ($275,946). Alaei takes home $445,898 in prize money and his second gold bracelet for the victory over an impressive field.

Player Tags: Daniel Alaei,   Scott Clements,   Ben Boyd

Level 25 Update: John Monnette, Daniel Negreanu Eliminated

Blinds: 25,000-50,000

Players Remaining: 3 out of 179

Chip Counts:

1. Daniel Alaei – 3,220,000
2. Scott Clements – 1,230,000
3. Ben Boyd – 930,000

Average Chip Count: 1,790,000

Notable Eliminations:

5. John Monnette ($97,422)
4. Daniel Negreanu ($130,401)

Big Hands:

John Monnette

John Monnette Eliminated In 5th Place ($97,422)

With just 15,000 left in his stack, John Monnette was all-in against Daniel Alaei and Ben Boyd. The board ran out 4Diamond SuitASpade Suit5Heart Suit6Diamond SuitJClub Suit and Boyd exposed 2X4X7X8X for a straight to scoop the pot. Monnette mucked his 10X9X2X3X and was eliminated close to a bracelet for the second time this summer.

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu Eliminated In 4th Place ($130,401)

Facing a raise pre-flop from Scott Clements, Daniel Negreanu called from the big blind, leaving only 40,000 behind. The flop came 3Spade Suit4Heart Suit4Club Suit and Negreanu bet the last of his chips and was quickly called by Clements.

Their hands:

Negreanu:: 2Heart Suit4Diamond Suit9Spade Suit10Heart Suit

Clements: 2Spade Suit3Club Suit5Spade Suit5Club Suit

Negreanu was ahead of trip fours, however the ASpade Suit on the turn gave Clements the wheel and left Negreanu hoping for a full house. The JSpade Suit fell on the river and Negreanu was gone.

Left In The Deck:

The players are now on a 20 minute break.


Final Table Update: Tom Koral Eliminated In 7th Place, Greg Jamison 6th

Blinds: 25,000-50,000

Players Remaining: 5 out of 179

Chip Counts:

1. Daniel Alaei – 1,500,000
2. Daniel Negreanu – 1,220,000
3. Scott Clements – 1,070,000
4. John Monnette – 920,000
5. Ben Boyd – 695,000

Average Chip Count: 671,250

Notable Eliminations:

7. Tom Koral — $65,453
6. Greg Jamison — $77,736

Big Hands:

Tom Koral Eliminated In 7th Place($65,453)

Koral was all in for his last 105,000 before the flop and both John Monnette and Daniel Negreanu made the call. Monnette and Negreanu checked every street on a board that ran out ADiamond Suit6Spade Suit5Heart Suit6Club Suit9Heart Suit.

Monnette turned over AClub SuitKClub Suit10Diamond Suit2Heart Suit for aces up with a king kicker. Negreanu showed AHeart SuitQSpade SuitJSpade Suit3Club Suit for aces up with a queen kicker and Koral could only show a pair of kings in his hand and he was eliminated as Monnette scooped the pot.

Greg JamisonGreg Jamison Eliminated In 6th Place($77,736)

Jamison raised to 100,000 and Daniel Negreanu made the call. The flop came down KDiamond Suit3Club Suit2Heart Suit and Jamison led out with 50,000. Negreanu raised to 100,000 and Jamison three-bet to 150,000. Negreanu raised again to 200,000 and Jamison called himself all in.

Negreanu: JSpade Suit4Spade Suit2Spade Suit2Diamond Suit
Jamison: AHeart SuitKClub Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit

Negreanu flopped a set of ducks, besting Jamison’s top two pair. The turn was the 8Diamond Suit and the river as the ASpade Suit and Negreanu scooped the pot, knocking Jamison out in 6th place.


Final Table Update: Yueqi Zhu Eliminated In 9th Place, Annie Duke 8th

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Players Remaining: 7 out of 179

Chip Counts:

1. Scott Clements – 1,815,000
2. John Monnette – 1,190,000
3. Daniel Alaei – 905,000
4. Daniel Negreanu – 785,000
5. Greg Jamison – 330,000
6. Tom Koral – 185,000
7. Ben Boyd – 80,000

Average Chip Count: 671,250

Notable Eliminations:

9. Yueqi Zhu — $54,179
8. Annie Duke — $58,049

Big Hands:

Yueqi Zhu Eliminated In 9th Place($54,179)

Zhu raised preflop and was called by Daniel Alaei in the small blind as well as Greg Jamison in the big blind. The flop came down KHeart Suit9Heart Suit9Club Suit and Alaei led out with a bet. Jamison made the call and Zhu raised all in. Both players called and the turn brought the QDiamond Suit. Jamison then moved all in and Alaei had enough. Jamison revealed his hand and showed a set of jacks, better than Zhu’s two pair. The river was the 5Club Suit and Zhu was eliminated.

Annie DukeAnnie Duke Eliminated In 8th Place($58,049)

Annie Duke raised to 60,000 preflop and Greg Jamison reraised all in. John Monnette made the call and Duke called herself all in. Then everyone showed their hands.

Duke: ADiamond SuitKDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit2Diamond Suit
Jamison: ASpade SuitJSpade Suit5Club Suit3Club Suit
Monnette: 8Heart Suit7Heart Suit9Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit
Board: 6Heart Suit3Spade Suit2Club Suit6Diamond Suit7Club Suit

Monnette won the high pot with two pair, sevens and threes, while Jamison took the low pot and Annie Duke was left with nothing as she was eliminated in 8th place.


Final Table Update: Duke Doubles Up

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 179

Chip Counts:
1. Scott Clements – 1,225,000
2. John Monnette – 940,000
3. Ben Boyd – 855,000
4. Daniel Negreanu – 635,000
5. Daniel Alaei – 540,000
6. Annie Duke – 480,000
7. Greg Jamison – 350,000
8. Tom Koral – 220,000
9. Yueqi Zhu – 170,000

Average Chip Count: 596,666

Notable Eliminations:


Big Hands:

Annie DukeAnnie Duke Doubles Through Scott Clements

After the flop came down JDiamond SuitDiamond SuitClub Suit4Spade Suit, Scott Clements fired 30,000 and Annie Duke raised to 60,000. Greg Jamison was also in the hand but mucked his cards. Clements made the call and the turn brought the 6Club Suit. Clements checked and Duke bet 60,000. Clements hung around and the river was the 6Diamond Suit. Clements checked again and Duke put her final 45,000 into the pot. He made the call and Duke showed JSpade Suit5Spade SuitJClub Suit7Club Suit for a full house. Clements mucked his hand and Duke doubled up to 480,000.

Player Tags: Annie Duke

Level 22 Update: Fernandez Out In 11th, Mckinley 10th, Final Table Set

Blinds: 13,000-25,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 179

Chip Counts:

1. Scott Clements – 1,445,000
2. John Monnette – 940,000
3. Ben Boyd – 855,000
4. Daniel Negreanu – 635,000
5. Daniel Alaei – 540,000
6. Greg Jamison – 350,000
7. Annie Duke – 225,000
8. Tom Koral – 220,000
9. Yueqi Zhu – 170,000

Average Chip Count: 596,666

Notable Eliminations:

11. Jacobo Fernandez — $39,709
10. Cameron McKinely — $39,709

Big Hands:

Scott ClementsClements Takes The Chip Lead With Perfect Score

John Monnette raised to 50,000 from the button and Scott Clements made the call from the big blind. The flop came down KSpade Suit10Spade Suit10Diamond Suit and Clements checked. Monnette fired 25,000 and Clements raised to 50,000. Monnette three-bet to 75,000 and Clements just called. The turn was the KClub Suit and the pot exploded.

Clements led out with 50,000 and Monnette raised to 100,000. Clements flexed his muscle with a third bet to 150,000 and Monnette capped the betting at 200,000. Clements called and the river was the 7Spade Suit. Action calmed down as Clements fired 50,000 and Monnette just called. Clements then showed down ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit10Club Suit10Heart Suit for quad tens. Monnette mucked and Clements scooped up the pot and was around 1.5 million in chips. Monnette dropped to 900,000.

Annie Duke Doubles Through Jacobo Fernandez

Duke raised to 50,000 under the gun and Fernandez made the call from the small blind. The flop came AHeart Suit9Diamond Suit3Spade Suit and Duke bet 25,000. Fernandez called and the turn was the 4Heart Suit. She bet again and Fernandez called again. Duke then moved her final 16,000 into the pot and Fernandez called as the river brought the 3Club Suit. Duke showed ADiamond Suit2Diamond Suit5Club Suit8Heart Suit for the wheel and she scooped the pot, doubling up to almost 350,000.

Jacobo Fernandez Eliminated In 11th Place($39,709)

Jacobo Fernandez was all in before the flop against Tom Koral. Koral showed down AHeart Suit3Spade Suit9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit and it was superior to what Fernandez was showing. The board offered no relief to Fernandez and he was ousted in 11th place, earning $39,709.

Cameron McKinley Eliminated In 10th Place

McKinley was all in after a flop of AClub SuitKSpade SuitQSpade Suit. McKinley showed down two pair but Ben Boyd showed a set of queens. The turn was the 9Club Suit and the river was the 2Spade Suit and McKinley was eliminated. He took home $39,709.

Left In The Deck:

The remaining nine players have gone on an hour dinner break.


Level 21 Update: Wahlbeck Eliminated, Negreanu Doubles Up

Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 11 out of 179

Chip Counts:

1. John Monnette – 1,332,000
2. Ben Boyd – 830,000
3. Scott Clements – 698,000
4. Yueqi Zhu – 608,000
5. Greg Jamison – 524,000
6. Jacobo Fernandez – 375,000
7. Cameron McKinley – 328,000
8. Daniel Alaei – 235,000
9. Daniel Negreanu – 131,000
10. Tom Koral – 110,000

Average Chip Count: 488,181

Notable Eliminations:

13. Ville Wahlbeck — $31,632
12. Sam Khouiss — $39,709

Big Hands:

Ville WahlbeckWahlbeck Is Eliminated In 13th Place($31,632)

Action folded around to Sam Khouiss on the button. He raised it to 40,000 and John Monnette made the call from the small blind. Ville Wahlbeck then moved his remaining 7,000 into the middle and both opponents made the call.

The flop came down JClub Suit8Heart Suit4Spade Suit. Monnette fired 20,000 and Khouiss just called. The turn was the JDiamond Suit and Monnette fired 40,000 into the pot. Khouiss just called again and both players checked the AHeart Suit on the river and everyone showed down their hands.

Wahlbeck: AClub SuitQClub SuitQHeart Suit7Heart Suit
Monnette: ADiamond SuitKDiamond SuitKClub Suit5Diamond Suit
Khouiss: ASpade SuitJHeart Suit8Club Suit6Club Suit

Although there was a possibility for someone to make a low hand, none of the players had the five card combination required and Khouiss scooped the pot with his full house. Wahlbeck was shown the door in 13th place.

Duke Drops A Big Pot

On a board reading 10Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit7Club SuitQDiamond Suit, Tom Koral moved all of his chips into the middle against Annie Duke. She made the call and both players showed down their hands.

Duke: AHeart SuitJHeart Suit5Spade Suit4Club Suit
Koral: AClub Suit2Club Suit7Spade Suit3Diamond Suit

Koral was ahead with just a pair of sevens, besting Duke’s pair of fives. He also had the nut low draw so Duke needed to pair another one of her cards to at least chop the pot. Instead, the river paired the board as the QSpade Suit dropped and Koral doubled up to almost 250,000. Duke was down to under 80,000 in chips.

Daniel NegreanuNegreanu Doubles Through Clements

Scott Clements raised to 40,000 preflop and Daniel Negreanu three-bet to 60,000. Clements made the call and the flop came down ADiamond Suit9Diamond SuitKSpade Suit. Negreanu fired 20,000 and Clements stuck around. The turn brought the QHeart Suit and Negreanu bet his remaining stack and Clements called.

Negreanu: ASpade Suit7Spade SuitKClub Suit2Club Suit
Clements: QClub Suit10Diamond Suit9Spade Suit8Heart Suit

Negreanu had the best of it with top two pair but Clements had two pair of his own to go with a gutshot straight draw. The 6Spade Suit came on the river and gave Clements no help. Negreanu doubled up to about 180,000.


Level 20 Update: Leonidas, Pezzin, Kravchenko, and Lawson Fall Early

Blinds: 9,000-18,000

Players Remaining: 13 out of 179

Chip Counts:

1. John Monnette – 1,400,000
2. Ben Boyd – 775,000
3. Scott Clements – 660,000
4. Greg Jamison – 475,000
5. Cameron McKinley – 345,000
6. Jacobo Fernandez – 300,000
7. Sam Khouiss – 285,000
8. Tom Koral – 245,000
9. Daniel Alaei- 249,000
10. Annie Duke – 170,000

Average Chip Count: 413,077

Notable Eliminations:

17. Toto Leonidas – $26,921
16. Alex Kravchenko – $26,921
15. Pat Pezzin – $31,632
14. Ted Lawson – $31,632

Big Hands:

Alex Kravchenko Eliminated in 16th Place ($26,921)

Alex Kravchenko moved all in preflop and Sam Khouiss made the call. Their cards:

Kravchenko: ASpade Suit6Club Suit4Club Suit3Club Suit
Khouiss: AClub SuitJClub Suit8Heart Suit2Heart Suit

Board: KClub Suit8Diamond Suit2Club Suit9Spade Suit8Club Suit

Kravchenko was eliminated in 16th place and Khouiss grew his stack close to 300,000.

Ted Lawson

Ted Lawson Eliminated in 14th Place ($31,632)

On a flop of 7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit4Heart Suit Ted Lawson moved all in and both Cameron McKinley and Jacobo Fernandez made the call. The turn fell 5Spade Suit and McKinley moved all in. Fernandez called him down and the three players turned up thier hands:

Lawson: KSpade SuitJHeart Suit7Spade Suit6Spade Suit
McKinley: ADiamond Suit8Heart Suit8Club Suit5Heart Suit
Fernandez: AHeart SuitASpade SuitKHeart Suit2Club Suit

River: 10Club Suit

Lawson was eliminated in 14th place while Fernandez and McKinley split the pot.

Daniel Negreanu Doubles Up

Ben Boyd bet and Daniel Negreanu raised on a flop of ASpade Suit4Diamond Suit3Club Suit. Boyd then raised enought to put Negreanu all in and Kid Poker made the all-in call. Their cards:

Negreanu: 7Spade Suit4Spade Suit3Diamond Suit2Heart Suit
Boyd: KHeart Suit9Heart Suit5Heart SuitX

Turn and River: 6Spade Suit5Club Suit

Negreanu doubled up on the hand to survive with 175,000.

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