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Buy-In: $10,000
Prize Pool: $1,992,800
Entrants: 212

Event 25 - $10,000 Omaha 8 or Better Championship

  • Jun 12, '10 - Jun 14, '10
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 14, 10)

 
 

Level 31 Update: Sam Farha Wins

Blinds: 90,000-180,000
Stakes: 180,000-360,000

Players Remaining: 1 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 6,360,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Sammy Farha — 6,360,000

Eliminations:

2. James Dempsey — $301,790

Big Hands:

James Dempsey

James Dempsey Eliminated in 2nd Place ($301,790), Sam Farha Wins Event No. 25 ($488,237)

James Dempsey got his last 200,000 in the middle with JHeart Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit5Club Suit. Sam Farha called with the JClub Suit9Heart Suit7Diamond Suit4Heart Suit. Farha and Dempsey witnessed the board run out 10Diamond Suit4Spade Suit3Spade Suit10Heart Suit10Club Suit, giving Farha the title.

Player Tags: Sam Farha,   James Dempsey
 

Level 30 Update: Evenly Matched

Blinds: 80,000-150,000
Stakes: 150,000-300,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 3,180,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Sammy Farha — 3,800,000
2. James Dempsey — 2,600,000

Eliminations:

None

Big Hands:

None

Left in the Deck:

There hasn’t been a double up from either player in almost two levels.

 

Level 28 Update: James Dempsey Doubles Up Twice

Blinds: 50,000-100,000
Stakes: 100,000-200,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 3,180,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Sammy Farha — 4,900,000
2. James Dempsey — 1,500,000

Eliminations:

None

Big Hands:

James Dempsey

James Dempsey Doubles Up

Dempsey opened and was called by Sam Farha. The board read JClub Suit10Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit10Spade Suit when the rest of Dempsey’s chips went into the middle. Farha called and tabled the 8Heart Suit 9Spade SuitKDiamond Suit7Heart Suit. Dempsey exposed the 8Spade Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit6Diamond Suit. The 10Club Suit fell on the river. Dempsey scooped and doubled to 750,000.

James Dempsey Doubles Again

Sam Farha and James Dempsey took a flop of KDiamond SuitKSpade Suit6Diamond Suit. Dempsey checked and Farha bet. The rest of the chips were in on the 8Club Suit turn. Farha exposed the ASpade SuitQDiamond Suit6Spade Suit4Diamond Suit and was searching for low card against Dempsey’s trip kings with the KClub SuitQSpade Suit5Spade Suit3Heart Suit. The river brought the JSpade Suit. Dempsey doubled up again.

Player Tags: Sam Farha,   James Dempsey
 

Level 27 Update: Yueqi Zhu Eliminated

Blinds: 40,000-80,000
Stakes: 80,000-160,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 3,180,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Sammy Farha — 4,900,000
2. James Dempsey — 1,500,000

Eliminations:

None

Big Hands:

Yueqi Zhu

Yueqi Zhu Doubles Up

On a flop of ADiamond SuitKClub Suit2Club Suit Yueqi Zhu was all in with the ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit for top two and a low draw. Dempsey tabled the AClub Suit9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit for top pair, a flush draw and an inferior low draw. The KHeart Suit on the turn gave Zhu a full house and the 6Heart Suit on the river gave Zhu the scoop and doubled him to 900,000.

Yueqi Zhu Eliminated in 3rd Place ($225,326)

Zhu was all in pre-flop against James Dempsey.

Their hands:

Dempsey: AHeart SuitKHeart Suit5Spade Suit4Spade Suit
Zhu: 4Diamond Suit5Heart Suit10Club Suit10Diamond Suit

The board ran out 8Club Suit4Club Suit2Diamond Suit3Heart SuitJDiamond Suit and ended Zhu was eliminated.

Player Tags: Sam Farha,   Yueqi Zhu,   James Dempsey
 

Level 26 Update: Sergey Altbregin Eliminated

Blinds: 30,000-60,000
Stakes: 60,000-120,000

Players Remaining: 3 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 2,120,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. James Dempsey — 2,900,000
2. Sammy Farha — 2,000,000
3. Yueqi Zhu — 1,400,000

Eliminations:

4. Sergey Altbregin — $169,368

Big Hands:

Sergey Altbregin

Sergey Altbregin Eliminated in 4th Place ($169,368)

Sergey Altbregin raised from the button and Yueqi Zhu called from the big blind. The flop came AHeart SuitKSpade SuitQDiamond Suit and Altbregin got the rest of his short stack into the middle. Zhu tabled the AClub SuitKHeart Suit9Diamond Suit9Club Suit while Altbregin exposed the ADiamond Suit7Heart Suit5Club Suit4Club Suit. The 9Spade Suit fell on the turn. Altbregin was drawing dead. The meaningless ASpade Suit landed on the felt. Altbregin was gone in fourth.

Player Tags: Sergey Altbregin
 

Level 25: Tony Merksick Eliminated

Blinds: 25,000-50,000
Stakes: 50,000-100,000

Players Remaining: 4 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 1,590,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Yueqi Zhu — 2,650,000
2. Sammy Farha — 2,400,000
3. Sergey Altbregin — 775,000
4. James Dempsey — 330,000

Eliminations:

5. Tony Merksick — $128,097

Big Hands:

Tony Merksick

Tony Merksick Eliminated in 5th Place ($128,097)

Sergey Altbregin bet, James Dempsey raised, Yueqi Zhu called and Tony Merksick reraised. Altbregin called and Dempsey threw in the fifth bet. Zhu, Merksick and Altbregin called. The flop came KClub Suit10Club Suit7Spade Suit and Zhu bet. All three of his opponents called and the 6Heart Suit pealed off the deck. Zhu bet again, Merksick called all in for his tournament life, Altbregin called and Dempsey called. The 6Spade Suit on the river prompted another bet from Zhu. Altbregin folded. Dempsey called. Zhu tabled the KSpade SuitKHeart SuitJHeart SuitJDiamond Suit for kings full. Dempsey mucked his inferior hand and Merksick exposed the AClub Suit6Club Suit5Club Suit3Spade Suit for his elimination.

Player Tags: Tony Merksick
 

Level 24: Eugene Katchalov and Michael Chow Eliminated

Blinds: 20,000-40,000
Stakes: 40,000-80,000

Players Remaining: 5 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 1,272,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Sammy Farha — 2,860,000
2. Tony Merksick — 1,150,000
3. Sergey Altbregin — 1,000,000
4. Yueqi Zhu — 900,000
5. James Dempsey — 490,000

Eliminations:

7. Eugene Katchalov — $74,670
6. Michael Chow — $97,508

Big Hands:

Michael Chow

Eugene Katchalov Eliminated in 7th Place ($74,670)

Eugene Katchalov had all his chips in the middle preflop versus Sammy Farha and Sergey Altbregin. The flop came KDiamond Suit8Club Suit8Spade Suit and Farha bet. Altbregin called. The 4Heart Suit fell on the turn and action went check-check. The KHeart Suit landed on the felt and Farha checked. Altbregin bet and Farha called. Altbregin exposed the AHeart SuitKSpade Suit7Heart Suit2Spade Suit, winning the side pot and the main pot versus the the ASpade SuitADiamond SuitQClub Suit5Spade Suit of Katchalov.

Michael Chow Eliminated in 6th Place ($97,508)

Michael Chow got all his chips in the middle preflop versus James Dempsey. Demspey exposed the AHeart SuitKSpade Suit5Heart Suit2Club Suit and Chow tabled the ASpade Suit7Diamond Suit6Spade Suit4Heart Suit. The board ran out QClub Suit9Heart Suit3Spade Suit3Heart SuitJDiamond Suit and Chow was eliminated.

Player Tags: Eugene Katchalov,   Michael Chow
 

Level 23 Update: Abe Mosseri Eliminated

Blinds: 15,000-30,000
Stakes: 30,000-60,000

Players Remaining: 7 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 908,571

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. James Dempsey — 1,640,000
2. Yueqi Zhu — 1,200,000
3. Michael Chow — 1,000,000
4. Tony Merksick — 970,000
5. Sergey Altbregin — 665,000
6. Sammy Farha — 505,000
7. Eugene Katchalov — 305,000

Eliminations:

8. Abe Mosseri — $57,552

Big Hands:

Eugene Katchalov

Sergey Altbregin Triples Up

Sergey Altbregin bet on a flop of KHeart Suit10Heart Suit4Diamond Suit. James Dempsey raised and Rich Zhu called. Altbregin called and bet his remaining chip stack on a 10Diamond Suit turn card. Both Dempsey and Zhu called to put him at risk. The 3Club Suit fell on the river and action went check-check. Altbregin exposed the ASpade SuitKDiamond SuitJHeart Suit4Spade Suit for two pair. Both his opponents mucked and Altbregin tripled to 665,000.

Eugene Katchalov Doubles Up

Eugene katchalov got the last of his 120,000 chips in preflop. Abe Mosseri made the call and exposed the QSpade SuitQClub Suit4Spade Suit3Heart Suit. Katchalov exposed the ASpade SuitAClub Suit9Spade Suit5Heart Suit and was ahead. The board ran out 10Club Suit7Spade Suit3Club Suit9Club SuitKClub Suit and Katchalov doubled to 285,000.

Abe Mosseri Eliminated in 8th Place ($57,552)

Abe Mosseri was all in after a flop of ADiamond Suit9Diamond Suit4Spade Suit versus Richard Zhu. Zhu tabled the ASpade SuitQHeart Suit6Heart Suit2Spade Suit and was behind the AClub SuitKSpade SuitJSpade Suit5Diamond Suit of Mosseri. The 9Spade Suit fell on the turn. Zhu picked up a flush draw to go along with his low draw. The QDiamond Suit on the river gave Zhu a higher two pair and eliminated Mosseri.

 

Level 22 Update: Steve Wong Eliminated

Blinds: 13,000-25,000
Stakes: 25,000-50,000

Players Remaining: 8 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 795,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. James Dempsey — 1,535,000
2. Yueqi Zhu — 997,000
3. Abe Mosseri — 914,000
4. Tony Merksick — 764,000
5. Sammy Farha — 608,000
6. Michael Chow — 570,000
7. Sergey Altbregin — 550,000
8. Eugene Katchalov — 320,000

Eliminations:

9. Steve Wong — $44,619

Big Hands:

Steve Wong

Steve Wong Eliminated in 9th Place ($44,619)

Sammy Farha raised, James Dempsey called and Steve Wong moved all in for 56,000 total. Farha and Dempsey called. The flop came KHeart Suit6Spade Suit5Heart Suit and Farha led out. Dempsey called. The QClub Suit fell on the turn and action went check-check. The 10Diamond Suit hit the river. Farha exposed the AClub Suit10Spade Suit9Spade Suit3Heart Suit for a pair of tens. Dempsey mucked and Wong tabled the ASpade Suit8Club Suit6Diamond Suit3Spade Suit for a pair of sixes. He was eliminated from the tournament and Farha was at 800,000 after the hand.

Left in the Deck:

Players are now on a one hour dinner break and will return at around 9:20 p.m.

Player Tags: Sam Farha,   James Dempsey
 

Level 21 Update: Mike Sexton and Eric Baldwin Eliminated

Blinds: 10,000-20,000
Stakes: 20,000-40,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 212

Average Chip Count: 636,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Abe Mosseri — 1,100,000
2. Yueqi Zhu — 1,070,000
3. James Dempsey — 1,039,000
4. Sergey Altbregin — 735,000
5. Tony Merksick — 675,000
6. Michael Chow — 460,000
7. Steve Wong — 402,000
8. Sammy Farha — 350,000
9. Eugene Katchalov — 320,000

Eliminations:

13. Mikael Thuritz — $27,401
12. Oleg Shamardin — $34,814
11. Eric Baldwin — $34,814
10. Mike Sexton — $34,814

Big Hands:

Mikael Thuritz

Mikael Thuritz Eliminated in 13th Place ($27,401)

Mikael Thuritz was all in on a flop of ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit5Heart Suit against James Dempsey. Thuritz tabled the JDiamond SuitJClub Suit6Club Suit2Diamond Suit while Dempsey exposed the AHeart SuitKSpade Suit8Heart Suit3Club Suit.

The AClub Suit fell on the turn and the river the brought the ASpade Suit giving Dempsey quads. Thuritz was eliminated in 13th place.

Eric Baldwin Eliminated in 11th Place ($34,814))

Eric Baldwin opened from the button and Abe Mosseri called from the big blind. The flop came 10Spade Suit8Club Suit2Club Suit. Mosseri checked to Baldwin. Baldwin bet and Mosseri called. Mosseri bet on the turn, which was enough to put Baldwin all in for 38,000. Baldwin made the call and exposed the AHeart SuitQSpade Suit9Spade Suit2Diamond Suit. Mosseri tabled the AClub SuitKSpade Suit5Spade Suit4Spade Suit. The KDiamond Suit on the river gave Mosseri the scoop.

Mike Sexton Eliminated in 10th Place ($34,814)

On a flop of AHeart SuitASpade Suit8Diamond Suit Mike Sexton checked to Sammy Farha. Farha bet and Sexton raised. Farha called. The 3Spade Suit fell on the turn and Sexton bet. Farha raised. Sexton called all in for his tournament life. Sexton tabled the ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit9Diamond Suit7Heart Suit for three aces. Farha exposed the AClub Suit5Club Suit4Diamond Suit3Club Suit for a full boat. The 2Diamond Suit hit the felt and Sexton was eliminated.

 
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