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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $1,143,450
Entrants: 847

Event 41 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better

  • Jun 22, '10 - Jun 24, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 24, 10)


Jelinek Wins Event No. 41

GottliebJelinek Wins Event No. 41, Gottlieb Out in 2nd ($151,884)

John Gottlieb was just slightly shy of being even in chips with chip leader Steve Jelinek when a massive preflop raising war got Gottlieb all in with Jelinek calling. Their hands:

Jetlinek: ASpade SuitAHeart SuitQDiamond Suit4Heart Suit
Gottlieb: ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit9Diamond Suit5Club Suit

The board connected with Jelinek’s hand best, running QSpade Suit10Club Suit8Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit5Spade Suit. It was enough for Jelinek to scoop the pot and eliinate Gottlieb in second place, for which he won #151,884.

Jelinek took down his first WSOP title and won $245,871.

Player Tags: Steve Jelinek,   John Gottlieb

We Are Heads Up

LambLamb Slammed In 5th ($53,319)

After a few hours of lots of chopped pots, Ben Lamb was scooped and eliminated in 5th place. On that hand, Lamb raised to 175,000 and was called by Anders Taylor.

Lamb got all in and was called by Taylor on a flop of 7Spade Suit6Club Suit4Spade Suit. Their hands:

Taylor: ADiamond Suit4Diamond Suit3Spade Suit2Spade Suit
Lamb: AHeart Suit9Club Suit7Heart Suit5Club Suit

The board finished with the KDiamond Suit on the turn and ASpade Suit on the river, giving Taylor a flush to go along with the nut low, scooping the pot and busting Lamb, who took $53,319 of the prize pool.

ChappusChappus Forced Out in 4th Place ($71,728)

A raising war with Anders Taylor got Michael Chappus all in for his tournament life preflop. Their hands:

Chappus: AClub Suit8Spade Suit5Diamond Suit2Spade Suit
Taylor: ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit8Club Suit5Club Suit

The flop was bad for Chappus, coming KClub SuitQSpade Suit10Heart Suit to pair Taylor. The turn 4Club Suit didn’t improve his hand and when the QHeart Suit landed on the river there was no low hand and Taylor scooped it all, knocking Chappus out in 4th place, winning $71,728.

TaylorTaylor Busts in 3rd ($97,913)

Anders Taylor got all in preflop and was called by Steve Jelinek, who had him covered. Their hands:

Taylor: QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit4Club Suit2Diamond Suit
Jelinek: JSpade Suit9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit

The flop was deadly for Taylor, coming 9Spade Suit6Heart Suit6Club Suit to give Jelinek a quick full house. The 8Club Suit turn was meaningless and the KClub Suit river made sure that Jelinek was moving on to heads up and Taylor was the 3rd-place finisher. Taylor made $97,913 for his strong finish.

Jelinek moved heads up holding a near 3-1 chip lead over John Gottlieb.

Player Tags: Ben Lamb,   Anders Taylor,   Michael Chappus

Hellmuth's 12th Bracelet, First Lady Bracelet WInner of 2010? Not Today

KarpKarp Busts in 8th Place ($23,635)

It didn’t take long for business to pick up following the dinner break.
Shortly after the break short stack Ryan Karp moved all in and was called by Ben Lamb. Their hands:

Karp: JHeart Suit9Club Suit8Heart Suit7Club Suit
Lamb: ASpade SuitKClub Suit6Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit

Lamb hit a flush on a board of 3Club SuitJDiamond Suit3Diamond SuitADiamond SuitQHeart Suit and Karp was out in 8th place, making $34,635 for his long last few days.

With the pot Lamb started a gradual climb up the leaderboard.

HellmuthHellmuth Comes Up Short of Bracelet No. 12, Out in 7th ($30,633)

Phil Hellmuth got all in preflop with his tournament life on the line against John Gottlieb. Their hands:

Hellmuth: ASpade Suit10Heart Suit3Club Suit2Heart Suit
Gottlieb: AHeart SuitADiamond SuitQHeart Suit8Club Suit

The flop came QClub Suit9Heart Suit7Spade Suit, offering Hellmuth no help. The turn was the 10Club Suit and the river brought the 9Diamond Suit. Hellmuth’s record 12th bracelet wasn’t in the cards today, as he was the 7th place finisher, making $30,633.

ThomasThomas Gone In 6th ($40,169)

Like Hellmuth’s memorable win wasn’t meant to be tonight, neither was Mandy Thomas’s. Thomas was 5 players away from being the first woman bracelet winner of 2010, but fell short of that goal shortly after Hellmuth busted.

On that hand, Thomas put in a raise from the small blind only to have Ben Lamb re-raise from the big blind enough to put Thomas all in. She called and they showed down:

Lamb: ASpade Suit7Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit3Heart Suit
Thomas: JSpade Suit8Spade Suit3Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit

The board ran 6Diamond Suit2Spade SuitKHeart SuitJDiamond SuitADiamond Suit to give Lamb a flush and Thomas was gone in 6th place.

Thomas nearly became the first woman to win a bracelet in 2010, but ultimately had to settle for the $40,169 sixth-place prize.


Dinner Break

Players are now on their dinner break.

Only 8 players remain, with the next elimination guaranteed $23,635 and the winner taking home $245,871. Their stacks look like this:

John Gottlieb: 1,200,000
Ben Lamb: 725,000
Michael Chappus: 470,000
Ryan Karp: 400,000
Phil Hellmuth: 270,000
Anders Taylor: 266,000
Steve Jelinek: 220,000

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Ettedgi Busts in 9th

Hellmuth Doubles

Phil Hellmuth got all in preflop for his tournament life against John Gottlieb. They showed:

Hellmuth: KClub SuitQHeart Suit10Spade Suit9Diamond Suit
Gottlieb: ASpade SuitJClub Suit3Spade Suit2Club Suit

The board ran KHeart Suit10Club Suit4Spade Suit3Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit and Hellmuth scooped the pot, doubling him to 255,000 in chips.

EttegiEttedgi Busts in 9th Place ($18,432)

Joel Ettedgi raised to 84,000 and Mandy Thomas made the call, putting herself all in. From the small blind, Ben Lamb re-raised the pot and Ettegi called, putting himself all in for the side pot. Their hands:

Thomas: AHeart Suit5Spade Suit2Heart Suit2Diamond Suit
Lamb: ASpade SuitKSpade SuitKHeart Suit4Spade Suit
Ettedgi: ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit7Heart Suit3Diamond Suit

The flop ran 5Heart Suit3Spade Suit2Club Suit, giving Lamb a straight. The turn was the 2Spade Suit, giving quads to Thomas. The 8Club Suit finished the board.

Thomas got the high in the main pot and she and Lamb chopped the rest of the main pot, while Lamb took the side pot. Ettedgi busted in 9th place, winning $18,432.

Thomas had 117,000 after the hand and Lamb had 725,000.

Hellmuth Doubles Again

Phil Hellmuth got all in preflop and was called by Anders Taylor, putting him at risk or elimination. Their hands:

Hellmuth: ASpade Suit10Spade Suit7Spade Suit3Club Suit
Taylor: AHeart SuitAClub SuitKDiamond Suit4Club Suit

Hellmuth was trailing but found hope on a flop of 9Spade SuitJDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit. The turn was the JClub Suit and the tournament director announced that Hellmuth needed an 8 for a straight. Fittingly, the 8Spade Suit fell on the river and Hellmuth scooped, doubling up to 270,000.


Hellmuth Struggling

HellmuthHellmuth Chops One

Phil Hellmuth got all in on a flop of AHeart Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart Suit and Ryan Karp made the call. Their hands:

Hellmuth: KDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit3Club Suit
Karp: ASpade SuitQSpade Suit5Heart Suit4Club Suit

The turn gave Hellmuth a flush draw, coming 7Diamond Suit, but the 6Spade Suit river made sure that the pot was split. After the chop, Hellmuth remained short on chips, with around 100,000 in chips.

Hellmuth Gets Scooped, Crippled

The short stack at the table Mandy Thomas moved her last 65,000 all in and Phil Hellmuth also pushed all in, having her covered. Everyone else folded. Their hands:

Thomas: AHeart SuitKClub SuitJClub Suit4Club Suit
Hellmuth: AClub SuitQHeart Suit6Heart Suit3Club Suit

The board gave Thomas a full house with no low, running JSpade Suit9Diamond SuitKDiamond Suit4Heart Suit4Spade Suit. Hellmuth dropped to just 40,000 and was in serious trouble. Thomas saw her stack increase to 160,000.

Player Tags: Phil Hellmuth,   Ryan Karp

Hellmuth Makes Final Table

Baker Falls in 10th ($14,544)

On a flop of 7Spade Suit9Diamond Suit8Spade Suit Jeffrey baker bet 120,000, and John Gottlieb re-raised the pot to put Baker all in. Baker called and they showed down

Baker: ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit3Club Suit2Spade Suit
Gottlieb: AClub Suit10Club Suit6Spade Suit2Club Suit

The turn brought the 7Diamond Suit and the 8Heart Suit was enough to send Baker to the rail in 10th place, winning $14,544.

Final Table Set

With that, the final table was set:

Ryan Karp — 801,000
Steve Jelinek — 692,000
Joel Ettedgi — 572,000
John Gottlieb — 570,000
Anders Taylor — 377,000
Ben Lamb — 309,000
Phil Hellmuth — 227,000
Michael Chappus — 196,000
Mandy Thomas — 50,000

Player Tags: Jeffrey Baker,   John Gottlieb

Final Day Starts With A Bang

Blinds: 6,000-12,000

In the first level of play today players started dropping fast. Recent eliminations were:

15th Place — Igor Gotz — $11,731
14th Place — Tony Cousineau — $11,731
13th Place — Bryan Andrews — $11,731

And just minutes ago Barry Greenstein became the latest victim.

GreensteinGreenstein Falls in 12th

Facing a raise from Jeffrey Baker to 26,000 preflop, Greenstein re-raised the pot and Baker pushed all in, having Greenstein covered. Barry called. Their hands:

Greenstein: ASpade Suit10Diamond Suit5Spade Suit4Diamond Suit
Baker: AClub Suit7Club Suit5Diamond Suit2Spade Suit

The flop gave Baker the lead, running QClub Suit9Spade Suit2Diamond Suit. The 6Diamond Suit didn’t change anything on the turn and the QSpade Suit river made it official — Barry Greenstein was gone in 12th place, earning $14,544.

Sprengers Next To Go, Out in 11th

Darren Sprengers got all in and was called by both Mandy Thomas and Michael Chappus. Their hands:

Sprengers: ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit7Spade Suit3Club Suit
Chappus: ASpade SuitKDiamond SuitJSpade Suit2Diamond Suit
Thomas: AHeart SuitKSpade Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart Suit

The board came KClub Suit10Club Suit10Spade SuitAClub Suit2Club Suit, causing Thomas and Chappus to split the high with two pair, and with no low Sprengers got nothing and was eliminated in 11th place, winning $14,544.


Shuffle Up and Deal

The cards are in the air for the final day of event No. 41 ($1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better).
Still fighting among the remaining 15 players are Barry Greenstein and Phil Hellmuth. Will Greenstein win his fourth bracelet, will Hellmuth win a record-setting twelfth bracelet, or will one of the others rise to the top?
Stay tuned to for hourly updates.

Entering the final day are (in no particular order):

Phil Hellmuth
Barry Greenstein
Jeffrey Baker
Tony Cousineau
Michael Chappus
Joel Eggedgi
Ryan Karp
John Gottlieb
Anders Taylor
Bryan Andrews
Igor Gotz
Ben Lamb
Steve Jelinek
Darren Sprengers
Mandy Thomas

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Day 3 to Start at 2:30 p.m.

Phil HellmuthThe final 15 players remaining in event no. 41, the $1,500 pot-limit omaha 8 or better event will return to the Rio today at 2:30 p.m. to play down to a bracelet winner.

The chip leader is Ryan Karp, but the real story lies in the players behind him. Phil Hellmuth and Barry Greenstein are both healthy in chips and looking for some more WSOP hardware to add to their collection. Young Ben Lamb is still in contention and so is veteran Tony Cousineau.

The players are well within the money and at this point, each player is guaranteed $11,731, but the first place prize money of $245,871 will be awarded to somebody by the end of the day.

The blinds will be 6,000-12,000 when they begin play and the average stack is 254,100.

Check back with Card Player later today for updates on this event as we find out who our next lucky bracelet winner will be.

Here are the chip counts going into the final day:

1 Ryan Karp 564,000
2 Steve Jelinek 538,000
3 Joel Ettedgi 419,000
4 Phil Hellmuth 331,,000
5 Ben Lamb 320000
6 John Gottlieb 277,000
7 Michael Chappus 260,000
8 Jeffrey Baker 247,000
9 Barry Greenstein 204,000
10 Anders Taylor 202,000
11 Darren Sprengers 144,000
12 Bryan Andrews 122,000
13 Igor Gotz 105,000
14 Mandy Thomas 60,000
15 Anthony Cousineau 22,000
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