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Buy-In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $1,445,850
Entrants: 1071

$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

  • Jun 13, '11 - Jun 15, '11
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Updates on Final Day (Jun 15, 11)

 
 

Elie Payan Wins Event #22 ($292,825)

Rafe Kibrit Eliminated in 2nd Place ($181,222)

Rafe Kibrit began Level 27 as the short stack and wasted no time pushing it in. Elie Payan completed from the small blind, Rafe Kibrit raised to 180,000 from the big blind and Payan called.

The flop came 4Heart Suit 3Heart Suit 2Club Suit, Kibrit potted at 360,000, Payan re-potted and Kibrit called all in.

Payan: QHeart Suit 9Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit
Kibrit: ASpade Suit ADiamond Suit QDiamond Suit 6Club Suit

Kibrit was ahead on the flop with a pair of aces, but Payan had a live flush draw. The turn and river were the AHeart Suit and the 10Diamond Suit, giving Payan a flush on the turn. Rafe Kibrit failed to improve on the river and was eliminated in 2nd place ($181,222). Elie Payan showed up to this final table average in chips and an orbit late, and after one serious roller coaster ride later, he finally closed out Event #22, claiming the gold bracelet and the $292,825 grand prize.

Player Tags: Elie Payan,   Rafe Kibrit
 

Level 26: Back And Forth, Payan Leads For The Moment

Blinds: 25,000-50,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 1,071

Average Chip Count: 2,409,750

Chip Counts:

1. Elie Payan – 3,640,000
2. Rafe Kibrit – 1,180,000

Payan Takes the Lead, Loses, Takes It Back

Right at the end of Level 25, Rafe Kibrit took the chip lead from Elie Payan after doubling up with J – 10 for a Broadway straight on an A- K- Q board. This hand gave Kibrit the lead with 3 million to Payan’s 1.8 million.

Kibrit came back from the break and entered Level 26 with same aggression, chipping away at Payan’s stack and getting him to under 1 million before Payan doubled up to 1.7 million with two pair vs. a better two pair. Payan rode that momentum all the way back to the chip lead after getting it all in on a flop of 10Club Suit 6Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit.

Payan: QDiamond Suit 7Heart Suit 5Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit
Kibrit: KSpade Suit JSpade Suit 10Heart Suit 6Club Suit

Kibrit was ahead on the flop with top two pair, but Payan had a lot of live draws. The turn and river were the 3Heart Suit and the 2Club Suit, giving Payan a straight. Payan doubled up again this hand to about 3 million, essentially trading stacks with Kibrit who was left with about 1.8 million.

Payan then began to push the big stack himself, chipping away at Kibrit and forcing the action once gain. Kibrit git it all in again soon enough with top pair against Payan’s overpair, but spiked two pair on the river to double up. This hand put both players almost dead even with 2.5 million each.

Payan hit a backdoor flush a bit later and took a definitive lead once again, ending the level on top with about 3.6 million.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Elie Payan,   Rafe Kibrit
 

Level 25: Payan Leads Kibrit Heads-Up; Sands 3rd

Blinds: 20,000-40,000

Players Remaining: 2 out of 1,071

Average Chip Count: 2,409,750

Chip Counts:

1. Elie Payan – 4,000,000
2. Rafe Kibrit – 820,000

Eliminations:

3rd. David Sands – $113,383

David SandsDavid Sands Eliminated in 3rd Place ($113,383)

David Sands managed to doubled up through the current chip leader Elie Payan right before the break, but still entered Level 25 on the short stack and made his final stand on the first hand back.

Elie Payan limped on the button, Sands raised the pot to 160,000 from the small blind and Payan called.

The flop came 9Spade Suit 5Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit, Sands potted for 360,000, Payan shoved and Sands called all in.

Payan: 9Heart Suit 6Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 2Spade Suit
Sands: ASpade Suit KSpade Suit JHeart Suit 4Spade Suit

Payan was ahead with two pair on the flop. The turn and river were the AClub Suit and the 10Spade Suit, no help to David Sands who was eliminated in 3rd place ($113,383).

NOTE: With the elimination of David Sands in 3rd place, Elie Payan took the chip lead into heads-up play with 3,190,000 to Rafe Kibrit’s 1,630,000.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: David Sands,   Elie Payan,   Rafe Kibrit
 

Level 24: Payan Leads Final Three; Vilkki 4th, Wolfe 5th, Patel 6th

Blinds: 15,000-30,000

Players Remaining: 3 out of 1,071

Average Chip Count: 1,606,500

Chip Counts:

1. Elie Payan – 2,410,000
2. Rafe Kirbit – 1,670,000
3. David Sands – 740,000

Eliminations:

4th. Juha Vilkki – $82,297
5th. Stephen Wolfe – $60,754
6th. Emil Patel – $45,554

Emil Patel Eliminated in 6th Place ($45,554)
Emil Patel

Emil Patel started the level as the short stack after being doubled through several times last level (David Sands twice and Elie Payan once). Patel opened for 105,000 before the flop and Stephen Wolfe called from the big blind.

The flop came 8Club Suit 7Spade Suit 7Club Suit, Wolfe bet 225,000, Patel moved all in and Wolfe called.

Patel: KSpade Suit QSpade Suit QClub Suit 2Club Suit
Wolfe: 6Heart Suit 5Heart Suit 4Heart Suit 3Club Suit

Patel was ahead on the flop with queens-up, but Wolfe had an open-ended straight draw with a redraw. The turn and river were the 4Spade Suit and the KHeart Suit, giving Wolfe a straight on the turn. Emil Patel was eliminated in 6th place ($45,554).

Stephen Wolfe Eliminated in 5th Place ($60,754)

Shortly after busting Emil Patel in 6th place, Wolfe got the rest of his chips on a flop of JSpade Suit 9Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit.

Elie Payan bet the pot, Wolfe moved all in and Payan called.

Wolfe: AClub Suit QHeart Suit QClub Suit 10Heart Suit
Payan: 10Spade Suit 7Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 4Heart Suit

Wolfe was ahead with a pair of queens and an open-ended straight draw while Payan had a live flush draw. The turn and river were the 2Club Suit and the 9Spade Suit, giving Payan a flush on the turn. Stephen Wolfe was eliminated in 5th Place ($ 60,754).

Juha Vilkki Eliminated in 4th Place ($82,297)Juha Vilkki

On a board of 7Heart Suit 4Spade Suit 3Heart Suit 10Diamond Suit, Elie Payan bet 90,000 into a dry pot on the turn, Juha Villki re-potted to 360,000, Payan shoved and Vilkki called all in.

Payan: 8Club Suit 3Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit
Vilkki: QHeart Suit JHeart Suit7Club Suit 5Club Suit

Payan was ahead with middle set, but Vilkki held top pair along with a live flush and straight draw. The river was the 10Heart Suit, giving Vilkii a flush, but Payan a full house. Payan won the pot and Juha Vilkki was eliminated in 4th place ($82,297).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Emil Patel,   Juha Vilkki,   Elie Payan,   Stephen Wolfe
 

Level 23: Sands Doubles Twice, Patel Left on Short Stack

Blinds: 12,000-24,000

Players Remaining: 6 out of 1,071

Average Chip Count: 803,250

Chip Counts:

1. Rafe Kirbit – 1,900,000
2. Stephen Wolfe – 740,000
3. Elie Payan – 615,000
4. Juha Vilkki – 560,000
5. David Sands – 520,000
6. Emil Patel – 485,000

Sands Doubles Twice Through Patel
David Sands

David Sands came back from the dinner break on the short stack with just over eight big bets, and managed to double early to stay alive, and then again to give himself some play.

David Sands opened for a pot-sized raise from the cutoff, Emil Patel re-potted and Sands called all in.

Sands: AHeart Suit 8Spade Suit 8Heart Suit 3Heart Suit
Patel: ASpade Suit AClub Suit 9Club Suit 3Club Suit

Sands had a pair of eights and was behind Patel’s pair of aces. The board came 10Club Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit, giving Sands a full house on the turn. This hand put Sands over 300,000.

Shortly after, David Sands doubled again through Emil Patel after getting it all in on a flop of JDiamond Suit 9Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit.

Sands: ADiamond Suit A Club Suit QHeart Suit QDiamond Suit
Patel: KClub Suit JSpade Suit 10Club Suit 7Heart Suit

Patel was ahead on the flop with two pair, but Sands had an over pair and flush draw with two cards to come. The turn and river were the 6Diamond Suit and the 10Spade Suit, giving Sands the nut flush on the turn. Sands doubled up to over 500,000 this hand.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Emil Patel,   David Sands
 

Level 22: Patel Leads Final Six On Dinner Break

NOTE: The remaining six players took a one hour dinner break at the conclusion of Level 22 and will return at approximately 7:15pm to resume play.

Blinds: 10,000-20,000

Players Remaining: 6 out of 1,071

Average Chip Count: 803,250

Chip Counts:

1. Emil Patel – 1,476,000
2. Rafe Kibrit – 1,422,000
3. Stephen Wolfe – 912,000
4. Juha Villki – 403,000
5. Elie Payan – 292,000
6. David Sands – 177,000

Eliminations:

7th. Cody Munger – $34,642
8th. Jeff Sarwer – $26,704
9th. Roland Israelsvili – $20,863

Roland Israelashvili Eliminated in 9th Place ($20,863)Ronald Israelashvili

Roland Israelashvili started the level as the short stack and played his final hand shortly after it began.

Israelashvili opened for 70,000, Juha Vilkki shoved and Israelashvili called all in.

Israelashvili: QHeart Suit 7Heart Suit 7Club Suit 3Club Suit
Juha Vilkki: KDiamond Suit QDiamond Suit 10Spade Suit 8Club Suit

The board came ADiamond Suit KClub Suit 4Heart Suit aClub Suit 6Diamond Suit, giving Villki two pair. Ronald Israelashvili was the first to go, eliminated in 9th place ($20,83).

Jeff Sarwer Eliminated in 8th Place ($26,704)
Jeff Sarwer

Jeff Sarwer opened for 70,000, Juha Vilkki reraised the size of the pot (240,000), and Sarwer called all in.

Sarwer: KDiamond Suit KClub Suit 7Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit
Vilkki: ASpade Suit ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit

Vilkki was ahead with aces to Sarwer’s kings. The board came 6Heart Suit 2Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit 6Club Suit AHeart Suit, giving Vilkki a full house on the river. Jeff Sarwer was eliminated in 8th place ($26,704).

Cody Munger Eliminated in 7th Place ($34,642)Cody Munger

Cody Munger opened for 40,000, Emil Patel reraised to 140,000 from the small blind and Munger called.

The flop came 8Heart Suit 7Heart Suit 6Spade Suit, Patel checked, Munger bet 300,000, Patel Check-raised all in and Munger called all in.

Patel: AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit 10Club Suit 9Heart Suit
Munger: JHeart Suit JClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 7Club Suit

Patel was ahead with aces against Munger’s jacks. The turn and river were the KHeart Suit and the JSpade Suit, giving Patel the nut flush on the turn. Munger made a set on the river, but it was too little too late as Cody Munger was eliminated in 7th place ($34,642).

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Emil Patel,   Cody Munger,   Juha Vilkki,   Jeff Sarwer
 

Level 21: Kibrit Leads; Short Stacks Double Up

Blinds: 8,000-16,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 1,071

Average Chip Count: 535,500

Chip Counts:

1. Rafe Kibrit – 1,425,000
2. Emil Patel – 891,000
3. Jeff Sarwer – 602,000
4. Cody Munger – 417,000
5. Juha Vilkki – 405,000
6. Stephen Wolfe – 340,000
7. Elie Payan – 298,000
8. David Sands – 237,000
9. Roland Israelshvili – 170,000

Stephen Wolfe Doubles Through Emil Patel
Stephen Wolfe

Stephen Wolfe started the level as one of the short stacks but quickly found a double up through Emil Patel. Wolfe opened for 40,000 and Emil Patel called from the big blind.

The flop came KDiamond Suit 9Heart Suit 6Heart Suit, Patel bet 80,000, Wolfe moved all in and Patel called.

Wolfe: ASpade Suit ADiamond Suit KHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit
Patel: AHeart Suit QSpade Suit JClub Suit 7Heart Suit

Wolfe led the flop with a pair of aces, but Patel had a flush draw and some inside straight draws as well. The turn and river were the 8Diamond Suit and 6Spade Suit. Patel bricked and Stephen Wolfe doubled up to about 375,000 that hand.

Elie Payan Doubles Through Cody Munger

Elie Payan opened for 56,000 from the button and Cody Munger called from the big blind.

The flop came QHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit, Munger bet 120,000 and Payan called all in for slightly less.

Payan: AHeart Suit KDiamond Suit QDiamond Suit QClub Suit
Munger: KHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit 7c

Payan was ahead with top set while Munger had a few backdoor draws. The turn and river were the 3Heart Suit and the ASpade Suit, no help for Munger as Payan doubled up to just under 300,000.

Emil Patel Doubles Through Jeff Sarwer

Emil Patel was left short after Stepehen Wolfe doubled through early in the level, but managed to get those chips back after doubling through Jeff Sarwer in one of the biggest pots so far.

Cody Munger opened for 33,000, Jeff Sarwer reraied 76,000, Emil Patel potted from the small blind, Munger folded, Sarwer re-potted and Patel called all in.

Patel: AHeart Suit AClub Suit QHeart Suit 8Spade Suit
Sarwer: ADiamond Suit KClub Suit 10Heart Suit 10Diamond Suit

Patel was ahead with aces against Sarwer’s tens. The board came JDiamond Suit 4Heart Suit 2Club Suit 5Heart Suit KHeart Suit, giving Patel a flush on the river. Patel doubled up to just under 900,000 this hand while Sarwer fell down to about 600,000.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

 

Level 20: Patel Has Big Level, Climbs Up Leaderboard

Blinds: 6,000-12,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 1,071

Average Chip Count: 535,500

Chip Counts:

1. Juha Vilkki – 882,000
2. Rafe Kibrit – 837,000
3. Emil Patel – 669,000
4. Cody Munger – 647,000
5. Elie Payan – 591,000
6. Jeff Sarwer – 527,000
7. David Sands – 276,000
8. Stephen Wolfe – 192,000
9. Roland Israelshvili – 170,000

Patel Makes a Run at the Chip Lead
Emil Patel

Emil Patel started the day as the short stack, but was able to score an early double up to stay alive. Patel opened for a raise, Stephen Wolfe called on the button and Cody Munger called from the big blind.

The flop came 9Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit 8Club Suit, Munger checked, Patel bet 84,000, Wolfe raised to 240,000, Munger folded and Patel called all in.

Patel: ASpade Suit QHeart Suit 10Spade Suit 10Club Suit
Wolfe: 8Heart Suit 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit 4Heart Suit

Wolfe was ahead with trip eights on the flop while Patel had a straight draw. The turn and river were the KClub Suit and the JDiamond Suit, giving Patel a king-high straight on the river. Patel doubled up to over 300,000 this hand.

Patel later went on to grab a few more pots this level, including a ten-high straight flush that saw a showdown with Juha Vilkki’s full house. Patel climbed up to 700,000 in chips that hand, challenging the chip lead heading into Level 21.

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

Player Tags: Emil Patel,   Cody Munger,   Stephen Wolfe
 

Level 20: Final Table Now Underway

NOTE: Play ended last night with the elimination of Benjamin Palmer in 10th place, and the final nine players returned at just after 2:30pm to begin the official nine-handed final table.

Blinds: 6,000-12,000

Players Remaining: 9 out of 1,071

Average Chip Count: 535,500

Chip Counts:

1. Juha Vilkki – 1,235,000
2. Rafe Kibrit – 667,000
3. Cody Munger – 652,000
4. Elie Payan – 545,000
5. Stephen Wolfe – 523,000
6. Jeff Sarwer – 480,000
7. Roland Israelshvili – 310,000
8. David Sands – 250,000
9. Emil Patel – 147,000

Payouts:

1st. $292,825
2nd. $181,222
3rd. $113,383
4th. $82,297
5th. $60,754
6th. $45,544
7th. $34,642
8th. $26,704
9th. $20,863

Be sure to check back hourly for level-by-level updates of this final table.

 

Final Table Begins at 2:30 p.m.

David SandsJust nine players remain in the hunt for the gold bracelet and the top prize worth $292,825 in the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event. David Sands, Emil Patel and Jeff Sarwer are the headliners on the final day of the tournament but they have their work cut out for them with low chip counts.

The chip leader is Juha Vilkki with 1,235,000. Be sure to check back for full level-by-level updates from the final table.

Current Chip Counts:

Juha Vilkki — 1,235,000
Rafe Kibrit — 667,000
Cody Munger — 652,000
Elie Payan — 545,000
Stephen Wolfe — 523,000
Jeff Sarwer — 480,000
Roland Israelashvili — 310,000
David Sands — 250,000
Emil Patel — 147,000

 
 
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