Event #25: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Event #25: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Day 1 completed

Day One of Event #25: $5,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better is Complete

• Level 8
Hal Klein
Hal Klein

Day 1 of Event #25: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better is in the books. Hal Klein leads the way with 77,100 in chips. He is followed by Luis Velador (59,100) and Pat Pezzin (58,400). The starting field of 241 has been winnowed down to 152, all of whom are looking to the first-place prize of $277,519 and a World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

A star-studded field turned out to play this event. Phil Ivey (23,800 in chips), Erik Seidel (12,200), Andy Bloch (30,100), Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier (25,400), Tom Schneider (23,400), and 13-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (16,700) all survived the day will return for day 2 on Friday. Calen McNeil, the WSOP’s most recent Omaha Eight-or-Better bracelet winner, also entered this event, and finished the day with 14,400.

They were joined at the start of the day by several other big names. Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Nick Schulman, David Bach, “Johnny World” Hennigan, and current player of the year leader Daniel Negreanu all started the tournament but busted out on day one.

Play resumes at 2 p.m. Friday in the Rio. PokerNews.com will be here all day to bring you live updates as Event #25 continues. For now, we'll leave you with Lynn Gilmartin who has all the highlights from around the Rio.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

[user139916] • Level 8
Harold Klein 77,100 77,100
Luis Velador mx 59,100 100
Pat Pezzin ca 58,400 6,400
Francesco Barbaro us 52,000 52,000
Brian Hastings us 50,600
Paul Sokoloff ca 47,900 47,900
Matthew Nowicki US 47,700 47,700
Shawn Buchanan ca 46,700 3,700
Alan Emerson us 46,300 46,300
Dario Alioto it 45,800
Anthony Zinno us 45,700 45,700
Ken Aldridge us 44,700 8,700
Matt Glantz us 44,000
Barry Hartheimer US 43,900 43,900
Tim Burt us 43,500
Christopher George us 42,100 -1,900
Brendan Taylor us 42,000 -6,000
Ilya Gorodetsky 41,500 5,500
Scott Clements us 41,300 -1,700
Constantine Moustakis 41,200 41,200
Elie Doft 40,800 1,800
Owais Ahmed us 40,700 -2,300
Joe Cassidy us 38,000 13,000
Henry Hull us 37,800 37,800
Derek Raymond us 37,400 37,400

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Doft Scoops Kostritsyn

[user139916] • Level 8

Roman Verenko raised from under the gun and Alexander Kostritsyn three-bet from the next seat over. Elie Doft (who took sixth place last year in this event) called from the big blind, Verenko called, and the flop came down {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts}.

Action was checked to Kostritsyn who bet. Doft raised, Verenko folded, and Kostritsyn reraised. A call from Doft landed the {A-Diamonds} turn, which he checked. Kostritsyn bet, but again was check-raised by Doft. Kostritsyn called and then called Doft's bet after the {J-Clubs} river.

Doft tabled {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades} for a seven-high straight with the nut low, Kostritsyn mucked, and Doft scooped the pot.

Elie Doft 46,000 3,000
Alexander Kostritsyn ru 20,000 -6,000

Tags: Alexander KostritsynElie Doft

Matching Boats

• Level 8

Alexander Kravchenko bet out on a {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}{9-Spades} flop. Eugene Katchalov and one other player called. The turn was the {k-Clubs}. Kravchenko bet again, and Katchalov raised. The other player folded and Katchalov called. The river was the {4-Diamonds}. Kravchenko checked, Katchalov bet, and then Kravchenko check-raised. Katchalov called, and the players revealed their hole cards:

Kravchenko: {10-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}
Katchalov: {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{j-Spades}

The players both made tens full of kings and they split the pot with matching full houses.

Tags: Alex KravchenkoEugene Katchalov