Event #41: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Handed)

Vandenbelt Takes from Kitai

Shamus • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante

Lucas Vandenbelt continues to win pots, just now taking another off of Davidi Kitai.

The hand saw the pair reach the turn with the board showing {2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs} and 28,000 in the pot. Kitai check-called a bet of 18,500 from Vandenbelt, then checked again after the {4-Diamonds} fell on the river. This time Vandenbelt bet 35,500, and Kitai tanked for some time before letting his hand go.

Lucas Vandenbelt MT 176,000 28,000
Davidi Kitai be 87,000 -119,000

Tags: Davidi KitaiLucas Vandenbelt

Event #41: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Handed)
Day 1 completed

Big Day 1 for Mizzi

Shamus • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante
Sorel Mizzi
Sorel Mizzi

They've reached the end of eight one-hour levels and Day 1 is complete in Event #41: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six-Handed). A total of 117 players survived the first day of play in this three-day tournament out of a starting field of exactly 400, and by night's end the biggest stack belonged to Sorel Mizzi who made the most of the post-dinner levels to end the day with 146,400.

Chad Brown also ended the day well, concluding several levels' worth of chip accumulation to end with 139,600. Peter Charalambous likewise made a late push to end with 126,200.

Others enjoying successful Day 1s that ended with their bagging above average stacks included Juha Helppi, Matt Giannetti, Davidi Kitai, Phil Galfond, and the two Deebs — Freddy and Shaun. Andy Bloch, Daniel Negreanu, Brian Rast, and Sammy Farha will also be returning for tomorrow's Day 2.

Meanwhile among the many big names who came out for this one who didn't survive the first day of player were Phil Ivey, Frank Kassela, Scotty Nguyen, Erick Lindgren, David "Doc" Sands, Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem, Dan Kelly, Ben Lamb, Vanessa Selbst, Scott Clements, Mike Sexton, Erik Seidel, and Jeff Madsen.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. Be sure to join us then for continuing coverage of Event #41.

Tags: Sorel Mizzi

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

Shamus • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante
Sorel Mizzi ca 146,400
Chad Brown us 139,600
Peter Charalambous gb 126,200 -13,400
Jonathan Poche us 111,000 111,000
Patrick Ruth 110,700 110,700
Matt Giannetti us 107,100 107,100
Juha Helppi fi 106,600
Alberto Fonseca cr 105,400 17,400
Davidi Kitai be 105,300
Shaun Deeb us 105,100 100
Joseph Leung ca 102,900 102,900
Phil Galfond us 101,400
Victor Shuchleis MX 95,500 95,500
Steve Gross us 93,700 93,700
Calvin Anderson us 91,200 91,200
Freddy Deeb us 90,000
Sammy Farha us 87,500
Lucas Vandenbelt MT 78,600 78,600
Alex Manzano cl 78,400 78,400
Chris Bell us 77,500 53,500
Ville Mattila fi 76,100 76,100
Travis Lutes us 74,100 -10,900
Lasell King CA 74,000 74,000
Vincent Robert fr 73,900 73,900
Peter Linton gb 73,100 73,100

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Four More Hands

Shamus • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante

The tournament clock has been stopped and the announcement has been made that each table will play four more hands before the bagging up of chips begins.

Sexton Out

Shamus • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante

Mike Sexton has been eliminated right at the end of play here on Day 1, but he's still got more poker playing on his mind.

Mike SextonBusted last hand of night in $5k PLO. Wish everyone luck at WSOP as I'm taking 3 days off - back on Wed to play ONE DROP - #excitedaboutit
Mike Sexton us Busted

Tags: Mike Sexton

Deeb Knocks Out Selbst

Shamus • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante
Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb

We came on a three-way hand that saw Vanessa Selbst committing the last of her stack on a {9-Spades}{5-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop and only Shaun Deeb calling.

Selbst: {A-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{10-Spades}
Deeb: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}

Deeb had flopped the straight, and after the {4-Clubs} turn and {2-Hearts} river his hand remained best to send Selbst railward with about 15 minutes left in Day 1.

Deeb now has one of the bigger stacks, and in fact was calling to the neighboring table after the hand to the tournament's other Deeb — Freddy — to share the news that he'd passed him in the counts.

Shaun Deeb us 126,000 63,000
Vanessa Selbst us Busted

Tags: Shaun DeebVanessa Selbst

Bait Not Working for Landfish

Shamus • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante

Steve Landfish limped from under the gun, and the table folded around to the blinds. The small blind called, the big blind checked, and the flop came {A-Clubs}{3-Spades}{J-Diamonds}. It checked to Landfish who bet, and both blinds quickly folded.

Landfish turned over his cards — {A-Hearts}{A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{2-Clubs} — before gathering the small pot. "What, you guys don't raise?" he asked.

Steve Landfish us 44,000 4,000

Tags: Steve Landfish

Pescatori and Farha River to Stay Alive

• Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante
Sam Farha
Sam Farha

We just stumbled on one of the pots of the tournament. Max Pescatori had moved all in pre-flop and was waiting on Daniel Alaei and Sammy Farha to do business on a flop of {8-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. With a main pot of 40,000 locked up, both players then moved all in, creating a side pot worth just over 80,000 in chips.

Alaei: {6-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Pescatori: {7-Spades}{a-Spades}{3-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}
Farha: {4-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{q-Spades}

Alaei had both players covered and led after the flop with a pair of eights. The {J-Spades} missed everyone on the turn, but it would be the {9-Spades} on the river that helped both the players that were at risk. Pescatori rivered the nut flush to take the main pot, while Farha had also rivered a smaller flush to take down the monster side pot.

Sammy Farha us 80,150 22,150
Max Pescatori it 40,000 6,000
Daniel Alaei us 7,750 -38,250

Tags: Daniel AlaeiMax PescatoriSam Farha

Sorel Soaring

Shamus • Level 8: 300-600, 0 ante

Sorel Mizzi has done well for himself during the last level-and-a-half. He presently sits with about 140,000 chips to earn a spot at the top of the leaderboard.

Sorel Mizzi ca 140,000 32,000

Tags: Sorel Mizzi