Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Day 2 completed

Billirakis Tops Day 2 Grind

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Steve Billirakis is the favorite heading into Day 3.
Steve Billirakis is the favorite heading into Day 3.

Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis continues his march toward a third bracelet, as he bagged 961,000 to lead the final six runners here at Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. A total of 106 players entered the day with stacks. Billirakis, who has north of $2.5 million in career live cashes as well as a slew of impressive finishes online under the aforementioned moniker, stayed among the top stacks for most of the day.

Trailing Billirakis in a second tier of tightly bunched stacks are Brandon Shack-Harris (695,000), Matt Ryan (604,000), and Iori Yogo (575,000). Bringing up the rear are Morgan Popham (303,000) and Robert Paddock (250,000). All are seeking their first bracelet, but outmaneuvering Billirakis, who was described as "an animal" by former chip leader and eventual seventh-place finisher Loren Klein, will not be easy.

Well-known players cashing today included Nick Guagenti, Stephen Chidwick, John O'Shea, former Main Event champ Greg Merson, and popular streamer Jason Somerville.

The tournament will resume tomorrow at 1 p.m. local time, so be sure to tune back in to PokerNews to see who claims the $205,000 first-place prize and the gold bracelet.

Tags: Brandon Shack-HarrisGreg MersonIori YogoJason SomervilleJohn O'SheaLoren KleinMatt RyanMorgan PophamNick GuagentiRobert PaddockStephen ChidwickSteve Billirakis

The Final Five Hands

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Hand 26: Matt Ryan raised to 24,000 from the button and the small blind as well as Brandon Shack-Harris in the big blind made the call. On the {9-Spades}{A-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} flop, Shack-Harris check-called 30,000 from Ryan and they both checked the {6-Spades} turn.

The {K-Hearts} river completed the board. Shack-Harris bet 40,000 and called the raise of Ryan to 170,000. Ryan turned over {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{9-Clubs} and that won the pot.

Hand 27: Morgan Popham raised to 24,000 from the button and won the blinds and antes.

Hand 28: Brandon Shack-Harris raised to 25,000 from the button ... and raked in the blinds and antes.

Hand 29: Iori Yogo limped the small blind and then folded when Robert Paddock raised to 36,000 from the big blind.

Hand 30: Brandon Shack-Harris raised to 25,000 from the hijack and Iori Yogo called on the button, the blinds folded. Both players checked the {8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop and Yogo then took it down with a bet of 45,000 on the [4h[ turn.

That's it, bag and tag.

Tags: Iori YogoMatt RyanMorgan PophamRobert Paddock

Billirakis Backdoors a Flush

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Hand 23: Steve Billirakis won the pot by raising the button.

Hand 24: Morgan Popham raised to 24,000 under the gun and was called by Matt Ryan in the big blind. After an {8-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} flop, Ryan checked and Popham bet 32,000. Ryan potted it, and Popham folded after some thought.

Hand 25: Brandon Shack-Harris limped under the gun, and Steve Billirakis raised to 35,000. Shack-Harris called after it folded back to him.

On the {8-Spades}{j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop, both players decided to check. Shack-Harris bet 50,000 on the {2-Spades} turn, and Billirakis called. Both players checked the {3-Spades}. Billirakis won the pot with {10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Spades} for a flush, while Shack-Harris mucked a set of eights face up.

Tags: Matt RyanMorgan PophamSteve BillirakisBrandon Shack-Harris

Patrick Arena Eliminated in Seventh Place ($24,324)

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Patrick Arena
Patrick Arena

Hand 22: Patrick Arena raised to 42,000 for pot size and two seats over, Brandon Shack-Harris reraised pot. Arena moved all in for just a few big blinds more and was snap called.

Showdown:

Arena: {Q-Hearts}{A-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}
Shack-Harris: {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}

The board ran out {K-Spades}{4-Hearts}{J-Spades}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts} and we have lost the third player on this final table within the first 22 hands.

Brandon Shack-Harris us 1,000,000 260,000
Patrick Arena us Busted

Tags: Patrick ArenaBrandon Shack-Harris

We See Two Flops

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Hand 20: Matt Ryan raised to 24,000 from the cutoff and Brandon Shack-Harris called in the big blind. On the {6-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds} flop, Shack-Harris check-folded when Ryan made it 54,000 to go.

Hand 21: Robert Paddock raised to 26,000 and both blinds called to see the {2-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{4-Hearts} flop. The blinds checked and Paddock took it down with a pot sized bet of 78,000.

Tags: Matt RyanRobert Paddock

Popham Picks Off Paddock

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Hand 16: Morgan Popham opened to 24,000 in middle position and was called by Steve Billirakis on the button and Robert Paddock in the big blind. Popham bet 41,000 after Paddock checked the {q-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop, and Paddock was the only caller. Both players checked the {q-Hearts} turn, and Paddock bet 66,000 on the {10-Diamonds} river. Popham made the call.

"You're good," Paddock said quietly.

Popham showed {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{8-Spades} for a flush to take the pot.

Hand 17: Brandon Shack-Harris raised to 24,000 in middle position, and Matt Ryan called in the big blind. Ryan check-folded to 20,000 on the {2-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop.

Hand 18: Paddock raised from the button to take the pot.

Hand 19: Iori Yogo opened for 25,000 and got repotted by Robert Paddock to his left. Paddock took down the pot.

Tags: Iori YogoMatt RyanMorgan PophamRobert PaddockSteve Billirakis

Loren Klein Eliminated in Eighth Place ($18,750)

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Loren Klein
Loren Klein

Hand 14: Patrick Arena raised to 42,000 and all opponents behind him folded.

Hand 15: The {7-Hearts} was exposed while the hole cards were dealt. Loren Klein raised to 42,000 from under the gun and Steve Billirakis in the small blind reraised pot, the big blind folded. Klein called with only two big blinds behind and then called all in after the {4-Hearts}{5-Spades}{6-Spades} flop.

Billirakis: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{K-Spades}{9-Spades}
Klein: {4-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{A-Spades}{Q-Spades}

Both the {9-Clubs} turn and the {J-Hearts} river were blanks and the field was reduced to only seven.

Loren Klein us Busted

Tags: Loren KleinSteve Billirakis

Popham Doubles

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Hand 10: Morgan Popham opened for a raise to pot, and he took it down.

Hand 11: Brandon Shack-Harris, Loren Klein, Robert Paddock, and Patrick Arena saw the flop for the minimum. Action checked to Klein on the {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{2-Spades} flop, and he bet 24,000. Arena potted after Paddock folded, and he won the pot.

Hand 12: Shack-Harris opened to 24,000 under the gun and took it down.

Hand 13: Klein raised to 26,000 in middle position, and Popham potted to 90,000 from the small blind. Klein thought for awhile before announcing he was gambling with Popham, putting him all in for 21,000 more.

Popham: {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Klein: {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}

The board ran out {a-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{j-Spades}, giving Popham the double when he rivered a pair of jacks.

Morgan Popham us 250,000 70,000
Loren Klein us 145,000 -185,000

Tags: Loren KleinMorgan PophamPatrick ArenaRobert Paddock