Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Event #64: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
Day 2 completed

Neumann Tops 23 Survivors of Day 2

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Marko Neumann has the lead to end Day 2.
Marko Neumann has the lead to end Day 2.

The $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship always attracts a field bursting with star poker players, but it's a relatively little-known German grinder, Marko Neumann, who heads into Day 3 atop the chip counts with 1,442,000. Neumann does have more than $1.3 million in cashes, so he's no stranger to big-money poker tournaments, though the $923,379 up top here would be a career-best for him.

In second sits one of the aforementioned stars: Isaac Baron, who boasts millions in cashes both live and online under the moniker "westmenloAA." Baron chipped up in one of the craziest pots of the tournament when he got what the table described as nine bets in on a {9-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Spades} flop against Don Nguyen, who held top set against Baron's nut flush. Baron held to rocket up to 785,000, more than 250 big blinds at that point. He finished with 1,267,000.

David Williams (698,000), Tom Marchese (677,000), Sam Trickett (468,000), JC Tran (431,000), Matt Stout (425,000), and Matt Marafioti (371,000) also bagged at the end of the night.

Some notables going home with money in their pockets included Steve Billirakis, Dermot Blain, Daniel Idema, Jared Bleznick, Sergey Rybachenko, and Phil Laak. Standout players who began the day with chips but failed to grind their way into the payouts: Chris "Genius28" Lee, Noah Schwartz, Don Nguyen, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, and David Benefield.

Day 3 play will commence at 2 p.m. on Saturday, so be sure to come back to PokerNews and see who will be crowned this year's premier PLO tournament champion and take home more than $900,000.

Tags: Chris LeeDaniel IdemaDaniel NegreanuDavid BenefieldDermot BlainDon NguyenIsaac BaronJared BleznickJC TranMarko NeumannMatt MarafiotiMatt StoutNoah SchwartzPhil LaakSam TrickettScotty NguyenSergey RybachenkoSteve BillirakisTom Marchese

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Marko Neumann de 1,442,000 42,000
Isaac Baron us 1,267,000 67,000
Pat Walsh us 1,173,000 -97,000
Javed Abrahams gb 786,000 -134,000
Michael Shklover US 714,000 239,000
David Williams us 698,000 28,000
Tom Marchese us 677,000 277,000
Sam Trickett gb 468,000 83,000
Miltiadis Kyriakides cy 463,000 263,000
Ruslan Dykshteyn us 453,000 48,000
Michal Maryška cz 443,000 113,000
JC Tran us 431,000 -469,000
Matt Stout us 425,000 -100,000
Jarred Graham au 412,000 -78,000
Leif Force us 372,000 72,000
Matt Marafioti ca 371,000 -159,000
Daniel Hood us 364,000 164,000
Jonas Entin US 308,000 63,000
David Malka US 300,000 45,000
Sean Winter us 270,000 80,000
Thomas Kearney US 256,000
Alex Kravchenko ru 247,000 -183,000
Ted Lawson us 196,000 16,000

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Kravchenko Doubles Through Graham

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Jarred Graham raised to 27,000 from the hijack, and Alex Kravchenko made it 99,000 from the cutoff. Action folded back to Graham, who called. On the {2-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop, Graham called the remainder of Kravchenko's stack.

Kravchenko: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{8-Hearts}
Graham: {k-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{7-Clubs}

Kravchenko shook his head and got up, seeing he had been outflopped. The {7-Hearts} turn gave him a backdoor flush draw though, and he sat back down when the {q-Hearts} hit the river.

Jarred Graham au 490,000 -180,000
Alex Kravchenko ru 430,000 135,000

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Tom Hu Eliminated in 24th Place ($28,290)

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Pat Walsh opened for 31,000 and Tom Hu raised it the size of the pot for a total of 93,000. Walsh made the call and Hu instantly bet pot on the {K-Hearts}{7-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop. Walsh took a quick peek at his cards and made the call with {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{10-Hearts} for a pair of kings with a heart flush draw. Hu had the hand most expected him to have... {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{4-Spades}{2-Spades}.

The turn was the {Q-Diamonds} giving Walsh two pair, kings and queens, and moving him into the lead. The river was the {9-Diamonds} to give Walsh an even better hand with a king high straight. Hu was eliminated in 24th place for $28,290.

Pat Walsh us 1,270,000 320,000
Tom Hu us Busted

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Artem Litvinov Eliminated in 25th Place ($28,290)

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Artem Litvinov
Artem Litvinov

Artem Litvinov got all in for the last of his stack on a {k-Spades}{9-Spades}{3-Diamonds} flop.

Litvinov: {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{8-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
Javed Abrahams: {a-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

Litvinov had flopped two pair a flush, which served as blockers to Abrahams' nut flush draw. Unfortunately for him, Abrahams had plenty of outs at the top of the deck, as the turn was an {a-Diamonds} and the river an {a-Hearts}.

Javed Abrahams gb 920,000 260,000
Artem Litvinov ru Busted

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Trevor Reardon Eliminated in 27th Place ($28,290)

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante

Trevor Reardon and Ruslan Dykshteyn exchanged raises until Reardon was all in and at risk with {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{J-Spades}{9-Hearts}. He was facing Dykshteyn's {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts}.

The flop came {K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} giving Reardon a wrap but Dykshteyn was still in the lead with his queens. The turn was the {7-Hearts} and the river was the {3-Diamonds} and Reardon was eliminated at the hands of Dykshteyn's queens and threes. Reardon finished in 27th place for $28,290.

Ruslan Dykshteyn us 405,000 -15,000
Trevor Reardon gb Busted

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Stout Doubles Through Tran

• Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 0 ante
Matt Stout
Matt Stout

In a battle of the blinds, JC Tran bet 15,000 on a {2-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop, and Matt Stout called. An {a-Hearts} hit the board, and Tran bet 40,000. Stout potted to 175,000, and Tran put Stout in for his last 43,000.

"Set of tens," Stout said as he tabled {k-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{5-Spades}.

"Ready for a one-outer?" Tran said.

"I'm ready."

Tran had {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, but he didn't improve on the {3-Spades} river.

JC Tran us 900,000 -290,000
Matt Stout us 525,000 200,000

Tags: JC TranMatt Stout