Jason Mercier is back two-tabling again today. He's in both the Event 23: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed and this event here. Mercier is literally sprinting back and forth from event to event across the Amazon Room of the Rio and building up a nice sweat doing so. He was sure to wear his running shoes today and not his sandals, making the moving a bit more swift.
Today's 5:00 PM event is Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the game, you can refer to the PokerNews Poker Rules: Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or Better) page to check things out and get a feel for how the game is played. The page is complete with game rules, terms and also strategy links.
Omaha is similar to Hold'em in that it is a flop game, but instead of two hole cards, you receive four. The trick is that you must you two cards from your hole cards and only two cards, to make your best five-card hand at the end. This is the part that sometimes confuses people new to the game as they'll make the mistake of only using one card from their hand or trying to use three. Just like Hold'em, there is a betting round preflop followed a betting round after each of the flop, turn and river.
This event is a split-pot game, with half the pot going to the best high hand and half the pot going to the best low hand. In order to have a low hand, a player must be able to make a five-card hand with five separate cards eight or lower.
The cards are in the air for Day 2 of Event 24.
Welcome back to Event 24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Today is Day 2 of the event with 184 players remaining from the 256-player starting field. Heading into the day, Neal Friets has the lead with 53,500 in chips.
Located in the top 10 are Vitaly Lunkin, Richard Ashby, Antony Lellouche, Michael Chow, Pat Pezzin and Matt Waxman. They'll be joined by the likes of Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Jen Harman and Humberto Brenes for today's action as the field works it's way towards the money and the final table.
Speaking of the money, the top 27 places will be paid out a minimum of $10,348. The winner is set to receive $294,777. For a complete list of the payouts, check out our Payouts Page for this event.
The table and seat draw has been posted below and the action is scheduled to kick off at 2:00 PM. Be sure to stay right here for all of the live Omaha action from PokerNews.