Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better

Some Counts

Amnon Filippi us 20,100 12,300
Todd Brunson us 17,500 13,000
Bertrand Grospellier fr 16,000 11,500
Chad Brown us 16,000 6,700
David Bach us 13,300 10,800
Allen Cunningham us 12,700 8,200
George Lind III 12,000 7,500
Nick Schulman us 11,800 7,300
David "Bakes" Baker us 10,500 5,400
Eugene Katchalov ua 10,200 5,500
Jason Mercier us 9,100 2,400
Mickey Appleman us 9,000 4,500
John Racener us 8,000 3,500
Owais Ahmed us 7,100 -200
Kevin Iacofano us 7,100 -2,600
Allen Bari us 7,000 -100
Gavin Griffin us 5,100 600
Jeff Madsen us 4,300 400
Scott Clements us 3,000 -4,700
Dan Kelly us 2,200 -1,900
Xuan Liu ca Ulkona

Ivey Flops Nuts, Busts Opponent

The action folded to Phil Ivey, who raised in late position. Two short-stacked players in the blinds called, and the dealer fanned {7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. The action checked to Ivey who bet, the player in the small blind check-raised, and the player in the big blind called. Ivey put in another bet, the player in the small blind called, and then the player in the big blind decided to put in a raise. Ivey and the gentleman in the small blind called.

Got all that?

The turn was the {8-Clubs}, and the player in the small blind tossed out his last four black T100 chips. The big blind called all in - having exactly 400 as well - and Ivey tossed in a purple T500 chip.


Small Blind{a-Clubs}{10-Spades}{9-Spades}{8-Diamonds}
Big Blind{a-Spades}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{2-Hearts}

A meaningless {k-Clubs} fell on the river, eliminating the player in the small blind from the tournament. After starting off slowly, Ivey is now nearing the average stack.

Phil Ivey us 7,700 4,000

Tagit: Phil Ivey

Chidwick Sent Off

Just before dinner break, we saw Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick pack his things and leave. His seat is now occupied by a new player, meaning Mr. Chidwick was eliminated.

Stephen Chidwick gb Ulkona

Tagit: Stephen Chidwick

Cards in the Air

• Taso 7: 400-800, 0 ante

Our bellies are full, the players are back at their seats, and the cards are back in the air!


Dinner Break

• Taso 6: 300-600, 0 ante

After a quick color-up, the players will be on a 90-minute dinner break.

Liu Chops One

When we reached Table 10 in the Gold Section of the Brasilia Room, the board read {j-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Spades}{4-Hearts}. Xuan Liu and a player on her direct left checked, and another gentleman tossed out a bet. Both Liu and her neighbor called.

The {q-Spades} completed the board, and the action checked to the bettor again. He tossed out another bet, and Liu and her neighbor reluctantly called.

The aggressor turned over {a-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{k-Clubs}{8-Hearts} for the nut-low, and Liu fanned {8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{3-Spades} for sevens and threes. The other player flashed his cards momentarily, but quickly mucked them, and the pot was chopped.

Xuan Liu ca 5,600 3,050

Tagit: Xuan Liu

An Orbit With Phil Hellmuth

• Taso 6: 300-600, 0 ante

Phil Hellmuth is currently chasing what would be his 12th World Series of Poker gold bracelet, and is always talkative when he's in a good mood. We decided to spend an orbit at his table, and despite not playing very many hands, it was fun nonetheless.

Hand 1: The action folds to Hellmuth, who raises from the hijack seat. The players fold behind him, and Hellmuth picks up the pot.

Hand 2: Hellmuth folds, and puts both of his Bose earphones on.

Hand 3: Hellmuth folds, but before the cards are dealt, Mike Matusow strolls by.

"Mikey!" Hellmuth squeals.

"What did you do?" Matusow asked him quizzically. "Go all in and win every hand?"

"Yes," Hellmuth responded grinning - he must've been very short recently.

Hand 4: Hellmuth folds again, but begins talked with David Chiu, who's at an adjacent table.

"Heyyyyyyy Phil," Chiu says.

"Hey buddy," Hellmuth responds.

Hellmuth then gets up from his chair, and begins discussing a bet with Chiu. Walking away, he tells Chiu, "It has to be for a lotta money though."

"Yen," Chiu responds. "Not dollars."

Hellmuth laughs. "Yen can be spent well.

Hand 5: Hellmuth folds.

Hand 6: Hellmuth folds.

Hand 7: Hellmuth (small blind) calls a raise from a player in early position. The flop falls {9-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}, and Hellmuth checks. The original raiser continues, and Hellmuth immediately check-raises. His opponent re-raises all in, and Hellmuth quickly calls.


"Wow!" Hellmuth exclaims. "I don't even have any backdoor outs."

The turn and river came {3-Hearts}, {10-Spades} respectively, and Hellmuth's opponent doubled.

Hand 8: Hellmuth folds, and Chiu shouts from the other table, telling Hellmuth not to overplay aces.

Hand 9: Hellmuth Folds.

Tagit: David ChiuPhil Hellmuth


Wait, When Did You Get Here?

• Taso 5: 200-400, 0 ante

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier just sat down right in front of us at Table 5. He's two seats away from Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick, and adjacent to fellow Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov.

Tagit: Eugene KatchalovBertrand Grospellier