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

Table 32

• Taso 5: 200-400, 0 ante

If you're a recreational player, and you decided to take a shot in today's $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-better event, then you probably don't want to find yourself at Table 32. There you can find Phil Ivey (8 WSOP bracelets), Mike Matusow (3 WSOP bracelets), and Matt Graham (2 WSOP bracelets). The three have a combined four bracelets in Omaha events, and Ivey also has a bracelet in Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo.

None of these players have cashed this year yet however, and Matusow is the only player among the three who recorded a cash in 2011. Ivey famously boycotted the WSOP, and Graham played very few events himself. Despite cashing three times, Matusow didn't have a stellar 2011 either - he recorded just over $30,000 in cashes.

All three players could use a WSOP boost, so why not start now?

Tagit: Mike MatusowPhil IveyMatt Graham

Prize Pool Information

• Taso 5: 200-400, 0 ante

The final number of entrants is 967, creating a prize pool of $4,351,500. The top 117 spots will be paid a minimum of $2,480, while the winner will win a hefty $264,400.

Assorted Counts

Richard Ashby gb 14,700
Thayer Rasmussen us 12,500 3,200
Stephen Chidwick gb 9,800 4,300
Kevin Iacofano us 9,700 5,200
Mike Sexton us 9,300 4,800
Chad Brown us 9,300 2,500
Gavin Griffin us 9,100
Dan Shak us 9,100 4,600
Mike Matusow us 8,500 4,800
Matt Hawrilenko us 8,100 3,600
Matt Glantz us 7,900 6,000
Kathy Liebert us 7,850 3,350
Matt Savage us 7,800 3,000
Amnon Filippi us 7,800 -700
Scott Clements us 7,700 3,200
Owais Ahmed us 7,300 1,400
Mike Leah ca 7,300 3,200
Shaun Deeb us 7,100 400
Allen Bari us 7,100 1,300
Jason Mercier us 6,700 2,200
Ryan Lenaghan us 6,700 2,200
Matt Graham us 6,700 2,200
Andy Frankenberger us 6,700 -800
Dutch Boyd us 6,600
Layne Flack us 6,600 -1,900

Lue koko


Break It Up

• Taso 4: 150-300, 0 ante

The players are now on their second 20-minute break of the tournament.

Love Shak

• Taso 4: 150-300, 0 ante

Play was four handed, and the board read {3-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}, when the action checked to Dan Shak who fired a bet. Only Shaun Deeb called, and the {4-Clubs} completed the board. Shak bet again, and Deeb was forced to fold his hand.

Shak quickly flashed his cards to Deeb who smiled, and then tossed them into the muck.

Tagit: Shaun DeebDan Shak

Heard Around the Room

• Taso 4: 150-300, 0 ante

Besides "split pot," which is something we'll be hearing a lot over the next three days, here are a few interesting things we've heard over the last level.

"I can hear that from over here," Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier quipped at Paul Volpe. By the looks of it, Mercier, Volpe, and possibly Eli Elezra, were playing a game of Chinese poker on their iPads and iPhones. Volpe couldn't turn the sound down on his phone, and it was annoying Mercier, who could apparently hear it even though he has a pair of Bose Headphones on.

At another table, a dealer was struggling with a broken chair, when David Steicke, who won the 2009 $100,000 Challenge at Aussie Millions, offered an empty chair at the table.

"Oh no," the dealer declined. "They'll yell at me for that."

Steicke tried to call a floor person to the table to rectify the situation, but unfortunately there was nothing they could do.

PokerStars Team Online Member George Lind III has the line of the day thus far. After a hand in which Josh Arieh was quartered, he offered some sage-like advice: "Hey, if you get quartered in every pot for the rest of the tournament, you won't get eliminated."

The entire table erupted in laughter, even Arieh who took a big hit to his stack.

Tagit: Jason MercierGeorge Lind IIITeam PokerStarsDavid Steicke

Better Late than Never

There are a plethora of familiar faces hiding out across the hall in the Pavilion Room, including

George Lind III 7,750
Eli Elezra us 6,500
Robert Mizrachi us 6,100
Mike Sexton us 6,100
Eugene Katchalov ua 6,000
Paul Volpe us 5,800
Matt Hawrilenko us 5,400
Jason Mercier us 5,400
Phil Ivey us 4,600
Scotty Nguyen us 4,400
Josh Arieh us 4,400
Vladimir Shchemelev ru 3,900
Humberto Brenes cr 3,400
Jon Turner us 3,100
David "Bakes" Baker us 2,500
Jean-Robert Bellande us 2,400


• Taso 3: 100-200, 0 ante

The monitor hanging in the corner of the Brasilia Room reads "Entrants 928," meaning we've surpassed last year's field of 925 runners. With one more level of late registration to go, we expect that number to increase even more.