Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better
Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better
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Eric Rodawig Leads After Day 1

• Taso 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Eric Rodawig
Eric Rodawig

It’s not very often that the pros get excited for a $1,500 buy in event, but today’s event was an exception, as everyone came out for Event #31 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better. After ten levels of split pots and scoops, 936 players have been whittled down to just 129. The player who bagged the most chips at the end of the night was Eric Rodawig, who amassed an impressive stack of 154,800. Rodawig took the chip lead late in the night after winning a giant hand where he rivered a full house. Not far behind are Joao Simao (132,100), and Leif Force (118,200) .

In a field of nearly 1,000 entrants, we were bound to lose a ton of familiar faces, and that’s exactly what ended up happening. Some of the players who were not part of the final 129 were Joe Kuether, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Allen Kessler, Greg Raymer, John Monnette, Daniel Alaei, Phil Hellmuth, Joseph Cheong, Scotty Nguyen, both David Bakers, and Dan Kelly, who suffered a rare Day 1 bustout at this year’s WSOP.

Despite losing this laundry list of top notch pros, and many others not listed, we still have a stacked field returning tomorrow, including Allan Le (69,700), Yuval Bronshtein (60,800), Barry Greenstein (53,300), Josh Pollock (52,100), David Sands (48,600), Jason Mercier (37,100), Jonathan Little (30,100), Mike Matusow (25,900), and Owais Ahmed (17,600).

129 players will be returning tomorrow, but only 117 of them will make the money. Play will resume at 1 PM in the Amazon Room with the hopes of playing down to a final table. If the final table isn't reached, play will be stopped after ten levels. We will be here to bring you all the action, so make sure you come back tomorrow! Until then, good night!

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts

• Taso 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante
Eric Rodawig us 154,800
Joao Simao br 132,100
Leif Force us 118,200 8,200
Kirill Gerasimov ru 88,400 12,400
Matt Giannetti us 77,200
Marco Johnson us 76,700
Chad Layne us 74,700
Sonu Sharma ca 73,300
Joseph Couden us 72,900
Allan Le us 69,700 21,700
Allen Cunningham us 68,200 45,200
Loren Klein us 66,800
Daniel Strelitz us 63,700 34,700
Yuval Bronshtein il 60,800 15,800
Jeffrey Landherr us 57,600
Grant Sbrocco us 57,300
Grzegorz Derkowski pl 56,000
Noomis Jones us 54,200
Perry Green us 53,600 1,600
Barry Greenstein us 53,300 1,300
Ryan Lenaghan us 53,000 42,000
Brian Hacker us 52,400
Josh Pollock us 52,100 -9,900
David Sands us 48,600 14,600
Roland Israelashvili us 47,700

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Three More Hands

• Taso 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

The floor has announced that we will be playing three more hands tonight.

Force Gets 3/4 of Huge Pot

• Taso 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

As the Eric Rodawig hand was going on, there was another monster pot involving Leif Force. The finished board was {6-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}, and we know that Force and his opponent got all the money in on the flop. Force had {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{q-Clubs}, and he ended up collecting 3/4 the pot, as his opponent showed {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

After the chips were stacked up, we saw that Force was up to 110,000 after taking a majority of that huge pot.

Leif Force us 110,000 37,000

Tagit: Leif Force

Rodawig Wins Ginormous Hand

• Taso 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

Wow. There was a group of spectators already surrounding Eric Rodawig's table when we arrived, and here's what we saw. There was already almost 30,000 in the middle on a flop of {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}. One player was all in for just 100 chips, and another had bet pot of 31,800, which was for all but 1,000 of his chips. It was on Rodawig, who was deep in the tank. He cut out the chips to make the call, and after another minute of thought or so, stuck it in, causing table mate Mike Matusow to go "wow you got some balls kid!"

Rodawig: {4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Opponent 1: {a-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{3-Spades}
Opponent 2: {8-Spades}{a-Spades}{k-Hearts}{j-Clubs}

For the moment, Rodawig's bottom two pair was good, but that all changed when the {j-Diamonds} hit the turn. It looked all but done for Rodawig, until the {q-Hearts} hit the river, giving Rodawig a winning full house. Upon seeing the card, Rodawig yelled out a "yes" that could probably have been heard by people down the hall in the amazon room. Once all the chips were stacked up, we pegged Rodawig's now giant stack at 150,000.

Eric Rodawig us 150,000

Tagit: Eric Rodawig

Force Busts Lindgren

• Taso 10: 500-1,000, 0 ante

We only caught the aftermath of the hand, but we saw that Leif Force just busted Erick Lindgren in a hand where both players held mostly high cards. Lindgren had a boatload of chips earlier today, but he slowly lost them throughout the day, and busted just before the day ended. Meanwhile, Force is now up to over 60,000 after winning that hand.

Leif Force us 73,000 51,000
Erick Lindgren us Ulkona

Tagit: Erick LindgrenLeif Force


Money Watch

• Taso 9: 400-800, 0 ante

189 players are remaining, and 117 of them will make the money. According to the clock, there is 80 minutes left in play. Will we reach the money tonight? We will find out shortly.