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Event #61 - WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Results & Report

44th World Series of Poker 2013

Event #61 - WSOP Pot Limit Omaha
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89103, US
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Daniel Alaei AKA "daniel" Congratulations to Daniel Alaei, Winner of Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha ($852,692)
In the 11th and final level of Day 3 of Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, just 14 minutes away from having to return on...
Profile: Daniel Alaei AKA "daniel"
Date: July 5, 2013 Time: 5:00 PM

Buy-In: $10,000
Prizepool: $3,628,400
Entries: 386
Game Type: Pot Limit Omaha

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Daniel Alaei AKA "daniel" $852,692
2 USA Jared Bleznick $526,625
3 USA James Wiese $380,836
4 USA Tom Marchese $278,298
5 USA Numit Agrawal $205,512
6 USA Gjergi Sinishtaj $153,372
7 USA Sean Dempsey $115,637
8 Ireland Rory Rees Brennan AKA "Reesy" $88,061
9 Russia Alex Kravchenko $67,742
10 Ukraine Oleksii Kovalchuk $52,611
11 Germany Johannes Strassmann $52,611
12 USA Tony Cousineau $52,611
13 Russia Alexey Rybin $41,472
14 USA Michael Schwartz $41,472
15 Germany Lasell King $41,472
16 Netherlands Daniel Merkus $32,691
17 France Philippe Clerc $32,691
18 Canada Jonathan Duhamel $32,691
19 Latvia Mihails Morozovs $26,124
20 Norway Morten Stenheim $26,124
21 USA Joseph Cheong $26,124
22 USA Yevgeniy Timoshenko $26,124
23 France Mesbah Guerfi $26,124
24 Russia Nadar Kakhmazov $26,124
25 France Nicolas Faure $26,124
26 USA Andy Miller $26,124
27 Ireland Mark Davis $26,124
28 UK Ricky Vedhara $21,081
29 USA Mike Watson $21,081
30 Germany Jan Collado $21,081
31 Argentina Nacho Barbero $21,081
32 UK Stephen Chidwick AKA "Stevie444" $21,081
33 USA Matt Giannetti $21,081
34 USA Keith Lehr $21,081
35 Germany Mikhail Semin $21,081
36 USA Brian Roberts AKA "St Louis" $21,081
37 USA Elliot Hebden $17,162
38 USA Khiem Nguyen $17,162
39 Sweden Fredrik Andersson $17,162
40 USA Stephen Wolfe $17,162
41 Netherlands Marcel Luske AKA "The Flying Dutchman" $17,162
42 USA Scott Seiver $17,162
43 USA Yue Zhu $17,162
44 Canada Peter Jetten $17,162
45 USA Daniel Fuhs $17,162

Tournament Report

Congratulations to Daniel Alaei, Winner of Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha ($852,692)

In the 11th and final level of Day 3 of Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, just 14 minutes away from having to return on Tuesday to complete the event due to the Main Event, Daniel Alaei defeated Jared Bleznick heads up to earn his fourth career World Series of Poker bracelet and second PLO championship. Along with the gold, Alaei earns $852,692 and 103 points for his own team in the $25,000 Fantasy league, vaulting him into second place.

Day 3 began with 32 players representing 12 different countries, but once the official final table was set, the only non-Americans were Russian Alex Kravchenko and Irishman Rory Rees Brennan. They exited in ninth and eighth place respectively, leaving only Yanks to fend for the title.

The next player to exit was Sean Dempsey, who never seemed to get anything going today, and Gjergj Sinishtaj followed him out the door in sixth place. Sinishtaj is only 21 years of age — this was only his third career live cash — and according to Jared Bleznick, he has a very bright future. He’d even bet on Sinishtaj winning the Main Event in the next five years.

Numit Agrawal was eliminated in fifth place, nearly a half an hour later Tom Marchese busted in fourth, and despite doubling during three-handed play, James Wiese fell in third.

With over 110 big blinds in play, and only a 1.5 million-chip difference between Alaei and Bleznick, it looked like heads-up play could last quite some time, and the two would have to return on Tuesday to finish the match. Alas, all Alaei needed was one hand to defeat Bleznick, and he is now the 61st and penultimate champion of the 44th annual WSOP.

Rybin, Watson Lead International Field to End Day 2

As the exciting first Day 1 flight of the Main Event played out down the hall here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, the action was similarly intense in the Pavilion Room for Day 2 of Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. From a starting field of 386 there were 168 players back in action to start today's play, and after 10 more levels of PLO just 32 remain with Alexey Rubin of Russia leading all with a stack of 977,000.

Rubin grabbed the lead early on Day 2 and kept it for most of the afternoon and evening, only losing it briefly to Mike Watson of Canada near night's end before claiming it back. Watson ended the day with 773,000 in second position, with Johannes Strassman (Germany), Nadar Kakhmazov (Russia), and Nicolas Faure (France) not far behind.

The American Daniel Alaei and Canadian Jonathan Duhamel also will be returning to big stacks tomorrow, as will the Ukraine's Oleksii Kovalchuk who is going for his third bracelet in three years. Alex Kravchenko, Tom Marchese, Nacho Barbero, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Stephen Chidwick, Tony Cousineau, Jared Bleznick, and Joseph Cheong will also be back to help round out a star-studded field of remaining players.

The afternoon and early evening saw the field race down to the money bubble with NBA star Paul Pierce among those falling prior to dinner and not too far from the cash. Once just 46 remained, super short stack Jamie Pickering helped add an extra half-hour to the day by nursing his last chips for an extra orbit's worth of hand-for-hand play only to stone bubble the event.

From there Peter Jetten (44th), Scott Seiver (42nd), and Marcel Luske (41st) were among the min-cashers, with Matt Giannetti being the last elimination of the night in 33rd place.

As suggested above, the remaining field is truly indicative of poker's global reach, with players from Russia, Canada, Germany, France, Ukraine, Argentina, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Latvia, the United Kingdom, and the United States still remaining.

Play resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. — that's Pacific time for all of those following from around the world. Come back then to follow all of the action as we discover who among these 32 will be winning the last preliminary bracelet of the 2013 WSOP.

End of Day 2 Players and Chip Counts

Alexey Rybin 977,000
Mike Watson 773,000
Johannes Strassmann 744,000
Nadar Kakhmazov 692,000
Nicolas Faure 680,000
Daniel Alaei 676,000
Jonathan Duhamel 664,000
Gjergj Sinishtaj 478,000
Philippe Clerc 406,000
Oleksii Kovalchuk 405,000
Alex Kravchenko 399,000
Tom Marchese 354,000
Mesbah Guerfi 327,000
Nacho Barbero 315,000
Mark Davis 301,000
Daniel Merkus 296,000
Numit Agrawal 275,000
James Wiese 271,000
Andy Miller 261,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko 259,000
Stephen Chidwick 255,000
Jan Collado 238,000
Sean Dempsey 207,000
Michael Schwartz 204,000
Morten Stenheim 182,000
Rickie Vedhara 148,000
Mihails Morozovs 140,000
Rory Rees Brennan 136,000
Tony Cousineau 131,000
Jared Bleznick 100,000
Joseph Cheong 89,000
Lasell King 70,000

Matt O'Donnell Leads Advancing 169 Players; NBA's Paul Pierce Bags Plenty of Chips

On the eve of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, the penultimate tournmanet—Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha—kicked off with 386 players, which represented a 30% increase over last year’s field of 297 players. After eight one-hour levels of play, Matt O'Donnell is best positioned to make a run at the $852,692 first-place prize as he leads the 169 advancing players with 269,200. Quite a few of O'Donnell's chip came in the last hand of the night, which you can read about by clicking here.

Others who bagged big stacks are Jonathan Duhamel (253,000), Jared Bleznick (246,500), Alexey Rybin (245,600), Joseph Cheong (244,800), Scott Palmer (190,300), Mike Watson (158,500) and the NBA's Paul Pierce (143,100).

Pierce was extremely active throughout the day and it seemed to pay off, especially in Level 8 when he made a full house against John Kabbaj. Pierce, formerly of the Boston Celtics and now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, will enter Day 2 with a decent stack and looks to add a gold bracelet to go with his NBA Championship ring.

Obviously not everyone was as fortunate as the aforementioned players. Among those to hit the rail on Day 1 were Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, A.P. Phahurat, John Juanda, Matt Marafioti, David Williams, Daniel Weinman, Josh Arieh, John Beauprez, Erick Lindgren, Ashly Butler, Justin Bonomo, Michael Mizrachi, David “Doc” Sands, Scott Clements, Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein and high-stake online regular Hac Dang.

Dang’s elimination came on the last hand of Level 3. There was approximately 2,000 in the pot and a flop reading {10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{q-Spades} when Dang checked from middle position and Justin "Boosted J" Smith bet 2,000 from the cutoff. Dang took his time before dropping in a call and then checked after the dealer burned and turned the {a-Clubs}. Smith waited about 45 seconds before betting 6,300 and Dang responded with a check-raise all in. "I call," Smith whispered.

Dang: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades} Smith: {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Dang had flopped top set but was behind the straight of Smith. The {9-Diamonds} failed to pair the board on the river and Dang rapped the table, stood and then exited the tournament.

Likewise, the defending champion, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, was unable to survive the day. He fell in the last level of the night after first being crippled by Tom Marchese and then eliminated. In the final hand, Jachtmann got his stack all in preflop holding the {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{8-Clubs} and was up against Marchese's {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. The {8-Hearts}{5-}{5-Hearts} flop gave Jachtmann the lead with a pair of eights and a flush draw, but Marchese took it back when the {K-Clubs} turn paired his king. The {A-Diamonds} river gave Marchese two pair and would be the last card Jachtmann would see in the very event he won one year ago.

While many fell there are still quite a few big-name players left in the field including Christian Harder (153,400), Nacho Barbero (138,800), Matt Stout (121,600), Daniel Alaei (111,800), Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene (89,300), Jason Mercier (83,400), Eric Baldwin (77,100), Brian Hastings (72,800), Marcel Luske (68,000), Tom Marchese (63,100), Darryll Fish (59,400), Jan Collado (36,700), Phil Hellmuth (33,200) and Daniel Negreanu (29,900).

Day 2 action will begin at 2 p.m. PDT on Saturday. Join us then as we bring you another full day of action, which will include Day 1a of the $10,000 Main Event. Until then good night from the Rio All-Suite Casino in Las Vegas!

End of Day 1 Players and Chip Counts

Matt O'Donnell 269,200
Jonathan Duhamel 253,000
Jared Bleznick 246,500
Alexey Rybin 245,600
Joseph Cheong 244,800
Morten Stenheim 191,700
Scott Palmer 190,300
Mihails Morozovs 172,000
Mihails Morozok 171,000
Mike Watson 158,500
Tony Lay 156,000
Christian Harder 153,400
Paul Pierce 143,100
Nacho Barbero 138,800
Vinh Ho 123,700
Matt Stout 121,600
Miguel Proulx 117,000
Josh Tieman 116,900
Daniel Alaei 111,800
Ted Lawson 110,000
David Paredes 109,900
Peter Jetten 96,100
Steve Wolfe 94,600
Ben Tollerene 89,300
Keith Lehr 86,400
Justin Smith 83,800
Jason Mercier 83,400
John Kabbaj 80,100
Chance Kornuth 80,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko 78,800
Eric Baldwin 77,100
Marco Johnson 75,300
Alexander Kostritsyn 75,000
Brian Hastings 72,800
Naoya Kihara 69,400
Ismael Bojang 68,100
Marcel Luske 68,000
Danny Fuhs 66,000
Layne Flack 65,000
Tom Marchese 63,100
Stephen Chidwick 62,700
Kevin Song 62,000
Dermot Blain 60,700
John D'Agostino 60,000
Dan Hindin 60,000
Darryll Fish 59,400
Artem Litvinov 56,000
Danny Hannawa 55,000
Juha Helppi 54,300
Alexander Doroshko 53,000
Eric Cloutier 50,000
Justin Gardenhire 43,000
Huck Seed 42,000
Alex Phahurat 42,000
Max Pescatori 41,100
Vanessa Selbst 41,000
Frank Kassela 40,000
Christopher DeMaci 40,000
Paul Volpe 39,000
Dario Alioto 38,300
Sorel Mizzi 37,000
Jan Collado 36,700
Ludovic Lacay 36,100
Andy Seth 35,300
Randal Flowers 35,100
Phil Galfond 33,600
Phil Hellmuth 33,200
Sam Stein 33,000
Felipe Ramos 32,025
Alex Dovzhenko 31,000
Ben Lamb 31,000
Steve Landfish 30,000
George Danzer 30,000
John Racener 30,000
Steve Gross 30,000
Gary Benson 30,000
Alan Le 30,000
Michael Kamran 30,000
Jeremy Kottler 30,000
Tim O'Shea 30,000
Hans Winzeler 30,000
Ryan Fair 30,000
Chris Bell 30,000
Erik Seidel 30,000
Daniel Negreanu 29,900
Sam Chartier 29,000
Tony Cousineau 29,000
Jason Senti 27,300
Max Greenwood 27,000
Philippe Boucher 25,000
Robert Laikin 25,000
Senovio Ramirez 22,700
Alex Kravchenko 22,600
Isaac Haxton 22,600
Padraig Parkinson 20,000
Noah Schwartz 19,500
Jason Gray 19,000
Cary Katz 18,200
Will Failla 17,000
Chris Lee 16,000
Josh Field 15,900
Brian Roberts 14,600
Giuseppe Pantaleo 14,000
Julian Powell 11,000
Roman Yitzhaki 10,400
Ramzi Jelassi 10,000

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