Event #57: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better

Chiu-Chiu Train Derailed

David Chiu
David Chiu

With around 17,000 in the pot and a board reading {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}{Q-Spades}{6-Hearts}, David Chiu checked and allowed John Caridad to bet pot. Chiu, who only had a stack of 13,400, tanked for a minute, toying with his chips. Eventually he wrapped both hands around his pile and pushed it forward.

Caridad: {A-Hearts}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}
Chiu: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{5-Spades}

Caridad had flopped Broadway and was out in front; however, Chiu could still take the pot if the board paired on the river. As the dealer burned, Chiu rose from his chair and prepared to meet his fate . . . the {10-Diamonds}. Chiu was eliminated from the tournament while Caridad chipped up to about 47,000.

John Caridad
John Caridad
47,000 27,150
David Chiu us
David Chiu
us Eliminat

Taguri: David ChiuJohn Caridad


• Nivel 7: 250-500, 0 ante

We're back in action following what was not the last break of the night. We'll play two more levels, but they'll be interrupted by a color-up break in between.


Break it Up

• Nivel 6: 200-400, 0 ante

We've reduced this field by more than 100. The big board shows that less than 243 players have survived these first six levels. We've got two more levels to play, but we're on our last 15-minute break first.

Caridad Doubles with a Six-Card Royal


On a board of {10-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{A-Clubs}, the blinds both checked to John Caridad, who bet 4,200. The small blind then woke up with a check-raise to 8,400, the big blind folded, and Caridad called off for 7,825 total.

Caridad: {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{8-Spades}
Opponent: {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}

Caridad was in trouble, but the {9-Clubs} river delivered him salvation. He hit the nut flush to take down the pot and double to nearly 20K. "It's a six-card royal," another player pointed out.

John Caridad
John Caridad
19,850 -11,150

Taguri: John Caridad

The Proverbial Two Birds For Mortensen

• Nivel 6: 200-400, 0 ante
Carlos Mortensen
Carlos Mortensen

On a {2-Spades} {Q-Spades} {3-Clubs} flop, Tom Schneider and another player both got their money all in against Carlos Mortensen, and they were both in pretty fair shape to take a chunk from him.

Schneider: {A-Clubs} {4-Spades} {5-Spades} {7-Hearts} (wheel draw, straight draw)
Mortensen: {A-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} {10-Clubs} {6-Clubs} (top pair)
Opponent: {A-Hearts} {4-Hearts} {5-Hearts} {Q-Hearts} (top pair, wheel draw, straight draw)

The turn {9-Clubs} was a blank, but the river was not a blank at all, the {10-Diamonds}. That gives Mortensen queens up and the best hand, and he's sent two players to the rail to boost his count to about 37,000.

Taguri: Carlos MortensenTom Schneider

Sands Eroded a Bit

• Nivel 6: 200-400, 0 ante

The under-the-gun player opened to 1,200, and a player in middle-position player reraised all in for 2,500 total. Action came around to Doc Sands, and he made another raise, sliding out 8,450. Under the gun reraised all in for 17,750, and Sands called with a chance at the double knockout. And he was fairly well ahead:

UTG: {A-Diamonds} {2-Diamonds} {8-Clubs} {Q-Clubs}
Middle: {A-Hearts} {5-Clubs} {8-Hearts} {9-Diamonds}
Sands: {A-Spades} {2-Hearts} {9-Spades} {9-Clubs}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds} {K-Hearts} {Q-Diamonds} {6-Spades} {J-Clubs}, though, and Mr. UTG finds a naked pair of queens as the best hand. He's doubled up and then some, the middle-position player is out, and Sands drops back to about 40,000.

Taguri: Doc Sands

Duhamel Dusted

• Nivel 6: 200-400, 0 ante

We didn't see the betting action for most of the hand, only joining as the full {A-Spades} {K-Diamonds} {5-Hearts} {6-Spades} {K-Spades} board was out on the table. Jonathan Duhamel and Bill Gazes each had 8,300 chips out in front of them from the first three rounds of betting. It all happened verbally and very quietly, but one of them shoved the river, and the other called. It was Duhamel at risk for about 8,000, and the news was not good.

Gazes tabled {A-Diamonds} {A-Clubs} {8-Clubs} {9-Diamonds} for aces full, and Duhamel mucked and ducked out. His day is done, while Gazes improves to about 43,000 with that knockout pot.

Taguri: Jonathan DuhamelBill Gazes

More Chip Counts

Max Pescatori it
Max Pescatori
it 71,000 29,500
Erik Seidel us
Erik Seidel
us 63,000 43,800
Allen Kessler us
Allen Kessler
us 54,000 39,500
Ali Eslami us
Ali Eslami
us 47,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 35,000 20,000
Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
au 30,000 15,000
Nick Binger us
Nick Binger
us 30,000 5,000
Daniel Alaei us
Daniel Alaei
us 28,000 9,000
Jose Nacho Barbero
Jose Nacho Barbero
26,000 -2,500
David Chiu us
David Chiu
us 25,000 16,000
Jacobo Fernandez us
Jacobo Fernandez
us 24,000 6,000
John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 22,000 2,000
Jonathan Duhamel ca
Jonathan Duhamel
ca 21,000 6,000
Bill Chen us
Bill Chen
us 20,500 6,500
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 20,000 5,000
David Ulliott
David Ulliott
16,000 -4,500
David Bakes Baker us
David Bakes Baker
us 15,500 500
Dan Heimiller us
Dan Heimiller
us 15,000 3,000
David Williams us
David Williams
us 14,500 6,000
Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
us 13,500 6,300
David Sklansky us
David Sklansky
us 12,500 -2,500
Alexander Kravchenko ru
Alexander Kravchenko
ru 12,000 500
John Cernuto us
John Cernuto
us 11,000 -800
Sam Trickett gb
Sam Trickett
gb 11,000 -4,000

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