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

Monnette . . . You Don't Say


On a flop of {8-Spades}{A-Spades}{K-Hearts}, the small blind checked as did John Monnette in the big. The under-the-gun player then bet 350, the small blind check-raised to 1,650, and both Monnette and UTG made the call. All three players decided to check the {7-Clubs} turn, leading to the {3-Clubs} river.

At this point the small blind fired out 5,000, Monnette called , and the UTG got out of the way.

Small Blind: {2-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Monnette: {4-Spades}{2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Spades}

The small blind locked up the high while Monnette's low earned him half the pot. Monnette is sitting with a stack of 20,000.

John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 20,000 4,400

Taguri: John Monnette

Your Max Pescatori Update

• Nivel 4: 100-200, 0 ante
Max Pescatori
Max Pescatori

He's clawed his way all the way up to 41,500 chips. And that's good enough for the second-biggest stack in our chip counts. Ta-da!

Taguri: Max Pescatori

Erm, James?

• Nivel 4: 100-200, 0 ante

James Bord just joined the field in that last wave of late registrants. And we just saw him put his backpack on and head right back out the door he came in. After being cut in half earlier this level, it looks like Bord has found a way to run through the rest of his stack in the span of just about 40 minutes.

Taguri: James Bord

Laak to the Top

• Nivel 4: 100-200, 0 ante

We picked up the action on a {Q-Spades} {6-Spades} {5-Diamonds} flop, three ways. The table checked to Phil Laak in position, and he put out a bet of 5,200. The small blind check-called, while the player in middle position tanked for a long while before re-potting to 17,800. Laak reraised all in for about 35,000 total. With one player already all in, the small blind tanked and called all in for about 13,000 total.

Laak: {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{7-Spades}{8-Spades}
Small blind: {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{j-Spades}
Middle Position: {a-Spades}{3-Spades}{9-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Laak's set of queens was well in front, but he had to fade a flush draw, and both opponents had a good low draw. The turn {8-Clubs} meant the two all-in players would survive to split the low, and the river {6-Clubs} kept Laak's set in front for the high. He takes a full half of that big pot, improving his stack to 49,000 -- the top of our counts.

Taguri: Phil Laak


• Nivel 4: 100-200, 0 ante

The number on the board shows 333 players signed up for our event with about 45 minutes still left to register.

The Bord-om of Pescatori


Max Pescatori raised from early position only to have James Bord three-bet to 2,400. A player in middle position then moved all in for 6,050, Pescatori moved all in, and the pressure was back on Bord. He was clearly unhappy with the turn of events and threw down his hand in frustration.

Pescatori: {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{7-Spades}
Opponent: {A-Spades}{2-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{2-Hearts}

The {7-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} flop was kind to Pescatori as it delivered him a set; however, the {6-Diamonds} turn gave his opponent a low and meant it was going to be a chopped pot, barring a deuce on the river. It ended up coming the {4-Clubs} and the two players chopped up some of Bord's chips.

Max Pescatori it
Max Pescatori
it 35,000 4,000
James Bord gb
James Bord
gb 8,500 -6,500

Taguri: Max PescatoriJames Bord

The Same Hand But Better

• Nivel 4: 100-200, 0 ante

A player in middle position opened to 700, and Brett Richey called from the small blind to go heads up. The flop came {K-Clubs} {A-Spades} {10-Hearts}, and the raiser continued out with a pot-sized bet of 1,600. Richey promptly check-raised the pot, making it 6,400, and his opponent tanked and folded, showing {A-Clubs} {K-Diamonds}. Richey flashed {A-} {K-}, too, the same hand but better. Because it dragged the chips.

Richey has 17,500 now.

Taguri: Brett Richey

Boeken Scooped in a Small One

• Nivel 4: 100-200, 0 ante

Noah Boeken raised to 500 from the hijack seat, and Scott Clements flatted on the button. The blinds both called, too, and it was four-handed to the {3-Clubs} {6-Spades} {A-Spades} flop. It checked around, and Boeken put out the first bet of 1,500 on the {10-Diamonds} turn. He found just one call this time as the big blind came along to the {J-Diamonds} river. Check-check again.

The big blind showed {2-Spades} {5-Spades} {3-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds}, and it was good for the scoop, knocking Boeken back a bit to 27,000 -- still just fine.

Taguri: Noah BoekenScott Clements