2013 World Series of Poker

Event #20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
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Event Info

2013 World Series of Poker

Rezultate finale
Mâna câştigătoare
Event Info
Fond de premiere
Informaţii Nivel
80,000 / 150,000

Rosenbach Stays Alive with Half the Pot

Nivel 11 : 500-1,000, 0 ante

Michael Rosenbach raised all in from early position for 1,800 total and David Chiu called from the button. Mack Lee came along from the big blind, and a side pot was created when Lee check-called a bet of 1,000 on the {7-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} flop.

From there, both players checked the {8-Hearts} turn, and then Lee check-called another bet, this time 2,000, when the {3-Spades} completed the board on the river. Chiu tabled the {a-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{j-Spades}{6-Hearts} for a pair of jacks with a low, and it was good enough to scoop the side pot. Rosenbach then showed the {j-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{q-Spades}{6-Spades} for two pair, which was good enough for half the main.

Jucător Fise Progres
David Chiu us
David Chiu
38,000 9,000
Mack Lee us
Mack Lee
12,500 -7,100
Michael Rosenbach
Michael Rosenbach
3,000 -200

Taguri: David ChiuMichael RosenbachMack Lee

Ho Collecting Chips Early

Nivel 11 : 500-1,000, 0 ante

Maria Ho came into today as one of the short stacks, with just 12 big bets left. However, she has won back-to-back pots that has quickly seen her stack nearly triple.

We caught up on the first hand on the turn as the board read {8-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{6-Clubs}. Ho had fired out a bet, and she was called by her two opponents, Carlos Mortensen and Tony Cousineau. On the river, the {10-Clubs}, Ho and Mortensen checked, and Cousineau fired. Ho was the only caller, and Cousineau announced "straight", but he didn't seem too confident in it. He was right to think so, as Ho rolled over {9-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{k-Spades}{j-Diamonds} for a flush, good enough to scoop the pot.

We walked around to scope out other action, and when we got back to the table, we saw Ho in the middle of another big pot. This time, she was heads up with Mortensen, and they both had a few bets in front of them as the river was dealt on a board that read {5-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{10-Spades}{q-Spades}{k-Clubs}. Ho quickly fired out a bet, and Mortensen tanked for a bit before releasing his hand, giving Ho another early boost at the start of the day.

Jucător Fise Progres
Maria Ho us
Maria Ho
30,000 17,400
Carlos Mortensen es
Carlos Mortensen
24,000 24,000
Tony Cousineau us
Tony Cousineau
3,000 -7,000

Taguri: Carlos MortensenMaria Ho

Want to Learn Omaha 8-or-better? PokerNews Has You Covered

Nivel 11 : 500-1,000, 0 ante
Omaha Poker
Omaha Poker

Today's Event 20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better is yet another tournament at the 2012 World Series of Poker that includes a game other than No-Limit Hold'em. The game we're talking about is Omaha Hi-Low.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the game, you can refer to the PokerNews Poker Rules: Omaha Poker page to check things out and get a feel for how the game is played. The page is complete with game rules, terms and also strategy links.

Omaha is similar to Hold'em in that it is a flop game, but instead of two hole cards, you receive four. The trick is that you must you two cards from your hole cards and only two cards, to make your best five-card hand at the end. This is the part that sometimes confuses people new to the game as they'll make the mistake of only using one card from their hand or trying to use three. This game is also a split-pot game with the high hand getting half of the pot and the low hand getting the other half of the pot. Just like Hold'em, there is a betting round preflop followed a betting round after each of the flop, turn and river.

For example, let's say there is a final board reading {q-}{q-}{8-}{5-}{3-} and Player 1 shows {a-}{q-}{4-}{4-} versus Player 2's {a-}{k-}{k-}{2-}. In this showdown, Player 1 would win the high half of the pot with trip queens and an ace kicker. Player 1 also has a qualifying low hand with his {a-}{4-}, but Player 2's {a-}{2-} makes a better qualifying low hand to win that half of the pot.

In the Omaha 8-or-better case where players share a high hand or low hand, they would divy up that half of the pot accordingly. This is why the term "quartered" often comes into play during games of Omaha 8-or-better. In the above example, if a third player in the hand held {a-}{j-}{10-}{2-}, he would split the half portion of the pot with Player 2, meaning they would each get one quarter of the overall pot.

For more on Omaha 8-or-better and other games, check out PokerNews' Poker Rules section.

Taguri: Omaha Rules

Martin & Fischman Sixthed

Nivel 11 : 500-1,000, 0 ante

Scott Fischman opened for 2,000 under the gun and received a call from Robert Tarquinio on the button. Magnus Martin came along from the small blind, the big got out of the way and three players saw a flop of {3-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. Martin checked, Fischman bet and Tarquinio raised. Both Martin and Fischman called, and then the same exact action occurred on the {6-Clubs} turn.

When the {3-Hearts} completed the board on the river, Martin and Fischman checked and then called when Tarquinio bet his last 1,200.

"King-high flush and nut low," Tarquinio said and tabled the {k-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}. Martin and Fischman then tabled the {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and {a-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{q-Hearts} respectively. Tarquinio got half the pot for his flush, and then the three players split the low.

Meanwhile, David Koland was eliminated over at Table 442.

Jucător Fise Progres
Robert Tarquinio
Robert Tarquinio
18,500 7,800
Scott Fischman US
Scott Fischman
14,000 -5,600
Magnus Martin gb
Magnus Martin
12,000 -7,000
David Koland
David Koland

Taguri: Robert TarquinioMagnus MartinScott Fischman

Nivel: 11

Blinduri: 500/1,000

Ante: 0

The March to the Money Continues Here on Day 2

Thomas Besnier begins the day second in chips.
Thomas Besnier begins the day second in chips.

The 2013 World Series of Poker continues today as the remaining 219 players from a 1,104-player field in Event #20 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better return to the Purple Section of the Amazon Room to battle to the money at the top 117 and onward toward the final table. The man best positioned to make a deep run and claim a large postion of the $1,368,900 prize pool, perhaps even the $277,274 top prize, is the elder-statesman John Larson, who emerged as the Day 1 chip leader with 73,700.

Other notable stacks here at the start of the day are Thomas Besnier (66,600), Eric Sclavos (53,600), Brian Hastings (47,900), Robert "Chip Burner" Turner (47,700), Dmitrii Valouev (42,400), James Bord (40,000) and Matthew Kelly (39,700). Furthermore, some stiff competition, albeit with less chips, remain in Max Steinberg (36,300), Carlos Mortensen (31,500), David Chiu (29,000), Daniel Weinman (28,400), Barry Greenstein (27,900), Men "The Master" Nguyen (27,000), Mike "The Mouth" Matusow (23,700), Owais Ahmed (23,000), Mike Sexton (22,900), Tom Schneider (18,600) and Jennifer Harman (17,000).

The plan for the day is to play ten more one-hour levels, during which time we'll lose 112 players, make the money and continue down toward the final table. We won't quite get all the way there, but we expect by night's end there will be less than three tables still in play.

Action will recommence at 1:00 PST, which is about an hour from now. Join us then as we head through the money bubble on down to the final table!

Event #20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better

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