Vladimir Shchmelev Wins Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better ($279,094)
The day began with 17 players all vying for the top prize of a World Series of Poker bracelet and $279,084 and at the beginning of the day it was anyones game. Everyone came into the day just a stone throw away from each other, but it was Alexey Makarov leading that pack.
Players started dropping fast at the start of the day. So fast in fact that before the second break, players had already reached the unofficial final table. First to go was Ari Engel. Engel doubled up early, but he couldn't hang on tight enough and he was flung out of the tournament in 17th place when he was eliminated by Joshua Weiland. Next to go were Dylan Linde, Matthew Lansdon, and Stephen Chidwick who all fell in rapid succession. Right before the final table, John O'Shea and Vladimir Shchmelev got involved in a huge pot that gave Shchmelev some momentum that he needed to eventually win the tournament. In the hand, Shchmelev cracked O'Shea's aces and managed to quarter him for most of his stack.
Leaving in the next spot was Joshua Weiland who started the day as one of the shorter stacks, but was able to grind back up. He ended up finishing in 13th place when Ashly Butler began a monster run that would propel him into the chip lead. Falling next was John O'Shea who dropped to Mel Judah and closing it out just short of the unofficial final table was Robert Price, who was eliminated by Alexey Makarov.
When final table time approached, Ashly Butler eliminated Zhen Cai in stunning fashion when the two of the top three stacks in play collided. Butler turned a straight against Cai's set on a high only board and Cai couldn't fill up. From there, Butler took control of the final table and held the chip lead until three handed play. Falling in ninth was start of the day chip leader Alexey Makarov, who slowly slipped from the top of the leader board, to the middle, to completely out of the tournament. Then in a very short span, Ashly Butler eliminated Allyn Jaffrey Shulman, Andrey Zaichenko, and Tyler Nelson. Falling in fifth was "Miami" John Cernuto, who was yet another casualty of Ashley Butler. In the hand, Butler rivered Cernuto right out the door when he caught a straight and a nut low.
Four handed play was when the tides began to slowly shift towards Vladimir Shchmelev. It began when he eliminated Brian Hacker in fourth place. In the hand, Shchmelev rivered a straight against Hacker's set to send him to the payout desk. From there, Shchmelev took several big pots off Butler to gain the chip lead. And in the biggest one, Shchmelev had Butler drawing to just a quarter to stay alive. Butler hit his gin card for a quarter, but that hand left him crippled. Shortly after, Shchmelev flopped the nuts when Butler had aces and that was the end of Butler's run.
Heads-up player didn't last for too long and after trading back and forth for a few hands, Mel Judah flopped trips while Shchmelev flopped a boat. All the money got in the middle, and at the end of it Shchmelev remained standing victorious. After coming close to a bracelet several times, and having a massive run with no bracelet in 2010, Shchmelev was able to claim his first, well deserved World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
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