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2015 World Series of Poker Europe

Thursday, October 15, 2015 to Saturday, October 17, 2015

Event #7: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: €550
  • Prizepool: €243,955
  • Entries: 503
  • Remaining: 0
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10/17/15 01:55:05 PM PDT

The third and final day of the World Series of Poker Europe €500+50 Pot Limit Omaha Event #7 saw eight hopefuls return to the feature table in the Spielbank Berlin. Doug Lee came into the final as dominating chip leader, however the Canadian had to settle for fifth place. In heads-up play, Grzegorz Grochulski started with a 2-1 lead over former WSOP bracelet winner Barny Boatman and was denied the first ever gold bracelet for Poland after a brief but very intense heads-up battle.

Damian Pawlak was the first player to the hit the rail. He started to increase his stack early in the day,.He reraised preflop to continue with a pot-sized bet on the     flop. Lee check-raised all in and Pawlak got the rest of it in with      for a pair of kings and gutshot. Lee had [Qh,Jc.,10c,5h] for a wrap, top pair, and a flush draw. The   turn locked up the hand for Lee and the   on the river was just a formality.

Pawel Bakiewicz exited in seventh place for €7,560 when he committed most of his chips preflop in a three-way pot and then shoved the flop    . Lee folded but Grochulski called with      to hold up against the      of his fellow countryman. The   turn and   river changed nothing, and Bakiewicz was eliminated.

The last German player in the field, Dominik Maska, had to settle for sixth place. He also committed most of his stack preflop in a hand against Lee and then called the rest on the     flop with     . Lee had found a set with     . Maska found no help on   turn and   river and Lee extended his lead. From there the luck for the start-of-the-day chip leader turned around completely. Both Shannon Shorr and Grochulski doubled through him and suddenly he was the short stack.

Lee fell all the way back to just seven big blinds at the start of level 22 and got it in with     . Shorr looked him up with      and got there on the board       to reduce the field to its last four hopefuls. What followed was the sheer domination of Grochulski, who amassed over 60% of the chips in play until the dinner break at the end of level 23. Back from dinner, Boatman busted Jose Obadia and Shorr in quick succession.

Obadia committed most of his short stack preflop and with a continuation bet on the flop of     to call Boatman's shove with     . He faced the      of Boatman and couldn't get there as the board filled up with   turn and   river. Shorr got his stack in preflop only 10 minutes later and showed the     . Boatman's      turned a straight on the board       to once again deny Shorr his first golden bracelet.

Despite starting heads-up as a 2-1 underdog, Boatman quickly gained the lead and the players battled back and fourth. The biggest pot of the day resulted from a five-bet shove and call to put Boatman at risk with     . Grochulski was just five cards away from poker history for Poland, but the board ran out       to give Boatman the straight. Down to just over three big blinds, it was all over three hands later in the following showdown.


The Pole was drawing dead after the      turn and the meaningless   river completed a straight for Boatman. He won his second coveted bracelet.

Three more WSOP champions will still be crowned at the Spielbank Berlin. The €1,100 Turbo Event #8 plays down to a winner tomorrow while Day 1A of the €10,600 Main Event gets underway. And the €25,600 High Roller three day event starts October 21st.

Final Table Results - PLO Event #7

1st place: Barny Boatman (UK) - €54,725
2nd place: Grzegorz Grochulski (Poland) - €33,910
3rd place: Shannon Shorr (USA) - €24,520
4th place: Jose Obadia (Spain) - €18,000
5th place: Doug Lee (Canada) - €13,220
6th place: Dominik Maska (Germany) - €9,980
7th place: Pawel Bakiewicz (Poland) - €7,560
8th place: Damian Pawlak (Poland) - €5,780

10/17/15 01:16:04 PM PDT

After two walks, one for each player, Grzegorz Grochulski raises the pot and then calls all in for his last 106,000 chips once Barny Boatman pushes.


The     keeps the hopes of an epic comeback story alive, but it is all over after the   on the turn. To make things even worse, the dealer burns and turns the   river that gives Grochulski a worthless set and Boatman the straight. Grochulski exits in second place for a payday of €33,910. Instead of the first ever gold bracelet for Poland, Boatman wins his second after also taking down the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em (Event #49) in 2013.

10/17/15 01:12:24 PM PDT

Barny Boatman raises to 65,000. Grzegorz Grochulski three-bets the pot to 180,000 and Boatman four-bets to 540,000. Grochulski moves in and Boatman calls.


Boatman makes a straight on the       board and the stacks are counted down. Boatman was covered by a mere three and a half big blinds and doubles for 1,204,000.

Grzegorz Grochulski - 106,000

10/17/15 01:08:01 PM PDT

Grzegorz Grochulski raises to 65,000 and Barny Boatman calls to see the flop come    . Boatman checks, Grochulski bets 80,000, and Boatman calls. The   turn is checked through. Boatman also checks the   on the river. Grochulski bets 200,000 and wins the pot to regain the lead.

Grzegorz Grochulski - 1,300,000
Barny Boatman - 1,210,000

10/17/15 12:57:21 PM PDT

With many smaller pots, Grzegorz Grochulski moves almost back to even.

Then, Barny Boatman raises to 65,000 and Grochulski calls to see the flop come    . Both players check and Grochulski bets the   turn for 85,000. Boatman calls and they check down the   river. Grochulski shows      for sevens and deuces as well as a busted gutshot. Boatman wins the pot with      for jacks and sevens.

Barny Boatman - 1,475,000
Grzegorz Grochulski - 1,035,000

10/17/15 12:49:34 PM PDT

Level:25 Blinds:15,000/30,000

10/17/15 12:48:17 PM PDT

Grzegorz Grochulski raises to 55,000 and Barny Boatman calls. On the     flop, both players check. Boatman bets the   turn for 65,000 and Grochulski calls. The   river is checked through and Grochulski shows      for a set of eights to win the hand.

10/17/15 12:44:06 PM PDT

Grzegorz Grochulski raises to 55,000 and Barny Boatman calls to see the flop of    . Boatman bets 65,000 and is raised to 165,000. He calls before both players check the   turn and the   river. Boatman shows      and that is good enough to win the pot.

Boatman raises to 55,000 and Grochulski calls. On the     flop, Grochulski bets 70,000 and Boatman raises to 200,000 to take down the pot uncontested.

Grochulski raises to 55,000 and Boatman calls. The flop falls     and Boatman bets 60,000, Grochulski calls. Both check the   turn and   river. Boatman shows      and Grochulski wins the pot with     .

Boatman raises to 55,000 and Grochulski calls. On the     flop, Grochulski checks and calls a bet worth 40,000. He does the same on the   turn for 70,000 before checking the  . Boatman fires a third barrel for 220,000 and Grochulski folds.

Barny Boatman - 1,705,000
Grzegorz Grochulski - 805,000

10/17/15 12:33:57 PM PDT

Barny Boatman raises to 55,000 and Grzegorz Grochulski calls. Both players check the     flop. Grochulski then bets the   turn for 70,000. Boatman calls and Grochulski checks the   on the river. Boatman bets 215,000 and folds to the pot-sized check-raise.

Grochulski raises to 55,000 and Boatman calls. On the     flop, Boatman check-folds to a 75,000 continuation bet from Grochulski.

Barny Boatman - 1,365,000
Grzegorz Grochulski - 1,145,000

10/17/15 12:26:07 PM PDT

Grzegorz Grochulski raises to 55,000 and Barny Boatman calls to see the flop come    . Boatman checks, Grochulski continues for 70,000, and Boatman calls. Both players check the   on the turn and the   river completes the board. Boatman bets 170,000 and Grochulski raises to 480,000. Boatman studies the board and his opponent before making the call, and Grochulski immediately taps the table.

Boatman:      for a straight

Barny Boatman - 1,630,000
Grzegorz Grochulski - 880,000

10/17/15 12:18:54 PM PDT

Barny Boatman raises to 55,000 and Grzegorz Grochulski calls. On the     flop both players check. Grochulski bets the   turn for 75,000 and wins the pot.

In the next hand, Grochulski raises to 55,000 and Boatman calls. Boatman checks     flop and Grochulski's continuation bet of 75,000 takes it.

The third hand of the series is raised to 55,000 by Boatman and Grochulski calls. On the     flop, both players check. Grochulski bets the   for 70,000 and Boatman raises the pot to 320,000 to force a fold.

10/17/15 12:10:23 PM PDT

Barny Boatman wins two small pots in a row, then the third one turns into a big pot. Grzegorz Grochulski raises to 55,000 and Boatman calls. On the     flop, Boatman checks and Grochulski continues for 70,000. Boatman check-raises to 220,000 and Grochulski calls. Boatman pushes his stack forward on the   turn and while the dealer is still counting Boatman's chips, Grochulski folds.

Grzegorz Grochulski - 1,420,000
Barny Boatman - 1,090,000

10/17/15 12:01:23 PM PDT

In the first heads-up hand, Barny Boatman gives Grzegorz Grochulski a walk.

The second hand, Grochulski raises to 55,000 and Boatman calls. They check down the       board and Grochulski's      make two pair to win the pot.

The third hand is another walk and Grochulski's raise to 55,000 in the fourth hand gets the Boatman's big blind without resistance.

10/17/15 11:54:24 AM PDT
Grzegorz Grochulski - 1,593,000
Barny Boatman - 917,000
10/17/15 11:50:19 AM PDT

Shannon Shorr won another small limped three-way pot.

Then Grzegorz Grochulski raises to 55,000 from the button. Shorr is in the small blind, and he three-bets the pot to 189,000 with 154,000 behind. Barny Boatman four-bets all in from the big blind. Grochulski quickly folds, and Shorr call.


The board runs out       and Shorr is once again denied his first gold bracelet. He departs in third place for a payday of €24,520.

10/17/15 11:43:07 AM PDT

Shannon Shorr is now by far the shortest stack. He raises the pot to 77,000 twice and wins the blinds without showdown.

Shannon Shorr - 300,000

10/17/15 11:37:24 AM PDT

In the third hand of the new level, Jose Obadia raises the pot from the small blind for 72,000 and Barny Boatman calls from the big blind. On the     flop, Obadia continues for 105,000 and calls the shove from Boatman with his last few chips behind.


Obadia needs running outs to stay in the tournament. The   on the turn is a start, but the   river gives Boatman a full house.

Barny Boatman - 640,000
Jose Obadia - Eliminated in 4th place (€18,000)

10/17/15 11:33:24 AM PDT

Back from dinner, Barny Boatman limps the first hand from the button and Grzegorz Grochulski calls from the small blind. Shannon Shorr checks in the big blind and all three players check the     flop. They check again on the   turn. Grochulski bets the   river for 45,000 and wins the pot.

The next hand, Grochulski raises from the button and wins the blinds.

10/17/15 11:29:43 AM PDT
Level:24  Blinds:12,000/24,000  
10/17/15 10:30:47 AM PDT

The final four are on a one-hour dinner break.

Seat 1: Shannon Shorr (USA) - 247,000
Seat 2: -- empty --
Seat 3: -- empty --
Seat 4: Jose Obadia (Spain) - 257,000
Seat 5: -- empty --
Seat 6: Barny Boatman (UK) - 387,000
Seat 7: Grzegorz Grochulski (Poland) - 1,624,000
Seat 8: -- empty --