Saturday, June 7, 2014 2:08 AM Local Time
Nick Kost Wins Event #14: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Low ($283,275)
Twenty-six began the day and one remains: Nick Kost has taken down Event #14: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi-Low here at the 2014 World Series of Poker. He'll claim $283,275 in prize money, as well as a priceless WSOP gold bracelet.
It took a smidge over 10 levels, but on the very first hand of Level 11, Kost busted runner-up Kal Raichura in a three-bet pot by rivering a flush in a pot where neither qualified for a low.
Kost also had to overcome a stiff challenge from defending champion Calen "Big Wheel" McNeil, whose title defense was about as worthy as they come before being halted in fourth place. Former Main Event champion Greg Raymer also put together a final table run, but he busted in seventh. Bracelet winners Chris Tryba and Frankie O'Dell also made Day 3 appearances before falling relatively early.
Kost came in with a mere $15,815 in live cashes, but his Omaha Eight-or-Better prowess had already contributed to two of his cashes: a ninth-place finish in different Omaha Eight-Or-Better tournament and a fourth-place finish in a seven-game tournament, both at the 2011 LAPC.
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Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:43 AM Local Time
Kal Raichura Eliminated in 2nd Place ($175,300)
Nick Kost raised the button, and Kal Raichura three-bet. Kost called, and the flop came . Raichura bet, Kost raised, Raichura put in three bets, and Kost made it four bets. Raichura called, then bet the turn. Kost's turn to call, and then Raichura put the last of it in blind on the river.
Kost quickly called, standing up as he slapped onto the felt for a queen-high flush.
"Nice hand," Raichura said, briefly exposing before the dealer swept it up.
|Kal Raichura||0||-880,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:31 AM Local Time
Level 31 started
Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:24 AM Local Time
Break/Updated Chip Counts
Kost and Raichura are taking a quick 10-minute break.
|Nick Kost||3,770,000||720,000 |
|Kal Raichura||880,000||-720,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:20 AM Local Time
Kost Hits Flush
Kal Raichura had pulled back to even but Nick Kost just took down a nice pot where he hit a flush with on a board. Raichura called bets on the flop, turn, and river and would muck his hand and say "that's good" after seeing Kost's cards.
|Nick Kost||3,050,000||250,000 |
|Kal Raichura||1,600,000||-250,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:14 AM Local Time
Raichura Backdoors a Flush
Kal Raichura limped in, and Nick Kost checked. Kost check-raised the flop, and Raichura called. Raichura called the turn and river.
Kost showed for a straight, but Raichura had flopped an identical straight with and gone runner-runner flush.
|Nick Kost||2,800,000||-550,000 |
|Kal Raichura||1,850,000||550,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:09 AM Local Time
Kost Pulling Away
Nick Kost has won a series of pots without a showdown to assume a better than 2:1 chip lead over Kal Raichura.
|Nick Kost||3,350,000||1,000,000 |
|Kal Raichura||1,300,000||-1,000,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:05 AM Local Time
Nick Kost has evened things up after taking down a good sized pot off of Kal Raichura when he check-raised a flop, was called, bet the turn and bet again. Raichura would call and then fold to Kost's bet on the river.
|Nick Kost||2,350,000||950,000 |
|Kal Raichura||2,300,000||-950,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:53 AM Local Time
Raichura Hits the River
Kal Raichura called a raise before check-raising the flop. Nick Kost came back with a three-bet, which Raichura called. Raichura then check-called the turn before both players checked the on the end.
Kost tossed into the middle for two pair, but Raichura had caught a flush with .
|Kal Raichura||3,250,000||320,000 |
|Nick Kost||1,400,000||-320,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:45 AM Local Time
Nick Kost Chipping Away
Kal Raichura limped in from the small blind and Nick Kost raised. Raichura made the call and the flop was . Kost bet and Raichura called. The turn was the and again Kost bet and was called. The river was the and Kost bet, Raichura raised, and Kost three-bet. Raichura called with for the jack high straight. Kost also had a jack high straight with and also had a low to take three-fourths the pot.
|Kal Raichura||2,930,000||-620,000 |
|Nick Kost||1,720,000||620,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:28 AM Local Time
The cheering section is entirely in favor of Nick Kost for the heads-up battle for Event #14.
"Anyone here cheering for Kal?" the announcer asked.
"Nope," Kal Raichura responded with a slight smile. "I'm flying solo."
Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:23 AM Local Time
Counts at New Level
|Kal Raichura||3,550,000||200,000 |
|Nick Kost||1,100,000||-200,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:22 AM Local Time
Level 30 started
Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:12 AM Local Time
Raichura Draws First Blood
Kal Raichura got the first scoop of heads-up play, winning with the nut flush and seven-ace low.
|Kal Raichura||3,350,000||200,000 |
|Nick Kost||1,300,000||-200,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:07 AM Local Time
Jim Bucci Eliminated in 3rd Place ($109,678)
Jim Bucci raised from the button and Kal Raichura called from the big blind. Bucci would get the last of his chips all in on the flop with Bucci holding and Raichura . Bucci held a slight lead but Raichura would assume control on the turn. The on the river would seal the deal for the chip leader and Bucci was eliminated in 3rd place. Heads up play will start with Raichura holding close to a 2:1 chip lead over Nick Kost.
|Kal Raichura||3,150,000||300,000 |
|Nick Kost||1,500,000||100,000 |
|Jim Bucci||0||-700,000 |
Saturday, June 7, 2014 12:02 AM Local Time
Calen McNeil Eliminated in 4th Place ($79,608)
Calen McNeil three-bet from the button after Nick Kost opened, and Kost called. The two got the last of McNeil's chips in on the flop.
Kost had flopped a wrap and a low draw, while McNeil and his sizable rail contingent began calling for hearts. The dealer burned and turned: , keeping McNeil best and giving him a scooper if a big card hit.
"Big!" he yelled. "Big!"
The dealer revealed the river card: the . Kost had made the wheel, sending the man known as "Big Wheel" McNeil to the rail in fourth after a valiant champion's defense. He leaned against the door, back to the room in apparent agony, before shaking the remaining players' hands one by one.
|Nick Kost||1,400,000||-100,000 |
|Calen McNeil||0||-550,000 |
Friday, June 6, 2014 11:56 PM Local Time
After collecting the last few pots with turn raises and bets, Raichura is now nearing 3 million.
|Kal Raichura||2,850,000||950,000 |
Friday, June 6, 2014 11:52 PM Local Time
McNeil Hits River to Nearly Double
Jim Bucci opened for a raise from the button and Calen McNeil called from the big blind. The flop came and both players checked. The turn was the and McNeil check-called a bet from Bucci, leaving himself with not much behind. Both players would check the river and McNeil would turn over for a river two pair, queens and fives. That would be good enough to give him the pot and keep his dreams of winning back-to-back titles in this event alive. He stood up, and took a quick bow for the benefit of his rail.
|Kal Raichura||1,900,000||370,000 |
|Nick Kost||1,500,000||-315,000 |
|Jim Bucci||700,000||-80,000 |
|Calen McNeil||550,000||10,000 |
Friday, June 6, 2014 11:41 PM Local Time
Nobody has managed to drag a significant pot yet, but we'll immediately bring you news when it happens.
Friday, June 6, 2014 11:22 PM Local Time
Level 29 started