07/03/16 11:37:02 AM PST
Brandon Shack-Harris Wins $10k PLO Championship
Brandon Shack-Harris has just won his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
The professional poker player from Chicago won the $10,000 buy-in 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, which was played over four days and three nights and concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Shack-Harris collected a whopping $894,300 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career. In fact, it was his second WSOP victory in Pot-Limit Omaha. Shack-Harris previously won the $1,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event, in 2014.
This marked the latest champion’s most satisfying performance. He’s now accumulated $2.5 million in career series earnings. Shack-Harris also has two second-place finishes and two thirds on his resume, proving once and for all he’s been one of the game’s most consistent performers since his first cash at the annual Las Vegas summer series back in 2011.
When asked to compare this victory with his previous results, Shack-Harris pointed to this achievement as a personal and professional milestone.
“This one meant a lot more for sure, and that’s for several reasons,” Shack-Harris said in a post-tournament interview. “The last time was easier….and I won it because I sucked out on the last hand. I felt really bad for the guy (I beat). That’s not the way you want to win. You want to get it in good.”
Shack-Harris also noted that this tournament was much tougher than others where he’s gone deep, including his 2014 win.
“This tournament I had really tough people on my left all the time and they would play back at me,” Shack-Harris said. “I was having to play out of position all the time. You have to do a weird balancing act….it was really difficult. All my friends were with me this time, too and that’s really gratifying winning a really tough tournament.”
Shack-Harris won his victory by coming out on top at a final table which included several players seeking their first WSOP victory, and Loren Klein, who was also hoping to win his second victory at this year’s series. Shack-Harris knew that achieving victory would require some non-standard play on his part.
“There are a lot really great players in this final table. But I didn’t want to play again Loren (Klein) heads up….Loren is a really special player,” he said. “He plays a very unorthodox style. We played some street PLO. He plays great. Even the bracelet when I won, he was the chip leader in that going into Day Two. I was reminded why he’s done so well.”
Perhaps somewhat foreseeable, that previous final table experience really mattered. The two former winners faced off in Day Four’s head-up battle. When the duel began, Shack-Harris had a close to a 2 to 1 chip advantage over Klein. It took about 90 minutes for the battle towards a second WSOP win to be decided.
The moment of triumph came when Shack-Harris scooped the final pot of the tournament against Klein, who finished as the runner up. Klein, from Northern Nevada, couldn’t have been too disappointed, at least financially speaking. He pocketed $552,713 less than a week after winning the $1,500 buy-in Mixed NLHE/PLO tourney.
This tourney attracted 400 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $3,760,000. The top 60 finishers collected prize money.
Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:
Second Place: Loren Klein, from Verdi, NV came close to winning what would have been a second gold bracelet victory after winning Event #45 just a week earlier. Klein overcame a decisive chip disadvantage and took the lead heads up at one point, but could not maintain the edge. He ended up finishing in second place, which paid $552,713. Klein now has $1.1 million in WSOP earnings in what was his 24th time to cash. He’s now posted five in-the-money finishes at this series and jumped into contention in the “Player of the Year” race with another impressive finish.
Third Place: Tommy Le, from Tustin, CA made his second final table of the series, coming in fifth and now third. However, this deep run sure paid off handsomely. Le collected $376,667 in what was his tenth time to cash at the series.
Fourth Place: Melad Marji, from Oneida Castle, NY has posted five min-cashes before arriving at this final table, which ended up paying more than a quarter-million dollars. Marji raked in $261,652 for finishing in fourth place.
Fifth Place: Matthew Parry, from Fairport, NY cashed for the second time at this series and sixth occasion overall by taking in $185,337 for fifth place.
Sixth Place: Harley Stoffmaker, from Cote Saint Luc, QB (Canada) had just one cash prior to this event, which was a nice run in last year’s “Millionaire Maker.” This tournament turned out to be something slightly less than that lofty goal, but still worthy of six figures. The only Canadian at the final table earned $133,918.
Seventh Place: Junayed Khan, from New York, NY cashed for the first time ever in a WSOP event by coming in seventh place in this tournament. He received $98,748.
Eighth Place: Dominique Mosley, a former poker dealer from Miami, FL had six min-cashes coming into this tournament. He made his first final table and although he busted out early, Mosley still raked in a nice payout totaling $74,339.
This was the 51st official event on this year’s schedule. This leaves only 18 gold bracelet events to be played at the 2016 WSOP.
07/02/16 05:31:28 PM PST
Brandon Shack-Harris Wins Event #51 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha ($894,300)
Brandon Shack-Harris Wins $10k PLO Event
Loren Klein calls on the button and Brandon Shack-Harris raises the pot to 720,000. Klein calls and the flop comes .
Shack-Harris bets the pot for 1,440,000 and Klein moves all in for his remaining 3,000,000. Shack-Harris calls and the players turn over their hands.
Klein has flopped top and bottom pair but Shack-Harris has flopped top two pair and has the lead.
The turn is the which is no help to Klein and the river is the , also no help. A better two pair is enough to eliminate Klein and make Brandon Shack-Harris the winner of this year's $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.
Brandon Shack-Harris - Winner of $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $894,300 and a gold bracelet
Loren Klein - Eliminated in 2nd place for $552,713
07/02/16 05:23:02 PM PST
Loren Klein Moves Closer
Brandon Shack-Harris opens the button to 500,000, and Loren Klein three-bets to 1,500,000 from the big blind. Shack-Harris calls.
The flop is . Klein pots for 3,000,000, leaving just 800,000 behind. Shack-Harris spends about two minutes considering, then surrenders his cards into the muck. "Close," he says.
"Nines?" Klein asks with a smile.
The next hand, Klein opens the button to 500,000, and Shack-Harris defends his big blind. Both players check through the flop, and the turn is the . Shack-Harris leads for 400,000, Klein raises to 1,400,000, and Shack-Harris folds. Klein wins the pot, refusing to go down without a serious fight in this match.
Loren Klein - 7,700,000 (32 bb)
Brandon Shack-Harris - 12,300,000 (51 bb)
07/02/16 05:17:32 PM PST
Brandon Shack-Harris Widens the Gap
Brandon Shack-Harris has won the last two hands, one with ace-ten high at showdown and another by betting the flop and taking it down.
Loren Klein raises to 500,000 and Shack-Harris calls. The flop is and Shack-Harris checks. Klein bets 600,000 and Shack-Harris check-raises to 2,000,000. Klein folds and Shack-Harris takes the pot and has a near 3:1 lead now.
Brandon Shack-Harris - 14,700,000 (61 bb)
Loren Klein - 5,300,000 (22 bb)
07/02/16 05:11:09 PM PST
Loren Klein Denied the Lead Again
Loren Klein (pictured) has come tantalizingly close to taking the chip lead on a couple different occasions, but he's so far been unable to leapfrog ahead of Brandon Shack-Harris. Here's a series of three consecutive hands in which he gets close once again:
On the first hand, Klein opens the button to 500,000, and Shack-Harris defends his big blind. The flop is . Shack-Harris checks, Klein bets 400,000, and Shack-Harris folds. Stacking up that pot, Klein has 9,900,000 of the 20,005,000 chips in play.
The next hand, Shack-Harris limps the button, and Klein checks his option in the big blind. Both players check through the flop, and the turn is the . Klein bets 300,000, and Shack-Harris calls. The river is the . Klein checks, Shack-Harris bets 400,000, and Klein folds. Shack-Harris wins the pot to protect his narrow chip lead.
One hand later, Klein has another shot. He opens the button to 500,000, and Shack-Harris defends his big blind. The flop is . Shack-Harris checks, Klein bets 600,000, and Shack-Harris calls. The turn is the , and Shack-Harris leads for 1,200,000. Klein folds, and he's still yet to have his hands on the big stack during this back-and-forth duel.
Brandon Shack-Harris - 11,780,000 (49 bb)
Loren Klein - 8,225,000 (34 bb)
07/02/16 04:59:40 PM PST
The two finalists are keeping the pots quite small at the moment as in this hand:
Brandon Shack-Harris raises to 500,000 on the button and Loren Klein calls. The flop is and both players check. They also check the turn and river.
"You're probably going to show me a pair of fours," says Shack-Harris and Klein tables . Klein's fives are good and he claims the pot.
Loren Klein -9,300,000 (38 bb)
Brandon Shack-Harris - 10,700,000 (48 bb)
07/02/16 04:51:29 PM PST
Brandon Shack-Harris limps the button, and Loren Klein checks his option in the big blind.
The flop is . Klein bets 300,000, and Shack-Harris calls. The turn is the , and Shack-Harris checks. The action is not on him yet, though.
"Oh, shit," he says. "I checked out of turn. Is that binding?" He is informed that his action will stand if Klein checks.
"Angle?" Klein asks with a smirk. Shack-Harris apologizes, and Klein laughs it off as he checks.
Both players check through the river, as well. Shack-Harris appears to be prepared to concede his hand until Klein announces, "Jack-high." Shack-Harris shows , winning the pot with a pair of treys. He apologizes again for his out-of-turn action as the chips are pushed in his direction.
Brandon Shack-Harris - 12,655,000 (53 bb)
Loren Klein - 7,350,000 (31 bb)
07/02/16 04:32:40 PM PST
The two finalists are on a 15-minute break. Here's how they'll stack up when they return to 120,000/240,000 blinds:
Brandon Shack-Harris - 12,600,000 (53 bb)
Loren Klein - 7,405,000 (31 bb)
07/02/16 04:30:53 PM PST
Brandon Shack-Harris Denies Loren Klein the Lead
Loren Klein opens to 400,000 from the button, and Brandon Shack-Harris pots to 1,200,000 from the big blind. Klein calls.
The flop is , and both players check. The turn is the , pairing the board, and Shack-Harris checks again. Klein bets 1,400,000, and Shack-Harris spends some time pondering. Given the chips in the middle, Klein would take the chip lead with a fold or a winning showdown. Shack-Harris has other ideas, though. He check-raises pot to 6,600,000, and Klein wastes little time surrendering his cards into the muck. Shack-Harris wins the pot.
Brandon Shack-Harris - 12,755,000 (64 bb)
Loren Klein - 7,250,000 (36 bb)
07/02/16 04:23:33 PM PST
Loren Klein Getting Even
Brandon Shack-Harris calls on the button and Loren Klein checks his option.
The flop comes and both players check. The turn is the and Klein bets 300,000. Shack-Harris calls and the river is the .
Klein checks over to Shack-Harris who bets 400,000. Klein then check-raises to 1,500,000 and Shack-Harris folds. The two are now roughly even in chips.
Loren Klein - 9,700,000 (48 bb)
Brandon Shack-Harris - 10,300,000 (51 bb)
07/02/16 04:15:45 PM PST
Back and Forth
Loren Klein opens the button to 400,000, and Brandon Shack-Harris three-bets to 1,200,000. Klein calls. The flop is , and a bet of 1,600,000 from Shack-Harris earns him the pot without further resistance.
Klein gets a walk in the big blind on the next hand.
The following hand, Klein opens the button to 400,000, and Shack-Harris defends his big blind. The flop is , and Shack-Harris check-folds to a bet of 400,000. Klein wins the pot.
The next hand, Shack-Harris limps the button, and Klein checks his option in the big blind. The flop is . Klein bets 300,000, and Shack-Harris calls. Both players check through the turn. The river is the , and Klein bets 450,000. Shack-Harris folds, and Klein wins the pot.
The two continue to spar in pots that are mostly small, and Klein has had the more productive heads-up match to this point.
Brandon Shack-Harris - 11,755,000 (59 bb)
Loren Klein - 8,250,000 (41 bb)
07/02/16 04:08:00 PM PST
Loren Klein Climbing Back
Loren Klein raises to 400,000 on the button and Brandon Shack-Harris calls. The flop is and Shack-Harris checks.
Klein bets 400,000 and Shack-Harris calls. The turn is the and Shack-Harris checks again. Klein bets 900,000, and Shack-Harris, after counting his stack and rechecking his hand twice, calls.
The river is the , which pairs the board, and both players check. Shack-Harris shows for a jack-high flush and Klein tables for the king-high flush and will win the pot. He is now starting to close the gap between himself and Shack-Harris.
Loren Klein - 8,625,000 (43 bb)
Brandon Shack-Harris - 11,375,000 (56 bb)
07/02/16 03:55:54 PM PST
Loren Klein Fighting Back
Brandon Shack-Harris opens the button to 400,000, and Loren Klein (pictured) defends his big blind.
The flop is . Both players check, and the turn is the . Klein leads for 550,000, and Shack-Harris calls. The river is the , and Klein bets 1,250,000. Shack-Harris spends a long while considering, checking his hole cards several more times as he mulls it over. He eventually folds, and Klein wins the pot.
Klein has a bit of momentum working for him at the moment, trimming Shack-Harris' lead to 2:1 over the course of the last few hands.
Loren Klein - 6,625,000 (33 bb)
Brandon Shack-Harris - 13,380,000 (67 bb)
07/02/16 03:51:28 PM PST
Loren Klein Takes One Down
Brandon Shack-Harris calls on the button and Loren Klein raises to 600,000. Shack-Harris calls and the flop is and Klein bets 800,000. Shack-Harris calls and the turn is the .
Klein announces a pot-sized bet to 2,800,000 and Shack-Harris thinks for 30 seconds before folding his hand.
Loren Klein - 5,475,000 (27 bb)
Brandon Shack-Harris - 14,525,000 (72 bb)
07/02/16 03:40:24 PM PST
Four-to-One for Brandon Shack-Harris
Loren Klein opens the button to 400,000, and Brandon Shack-Harris calls from the big blind.
The flop is . Both players check, and the turn is the . Shack-Harris leads for 600,000, and Klein calls. The river is the . Shack-Harris bets 1,600,000 into a pot of 2,000,000, and Klein folds.
Shack-Harris has opened up a lead of nearly 4:1 now.
Brandon Shack-Harris - 15,930,000 (80 bb)
Loren Klein - 4,075,000 (20 bb)
07/02/16 03:34:40 PM PST
Brandon Shack-Harris Out to an Early Advantage
Loren Klein raises to 350,000 on the button and Shack-Harris calls. The flop comes and Shack-Harris checks. Klein bets 375,000 and Shack-Harris calls.
The turn is the and both players check.
The river is the and Shack-Harris checks. Klein bets 850,000 and Shack-Harris check-raises to 2,200,000. Klein rechecks his hand before sending it into the muck and Shack-Harris wins the pot.
Brandon Shack-Harris - 14,530,000 (90 bb)
Loren Klein - 5,470,000 (34 bb)
07/02/16 03:29:32 PM PST
Heads Up for the Title
The two finalists are now heads up for the title of Pot-Limit Omaha Champion. Each of them are guaranteed to earn more than a half million dollars this afternoon, with a top prize of $894,300 and the bracelet reserved for the winner. Here's how they stack up at the tail end of this level:
Brandon Shack-Harris - 12,955,000 (81 bb)
Loren Klein - 7,050,000 (44 bb)
07/02/16 03:22:00 PM PST
Tommy Le Eliminated by Brandon Shack-Harris in 3rd Place ($376,667)
Brandon Shack-Harris pots to 480,000 from the small blind, and Tommy Le (pictured) re-pots to 1,440,000 from the big. Shack-Harris calls.
The flop is . Shack-Harris checks, Le moves all in for 2,010,000, and Shack-Harris calls to put him at risk.
Shack-Harris: (two pair, queens and sixes)
Le: (pair of aces)
Shack-Harris has out-flopped Le, and the latter is now two cards from the exit. The on the turn gives him three more outs to Broadway, but he can not catch up. The river is the , and Shack-Harris' two pair earn him the knockout pot. Le is eliminated in third place.
Brandon Shack-Harris - 12,955,000 (81 bb)
Tommy Le - Eliminated in 3rd place ($376,667)