Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:55 AM Local Time
Louie Calvo Wins Event #49: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $362,185
Louie Calvo came out on top of a 630-player field in Event #49: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed at the 2107 World Series of Poker to win $362,185 and his first gold bracelet.
Once the official final table had been reached, the first player to be knocked out was Gerhard Schleicher, who got his stack in on the turn with two pair against Calvo's nut flush and failed to improve on the river. The next to depart was Aleksei Altshuller, who flopped bottom two pair and got his chips in against Rudolph Sawa's top two pair and got no help from the rest of the board. The fourth-place finisher was Eric Hicks, who entered the unofficial final table extremely short and saw a meteoric rise in his chip stack in a series of double-ups and huge pots before Calvo took the overwhelming majority of his stack in one hand and Sawa dispatched him on the very next one with aces against Hicks' pair of threes. Mark Reilly became the third-place finisher when he got his chips in on the flop with a combo draw against Calvo's pair of jacks and got no help from the deck on the turn or river.
Heads-up play between Calvo and Sawa didn't last long, and it all ended when all the chips went in on the flop with Sawa holding an open-ended straight draw and eight-high flush draw against Calvo's pocket aces and nut-flush draw. The turn and river were running queens, which changed nothing for either player, and meant the pot and the title belonged to Calvo.
"It's so exciting, what a feeling. I've been playing for 18 years, professionally for 17," Calvo said as he explained that he had spent most of his career focusing on cash games and had entered very few major tournaments. "Honestly, I just played my game the whole time. I picked my spots," he said with an uncontainable grin.
The atmosphere at the final table started out lively and enthusiastic, thanks in large part to Eric Hicks, whose good-natured, happy-go-lucky excitement drew more than a few of his friends to join his girlfriend, who had "GO ERIC" written across her exposed midriff, in cheering for him from the rail with beers in hand. Hicks spun up quite a stack and had the chip lead at several different points before he ultimately busted, and his rail exploded with every pot he dragged. When he departed, his rail went with him and the energy around the table dropped to a lull. However, Calvo was soon joined by a star-studded rail that included his longtime friend Michael Mizrachi, who stayed until Calvo, a fellow Floridian, had finished the job.
The pot-limit Omaha action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is winding down, but the biggest events are yet to come. Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship begins Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. local time, and the final and most prestigious pot-limit Omaha event of the summer, Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller, kicks off on July 5. Be sure to check back here for coverage of those and all other events at the 2017 World Series of Poker from the PokerNews live reporting team.
Final Table Results
|1||Luis Calvo||United States||$362,185|
|2||Rudolph Sawa||United States||$223,812|
|4||Eric Hicks||United States||$101,513|
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:23 AM Local Time
Rudolph Sawa Eliminated in 2nd Place ($223,812)
Louie Calvo raised to 160,000 on the button and Rudolph Sawa called from the big blind.
The flop came and Sawa checked. Calvo bet 200,000 and Sawa check-raised to 920,000. The rest of the chips went in the middle in a hurry and both players tabled their hands.
Calvo had the advantage with his aces and nut flush draw and Salvo needed his straight draw to complete in order to keep his bracelet hopes alive. The on the turn changed nothing and neither did the on the river, so Calvo took the pot to eliminate Sawa and become the tournament champion.
A full recap will be posted shortly.
|Luis Calvo||9,450,000||3,150,000 |
|Rudolph Sawa||0||-3,150,000 |
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:13 AM Local Time
Calvo Starts With a Triple Barrel
The first heads-up hand saw Luis Calvo apply a big pressure on Rudolph Sawa.
Calvo min-raised from the button, and Sawa called to see the land on the flop. Sawa checked, and Calvo continued for 200,000. He received a quick call.
The turn brought another check from Sawa, and Calvo pulled out a second barrel, sliding in 350,000. Sawa seemed calm, calling fast again.
Sawa checked one more time on the river, but Calvo remained attacking. He asked for the pot size, getting 1,420,000. Then he announced he was betting 750,000. Sawa acted quickly again, but he didn't press the call button this time, sending his cards to the muck.
With the first hand going his way, Calvo increased his lead to exact two-to-one advantage.
|Luis Calvo||6,300,000||710,000 |
|Rudolph Sawa||3,150,000||-710,000 |
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 1:00 AM Local Time
Mark Reilly Eliminated in 3rd Place ($149,258)
Mark Reilly raised to 175,000 from the button and Louie Calvo called from the big blind.
The flop fell and Calvo checked. Reilly bet 225,000 and Calvo made a pot-sized check-raise to 1,065,000, sending Reilly into the tank briefly. He ultimately shoved and Calvo called to put him at risk.
Calvo had the advantage with his pair of jacks and Reilly, who held the nut flush draw and an open-ended straight draw, needed help from the deck to preserve his tournament life. The turn and river changed nothing and Calvo took the pot to end Reilly's deep run in this tournament.
|Luis Calvo||5,590,000||3,385,000 |
|Rudolph Sawa||3,860,000||440,000 |
|Mark Reilly||0||-2,530,000 |
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:54 AM Local Time
Calvo Gets a Fold
Louie Calvo opened to 175,000 from the button and Rudolph Sawa called from the big blind.
The flop came and Sawa checked. Calvo bet 250,000 and Sawa called.
The turn was the and both players checked.
The fell on the river and Sawa checked. Calvo bet 575,000, Sawa folded, and Calvo took the chips.
|Rudolph Sawa||3,420,000||-1,320,000 |
|Luis Calvo||2,205,000||-15,000 |
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:38 AM Local Time
Reilly Gives Up the River
Mark Reilly limped from the small blind and Rudolph Sawa checked his option.
Reilly decided to peel on the flop, but Sawa accepted the 85,000-bet.
The turn brought a possible flush, and Reilly fired another 175,000. Sawa called again.
Reilly saved the third barrel and checked the river instead, but Sawa wouldn't let him see his cards for free. He bet out 375,000 and while Reilly gave it a brief thought, he eventually mucked.
|Rudolph Sawa||4,740,000||540,000 |
|Mark Reilly||2,530,000||-500,000 |
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:27 AM Local Time
Level 29 started
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:17 AM Local Time
Chip Counts at the Break
Rudolph Sawa is still leading, he'll enter the next level with 53 big blinds while Mark Reilly is on 38 big blinds and Luis Salvo on 28 big blinds.
|Rudolph Sawa||4,200,000||300,000 |
|Mark Reilly||3,030,000||-920,000 |
|Luis Calvo||2,220,000||820,000 |
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:14 AM Local Time
Players are now on a 15-minute break.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:01 AM Local Time
After an exciting hour of huge clashes that saw Eric Hicks depart in fourth, the three remaining players opted to calm down for a bit. We've been through an intermezzo of small pots, waiting for another major collision.
Luis Calvo is still the shortest stack. However, Calvo is playing about 25 big blinds and he's following the advice of his railbirds: "Take your time."
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:42 PM Local Time
Calvo Applying Pressure
Rudolph Sawa called from the small blind and Louie Calvo checked his option.
The flop came and Sawa bet 75,000. Calvo called.
The turn brought the and Sawa bet again, 225,000 this time. Calvo announced "pot" and put out a raise to 845,000 to commit the majority of his stack. Sawa said "I believe it," and tossed his cards into the muck.
|Rudolph Sawa||3,900,000||-300,000 |
|Luis Calvo||1,400,000||100,000 |
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:34 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|Rudolph Sawa||4,200,000||-302,000 |
|Mark Reilly||3,950,000||1,650,000 |
|Luis Calvo||1,300,000||-1,150,000 |
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:17 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:10 PM Local Time
Eric Hicks Eliminated in 4th Place ($101,513)
Rudolph Sawa raised to 100,000 from the button, Louie Calvo called from the small blind, Eric Hicks moved all in from the big blind for his last 125,000, and Sawa and Calvo both called.
The flop came and Sawa bet 100,000 into the side pot. Calvo folded and Sawa and Hicks flipped over their cards.
Sawa had a commanding lead with his aces and nut flush draw and Hicks had little hope of preserving his tournament life. The turn and river were no help to Hicks and he was eliminated, much to the dismay of his enthusiastically supportive rail.
|Rudolph Sawa||4,502,000||32,000 |
|Eric Hicks||0||-125,000 |
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:58 PM Local Time
It's All Sawa After Dinner; Hicks Gives Him Massive Double
Rudolph Sawa has been successful in pots against Mark Reilly, but he topped it with a tremendous hit to Eric Hicks' stack.
Sawa was under the gun, and he limped. Hicks potted from the small blind, and Sawa stuck around for the required 200,000.
Hicks continued on the flop, betting 250,000. Sawa called instantly. The turn was checked by Hicks, inducing a bet worth 350,000 from Sawa. Hicks paused for a moment, then potted it to 1,950,000. Sawa snap-called. He had only 1,760,000 total, and he double-checked whether he was all in so that the cards could be rolled over.
Hicks knew he was in a huge trouble, and he didn't want to show his cards that quickly. When it became clear he had kings, his railbirds couldn't believe it. Hicks turned toward them, saying, "I got a king coming. Don't worry."
However, the dealer didn't oblige, revealing the river, giving Sawa quads instead.
Hicks suffered a massive blow to his stack, while Sawa soared to the lead, now guarding nearly a half the total chips in play.
|Rudolph Sawa||4,470,000||1,870,000 |
|Eric Hicks||1,400,000||-2,110,000 |
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:50 PM Local Time
Louie Calvo Doubles Through Eric Hicks
Action folded around to the blinds, and Louie Calvo called from the small. Eric Hicks raised the pot to 150,000 from the big blind, and Calvo made a pot-sized three-bet to 450,000, which left him just over 100,000 chips behind. Hicks thought that Calvo was all in and called the 450,000, but was corrected by the dealer when he began to table his hand and kept his hole cards face-down.
The flop came . Calvo put the rest of his stack in, and Hicks quickly called.
Calvo had the best hand with his pair of sixes, and Hicks needed to improve in order to stack him. The on the turn changed nothing, and the river gave Calvo a set, so he took the pot to double up.
|Eric Hicks||3,510,000||-210,000 |
|Luis Calvo||1,060,000||175,000 |
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:43 PM Local Time
Sawa Visits the Bank of Reilly Again
Rudolph Sawa just took another bite out of Mark Reilly's stack to hurdle over Reilly in the rankings.
It was a casual start to the hand, with Sawa raising to 125,000 under the gun and Reilly defending his big blind.
Reilly checked on the flop, and Sawa asked how much was in the pot. There was 275,000 in the middle, and Sawa chose the maximum bet. Reilly called the 275,000, and the big-pot alert was on. The turn was, however, checked by both players. Reilly checked the river, as well, but Sawa went for more value. He set the price at 400,000, and Reilly gave it some thought before calling.
Sawa had the second nuts, showing , assured of his victory. Reilly, indeed, didn't have the quads, and paid his opponent off again.
|Rudolph Sawa||2,600,000||870,000 |
|Mark Reilly||2,300,000||-815,000 |
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:27 PM Local Time
Eric Hicks Takes from Rudolph Sawa
Rudolph Sawa raised to 100,000 from the button, and Eric Hicks called from the big blind.
The flop came , and Hicks checked. Sawa bet 100,000, and Hicks called. The turn brought the , and Hicks check-called a bet of 275,000 from Sawa. The fell on the river, and Hicks asked how much was in the pot, which was 975,000. He then bet 600,000. Sawa folded, and Hicks took the pot.
|Eric Hicks||3,720,000||305,000 |
|Rudolph Sawa||1,730,000||-480,000 |
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:22 PM Local Time
Sawa Moves All In
Rudolph Sawa made a big move on the first hand after the dinner break. He was sitting in the small blind, looking at Eric Hicks' open-raise to 125,000 and Mark Reilly's flat on the button. Sawa raised pot, commiting more than a third of his chips. Hicks folded quickly, but Reilly paid off the 550,000.
Sawa had just under a pot-sized bet behind, and he opted to slow down on the flop. Reilly checked back. They continued to the turn, and that was the time for Sawa to finally shove on Reilly, who gave up after a few seconds.
|Mark Reilly||3,115,000||-550,000 |
|Rudolph Sawa||2,210,000||725,000 |
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:12 PM Local Time
Level 27 started