07/01/17 11:51:24 PM PST
Tommy Le Wins Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $938,732
Tommy Le triumphed over a final table which included two-time bracelet winners Scott Clements and Jason DeWitt among the 428 total entries in Event #54: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship at the 2017 World Series of Poker, bringing home $938,732 and his first bracelet.
|1||Tommy Le||United States||$938,732|
|2||Chris Lee||United States||$580,177|
|3||Hani Mio||United States||$397,836|
|4||Scott Clements||United States||$277,768|
|5||Jason DeWitt||United States||$197,533|
Prior to this victory, Le had reached the final table five times in pot-limit Omaha events at the WSOP but only made it to heads-up play once, when he finished second in the $25,000 PLO High Roller to Jens Kyllönen. Le also finished third in this event last year and fifth in the $1,500 PLO just a week beforehand.
"It is time to finally win one of these," Le said upon arriving on the feature table set before the start. "It would be sad to go zero for six."
Once all was done and dusted, the entrepreneur from California was delighted. "I don't play poker for a living, but at the same time I am not bad at it," he said. "You could say I am a tough fish. I am strong fish."
Asked how the final table went, Le added the following: "I think I had the worst seat at the table. Last night was pretty smooth. I was cruising all the way and had a pretty good grip on the table. But today was a whole lot different. I think everybody came fresh with a game plan, and they did the homework on me. Scott [Clements] had a game plan, and he made it really really difficult for me to play. He took me out of my element. I came back from dinner and re-strategized, I had to come in with a different game plan, and it worked out."
Day 4 play started at 1:00 p.m. local time on Saturday, and the first elimination of the day was Miltiadis Kyriakides, who finished in eighth place when Scott Clements turned a set of sevens to crack his aces. Next to go was Twitch streamer Murat Tulek, who fell in seventh when Hani Mio turned the nut flush against his flopped top two pair. Former November Niner Eoghan O'Dea was eliminated in sixth when he got his stack in preflop with aces against Mio's kings, and Mio spiked a king on the flop.
Jason DeWitt departed in fifth place when he flopped top pair and the nut flush draw against eventual champion Le's set of threes and didn't catch up on the turn or river. The fourth-place finisher was Scott Clements, who fell when his pair of aces ran into Mio's turned flush. But Mio's deep run in this tournament came to an end next when his fives and threes came up short against Le's aces and threes, eliminating him in third place.
With Mio's departure, the rail grew a little more subdued. Each of the remaining contenders had a relatively small but dedicated core crew cheering for them from the stands, and among Le's supporters was PLO bracelet winner JC Tran. Le started with better than a 2:1 chip advantage and extended his lead by 1,200,000 on the first hand of what turned out to be a fairly short heads-up match. After only about half an hour, it all came to an end when Chris Lee got his chips in on the flop with bottom two pair against Tommy Le's top and bottom pair, and the board runout changed nothing.
Now that this event has concluded, there's only one remaining pot-limit Omaha tournament to be played at this year's WSOP, the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, which begins on July 5. Be sure to check back here to follow the updates for that event and the remainder of the 2017 World Series of Poker from the PokerNews Live Reporting team.
07/01/17 11:21:16 PM PST
Chris Lee Eliminated in 2nd Place ($580,177)
Tommy Le raised to 900,000, and Chris Lee called to see a flop of . Lee checked, and Le continued for 1,000,000. After careful consideration, Lee moved all in and was called instantly.
Lee had flopped bottom two pair, while Le had the better two pair. On the turn, Lee picked up a few more outs, but a blank on the river failed to improve him.
All the pressure fell from Le, and he shook hands with his opponent before embracing his rail. Lee received $580,177 for his efforts, missing out on his second bracelet, while Le finally joined the club of bracelet winners after shaking that monkey off his back at his sixth Omaha final table.
A recap of today's action will be available shortly.
|Tommy Le||21,400,000||4,550,000 |
|Chris Lee||0||-4,550,000 |07/01/17 11:13:12 PM PST
More Back and Forth
Chris Lee raised to 900,000, and Tommy Le folded.
Le limped the next hand, and Lee checked. On the flop, Lee checked and called a bet worth 400,000. Le called and fired a second bet on the turn worth 600,000, which Lee check-called once more. The river was checked down, and Lee announced a flush before tabling . Le mucked, and Lee picked up the pot.
Then, Lee completed, and Le checked. On the flop, Le bet 400,000, and Lee folded.
|Tommy Le||16,850,000||-1,300,000 |
|Chris Lee||4,550,000||1,300,000 |07/01/17 11:06:41 PM PST
Tommy Le Bets and Wins
Chris Lee called from the button, and Tommy Le checked his option.
The flop came , and both players checked. The turn brought the , and they checked again. The river was the , and Le announced a pot-sized bet of 600,000. Lee folded, and Le took the pot.
|Tommy Le||18,150,000||1,500,000 |
|Chris Lee||3,250,000||-1,500,000 |07/01/17 11:00:32 PM PST
Many Small Pots
Tommy Le raised to 900,000, and Chris Lee called. On the flop, Lee bet 1,800,000, and Le folded.
Both players took one big blind each by raising to 900,000 the ned two hands, and Lee said, "That was a really nice call man."
Le limped in, and Lee checked. On the flop, Lee check-called a bet of 400,000 before the turn was checked. Lee bet the river for 1,400,000, and that won the pot.
Last but not least, another limped pot saw a flop of , and Lee check-called a bet of 400,000 by Le. The turn went check-check before Lee bet the river for 400,000. Le made it 1,200,000 to go and forced a fold.
|Tommy Le||16,650,000||-650,000 |
|Chris Lee||4,750,000||650,000 |07/01/17 10:48:58 PM PST
Tommy Le Calls and Wins
Chris Lee raised to 900,000 from the button, and Tommy Le called from the big blind.
The flop came , and both players checked. The turn brought the , and they checked again.
The fell on the river, and Le checked. Lee bet 1,200,000, sending Le into the tank briefly. He called and tabled for a pair of sevens, which was good enough to win the pot against Lee's .
|Tommy Le||17,300,000||2,400,000 |
|Chris Lee||4,100,000||-2,400,000 |07/01/17 10:41:04 PM PST
Hani Mio Eliminated in 3rd Place ($397,836)
In the first hand back from the break, Chris Lee raised the pot from the small blind, and Hani Mio folded in the big blind.
Mio limped the second hand from the button, and Tommy Le raised the pot to 1,200,000 in the small blind. Lee asked Mio for his stack, which was slightly more than Le's raise, and called in the big blind. Mio moved all in for 1,325,000 in total, and both opponents called.
The two remaining active players checked down the board of , and all cards were tabled.
Mio's fives and threes were no good, as Le had aces and threes, eliminating Mio in third place for a payday of $397,836.
There will now be a short break to set up the heads-up duel. Le will start with a 2:1 lead over Lee to battle for his first Omaha bracelet after five previous final table appearances.
|Tommy Le||14,900,000||2,785,000 |
|Chris Lee||6,500,000||-1,025,000 |
|Hani Mio||0||-1,770,000 |07/01/17 10:31:48 PM PST
Level 33 started
|07/01/17 10:21:13 PM PST
Players are now on a 15-minute break.
07/01/17 10:20:06 PM PST
Le Rivers Straight and Gets Paid
Hani Mio limped the button, Tommy Le completed from the small blind, and Chris Lee checked from the big blind.
On the flop and the turn, all three players checked. Le bet the river for 400,000, and Lee called, Mio folded.
Le showed for a straight, and Lee mucked for a set face-up.
|Tommy Le||12,115,000||1,415,000 |
|Chris Lee||7,525,000||-415,000 |
|Hani Mio||1,770,000||550,000 |07/01/17 10:18:08 PM PST
Tommy Le vs. Hani Mio
Hani Mio called from the button, Tommy Le called from the small blind, and Chris Lee checked his option.
The flop came , and Le bet 400,000. Lee folded, and Mio called. The turn brought the , and Le checked. Mio bet 700,000, and Le called. The fell on the river, and both players checked.
Le tabled for the nut straight and took the pot.
|Tommy Le||10,700,000||-580,000 |
|Hani Mio||1,220,000||-1,080,000 |07/01/17 10:12:04 PM PST
Le Takes from Lee
Chris Lee limped from the button, Hani Mio completed from the small blind, and Tommy Le checked his option. The flop fell , and Mio checked. Le bet 350,000, and Lee raised to 1,000,000. While Mio quickly folded, Le gave it some consideration and called.
After the turn, Le bet 1,000,000, and that won the pot without further resistance.
|Tommy Le||11,280,000||1,480,000 |
|Chris Lee||7,940,000||-1,260,000 |07/01/17 10:04:12 PM PST
Tommy Le vs. Chris Lee
Tommy Le called from the small blind, and Chris Lee checked his option.
The flop came , and Le checked. Lee bet 325,000, and Le called. The turn brought the , and Le bet 1,000,000. Lee called. The fell on the river, and both players checked.
Le tabled for a pair of eights, Lee mucked, and Le took the pot.
|Tommy Le||9,800,000||3,050,000 |
|Chris Lee||9,200,000||-1,500,000 |
|Hani Mio||2,300,000||-1,650,000 |07/01/17 09:53:08 PM PST
Le and Mio Battle Back and Forth
Hani Mio raised to 600,000 from the small blind, and Tommy Le called in the big blind. On the flop, Mio bet 1,200,000, and Le folded after much consideration. Mio flashed the .
Le limped the small blind and folded when Chris Lee raised the pot.
The next hand, Le raised to 600,000 on the button. Mio called in the big blind, and the flop was checked through. Mio bet the turn for 900,000, and Le folded.
Mio limped the button, Le raised to 960,000 in the small blind, and Mio called. The flop and turn were checked through. On the river, Le bet 1,300,000, and Mio folded.
Le limped the button, Lee completed in the small blind, and Mio checked. On a flop of , Mio bet the pot, and both opponents folded.
|Chris Lee||10,700,000||1,100,000 |
|Tommy Le||6,750,000||500,000 |
|Hani Mio||3,950,000||400,000 |07/01/17 09:42:02 PM PST
Chris Lee Takes from Hani Mio
Hani Mio called from the button, Tommy Le called from the small blind, and Chris Lee checked his option.
The flop came , and all three players checked. The turn brought the , and action checked to Mio. He bet 450,000, Le folded, and Lee called. The fell on the river, Lee checked, and Mio checked behind.
Lee tabled for two pair, aces and sevens, which was good enough to win the pot.
|Chris Lee||9,600,000||400,000 |
|Hani Mio||3,550,000||-2,300,000 |07/01/17 09:36:54 PM PST
Lee Takes Over the Lead
The first few hands of three-handed play saw Hani Mio lose a few smaller pots, and he soon dropped to even stacks with Tommy Le as a result, while Chris Lee took over the lead.
Mio limped the small blind, and Le checked out of the big blind. The flop came , and both players checked. After the turn, Mio check-called a bet of 400,000, then check-folded the river to a bet of 700,000.
Le limped the next small blind, and Lee checked. Le bet the flop for 350,000, and Lee called before the turn and river were checked through. Le's ended up second-best to the of Lee.
Lee raised to 600,000 from the small blind, and Mio called. After the flop, Lee checked, and Mio bet the pot for 1,200,000, which Lee called. The appeared on the turn, and Lee's bet of 2,000,000 forced a quick fold from Mio.
|Chris Lee||9,200,000||3,900,000 |
|Tommy Le||6,250,000||1,030,000 |
|Hani Mio||5,850,000||-3,250,000 |07/01/17 09:25:49 PM PST
Chris Lee vs. Hani Mio
The hand following Clements' elimination, there was a dead button, and Hani Mio raised to 700,000 from under the gun. Chris Lee called from the big blind.
The two players saw a flop. Lee checked, and Mio checked behind. The turn brought the , and Lee bet 750,000. Mio called. The fell on the river, and Lee bet again — 2,000,000 this time. Mio folded, and Lee took the pot.
|Hani Mio||9,100,000||-1,330,000 |
|Chris Lee||5,300,000||-450,000 |07/01/17 09:20:16 PM PST
Level 32 started
|07/01/17 09:20:07 PM PST
Scott Clements Eliminated in 4th Place ($277,768)
After losing a pot to Tommy Le, Scott Clements raised to 600,000 first to act and was called by Chris Lee on the button and Hani Mio in the small blind.
On the flop, Mio bet 800,000 and Clements was the only caller. The fell on the turn, and Mio checked. Clements moved all in for 2,650,000, and Mio called with the larger stack.
While Clements had the better hand on the flop, he was already drawing dead on the turn, and that made the river a formality.
"Do I have him covered?" Mio asked, and that was confirmed. Mio then shook hands with Clements, who had to settle for fourth place and a payday of $277,768.
All three remaining players have at least $397,836 apiece guaranteed.
|Hani Mio||10,430,000||3,750,000 |
|Chris Lee||5,750,000||-1,110,000 |
|Tommy Le||5,220,000||-230,000 |
|Scott Clements||0||-4,100,000 |07/01/17 09:13:14 PM PST
Chris Lee Doubles Through Scott Clements
Chris Lee raised to 700,000 from under the gun, Tommy Le called from the small blind, and Scott Clements re-potted from the big blind for 2,800,000. Lee moved all in for a total of 3,030,000, and Le briefly went into the tank before folding. Clements tossed a few more chips forward to call, and he and Lee tabled their hands.
Lee had the preflop advantage with his kings, but Clements picked up a flush draw when the flop came . However, neither the turn nor river was any further help to Clements, and Lee took the pot to double up.
|Chris Lee||6,860,000||4,510,000 |
|Scott Clements||4,100,000||-3,420,000 ||