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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - POTAWATOMI (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Monday, February 06, 2017 to Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Event #5: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha Re-Entry

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $68,100
  • Entries: 227
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:25 PM Local Time

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Event #5
Pot-Limit Omaha Re-Entry
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 227
Prize Pool: $68,100

Josh Reichard wins his sixth gold ring and first in pot-limit omaha.

MILWAUKEE (February 7, 2017) -- Josh Reichard now needs two hands for his WSOP Circuit gold ring collection. He has just won Event #5: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha Re-Entry at the Potawatomi Circuit for his sixth career gold ring. It is Reichard's second gold ring of the season and first in the game of pot-limit omaha.

"I feel incredibly fortunate. I ran really good today," said Reichard. "It's PLO; you know you got to win flips."

Day 2 of the tournament began with 13 players and Reichard was 5th in chips. He worked his way up to being second in chips by the time the field got down to the final six players. He said he got short during three-handed play, but got lucky a couple of times to escape elimination. When play got heads-up he found himself with about a 3.5:1 chip disadvantage to The Nguyen. That's when Reichard's wife, Ashley, showed up.

"As soon as she got here I doubled once to get just over even, and then I doubled again to win. She brought a little lady luck with her," said Reichard.

Reichard's win earned him $17,021, which pushes his career WSOP earnings over the $300k mark. Nguyen had to settle for the second place payout of $10,523.

It doesn't matter to Reichard if he gets two cards or four, if the structure is fast or slow, or if the game is full ring or six max. He has proven to be successful in many forms and games of poker on the Circuit. Reichard has now won a gold ring in pot-limit omaha, limit omaha 8 or better, no-limit hold'em six max, no-limit hold'em turbo, and has won two rings in standard full ring no-limit hold'em Circuit events.

"I wanted to win a PLO [tournament] because I think it means something to have a vast majority of games in your arsenal," said Reichard.

Reichard is now tied for seventh on the all-time gold rings list with four other players. He is three gold rings behind current ring leader Alex Masek. This marked Reichard's 11th cash this season and second gold ring victory. He now has 192.5 Global Casino Championship points this season, which will be plenty to qualify him for the 2017 Global Casino Championship. He has played in the Global Casino Championship (formerly known as the National Championship) four times in the past, but has never cashed.

Reichard lives in Janesville, Wisconsin and calls Potawatomi one of his home casinos.

"It's nice to take one down in my home casino," said Reichard. "Home court advantage seems real."

Reichard plans to take tomorrow off, but then return to play in the $2,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller on Thursday and this weekend's $1,675 Main Event.

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Event #5 was the fifth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Potawatomi. The $365 pot-limit omaha re-entry tournament attracted 227 players generating a $68,100 prize pool. The top 24 players were paid.

Day 1 began Monday at 4 p.m. and lasted 16 levels. Day 2 began Tuesday at 2 p.m. with 13 players remaining. The tournament ended at about 7:30 p.m.

Final table results:

1st: Josh Reichard - $17,021 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: The Nguyen - $10,523
3rd: Matthew Johnson - $7,659
4th: Michael Younan - $5,664
5th: Thy Tran - $4,254
6th: Zachariah Polasky - $3,245
7th: Joe Leibman - $2,513
8th: Dale Menghe - $1,975
9th: Jeffrey Brown - $1,575

Complete results can be found above under the "Results" tab.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:16 PM Local Time

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Josh Reichard (pictured) has just won the pot-limit omaha event at the Potawatomi World Series of Poker Circuit. The now six-time gold ring winner bested 227 players in the $365 pot-limit omaha tournament to pocket $17,021. He also earns 50 Casino Championship points for his victory.

A full report on Reichard's win will be made available shortly. In the meantime, here's a look at the final table results:

1st: Josh Reichard - $17,021 + Circuit gold ring
2nd: The Nguyen - $10,523
3rd: Matthew Johnson - $7,659
4th: Michael Younan - $5,664
5th: Thy Tran - $4,254
6th: Zachariah Polasky - $3,245
7th: Joe Leibman - $2,513
8th: Dale Menghe - $1,975
9th: Jeffrey Brown - $1,575

Complete results can be found above under the "Results" tab.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:15 PM Local Time

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The Nguyen has fallen to Josh Reichard in the heads up battle. Nguyen had to settle for 2nd place and $10,523. This was Nguyen's fourth career WSOP cash and first final table.

The Nguyen - Eliminated in 2nd place

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7:08 PM Local Time

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Matthew Johnson was eliminated in 3rd place for $7,659. This marked Johnson's fourth cash of the series. The 3rd place finish in this event awarded Johnson 30 points and he is now in the lead for the Casino Championship with 52.5 points. The lead is slim though, as the four previous ring winners of the series each have 50 points. Plus, whoever goes on to win this event will also be at 50 points.

Josh Reichard and The Nguyen are left playing heads up for the gold ring. Reichard is chasing his sixth career gold ring and Nguyen is after his first.

Matthew Johnson - Eliminated in 3rd place

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:16 PM Local Time

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Michael Younan has been eliminated in 4th place for $5,664. This was Younan's ninth career Circuit cash and fifth final table. In 2015, Younan finished in 4th place in the Horseshoe Hammond Main Event for $123,035. Younan is part of the poker group known as the "Sick Puppies".

Michael Younan - Eliminated in 4th place

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:12 PM Local Time

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Thy Tran was eliminated in 5th place for $4,254. Tran was born in Vietnam and now lives in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. This was his first career WSOP cash.

Thy Tran - Eliminated in 5th place

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 4:49 PM Local Time

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Zachariah Polasky has been eliminated in 6th place for $3,245. This marked the 35-year-olds first career WSOP cash.

Zachariah Polasky - Eliminated in 6th place

 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 4:33 PM Local Time

The tournament has worked its way down to the final six players. They are all guaranteed to walk away with at least the 6th place money of $3,245. The winner will earn $17,021, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championships.

Still left in the field is five-time gold ring winner Josh Reichard. Reichard's last ring victory came earlier this season at the Harrah's Cherokee stop. The other multi-ring winner to make it to Day 2 was Mike Leah. Leah's luck ran out just short of the final table and he finished in 10th place for $1,275.

There could be new leader for Casino Champion after this event is over. This is Matthew Johnson's fourth cash of the series. He had 22.5 points entering this event and is guaranteed at least 22.5 more points for getting this far in the tournament. The current leader is Event #1 winner, Ty Veras, who has 50 points.

Current chip counts:

Seat 1: Michael Younan - 140,000 (11 bb)
Seat 2: Thy Tran - 549,000 (45 bb)
Seat 3: Zachariah Polasky - 55,000 (4 bb)
Seat 4: The Nguyen - 750,000 (62 bb)
Seat 5: Matthew Johnson - 210,000 (17 bb)
Seat 6: Josh Reichard - 569,000 (47 bb)

- 50 minutes remain in Level 20: 6,000/12,000

- All remaining levels are 50 minutes long

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:06 PM Local Time

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Mike Leah

Cards are now in the air for Day 2 of the pot-limit omaha event. There are 13 players remaining including gold ring winners Mike Leah and Josh Reichard. The day will begin with three 40-minute levels and then the players will go on a break. After the break levels will be extended to 50 minutes long and they will stay at that length for the remainder of the tournament.

Day 2 chip counts and seating assignments:

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 Thy Tran 513,000 47 4
2 Michael Younan 285,000 41 9
3 Matthew Johnson 232,000 47 3
4 Joe Leibman 218,000 41 3
5 Josh Reichard 182,000 47 7
6 Mike Leah 155,000 41 4
7 The Nguyen 138,000 47 2
8 Mike K. 114,000 47 5
9 Richard Steggeman 111,000 41 7
10 Dale Menghe 105,000 41 1
11 Zachariah Polesky 100,000 41 8
12 Byron Ziebell 64,000 41 6
13 J Brown 52,000 47 8

- Day 2 will begin at the start of Level 17: 3,000/6,000

Chip counts will be updated and the final table seating assignments will be posted shortly after the final table is reached.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:15 AM Local Time
End of Day 1
COPAG USA
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:09 AM Local Time

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Thy Tran

Day 1 is complete in the pot-limit omaha event. The tournament didn't quite reach the final table and there are still 13 players remaining. They will return for Day 2 tomorrow at 2 p.m. and play until a winner is reached. Thy Tran will enter Day 2 with a pretty big chip advantage. He has more than double the chips of everyone remaining except one opponent.

Although Tran has a nice chip cushion over his opponents, he still has a tough road to the gold ring. There are still two multi-ring winners left in the field that Tran will have to outlast. Four-time gold ring winner and gold bracelet winner Mike Leah starts tomorrow 6th in chips, and five-time gold ring winner Josh Reichard is 5th in chips.

Day 2 chip counts and seating assignments:

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 Thy Tran 513,000 47 4
2 Michael Younan 285,000 41 9
3 Matthew Johnson 232,000 47 3
4 Joe Leibman 218,000 41 3
5 Josh Reichard 182,000 47 7
6 Mike Leah 155,000 41 4
7 The Nguyen 138,000 47 2
8 Mike K. 114,000 47 5
9 Richard Steggeman 111,000 41 7
10 Dale Menghe 105,000 41 1
11 Zachariah Polesky 100,000 41 8
12 Byron Ziebell 64,000 41 6
13 J Brown 52,000 47 8

- Day 2 will begin at the start of Level 17: 3,000/6,000

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:52 AM Local Time

One more hour of play remains on Day 1 of the Pot-Limit Omaha event. There are 16 players left and they are all guaranteed a minimum payout of $871 for making it this far in the tournament. The players that make it to the end of the day will return for Day 2 tomorrow at 2 p.m.

The eventual champion will score $17,021, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.

Monday, February 6, 2017 9:08 PM Local Time

Registration has closed for the Pot-Limit Omaha event with 227 entries. It ended up easily surpassing this mornings no-limit hold'em event, which drew 179 players. The 227 entries generated a prizepool of $68,100. The winner will earn $17,021, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points. The top 24 spots will cash and the minimum cash is $629.

Final table payouts:

Ev5 Prizepool

- Complete payouts can be found above under the "Prizepool" tab.

The plan for Day 1 is to play through Level 16. Right now there is 20 minutes remaining in Level 10: 600/1,200. Players that survive Day 1 will return for Day 2 tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Monday, February 6, 2017 4:45 PM Local Time
The field in Event #5: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha has just crossed the 100 entry mark. This field will continue to grow as players late register and re-enter. Registration will remain open until the start of Level 9, which will be about 8:30 p.m. and players are allowed unlimited re-entry.
Monday, February 6, 2017 2:17 AM Local Time
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COPAG USA
Monday, February 6, 2017 1:19 AM Local Time

The second event of the day is Event #5: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry). It is the only non-hold'em event of the series. The PLO event is set to get underway at 4 p.m.

Event #5: $365 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) - 4 p.m.

  • Players start with 10,000 tournament chips
  • Blinds begin at 25/50
  • Registration remains open until the start of Level 9 (8:30 p.m.)
  • Players are allowed unlimited re-entry
  • Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long, levels 13-19 are 40 minutes long and all remaining levels are 50 minutes long
  • There is no dinner break on Day 1
  • Day 1 will last 16 levels
  • Day 2 will begin Tuesday at 2 p.m.