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2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, May 30, 2019 to Sunday, June 02, 2019

$1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better (Event #4)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,151,550
  • Entries: 853
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:07 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
John Esposito2,500,000-400,000
Derek McMaster2,500,000725,000
Jason Berilgen1,300,000-200,000
Joseph Aronesty1,200,0000
David Halpern1,100,0000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:03 PM Local Time
Halpern Wins Both Parts of the Pot

John Esposito raised from the hijack and he was called by David Halpern in the cutoff and Jason Berilgen in the big blind.

The flop fell     and Berilgen checked to Esposito who fired a continuation-bet. Halpern called the bet and Berilgen stuck around as well.

The fourth card on the board was the   and Berilgen checked for the second time in a row. Esposito bet 120,000 this time and Halpern raised it up to 240,000. Berilgen got out of the way and Esposito put in a third bet and called right away when Halpern got his money in.

David Halpern:     
John Esposito:     

The river was the   and Halpern took both the hi and lo part of the pot.

John Esposito2,900,000-500,000
David Halpern1,100,000395,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:58 PM Local Time
Aronesty Pulls in a Pot

John Esposito opened from the cutoff, Derek McMaster called in the small blind and Joseph Aronesty defended his big blind. The flop came down    , action checked to Esposito who bet.

Only Aronesty called and the dealer flipped over a   turn card. Aronesty check-called a bet from Esposito, the river came the  . Both players checked and Aronesty tabled      for three nines, Esposito mucked and Aronesty took down the pot.

John Esposito3,400,000-400,000
Joseph Aronesty1,200,000345,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:51 PM Local Time
Three Quarters for Esposito

John Esposito

Jason Berilgen raised to 120,000 and John Esposito put in a third bet to make it 180,000. Berilgen called to see the flop.

The first three community cards landed     and they both checked. The turn was the   and Berilgen bet 120,000. Esposito made it 240,000 to go and Berilgen called again.

The   completed the board and Berilgen check-called a 120,000 bet form Esposito.

Berilgen showed     and his fourth card remained unknown. Esposito had him crushed with      for the nut flush and the nut low.

Berilgen only got a quarter while Esposito was the big winner of the hand.

John Esposito3,800,000300,000
Jason Berilgen1,500,000-300,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:50 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 60000/120000
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:49 PM Local Time
Tom McCormick Eliminated in 6th Place ($37,063)

Tom McCormick

John Esposito opened from the button, David Halpern called in the small blind and Tom McCormick defended his big blind. The flop came down    , Halpern bet, McCormick called and Esposito bumped it up.

Halpern and McCormick both called to see the   turn card. Action checked to Esposito, he fired in a bet, Halpern called and McCormick pushed in his remaining 95,000 as he moved all in.

The   landed as a river, Halpern check-called a bet from Esposito and all hands were tabled,


Esposito pulled in the pot and McCormick was eliminated in the process.

John Esposito3,500,000700,000
David Halpern705,000-565,000
Tom McCormick0-170,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:39 PM Local Time
Ben Yu Eliminated in 7th Place ($27,530)

Ben Yu

Jason Berilgen raised to 100,000 from the button and small blind John Esposito, or 'Uncle Johnny', put in a third bet. Ben Yu put his last 70,000 in the middle and Berilgen called.

The flop was dealt     and Esposito continued with a bet of 50,000. Berilgen got out of the way and they opened up.

Ben Yu:     
John Esposito:     

The   turn was dealt and the river was the   which marked the end of Yu's deep run in this event. He cashes for $27,530.

John Esposito2,800,000300,000
Jason Berilgen1,800,000-100,000
Ben Yu0-120,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:34 PM Local Time
Yu Survives elimination

Ben Yu opened from under the gun, John Esposito raised Yu all in from the big blind and Yu obliged, the two turned over their hands.

Ben Yu:     
John Esposito:     

The board ran out       and the two split up the pot.

John Esposito2,500,000170,000
Ben Yu120,00015,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:18 PM Local Time
Yu Down to One Big Bet

Tom McCormick put his last 85,000 in the middle from the under-the-gun position and he was called by Jason Berilgen from the cutoff, Ben Yu from the small blind and David Halpern from the big blind.

The flop fell     and all three players with chips checked their option.

The turn was the   and Berilgen bet 100,000 when it checked to him. Yu got out of the way but Halpern stuck around.

The river was the   and all three players checked again.

McCormick got half the pot for the high hand with      while Berilgen had the low with     .

Jason Berilgen1,900,000-245,000
Tom McCormick170,00085,000
Ben Yu105,000-185,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 12:12 PM Local Time
Shuffle Up and Deal

The tournament director has now informed the dealer of the final table to shuffle up and start pitching the card. Players will resume at level 28 with 22:24 left on the clock.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 10:45 AM Local Time
Seven Return for First Four Card Bracelet with Esposito in the Lead

Ben Yu

The final seven players in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better will be returning today at 12 p.m. local time to battle it out for the first non-Hold'em bracelet of the summer. A total of 853 entry slips were sold in this event, accumulating a prize pool of $,1,151,550, with the winner pulling in $228,228 for first as well as a WSOP gold bracelet.

Leading the way is well-known grinder John Esposito who bagged 2,330,000 by the end of last night and will be the start of day chip leader. Esposito's resume is impressive, with over 1.2 million in WSOP cashes and a bracelet to his name. He will be looking to secure his second prestigious piece of jewelry today and put another six-figure cash on his already stacked resume.

Nipping at the heels of Esposito is Jason Berilgen with 2,145,000 in chips. Berilgen spotted a short-stack for the better part of Day 3, but showed he had the patience as he grinded his way back into contention and even had the lead for a couple of levels. He will be coming into the final day second and if he finishes in the top two will surpass his biggest cash of $131,410.

The most achieved player at the final table will be starting near the bottom in Ben Yu, who will be beginning with just three bets to start. Yu may be starting the day on the shorter side of things but he has all the talent and experience to take down this tournament. He has three bracelets and over 4 million in WSOP cashes. Yu finished second only to Shaun Deeb in the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year race and is already off to a great start here with an early final table to start the series.

Derek McMaster began the third day near the bottom and managed to spin up a third-place stack of 1,775,000. McMaster was even sitting in the lead until a few late hands knocked him down on the totem. David Halpern (1,270,000) and Joseph Aronesty (855,000) will be starting the day in the middle of the pack and Tom McCormick is on short stack duty with just 85,000. McCormick may be coming in short but has enough final table experience to make a comeback, with this being his 17th WSOP final table.

All remaining runners are now guaranteed at least a $27,530 payday and will have their eyes set on the $228,288 first place cash prize. Players will be returning at noon to 25,000/50,000 blinds with 50,000/100,000 limits. There will be a 15-minute break after every two levels of play, a dinner break is not currently in the schedule but may be added. The remaining seven will play until a champion is crowned, taking home that $228,228 top prize, as well as the priceless gold WSOP bracelet.

The final table will be airing on CBS All Access for viewers in the USA, Canada, and Australia while the rest of the world can watch along on PokerGO from 1 PM local time according to their schedule. The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing you all of the updates throughout the final day of the event, so stay tuned as all of the action unfolds.

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountsBig Bets
1Derek McMasterUnited States1,775,00018
2Joseph AronestyUnited States855,0009
3Jason BerilgenUnited States2,145,00021
4John EspositoUnited States2,330,00023
5Ben YuUnited States290,0003
6David HalpernUnited States1,270,00013
7Tom McCormickUnited States85,0001