Monday, October 25, 2021 11:00 PM Local Time
Tommy Le Leads Final Five in Pursuit of his Second PLO Gold Bracelet
The 2021 World Series of Poker is one step closer to crowning the winner of a coveted gold bracelet. Out of a field of 344 total entries, only five players remain in Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship and they have already locked up a decent portion of the $3,207,800 prize pool.
All contenders have locked up a payday of $168,689 but the eyes will be set on the gold bracelet and top prize of $746,477 that comes along with it. Best positioned to claim his second gold bracelet is California's Tommy Le, who already has seven previous final tables appearances and one unofficial final table finish in WSOP PLO tournaments to his name. Le notched up the final elimination of the night when he sent Eli Elezra to the rail and bagged up 7,240,000 in chips.
Le's sole WSOP win so far came in this very event back in 2017 after he defeated a 428-entry strong field and took home the top prize of $938,732. He finished second to Josh Arieh in Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) just five days ago and now leads the final five in pursuit of more glory.
Second in chips is Russia's Artem Maksimov, who moved to the United States six years ago. Maksimov will return with a stack of 5,080,000 while casino owner Chris Sandrock is third in chips with 3,200,000. The line-up for the final day also includes Jordan Spurlin and Jeremy Ausmus, the latter of who is seeking his third WSOP gold bracelet.
Seat Assignments Final Day Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
|2||Tommy Le||United States||7,240,000|
|3||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||2,235,000|
|4||Chris Sandrock||United States||3,200,000|
|5||Jordan Spurlin||United States||2,885,000|
Among those to bust on the penultimate tournament day were the WSOP bracelet winners Mike Matusow, Dylan Linde, Daniel Zack, and Anderson Ireland. Arthur Morris recorded his best score on the live poker circuit and departed in seventh place.
There are 10:29 remaining at blinds of 50,000/100,000 with a big blind ante of 100,000.
The final day is scheduled to recommence at 4:00 p.m. local time on the mothership of the Amazon Room. PokerGO will be streaming the conclusion on a delay of one hour and the PokerNews updates will be published in real-time based on showdowns only.
The Action of the Day
Only 18 contenders returned to their seats at 2:00 p.m. local time and it didn't take long for the field to get whittled down to the final two tables. An early double-up through Arthur Morris propelled Tommy Le among the bigger stacks and he then knocked out Mike Matusow when he rivered the nut flush against the flopped nut straight.
Mike Krasienko ran a suited ace-king combo into the aces of Chris Sandrock and Leonid Yanovski had his aces cracked by Daniel Zack. Shortly after, Dylan Linde lost the remainder of his short stack before Zack's demise ended in 13th place. Start-of-the-day chip leader Jonathan Witz never got anything going and ultimately fell prior to the final table.
The same fate also awaited Michael Heritsch and Kyle Montgomery, who departed in the blink of an eye. Down to the final nine, Le held the lead ahead of Sandrock and was responsible for the first knockout after he sent Anderson Ireland to the rail.
What followed was a roller coaster ride for several finalists as Sandrock was involved in most of the action. Ashly Butler never recovered from an all-in contest with Morris and had to settle for 8th place before Morris' fortune ran out against Le. Jeremy Ausmus escaped from elimination and tripled up before four-time WSOP bracelet winner Eli Elezra missed a straight draw against the bottom set of Le to become the final casualty of the night.
Stay tuned right here on PokerNews for the conclusion of Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.
Final Table Result and Remaining Payouts
|Seat||Player||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1|| || ||$746,477|
|2|| || ||$461,360|
|3|| || ||$324,800|
|4|| || ||$242,236|
|5|| || ||$168,689|
|7||Arthur Morris||United States||$93,406|
|8||Ashly Butler||United States||$71,242|
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:44 PM Local Time
End-of-Day 3 Chip Counts
|Tommy Le||7,240,000||1,840,000 |
|Artem Maksimov||5,080,000||55,000 |
|Chris Sandrock||3,200,000||450,000 |
|Jordan Spurlin||2,885,000||-450,000 |
|Jeremy Ausmus||2,235,000||-50,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:43 PM Local Time
Eli Elezra Eliminated in 6th Place ($124,508)
Chris Sandrock limped in middle position, Tommy Le called from the small blind, and Eli Elezra checked his big blind.
On the flop, Elezra bet 400,000, Sandrock folded, and Le raised the pot which would be enough to put Elezra all-in.
Elezra quickly made that call to put his tournament life at risk.
Le had the best made hand with a set of threes, but Elezra had a world of outs with a flush draw and an open-ended straight draw.
The runout however of the and missed Elezra completely, and the Poker Hall of Fame nominee was eliminated in 6th place.
|Eli Elezra||0||-995,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:38 PM Local Time
Le Raises the Stakes
Tommy Le and Chris Sandrock called the big blind and Jordan Spurlin checked to see the flop. Sandrock bet 250,000 and got a call from Le after Spurlin folded. Sandrock bet the turn for 600,000 only to be faced with a pot-sized raise from Le for 2,600,000 chips. Sandrock slid his cards to the dealer and Le raked in the chips.
|Tommy Le||5,400,000||900,000 |
|Chris Sandrock||2,750,000||-800,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:32 PM Local Time
Triple Up for Ausmus
After winning a small pot off Tommy Le, Chris Sandrock limped in from under the gun and Jordan Spurlin did so from one seat over. Eli Elezra completed out of the small blind and Jeremy Ausmus checked his option in the big blind. The flop came and Elezra checked for Ausmus to bet the pot for 500,000 with 95,000 behind.
Sandrock called and Spurlin then asked the floor if the action would be locked if Elezra would go all-in. Since Elezra only had 995,000 behind and was one chip off a full raise, it was capped. Spurlin then called and Elezra jokingly said "I would have raised" before tossing his cards into the muck.
The on the turn was checked by Ausmus and Sandrock bet 600,000. Spurlin tank-called and Ausmus called all-in. The river was checked and Ausmus rolled over the for the nut full house. Sandrock had a flush with the but earned none of the side pot as Spurlin's had made the nut flush.
Elezra mentioned in table chat that he had folded a queen after all was done and dusted.
|Chris Sandrock||3,550,000||-1,225,000 |
|Jordan Spurlin||3,335,000||-90,000 |
|Jeremy Ausmus||2,285,000||1,035,000 |
|Eli Elezra||995,000||-330,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:26 PM Local Time
Maksimov Shows Spurlin the Key Card
Jordan Spurlin limped his small blind, then called a raise to 275,000 from Artem Maksimov in the big blind.
Both players checked the flop, then on the turn, Spurlin led out for 500,000. Maksimov called.
Spurlin then checked the river and Maksimov put out a bet of 800,000, which Spurlin folded to.
As the pot was pushed toward him, Maksimov showed Spurlin the , suggesting he could have made the nut flush. But then again, this is Pot-Limit Omaha. Maybe he made it, maybe he didn't.
|Artem Maksimov||5,025,000||-25,000 |
|Jordan Spurlin||3,425,000||-945,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:19 PM Local Time
Le Finds a Flush
Chris Sandrock and Tommy Le called and Eli Elezra checked in the big blind to see a flop. Elezra took the betting lead for 125,000 and both players called ahead of the turn. Sandrock bet 300,000 and Le called while Elezra folded, and both remaining players checked the river. Le revealed for a flush to regain some chips at Sandrock's expense.
|Chris Sandrock||4,775,000||-525,000 |
|Tommy Le||4,500,000||800,000 |
|Eli Elezra||1,325,000||-245,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:13 PM Local Time
Elezra Wins One; Ausmus Gets Shorter
Eli Elezra raised the button to 300,000 and Chris Sandrock defended the big blind. On a flop of , Sandrock checked and Elezra bet the pot for 750,000 with very few chips behind.
"I couldn't sleep well if I did that to you, well maybe I could," Sandrock grinned and tossed his cards into the muck with a big smile on the face.
Tommy Le then limped in and Jeremy Ausmus raised the pot to 450,000 on the button.
"The same," Sandrock said and repotted. Le quickly folded, Ausmus checked his remaining chips and folded as well to get shown pocket aces by Sandrock.
|Chris Sandrock||5,300,000||625,000 |
|Tommy Le||3,700,000||-125,000 |
|Eli Elezra||1,570,000||-50,000 |
|Jeremy Ausmus||1,250,000||-395,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:10 PM Local Time
Maksimov Finds the Upgrade
A recent big pot between Tommy Le and Artem Maksimov ended in an intersting fashion.
Maksimov raised to 250,000 from the button and got called by Le in the small blind and Eli Elezra in the big blind.
On the flop, Le led out for 300,000, Elezra folded, and Maksimov called.
The turn came with the and this time Le checked to Maksimov, who put out a 650,000 chip bet. Le thought for a minute then called.
The river brought the , and both players checked.
Maksimov said to Le, "You win, I think", but Le didn't seem so sure.
Maksimov hesitantly rolled over for a small full house, fours full of eights. It was plenty good though, as Le pitched his cards into the muck.
"There it is, the upgrade to the seven-four" commented Chris Sandrock, who recently won a big pot against Jeremy Ausmus with fours full of sevens.
|Artem Maksimov||5,050,000||2,070,000 |
|Tommy Le||3,825,000||-1,250,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 10:00 PM Local Time
Cautious Play After the Break
The play has been slow since returning from dinner break, with very few chips changing hands through the first 10 minutes.
Tommy Le and Jordan Spurlin dueled to the river of a single raise pot, with Spurlin defending his big blind on a runout of . Both players checked on the river, and Spurlin turned over for a straight to take in a small pot.
|Tommy Le||5,075,000||-325,000 |
|Chris Sandrock||4,675,000||200,000 |
|Jordan Spurlin||4,370,000||350,000 |
|Artem Maksimov||2,980,000||-100,000 |
|Jeremy Ausmus||1,645,000||-50,000 |
|Eli Elezra||1,620,000||-100,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 9:46 PM Local Time
Action Is Back Underway
The final six players have returned and will now play until one more player is eliminated for the official streamed PokerGO final table Tuesday.
Monday, October 25, 2021 9:45 PM Local Time
Level 27 started
Monday, October 25, 2021 8:54 PM Local Time
Dinner Break Chip Counts
|Tommy Le||5,400,000||300,000 |
|Chris Sandrock||4,475,000||675,000 |
|Jordan Spurlin||4,020,000||-180,000 |
|Artem Maksimov||3,080,000||-320,000 |
|Eli Elezra||1,720,000||-595,000 |
|Jeremy Ausmus||1,695,000||-605,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 8:51 PM Local Time
2021 WSOP Streaming Exclusively on PokerGO
The 2021 World Series of Poker is in full swing, and PokerGO is live streaming many of the events.
PokerGO has partnered with CBS Sports Network to provide WSOP coverage with the likes of Lon McEachern, Norman Chad, and Jamie Kerstetter returning to the WSOP broadcast booth this year, along with PokerNews Podcast co-host Jeff Platt from time to time.
CBS Sports Network will televise 16 pre-produced and edited episodes of the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event, after striking a multi-year deal earlier this year. This deal sees coverage of the WSOP Main Event return to its original broadcast partner after featuring on CBS Sports Spectacular in the mid-1970s.
All 16 episodes will be televised following the conclusion of the tournament.
PokerGO will provide live streaming duties of the World Championship event starting on Day 1A (November 4) until the end on November 17, except Day 1B (November 5).
Away from the Main Event, there will be additional coverage of more than two dozen tournaments thru November 23, 2021. They include the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and the $250,000 Super High Roller.
Here's a look at the remaining PokerGO live-stream schedule:
|Tuesday, October 26||Event #45: $10,000 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha Championship|
|Tuesday, October 26||Event #47: $5,000 8-Handed Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em|
|Wednesday, October 27||Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship|
|Saturday, October 30||Event #53: $25,000 8-Handed High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha|
|Friday, November 5||Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship|
|Thursday, November 19||Event #79: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty|
|Saturday: November 20||Event #82: $250,000 Super High Roller|
|Monday, November 22||Event #85: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em|
|Tuesday, November 23||Event #87: $100,000 High Roller|
*Dates, times, and specific events of this schedule are subject to change.
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Monday, October 25, 2021 8:48 PM Local Time
The final six players have gone on a 60-minute dinner break and will return at approximately 9:45 pm local time.
Monday, October 25, 2021 8:43 PM Local Time
"How Do You Have Such Good Timing?"
Artem Maksimov raised to 200,000 in middle position and got called by Tommy Le behind him and Chris Sandrock in the big blind.
The flop came and Sandrock almost instantly bet 275,000.
Maksimov quickly folded, and Le raised his cards, flicked and sorted them frustratedly, then asked Sandrock as he folded, "how do you have such good timing?"
"I do have good timing", replied Sandrock as he dragged the pot and took a small bite out of the chip leader's stack.
|Tommy Le||5,100,000||-300,000 |
|Chris Sandrock||3,800,000||-100,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 8:29 PM Local Time
Le Overtakes Sandrock
Tommy Le and Chris Sandrock had checked the flop before action on the turn. Le bet 300,000, and Sandrock raised the pot to 1,000,000. Le asked for a count of Sandrock's stack before calling, and the river completed the board. Both players checked and Sandrock revealed for two pair, but Le turned over for a better two pair and a pot to swing the chip lead.
|Tommy Le||5,400,000||2,000,000 |
|Chris Sandrock||3,900,000||-1,600,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 8:22 PM Local Time
Spurlin Brings the Big Squeeze
Chris Sandrock limped in the cutoff, Jordan Spurlin limped behind on the button, Artem Maksimov called in the small blind, and Tommy Le checked his big blind.
The flop came , and all four players checked to see a turn of the .
Maksimov checked, then Le bet 400,000, which was quickly called by Sandrock. Spurlin brought the heat after that though, raising pot to two million. Maksimov folded, as did the other two players, who sent their 400,000 chips to Spurlin.
|Chris Sandrock||5,500,000||-100,000 |
|Jordan Spurlin||4,200,000||100,000 |
|Artem Maksimov||3,400,000||-550,000 |
|Tommy Le||3,400,000||-700,000 |
Monday, October 25, 2021 8:21 PM Local Time
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Monday, October 25, 2021 8:12 PM Local Time
Le Loses Some to Sandrock; Wins It Back
Chris Sandrock raised from under the gun and was called by Tommy Le on the button. The flop was checked and Sandrock then bet the turn and river for 200,000 each. Le called and couldn't beat the of Sandrock.
Artem Maksimov then raised to 200,000 and Le called in the cutoff, Sandrock filled up out of the big blind. Three ways to the flop, it checked to Le and he bet 400,000 to win the pot uncontested.
|Chris Sandrock||5,600,000||850,000 |
|Tommy Le||4,100,000||-550,000 |
|Artem Maksimov||3,950,000||-300,000 |