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2021 52nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Saturday, October 23, 2021 to Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Event #45: Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $3,207,800
  • Entries: 344
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:54 PM Local Time
Tommy Le Wins the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for the Second Time

Tommy Le

Tommy Le has captured World Series of Poker gold again by besting a field of 344 entries in Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. Le claimed the biggest slice of the $3,207,800 prize pool and locked up a cash of $746,477, bringing his WSOP earnings over the $2 million mark.

The entrepreneur from California plays live poker just a few times per year but always makes the trip to Las Vegas for the WSOP. This win not only rewarded Le with his second bracelet but also his second victory in this very event with Le previously winning the PLO Championship in 2017 and finishing 3rd in 2016.

Le defeated Jordan Spurlin heads up who will take home $461,360 for his second-place finish. Also making appearances at the final table were Jeremy Ausmus (5th - $168,689), Eli Elezra (6th - $124,508), and Ashly Butler (8th - $71,242). He further cemented his status as one of the best PLO tournament players in the history of WSOP with eight official final table appearances and one unofficial final table in a 6-max tournament since 2010.

"I feel like I just won a bracelet and it's the best feeling in the world. It's amazing, I love the WSOP and come every year. I think it's an awesome event and I really play because I love the game," the Californian said right after his victory.

Le's preference for the great game of PLO is down to the dynamics and options that the four-card variant offers. "No Limit is more solved but PLO is still unknown and you kinda just play based on instincts," he added and confirmed that playing based on feelings plays a big role in his success as "not playing conventional makes him tough to play against."

Final Results of Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

ResultPlayerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Tommy LeUnited States$746,477
2Jordan SpurlinUnited States$461,360
3Chris SandrockUnited States$324,800
4Artem MaksimovRussia$232,236
5Jeremy AusmusUnited States$168,689
6Eli ElezraIsrael$124,508
7Arthur MorrisUnited States$93,406
8Ashly ButlerUnited States$71,242
Tommy Le
Tommy Le

During the final day, Le was never at risk of elimination and that made the final showdown less swingy than previous close calls. The road to his second WSOP gold bracelet win wasn't without hiccups. A dramatic three-way showdown could have ended it all only for the tides to change temporarily.

"Oh here we go, it's just more work and making it hard. It would have just been too easy had I won that hand. But I am glad it did happen, though, it gave me the chance to work, to really play. I really enjoy and love being on the felt. I love winning but I also enjoy playing," Le same when he recalled one of the key hands of the final day.

Le will certainly be back to compete in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller and he will be full of confidence no matter what. "When I play, I am always confident in my decision. I try not to second guess myself. Win or lose, I never walk away feeling I made a mistake or with regret, I always leave that on the felt," the now two-time bracelet winner reassured.

One of the arguably toughest obstacles Le had to overcome was casino owner Chris Sandrock, who would eventually bow out in third place. Sandrock was at the root of most of the action throughout all tournament days and that made it a challenge to deal with.

"Chris got no fear. He got this crazy unpredictability that makes the dynamics change quite a bit and I adapted to the game. I always adapt to the table and the game. There is times when I pick a line and I go for it. Halfway through I feel something and swerve to the left and next, I am in a huge pot with like ten-high and I don't really know how I got there but I know I am there."

The stack sizes of Sandrock changed every other minute as he went from big stack to short stack and back in pursuit of Le atop the leaderboard. This had an influence on all contenders for the gold bracelet and it was seemingly up to Le to balance things out.

"With Chris [Sandrock], I was trying to lower the variance. I knew he would make some mistakes and I didn't know how he was going to play today. I saw him play really aggressive and wild yesterday and then he slowed down, so I kind of wanted to start off slow to cool his temperament, and then once I got a good feel for where he is at, never double barrel bluff. He bets really big on the river when he doesn't have it and things like that," Le mentioned as he had picked up several patterns throughout the final day.

It was a topsy turvy affair in which Le prevailed and he had to surrender the lead for short periods to Sandrock and eventual runner-up Jordan Spurlin. By then, Jeremy Ausmus was already on the rail after he was left drawing dead on the turn against Sandrock following a three-way limped pot.

After the wild ride of Sandrock saw his stack dwindle, he spiked a double against Artem Maksimov and claimed the remaining chips soon after to reduce the field to the final three contenders. Le's grip in three-handed play resulted in a commanding lead and he was two cards away from a double knockout only for Spurlin to triple up and Sandrock to double into the top spot.

Tommy Le - Chris Sandrock - Jordan Spurlin
Tommy Le - Chris Sandrock - Jordan Spurlin

However, it was just a temporary setback as Le soon pulled way ahead once more. Sandrock then ran kings into the double-suited aces of Spurlin and was left without any equity on the turn to set up the heads-up duel for the coveted gold bracelet. It turned out to be a one-sided affair as Le dominated right from the get-go. Spurlin doubled his short stack once but was unable to mount yet another comeback to settle for the runner-up spot.

In fewer than 24 hours from now, the next high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha contest will commence during the 2021 World Series of Poker and the PokerNews team will be back on the floor to provide all the updates. Le will be back then, too, and aim to finish one spot higher than his runner-up finish in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller back in 2016.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:43 PM Local Time
Jordan Spurlin Eliminated in 2nd Place ($461,360)

Jordan Spurlin

Jordan Spurlin raised to 720,000 and Tommy Le defended his big blind to see the     flop. Le then led out for all of Spurlin's chips, and the call was made.

Jordan Spurlin:     
Tommy Le:     

Le was ahead with two pair, and nothing changed on the   turn. The river   gave Le a full house, and Spurlin's run ended in second place for $461,360.

Tommy Le20,600,0002,800,000
Jordan Spurlin0-2,800,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:37 PM Local Time
Le Gets Value From a Back Door Full House

Jordan Spurlin raised the pot to 720,000 and Tommy Le defended the big blind to see the     flop go check, check. Le also checked the   on the turn and Spurlin checked back to the   river.

Le opted to bet 1 million and Spurlin called after 48 seconds to get shown the      for deuces full of queens as the winning hand.

Tommy Le17,800,0001,800,000
Jordan Spurlin2,800,000-1,800,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:34 PM Local Time
Spurlin Doubles Up

Jordan Spurlin

Tommy Le raised to 720,000 and Jordan Spurlin defended from the big blind. After the flop of     Spurlin shipped his remaining 1.44 million chips and Le called.

Jordan Spurlin:     
Tommy Le:     

Spurlin was ahead with a pair of jacks, and the   turn brought Le more outs. The river   completed Spurlin's flush to stay alive and double up to 4.6 million chips.

Tommy Le16,000,000-2,200,000
Jordan Spurlin4,600,0002,200,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:29 PM Local Time
Spurlin Folds the Flop

Jordan Spurlin limped and called as Tommy Le raised to 720,000 from the big blind. Le led out on the flop of     for 1.6 million, and Spurlin instantly folded.

Tommy Le18,200,0001,200,000
Jordan Spurlin2,400,000-1,200,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:26 PM Local Time
Le Forces Fold From Spurlin to Extend Lead

Jordan Spurlin opened the action with a pot-sized raise to 720,000 on the button and Tommy Le called after 37 seconds of consideration. The flop brought     and Le checked, using 25 seconds to act. The tank of Spurlin took even longer as he checked back after 51 seconds.

Le bet 1.3 million after 31 seconds and that sent Spurlin into the think tank. After one minute and 20 seconds, Spurlin surrendered and Le increased his lead to more than four to one.

Tommy Le17,000,000700,000
Jordan Spurlin3,600,000-700,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:22 PM Local Time
Le Hits the River

Tommy Le raised to 720,000 on the button and Jordan Spurlin called to see the     flop. Both players checked to the   turn, when Le bet 425,000. Spurlin called on the   river, and showed    for two pair. Le tabled      for a better two pair and another pot his way.

Tommy Le16,300,0001,600,000
Jordan Spurlin4,300,000-1,600,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:15 PM Local Time
Spurlin Chips Up With a Flush

In a limped pot to the     flop, Tommy Le checked and Jordan Spurlin bet 450,000 on the button for Le to call. The   appeared on the turn and Le now bet 450,000 after 31 seconds, Spurlin called after 38 seconds.

The   river paired the board and Le checked, as did Spurlin. Le's cards were briefly shown but were no good as Spurlin won the pot with      for a flush.

Tommy Le14,700,000-1,600,000
Jordan Spurlin5,900,0001,600,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:11 PM Local Time
Le Extends the Lead

Tommy Le raised to 720,000 and Jordan Spurlin called to see the     flop. Spurlin checked, and Le continued with a bet of 550,000. Spurlin let it go, and Le extended his chip lead.

Tommy Le16,300,0001,700,000
Jordan Spurlin4,300,000-1,700,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:05 PM Local Time
Spurlin Hits Trips

Jordan Spurlin limped and Tommy Le check in the big blind to the     flop. Both players checked to the   turn and Le bet 250,000. Spurlin called to see the   river, where Le checked. Spurlin checked behind, and showed      for trip fours to cut into Le's chip lead.

Tommy Le14,600,000-200,000
Jordan Spurlin6,000,000200,000
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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8:00 PM Local Time
Second Heads-Up Pot for Spurlin

Tommy Le raised the pot to 720,000 and Jordan Spurlin defended the big blind and big blind ante. The flop fell     and Spurlin checked, which triggered a bet worth 800,000 by Le and a fold by Spurlin.

After earning yet another pot, Le pulled into a three-to-one lead.

Spurlin then limped in and Le checked it back to see the     flop for free. Le checked to Spurlin who bet 400,000 and the call of Le followed. The   followed on the turn and Le checked once more, this time prompting a check back of Spurlin.

After the   river, both players checked it down and Spurlin won the pot with      as Le had missed a straight draw with     .

Tommy Le14,800,0000
Jordan Spurlin5,800,0000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:57 PM Local Time
Trading Chips

In the first of back-to-back hands, Tommy Le raised and Jordan Spurlin re-raised the pot to 2,160,000. Le folded the Spurlin snapped Le's streak of four straight pots.

The next hand saw Jordan Spurlin limp and call Tommy Le's raise to 720,000. Le bet the flop of     and Spurlin folded, handing the chips right back to Le.

Tommy Le14,800,000200,000
Jordan Spurlin5,800,000-200,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:50 PM Local Time
Le Pulls Further Ahead In Three-Bet Pot

Jordan Spurlin raised the pot to 720,000 in the first hand of the new level and Tommy Le repotted to 2,160,000, which Spurlin called after 24 seconds of consideration. On a flop of    , Le took 43 seconds before betting 4 million and that won the pot without resistance.

The next limped pot saw Le bet the flop and he raked in yet another pot.

Tommy Le14,600,0002,600,000
Jordan Spurlin6,000,000-2,600,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:49 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:48 PM Local Time
Le Takes Two

Jordan Spurlin limped and Tommy Le checked to see a     flop. Both players check to the   turn, and again to the   river. After Le checked, Spurlin's bet of 450,000 was called.

Jordan Spurlin:     
Tommy Le:     

Le showed the better hand with queens and deuces to take it down.

On the next hand, Le raised to 600,000 on the button and Spurlin called to see the     flop. Spurlin check-folded to Le's bet of 600,000, as Le widened the chip gap.

Tommy Le12,000,0002,200,000
Jordan Spurlin8,600,000-2,200,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:46 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 240,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:42 PM Local Time
Chris Sandrock Eliminated in 3rd Place ($324,800)

Chris Sandrock

Jordan Spurlin raised the pot to 700,000 on the button and Chris Sandrock repotted to 1.7 million in the big blind. Spurlin then moved all-in and Sandrock called for the last 3.21 million.

Chris Sandrock:     
Jordan Spurlin:     

The     flop left Sandrock on thin ice as one of the tens for his gutshot was dead. It was all over on the   turn as Spurlin filled up to aces full and that made the   river a formality. Sandrock's roller coaster ride ended in third place and he takes home $324,800.

After being the far shortest stack half an hour ago, Spurlin enters heads-up against Tommy Le with a narrow chip lead.

Jordan Spurlin10,800,0003,500,000
Tommy Le9,800,000-100,000
Chris Sandrock0-3,500,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:37 PM Local Time
Le Leaves Sandrock Short

Chris Sandrock raised to 600,000 on the button and Tommy Le called to see the     flop. Le checked and Sandrock fired 500,000, which was quickly called. Both players checked the   turn and   river, and Le tabled      to take more chips from Sandrock.

Tommy Le9,900,0001,200,000
Jordan Spurlin7,300,000-100,000
Chris Sandrock3,500,000-1,100,000
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 7:36 PM Local Time
Spurlin Pulls Ahead of Sandrock

Chris Sandrock limped the small blind and Jordan Spurlin checked out of the big blind. On a     flop, Sandrock bet 400,000 to earn a call from Spurlin and then bet again the   turn for 1.2 million and the   river for another 1.2 million.

Spurlin called it down and was shown      for a missed gutshot and two pair while Spurlin took it down with the      for the flopped wheel.

Tommy Le8,700,0000
Jordan Spurlin7,400,0003,000,000
Chris Sandrock4,600,000-3,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander