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2022 53rd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Monday, June 13, 2022 to Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Event #28: $50,000 HIGH ROLLER Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $5,074,750
  • Entries: 106
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 15, 2022 9:07 PM Local Time
Robert Cowen Wins PLO Bracelets in Back-to-Back Years in Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller ($1,393,816)

Robert Cowen

The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas has crowned yet another repeat winner during live poker's annual spectacle in Sin City. England's Robert Cowen secured his second gold bracelet in Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. After a short-lived heads-up duel with Dash Dudley, the latter was denied a third title in the four-card variant while Cowen doubled his tally.

In total, the most expensive non-hold'em tournament on the schedule attracted a field of 106 entries and a prize pool worth $5,074,750, which was shared between the top 16 finishers. The lion's share of that was up for grabs on the final day, which saw five players return to the PokerGO live-streamed feature table in the Bally's Event Center.

After just four hours of play, Cowen came out on top to score the top prize worth $1,393,816 ,which nearly double his all-time cashes on the live poker circuit according to The Hendon Mob. When asked what it feels like to win his second bracelet in such a high-stakes competition, he said: "It's the same, it is just PLO. It is obviously a lot tougher because everyone is gambling a lot more ... you can't really run anyone over."

The final day also included the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year Ben Lamb, Bulgarian poker pro Veselin Karakitukov and Jared Bleznick. Lamb held more than half of the chips in play with four contenders remaining only for Cowen to pull ahead after scooping several big pots to then close out the victory not even one hour later. The top three finishers in the high-stakes competition now share five WSOP PLO titles between them.

Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Robert CowenUnited Kingdom$1,393,816
2Dash DudleyUnited States$861,442
3Ben LambUnited States$622,861
4Veselin KarakitukovBulgaria$458,016
5Jared BleznickUnited States$342,626
6Jason MercierUnited States$260,819
7Aaron KatzUnited States$202,103
8Scott SeiverUnited States$159,464
Robert Cowen
Robert Cowen and his British rail

Both Cowen and runner-up Dudley were supported by a boisterous rail and it was the Brits who had reason to celebrate after both four-card enthusiasts had navigated their way through a field filled with High Roller regulars and some of the best mixed game players in the world.

"There were a couple of times I was short here again but with everyone behind me makes it a lot easier to fight," runner-up Dudley said in the final interview before adding "It's great, I couldn't have been happier to have this rail, they have been here forever, and it keeps getting bigger and bigger."

The rail from Michigan included his wife, Racquel, and his mother, Kim. It was the second-biggest cash for the Michigan State graduate, who earned a payday of $861,442. The couple are now also parents of a nine-month old daughter as well and the 2022 WSOP in its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas could not have commenced much better for the PLO specialist.

While he specializes in the great game of pot-limit Omaha, the previously biggest score of the 36-year-old from Alcester in Warwickshire near Birmingham came in a no-limit hold'em Event as he took down the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller earlier this year for €475,410.

Prior to that, Cowen finished 39th in the 2021 WSOP Main Event for $163,900 before claiming the elusive gold bracelet a few days later in Event #80: $3,000 6-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha.

"It's nice to close it out. The first one was very quiet. It was on a side table. There wasn't much around. So it's nice to get that experience this time," the Englishman admitted in the interview after his victory.

He was surrounded by some of the biggest names in the world of poker during the entire event, which seemingly didn't have any influence on him at all.

"Honestly, it doesn't phase me when I play. Coming into this final table, I felt indifferent to any other poker tournament. It's difficult to explain, I don't really know what to say."

With such a success as of late, Cowen has certainly experienced the most profitable time in his career thus far on the live poker circuit and there is no apparent magic reason for it.

"I just spend a lot of time focusing on playing my best. My effort on the table is incremental," Cowen added.

While he was one of the more active players not only on the final day but also prior, the Englishman pointed out that he had a lot of decent hands en route to victory.

"I ran pretty good on that final table, I had a lot of good cards. Earlier on when we were deep enough, I could just fold and it wasn't too critical to win pots. But when we got three-handed, I was picking up big cards. The blinds were so big up to that point and every pot was critical and it was just nice to get heat at the right time."

Robert Cowen
Robert Cowen

The Action of the Final Day

While only five players returned to their seats in the Thunderdome, that number was almost immediately down to four. In the second hand of the day,Jared Bleznick was in rough shape in a preflop contest when his kings ran into the aces of Dudley. With one live suit at his disposal, Bleznick had only the case king at his disposal after the turn and found no magic escape.

From there on, start-of-the-day chip leader Veselin Karakitukov started to drop not only into the middle of the pack but also at the top of the leaderboard as the other three contenders took advantage of his passive approach. It was Dudley who soared to the top of the chip counts but he then doubled Cowen with an ill-timed move when his queen-high rundown failed to crack double-suited aces.

Lamb took over the lead from Cowen when he flopped the bottom end of a jack-high straight and caught his opponent firing three barrels with naked kings. The lead of Lamb grew to essentially half of the chips in play while Karakitukov became the fourth-place finisher after he fell to Cowen.

From there on, Cowen hit several big hands and took a large chunk out of Lamb's stack to take over the role as the commanding chip leader. A clash of the two shortest stacks between Dudley and Lamb put more misery on the latter and his bid for a second gold bracelet ended a few minutes later.

Ben Lamb
Ben Lamb

Cowen started the heads-up duel with a lead of three-to-one over Dudley and the Michigander scored a double to bring the stack sizes to nearly even. However, once Cowen pulled ahead again, a typical PLO showdown crowned the new champion.

In a three-bet pot, Dudley went with his overpair and flush draw while Cowen looked him up with top pair and a wrap. The rather dramatic conclusion of the hand gave Dudley a flush eventually but Cowen improved to a full house with running nines on turn and river. The initial confusion subsided quickly as the British rail burst out in celebration and Dudley had to settle for the runner-up spot.

That brings an end to the PokerNews coverage for this tournament but the next gold bracelet during the 2022 WSOP in its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas is already around the corner.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 9:03 PM Local Time
Dash Dudley Eliminated in 2nd Place ($861,442)

Dash Dudley

Robert Cowen raised to 1,200,000 and Dash Dudley potted to 3,600,000 out of the big blind for Cowen to call after studying the stack size of his opponent. "A good one, huh?" Dudley asked before they headed to the     flop. Dudley double-checked his cards, then moved all-in for Cowen to instantly call.

Dash Dudley:     
Robert Cowen:     

The   turn improved Cowen to a straight and two pair, which was important as the   river gave Dudley a flush but also made nines full of jacks for Cowen to end the tournament in epic fashion.

Dudley first celebrated before he walked back to the table and then shook his head. Both bumped fists and Dudley gathered his belongings while both awaited the winner's interview with Jeff Platt.

Robert Cowen31,775,00011,950,000
Dash Dudley0-11,950,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:56 PM Local Time
Cowen Extends Lead; Dudley Makes the Right Fold

Dash Dudley defended the big blind with the      following a button raise by Robert Cowen to 1,200,000, who had the     . On the     flop, Dudley checked his top pair and Cowen bet 1,800,000 for Dudley to call.

The   turn left Dudley drawing dead to win the pot as he checked his additional wrap. Cowen fired a bet worth 1,450,000 and Dudley mulled it over before sending the cards into the muck.

Robert Cowen19,825,0003,750,000
Dash Dudley11,950,000-3,750,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:47 PM Local Time
Dudley Doubles to Nearly Even Out the Stacks

Dash Dudley

Robert Cowen raised to 1,500,000 on the button with the      and Dash Dudley defended the      in the big blind. On the     flop, Dudley bet and that won the pot right there.

Dudley then raised the pot and Cowen repotted out of the big blind. After carefully checking his remaining stack, Dudley jammed for 7,600,000 and Cowen called.

Dash Dudley:     
Robert Cowen:     

The British rail demanded for an ace ball once more but their wish wasn't granted on the       runout as Dudley's rail from Michigan exploded in celebration.

Robert Cowen16,075,000-9,100,000
Dash Dudley15,700,0009,100,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:43 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:42 PM Local Time
Dudley Raises the Flop

Robert Cowen limped the      and Dash Dudley checked with the      in the big blind. On the     flop, Cowen bet 600,000 and instantly folded to the raise by Dudley for the latter to win some chips back after a slow start in heads-up.

Robert Cowen25,175,0001,300,000
Dash Dudley6,600,000-1,300,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:34 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Action Resumes

The final two players are back in their seats and Dash Dudley has some 19 big blinds at his disposal.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:15 PM Local Time
Ben Lamb Eliminated in 3rd Place ($622,861)

Ben Lamb

Ben Lamb raised the pot and then called all in for 1,375,000 in a battle of the blinds when Robert Cowen reraised. There was some discussion whether or not it was a call as Cowen had tossed in two chips but they eventually settled on the preflop contest.

Ben Lamb:     
Robert Cowen:     

The     flop gave both players a pair while Cowen also had a straight and flush draw to go with it. After the   turn, Cowen improved to a straight while Lamb had outs to a full house. However, the miracle escape never came when a blank   river only improved Cowen to a flush.

After being the chip leader with half the chips in play an hour ago, Lamb has to settle for third place and a payday of $622,861. Cowen will enter heads-up play against Dash Dudley with a lead of more than three-to-one.

Robert Cowen23,875,0001,375,000
Dash Dudley7,900,0000
Ben Lamb0-1,375,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:12 PM Local Time
Lamb Gets Even Shorter

Dash Dudley raised the pot to 1,200,000 with the      and Ben Lamb called with the     . On a flop of    , Dudley bet the pot and Lamb folded with a dry smile on the face.

Robert Cowen22,500,000-400,000
Dash Dudley7,900,0002,000,000
Ben Lamb1,375,000-1,625,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:06 PM Local Time
Dudley Doubles Through Lamb

Dash Dudley

In a battle of the short stacks, Dash Dudley raised the pot to 1,400,000 on the button and Ben Lamb repotted in the small blind for the two short stacks to clash.

Dash Dudley:     
Ben Lamb:     

Dudley retained his lead on the     flop on which both players had a straight draw. The   turn made things even more spicy but the   river secured the double for Dudley to send Lamb all the way to just seven blinds.

Dash Dudley5,900,0003,350,000
Ben Lamb3,000,000-3,325,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:03 PM Local Time
Cowen Takes Overwhelming Lead With Quads

Robert Cowen

Ben Lamb limped in with the      flop and Robert Cowen checked it back with the     . Both checked the     flop and Lamb checked the   turn with the nuts and flush redraw. Cowen bet 550,000 and Lamb made the call as they headed to the   on the river, giving Cowen quads.

With 2,300,000 in the middle, Lamb checked and Cowen bet the full pot. Some 15 seconds of consideration followed and Lamb then called to have Cowen declare his quads before flashing the cards

"I was hoping it was aces full versus quads," Dash Dudley said in table chat right after the cards were tabled.

Robert Cowen22,900,0004,250,000
Ben Lamb6,325,000-4,050,000
Dash Dudley2,550,000-200,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:02 PM Local Time
Break in Heads-Up

The last two players are currently on a break prior to the heads-up duel for the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and seven-figure payday. Both already have at least one PLO bracelet to their name and will be a repeat winner.

Robert Cowen23,875,0005,225,000
Dash Dudley7,900,0005,150,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:58 PM Local Time
Cowen Chips Up With Relentless Aggression

Ben Lamb limped the small blind with the      and Robert Cowen raised the pot with the      for Lamb to call. On the     flop, Lamb checked and folded once Cowen bet 1,350,000.

Cowen then raised the pot with the      in the small blind and Dash Dudley glanced at the      in the big blind. A very reluctant fold followed as Cowen pulled even further ahead with his very aggressive play.

Robert Cowen18,650,0002,000,000
Ben Lamb10,375,000-1,200,000
Dash Dudley2,750,000-800,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:55 PM Local Time
Another Pot for Cowen

After several smaller pos, Robert Cowen raised on the button with the      and Ben Lamb defended with the      in the big blind and they headed to the     flop. Lamb checked and Cowen bet 1,750,000 to win the pot right there.

Robert Cowen16,650,0001,475,000
Ben Lamb11,575,000-675,000
Dash Dudley3,550,000-800,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:44 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:43 PM Local Time
Cowen Takes The Lead From Lamb

Robert Cowen

In the first hand in three-handed play, Robert Cowen raised to 600,000 on the button with the      and Ben Lamb defended the big blind with the     . On the     flop, Lamb check-called for 550,000 and the   turn paired the board.

Lamb checked for the second time and then called a bet worth 850,000 as the   river improved both players.

The third check by Lamb triggered a third barrel by Cowen worth 2,400,000 into 4,450,000 for just over half the pot.

Lamb was staring his opponent down while the Brit only glanced at the board. The call followed and that changed the lead, as Cowen now pulled ahead of Lamb by a small margin.

Robert Cowen15,175,0004,850,000
Ben Lamb12,250,000-3,500,000
Dash Dudley4,350,000-750,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:36 PM Local Time
Veselin Karakitukov Eliminated in 4th Place ($458,016)

Veselin Karakitukov

Robert Cowen raised it up to 900,000 out of the small blind and Veselin Karakitukov used a time bank before calling out of the big blind as the shortest stack at the table.

They headed to the     flop on which Cowen eyeballed the stack of his neighbour before betting the pot worth 2,100,000. Karakitukov verified the size of the pot and once the cards were revealed, Karakitukov gasped a "wow" before shaking his head.

Veselin Karakitukov:     
Robert Cowen:     

Karakitukov was in damned shape and the British rail shouted for an ace, which was instantly delivered on the   turn to make the   river a formality. Cowen headed to his rail to celebrate before shaking hands with Karakitukov, who was eliminated in 4th place for $458,016.

Robert Cowen10,325,0002,200,000
Veselin Karakitukov0-2,800,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:31 PM Local Time
Lamb Has Half the Chips in Play

Ben Lamb raised to 900,000 with the      out of the big blind following a limp by Dash Dudley in the small blind, who held the      and came along. The     flop was all for Lamb and Dudley check-folded to a bet.

"Showed a king, top pair," Lamb told to his curious rail before adding "I didn't have two kings, to be honest."

Ben Lamb15,750,0002,125,000
Robert Cowen8,125,0000
Dash Dudley5,100,000-1,975,000
Veselin Karakitukov2,800,000-150,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:24 PM Local Time
Karakitukov Gets Rather Short With Passive Play

In a limped blind battle, Robert Cowen bet the     flop for 550,000 with the      for just a pair of fours. Veselin Karakitukov just called with the      and the   turn improved Cowen to two pair.

The Brit fired a bet worth 1,650,000 and Karakitukov folded once more to drop further into the danger zone.

Ben Lamb13,625,000325,000
Robert Cowen8,125,000975,000
Dash Dudley7,075,000-150,000
Veselin Karakitukov2,950,000-1,150,000
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:18 PM Local Time
Dudley Gets Karakitukov To Fold Again

Veselin Karakitukov limped the      and Dash Dudley checked his option with the     . On the     flop, Karakitukov had the bottom end of the straight and check-called a bet worth 300,000. He also checked the   turn and Dudley got the bluff through with a bet worth 800,000.

Ben Lamb13,300,0000
Dash Dudley7,225,000600,000
Robert Cowen7,150,0000
Veselin Karakitukov4,100,000-600,000