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2023 54th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Monday, June 19, 2023 to Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Event #45: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi Low

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,456,485
  • Entries: 1,091
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 22, 2023 4:03 AM Local Time
William Leffingwell Brings A Bracelet Home to Houston

William Leffingwell

The third day of Event #45: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo at the 2023 World Series of Poker has come to a close with Houston native William Leffingwell taking home the $253,651 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Leffingwell had no easy task navigating his way through this final table with bracelet winners Shaun Deeb, Joey Couden, Raj Vohra and 2019 Main Event finalist Zhen Cai attempting to stand in his way, but by night's end, he'd be hoisting a bracelet over his head and carrying the Houston PLO scene on his back.

Leffingwell had a huge rail, and it was clear how much it meant to him to have people that he cares about behind him to witness him stepping into the spotlight and clinching the top spot. In fact, he hadn't even planned to come to Las Vegas for the WSOP until the main event, but his best friend Scott Dulaney won a bracelet last week and told him he needed to come win a bracelet before the main event. Leffingwell's response? "Ok, I'll come win the $1,500 Mixed Omaha event."

One week after calling his shot, he stands atop a field of 1,091 players as the last man standing. After coming into Day 3 in the middle of the 33 returning players, Leffingwell steadily built a stack and marched toward the final table. Once there, he put on a clinic by picking his spots well, being disciplined when needed, and getting max value when it counted.

Event #45: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results

1William LeffingwellUnited States$253,651
2Zhen CaiUnited States$156,773
3Carlos GuerreroUnited States$109,474
4Joey CoudenUnited States$77,620
5Shaun DeebUnited States$55,894
6Raj VohraUnited States$40,887
7Benjamin MinerUnited States$30,392
8John ZableUnited States$22,960
9Nelio GattaItaly$22,960

"Putting Houston on the Map"

When asked what it meant to him to be standing in the Thunderdome with a bracelet in hand and the people he cares about in his corner, Leffingwell said, "Man, I love these people, and I love Houston. We've been through a lot these last couple of years, and poker down there is the best in the world."

He even laid an open invitation to anyone in the world, saying, "PLO is our game, and we invite everyone in the world to come play at any stakes." Before letting him get back to his celebration, his last parting words with PokerNews mentioned plans to win another bracelet this summer, so we'll have to keep a look out for Leffingwell to see if he can call two shots in one summer.

Final Table Action

The first casualty of the final table was John Zable when he was ousted by the eventual runner up, Zhen Cai.

Following him to the door was Benjamin Miner, who got a very short stack in before the flop and couldn't find the help he needed to extend his run at the final table.

Raj Vohra was next to the payout desk after getting short and mounting a big comeback that ultimately fell short of helping him win a second bracelet.

Five-handed play lingered for some time, but it was eventually another bracelet winner in Shaun Deeb who exited after coming into the final table with a big chip lead. All eyes were certainly on Deeb to see if he could add a seventh lifetime bracelet and a second of the summer to his legacy, but he would eventually fall in a big confrontation with the eventual champion.

Another bracelet winner, Joey Couden, was sent to the rail in fourth place when he couldn't dodge the scoop outs of his opponent, Carlos Guerrero, and while Guerrero would come out the victor in that confrontation, he was also the next to exit the final table in what became a massive confrontation with Zhen Cai.

The heads up battle between Cai and Leffingwell lasted a total of seven hands with a massive swing taking place on the second hand dealt that would allow Leffingwell to take command of the momentum and the chip lead before ending Cai's run in second place to take the title.

To say this event was exciting would be an understatement, and with half the summer still left, there will be many more stories just like this jumping to the forefront, and PokerNews is the one and only place to get up-to-date coverage of every event left on the schedule!

Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:51 AM Local Time
Zhen Cai Eliminated in 2nd Place ($156,773)

Zhen Cai

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

William Leffingwell raised to 500,000 and Zhen Cai called.

The flop came     and Cai led out with a pot-size bet of 1,200,000, leaving 400,000 behind. Leffingwell moved all in and Cai committed his last chips.

Zhen Cai:     
William Leffingwell:     

"Four," Leffingwell called out to his rail as he held up four fingers and stood up from his seat. The   came on the river, and Leffingwell now began calling for a king.

He got his wish as the dealer turned over the  , completing his straight as he ran over to celebrate with his supporters while Cai had to settle for a runner-up finish.

William Leffingwell27,275,0002,675,000
Zhen Cai0-2,600,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:47 AM Local Time
Leffingwell Pots the River

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Zhen Cai raised to 600,000 and William Leffingwell called.

Both players checked the     flop before Leffingwell potted the   turn, sliding forward 1,200,000.

Cai called to the   river and Leffingwell potted again for 4,200,000. Cai, with around 2,600,000 remaining, gave it some thought before mucking as Leffingwell opened a massive lead.

William Leffingwell24,600,0002,400,000
Zhen Cai2,600,000-2,400,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:46 AM Local Time
Huge Swing For Leffingwell in Massive Confrontation

Big O

Zhen Cai raised the button to 500,000 and William Leffingwell called to see the     flop.

Leffingwell checked to Cai who quickly bet 600,000. Leffingwell called and watched as the dealer burned and turned the  .

Leffingwell again checked over to Cai who announced pot for 2,400,000. Leffingwell slid out calling chips, prompting the dealer to put the   out on the river.

Leffingwell led for the first time in the hand for 6,000,000.

Cai thought briefly before announcing call and Leffingwell immediately exploded out of his char screaming, "Nut nut, baby!" with his rail almost coming over the barrier in celebration of what was a massive swing in chips very early in this heads up match.

William Leffingwell22,200,0009,000,000
Zhen Cai5,000,000-9,000,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:37 AM Local Time
Leffingwell Draws Closer

Big O

Zhen Cai limped in, then called when William Leffingwell raised to 500,000.

The flop came     and Leffingwell bet another 500,000. Cai called and the   fell on the turn.

Leffingwell now checked and Cai put in a bet of 1,200,000. Leffingwell quickly slid forward a raise to 3,000,000, and Cai's hand quickly hit the muck.

Zhen Cai14,000,000-3,300,000
William Leffingwell13,200,0003,300,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:30 AM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 200,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:21 AM Local Time
Carlos Guerrero Eliminated in 3rd Place ($109,474)

Carlos Guerrero

Big O

On the last hand before tournament officials were going to force the players to bag up for the night, Zhen Cai bet 300,000 on a flop of     before Carlos Guerrero potted to 1,200,000.

Cai called to the   turn, where Guerrero potted again for 2,900,000, a bet representing most of his stack. Cai stood up and studied the board for a moment before raising, and Guerrero called for the rest of his chips.

Guerrero had       for the low and two pair, while Cai had       for a straight. The players were preparing to chop until the river came the  , counterfeiting Guerrero's low and sending him to the rail in third place.

The floor gave Cai and William Leffingwell the option to continue, and they agreed to take a short 10-minute break before starting heads-up.

Zhen Cai17,300,0005,300,000
William Leffingwell9,900,000800,000
Carlos Guerrero0-7,200,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:11 AM Local Time
Another Chop for Cai and Leffingwell

Omaha Hi-Lo

Zhen Cai limped the small blind and called a raise from William Leffingwell in the big blind leading to a     flop.

Cai checked to Leffingwell, who bet and was met with a call from Cai before watching as the dealer burned and turned the  .

Cai led this time with a bet, and Leffingwell called to take both players to the   river.

Cai check-called a bet from Leffingwell and saw Leffingwell turn up the      which was good enough to chop the pot with Cai's     .

Zhen Cai12,000,0000
William Leffingwell9,100,0000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 1:02 AM Local Time
Cai Bets Out Leffingwell

Omaha Hi-Lo

William Leffingwell raised on the button, then called when big blind Zhen Cai reraised.

The flop came     and Cai continued with a bet. Leffingwell called and both players checked the   turn.

The river came the   and Cai bet again. Leffingwell this time slid his cards into the muck as Cai took the pot.

Zhen Cai12,000,0002,100,000
William Leffingwell6,800,000-2,200,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:59 AM Local Time
Joey Couden Eliminatd in 4th Place ($77,620)

Joey Couden

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Carlos Guerrero raised from the small blind to 250,000. Joey Couden three-bet from the big blind to 1,050,000. Guerrero verified the amount before putting in the call and heading to a     flop.

Guerrero announced all in and Couden took off his sunglassed, checked his cards, and put in calling chips to put himself at risk and send the duo to a runout.

Joey Couden:     
Carlos Guerrero:     

Couden was ahead on the flop but had to dodge a ton of outs and when the   hit the turn to complete Guerrero's straight, Couden was drawing dead.

The dealer put out the inconsequential   on the river to make it official and Couden headed to the exit in fourth place for $77,620.

Carlos Guerrero7,200,0002,600,000
Joey Couden0-3,850,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:46 AM Local Time
Cai Scoops One, Leffingwell Takes Another

Omaha Hi-Lo

Zhen Cai and William Leffingwell just battled in back-to-back confrontations with differing results.

In the first, Leffingwell bet on a flop of     and was called by Joey Couden and Cai. The turn came the   and Cai now opened the betting, with only Leffingwell calling.

The river was the  , and Cai bet again. Leffingwell called, and Cai turned over      for a straight and the low to scoop the pot.

A few hands later, Leffingwell and Cai saw a flop of    , with Cai calling a bet. Leffingwell also bet the   turn and Cai called.

The river came the  , and Leffingwell bet for a third time. Cai now tanked for about a minute before folding.

Zhen Cai9,900,0001,300,000
William Leffingwell9,000,000-1,600,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:43 AM Local Time
Guerrero and Cai Split Counden's Chips

Omaha Hi-Lo

On a board of     with three active players, Carlos Guerrero was checked to and put out a bet. Joey Couden called and Zhen Cai check-raised.

Guerrero called and so did Couden to send all three to the   turn.

Couden checked to Cai who bet and got called by Guerrero and Couden to sest up a three-way river that came the  .

Guerrero bet when checked to and Couden folded to make way for Cai to put in a call and show the      while Guerrero showed the      leading to a chop pot with a good amount of Couden's chips going to each.

Zhen Cai8,600,0001,100,000
Carlos Guerrero4,600,0001,200,000
Joey Couden3,850,000-1,350,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:32 AM Local Time
Cai Fires Big Against Couden

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Zhen Cai raised to 350,000 from under the gun and Joey Couden defended his big blind.

The flop came     and Cai bet another 200,000. Couden called to the   turn, where he faced a bet of 750,000.

Couden again called and the   fell on the river. He asked Cai how much he had behind before checking. Cai then slid forward two towers of chips for a bet of 2,100,000.

Couden spent several minutes in the tank before releasing his hand as Cai continued his comeback with another big pot.

Zhen Cai7,500,0001,800,000
Joey Couden5,200,000-1,550,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:30 AM Local Time
Cai Wheels His Way Back Into Contention

Zhen Cai

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Zhen Cai raised to 300,000 on the button before William Leffingwell three-bet to 1,000,000 out of the small blind. Cai called as they went heads-up to the     flop.

Leffingwell now slid forward 2,000,000, Cai moved all in for 2,800,000, and Leffingwell called.

Zhen Cai:     
William Leffingwell:     

"We need high cards. Two kings," Leffingwell shouted to his rail, and he got one of them on the   turn.

The river, though, came the  . "Wheel," Cai shouted as he jumped out of his seat after making a straight to win the pot and double up.

William Leffingwell10,600,000-2,600,000
Zhen Cai5,700,0003,200,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:23 AM Local Time
Cai and Couden Head to Splitsville

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Joey Couden raised to 300,000 and Zhen Cai called from the button leading to a     flop.

Action checked through to see the   fall on the turn. Action checked through once more and both player arrived at the   river.

Couden put a bet of 450,000 out and after a briefmoment, Cai announced pot, putting himself all in.

Couden looked at the board for a few seconds before announcing a call and turning up the      which was good enough to split the pot with Cai's     .

Joey Couden6,750,000-2,050,000
Zhen Cai2,500,000-200,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:13 AM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 160,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:13 AM Local Time
Cai Survives With a Chop

Big O

All four players limped in and headed to the     flop. William Leffingwell bet 420,000 and Carlos Guerrero, Joey Couden, and Zhen Cai all called.

The   fell on the turn and Guerrero led out with a pot-sized bet of 2,200,000, putting him all in. Couden folded, but Cai called for his last 1,610,000. Leffingwell also called to create a three-way all in.

The river came the   and Guerrero won the high with       for a straight, while Cai had       for the low to split the pot with Guerrero. Leffingwell quickly mucked his cards.

William Leffingwell13,200,000-1,300,000
Carlos Guerrero3,400,000500,000
Zhen Cai2,700,000950,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:08 AM Local Time
Leffingwell in Control

Big O

Carlos Guerrero raised to 250,000 from under the gun and William Leffingwell called in the big blind.

The flop came     and Guerrero continued for 200,000. Leffingwell called to see the   turn.

Guerrero now bet 450,000 and Leffingwell again called. The river came the   and Leffingwell now led out, announcing pot for 1,980,000.

Guerrero gave it some thought before mucking as Leffingwell showed    before taking the pot.

William Leffingwell14,500,000500,000
Carlos Guerrero2,900,000-1,100,000
Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:02 AM Local Time
Shaun Deeb Eliminated in 5th Place ($55,894)

Shaun Deeb

William Leffingwell raised to 300,000 from the cutoff and Shaun Deeb called in the big blind leading to a     flop.

Deeb checked and Leffingwell bet 200,000. Deeb quickly exercised his option to check-raise pot and Leffingwell quickly started moving more chips into the middle, raising to put Deeb all in.

Deeb called, putting himself at risk and headed to a runout.

Shaun Deeb:      
William Leffingwell:      

The board ran out with the   turn and   river, allowing Leffingwell to scoop the pot and send Deeb to the rail in fifth place for $55,894.

William Leffingwell14,000,0002,700,000
Shaun Deeb0-3,100,000
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 11:50 PM Local Time
Guerrero Gets Some Back

Omaha Hi-Lo

Blind versus blind, William Leffingwell bet on a flop of     and Carlos Guerrero called. Both players checked the   turn.

The river came the   and Leffingwell checked again. Guerrero now bet and Leffingwell quickly called.

Guerrero turned over      for the flush as he loudly clapped his hands in celebration and took down the pot to cut into Leffingwell's chip lead.

William Leffingwell11,300,000-1,250,000
Carlos Guerrero4,000,0001,700,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander