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2024 55th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 to Friday, May 31, 2024

Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (8-Handed)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,238,880
  • Entries: 928
  • Remaining: 0

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Saturday, June 1, 2024 12:27 AM Local Time (about 18 days and 4 hours ago)
James Chen Dominates To Win First Bracelet In Event #4: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better for $209,350

James Chen

The largest field Omaha eight-or-better tournament of the 2024 World Series of Poker has come to its conclusion. A total of 928 entrants came out to play WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better, the first mixed-game tournament of the summer, creating a massive prize pool of $1,238,880.

James Chen ended the first day of the tournament with an overwhelming chip lead over the rest of 278 survivors, and on the second day, he bagged third place stack over 22. After roughly seven hours at the final table, Chen conquered his first WSOP bracelet, beating Lewis Brant heads up to collect $209,350.

"It's great," the Pittsburgh resident said, surrounded by a large rail of supportive friends. "I play Omaha and the different variants. I primarily play cash games, but at The World Series I usually just play tournaments."

Last year Chen finished in second place in the $10,000 Omaha 8 or better event to Ben Lamb for a career-best score of $304,571. "Last year to come so close was disappointing, but this year to get it done was amazing."

Throughout the latter half of the final table, Chen commanded the table. He held more than two-thirds of the chips in play with four players left, and continued that momentum on towards victory. "It was fun, cards were hitting. I made a lot of hands and it was great."

Chen confirmed that he will be playing the $10,000 variant of this event tomorrow and plenty of other events during the summer. For now he will be spending his Friday night with his friends from the rail.

Official Final Table Results

PlaceNameCountryPrize
1James ChenUnited States$209,350
2Lewis BrantUnited States$139,563
3Sovann PenUnited States$97,445
4Adam NattressUnited States$69,129
5Curtis PhelpsUnited States$49,842
6Pearce ArnoldUnited States$36,531
7Curtis PhelpsUnited States$27,227
8Todd DakakeUnited States$20,640

Day 2 Action

The beginning of the day ensured that the new champion would claim their first bracelet as the other bracelet holders fell. Eric Baldwin (19th-$8,129) joined the rail with Ben Yu (15th-$9,988) following him out the door a little while later, the latter collecting points for the 25k Fantasy Draft. It took just under four hours for the field of 22 to reach the final 9.

Just before the unofficial final table was reached, Three-time WSOP bracelet winner John "Miami" Cernuto was forced all in from the big blind. Lewis Brant had made a flush to scoop a side pot and the main Cernuto's pair of kings was not enough to stay alive. The field and rail clapped out of respect as the 80-year-old WSOP legend was eliminated from the tournament.

Final Table Action

It did not take too long for the field to lose a player as poker pro and commentator Jamie Kerstetter came into the unofficial final table of nine players with just two big bets. In her final hand, she held ace, queen, jack, six, but the board provided no help to her and it was Lewis Brant's ace, king, ten, three that had made a full house and Kerstetter ended her tournament in ninth place for $15,920. Kerstetter's elimination brought the final eight to the official final table.

Jamie Kerstetter
Jamie Kerstetter finished in ninth place

Todd Dakake lost a big pot to Pearce Arnold, leaving him quite short among the eight remaining. Dakake's final hand saw him check his option in the big blind and flop a straight against Sovann Pen's middle set. Both players got their chips in on the turn, where Dakake had made a higher straight and Pen had made a low, but the river paired the board to give Pen a full house while Dakake collected $20,640 for his eighth-place finish.

It only took a couple more minutes to lose another player as Curtis Phelps got in his final chips with ace, queen, queen, two against Brant's ace, queen, three, two. The flop contained both an ace and a three on it, with nothing changing on the following streets and Brant took the lead of the table, while Phelps finished in seventh place for $27,227.

What followed was a long 6-handed battle that saw many lead changes and many massive swings for all of the players. Sovann Pen ended up rising higher in the counts until he had a dominant lead over the final players, while Chen fell to the shortest stack. Chen ended up scooping a key pot against Filatov, which had the leaderboard shift once more. By the end of this long excursion, the shakedown saw Pen with a third of the chips in play.

Aleksey Filatov would be the next to fall. His fate was sealed at the hands of Adam Nattress, after getting in his extremely short stack with bottom two against Nattress' top pair. His top pair turned into top two shortly after, giving a boost to Nattress' stack, while Filatov collected $36,531 for his sixth place finish.

Arnold departed the field shortly after. Coming back from the dinner break, he had just under one big blind, but managed to ladder and outlast Filatov. His end would come shortly after as he got in his final chips with ace, nine, seven, two against Chen's ace, king, queen, jack. An all high-card flop left very little hope for Arnold and by the river, it was Chen's kings and queens taking in the pot and giving him the chip lead, while Arnold ended his run in fifth place, good for $49,842.

What followed was described as "rampage" by Pen as Chen amassed a large percentage of the chips in play. From grabbing half of the chips in play with four left, to grabbing eighty percent of the chips in play with four left. Nattress ended up as the shortest left and got all of his chips in with top pair top kicker on a ten-high board, while Chen looked him up with a pair of kings and a flush draw. The turn gave Nattress tens up, but the river gave Chen a set of kings and he took down the pot to further pad his lead while Nattress took $69,129 for his fourth-place finish.

Lewis Brant
Lewis Brant finished in second for a career best score

A couple of minutes passed before Pen departed from the tournament in third place. Pen and Chen got involved in a pot on a nine-high flop where Pen called down with nines and sevens with an ace-kicker. It was no good against Chen's three nines with an ace as well as the second nut low. Chen took what was an 11:1 chip lead into heads-up play, while Pen collected $97,445 for his efforts.

The beginning of heads-up play saw some momentum swinging in the direction of Brant as the initial 11:1 deficit shrunk to just a 3:1 deficit. The momentum swung back into Chen's court as the time went on with the final hand seeing Brant call his last big blind all in blind. Brant held a flush draw on the turn, but the river completed his flush while simultaneously giving Chen a boat to win the title, while Brant finished in second place for a career-best cash of $139,563.

Thank you for reading along here at PokerNews. Stay tuned for the rest of the summer for all updates regarding the WSOP.

Friday, May 31, 2024 11:38 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 5 hours ago)
Lewis Brant Eliminated in 2nd Place ($139,563)

Lewis Brant

Lewis Brant was forced all in from the button.

Lewis Brant:     [allin]
James Chen:     

The board ran out       giving Chen a full house and his first World Series of Poker bracelet.

James Chen (US)23,200,0002,000,000
Lewis Brant0-2,000,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 11:27 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 5 hours ago)
Brant Gets A Double Up

The players limped to a     flop where the action checked around. The turn brought a   and Chen bet 600,000 which Brant called. The river was   and Chen put Brant all in with a big bet of 600,000. Brant made the call and turned over      for a rivered straight. Chen flashed his    and the pot went to Brant.

James Chen (US)21,200,0001,800,000
Lewis Brant2,000,000-1,800,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 11:22 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 5 hours ago)
Chen Fires All Streets

Lewis Brant called on the button and in the big blind, James Chen raised which Brant called.

The flop rolled out     and Chen bet, with Brant wasting little time in calling.

On the turn  , Chen bet a second time and Brant called once more.

Chen took his time on the river   before deciding to fire a third barrel and Brant folded.

James Chen (US)19,400,0001,500,000
Lewis Brant3,800,000-1,500,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 11:12 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 5 hours ago)
The Return of Brant

James Chen raised to 600,000 from the button and Lewis Brant called to go to a flop of    . When checked to Chen bet 300,000 and Brant called. The turn was   and Brant checked to Chen, who bet 600,000 and was raised by Brent to 1,200,000. Chen called and the river was  . Brant bet 600,000 and Chen quickly called.

When Brent turned over      Chen mucked and Brant raked in a nice pot.

James Chen (US)17,900,000-1,000,000
Lewis Brant5,300,0001,000,000
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Friday, May 31, 2024 11:00 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
Chen Strikes Back

Lewis Brant had brought his stack up to roughly six million as the heads-up battle continued.

Brant called on the button while James Chen raised in the big blind and Brant called.

The board ran out       with Chen betting every street and Brant calling.

Chen turned over      and the nut flush with second nut low was good for Chen to scoop the pot.

James Chen (US)18,900,000-300,000
Lewis Brant4,300,000300,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 10:52 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 0
Friday, May 31, 2024 10:50 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
Brant Amps Up Aggression in Heads Up Play

Lewis Brant

Lewis Brant really hit the ground running once heads up play began.

In one hand James Chen limped and Brant checked to a flop of    . Action checked through the flop and Chen bet 500,000 on the   turn, which Brant called. The river was   and Chen bet 500,000 which Brant raised to 1,000,000 and was called by Chen. Brant turned over      and Chen folded.

A few hands later Brant raised to 500,000 from the button and was called by Chen. Both players checked the     flop, as well as the   turn. When the   came on the river Brant bet 500,000 and Chen quickly folded.

Brant is proving to be a worthy opponent in this heads up battle and the bracelet is still up for contention with how well these two players have been playing.

James Chen (US)19,200,000-500,000
Lewis Brant4,000,000500,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 10:41 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
Brant Clawing Back

Lewis Brant called in the small blind and James Chen checked his option in the big blind.

On the flop of    , Chen bet and Brant raised which Chen called.

Chen checked on the turn   and called when Brant bet, with the same action repeating on the   river.

Brant showed      for a wheel and took the first big pot of heads up play.

James Chen (US)19,700,000-1,800,000
Lewis Brant3,500,0001,000,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 10:41 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
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Friday, May 31, 2024 10:34 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
Sovann Pen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($97,445)

Sovann Pen

Sovann Pen raised to 500,000 from the button and James Chen called. The flop came out     and Pen bet 250,000, which Chen raised to 500,000. Pen made the call and the players went to a turn of  . Chen bet 500,000 and Pen called. The   came out on the river and Chen bet 300,000, putting Pen all-in.

Sovann Pen:     [allin]
James Chen:     

Pen was eliminated in third place and both players have gone on a brief break before play resumes.

James Chen (US)21,500,0002,250,000
Sovann Pen0-1,900,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 10:30 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
Adam Nattress Eliminated in 4th Place ($69,129)

Adam Nattress

James Chen raised from the cutoff and both Lewis Brant on the button and Sowann Pen in the small blind called. In the big blind, Adam Nattress raised and all three other players called in this family pot.

The flop of     saw Pen check to Nattress who bet and Chen raised. Brant and Pen both folded and Nattress three-bet for his last chips which Chen called.

Adam Nattress:      [allin]
James Chen:     

Chen was in the lead with his kings against Nattress' top pair, but the turn   gave Nattress tens up, making him a massive favorite. The river flipped the script once more as the   gave Chen a set of kings to scoop the pot and eliminated Nattress in fourth place.

James Chen (US)19,250,000-850,000
Lewis Brant2,500,000-550,000
Sovann Pen1,900,0001,900,000
Adam Nattress0-1,700,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 10:19 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
Chen Seems Unstoppable

James Chen was on the button when he raised 500,000 and was called by Pen in the big blind. The flop came out     and Pen bet 250,000 which Chen raised to 500,000. Pen called and the dealer put out the   on the turn. Chen bet 500,000 and Pen made the call.

The river was the   and Chen bet 500,000 when he was checked to. Pen called and Chen turned over      for a turned full house. Pen mucked his hand and Chen added more chips to his mounting pile.

James Chen (US)16,200,0003,200,000
Sovann Pen1,050,000-5,450,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 10:13 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 6 hours ago)
Four Aces and a Wheel

James Chen raised from the cutoff and in the big blind, Adam Nattress called.

Both players checked the runout of       to the river where Nattress bet and Chen raised. A look of disgust washed over Nattress' face as he shook his head and put in a call.

Chen turned over      for quad aces for high and a wheel for low, leaving Nattress to muck his hand.

Chen now holds over half the chips in play.

James Chen (US)13,000,000800,000
Adam Nattress1,700,000-1,400,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 10:03 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 7 hours ago)
Pen Clashes With Brant

Lewis Brant raised in the small blind and Sovann Pen called in the big blind.

The flop rolled out     and Brant bet over to Pen who called.

Both players checked the   turn to the   river where Brant check-called a bet from Pen.

Pen turned over      for three fives with a seven-four low and Brant shook his head, mucking his own hand.

Sovann Pen6,500,0001,425,000
Lewis Brant3,050,000750,000
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Friday, May 31, 2024 9:47 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 7 hours ago)
Chen is the Commanding Chip Leader

James Chen has pulled ahead and has a commanding chip lead as the blinds go up.

James Chen (US)12,200,0003,000,000
Sovann Pen5,075,000-800,000
Adam Nattress3,100,000-2,120,000
Lewis Brant2,300,000-5,100,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 9:46 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 7 hours ago)
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 125,000/250,000
Ante: 0
Friday, May 31, 2024 9:33 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 7 hours ago)
Pearce Arnold Eliminated in 5th Place ($49,842)

Pearce Arnold

Lewis Brant raised from the hijack and Pearce Arnold three-bet all in for his last chips which saw both James Chen in the big blind and Brant call.

The flop rolled out     and Chen bet, quickly folding out Brant.

Pearce Arnold:      [allin]
James Chen:     

The runout of    did nothing to change the two players hands and Arnold finished his run in fifth place.

James Chen (US)9,200,0001,400,000
Pearce Arnold0-175,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 9:29 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 7 hours ago)
Chen Back In Front

James Chen

James Chen raised from the hijack and both Sovann Pen in the small and Adam Nattress in the big blind called.

The flop of     saw Pen check over to Nattress who bet and both Chen and Pen called.

Pen checked a second time on the   turn over to Nattress and Chen raised, folding out Chen and getting a call from Nattress.

Nattress now checked the river  , prompting a bet from Chen and Nattress called.

Chen tabled      for nines full of kings prompting a sigh from Nattress.

"God these runouts," lamented Nattress, flashing    for an inferior fours full of nines.

James Chen (US)7,800,0002,675,000
Sovann Pen5,875,000-925,000
Adam Nattress5,220,0001,720,000
Friday, May 31, 2024 9:20 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 7 hours ago)
Brant Takes The Lead From Pen

Lewis Brant raised from the cutoff and only Sovann Pen called in the small blind.

The flop rolled out     and Pen lead out which Brant called.

On the   turn, Pen bet and Brant raised which Pen called. Both players checked the   river.

"Three queens," declared Pen, but it was no good against Brant's      for a flush, and the chip lead was taken by Brant.

Lewis Brant7,400,0001,575,000
Sovann Pen6,800,000-1,475,000
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