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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 20, 2011 to Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Event #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $2,382,900
  • Entries: 507
  • Remaining: 0


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 5:04 PM Local Time

In the first hand here at the ESPN Feature Table, David Chiu raised to 56,000 from middle position and was quickly three-bet to 154,000 by Greg Brooks in the cutoff. The blinds got out of the way and action was back on Chiu. He thought for a minute, double checked his cards, and then put in a four-bet to 461,000.

The decision was back on Brooks as to whether or not he wanted to play a big one, which he didn't as he tossed his cards to the muck.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:55 PM Local Time
Steven Merrifield2,027,00052,000
Jason Mercier1,633,00033,000
David Chiu1,600,000-440,000
Gregory Brooks957,000-153,000
Hans Winzeler560,00020,000
Joseph Ressler460,000-30,000
Michael McDonald252,000-8,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:49 PM Local Time

Now that we're down to seven, the remaining player will combined to one table and head on over to the ESPN Main Stage. It'll take a few minutes to make the transition, but the cards should be back in the air shortly.

Seat 1: Steven Merrifield
Seat 2: Jason Mercier
Seat 3: Joseph Ressler
Seat 4: David Chiu
Seat 5: Michael "Timex" McDonald
Seat 6: Greg Brooks
Seat 7: Hans Winzeler

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:48 PM Local Time

David Callaghan

David Callaghan raised it up to 70,000 preflop from the cutoff and Jason Mercier re-raised to 120,000. Callaghan put the rest of his chips in (he only 150,000 at start of hand) with Mercier calling.


The board ran out       and Mercier's queens were good for the knockout and to move him up to 1,600,000

With Callghan's elimination we are now down to our final seven players who will move over to the ESPN main stage.

Jason Mercier1,600,000220,000
David Callaghan0-205,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:44 PM Local Time

A short-stacked Hans Winzeler limped on the button only to have Michael "timex" McDonald make it 80,000 to go from the small blind. The big blind gave it up, Winzeler made the call, and the flop fell    . McDonald was first, asked for a count, and then bet pot. Winzeler snap-called and it was apparent he had a five.


McDonald was clearly unhappy with his position, one that didn't improve as the   hit the turn, followed by the   on the river. Winzeler doubled on the hand while McDonald was left 260,000.

Hans Winzeler540,000270,000
Michael McDonald260,000-310,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:38 PM Local Time
David Chiu2,040,000440,000
Steven Merrifield1,975,000-75,000
Jason Mercier1,380,000110,000
Gregory Brooks1,110,00095,000
Michael McDonald570,000-40,000
Joseph Ressler490,000175,000
Hans Winzeler270,000-78,000
David Callaghan205,0000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:33 PM Local Time

Gregory Brooks folded and David Callaghan raised to 50,000 from the button before Jason Mercier folded from the small blind to David Chiu, who raised the pot, making it 160,000 to go.

Callaghan thought about it for almost a minute, then called before the dealer spread the flop of    .

"How much do you have?" Chiu asked, but he didn't wait for an answer - Chiu insta-shoved. Callaghan didn't look too comfortable with that proposition and instead elected to fold.

David Chiu1,600,00060,000
David Callaghan205,000-250,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:32 PM Local Time

With two tables of four players each, the action has slowed down here a bit. Lot's of raise folding, lots of small pots, and very few flops. No one wants to be the last out before we hit our unofficial final table of seven.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:22 PM Local Time

The action folded to Joseph Ressler who raised to 55,000 from the small blind before the flop; Steven Merrifield then made it another 110,000 to go from the big blind and Ressler called before checking his option on the flop of    .

Merrifield quickly fired out a stack of green T25,000 chips, more than enough to put Ressler all in. Ressler sighed and then let his hand go.

Steven Merrifield2,050,000260,000
Joseph Ressler315,000-105,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:18 PM Local Time

Steven Merrifield raised to 42,000 on the button and Hans Winzeler called from the small blind. From there, both players checked the     flop, leading to the   on the river. Winzeler chose to led out with a 61,000 bet and put the pressure on Merrifield. The latter thought for awhile before sliding in a big stack of green T25,000 chips, enough to cover his opponent.

Winzeler didn't take long to flick his cards in the muck.

Hans Winzeler348,000-123,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:14 PM Local Time

The action folded around to Michael "timex" McDonald who raised to 46,000 from the button before the flop; Steven Merrifield called, so off they went heads-up to the flop, which read    .

Merrifield opened for 67,000, but quickly folded after McDonald bet the pot. Merrifield is now down to less than 1.8 million, while McDonald is now back up to more than 600,000 in chips.

Steven Merrifield1,790,000-212,000
Michael McDonald610,000104,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:06 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:49 PM Local Time
Steven Merrifield2,002,000202,000
David Chiu1,540,000-410,000
Jason Mercier1,270,0000
Gregory Brooks1,015,000380,000
Michael McDonald506,000-224,000
Hans Winzeler471,000-24,000
David Callaghan455,00020,000
Joseph Ressler420,000-60,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:41 PM Local Time

Player are now on their first 20-minute break of the day. The plan is to lose one more player before changing location to the ESPN Main Stage.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:40 PM Local Time

Having started the day with the chip lead, Gregory Brooks is slowly succumbing to the swings of Pot Limit Omaha and as a result has moved below 700,000 in chips.

Earlier, David Chiu raised from the button and Brooks called from the small blind to go heads-up to the flop of    , which they both checked before Brooks led out for 61,000 on the turn of the  . Chiu folded and Brooks picked up the pot.

A full orbit later, Mericer came out with a raise from under the gun; again, Brooks called from the small blind before leading out for 52,000 on the flop of    . Mercier called, then Brooks opened for 88,000 on the turn of the  .

However, Brooks laid his hand down after Mercier returned fire with a raise of 208,000. Mercier is now up to more than 1.25 million after that hand.

Jason Mercier1,270,000150,000
Gregory Brooks635,000-105,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:40 PM Local Time

Steven Merrifield raised to 33,000 under the gun and was called by Hans Winzeler in the big blind. Merrifield proceeded to check-call bets of 41,000 on the     flop, and 57,000 on the   turn. When the   spiked on the river, Merrifield counted out big bet and slide forward 190,000.

Winzeler immediately stood from his chair and took his hat off. He clearly wasn't happy about being put to the test. Merrifield remainined still as Winzeler counted out his chips, stacked them up, and pondered the hand. Eventually he laid it down as Merrifield silently slid his cards to the dealer.

Steven Merrifield1,800,000300,000
Hans Winzeler495,000-155,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:30 PM Local Time

Robert Fellner

Steven Merrifield and Robert Fellner got it all in preflop. Fellner showed      and Merrifield showed     .

The board ran out       and Fellner hit the rail in ninth place moving Merrifield up to 1,500,000 after the hand.

We are only one away from combining to make our unofficial final table of seven players so it should be happening pretty soon.

Steven Merrifield1,500,000260,000
Robert Fellner0-160,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:26 PM Local Time

Jared Bleznick

Robert Fellner just called from the button and Jared Bleznick put his last 26,000 in the pot in the small blind. Hans Winzeler called and Fellner did as well.

The board ran out       with Fellner and Winzeler checking it down the whole way.

In the end, Bleznick showed      for a pair of jacks, but Winzeler had      for two pair and the knockout. Bleznick is out in 10th and Winzeler is up to 650,000 after the hand.

Hans Winzeler650,00030,000
Jared Bleznick0-40,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:19 PM Local Time
David Chiu1,950,000-50,000
Steven Merrifield1,240,000140,000
Jason Mercier1,120,000-130,000
Gregory Brooks740,000125,000
Michael McDonald730,000-10,000
Hans Winzeler620,000-60,000
Joseph Ressler480,0005,000
David Callaghan435,000-35,000
Robert Fellner160,000-213,000
Jared Bleznick40,0000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:19 PM Local Time

Michael "Timex" McDonald raised to 36,000 from the cutoff and was called by Steven Merrifield on the button. When action was on Jared Belznick in the big blind, he potted to 152,000, McDonald called, while Merrifield got out of the way.

The rest of McDonald's money got in on the     flop, meaning his tournament was at risk.


The   turn didn't change much, but the   river gave McDonald a flush and the double, severly crippling Bleznick in the process.

Michael McDonald740,000533,000
Jared Bleznick40,000-490,000