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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 to Thursday, June 28, 2012

Event #47: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,320,300
  • Entries: 978
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:29 PM Local Time

Vlatcheslav Ortynskiy - 10th place

Sonu Sharma opened from under the gun with a raise to 40,000 and it folded around to Viatcheslav Ortynskiy on the button. Ortynskiy had survived one small double-up. He'd also folded a few hands, including from the blinds. Now with just 15,000 left, he was pushing all in again.

It folded back to Sharma who was given the tiny side pot of 1,000 as the big blind is 16,000 at present. The pair then tabled their hands —      for Ortynskiy, and      for Sharma.

The flop was good for Sharma, coming     to give him a set of kings. Ortynskiy still had a low draw to which to pin his hopes, but the turn was the   and river the  , and Ortynskiy is out. We've reached the official final table for Event 47!

Sonu Sharma335,00035,000
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy0-27,000
Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:25 PM Local Time

Cameron Mckinley raised to 42,000 from early position and Kyle Carlston made the call from middle position. The rest of the field got out of the way, and it was heads-up action to the     flop.

Mckinley fired out 75,000, Carlston called, and the dealer burned and turned the  . This time Mckinley used two hands to slide out a bet of 150,000, which proved enough to get Carlston off the hand.

Cameron Mckinley725,000248,000
Kyle Carlston235,000-119,000
Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:14 PM Local Time

On the first hand, it folded to Steven Loube who checked his cards, then folded, exhaling a little when he did.

"I had all these thoughts about you taking me out the very first hand," said Loube to Charalampos Lampos, the only other player at the table with more chips than he to start today. Lampos chuckled in response.

Paul Ewen then raised to 32,000, and only Kyle Carlston called from the big blind. The flop came     and both checked. The turn brought the   and a bet of 45,000 from Carlston, called by Ewen.

The river was the   and both checked once more. Carlston turned over      for an ace-high flush, and Ewen mucked.

Kyle Carlston354,00077,000
Paul Ewen157,000-77,000
Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:05 PM Local Time

Cards are in the air!

Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:22 AM Local Time

Charalampos Lappas

Welcome back to the third and final day of Event #47: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better. Just 10 players survived the first two days of potting, repotting, split pots, quarters, and scoops, all that's left from a whopping field of 978.

That huge field created a total prize pool of $1,320,300, the bulk of which is still left to be given out to these final 10. Charalampos Lappas returns to the biggest chip stack today with just under 1 million chips, thanks primarily to his having claimed a big pot versus the Russian Viatcheslav Ortynskiy in the very last hand of Day 2, leaving the Russian with less than two big blinds to start today's play.

Just behind Lappas is Steven Loube of Atlanta, Georgia who also sports a nearly 1 million-chip stack. Loube caught a rush of hands during the last level-and-a-half of Day 2 to position himself with Lappas at the top of the counts.

But this is PLO Hi-Low, which means a lot can change quickly. Just ask David "Doc" Sands who last year in this same event had more than twice the second-place player's stack with 10 players remaining only to fall in 10th and bubble the official final table.

Here's where players will be seated today up on the main stage in the Pavilion Room, along with their starting stacks:

1Roch Cousineau505,000
2Kyle Carlston277,000
3Paul Taylor180,000
4Steven Loube947,000
5Timothy Finne455,000
6Paul Ewen234,000
7Viatcheslav Ortynskiy27,000
8Charalampos Lappas994,000
9Cameron Mckinley477,000
10Sonu Sharma300,000

The action starts about an hour from now. Come back here to follow it all as we find out who among these 10 will emerge as the next WSOP gold bracelet winner.

Playtika - Jason Alexander