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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Saturday, June 10, 2023 to Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Event #25: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,971,600
  • Entries: 212
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:33 PM Local Time
Yass Chops With Chen

Almost immediately after the final table recommenced, the shortest stack was all-in.

Robert Yass:     
James Chen:     

The board ran out       and they chopped it up.

James Chen (US)1,450,00025,000
Robert Yass460,00060,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:30 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 120,000/240,000
Ante: 0
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 4:01 PM Local Time
The Chad & Jesse Poker Show: Poker Legend Jack McClelland Shares Untold Stories

On the latest The Chad & Jesse Poker Show straight from the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP),Chad Holloway and Jesse Fullen are joined by Poker Hall of Famer Jack McClelland, who served as the Tournament Director of the WSOP from 1984-98.

He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014 alongside Daniel Negreanu, and he talks about that honor as well as memories of Stu Ungar and Doyle Brunson, and what it was like to work for the legendary Benny Binion.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:50 PM Local Time
Updated Counts for the Streamed Conclusion

Level 26 will commence with the following chip counts and seat assignments for the final five players. All PokerNews updates will be published according to the delay on the PokerGO platform.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig BlindsBig Bets
2Erik SeidelUnited States1,590,000137
4Luis VeladorMexico875,00074
5Robert YassUnited States400,00032
6Ben LambUnited States8,440,0007035
7James Chen (US)United States1,425,000126
Ben Lamb8,440,0000
Erik Seidel1,590,00090,000
James Chen (US)1,425,000600,000
Luis Velador875,0000
Robert Yass400,0000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:36 PM Local Time
Players Are Going on Their First 10-minute Break of the Day

The first scheduled 10-minute break is upon us, with the five remaining players returning shortly to Level 26 at blinds 60,000/120,000 and betting limits 120,000/140,000

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:36 PM Local Time
Brad Ruben Eliminated in 6th Place ($81,317)

Brad Ruben

The action started with a raise by James Chen and Brad Ruben called in the cutoff, as did Luis Velador. Once Ben Lamb called in the big blind, Velador joked "oh no, not that guy again" and Lamb replied "I probably gonna buy it" before they headed to the     flop.

Lamb bet and that forced out Chen while Ruben then opted to raise. Velador got out of the way and Lamb inquired how much Ruben had behind before he called.

"You got four?!" Lamb asked once more and Ruben nodded when they were on the   turn. Lamb then bet, Ruben got it in and was snapped off.

Brad Ruben:     
Ben Lamb:     

Lamb had hit gin on the turn with the wheel and nut low but wasn't secured the entire pot yet against a set and flush draw. However, the   river was a brick and that knocked out Ruben in sixth place in the last hand before the first break.

Ben Lamb8,440,0001,440,000
James Chen (US)1,425,000600,000
Luis Velador875,000-225,000
Brad Ruben0-1,100,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:30 PM Local Time
Yass Survives Against Velador

Down to the last 275,000, Robert Yass got it in from under the gun as Luis Velador reluctantly got along with it from the big blind.

Robert Yass:     
Luis Velador:     

The board ran out       and Yass earned three quarters.

One hand later, they got it in again but this time with multi-street action until the      turn.

Robert Yass:     
Luis Velador:     

The   river gave Velador a low and Yass a full house as they chopped it up.

Luis Velador1,100,0000
Robert Yass400,000-625,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:20 PM Local Time
Lamb Bullies Seidel and Velador

Ben Lamb

Action opened with a middle position raise from Erik Seidel, a call from Luis Velador on the button and a call from Ben Lamb in the big blind.

Lamb lead out into both players on a     flop and continued the pressure on the   turn, getting calls from both Seidel and Velador.

Undeterred, Lamb bet once more on the   river and this time both Seidel and Velador folded. Prompting Lamb to quip, "What a great day to be alive," as he stacked up his nearly seven million chips.

Ben Lamb7,000,000450,000
Erik Seidel1,500,000-400,000
Luis Velador1,100,000-600,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:17 PM Local Time
Lamb Unstoppable for Now

Robert Yass raised and called a three-bet by Ben Lamb, which led them to the     flop. Yass check-called a bet and did so again on the   turn to have five bets behind to the   river. This time, both checked and Lamb won the pot with the     .

Yass briefly inquired if Lamb would have called a bet, to which the chip leader seemingly nodded and added "I had the ace of hearts".

Ben Lamb6,550,000750,000
Robert Yass1,025,000-575,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:09 PM Local Time
Johannes Becker Eliminated in 7th Place ($61,919)

Johannes Becker

Ben Lamb raised in the cutoff and was called by Johannes Becker in the small blind and Erik Seidel in the big blind.

"How much do you have?" Lamb inquired and Becker replied he started the hand with 900k. The flop came     and it checked to Lamb, who bet. Becker mulled it over to then check-raise for Seidel to fold and Lamb made it three bets to earn a call from Becker.

On the   turn, Becker had fewer than two bets behind and bet, Lamb raised and the German called it off.

Johannes Becker:     
Ben Lamb:     

Becker was in dire shape with his top two pair and needed a jack to survive, as he held no low draw. The   fell on the river and ended his run in seventh place for $61,919.

Ben Lamb5,800,0001,000,000
Erik Seidel1,900,000-250,000
Johannes Becker0-890,000
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Tuesday, June 13, 2023 3:00 PM Local Time
Lamb Continues to Add Chips

Ben Lamb raised it up for Johannes Becker to call, who then check-folded the     flop to a bet. "I had ace-king-trey-deuce," Lamb mentioned in the chat without showing his cards.

Luis Velador and James Chen won pots after before Velador raised and called a three-bet by Lamb. On the     flop, Velador check-folded to a bet. "What did you raise with?" Lamb inquired and Velador joked back "three queens and a four".

Brad Ruben and Erik Seidel then got raises through.

Ben Lamb4,800,000800,000
Erik Seidel2,150,000100,000
Luis Velador1,700,000-100,000
Robert Yass1,600,000-300,000
Brad Ruben1,100,000100,000
Johannes Becker890,000-310,000
James Chen (US)825,000-200,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:50 PM Local Time
Lamb Extends Chip Lead With Back-to-Back Scoops

Ben Lamb

Brad Ruben opened from late position and Ben Lamb defended the big blind.

Lamb check-called a bet from Ruben on the     flop and both players checked the   turn.

Lamb would then lead out on the   river and Ruben made the call to see Lamb's two pair as he tabled      for queens and fives.

In the next hand, Lamb would get involved with Luis Velador, as he three-bet a late position raise from the small blind and comment, "probably a good call," as Velador put in the calling chips.

Lamb continued the preflop aggression by betting on the     flop and Velador would call.

Both players checked the   turn and the 3d] river, with Lamb tabling      for two pair, growing his chip count to around the four million mark.

Ben Lamb4,000,0001,200,000
Luis Velador1,800,000-300,000
Brad Ruben1,000,000-800,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:48 PM Local Time
Small Pots Without Major Chip Changes

James Chen limped in from the small blind and Johannes Becker checked out of the big blind. On the     flop, Chen checked and folded to a bet by Becker.

Luis Velador raised and Erik Seidel defended the big blind. They checked the entire       board and Seidel won the pot with     .

Seidel limped the small blind next and he called a raise by Brad Ruben in the big blind. Seidel check-called the     flop and the   turn was checked to the   river. The bet by Seidel won the pot, as Ruben folded.

Becker got a raise through from the cutoff before Chen did so, followed by Seidel.

Velador then raised in the cutoff and Chen defended his big blind. The     flop brought a check-call by Chen and he check-folded the   turn.

Last but not least, Robert Yass collected the blinds with a raise before Seidel took on Ruben again in a duel of the blinds. Seidel raised for Ruben to call and Seidel bet the     flop, earning a call. On the   turn, Seidel checked and Ruben took it down with a bet.

Ben Lamb2,800,000-200,000
Luis Velador2,100,000-200,000
Erik Seidel2,050,000-310,000
Robert Yass1,900,00050,000
Brad Ruben1,800,000-205,000
Johannes Becker1,200,000150,000
James Chen (US)1,025,000-275,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:40 PM Local Time
Phil Galfond Offers Poker Hall of Fame Pick; Says Two Should Be Inducted Per Year

Phil Galfond has yet to make an appearance at the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP), and as he told PokerNews, right now he has no plans to play live.

"But who knows, plans change," added Galfond, who has been playing online at

While Galfond hasn't been at the WSOP – well, at least Phil as his wife, Farah Galfond, has been competing – the three-time bracelet winner is still weighing in by his relatively new newsletter "PG's Takes of the Week."

One of the topics the online poker legend, who prior to the WSOP inserted himself in some drama involving Doug Polk and Charlie Carrel with a pointed letter, was that of the Poker Hall of Fame. Right now, the public is being solicited for nomination.

"The nominations for the Poker Hall of Fame are now open, presenting voters with a familiar dilemma: there are simply too many great options to choose from," Galfond wrote before giving his picks.

Click here to see Phil Galfond's PHoF picks!

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:38 PM Local Time
Chen Scoops Seidel for a Full Double-Up, Then Chops Velador's Chips with Becker in Back-To-Back Hands

James Chen (US)

James Chen raised from early position and was three-bet by Erik Seidel from middle position. Chen made the call and the two players took a heads-up flop of    . Chen would check-raise Seidel all-in and the cards were on their backs.

James Chen:     
Erik Seidel:     

Seidel's pair of aces were in the lead over Chen's top pair of queens on the board, but the   on the river would give Chen a broadway straight and full double-up.

Chen would be involved in the next hand as well after calling a raise from the big blind against an early position raise from Johannes Becker and call from Luis Velador on the button.

Both Chen and Velador would call a flop bet from Becker and then check down the remaining two streets on a final board of      .

Chen would chop with Becker, continuing to chip up after starting the day as one of the short stacks.

Luis Velador2,300,000-150,000
James Chen (US)1,300,000775,000
Johannes Becker1,050,00010,000
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Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:25 PM Local Time
Yass Chips Up Without Showdown

Erik Seidel raised from under the gun to win the blinds.

One hand later, Robert Yass opened the action with a raise and Seidel defended the big blind. On a     flop, Seidel check-folded to a bet.

Ben Lamb raised and stole the blinds before Luis Velador received a walk.

Velador raised it up out of the small blind the hand thereafter and Yass called in the big blind. Velador bet the     flop to earn a call and check-called the   turn. The   river was checked by Velador once more and Yass bet to force a fold from his opponent.

Ben Lamb3,000,000200,000
Luis Velador2,450,000-150,000
Robert Yass1,850,000475,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:18 PM Local Time
Velador Three-Quarters Chen; Chen Left Short

Luis Velador

James Chen opened the action with an early position raise and was called by Luis Velador on the button.

Chen continued with a bet on the     flop and was called by Velador. Both players would check the   turn and Chen would check-call a bet from Velador on the   river.

Velador tabled      for aces up and a sixty-four low and Chen showed down      for the same two pair, but a worse low.

Luis Velador2,600,000410,000
James Chen (US)525,000-460,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:10 PM Local Time
Two Chops and a Small Profit At The Start

Erik Seidel raised from under the gun and Johannes Becker defended the big blind. On a     flop, Becker check-called and they checked the   turn. Becker bet the   river and Seidel reluctantly called with his      to chop against Becker's     .

Ben Lamb then three-bet an open raise by Luis Velador, who came along. Velador check-called bets on the     flop and   turn. They checked the   river and the [¢Ah3h3c2d] of Velador earned the low, Lamb took the high with the     .

Velador was visibly happy about the chop and said so. "I am happy with half the pot ... against Ben, I take a quarter also," he joked.

Lamb raised the next hand for Velador to defend the big blind and then check-fold a     flop.

Ben Lamb2,800,000255,000
Luis Velador2,190,000-200,000
Johannes Becker1,040,000-50,000
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 2:00 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Level: 25
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 0
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 12:38 PM Local Time
A Winner Will be Crowned Today in Event #25: Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Erik Seidel

With seven players remaining after three days of split-pot action, Event #15: Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship begins its conclusion at 2 p.m. local time inside the Horseshoe and Paris, Las Vegas.

PokerNews live updates will be on a 90-minute delay, as to not affect the PokerGO broadcast, which gets going at 4:30 p.m. local time.

Attendance records have been falling left and right at the 2023 World Series of Poker and The Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship is no exception, garnering an all-time high 212 entries and creating a total prize pool of $1,971,600, with $492,795 and the desired gold bracelet being awarded to the eventual winner.

The final seven players have all guaranteed themselves a payday of at least $61,919 and will be gunning for the Day 4 chip leader, former bracelet winner, Ben Lamb. However, there are only a few big bets that separate Lamb from the other big stacks of Poker Hall of Famer and nine-time bracelet winner, Erik Seidel, who bagged up 2,360,000 in chips and four-time bracelet winner, Brad Ruben, right behind with 2,005,000.

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1  $492,795
2  $304,571
3  $211,715
4  $150,445
5  $109,340
6  $81,317
7  $61,919
8James ObstAustralia$48,300

If Seidel can manage to finish on top, he'll join the ranks of Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson with ten WSOP gold bracelets, further solidifying him as one of the all-time legends of the game.

Bracelet winner Johannes Becker from Germany and the U.S.'s James Chen will be looking for some run-good, as they will start the day as the two short stacks, however, because of the nature of the game and the deep structure, either player could potentially be the new chip leader after just one or two pots in which they scoop or take three-quarters.

Players will be returning to Level 25 with blinds at 50,000/100,000 and limits of 100,000/200,000, playing 90-minute levels until the eventual winner is crowned.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig BlindsBig Bets
1Johannes BeckerGermany1,090,000115
2Erik SeidelUnited States2,360,0002412
3Brad RubenUnited States2,005,0002010
4Luis VeladorMexico2,390,0002412
5Robert YassUnited States1,375,000147
6Ben LambUnited States2,545,0002513
7James Chen (US)United States985,000105

As always, keep it right here for live, up-to-the-minute reporting from PokerNews for the conclusion of this championship event.

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