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2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Friday, June 14, 2013

Event #22: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,378,350
  • Entries: 1,022
  • Remaining: 0

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Friday, June 14, 2013 3:06 PM Local Time
Last Hands of Level 19

Hand #33-#34: Due to technical difficulties we missed these two hands, though no significant action occurred.

Hand #35: Shawn Silber opened with a raise and took down the pot.

Friday, June 14, 2013 2:55 PM Local Time
Greene Doubles

Hand #27: Shawn Silber raised to 25,000, and everyone else folded.

Hand #28 Silber called, James Park called, Josh Pollock called and Eddie Blumenthal checked. The flop came    , and everyone checked. Park bet 35,000 on the   turn, and everyone else folded.

Hand #29: Pollock raised to 25,000 on the button, and Noah Schwartz called from the big blind. Both players checked the     flop. The turn brought a  , and Schwartz bet 50,000. Pollock made the call, and the river came  . Schwartz checked, and Pollock shoved all in. Schwartz quickly folded.

Hand #30: Blumenthal made it 25,000 on the button, and everyone else folded.

Hand #31: Blumenthal raised once again, and once again found no takers.

Hand #32: Schwartz raised to 31,000. David Greene raised pot, Schwartz reraised all in, and Greene called.

Greene:     
Schwartz:     

The board ran out      , and Greene's ten-high flush was good for the double up.

Friday, June 14, 2013 2:42 PM Local Time
Schwartz Flushed & Plenty of Silber Action

Hand #22: Eddie Blumenthal opened for 24,000 on the button and Noah Schwartz and Shawn Silber called from the small and big blinds respectively. All three players checked the     flop, the   turned and Schwartz led out with a bet. Silber made the call, Blumenthal folded and the   completed the board on the river. Schwartz fired out 104,000 and Silber thought long and hard before making the call. Schwartz tabled the      for a flush, and it was good as Silber sent his cards to the muck.

Hand #23: Josh Pollock raised to 26,000 and Shawn Silber called from the small blind. David Greene came along from the big and three players watched the flop come down    . All three players checked to the   turn, and then Silber led out for 30,000. Greene folded and Pollock did the same.

Hand #24: Eddie Blumenthal opened for 24,000 and Shawn Silber called from the button. Both players checked the     flop and then did the same on the   turn. When the   completed the board on the river, Blumenthal check-folded to Silber's 25,000 bet.

Hand #25: Shawn Silber opened for 26,000 from the cutoff and took down the blinds.

Hand #26: Josh Pollock opened for 25,000 under the gun and Shawn Silber called from the hijack. Eric Shanks called from the big blind and it was three-way action to the     flop. Shanks checked, Pollock bet 42,000 and Silber called. After Shanks folded, the   turned and Pollock checked. Silber took the opportunity to bet 98,000, Pollock called and the   completed the board on the river. Pollock checked for a second time and Silber took awhile before bet the size of the pot, which was enough to put Pollock all in if he chose to call.

Pollock, from Silver Spring, Maryland, tanked for a solid minute before releasing his hand.

Friday, June 14, 2013 2:20 PM Local Time
Hands 17-21

Hand #17: Shawn Silber called from the cutoff, KT Park completed and James Park checked. The flop came    , and both Parks checked. Shawn checked behind them, and the turn was the  . KT checked, and James bet 26,000. Silber called, while KT folded. The river brought a  , and both players checked. James showed      for top two pair and took the pot.

Hand #18: Noah Schwartz raised to 28,000. Everyone else folded.

Hand #19: Schwartz raised to 28,000. James called on the button, and the blinds folded. Three broadway cards flopped:    . Schwartz bet out 37,000, but James raised to 103,000. Schwartz folded.

Hand #20: KT raised to 22,000, and Eddie Blumenthal called in the big blind. Both players checked the     flop. The turn brought a  . Blumenthal checked, and KT bet 33,000. Blumenthal folded.

Hand #21: Josh Pollock raised to 26,000. Schwartz called from the big blind. After a     flop, Schwartz checked, and Pollock bet 28,000. Schwartz raised to 95,000. Pollock conceded the pot.

Friday, June 14, 2013 2:06 PM Local Time
Last Hands of Level 18

Hand #13: KT Park opened for 20,000 and James Park three-bet it to 75,000. Action folded back to KT and he sent his cards to the muck.

Hand #14: James Park raised to 20,000 from middle position and Eric Shanks called from the hijack. Josh Pollock came along from the cutoff, Shawn Silber defended his big blind and four players took a flop of    . Silber was first to act and led out for 77,000, which inspired all three of his opponents to fold.

Hand #15: Noah Schwartz raised to 20,000 and won the pot.

Hand #16: After Eric Shanks raised to 20,000 and Shawn Silber called, the former player led out for 28,000 on the flop     only to fold when the latter player raised.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 14, 2013 1:56 PM Local Time
Hands 7-12

Hand #7: Shawn Silber raised to 20,000, then continuation bet the flop against David Greene. Greene folded.

Hand #8: James Park raised to 20,000, and Eddie Blumenthal and Noah Schwartz called. Silber reraised to 115,000. The blinds, Park, Blumenthal and Schwartz folded.

Hand #9: Action folded to KT Park, who completed the blind. James checked to see a flop of    . KT checked, and James bet 13,000. KT called, seeing a   turn. He fired out 21,000. James bumped it to 68,000. KT folded after tanking for about two minutes.

Hand #10: Action folded to James in the small blind, who completed. Eric Shanks checked. James bet 15,000 on the flop, and Shanks folded.

Hand #11: Blumenthal raised to 20,000, and everyone else folded.

Hand #12: Silber raised to 20,000, and Greene made the call, as did Blumenthal from the big blind. The flop came    . Everyone checked, and the dealer placed the   as the turn. Blumenthal and Silber checked once more, and Greene bet pot for 71,000. Blumenthal and Silber folded.

Friday, June 14, 2013 1:40 PM Local Time
Brandon Crawford Eliminated in 9th Place ($19,909)

Brandon Crawford - 9th Place

Hand #5: KT Park opened for 20,000, James Park called and Shawn Silber called from the big. All three players checked the     flop, the   turned and KT bet 28,000 after Silber checked to him. James made the call, Silber folded and the   completed the board on the river. KT checked, James bet 53,000 and KT thought for well over a minute before folding his cards.

Hand #6: Eric Shanks opened for 20,000 and Noah Schwartz called from the button. Shawn Silber came along from the small blind and then Brandon Crawford did the same from the big, leading to a     flop. Three checks saw Schwartz fire out 38,000, only Crawford called and the dealer burned and turned the  . Crawford checked, Schwartz bet 87,000 and Crawford hit the tank. Eventually he emerged and moved all in, which Schwartz snap-called.

Crawford:     
Schwartz:     

Schwartz had flopped the nut straight while Crawford, who if you recall finished as the Day 1 chip leader, held three pair. That meant Crawford needed one of his cards to pair on the river, and although the   paired the board, it wasn't the card he needed.

Crawford exited the ESPN Main Stage to a nice round of applause on his way to the payout desk to collect $19,909.

Noah Schwartz1,400,000238,000
Brandon Crawford0-248,000
Friday, June 14, 2013 1:26 PM Local Time
Blumenthal Active Early

Hand #1: Eddie Blumenthal raised to 22,000. Eric Shanks and Brandon Crawford called. The flop came    . Everyone checked. The turn was the  , and everyone checked once more. A   hit the river, and Blumenthal bet 44,000. Shanks and Crawford folded.

Hand #2: Blumenthal raised to 20,000. James Park reraied pot, to 75,000. Blumenthal folded.

Hand #3: Park raised to 20,000 from the cutoff, and Blumenthal called. The flop came    , and Blumenthal checked. Park bet 24,000. Blumenthal raised to 62,000. Park folded, and Blumenthal took another pot.

Hand #4: Blumenthal completed the blind, and Noah Schwartz checked. Blumenthal led out for 14,000 on a     flop, and Schwartz called. The turn came  , and both players checked. A   river completed a four-straight and a three-flush, and Blumenthal and Schwartz checked again. Blumenthal showed      and took the pot with two-pair.

Friday, June 14, 2013 12:06 PM Local Time
Seat 1: Noah Schwartz -- 1,162,000

Noah Schwartz

The most accomplished player at the final table, Noah Schwartz, also happens to be the chip leader. The 29-year-old from Sunny Iles Beach, Florida has more than $3.2 million in live tournament winnings since 2006, with his career year coming in 2012. That is when he won $1,127,927 including a win in the World Poker Tour $3,500 Jacksonville bestbet Main Event for $402,972, fourth in the L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Championship for $355,750 and sixth in a €25,000 High Roller Event in Monte Carlo for $219,162.

As far as the World Series of Poker is concerned, Schwartz, who earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from FIU, has 12 cashes for $589,408. Nearly half of that came back in 2009 in the special 40th anniversary Event #2 $40,000 No-Limit Hold'em when he finished eighth for $246,834. Other highlights include a 24th-place finish in the 2009 WSOP Event #40 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $46,225 and fourth in the 2011 WSOP Europe Event #5 €10,400 No-Limit Hold'em Split Format for €112,092.

Schwartz has previously said that pot-limit Omaha is his favorite game, so how sweet would it be if he captured his first gold bracelet in that game? He has a good chance of doing it as he holds about a quarter of the chips in play, but only time will tell if he can find himself as the last man standing.

Friday, June 14, 2013 11:54 AM Local Time
Seat 2: Shawn Silber -- 808,000

Shawn Silber

Thanks to a late-night charge on Day 2, local Shawn Silber begins the day second in chips. He gathered those chips in large part by eliminating some tough players like Pakinai Lisawad, Levon Khachatryan and David Johnson.

Today will mark Silber's largest career cash, with his previous best being a 217th-place finish in the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event for $10,000. You read that right, the 2004 WSOP. That means Silber has been playing for at least the better part of a decade. Toss in a fifth-place finish in the 2007/2008 WSOP Circuit Caesars Palace Las Vegas Event #10 $550 Pot-Limit Omaha for $3,667, and Silber has the experience to come out of relative obscurity to win the WSOP gold bracelet.

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Friday, June 14, 2013 11:45 AM Local Time
Seat 3: Brandon Crawford -- 249,000

Brandon Crawford

Brandon Crawford has had an up-and-down experience in Event #22: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha. On Day 1, he ran and played better than everyone as he finished chip leader among the final 117. Crawford, who hails from Los Angeles, California and works in digital marketing, used that chip advantage to make it to the final table, albeit as the second shortest stack. That means he faces an uphill battle if he hopes to capture his first gold bracelet.

Even so, we happen to know Crawford is friends with Justin "Boosted J" Smith, who stopped by the tournament area to wish his friend well late on Day 2. If Crawford can get some advice from his experienced friend, he might just be able to make a run at the title.

Today marks Crawford's third, and largest, cash at the World Series of Poker. He also has one WSOP Circuit score for $32,990, which came from a sixth-place finish in the 2012 $1,600 Main Event at the Bicycle Casino. While that score was nice, his largest actually came in the 2011 L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Championship Event when he finished 16th for $50,340. That career score could change today though if he can manage to finish fifth or better.

Friday, June 14, 2013 11:38 AM Local Time
Seat 4: David Greene -- 163,000

David Greene

David Greene of Germantown, Maryland begins the day on the short stack with 163,000. While Greene no doubt enjoys the challenge and thrill of competition, poker isn't his primary game. That happens to be golf. With that said, the gold professional learned to play poker from members at his local country club.

He's put those lessons to good use as today he'll notch the largest score of his young poker career--his only other cash came from the 2012 WSOP Event #8 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better when he placed 25th for $7,989.

Friday, June 14, 2013 11:33 AM Local Time
Seat 5: Michael "KT" Parks -- 361,000

KT  Park

Like the other Park at the table, little is known about Michael Parks, who told PokerNews on Day 1 that he prefers to go by KT Park. The 47-year-old consultant was born in South Korea but now resides in Los Angeles, California. Today marls his first-ever WSOP cash. He begins the day sixth in chips.

Friday, June 14, 2013 11:09 AM Local Time
Seat 6: James Park -- 325,000

James Park

Very little is known about 24-year-old James Park other than the fact that he's from Birmingham, England and got his start playing poker by playing online. He'll obviously be getting some live experience here today!

Friday, June 14, 2013 11:01 AM Local Time
Seat 7: Eric Shanks -- 446,000

Eric Shanks

Unlike many of the other finalist, 27-year-old Eric Shanks is not a professional poker player. He is actually an options trader from Santa Monica, California, though he originally hails from Syracuse, New York. Despite not making poker his full-time profession, Shanks is far from an inexperienced amateur. On the contrary, he he's been cashing at the World Series of Poker for the past five years.

The first of his three cashes came back in 2008 when he took 15th in Event #3 $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em for $9,732. Three years later, he took 27th for $21,933 in Event #36 $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Then, a little over a week ago, he got his third cash after finishing 47th in Event #12 $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em for $2,795. Needless to say, Shanks will notch the biggest cash of his career here today as long as he isn't the first person eliminated from the final table. Chances are that won't happen as he begins the final table fifth in chips.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 14, 2013 10:53 AM Local Time
Seat 8: Josh Pollock -- 525,000

Josh Pollack

Josh Pollock has been coming to the World Series of Poker since 2007, which is when he notched his first cash by placing 49th in Event #12 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed for $4,188. Since then, Pollock has added six more cashes to his WSOP résumé, with his best result being a 303rd-place finish in the 2011 WSOP Main Event for $35,492. This event marks Pollock's second cash of the summer after he previously finished 113th in Event #6 $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em for $7,278.

This may be the 29 year old's first final table here at the WSOP, but that's not to say he's inexperienced playing against top professionals for a lot of money. Back in August 2011, Pollock had his biggest career score when he made the final table of the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker $3,500 Main Event, which included the likes of Will "The Thrill" Failla and WSOP bracelet winners Ken Aldridge and Owais Ahmed. Pollock finished fourth in that event for $128,500.

If Pollock, who begins the day fourth in chips, can finish in either first or second here today, he will enjoy an even larger payday and quite possibly his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Friday, June 14, 2013 10:43 AM Local Time
Seat 9: Eddie Blumenthal -- 565,000

Eddie Blumenthal

Born September 9, 1985, Nicholas Blumenthal, who goes by Eddie, is no stranger to the World Series of Poker. The professional poker player from Stoughton, Wisconsin notched his first cash back at the 2009 WSOP when he took 123rd in Event #32 $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $3,908, but it wasn't until two years later that he really made his presence known in the poker world.

That's because Blumenthal managed four cashes and two final tables at the 2011 WSOP. That included a fourth-place finish in Event #4 $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $255,028 and second to Geffrey Klein in Event #10 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed for $334,756, his largest score to date.

The 2013 WSOP is shaping up to be just as successful for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate as he has already locked up his third cash of the summer. His other two came from a 440th-place finish in Event #6 $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em for $3,510 and seventh in last week's Event #15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $28,778. If Blumenthal, who starts the day third in chips, can place seventh or better, he'll earn himself his biggest payout of the summer thus far.

Friday, June 14, 2013 10:33 AM Local Time
Schwartz & Blumenthal Headline Event #22: $1,500 PLO Final Table

Noah Schwartz

It took just over 18 levels of play for 1,021 players to reduce themselves down to the final nine in the 2013 World Series of Poker's Event #22: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha. To put that in perspective, most tournaments play ten levels each on the first two days and still don't make a final table. That's a testament to the fast-pace nature and big-pot reputation of PLO, perhaps poker's most popular game behind Texas hold'em.

On Thursday, one man stood out from the rest in Noah Schwartz, who pulled out to a monster chip lead with 28 player left. It began when he won a monster pot against Christopher Brammer, and then eliminated the Brit, along with Tue Phan, a short time later. That gave Schwartz over 20% of the chips in play, and he maintained a significant chip lead all the way to the final table.

He'll begin today with 1.162 million, which is over 300,000 more than his next closest competitor. Needless to say, Schwartz is today's favorite to take down the gold bracelet and accompanying $279,175 first-place prize, especially if he can play and run as well as he did on Day 2.

While he may hold the chip lead, Schwartz won't have an easy time capturing his first bracelet. That's because the final table is composed of some pretty stiff competition like Eddie Blumenthal, who is at his fifth WSOP final table including a seventh-place finish in Event #15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. one week ago, and Josh Pollock, who went deep in Event #6 $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em when he finished in 113th place for $7,278. Blumenthal and Pollock begin the final table third and fourth in chips respectively.

The final table will play out at 13:00 PST, which is a couple hours from now. Of course we'll have timely updates from Event #22 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha then, but before then we'll also post final table bios on the remaining nine players, so stay tuned for those.

While you wait, be sure to check out Lynn Gilmartin's June 14 update:

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