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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to Thursday, June 27, 2013

Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $1,187,550
  • Entries: 435
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 28, 2013 1:19 AM Local Time
Vladimir Shchmelev Wins Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better ($279,094)

2013 WSOP Event 46 Gold Bracelet Winner Vladimir Shchmelev

The day began with 17 players all vying for the top prize of a World Series of Poker bracelet and $279,084 and at the beginning of the day it was anyones game. Everyone came into the day just a stone throw away from each other, but it was Alexey Makarov leading that pack.

Players started dropping fast at the start of the day. So fast in fact that before the second break, players had already reached the unofficial final table. First to go was Ari Engel. Engel doubled up early, but he couldn't hang on tight enough and he was flung out of the tournament in 17th place when he was eliminated by Joshua Weiland. Next to go were Dylan Linde, Matthew Lansdon, and Stephen Chidwick who all fell in rapid succession. Right before the final table, John O'Shea and Vladimir Shchmelev got involved in a huge pot that gave Shchmelev some momentum that he needed to eventually win the tournament. In the hand, Shchmelev cracked O'Shea's aces and managed to quarter him for most of his stack.

Leaving in the next spot was Joshua Weiland who started the day as one of the shorter stacks, but was able to grind back up. He ended up finishing in 13th place when Ashly Butler began a monster run that would propel him into the chip lead. Falling next was John O'Shea who dropped to Mel Judah and closing it out just short of the unofficial final table was Robert Price, who was eliminated by Alexey Makarov.

When final table time approached, Ashly Butler eliminated Zhen Cai in stunning fashion when the two of the top three stacks in play collided. Butler turned a straight against Cai's set on a high only board and Cai couldn't fill up. From there, Butler took control of the final table and held the chip lead until three handed play. Falling in ninth was start of the day chip leader Alexey Makarov, who slowly slipped from the top of the leader board, to the middle, to completely out of the tournament. Then in a very short span, Ashly Butler eliminated Allyn Jaffrey Shulman, Andrey Zaichenko, and Tyler Nelson. Falling in fifth was "Miami" John Cernuto, who was yet another casualty of Ashley Butler. In the hand, Butler rivered Cernuto right out the door when he caught a straight and a nut low.

Four handed play was when the tides began to slowly shift towards Vladimir Shchmelev. It began when he eliminated Brian Hacker in fourth place. In the hand, Shchmelev rivered a straight against Hacker's set to send him to the payout desk. From there, Shchmelev took several big pots off Butler to gain the chip lead. And in the biggest one, Shchmelev had Butler drawing to just a quarter to stay alive. Butler hit his gin card for a quarter, but that hand left him crippled. Shortly after, Shchmelev flopped the nuts when Butler had aces and that was the end of Butler's run.

Heads-up player didn't last for too long and after trading back and forth for a few hands, Mel Judah flopped trips while Shchmelev flopped a boat. All the money got in the middle, and at the end of it Shchmelev remained standing victorious. After coming close to a bracelet several times, and having a massive run with no bracelet in 2010, Shchmelev was able to claim his first, well deserved World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

1Vladimir Shchmelev$279,094
2Mel Judah$172,361
3Ashly Butler$124,645
4Brian Hacker$91,085
5John Cernuto$67,262
6Tyler Nelson$50,197
7Andrey Zaichenko$37,847
8Allyn Jaffrey Shulman$28,821
9Alexey Makarov$22,171

That's it for us here a in Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better. Be sure to stay tuned for all our coverage of the 2013 World Series of Poker where will bring you updates from every tournament through the rest of the series.

Friday, June 28, 2013 12:35 AM Local Time
Mel Judah Eliminated In Second Place ($172,361)

Mel Juda

On the final hand of the night, Mel Judah opened to 125,000 from the button. Shchmelev called from the big blind. The flop came down     and Shchmelev checked to Judah who fired 125,000 again. Shchmelev reraised to 350,000. Judah called.

The turn was the   and Shchmelev potted it for 950,000. Judah announced all in and Shchmelev called quickly.


Judah had flopped trips, but Shchmelev had done him one better and flopped a full house. It looked grim for Judah unless he could river a chop, but the river was the  , not allowing for that. With that, Judah was eliminated in second place while Shchmelev claimed the first place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Mel Judah0-1,915,000
Friday, June 28, 2013 12:22 AM Local Time
Judah Raises the River

Mel Judah called Vladimir Shchmelev's 200,000 turn bet with the board reading     . The river was the  , and Shchmelev slid out a small stack of green T25,000 chips. Judah slid out a far larger tower of the chips, and Shchmelev quickly folded.

Vladimir Shchmelev2,000,000-800,000
Mel Judah1,915,000800,000
Friday, June 28, 2013 12:20 AM Local Time
Approximate Heads Up Chip Counts
Vladimir Shchmelev2,800,0000
Mel Judah1,115,000-685,000
Friday, June 28, 2013 12:16 AM Local Time
Level 27 started
Level: 27
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 0
Velo 690x150
Friday, June 28, 2013 12:14 AM Local Time
Heads-Up Time

The two remaining players are seated and ready to play for the championship.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:58 PM Local Time

After just two hands of heads up play, both which ended with Vladimir Shchmelev scooping small pots, we're on a 20-minute break.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:55 PM Local Time
Ashly Butler Eliminated in 3rd Place ($124,645)

Ashly Butler

Vladimir Shchmelev limped in on the button, then from the big blind Ashly Butler raised to 140,000. Shchmelev called and the two took a flop.

On the     flop, Butler potted, which led to an all in from Shchmelev that Butler quickly called.

"Do you have seven-eight?" Butler asked. "I have aces."

Shchmelev did have seven, eight, and he showed it.


It was grim for Butler but he could still catch winners to win the pot. Unfortunately for him, the   and the   were not those runners and he was eliminated from the tournament in third place.

Vladimir Shchmelev2,800,0001,050,000
Ashly Butler0-700,000
Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:48 PM Local Time
Butler Spikes an Out to Survive with a Quarter

Ashly Butler nearly lost his stack.

Ashly Butler had reraised before the flop from the big blind, and Vladimir Shchmelev called from the button. Butler fired out 250,000 on the     flop, and he was again called. The turn was a  , and Butler moved all in. Shchmelev was in there instantly, and he was in fantastic shape.


Butler was dead to a quartering, as Shchmelev had a full house for high and the nuts for low. Miraculously, the   hit the river, and Butler's remains in contention, though he had to ship 580,000 more over to his opponent.

Vladimir Shchmelev1,750,000835,000
Ashly Butler700,000-500,000
Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:33 PM Local Time
Judah Takes More From Shchmelev And Takes The Lead

From the small blind, Vladimir Shchmelev opened to 95,000 and he was called by Mel Judah in the big. The flop came down     and Shchmelev led out with a bet of 75,000. Judah raised to 150,000 and was called by Shchmelev.

The turn was the   and both players slowed down with a check.

On the   river, Shchmelev checked again to Judah, but Judah didn't check. He fired out 200,000 and after a little while in the tank, Shchmelev frustratedly mucked his cards, thus awarding Judah the pot and the chip lead.

Mel Judah1,800,000589,000
Ashly Butler1,200,000-600,000
Vladimir Shchmelev915,00040,000
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:21 PM Local Time
Shchmelev Pays Off Judah With The Nuts

We caught up with Mel Judah and Vladimir Shchmelev on a board of      . There was already more than 200,000 chips in the pot and Judah fired out a bet of 125,000 on the river after being checked to from Shchmelev.

Shchmelev thought over his decision for a bit before eventually tossing in a call. Judah turned over his    for the nut straight and that was good enough to make Shchmelev muck his hand.

After that pot, Shchmelev has fallen into the position of the shortest stack.

Mel Judah1,211,000425,000
Vladimir Shchmelev875,000-425,000
Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:59 PM Local Time
Slow Going

The last three players have spent the past half or so playing it cautious in mostly very small pots.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:53 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 20000/40000
Ante: 0
Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:33 PM Local Time
Butler and Shchmelev Trade Back

Ashly Butler opened to 60,000 from the button and he was called by both players.

The flop came down     and everyone checked to Butler who fired 90,000. Only Shchmelev called.

The turn was the   and both players checked to see the   on the river. There, Shchmelev put out a bet of 200,000 which Butler quickly called.

Butler showed    for a full house and    for a low. Shchmelev just showed his    for a flush, and two other picture cards, meaning he had no low.

With that, Butler and Shchmelev have traded positions in the chip counts.

Ashly Butler1,800,000670,000
Vladimir Shchmelev1,300,000-670,000
Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:25 PM Local Time
Butler Gets Scooped

Ashly Butler put Vladimir Shchmelev all in on a flop of    . He called.


Butler was ahead with a pair of tens and a flush draw, while Shchmelev had a better low draw and a better straight draw. The turn was a  , changing nothing and leaving Butler in prime position to scoop the pot and enter heads-up play with a huge lead. However, the river came  , and though Butler initially thought he was chopping with a straight against Shchmelev's low, Shchmelev had the better straight with a nine-high one, so he scooped Butler and grabbed the chip lead.

Vladimir Shchmelev1,970,000855,000
Ashly Butler1,130,000-970,000
Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:13 PM Local Time
Butler Check Raises Two, Pays Off Shchmelev On The Third

On one of the first hands back from break, Ashly Butler and Vladimir Shchmelev got it all in. Shchmelev opened the pot with a raise to 70,000 and he was called by Butler in the big blind.

On the flop of     Butler check raised a 60,000 chip bit from Shchmelev to 325,000. Shchmelev quickly went all in and Butler called.

Shchmelev:     .

Butler flopped a huge hand and looked good to win the pot and eliminate Shchmelev. The turn was the   improving no one, but the river was the   giving Shchmelev a better high hand, and chopping the pot as Butler still had a three-four for the low.

On the next hand after a raise and a call, Butler check raised again on a flop of     against Shchmelev, but this time Shchmelev folded.

On the third hand Shchmelev raised from the button to 60,000 and was called by Butler in the big blind. Butler check called a 50,000 chip bet from Shchmelev on the     flop. The turn was the   and both players checked to see the   on the river. There, Butler check called a 125,000 chip bet from Shchmelev but mucked when he was shown      for a full house from Shchmelev.

Ashly Butler2,100,000-120,000
Vladimir Shchmelev1,115,000120,000
Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:58 PM Local Time
Chip Counts After Dinner
Ashly Butler2,220,00040,000
Vladimir Shchmelev995,000120,000
Mel Judah786,000-154,000
Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:57 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Level: 25
Blinds: 15000/30000
Ante: 0
Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:57 PM Local Time
Play Resuming

The final three players are ready to get back to battle.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:58 PM Local Time
Dinner Break

Players are taking a one-hour dinner break.