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2018 World Series of Poker Europe The Official WSOP Live Updates

Monday, October 15, 2018 to Thursday, October 18, 2018

Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed

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  • Buy-in: €550
  • Prizepool: €274,417
  • Entries: 572
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:02 PM Local Time
Two Bracelets in One Year for Hanh Tran; Wins Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed (€59,625)

Hanh Tran - Winner of Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed

Hanh Tran has won his second WSOP bracelet of the year in Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed! At the final table, Tran defeated Oleg Pavlyuchuk heads-up to win €59,625 and the coveted prize. Romain Lewis of France finished in third place. Florian Sarnow, second in last night's Turbo Bounty Hunter, was the first to leave the final table in eight place.

"I'm just here for vacation, have fun with my friends, and party!" said Tran this summer, back when he won his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #29: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw. The easy-going nature of the Austrian hasn't changed one bit and today, the same calm stood out as he claimed another career-defining win.

He defeated Pavlyuchuk heads-up after overcoming a 5:1 chip deficit, reminiscent of his first bracelet win where he was able to claw himself back from an even steeper hole.

"I know if I would double-up, I could beat him," Tran explained. "I'm experienced with being the underdog: in Vegas, I was a huge underdog too."

Despite winning two WSOP bracelets in the span of four months, don't call him a tournament player. Tran is still first and foremost a cash gamer.

"Tournaments are only for fun or wasting time," he grinned.

While Tran might be keeping up appearances as a cash game player, his second taste of bracelet gold has left him hungry for more. He's eyeing the €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha bracelet event, that starts in a few days, and the Main Event might be on tap too.

"Now, I want a third bracelet. I'm going to play more," he admitted.

Perhaps there's a tournament player hidden in Tran after all. And if he, in spite of his accomplishments, still considers tournaments "just for fun", winning multiple WSOP gold bracelets seems the perfect way to go at it.

Official Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize in €Prize in $
1Hanh TranAustria€59,625$68,365
2Oleg PavlyuchukLatvia€36,851$42,242
3Romain LewisFrance€25,473$29,201
4Sebastian ObermeierGermany€17,095$20,525
5Tarek SleimanChile€12,802$14,675
6Manish GoenkaIndia€9,313$10,676
7Michael MagalashviliIsrael€6,896$7,906
8Florian SarnowGermany€5,198$5,959

Tran was driven to perform in this tournament, due to a promise he made to a friend of him: Andreas Klatt. Klatt won this very tournament at the 2017 WSOP Europe but couldn't make it this year. Tran had to step up to keep the bracelet streak within the group of friends going.

"I told him from the beginning: if you're not coming, I have to win it for you. And I did! That's funny," he laughed.

Action of the final day

At 3 p.m. local time, the 8 remaining players out of a 572-strong field gathered to play down to a winner and claim the biggest slices the €274,417 prize pool had to offer. Eyes at the start were locked on Florian Sarnow, who etched his name in World Series of Poker history by becoming the first player to make two WSOP final tables in a single day.

Final Table
Final Table of Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed

Earlier this day, at 5:30 a.m. to be precise, Sarnow was eliminated in second place in the single day €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter and narrowly missed out on a bracelet. He would get a second shot in Pot-Limit Omaha a few hours later, but that attempt lasted only for two hands. In the first hand, Sarnow lost a chunk to Hanh Tran, then dropped the rest to Oleg Pavlyuchuk.

The popular Michael Magalashvili had many on the rail rooting for him, but the last Israeli standing couldn't do what two of his fellow countrymen did in the days before: win a bracelet. Short stacked, Magalashvili stuck it in with an ace-king-jack-five against Sebastian Obermeier, who turned top set with his kings to end the Israeli in seventh.

Manish Goenka and Tarek Sleiman quickly followed Magalashvili out the door. True to the spirit of 'The Great Game', as Pot-Limit Omaha is affectionally known, Sleiman ran a big blocker bluff but walked right into Pavlyuchuk's nut straight to be left with crumbs.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk
Oleg Pavlyuchuk finished in second place.

Four-handed play lasted for a bit and it was during that time that Pavlyuchuk made a huge fold. On a flop with two queens and two spades, Pavlyuchuk had flopped an open-ended straight flush draw and wrap, but once put to the test by Tran he decided to lay down the monster draw. Tran had a queen and would've flipped against Pavlyuchuk's hand but, had the Latvian called, the outcome of the tournament would've possibly been much different.

Sebastian Obermeier was ultimately the one to finish in fourth place and lost his chips to Romain Lewis, who grabbed the chip lead shortly after. However, stacks were extremely shallow at this point and Pavlyuchuk was able to climb back up and eliminate Lewis in two hands. In the first, Pavlyuchuk held up with aces in a three-bet pot against a flush draw, then Lewis jammed everything he had into Pavlyuchuk's rivered full house to bust in third.

Heads-up, Pavlyuchuk started with a 5:1 lead but like in Las Vegas earlier, Tran got back into it by winning several all-ins in short succession. After winning the first two, the third all-in was the first time Pavlyuchuk was at risk. The Latvian held kings on a queen-seven-six flop but Tran showed him a hand containing seven-six for two pair. The turn and river were blanks and Tran could celebrate his second bracelet win.

That's it for PokerNews for Event #3. Live coverage will be on the floor right up until the end on November 2 with start-to-finish coverage of the six remaining bracelet events so check back regularly for all live updates from King's Casino in Rozvadov!

Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:51 PM Local Time
Oleg Pavlyuchuk Eliminated in 2nd Place (€36,851)

Oleg Pavlyuchuk

After doubling up twice earlier, the third all-in confrontation between Oleg Pavlyuchuk and Hanh Tran was the first time Pavlyuchuk was at risk. Pavlyuchuk started the hand with slightly under three million when all the chips flew in on a     flop.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk:     
Hanh Tran:     

Tran had outflopped Pavlyuchuk and had the lead with two pair. The   on the turn brought Tran one card closer to winning his second WSOP bracelet of the year, and he clinched it on the   river. Tran cheered and celebrated with his friends on the rail.

Pavlyuchuk's run ended in second place, worth a massive payday of €36,851.

Hanh Tran11,400,0004,300,000
Oleg Pavlyuchuk0-4,340,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:38 PM Local Time
Tran Takes the Lead

Hanh Tran

Hanh Tran raised it up on the button with      and Oleg Pavlyuchuk called in the big blind holding     . The flop came     and Pavlyuchuk checked to Tran who bet 1,440,000 with three pair. Pavlyuchuk called and the   paired the board on the turn.

Both players checked and the   completed the board on the river. Pavlyuchuk checked again and Tran pushed all in for 2,780,000 with his full house. Pavlyuchuk quickly mucked his hand and Tran took over the chip lead.

Hanh Tran7,100,0003,220,000
Oleg Pavlyuchuk4,340,000-3,220,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:27 PM Local Time
Tran Doubles Up Once More


After a preflop raising war, Hanh Tran and Oleg Pavlyuchuk got their stacks in the middle again. This time, Tran was at risk for 1,940,000.

Hanh Tran:     
Oleg Pavlyuchuk:     

Once again Tran was able to come out on top after the board ran out       for queens and fives.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk7,560,000-1,100,000
Hanh Tran3,880,0001,100,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:16 PM Local Time
Tran Doubles Up

Oleg Pavlyuchuk raised and reraised the first few hands to extend his lead. Hanh Tran was left with 1,390,000 and found a monster in     , which he potted. Pavlyuchuk repotted with      to get the rest of Tran's stack in.

The     flop gave Tran the superior two pair, the   on the turn locked it up and the   river was but a formality.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk8,660,000210,000
Hanh Tran2,780,000-210,000
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Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:10 PM Local Time
Heads-up Underway


After a slight delay, heads-up play is underway between Oleg Pavlyuchuk and Hanh Tran.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:09 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 120000/240000
Ante: 0
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:50 PM Local Time

As it was also the end of the level, the heads-up players take a 15-minute break before returning.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:48 PM Local Time
Romain Lewis Eliminated in 3rd Place (€25,473)

Romain Lewis

In a limped pot in the blinds, 300,000 went in on the     flop before Romain Lewis bet 475,000 on the   turn. Oleg Pavlyuchuk call in position.

On the   river, Lewis shoved all in for 1,785,000 and Pavlyuchuk called after mere seconds.

Romain Lewis:     
Oleg Pavlyuchuk:     

Pavlyuchuk's full house was best to eliminate Lewis in third place. The Frenchman added €25,473 to his lifetime winnings of over $1.5M.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk8,450,0002,750,000
Hanh Tran2,990,000440,000
Romain Lewis0-2,300,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:42 PM Local Time
Pavlyuchuk Flops the Nuts

It's been all about Oleg Pavlyuchuk and the Latvian flopped another monster from the small blind with      when the flop came    . Pavlyuchuk had opened to 600,000 and Hanh Tran called from the big blind with     . Tran called a bet of 500,000 on the flop with his top two pair.

Both players checked the   on the turn. Pavlyuchuk tried to get 1,700,000 in value with the nuts but Tran wasn't buying it and folded.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk5,700,000300,000
Hanh Tran2,550,000-1,270,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:21 PM Local Time
Pavlyuchuk Wins It Right Back, And More

Oleg Pavlyuchuk

Just like that, Oleg Pavlyuchuk has reclaimed the lead from Romain Lewis again and relegated the Frenchman to the short stack. Lewis raised to 400,000 on the button with     , Pavlyuchuk three-bet to 1,400,000 from the small blind with      and Lewis called after some thought.

The flop came down     and Pavlyuchuk shoved his final 1,290,000, which Lewis called. Lewis caught the   on the turn to complete his flush, but the   on the river paired the board to give the Latvian the winner. Pavlyuchuk made a flying motion with his arms and darted around the feature table in celebration.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk5,400,0002,710,000
Romain Lewis2,300,000-2,700,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:19 PM Local Time
Lewis Takes the Lead

Romain Lewis

Romain Lewis was the shortest stack not long ago, but the French pro has been able to turn it around on short notice and now holds the chip lead. With three-way action on a      board and 1,400,000 in the pot, it was Lewis who bet the pot with     .

Pavlyuchuk called with      (fourth card not shown) and Hanh Tran folded     . The   river went check-check and Lewis was best with two pair.

Romain Lewis5,000,0002,150,000
Oleg Pavlyuchuk2,690,000-2,080,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:10 PM Local Time
Sebastian Obermeier Eliminated in 4th Place (€17,905)

Sebastian Obermeier

With 940,000 left, Sebastian Obermeier raised pot from the small blind, Romain Lewis three-bet all in from the big blind and Obermeier called.

Sebastian Obermeier:     
Romain Lewis:     

The dealer fanned out       to give Lewis a straight and decide Obermeier's fate. The German bowed out in fourth place and went off to collect €17,905 in prize money.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk4,770,000420,000
Hanh Tran3,820,000540,000
Romain Lewis2,850,000350,000
Sebastian Obermeier0-1,200,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:05 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 0
Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:04 PM Local Time
Lewis Doubles Through Obermeier

Romain Lewis raised himself committed first to act with     , Sebastian Obermeier three-bet shoved      from the big blind and Lewis called all in for around 1,200,000.

The board ran out       and after getting outflopped, Lewis caught the nut straight on the river to save his tournament life.

Romain Lewis2,500,0001,330,000
Sebastian Obermeier1,200,000-1,440,000
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Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:55 PM Local Time
Updated Counts

Romain Lewis has slipped below the 10 big blind mark after losing a few small pots.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk4,350,00050,000
Hanh Tran3,280,000-220,000
Sebastian Obermeier2,640,00025,000
Romain Lewis1,170,000-620,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:35 PM Local Time
Pavlyuchuk Doubles Through Tran

Oleg Pavlyuchuk

Oleg Pavlyuchuk limped in on the button with     , Hanh Tran found aces again and raised to 600,000 from the small blind with     . Pavlyuchuk called for around one-third of his stack.

The flop was     and Tran potted it, which was followed by a Hellmuth-esque call from Pavlyuchuk, who doubled up after the   turn and   river to take the lead.

Oleg Pavlyuchuk4,300,0001,725,000
Hanh Tran3,500,000-2,040,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:30 PM Local Time
Not Everyone Loves A Chop Pot

Romain Lewis

Another three aces were dealt, this time to Hanh Tran who raised it up to 540,000 with     . Romain Lewis found      in the small blind and called to see a flop, which was very favorable to him when he flopped Broadway on    .

Lewis front-shoved for 1,170,000 and Tran, while visibly unpleased, called it off with the worst of it. The turn was the   Tran needed to make it a chop pot and the   river completed the board.

Hanh Tran5,540,000290,000
Romain Lewis1,790,000-40,000
Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:25 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 80000/160000
Ante: 0
Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:22 PM Local Time
Lewis Folds Three Aces

Romain Lewis raised to 375,000 with      and Sebastian Obermeier called from the big blind with      (fourth card not shown on stream).

Obermeier needed only the three cards: the     flop went check-check, Obermeier bet the   turn and Lewis snap-folded all the aces.

Sebastian Obermeier2,615,00080,000
Romain Lewis1,830,00015,000