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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Sunday, June 03, 2018 to Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Event #11: PLO GIANT - $365 Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $975,000
  • Entries: 3,250
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 7:36 PM Local Time
Tim Andrew Triumphs in Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015

Tim Andrew

Canadian player Tim Andrew turned his first-ever bracelet event appearance into a golden debut. Andrew took down the 3,250-strong Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015 and the WSOP title, putting his name on the poker map in a spectacular fashion. "It's a pretty good feeling," he said.

Andrew's victory is phenomenal on multiple levels. He loves playing Pot-Limit Omaha but hardly plays tournaments. Originally from British Columbia, Andrew can be seen at cash game tables in Calgary. He revealed that his previous biggest tournament payday was only about $4,000 but now he's notched his first six-figure result.

"I love playing poker," said Andrew. He recently switched from studying to fully concentrate on poker.

Andrew's remarkable final table run started in a bizarre way. He wasn't at the table for the first 30 minutes or so. As it turned out, there was no other reason behind his late arrival than the simplest one; he overslept.

"I woke up at 1:45pm and I was gonna leave right then but then I was just like 'you know what, I'm gonna miss some hands anyways.' So I just wanted to have a shower to at least feel good. I had a cold shower to clear my head," Andrew said.

While he was on his way, the other players already battled on the stage in the Brasilia Room, and they fought hard. It could easily end with Andrew coming to the table with three seats already open, but the narrative was very different.

Final Table Results

1Tim AndrewCanada$116,015
2Pete ArroyosUnited States$71,703
3Robert CicchelliCanada$53,709
4Sandeep PulusaniUnited States$40,379
5Michael MizrachiUnited States$30,461
6James SieversUnited States$23,076
7Kevin NombertoUnited States$17,541
8Raymond WaltonUnited States$13,384
9Srinivas BalasubramanianUnited States$10,250

The start-of-day chip leader Srinivas Balasubramanian would now perhaps wish to have had a longer sleep just as Andrew. Coming back with a full bag of chips and a direct position on the most dangerous player on the table, four-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi, Balasubramanian surely had high expectations for his final table campaign.

But it turned out as a disastrous experience for Balasubramanian who had to lick his first wound when he got it in good against Kevin Nomberto on the turn with Nomberto drawing for only two outs to survive. Nomberto binked and started the giant downfall of Balasubramanian, who soon doubled James Sievers and then Mizrachi as well.

So it was Balasubramanian leaving the finale in ninth place, much to the shock of everyone at the table, including Andrew who had taken his seat to witness Balasubramanian lose the rest of his chips.

Andrew had a completely different gameplan than Balasubramanian. His strategy was to be as cautious as possible and don't get into some huge fireworks early on.

"I didn't want to get clipped early. I tried to stay away from the big pots and win a lot of little pots," Andrew said, adding: "I didn't want to have to make big decisions where my whole stack would have to go in."

Andrew managed to climb to the pole position and controlled a solid stack throughout. He was following his plan while Pete Arroyos and Mizrachi weren't scared to blast. Mizrachi vaulted to the lead at one point but just when he was getting to his typical mode of relentless piling, the fortune turned away from him.

In what was the largest pot at the time, Arroyos shoved when "The Grinder" peeled double suited aces but the three-time Poker Players' Championship winner couldn't hold. Arroyos had only five outs on the turn and he received one of them, finishing with a set of kings.

Mizrachi bounced back, scoring a double elimination of short stacks Sievers and Nomberto, but he was the next to go. Mizrachi's bid for the title ended when Arroyos hit an ace, cracking kings in a preflop contest to bust Mizrachi in fifth place.

Arroyos was in possession of half of the chips in play and the fast structure left all his opponents short. Arroyos took care of Sandeep Pulusani and Robert Cicchelli who weren't able to sustain a decent stack. Only Andrew was controlling his belongings without major swings so he wasn't far behind Arroyos when they entered the heads-up match.

Arroyos was, however, playing ultra-straightforward. He kept potting most of the streets, trying to finish the duel very quickly. He tackled Andrew close to 10 big blinds but Andrew made two big doubles in consecutive hands, completely changing the picture of the duel.

The first all in saw Andrew get it in ahead and hold but Arroyos had him on the ropes right away when he flopped the middle set with jacks against Andrew's top pair and a nut flush draw. Andrew got there on the turn and a blank river gave him a commanding lead. Andrew eventually peeled aces and his hand prevailed against a wrap.

While there are hundreds and thousands of players endlessly trying to capture their first gold, Andrew needed just one attempt to tick the ultimate poker achievement.

"I played one deepstack with a $150 buy-in," Andrew said about his tournament résumé from this summer. Now with a confidence of a bracelet winner in combination with the large chunk of money in his pocket, the PLO world can only wait for what more can Andrew show in the last two weeks of the series. There's still a couple of PLO events on this year's schedule so stay tuned to PokerNews to find out if Andrew can make it two-for-two.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:35 PM Local Time
Pete Arroyos Eliminated in 2nd Place ($71,703); Tim Andrew Wins the PLO GIANT ($116,015)!

Tim Andrew Defeats Pete Arroyos

Pete Arroyos limped on the button, Tim Andrew raised the pot to 4,800,000, and Arroyos called.

The flop came down    , Andrew bet the pot, and Arroyos called all in for for 4,800,000 with      for a wrap. Andrew held     .

The   turn kept Andrew ahead and the   river completed the board, no help to Arroyos, ending his tournament in second place for $71,703.

Tim Andrew wins the PLO GIANT for $116,015! A recap of the event will be published later this evening.

Tim Andrew81,300,0008,000,000
Pete Arroyos0-8,000,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:29 PM Local Time
Andrew Closing In

Timothy Andrew

Pete Arroyos limped his button and Tim Andrew checked his option.

They checked to the turn of a      board where Andrew check-called 2,500,000 from Arroyos.

The river was the   and both players checked.

Andrew tabled      for a wheel, Arroyos mucked, and Andrew won the pot.

Tim Andrew73,300,0004,100,000
Pete Arroyos8,000,000-4,100,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:26 PM Local Time
Andrew Hits a Flush to Score a Massive Double

Tim Andrew limped in the small blind and called when Pete Arroyos potted.

The     flop landed on the felt and the chips were in within a few seconds as Arroyos checked, Andrew potted, and both players then once again announced a re-pot and all in to make things official.


Andrew was behind with a top pair and the nut flush draw versus Arroyos' set, but he filled his draw right away as the   appeared on the turn.

"Pair the board!" Arroyos hoped but the   river sealed a big double for Andrew.

Tim Andrew69,200,00034,600,000
Pete Arroyos12,100,000-34,600,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:21 PM Local Time
Andrew Doubles Up

Pete Arroyos raised the pot to 4,800,000 and Tim Andrew called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and Andrew checked to Arroyos who bet the pot of 9,600,000. Andrew check-raised all in for 12,500,000 and Arroyos called.

Andrew tabled      leading Arroyos'     .

The   turn and   river completed the board, giving Andrew the bigger flush to double through Arroyos.

Pete Arroyos46,700,000-17,300,000
Tim Andrew34,600,00017,300,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:17 PM Local Time
Arroyos Flops a Boat

Tim Andrew raised to 4,300,000 and Pete Arroyos defended his big blind, calling.

The flop of     was checked and Arroyos checked the   turn as well. Andrew tossed in a bet of 4,500,000 and Arroyos snap-raised to 10.5 million. Andrew was as fast with putting in calling chips and they continued to the   river.

Arroyos tapped and Andrew knuckled back.

"Dammit," Arroyos said as he hoped to see his opponent fire. Arroyos flopped a full house with      and Andrew flashed    before he mucked his hand.

Pete Arroyos64,000,00018,000,000
Tim Andrew17,300,000-18,000,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:13 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Chip Counts
Pete Arroyos46,000,0000
Tim Andrew35,300,0006,800,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:12 PM Local Time
Robert Cicchelli Eliminated in 3rd Place ($53,709)

Robert Cicchelli

Pete Arroyos limped from the small blind, Robert Cicchelli raised the pot to 4,800,000 from the big blind, and Arroyos called.

Arroyos checked in the dark, the flop came down    , and Cicchelli committed his remaining 3,500,000. Arroyos called with      for a pair of eights, leading Cicchelli's     .

The   turn and   river completed the board, no help to Cicchelli, ending his tournament in third place

Pete Arroyos46,000,0003,100,000
Robert Cicchelli0-9,900,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 6:01 PM Local Time
Level 37 started
Level: 37
Blinds: 800000/1600000
Ante: 0
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:53 PM Local Time
15-Minute Break

Players are on a 15-minute break.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:52 PM Local Time
Arroyos Back at the Helm

Tim Andrew completed in the small blind and called when big blind Pete Arroyos potted for 3,600,000.

They saw the     hit the felt and both checked to the   turn. Andrew checked again but Arroyos fired a pot-size bet of 7.2 million. Andrew immediately called.

The   river was quickly checked through and Arroyos announced two pair, showing     .

"Two pair is good," Andrew said and mucked.

Pete Arroyos42,900,0007,900,000
Tim Andrew28,500,000-5,500,000
Robert Cicchelli9,900,000-1,100,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:43 PM Local Time
Two Hands Between Andrew and Arroyos

Tim Andrew limped from the small blind, Pete Arroyos raised the pot to 3,600,000 from the big blind, and Andrew called.

The flop came down     and Andrew check-called 1,500,000 from Arroyos. The turn was the  , Andrew checked, Arroyos bet the pot, and Andrew folded.

In the next hand, Andrew opened to 3,100,000 from the button and Arroyos called from the small blind.

The flop fell    , Arroyos checked, Andrew bet 4,000,000, and Andrew folded.

Pete Arroyos35,000,0002,000,000
Tim Andrew34,000,000-1,050,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:38 PM Local Time
Freeroll for Cicchelli

In a three-way limped pot, Robert Chicchelli and Tim Andrew checked the     flop and Pete Arroyos potted for 3.6 million on the button.

Cicchelli tanked for about two minutes and then raised all in for about 8 million. Arroyos called and they both showed the eight-high straight.

Cicchelli, however, had      and was freerolling against     .

"Yeah, baby. Freeroll!" Cicchelli shouted in excitement, hoping to scoop the pot.

"Spade one time!" he continued.

The   changed nothing and neither did the   river, leaving the pot split between Cicchelli and Arroyos.

Pete Arroyos33,000,0000
Robert Cicchelli11,000,000-2,800,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:32 PM Local Time
Sandeep Pulusani Eliminated in 4th Place ($40,379)

Sandeep Pulusani

Sandeep Pulusani raised the pot to 3,600,000 from the small blind and Pete Arroyos called from the big blind.

The flop came down    , Pulusani went all in for his remaining 2,150,000, and Arroyos called.

Pulusani tabled      for a flush draw with some straight draws, while Arroyos showed      for a pair of aces.

The   turn and   river completed the board, no help to Pulusani, ending his tournament in fourth place.

Pete Arroyos33,000,0006,200,000
Sandeep Pulusani0-11,000,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:27 PM Local Time
Andrew Takes the Lead After Doubling Through Arroyos

Tim Andrew made it 2.8 million under the gun and Pete Arroyos accepted the price in the small blind. The     flop was checked but Arroyos fired the maximum bet on the   turn. Andrew fairly quickly cut out calling chips and slid them forward.

The river was the   and Arroyos placed in a tower of chips, covering Andrew's remaining 7,325,000. Andrew called, showing the nuts with     , and Arroyos' hand was thrown in the muck.

Andrew doubled to just over 35 million and took over the pole position from Arroyos.

Tim Andrew35,050,00020,050,000
Pete Arroyos26,800,000-11,200,000
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:16 PM Local Time
Arroyos Leads The River

Tim Andrew raised to 3,000,000 from the button and Pete Arroyos called from the big blind.

They checked to the turn of a      board where Arroyos check-called 3,000,000 from Andrew. The river was the  , Arroyos led for 4,000,000 and Andrew folded.

Pete Arroyos38,000,0007,000,000
Tim Andrew15,000,000-5,000,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:10 PM Local Time
Level 36 started
Level: 36
Blinds: 600000/1200000
Ante: 0
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:09 PM Local Time
Arroyos Can't Pull the Trigger

Pete Arroyos limped on the button and Robert Cicchelli potted in the small blind, making it 4,000,000. Big blind Tim Andrew got out of the way but Arroyos snap-called.

The flop came     and Cicchelli announced he was all in for 4.8 million. Arroyos spent over two minutes contemplating his decision and eventually figured out that his hand wasn't good enough to match the price.

Pete Arroyos31,000,000-5,500,000
Robert Cicchelli13,800,000-600,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 5:02 PM Local Time
Andrew Check-Raise Shoves on Arroyos

Pete Arroyos limped from under the gun, Tim Andrew called from the small blind, and Sandeep Pulusani checked his option.

The flop came down     and action checked to Arroyos who bet 2,000,000. Andrew check-raised all in for 8,125,000, Pulusani folded, and so did Arroyos.

Pete Arroyos36,500,000-4,500,000
Tim Andrew13,125,0003,475,000
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 4:58 PM Local Time
Andrew Drops Below 10 Bigs

Sandeep Pulusani opened the action with a raise to 2.5 million and only big blind Tim Andrew called. They checked the     flop and Andrew led out 1.5 million on the   turn. Pulusani called and the   river was checked.

"Miss," Andrew announced and Pulusani turned up      for the winner.

Sandeep Pulusani19,000,0002,000,000
Tim Andrew9,650,000-5,450,000
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