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

Thursday, June 14, 2018 to Saturday, June 16, 2018

Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,078,650
  • Entries: 799
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:49 PM Local Time
Ryan Bambrick Wins His First Bracelet in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha ($217,123)

Ryan Bambrick

On the final day of Event #30: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, Ryan Bambrick started out in the lead with 13 players remaining. He lost the lead to Sampo Ryynanen early on, but took it back right around the time it started to matter. In the final stage, he dominated the play to eventually walk away with $217,123 and the gold bracelet.

"I was just trying to play my best game the whole time," Bambrick said right after posing for the winner photos. "I was really focused on trying to win. I wasn't really concerned about the pay jumps. I just wanted to win a bracelet, to be honest with you."

Bambrick, who's been playing online poker for over 15 years, has been a day trader for the last seven years. But poker has always been something he did, the last couple of years on the side. Last January, he found a new site and has been crushing there ever since. He cashed out his bankroll, told his boss he would be back after the summer, and went out to Vegas for six weeks of tournaments.

"I told my work I just wanted to play poker for now, and wanted to see how the World Series would go. I might pick it back up after the World Series," Bambrick said about his job as a day trader. "I'm not sure what I'm gonna do."

1Ryan BambrickUnited States$217,123
2Sampo RyynanenFinland$134,138
3Tim McDermottUnited States$93,639
4Phil RileyCanada$66,342
5Jared InglesUnited States$47,713
6Jody FayantCanada$34,843
7Danny WoolardUnited States$25,841
8Randy WhiteUnited States$19,469
9Pushpinder SinghCanada$14,904
Ryan Bambrick
Ryan Bambrick

With play getting underway at noon, 12 seats were occupied. Just chipleader Bambrick was missing; he got in about half an hour later. And not just that, he had been an hour late on Day 2 of the event as well. "It's a long walk to the room and I like to sleep in sometimes. I had a hard time falling asleep last night; I finally fell a sleep at like 5 or 6 in the morning and slept in. I got here half an hour late but whatever," Bambrick said with a big grin on his face.

When Bambrick sat down, players like Victor Ramdin (aces cracked) and Lexy Gavin had already departed. Within the first level, the tournament was down to a final table of ten, and the official final table of nine was formed not much later when defending champ George Xu exited in 10th place.

Pushpinder Singh was the first player from the official final table to bust. He got it in with top pair and top kicker but ran into Ryynanen who had the same top pair and top kicker but had a flush draw and backdoor Broadway draw to go along with it. Ryynanen made runner-runner straight and Singh said his goodbyes.

Several players were short stacked by the time they had made it to the final table. Randy White was one of them and departed soon after Singh. He got it in with jacks versus kings and was drawing dead by the time the turn hit the felt as his opponent flopped top set.

Not even 15 minutes later, White was joined on the rail by Danny Woolard. His pair was no good anymore after the turn as his opponent turned two pair and rivered a full house.

Sampo Ryynanen, the lone European, took control of the table at this point. The rest of the table couldn't do much against his raises and three-bets and Jody Fayant became just one of his many victims. Fayant, severely short, found a real hand with single-suited queens and fours but ran into the kings of Ryynanen. No queen, four, or other help for Fayant, and that was it for the Canadian; out in sixth place.

Four minutes later, Jared Ingles hit the rail. His single-suited jack-ten with eights was no match to McDermott's double-suited ace-king-seven-six.

Sampo Ryynanen pulled away from the field, but it wouldn't last. Phil Riley fell first, losing rainbow aces with queen-deuce to jack-ten-nine-eight as McDermott turned trip nines.

After that, start-of-day chipleader Ryan Bambrick doubled through Ryyanen in a massive hand that saw him hit a set of sixes on the turn while his opponent had a pair, flush draw, and open-ended. The river bricked and Bambrick took over the lead in the match.

"That was a big hand — the crucial hand. It was a beautiful card for me on the turn and a nice river for sure," Bambrick said afterward about the hand that helped him regain the lead.

Tim McDermott was the shortest and lost the remainder of his chips in a small pot to Bambrick where the latter had flopped trips. McDermott was out and could dream about the Mirage again. He just missed out on the heads-up battle.

Bambrick started the heads-up with a sizable lead over Ryynanen and would extend the gap in one of the first hands of heads-up play. He made a flush in a big pot and saw Ryyvanen. Bambrick grew his stack to 5.2 million with just 6 million in play.

It was all Bambrick in the final stage of the tournament. He might have missed the first couple of hands of the day, and some hands getting back from dinner break a bit later than the rest, but it didn't hurt him one bit as he conquered the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha; taking down the event in dominating fashion. In the last hand of the tournament, he got it in with an overpair to Ryyvanen's middle pair. The dealer wasted no time dealing blanks on the turn and river and the two shook hands as it was all over.

"I had played with [Ryyvanen] a lot on Day 2 so I got to know his style pretty well, which definitely helped. He played really well. He was a really tough opponent, but the cards went my way," Bambrick said afterward.

Bambrick enjoyed playing in the spotlight with the people at home able to watch his every move. "It was a lot of fun, that's the best way I can describe it. I enjoyed every bit of it. It wasn't too daunting. It was exciting more than anything. I had a lot of people watching the stream. My phone was blowing up the whole time."

Sampo Ryynanen and Ryan Bambrick
Sampo Ryynanen and Ryan Bambrick
Saturday, June 16, 2018 10:02 PM Local Time
Sampo Ryynanen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($134,138)

Sampo Ryynanen

Ryan Bambrick raised to 240,000 from the button and Sampo Ryynanen called from the big blind.

The flop came     and Ryynanen shoved for 300,000. Bambrick called to put him at risk and the two players tabled their hands.

Ryan Bambrick:     
Sampo Ryynanen:     

Bambrick had the lead with his queens and Ryynanen needed help from the deck to survive. The   turn and   river were no help to Ryynanen, so Bambrick took the pot to stack him and end the tournament.

A full recap will be posted shortly.

Ryan Bambrick6,040,000840,000
Sampo Ryynanen0-840,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:57 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 40000/80000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:45 PM Local Time
Bambrick Flushes Ryynanen

Ryan Bambrick raised to 180,000 from the button and Sampo Ryynanen called from the big blind.

The flop came     and Ryynanen checked. Bambrick bet 200,000 and Ryynanen called.

The turn brought the   and both players checked.

The   fell on the river and Ryynanen checked. Bambrick bet 650,000, sending Ryynanen into the tank. He ultimately called and Bambrick rolled over     . Ryynanen mucked and Bambrick took the pot with his baby flush.

Ryan Bambrick5,200,000900,000
Sampo Ryynanen840,000-860,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:26 PM Local Time
Tim McDermott Eliminated in 3rd Place ($93,639)

Tim McDermott

Tim McDermott raised to 210,000 from the button and Ryan Bambrick called in the big blind.

The flop came     and Bambrick checked. McDermott jammed for 370,000 and Bambrick quickly called to put him at risk.

Tim McDermott:     
Ryan Bambrick:     

McDermott found himself trailing Bambrick's flopped nut boat and needed a lot of help from the deck to survive. The   turn and   river changed nothing, so Bambrick took the pot to end McDermott's deep run in this event.

Ryan Bambrick4,300,0001,100,000
Sampo Ryynanen1,700,000-100,000
Tim McDermott0-1,000,000
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Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:09 PM Local Time
Ryynanen Doubles With a Flopped Straight Flush

Sampo Ryynanen in the small blind raised to 180,000. Big blind Ryan Bambrick three-bet to 540,000 and Ryynanen called to create a 1.08 million pot.

The flop came     and Ryynanen checked. Bambrick shoved for 325,000 effectively and Ryynanen called instantly.

Sampo Ryynanen:     
Ryan Bambrick:     

With most of the money in before the flop, the first three community cards had something big in store for both. But while Bambrick would usually have at least outs with top set, this time not so much as Ryynanen tabled the flopped straight flush.

The   on the turn was inconsequential and so was the   on the river. That was good for a double-up for the former chipleader.

Ryan Bambrick3,200,000-900,000
Sampo Ryynanen1,800,000935,000
Tim McDermott1,000,000-100,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:06 PM Local Time
Bambrick Gets a Fold From Ryynanen

Ryan Bambrick and Sampo Ryynanen saw a flop of     and they both checked.

The turn brought the   and Ryynanen bet 200,000. Bambrick called.

The   hit the river and Ryynanen checked. Bambrick bet 600,000, Ryynanen folded, and Bambrick took the pot.

Ryan Bambrick4,100,000300,000
Tim McDermott1,100,000175,000
Sampo Ryynanen865,000-335,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:00 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Level: 28
Blinds: 30000/60000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:58 PM Local Time
Bambrick Check-Raises McDermott

Tim McDermott raised to 150,000 from the button and Ryan Bambrick called from the big blind.

The flop came     and Bambrick checked. McDermott bet 80,000 and Bambrick check-raised to 350,000. McDermott tossed his hand into the muck and Bambrick took the pot.

Ryan Bambrick3,800,000200,000
Sampo Ryynanen1,200,000200,000
Tim McDermott925,000-475,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:48 PM Local Time
A Turn Raise

Ryan Bambrick limped in from the small blind and Tim McDermott checked his big blind. They both checked the flop of     and the   hit the turn. Bambrick bet 50,000 and McDermott raised to 175,000. Bambrick folded right away.

Ryan Bambrick3,600,000200,000
Tim McDermott1,400,0000
Sampo Ryynanen1,000,000-200,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:37 PM Local Time
Bambrick Takes From Ryynanen

Sampo Rynnanen raised to 125,000 from the button and Ryan Bambrick called from the small blind.

The flop fell     and both players checked.

The turn brought the  , Bambrick bet 125,000, and Ryynanen called.

The   hit the river and Bambrick bet again, 375,000 this time. Ryynanen called and the announcer stated that Bambrick showed sixes full of sevens to take the pot.

Ryan Bambrick3,400,0001,000,000
Tim McDermott1,400,000-100,000
Sampo Ryynanen1,200,000-900,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:24 PM Local Time
Bambrick Doubles Through Ryynanen

From the button, Ryan Bambrick raised to 150,000. Small blind Tim McDermott called and so did big blind Sampo Ryynanen.

The three of them saw a flop of     and the blinds checked. Bambrick checked behind so the   on the turn was seen for free. The blinds checked again but Bambrick bet the pot (450,000). McDermott tanked for some time before he folded. Rynnanen potted for 975,000 effectively and Bambrick called all in instantly.

Ryan Bambrick:     
Sampo Ryynanen:     

The   river was a blank for Bambrick and he doubled up with his turned set of sixes.

Ryan Bambrick2,400,0001,500,000
Sampo Ryynanen2,100,000-1,300,000
Tim McDermott1,500,000-200,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:16 PM Local Time
Phil Riley Eliminated in 4th Place ($66,342)

Phil Riley

Action folded to the blinds and Tim McDermott raised to 150,000 from the small. Riley reraised the pot to 450,000, McDermott four-bet, and Riley called to put himself at risk.

Tim McDermott:     
Phil Riley:     

Riley had the lead with his aces and McDermott needed to improve in order to win the pot. The board ran out       to give McDermott trip nines, so he took the pot to end Riley's run in this event.

Tim McDermott1,700,000500,000
Phil Riley0-580,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:12 PM Local Time
Bambrick Doubles Riley

Phil Riley opened the button for 175,000 and Ryan Bambrick raised pot to put him all in. Riley called for a tiny bit more to go to showdown.

Phil Riley:     
Ryan Bambrick:     

The flop came    , which was good for Riley. The   on the turn left Bambrick just a few outs but those cards stayed in the deck as the   completed the board instead.

Ryan Bambrick900,000-300,000
Phil Riley580,000340,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:10 PM Local Time
Ryynanen's Boat is Best

Ryan Bambrick called from the cutoff, Phil Riley completed his small blind, and Sampo Ryynanen checked his option.

The flop came     and action checked through.

The   hit the turn and Riley bet 80,000. Ryynanen and Bambrick both called.

The river brought the   and Riley checked. Ryynanen bet 265,000, Bambrick folded, and Riley called. The announcer stated that Ryynanen tabled tens full to win the pot.

Sampo Ryynanen3,400,000500,000
Ryan Bambrick1,200,000-100,000
Tim McDermott1,200,0000
Phil Riley240,000-395,000
Jostens Fan Collection
Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:04 PM Local Time
Small Pots

There has been no big action as of yet, just small pots for now. Here's the current scoreboard:

Sampo Ryynanen2,900,000-500,000
Ryan Bambrick1,300,000100,000
Tim McDermott1,200,000235,000
Phil Riley635,000160,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 7:47 PM Local Time
Play is Back Underway

Phil Riley and Tim McDermott are seated and play is back underway. Sampo Ryynanen and Ryan Bambrick have not returned yet and are blinded off right now.

Update: Sampo Ryynanen and Ryan Bambrick have both taken their seats and only missed two hands.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 7:47 PM Local Time
Level 27 started
Level: 27
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 0
Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:51 PM Local Time
Dinner Time

The four remaining players are taking a one-hour dinner break. Cards will be back in the air at approximately 7:50 p.m. local time.

Sampo Ryynanen3,400,000-200,000
Ryan Bambrick1,200,000200,000
Tim McDermott965,0000
Phil Riley475,000-160,000
Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:45 PM Local Time
Jared Ingles Eliminated in 5th Place ($47,713)

Jared Ingles

From the button, Ryan Bambrick opened for 100,000 and small blind Tim McDermott three-bet to 340,000. Jared Ingles thought about it for a bit before he called all in for 195,000 from the big blind. The action was back on Bambrick and he folded.

Jared Ingles:     
Tim McDermott:     

The flop of     brought something to both, but the   on the turn really made an impact. The   on the river was a blank and Ingles said his goodbyes.

The remaining four players are now guaranteed $66,342.

Tim McDermott965,000255,000
Jared Ingles0-195,000
Jostens Fan Collection