WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates
Auto Refresh Rate:

2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, June 28, 2019 to Monday, July 01, 2019

$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (Event #65)

download official reportdownload official winner photo
  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,814,200
  • Entries: 193
  • Remaining: 0


view updates for day:
Monday, July 1, 2019 6:29 PM Local Time
Nick Schulman Wins Third Bracelet in Event #65: $10,000 PLO8 or Better Championship

Nick Schulman

Nick Schulman is no stranger to the bright lights of poker. The multi-bracelet winner and PokerGO commentator has been a part of final tables at the biggest stage from numerous angles.

On Monday, he added to that acumen becoming the champion of the 2019 World Series of Poker Event #65: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Schulman topped a field of 193 entries en route to the first-place prize of $463,670 and his third career WSOP gold bracelet.

The victory was Schulman's first bracelet in seven years. After the tournament, he stated that the game has changed a lot in the meantime: "The last seven years have seen a tremendous influx of new ideas and I've tried to kind of hang along with the game and here we are. I'm better but everybody's better."

If Schulman's statement needed proof, he successfully navigated through a final table that was over half full of previous bracelet winners in addition to last year's runner-up of this same tournament, Michael McKenna.

Final Table Results

PositionNameCountryPayout (USD)
1Nick SchulmanUnited States$463,670
2Brian HastingsUnited States$286,570
3Joe HachemAustralia$201,041
4Denis StrebkovRussia$143,700
5Chris VitchUnited States$104,688
6Corey HochmanUnited States$77,763
7Michael McKennaUnited States$58,918
8Bryce YockeyUnited States$45,551

Final Table Action

Day 4's final table of seven was reduced by two on the very first hand of play when McKenna was all in from the big blind for 65,000, less than the 80,000 from the first level of play. Corey Hochman chose to get his last two big blinds in on the hand as well and 2005 WSOP champ Joe Hachem called and hit two pair while fading a low draw to score the double elimination, sending McKenna home with $58,918 for his seventh-place finish while Hochman won $77,763 for sixth place.

Just two hands later, Chris Vitch fell running ace-king-four-two into Schulman's aces. Vitch flopped a gutshot draw to Broadway but improved no further and the mixed game specialist was sent home in fifth place earning $104,688 just days after cashing the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

Denis Strebkov started the day with just 11 big blinds but managed to hang on and ladder up to fourth place. He exited when his flopped top set couldn't hang on against the wrap straight draw of Brian Hastings. Hastings turned the straight and Strebkov failed to improve, leaving the Russian native with $143,700 for his deep run, continuing his impressive summer after having recently taken third place in Event #51: $2,500 O.E. for $89,744 as well.

Hachem fell a short time later and all of a sudden a returning field of seven turned to two before the first break of the day. Hachem's undoing was a combo draw gone wrong, as his open-ended straight draw, flush draw, and low draw on the turn was against Schulman's made straight and a higher flush draw. Hachem would fail to hit his low and was forced to settle for third place and $201,041, coming just shy of adding a second WSOP gold bracelet to his wrist.

Joe Hachem
Nick Schulman sends former Main Event Champion Joe Hachem to the rail

Schulman started heads-up play with a more than 2:1 chip lead over Hastings and with almost 116 big blinds between them at the start a deep battle was in the making. Early in Level 28, Schulman had a chance to score the victory when he flopped top set against the middle pair and nut low draw of Hastings. Hastings made his low, however, and the duo battled on. Hastings managed to get a double in Level 29, and by the end of the Level 30, actually took the chip lead for a short period of time.

The biggest hand of the tournament took place in Level 31 when Schulman turned a full house against Hastings' trip tens, and when Hastings failed to improve, he was left with just ten big blinds. He managed one double, but on the final hand of the tournament, Hastings got his last 2.87 million in chips in with ace-six-three-deuce, and Schulman put him at risk with ace-ten-five-four. Neither player managed to improve, resulting in Schulman earning his third bracelet while Hastings took home $286,570 for his runner-up performance.

Brian Hastings Nick Schulman
Schulman and Hastings played an epic heads-up battle

When asked about the heads-up match afterward, Schulman said it was tough to handle the mental dance between being in a position to put away a super tough opponent and how difficult it is to actually do so. He gave tons of kudos to Hastings for being a super tough opponent and a legend in his own right, on the hunt for his fifth career bracelet. Schulman also acknowledged how tough the entire field was, emphasizing that everybody out there was trying to win.

"It was on my mind but at the end of the day, you have the poker decisions and that's really all we can control so I tried my best to focus on that as much as I can."

Luckily for Schulman, the rest fell into place as well and he claimed the title of Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo World Champion as a result.

Monday, July 1, 2019 5:33 PM Local Time
Brian Hastings Eliminated in 2nd Place ($286,570)

Brian Hastings

Nick Schulman raised to 400,000 from the button, and Brian Hastings three-bet to 1.2 million. Schulman four-bet to put Hastings at risk for his last 2.87 million, and Hastings called.

Brian Hastings:     
Nick Schulman:     

"Ace-ten hangin' in there for now," Hastings announced after the     flop gave Hastings the nut low draw, while Schulman's ace-ten high was still in the lead.

"Hang in there, baby!" Schulman said.

The   turn was a blank, and Schulman grinned and said, "Hang in there, hunny!' Hastings had a multitude of outs to scoop (any deuce, three or six), and any other low card would provide Hastings a chop.

The   river indeed hung in there for Schulman, and his pair of eights, ace-jack-ten high would prove to be the final hand of the tournament, and the two shared a handshake before Schulman went to celebrate with his rail.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action shortly.

Nick Schulman11,580,0002,870,000
Brian Hastings0-2,870,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 5:23 PM Local Time
Schulman Applying Max Pressure

Nick Schulman raised to 400,000 on the button, and Brian Hastings called in the big blind.

Hastings led out for 500,000 on the     flop, and Schulman potted it to 2.3 million. Hastings folded.

The final two players are off on an unscheduled break.

Nick Schulman8,710,000210,000
Brian Hastings2,870,000-230,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 5:20 PM Local Time
Schulman Trending Upward

Nick Schulman was in the small blind and completed, prompting Brian Hastings to check his option. The two saw a flop of     and both checked. The turn came   and Hastings led out for a bet of 300,000. Schulman called.

The river was   and Hastings checked. Schulman announced a pot-sized bet of 1 million and Hastings sent his cards to the muck, finding himself in danger of dropping below the three-million chip mark again.

Nick Schulman8,500,000600,000
Brian Hastings3,100,000-600,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 5:16 PM Local Time
Set For Schulman

Brian Hastings raised to 400,000 on the button, and Nick Schulman called.

Both players checked the     flop, and the   fell on the turn. Schulman bet 600,000, and Hastings flashed the    from his hand before folding. Schulman grinned, then turned over    before pulling in the pot.

Nick Schulman7,900,000400,000
Brian Hastings3,700,000-400,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 5:15 PM Local Time
Hastings Chops, Then Doubles To Stay Alive

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings opened from the small blind to 600,000 and Nick Schulman three-bet the pot to 1.8 million. Hastings shoved for 2.01 million and Schulman called.

Nick Schulman:     
Brian Hastings:     

Schulman appeared to be in a commanding position with a pair of kings and Hastings needing low outs. However, the board ran out      , giving Hastings queens up and Schulman an 8-7-6-2-A for the two to chop in an unusual fashion.

On the following hand, Schulman raised to 600,000 and Hastings three-bet to 1.8 million as a pot-sized raise. Schulman four-bet to put Hastings all in and Hastings called off his same 2.01 million

Nick Schulman:     
Brian Hastings:     

The board came out      , giving Hastings the lead on the flop with jacks up, followed by Schulman taking the lead with aces up after the turn, and finally seeing Hastings fill up on his flush draw to win the pot and double up.

Nick Schulman7,500,000-2,100,000
Brian Hastings4,100,0002,100,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 5:08 PM Local Time
Schulman Doubles Through Hastings

Nick Schulman

Nick Schulman limped in from the button, and Brian Hastings checked.

Hastings checked the     flop to Schulman, who bet 250,000. Hastings called.

The   fell on the turn, and Hastings checked again. Schulman bet 750,000, and Hastings check-raised the pot to 3.15 million. Schulman jammed for a total of 4.25 million and Hastings called.

Nick Schulman:     
Brian Hastings:     

Schulman's full house just needed to dodge a queen to earn a big double, and the   river did just that.

Nick Schulman9,600,0004,400,000
Brian Hastings2,000,000-4,400,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 5:04 PM Local Time
The Excitement Continues

Nick Schulman raised to 400,000 from the small blind and Brian Hastings defended. The flop came     and Hastings checked. Schulman fired a continuation-bet of 300,000 and Hastings raised to 1.5 million. Schulman shoved for 4.79 million and Hastings called.

Brian Hastings:     
Nick Schulman:     

Hastings was in the lead with two pair. However, Schulman had outs to a better low hand and was not drawing completely dead on the high. The turn came   to secure the low for Schulman and give him a freeroll at the double, but the river was   and the two chopped yet another all-in pot.

Brian Hastings6,400,0000
Nick Schulman5,200,0000
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:58 PM Local Time
Hastings Takes the Chip Lead

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings raised to 400,000 on the button, and Nick Schulman called.

Schulman checked a     flop to Hastings, who bet 300,000. Schulman check-raised to 1.3 million.

Hastings spent a few moments in the tank before announcing, "Pot," which put him all in for his last 4.3 million. Schulman snap-folded.

Brian Hastings6,400,0002,000,000
Nick Schulman5,200,000-2,000,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:55 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 0
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:55 PM Local Time
Schulman Pulls Away Slightly To End Level

Nick Schulman was in the small blind and opened to 350,000. Brian Hastings three-bet the size of the pot to 1.05 million and Schulman called.

The flop came    . Hastings checked and Schulman fired a pot-sized bet of 2.1 million. Hastings let his hand go.

This hand was the last hand of Level 30 and due to the recent break, the two players are continuing play without taking a break as Level 31 begins.

Nick Schulman7,200,0001,400,000
Brian Hastings4,400,000-1,300,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:46 PM Local Time
Hastings Nearly Evens the Score

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings limped in from the button, and Nick Schulman checked.

Both players checked to the river of a       board, where Hastings bet 160,000. Schulman called, and Hastings showed     . Schulman mucked.

The next hand, Schulman raised to 350,000 on the button, and Hastings called.

Action checked through the     flop, and on the   turn, Hastings checked and Schulman bet 550,000. Hastings called.

The   fell on the river, and both players quickly checked. Hastings tabled      for a jack-high straight, and Schulman mucked.

Nick Schulman5,800,000-1,400,000
Brian Hastings5,700,0001,300,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:43 PM Local Time
Hastings Wins A Couple

Brian Hastings

On the first hand back from the unscheduled break, Nick Schulman raised to 350,000 from the small blind. Brian Hastings reraised the size of the pot to 1.05 million and Schulman folded.

On the following hand, Hastings limped from the small blind and Schulman checked his option. The flop came     and Schulman checked. Hastings bet 180,000 and Schulman called.

Schulman checked again on the turn   and Hastings made a bet of 550,000. Schulman quickly found a fold and the pot was sent Hastings' way.

Nick Schulman7,200,000-685,000
Brian Hastings4,400,000705,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:29 PM Local Time
Unscheduled Break

Players are off on a short break.

Nick Schulman7,885,000-315,000
Brian Hastings3,695,000395,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:19 PM Local Time
Wheel For Hastings

Brian Hastings limped in from the button, and Nick Schulman checked.

Schulman check-called a bet of 200,000 on the     flop, and Schulman checked again on the   turn. Hastings bet 400,000, and Schulman folded. Hastings showed    from his hand for the wheel before mucking.

Nick Schulman8,200,000-500,000
Brian Hastings3,300,000400,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:13 PM Local Time
Schulman Makes a Higher Straight

Omaha Hi Lo heads up

Nick Schulman completed from the small blind and Brian Hastings checked his option, bringing a flop of    . Hastings checked to Schulman, who bet 225,000. Hastings called.

The turn was   and both players checked. Hastings then fired 600,000 on the river and Schulman called.

Upon calling, Schulman tabled      for a queen-high straight and Hastings showed   , mucking his other two cards while showing he had a lower straight than Schulman.

Nick Schulman8,000,000800,000
Brian Hastings3,600,000-800,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 4:08 PM Local Time
Hastings Doubles Through Schulman

Brian Hastings

Nick Schulman limped in from the button, then called when Brian Hastings raised to 480,000 in the big blind.

Hastings bet 960,000 on the     flop, then called off his last 1.71 million total when Schulman potted it.

Brian Hastings:     
Nick Schulman:     

Hastings held a low draw and a pair of sevens, while Schulman had a wrap. The   turn secured half the pot for Hastings with his low, and the   river bricked off for Schulman, giving Hastings a full double.

Nick Schulman7,200,000-2,600,000
Brian Hastings4,400,0002,600,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 3:59 PM Local Time
Schulman Gets Check-Raise Through

Brian Hastings completed his small blind and action was on Nick Schulman who checked his option.

The flop came     and Schulman checked. Hastings bet 200,000 and Schulman put in a check-raise to 920,000. Hastings folded and Schulman took down the pot.

Nick Schulman9,800,000100,000
Brian Hastings1,800,000-300,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 3:57 PM Local Time
Hastings Gets Some Much Needed Chips Back

Nick Schulman limped in from the button, then called when Brian Hastings raised to 480,000 in the big blind.

Hastings bet the pot for 960,000, leaving himself just 200,000 behind, but Schulman quickly folded.

Nick Schulman9,700,000-500,000
Brian Hastings2,100,000600,000
Monday, July 1, 2019 3:54 PM Local Time
Schulman and Hastings Chop Another All In

Brian Hastings raised the pot from the small blind to 480,000. Nick Schulman three-bet to 1.44 million, also the size of the pot. Hastings shoved for 1.67 million and Schulman made the call.

Nick Schulman:     
Brian Hastings:     

The board ran out      , giving Schulman a sixty-five and Hastings aces up to secure another chopped pot.

Nick Schulman10,200,0000
Brian Hastings1,500,000200,000