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

Thursday, May 30, 2019 to Sunday, June 02, 2019

$1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better (Event #4)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,151,550
  • Entries: 853
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, June 2, 2019 5:48 PM Local Time
Derek McMaster Wins 2019 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $228,228

Derek McMaster

Derek McMaster won his first gold bracelet at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) when he topped an 853-player field in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. He took home the jewelry and the first-place prize of $228,228 by beating Jason Berilgen heads-up. Berilgen had to settle for $141,007. The 2018 WSOP Player-of-the-Year runner-up Ben Yu took 7th for $27,530.

It was McMaster's first WSOP cash and right away his first final table. When asked about the lights and the stage he told PokerNews ''It was very surreal to me, I've just been on cloud nine since last night, just happy to be here and enjoyed playing with these guys''.

McMaster brought a lot of friends with him to the final table and the entire rail around the feature table stage was occupied. ''We have a lot of poker players in town for whatever reason, and they just happened to be here today which I'm happy for!''

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Derek McMasterUnited States$228,228
2Jason BerilgenUnited States$141,007
3John EspositoUnited States$98,807
4David HalpernUnited States$70,231
5Joseph AronestyUnited States$50,646
6Tom McCormickUnited States$37,063
7Ben YuUnited States$27,530
8Shannon ShorrUnited States$20,760
9Patrick LeonardUnited Kingdom$15,897

Final Day Action
Seven players returned for the final day of the tournament. The first four-card bracelet of the summer was on the line. Three bracelet winners were still in the tournament at the start of the day but it didn't take too long for the first to fall.

Three-time bracelet winner Yu was the first player eliminated. He started the day sixth in chips but he wasn't able to realize a comeback. Yu busted out in seventh place which earned him $27,530.

Tom McCormick was up next to exit the tournament. McCormick sits in third on the list of players with the most amount of cashes but without a bracelet. This final table was McCormick's 15th at the World Series of Poker but he has yet to finish at the top in one. The sixth spot on the leaderboard was the highest McCormick reached in this one and he took home $37,063 for his deep run.

Tom McCormick
Tom McCormick

Joseph Aronesty (5th - $50,646) and bracelet winner David Halpern (4th - $70,231) both missed out on the heads-up, just like another WSOP gold bracelet winner. John Esposito won a bracelet twenty years ago but he wasn't able to add another to his collection when he busted out in third place against eventual runner-up Berilgen. Esposito did add another $98,807 to his already $1,206,121 WSOP earnings.

The heads-up didn't take too long and McMaster was in control the entire time. Berilgen did win a big pot but he didn't manage to take over the lead. He eventually lost a big pot that left him with one big bet and he lost that the next hand to the new WSOP champion.

That wraps up the PokerNews coverage of Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at the World Series of Poker. Stay tuned for coverage of all the WSOP gold bracelet events throughout the summer.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 5:07 PM Local Time
Jason Berilgen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($141,007)

Derek McMaster Jason Berilgen

Derek McMaster put Jason Berilgen all in from the button and Berilgen called for his tournament life.

Derek McMaster:     
Jason Berilgen:     

The     flop kept McMaster in the lead. Berilgen took over on the   but the river was the   that awarded McMaster the victory, the WSOP gold bracelet, and the first-place prize of $228,228 while Berilgen had to settle for $141,007.

A full recap will follow shortly.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 5:03 PM Local Time
McMaster Takes Commanding Lead

Jason Berilgen opened from the button, Derek McMaster called in the big blind and the flop came down    . Action checked to Berilgen who pushed in a bet and McMaster instantly check-raised.

Berilgen pushed in three bets and McMaster called. The   fell came on the turn and again McMaster checked to Berilgen who bet. McMaster called and the   peeled off as the river card.

McMaster checked to Berilgen, he bet and McMaster again check-raised. Berilgen called and McMaster showed      for a full house. Berilgen mucked and McMaster took a commanding lead.

Derek McMaster8,450,0001,850,000
Jason Berilgen150,000-1,750,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:59 PM Local Time
Big One for McMaster

Derek McMaster raised from the button and Jason Berilgen put in a third bet from the big blind. McMaster called and both had 360,000 invested in the pot.

The flop was dealt     and Berilgen continued with a bet of 120,000. McMaster called and the   turn was dealt.

Berilgen put in another bet, which was 240,000 this time, and McMaster went for the raise to 480,000. Berilgen called and the pot was getting bigger.

The river was the   and Berilgen check-called a bet of 240,000 from McMaster.

The chip leader extended his lead when he showed      to force a muck from Berilgen.

Derek McMaster6,600,0001,300,000
Jason Berilgen1,900,000-1,400,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:57 PM Local Time
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Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:56 PM Local Time
Quads Take Half the Pot

Jason Berilgen opened from the button, Derek McMaster defended and the flop came down    . Action checked to Berilgen, he fired in a bet and McMaster quickly check-raised.

Berilgen called, the   came down as a turn card and McMaster pushed in a bet. Berilgen called and the   landed on the river. McMaster bet and Berilgen called.

McMaster tabled      for quads and Berilgen showed      for an ace-seven low hand, splitting the pot.

Derek McMaster5,300,000300,000
Jason Berilgen3,300,000-300,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:51 PM Local Time
Berilgen Takes One Down

Jason Berilgen

Jason Berilgen is starting to crawl back. He won a nice pot against Derek McMaster and is now back up 15 big bets.

Berilgen raised the button to 240,000 and McMaster called. McMaster proceeded to fire on the     flop,   turn, and   river. Berilgen called every single street and he won the pot when he showed down     .

Derek McMaster5,000,000-900,000
Jason Berilgen3,600,000900,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:48 PM Local Time
McMaster Slows Berilgen Down

Jason Berilgen opened from the button and Derek McMaster defended his big blind. The flop came down    , both players checked to the   turn card.

McMaster fired in a bet, Berilgen thought for a moment but in the end, he mucked his hand and sent the pot to McMaster.

Derek McMaster5,900,000-500,000
Jason Berilgen2,700,000600,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:41 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts

After a few split pots, Derek McMaster has the lead against Jason Berilgen who will need to find a run of cards soon.

Derek McMaster6,500,000300,000
Jason Berilgen2,100,000-200,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:33 PM Local Time
McMaster Pulls Ahead of Berilgen

Derek McMaster

Derek McMaster raised to 240,000 from the button and big blind Jason Berilgen called to defend his big blind.

The flop was dealt     and both players were only playing for the high hand. Berilgen check-called a bet of 120,000 on that flop and the turn was dealt  .

Berilgen check-called a bet of 240,000 on the turn and did the same on the   river.

McMaster showed      and his full house was more than enough to take down the pot.

Derek McMaster6,200,0001,220,000
Jason Berilgen2,300,000-700,000
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Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:30 PM Local Time
John Esposito Eliminated in 3rd Place ($98,807)

John Esposito

Derek McMaster opened from the button, John Esposito called in the small blind and Jason Berilgen defended his big blind. The dealer spread out     on the flop and action checked to Esposito who pushed in a bet.

McMaster ducked and Bergilsen check-raised. Esposito moved all in over the top for 270,000 total and Berilgen called the additional 20,000.

Esposito tabled      for a pair of tens along with straight and flush draws. Berilgen turned over      for a pair of jacks with a straight draw.

The turn came down a   and Esposito now picked up some more outs to take down the pot. A   hit the felt as a river card and failed to connect with Esposito as he was eliminated by the better high and low hand of Berilgen.

Jason Berilgen3,000,000300,000
John Esposito0-840,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 4:13 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 120000/240000
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:59 PM Local Time
Break Time

The remaining three will now be taking a 15-minute break.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:59 PM Local Time
Esposito Doubles Before Break

John Esposito opened from the small blind, Derek McMaster pushed in three bets and Esposito made it four. McMaster put Esposito call in and he obliged, calling in his last 20,000, players turned over their hands.

John Esposito:     
Derek McMaster:     

The board ran out       and Esposito scooped the pot for a full double through the chipleader.

Derek McMaster4,980,000-420,000
John Esposito840,000420,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:55 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Derek McMaster5,400,000900,000
Jason Berilgen2,700,000-1,000,000
John Esposito420,00050,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:42 PM Local Time
McMaster Raises the Stakes a Bit Too High for Esposito

Derek McMaster opened from the button, John Esposito called in the big blind and the dealer fanned out    . Esposito check-called a bet from McMaster and a   hit on the turn.

Esposito fired in a bet and was instantly raised by McMaster. Esposito threw away his hand and McMaster collected another pot.

Derek McMaster4,500,000500,000
John Esposito370,000-500,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:39 PM Local Time
Triple Up for Esposito

Jason Berilgen raised to 200,000 from the button and John Esposito put in his last 290,000. The call came from Derek McMaster in the big blind and Berilgen stuck around as well.

They checked it down on the board that ran out       and Esposito took it all when he opened up     .

Derek McMaster4,000,000-300,000
Jason Berilgen3,700,000-300,000
John Esposito870,000580,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:35 PM Local Time
Updated Counts
Derek McMaster4,300,000400,000
Jason Berilgen4,000,000300,000
John Esposito290,000-700,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:33 PM Local Time
Berilgen Pushes Esposito Down a Little Further

John Esposito opened on the button, Jason Berilgen defended his big blind and the flop came down    . Berilgen check-called a bet from Esposito and ab   peeled on the turn.

Berilgen check-called another bet by Esposito, the river came a   and Berilgen again checked. Esposito fired again and Berilgen called, showing      for three sixes on the river. Esposito mucked and Berilgen took down the pot, pushing Esposito under the million mark.

Jason Berilgen3,700,0001,200,000
John Esposito990,000-1,110,000
Sunday, June 2, 2019 3:28 PM Local Time
McMaster Expanding His Lead

Derek McMaster

John Esposito raised from the button to 200,000 and both Derek McMaster (small blind), and Jason Berilgen (big blind) called to see a flop.

The     flop was dealt and all three players checked. The turn was the   and McMaster lead out with a bet of 200,000. Berilgen called but Esposito got out of the way.

The   river completed the board and McMaster put in another bet of 200,000. Berilgen called again but his      lost the pot to McMaster's     .

Derek McMaster3,900,0001,300,000
Jason Berilgen2,500,000500,000
John Esposito2,100,000-1,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander