Sunday, September 19, 2010 1:27 AM Local Time
Jeffrey Lisandro is a man who really needs no introduction, but in case you've been living under a rock where there is no poker coverage for the past few years, Mr. Lisandro will tonight be tossing his fifth WSOP bracelet in the pile. This is, though, his first European WSOP bracelet, and also his first in Omaha - his previous four were all in stud poker and were all picked up in Vegas, including three in one Series which earned him the title of 2009 WSOP Player of the Year.
Lisandro battled through a very small but unbelievably high-class field, and although he had to outdraw aces right at the end to take it down, that was no small achievement. Coming back with 15 players today instead of the scheduled nine looked as though it might make for a very late night, but in the event the high-variance nature of Omaha and the aggressiveness of the players made up for the extra numbers, and Lisandro will still get to enjoy some of London's nightlife before he returns to his hotel room to reflect on a job well done.
In a fast-paced final where almost every player took at least one turn at being chip leader, it could have gone anyone's way. Lisandro seems to have a magic touch at these things, though, and as he poses for his winner's photos (although he did refuse to do any interviews) he looks extremely comfortable and relaxed. As though he could get used to this sort of thing.
Many congratulations to Mr. Lisandro, and indeed to all 15 players who made it as far as Day 3. We'll be back tomorrow with the continuing £1,000 NLH event, but from our Omaha outing at the WSOPE, it's over and out.
Sunday, September 19, 2010 1:12 AM Local Time
At a big chip disadvantage, and knowing it, Serock went out fighting, although gave up 140k bet-folding a flop leaving him looking to get it in preflop. And so it happened - Jeffrey Lisandro raised pot, and Serock moved in; call.
The flop brought straightening possibilities and then some, just Ace high still ahead for Lisandro: , but the turn and river didn't bring them - Lisandro held and now holds a fifth WSOP bracelet!
Sunday, September 19, 2010 1:04 AM Local Time
Jeffrey Lisandro had picked up a few small pots, putting his stack at 680,000 when Joe Serock opened for 75,000 from the button. Lisandro made it 220,000 to go, and just a few short moments elapsed before Serock quietly announced, "Pot." A call all in from Lisandro, and they were on their backs.
"Aces?" said Lisandro.
"Smells like a bracelet to me!" called over Shannon Shorr from the rail. But he spoke too soon.
There was a brief silence from the crowd; if Lisandro has any supporters here at all, they are keeping a very low profile. Then came a few sad cries of, "Hang in there, Joe!"
Whatever the rail's feelings about it, the current stack sizes are Lisandro 1,360,000, Serock 440,000.
Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:50 AM Local Time
Of the last six hands, four have been won by Joe Serock, and three following the pattern of: Serock raises on the button to 70k, they see a flop, Lisandro check-folds to a 70k bet. These 70ks add up (even when you take into account the big blinds returned to Lisandro in the form of Serock passing preflop) and he's now extended his chip lead back out to 1,300,000 vs. Lisandro's 500,000. Only one hand got past the turn in 15 minutes, when Lisandro (after limping the button pre) called a 45k bet on the flop but folded to a 65k one on the turn.
Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:44 AM Local Time
Just a few minutes ago Jeffrey Lisandro was the short stack here - he asked TD Jack Effel to colour up the T1000 chips, but then was most unwilling to part with the two leftover ones, requesting that they be left in his stack rather than removed from play as the schedule required. So perhaps frustrated by his inability to double up in that last hand, Lisandro really turned up the aggression after that, and he has actually now taken a slight chip lead over Joe Serock.
It was several smallish hands that did it rather than one huge encounter; Lisandro's favourite trick right now seems to be calling Serock's button raises and then check-raising on the flop - he did it on a flop, and then again a few minutes later on one that read . Both times Serock folded, and the stacks now look like so:
Lisandro - 940,000
Serock - 860,000
Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:25 AM Local Time
Jeffrey Lisandro limped on the button twice in a row, the first time flat calling and passing on the flop, but the second time he reraised pot (144k). Joe Serock announced, "All in," and it seemed they just came to an agreement to turn their cards over and work it out afterwards:
Two suits each, one rail asking Joe if this was what a bracelet smells like, and a very tense deal indeed...
Flop: - looking good for Lisandro's pair and hearts
River: ! That's a broadway straight each and a crowd-teasing chop!
Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:19 AM Local Time
First heads-up blood (we imagine a nosebleed where chips come out of both players' nostrils) went to Jeffrey Lisandro, who limped in on the button and then took it down with a 45,000 bet on the flop.
After a few hands's worth of unanswered button raises and the occasional limped button and raised big blind, we got to see another flop; this hand also went Lisandro's way.
Joe Serock made the opening raise to 60,000, which Lisandro flat-called in the big blind. No further chips made their way into the pot, though, as they checked down the board. LIsandro revealed for a flopped straight, and it was good to take the pot.
Not much change in the stacks, though.
Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:06 AM Local Time
As if the players didn't know what else they got for winning a WSOP event besides a truckload of cash, the Bracelet has been laid on the table to spur them on. It's actually turned away from them and facing the sizeable rail, though, for maximum crowd effect.
Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:03 AM Local Time
After all this drama, the final three hands of Willie Tann's tournament were played not with the chip leader but against Jeffrey Lisandro. Lisandro won all three - the first two small ones taken with a bet on the flop, but the third was a preflop confrontation, with small blind Tann raising pot (committing his 140k) and Lisandro nodding the assent.
Tann shook his head slowly as the flop came giving his opponent two pair, and the turn did nothing to improve his hand while the river rubbed it in by making Lisandro a full house to send him to the rail. Still, back to back finals this year at the WSOPE - pretty impressive.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:56 PM Local Time
The Serock raising rampage continued, as Jeffrey Lisandro made it 60,000 from the button, but backed down when Joe Serock re-popped to 200,000 from the small blind. Lisandro gave him a look that was mostly sadness, and folded.
In fact, almost every hand since the elimination of Jeff Madsen has featured Serock as the primary aggressor, and it's showing in the stack sizes.
In terms of big blinds, for maximum effect:
Willie Tann - 10 BBs
Jeffrey Lisandro - 15 BBs
Serock - 55 BBs
Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:44 PM Local Time
With 910,000, Joe Serock has almost double the stack of Jeffrey Lisandro (480k) and more than double Willie Tann (400k). He raised the next two hands after eliminating Madsen before giving Tann a walk for which he got a handshake and a "Thank you sir!"
Moments later, however, and a small pot came back his way from Tann, making him the first player to crack the million chip mark with 1,100,000.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:40 PM Local Time
After bouncing back like a squash ball several times, Jeff Madsen finally succumbed to Joe Serock, calling his 84k preflop raise and then moving in on a flop of . Serock made the call immediately with which held against Madsen's , although the turn gave him an ever so slightly higher flush draw which kept the crowd guessing. The river is the last card Madsen will see in this bracelet event, and he exits a very respectable fourth.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:36 PM Local Time
...Or he did have the nuts, before he dropped them all over the floor. There was a short pause as Tann and a waitress attempted to clean up the whole bag's worth of cashew nuts that had found themselves scattered all over the place under the final table.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:35 PM Local Time
The stacks are getting very small in relation to the blinds, but none of these chaps are going anywhere just yet.
Jeff Madsen got his last in from the big blind to a raise from Jeffrey Lisandro in the small; "Bad hand," announced Lisandro, while, "F***," was the only word we distinguished of what Madsen said. He looked cheerful though.
Madsen flopped top two pair, and although Lisandro had a myriad straight outs none of them came in. Madsen is back in the game on 210,000.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:27 PM Local Time
Jeff Madsen just can't get the better of Joe Serock today, and the last hand gave the latter in the big blind when Madsen had raised to 85k in the small with . Faced with 137k more to call, Madsen did so preflop and then looked ruefully at his opponent's hand as the flop brought him hope in the form of a pair of Jacks: , but extra pairs failed to materialise on the turn and river.
Madsen falls back into bowl-of-rice territory with 100k while Serock is back up there with 450k.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:01 PM Local Time
Let's hope there aren't too many more of them.
Let's go and see what kind of carnage is going on outside in Leicester Square, shall we?
Saturday, September 18, 2010 10:59 PM Local Time
So shouted an odd-one-out railer who got a bit overexcited as Jeff Madsen moved in on a flop after calling a Joe Serock raise to 70k preflop. It was about 120k to call, and Serock just kept looking at his hand and moving the cards around and shaking his head, finally throwing his hand away.
"I found exactly the right flop!" softly exclaimed Madsen, although he didn't show his hand and we get the feeling that exactly the right flop was any that Serock didn't like.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 10:50 PM Local Time
Joe Serock raised under the gun and the very active short-stacked Jeff Madsen called in the big blind. They saw a flop.
Madsen checked and Serock bet 35,000. Madsen, most curiously, flat-called, with around six and a half big blinds behind. Intriguing.
Madsen checked again and this time the bet from Serock was 60,000. Madsen now pushed all in for an additional 73,000, and his face went back inside his t-shirt.
The tension while Serock tanked was broken for a moment by Mike Matusow shouting at Jeffrey Lisandro from up on the mezzanine. Everyone ignored him and Serock went back into his tank. Eventually he folded, and Madsen is no longer the short stack.
In fact all three players who are not Jeffrey Lisandro are roughly even, on between 300,000 and 350,000 apiece. Lisandro remains the chip daddy on around 600,000.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 10:40 PM Local Time
But doesn't seem to like any situation enough to commit more than a peek at the flop e.g. when Willie Tann raised the button (60k) and made the wavy-hand "All-in" motion on the flop which in this game signifies, "I bet pot." He passed there, and then the next hand gave big blind Joe Serock a walk.
"You got him so scared of you now," chuckle-heckled Willie Tann, referring to the couple of times there had been an unwanted reraise from Serock. "You're a big bully, you!" No comment from Serock, but a reluctant grin from Madsen.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 10:27 PM Local Time
Down to 140k, and John Racener wasn't wasting any time getting it in with a likely looking hand, potting it with when it folded to him and then following with the small remainder when Jeffrey Lisandro set him in with . The flop was very favorable to Racener: but ahead with two cards to come or not, by the time they came ( ) Lisandro's Kings were still the best hand and he busted Racener leaving us four-handed. Lisandro nudges back into the lead with 670,000.