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Saturday, June 4, 2011 12:03 AM Local Time
The biggest field in Limit Omaha Hi-Low history finished early this morning with victory for the overnight chip leader Francesco Barbaro, defeating a field of 925 players to claim his first ever WSOP bracelet.
Barbaro began today as the chip leader just ahead of Matthew Waxman and although he was to relinquish the chip lead to Waxman as they reached the final table, Barbero regained the momentum at a crucial point with around five left and completely dominated once we got four handed.
The day began extremely quickly as we lost 11 players inside the first hour including Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis and double Omaha bracelet winner Scott Clements. Jimmy Fricke was another casualty, suffering a very swingy day while Day 1 chip leader Guillaume Rivet just failed to make the final table. As the event reached the final table, it was Barbaro, Waxman and Kostas Kalathakis who emerged as the three big stacks while the other players' chips began to dwindle and indeed they were the last three left standing.
After winning these two crucial hands, it always looked likely that Barbero would be the first person to take down a non Hold'em event. Those hands put him over the 3 million mark and knocked Kostas Kalathakis and Waxman down to about 500,000 each and from then on it seemed academic that Barbaro would claim the bracelet.
With Waxman finished off when Barbaro flopped a straight, it was left to Kalathakis to try and stop the bulldozer-like momentum of the chip leader. Although the short stack doubled up, it wasn't too last long and after only five minutes of heads up play, it was all over and bracelet was Barbaro's.
Congratualtions to him and all the winners in this event. Remember to rejoin us tomorrow for a whole new set of events as well as more Day 2's and final tables as the WSOP continues!
Friday, June 3, 2011 11:48 PM Local Time
Francesco Barbaro entered heads up play with a commanding 4,100,000 to 150,000 lead over Kostas Kalathakis. In the second hand, Kalathakis raised and Barbaro reraised him all in. Kalathakis called and showed . Barbaro held and would have a chance to finish Kalathakis off. However the board ran out to give Kalathakis two pair and the much needed double up.
Shortly after Kalathakis was all in preflop and at risk again. He held while Barbaro had . The board rolled out which gave Barbaro the better two pair and the win.
Friday, June 3, 2011 11:34 PM Local Time
Francesco Barbaro opened to 100,000 on the button and Matt Waxman made it 150,000 in the big blind. Call.
The flop came down and Waxman bet 50,000 before Barbaro raised, Waxman made the call. The turn saw Waxman check-call a bet of 100,000 to see the river.
Waxman checked once more and Barbaro put out 100,000 to cover Waxman's remaining chips.
"One in a bazillion?" sighed Waxman. Finally he called only for Barbaro to turn over for the nut straight. Waxman's hand of went into the muck and Barbaro goes into heads up with a huge chip lead.
Friday, June 3, 2011 11:24 PM Local Time
Francesco Barbaro raised on the button and Kostas Kalathakis called from the small blind. On the flop, Kalathakis checked and Barbaro bet. Kalathakis came back with a raise which was just called by Barbaro. Kalathakis led the turn and Barbaro called again. Both players checked the on the river and showed their cards. Kalathakis produced while Barbaro showed which was good for three quarters of the pot.
Shortly after, Barbaro raised on the button and Matthew Waxman called from the big. Waxman led out on the flop and Barbaro answered with a raise. Waxman just called and led out again when the hit the turn. Barbaro reraised him and Waxman just called as they saw the on the river. Waxman check called Barbaro's bet and Barbaro revealed for the nut straight to scoop the pot.
|Francesco Barbaro||3,100,000||1,150,000 |
|Matthew Waxman||600,000||-700,000 |
|Kostas Kalathakis||550,000||-450,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2011 11:14 PM Local Time
Kostas Kalathakis raised preflop with Francesco Barbaro calling in the big blind to see a flop. Barbaro called a 50,000 chip bet on the flop, but folded to a 100,000 bet on the turn.
Next round saw Kalathakis raise again and Barbaro again defended to see an flop where Barbaro check-called a 50,000 bet. This time both players checked the turn and Barbaro bet 100,000 on the river with Kalathakis quickly folding.
The stacks are fairly deep here.
Friday, June 3, 2011 11:03 PM Local Time
Although there is a rule in place this year stating that no event can play more than 10 levels in a night, all three players have agreed to play it out until a winner is crowned. We shall keep you posted on whatever happens.
Friday, June 3, 2011 11:00 PM Local Time
Matthew Waxman raised on the button and Francesco Barbaro called from the small blind.
Barbaro check called Waxman's bet on the flop. The action was the same on the turn. When the hit the river, Barbaro led out this time and got raised by Waxman. He elected to just call and the players showed their cards. It was for Waxman who had a flush and the second nut-low. But Barbaro earned half the pot with his for the nut low. The two players also chopped the next pot for good measure.
Friday, June 3, 2011 10:51 PM Local Time
Friday, June 3, 2011 10:51 PM Local Time
|Francesco Barbaro||1,950,000||140,000 |
|Matthew Waxman||1,300,000||200,000 |
|Kostas Kalathakis||1,000,000||0 |
Friday, June 3, 2011 10:48 PM Local Time
Bradley Helm raised to 80,000 on the button and Francesco Barbaro made the call. The rest of Helm's 65,000 went in on the flop.
The came on the turn and Barbaro made two pair and a low, the river changed nothing and we are now down to three handed.
Friday, June 3, 2011 10:24 PM Local Time
Michael Devornica raised to 80,000 UTG with just 10,000 behind. Matt Waxman called in the small blind but surprisingly (at least to Waxman) Francesco Barbero folded.
The flop was and the remaining 10,000 went in but neither had much.
Waxman: for a gutshot and the nut low draw.
Deveronica: for a solitary pair of nines that were currently ahead.
The on the turn changed nothing but the on the river made Waxman a pair of queens with a jack kicker just beating Deveronica's ten-kicker.
"Yes, finally," said Waxman.
We have four remaining.
Friday, June 3, 2011 10:17 PM Local Time
Michael Deveronica was all in again, this time against Kostas Kalathakis. Deveronico held and Kalathakis . The board rolled out and the players chopped it.
Friday, June 3, 2011 10:12 PM Local Time
Matthew Waxman raised from the small blind and Francesco 'Cheech' Barbaro responded with a three bet from the big. Waxman just called and the players saw a which Waxman checked. Barbaro fired a bet and Waxman just called as the pelled off on the turn. The action was the same on both the and turn and river. Barbaro turned over for the wheel to storm into the chip lead.
Friday, June 3, 2011 10:07 PM Local Time
Michael Deveronica is down to around 100,000 once more. Matthew Waxman raised to 80,000 on the button with both Francesco Barbaro and Deveronica calling in the blinds.
Barbaro led out on the flop and Deveronica and Waxman called. All three checked the turn and river and Barbaro's was still good. Deveronica flashed lamenting missing his draw.
Friday, June 3, 2011 9:57 PM Local Time
Bradley Helm raised it up on the button and Matthew Waxman called in the small blind. The flop came and Waxman's bet was called. On the turn, the action erupted as the betting got capped. Bradley Helm ended up all in on the river and the players turned up their cards. Waxman showed for Broadway and the nuts. However Helm also held Broadway with and the massive pot was chopped.
Friday, June 3, 2011 9:52 PM Local Time
Friday, June 3, 2011 9:42 PM Local Time
|Matthew Waxman||1,350,000||-50,000 |
|Francesco Barbaro||1,200,000||200,000 |
|Kostas Kalathakis||850,000||125,000 |
|Bradley Helm||610,000||-50,000 |
|Michael Deveronica||300,000||100,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2011 9:36 PM Local Time
Players are now on a 20 minute break.
Friday, June 3, 2011 9:30 PM Local Time
Michael Deveronica has more lives than a cat. All in on the turn of a board with , he was in hot water against Matt Waxman's and needed either a three to chop or a ten to win the pot.
"Oh well, good luck guys..." said Deveronica but then the came on the river to scoop the pot and he's unbelievably still in this.
Friday, June 3, 2011 9:22 PM Local Time
Humberto Brenes raised on the button and was called by Kostas Kalathakis in the big blind. The flop was and Brenes got it all in. He showed but was in a world of hurt against Kalathakis' flopped nut Broadway. The turn and river were no help to Brenes who was still in good spirits despite losing. He asked the dealer if they could run one more card and Kalathakis joked that they could run it twice. In any case, it was solid showing for Brenes who added another cash to his already impressive resume.