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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 30, 2011 to Saturday, July 02, 2011

Event #51: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,277,100
  • Entries: 946
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, July 2, 2011 8:42 PM Local Time

David Singontiko, your new WSOP champion.

We're witnessing quite a scene here. David Singontiko of California has just won his first WSOP bracelet -- in the first event he's ever entered! -- besting a field of 946 to win Event No. 51, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better event. His group of joyous supporters have surrounded him, and it looks like the celebrating will be continuing for some time this evening.

It was a hard-fought ten-handed final table that saw several big chips swings, some clever play, and more than a few moments of good fortune along the way. During the very first orbit of play, David "Doc" Sands lost his huge chip lead and more than two-thirds of his stack after losing a huge hand versus Jeffery Gibralter. Sands would hang on a while longer before exiting in 10th and missing the official final table.

While Gibralter maintained his newly-gained chip lead, the short stacks fought for a while before soon falling one by one, with John Reiss (ninth), Robert Campbell (eighth), and Cliff Kettinger (seventh) going out in short order. The Brazilian Marco Oliveira -- with recent bracelet winner Andre Akkari on the rail cheering him on -- went out next in sixth, followed soon by Thomas Scarber in fifth.

Meanwhile, Singontiko was accumulating chips, and after knocking Igor Sharaskin in fourth in a particularly unlucky hand for the Russian, held a large chip lead when three-handed play began.

It looked like Michael Yee was destined to go out in third, stuck on a short stack for much of the time the trio played. But a huge pot developed between Singontiko and Gibralter that saw the latter hit the rail in third, and it would only take a couple more hands for Singontiko to take the last of Yee's short stack.

The story we're hearing is that Singontiko worked several months for his father's mortgage company at $10/hour to save up for this one event, his first ever at the Series. Soon after winning, Singontiko gave his father a call to tell him the good news -- in three days he'd earned a cool $268,235 with that $1,500 he saved up working for his dad! Not to mention a nice piece of jewelry to commemorate his effort.

The celebrating is still going on, and it's hard not to smile as we watch. Congratulations to David Singontiko! And thanks for following our coverage of Event No. 51 here at PokerNews.

Saturday, July 2, 2011 8:31 PM Local Time

In only the second hands of heads up, David Singontiko and Michael Yee got it all in preflop when Yee only had 325,000 left.


The board ran out       and when the ten hit the river, Singontiko's whole rail went nuts and he fell to the floor as they realized he had just won a bracelet in his first ever WSOP event.

Saturday, July 2, 2011 8:27 PM Local Time

Jeffrey Gibralter (right) - 3rd place

That momentum of Jeffrey Gibralter's just came to an abrupt halt in a big hand between himself and chip leader David Singontiko.

Gibralter opened with a raise to 130,000 from the button, Michael Yee folded, and Singontiko reraised the pot to 415,000. Gibralter thought a moment, then called the reraise, leaving himself about 920,000 behind.

The flop came    . Singontiko sat quietly for a moment, then looked up at the dealer and said "pot." Before the chips were counted out, Gibralter said "call," thinking he was pushing all in. In fact he was committing all but 115,000 with the call, but the pair agreed to bet and call in the dark to get the rest in. Their cards were thus tabled before the turn arrived:


The turn was an especially bad card for Gibralter -- the   -- giving Singontiko a full house and leaving Gibralter needing a friendly low card to win at least part of the pot. But the river was the  , and Gilbralter is out in third.

Singontiko bumps up to 3.7 million, and will have a huge advantage over Michael Yee to start heads-up play. Yee has just 375,000.

Saturday, July 2, 2011 8:10 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 25000/50000
Ante: 0
Saturday, July 2, 2011 8:08 PM Local Time

Jeffrey Gibralter

Jeffrey Gibralter raised to 85,000 from the button, Michael Yee folded, and David Singontiko called from the big blind. The flop came all clubs --     -- and Singontiko checked. Gibralter bet 75,000, then Singontiko check-raised the minimum to 150,000. Gibralter called. The turn then brought the   and both checked.

The river was the  , and Singontiko checked again. Gibralter pushed out a bet of 250,000 this time, and Singontiko sat with his head down for several seconds before letting his hand go.

Singontiko still leads with 2.24 million, with Gibralter climbing to 1.42 million. Yee, meanwhile, is still the short stack with a little under 600,000.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 2, 2011 8:03 PM Local Time

We had quite a bit of action that looked like it was going to be heads-up again, but yet again, three handed play continues as normal. Michael Yee was quartered in a hand vs. David Singontiko, but the very next hand he tripled up and is back to 750,000

Singontiko called on the button, Jeffrey Gibralter called in the small blind, and Yee raised it up to 200,000 in the big blind. Singontiko called and Gibralter folded. The flop came down     and Yee went all in for his last few chips and Singontiko called.


The turn and river were   and   to give Singontiko the high and split the low between the two. After the hand, Yee had only 250,000 left. The very next hand though, Yee got it all in preflop with both Gibralter and Singontiko calling. The two checked it down, and on a board of       Yee took it down with      for a pair of kings to go along with the sixes on the board.

David Singontiko2,350,000100,000
Jeffrey Gibralter900,000-450,000
Michael Yee750,000200,000
Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:51 PM Local Time

Jeffrey Gibralter has been chipping back up over the last few hands. He just picked up a few more in a hand versus leader David Singontiko.

After Michael Yee folded, Singontiko completed from the small blind, Gibralter raised to 105,000, and Singontiko called. The flop came     and both checked. The turn was the  . This time Singontiko checked, Gibralter bet 175,000, and Singontiko called.

The river was the   and both checked. Gibralter showed      for a small flush and no low, and Singontiko mucked.

Gibralter is back up to 1.35 million, while Singontiko is now at about 2.25 million.

Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:44 PM Local Time
David Singontiko2,600,000-50,000
Jeffrey Gibralter1,120,000320,000
Michael Yee550,000-325,000
Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:42 PM Local Time

We had a huge pot just now and were one card away from a heads-up battle, but as is often the case with Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better, we ended up chopping the pot.

David SIngontiko raised it up to 90,000 from the button and Jeffrey Gibralter called.

The flop came down     and Singontiko put out a 225,000 bet. Gibralter called and the two saw a   turn. Gibralter almost knew his fate was sealed as he pushed all in and got an instant call from Singontiko.


Singontiko had a full house and anything but a low river card would mean heads-up play. The river however hit the   and the two chopped the pot. Gibralter stays alive for now and it's still anyone's game

Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:33 PM Local Time

Michael Yee folded, David Singontiko completed from the small blind, then Jeffrey Gibralter raised to 100,000 from the big blind. Singontiko made the call.

The flop came    , and both players checked. The turn was the  . Singontiko checked, and Gibralter didn't waste too much time betting 150,000. Singontiko looked over at Gibralter's stack, then announced he was raising pot to 650,000. Gibralter waited about ten seconds, then pushed his cards dealerward.

More for Singontiko, who moves up over 2.65 million. Gibralter is now sitting with about 800,000, a bit behind Yee now.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:28 PM Local Time

Since three-handed play started, the story has been Gibralter and Singontiko with the chip lead and them waiting until Yee pushes his short stack in. Now however, Yee and Gibralter are nearly even after Singontiko has taken down a few more pots and Yee has as well. The battle for which two will go heads-up just got a lot more interesting. Stay tuned.

David Singontiko2,500,000170,000
Jeffrey Gibralter900,000-275,000
Michael Yee800,00025,000
Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:15 PM Local Time

Michael Yee, David Singontiko, and Jeffrey Gibralter (left to right)

After several walks and raise-and-take hands just after the return from break, we finally made it to a river. After David Singontiko folded the button, Jeffrey Gibralter completed in the small blind and Michael Yee checked his option in the BB. Both checked the     flop. The turn was the  . Gibralter bet 60,000, and Yee called.

The river brought the   and a bet of 125,000 from Gibralter. Yee paused just a few seconds, then announced he was all in and Gibralter instantly mucked. Yee showed      for a wheel and six-high straight, and scooped the chips.

A boost for Yee there, now up to 675,000. Gibralter has just under 1.2 million, and Singontiko still leads with 2.4 million.

Saturday, July 2, 2011 7:06 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 20000/40000
Ante: 0
Saturday, July 2, 2011 6:09 PM Local Time

Our three remaining players are now on a 60-minute dinner break. Here are the stacks to which they'll be returning at about 8:05 p.m. Vegas time.

David Singontiko2,435,000135,000
Jeffrey Gibralter1,400,00075,000
Michael Yee425,000-110,000
Saturday, July 2, 2011 6:02 PM Local Time

Michael Yee

"Three-way chop?" said the short-stacked Michael Yee with a grin when three-handed play began. "I just want to put that out there," he added. Both Jeffrey Gibralter and David Singontiko chuckled.

Down to just 260,000, Michael Yee received his cards on the button and peeked to look. He shrugged, said "pot" for a raise to 105,000, and David Singontiko quickly folded. Jeffrey Gibralter checked his cards, announced a raise to put Yee all in, and Yee quickly called.


A royal minus the king for Yee, while Gibralter was looking for low cards on the flop. "Jack, jack, ten!" came the cry from the rail in Yee's cheering section.

Then came the flop --    ! Not exactly the order, but good enough. Indeed, the flopped boat for Yee made the turn   and river   no matter.

Yee doubles to 535,000, while Gibralter now has about 1.3 million.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, July 2, 2011 5:53 PM Local Time

Igor Sharaskin

David Singontiko continues his reign of dominance at this final table by knocking out Igor Sharaskin in fourth place.

Sharaskin raised to 80,000 under the gun and Singontiko called. The flop came down     and Singontiko checked. Sharaskin bet 125,000 and Singontiko check-raised all in with Sharaskin instantly calling.


The turn came   and the river came   to give Singontiko trip threes with no low for the scoop. His rowdy rail erupted as usual and he moved up to over 2,000,000 in chips. We have three left, and with Michael Yee as short as he is, we will either be even all around or heads-up very soon. Stay tuned

David Singontiko2,300,000450,000
Igor Sharaskin0-460,000
Saturday, July 2, 2011 5:44 PM Local Time
David Singontiko1,850,000-25,000
Jeffrey Gibralter1,600,000175,000
Igor Sharaskin460,000-190,000
Michael Yee260,000-175,000
Saturday, July 2, 2011 5:39 PM Local Time

David Singontiko called from the small blind, and Jeffrey Gibralter raised to 90,000 from the big. Singontiko called the raise, and the pair watched the flop come    . Both checked. The turn was the  . Singontiko checked, Gibralter bet 70,000, and Singontiko called.

The river was the  , eliciting a bet of 250,000 from Singontiko. Gibralter considered for a few seconds, then let his hand go.

Singontiko extends his lead, moving up to about 1.9 million while Gibralter is still second with about 1.45 million.

Saturday, July 2, 2011 5:34 PM Local Time

Igor Sharaskin

Just after those two knockouts, we came within a card of seeing a third in three hands.

David Singontiko opened for 75,000 from the button, Igor Sharaskin reraised pot from the big blind, Singontiko reraised again, and Sharaskin called with his remaining chips.

Sharaskin showed      and Singontiko     . The flop came a stunning     -- a set of jacks for Singontiko, plus the nut low draw to go with it. Sharaskin's prospects appeared dim, but the   on the turn did give him hopes for a gutshot straight to go with the out represented by the case ace.

Then came the river -- the  ! -- giving Sharaskin the straight and saving his tourney life. "No better flop in the world for you," said Jeffrey Gibralter to Singontiko afterwards. "And you still lost!"

Actually he only lost half the pot, as he still took the low while Sharaskin claimed the high. Sharaskin still has about 650,000, while Singontiko is sitting at 1.7 million.

Saturday, July 2, 2011 5:26 PM Local Time

Thomas Scarber

Needless to say the action has picked up here at Event #51 as we had two eliminations in two hands.

In the first hand, Jeffrey Gibralter raised to 75,000 from late position and Marco Oliveira went all in with a call from Gibralter.


The board ran out       and Gibralter scooped to send Oliveira home in sixth place.

THE VERY NEXT HAND, TJ Scarber raised to 105,000 from the cutoff and David Singontiko moved all in with Scarber calling.


The board ran out       and Singontiko scooped with a wheel sending Scarber home in fifth. It's been a crazy last few hands and with a few more short stacks it probably won't stop anytime soon. Get your popcorn ready, it's gonna be a crazy ride to the finish.

David Singontiko1,700,000250,000
Jeffrey Gibralter1,450,000170,000
Igor Sharaskin650,000130,000
Michael Yee490,000110,000
Thomas Scarber0-250,000
Marco Oliveira0-215,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander