Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:44 PM Local Time
The final day of the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe €3,250 Eight-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha (Event #3) saw eight players returning to the Spielbank Berlin and Mikkel Plum was leading the field. It took three and a half hours to reduce the field to its last two hopefuls, followed by a four and a half hour long endurance challenge between Richard Gryko and 2014 WSOP-APAC High Roller champion Mike Leah. Gryko ultimately emerged victorious to scoop his first WSOP gold bracelet and €126,345 for his efforts while Leah jumped straight into the Mixed Game (Event #5).
Ismael Bojang was the first player to hit the rail. On the board he flopped a full house with the only to see Gryko turn over for a higher full house when the remaining chips went in after the river. About 20 minutes later, Max Pescatori followed in 7th place. The "Italian Pirate" got his short stack in preflop with and start-of-the-day chip leader Plum looked him up with the and made trips fives on the .
The last two hands of level 19 then reduced the field from six to four. Short stack Benjamin Pollak called off his last few big blinds on the with . Leah had him dominated with out of the big blind and even made quads as the board filled up with the on the turn and the on the river. Just one hand later, Leah and Lawrence Lazar got into a raising war with the latter at risk holding . Leah's improved on the board and he ran straight up to Day 2 of the Monster Stack where he busted in a coin flip during the break of the Omaha Event.
Only two hands into level 20, Leah knocked out Roberto Romanello after both got their stacks in on a flop.
Leah: for a set of jacks
Romanello: for a pair of nines, a flush draw and open-ended straight dra
Leah improved to a full house on the turn and the river avoided another straight flush deja vu from the day before. The 2014 WSOP-APAC High Roller champion also took care of Plum as well to enter heads-up with a 2-1 chip advantage. Plum flopped a straight on the flop at the end of level 25 and got it in with . Leah's turned a higher straight on the turn and won the hand with an ace-high straight after the river.
Gryko doubled up after 15 minutes of heads-up when they got their stacks in after a turn. Gryko's for two pair kings and nines held up against Leah's for two pair kings and threes as the river bricked. From there on it was a grind for both players and Leah never regained the lead anymore. At a 1-5 deficit in level 25, the final showdown took place after a flop.
Gryko: for top pair, a gutshot and a flush draw
Leah: for top two pair
While the turn was of no help, Gryko improved to a flush with the river to end the tournament.
Final Result 2015 WSOPE Event #5
1st place: Richard Gryko (UK) - €126,345
2nd place: Mike Leah (Canada) - €78,150)
3rd place: Mikkel Plum (Denmark) - €55,755
4th place: Roberto Romanello (UK/Wales) - €40,480
5th place: Lawrence Lazar (USA) - €29,940
6th place: Benjamin Pollak (France) - €22,535
7th place: Max Pescatori (Italy) - €17,240
8th place: Ismael Bojang (Germany) -€ 13,445
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:31 PM Local Time
Richard Gryko opens to 90,000 and Mike Leah calls to see the flop of . Leah checks, Gryko continues for 70,000 and Leah moves all in for his last 280,000. Gryko snap-calls:
Gryko: for top pair, a gutshot and a flush draw
Leah: for top two pair
The turn gives Gryko a few more outs to win the hand and the dealer then burns and turns the river to give Gryko a flush. Leah is eliminated in second place, earning €78,150.
Leah said earlier that when this event is over, he'll jump right into the Mixed Event upstairs, so we might not have to wait long to see Leah make another deep run.
Mike Leah - Eliminated in 2nd place (€78,150)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:25 PM Local Time
Mike Leah opens to 60,000 and Richard Gryko calls. They head to the flop and both players check. On the turn, Gryko bets 70,000 and Leah folds.
Mike Leah - 370,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:18 PM Local Time
Mike Leah opens to 60,000 and gets called by Richard Gryko. Both players check down the flop and turn. The river triggers no betting action either and Gryko announces a ten. He shows and Leah mucks.
Gryko raises the next hand to 70,000, and Leah forfeits his big blind.
Leah raises to 60,000 and Gryko calls to see the flop. Both players check and Gryko bets the turn for 70,000. Another fold by Leah.
Leah forfeits another big blind to a raise and then opens to 60,000. Gryko calls and checks the flop. Leah bets 60,000 and Gryko check-raises to 300,000. Leah folds and has lost every hand in the new level so far.
Richard Gryko - 1,985,000
Mike Leah - 430,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:08 PM Local Time
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:55 PM Local Time
Richard Gryko - 1,675,000
Mike Leah - 740,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:47 PM Local Time
Mike Leah opens to 48,000 and Gryko calls to see the flop. Gryko checks, Leah bets 55,000 and Gryko calls. The falls on the turn and Gryko checks, Leah bets 125,000 and forces a fold.
Gryko raises the last hand to 55,000 and Leah calls. On the flop both players check. Both players check the turn and again on the river. Gryko announces ace-nine and flips over . Leah mucks.
The players are now on a 20-minute break and the T-1,000 chips will get raced off.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:41 PM Local Time
Richard Gryko raises to 55,000 and Mike Leah calls to see the flop. Leah checks, Gryko bets 65,000 and Leah calls. On the turn both players check, and they check again on the river. Leah announces pocket jacks and Gryko flashes his for two pair, queens and fives.
Richard Gryko - 1,735,000
Mike Leah - 680,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:31 PM Local Time
After a preflop raise and call, both players check the flop and turn. Richard Gryko bets the river for 45,000 and Mike Leah's raise to 155,000 takes it down.
Gryko opens to 55,000, and Leah calls to see the flop. Both players check and Leah checks the turn. Gryko bets 72,000 and Leah calls. Then the falls on the river. Again Leah checks and Gryko bets 85,000. Leah calls.
Gryko shows the for two pair. Leah has that beat with for a set of jacks.
Richard Gryko - 1,468,000
Mike Leah - 947,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:18 PM Local Time
Richard Gryko raises to 55,000 and Leah reraises the pot. Gryko calls and they create a pot of more than 320,000 to the flop. Leah has a pot-sized bet left and moves all in, Gryko folds.
Richard Gryko - 1,756,000
Mike Leah - 659,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:08 PM Local Time
Richard Gryko limps in for 24,000 and Mike Leah raises the pot to 72,000. Gryko calls and they see a flop of . Leah continues for 55,000 and Gryko calls, then the appears on the turn. Leah checks and Gryko bets 90,000. Leah folds and his chip deficit is becoming bigger and bigger.
Richard Gryko - 1,930,000
Mike Leah - 485,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:02 PM Local Time
A few hands into the new level, Mike Leah opens to 50,000. Richard Gryko three-bets to 150,000 and Leah calls. Gryko bets the flop for 119,000 and Leah folds.
Richard Gryko - 1,808,000
Mike Leah - 612,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:51 PM Local Time
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:49 PM Local Time
Richard Gryko opens to 45,000 and Mike Leah calls. On the flop, Leah checks and Gryko bets 50,000. Leah check-raises the pot and Gryko snap-folds.
A few hands later, Gryko opens to 45,000 and Leah calls. On the flop, Leah checks and Gryko bets 50,000. Leah calls and the turn gets checked through. On the river, both players check and Leah announces a straight. "Straight is good," Gryko replies and gets shown the .
One hand later, Leah opens to 40,000 and Gryko calls. On the flop, both players check. They check again on the turn, and then Gryko bets the river for 55,000. Leah calls and Gryko immediately says "you got it" before flashing only. Leah takes the pot with for two pairs, fours and threes.
Richard Gryko - 1,567,000
Mike Leah - 848,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:42 PM Local Time
Mike Leah raises to 40,000 and Richard Gryko calls. Both check the flop, and Gryko bets the turn for 55,000. Leah calls and the river is a . Gryko bets 140,000 and Leah calls. Gryko shows the for a jack-high straight.
Richard Gryko - 1,872,000
Mike Leah - 543,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:30 PM Local Time
Mike Leah opens to 40,000. Richard Gryko calls and check the flop. Leah continues for 50,000 and folds when Gryko raises to 180,000.
One hand later, Gryko opens to 45,000 and Leah calls. On the flop, Gryko checks and Leah bets 60,000. Gryko calls and they check the on the turn. On the river, Gryko bets 105,000 and Leah calls. Gryko shows the and his flush draw on the flop turned into runner-runner two pair. Leah mucks.
Richard Gryko - 1,592,000
Mike Leah - 823,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:18 PM Local Time
Richard Gryko opens to 45,000 and Mike Leah folds. One hand later, Leah gets a walk and has aces and kings.
Gryko raises to 45,000 again two hands later and Leah calls. The flop triggers a check from Leah, and Gryko continues for 50,000. Leah folds.
Leah opens to 40,000 and Gryko calls to see a flop of . Both players check, and then check again when the comes on the turn. Gryko then bets the river for 55,000 and Leah takes it down with a raise to 150,000.
Richard Gryko - 1,317,000
Mike Leah 1,098,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:09 PM Local Time
Mike Leah wins 100,000 from Richard Gryko with second pair while holding .
Then, Leah opens to 40,000 and folds to the 120,000-chip three-bet of Gryko. He jokes over to the other side of the table, "Do you want to play a hand hi-lo?"
Gryko wins the next big blind by raising to 45,000. On the next hand, Leah min-raises to 40,000 again. Gryko calls and they check the flop and the turn. There is no action on the river, and Gryko announces a queen. Leah has that as well and shows for the winning hand.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:56 PM Local Time
In the first hand back from the break, Richard Gryko raises to 45,000 and Mike Leah calls. On the flop, Leah checks and Gryko continues for 55,000. Leah calls, and then check-calls again on the turn for 95,000. Both players check the river and Leah announces ace-king before flashing his . Gryko mucks.
Leah min-raises the next hand to 40,000 and folds to Gryko's pot-sized three-bet.
In the fourth hand of the new level, Leah opens to 40,000 and Gryko calls. Both check the flop and Gryko's bet of 55,000 on the turn wins the pot.
Richard Gryko - 1,512,000
Mike Leah - 903,000
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:48 PM Local Time