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Event #3 – $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2018 Poker Masters was held over a period of two days at the PokerGO Studio outside of the Aria Resort and Casino. Besting a field of 37 runners, Keith Lehr (cover image), who started out as one of the shortest stacks on the final table, took down the event and pocketed a hefty first-place payday of $333,000.
A specialist in Omaha cash games and tournaments, Lehr is currently ranked third on the Louisiana, USA All Time Money List. With nearly $3 Million in live earnings and a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet to his name, Lehr (300 points) is presently tied in second place with David Peters (300) in the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket Rankings, behind Brandon Adams (510 points).
Day 1 Recap
Several big names were seen in action at the event including Jason Koon, Justin Bonomo, Daniel Negreanu, Anthony Zinno, Jake Schindler, Ryan Tosoc, Phil Hellmuth, Brian Rast, Ben Lamb and Cary Katz.
With only the top six places assured payouts, David Peters was the final elimination on Day 1 and bubbled the final table.
Final Day Recap
Peters elimination on Day 1 got play down to the six-handed final table, where all the finalists were assured a minimum payout of $55,500.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Jonathan Depa – 1,413,000
2. Brandon Adams – 1,138,000
3. Ben Yu – 832,000
4. Dan Shak – 781,000
5. Keith Lehr – 712,000
6. Isaac Haxton – 675,000
Final Table Recap
The first elimination on the final day was Dan Shak. He opened to 140,000 from under-the-gun and Jonathan Depa raised to 480,000. Shak called all in with his remaining stack of 205,000 and tabled . Depa turned over . The flop fell , Shak hit a pair of nines, but Depa was in the lead with pocket kings. The turn wasn’t of much help to Shak who needed a nine to stay in the running. The river brought which gave Depa two pairs of kings and fours ending Shak’s run in ninth place.
The next elimination took less than an hour. Ben Yu raised 175,000 from the button and Brandon Adams called from big blind to see the flop . Yu bet 125,000 and Adams used a time extension before moving all-in. Yu called, and both players tabled their cards.
The remaining two streets brought and and Yu rivered full house eliminating Adams in eighth place.
During level 21, Isaac Haxton opened button for 280,000 and Depa called from the big blind. The flop brought and Depa shoved all-in, prompting Haxton to snap-call.
Haxton flopped top pair of queens, while Depa was gunning for a straight draw. The on the turn gave Depa a pair of jacks and the river bettered Depa’s hand to two pairs of jacks and tens, effectively sending Haxton to the rail in fourth place.
Down to three-handed play, Ben Yu led out for 280,000 from the button and Keith Lehr called from the big blind. The flop fanned out and Yu moved all-in. Lehr check-called immediately and showed . Yu held . While Yu had pocket sevens and outs for a straight draw, Lehr had flopped a straight. The turn improved Yu’s hand to two pairs – jacks and sevens, but the river missed both players and Yu busted out in third place.
The heads-up match between Keith Lehr (2,800,000) and Jonathan Depa (2,750,000) started off with both players almost evenly matched in stacks, but early on, Lehr managed to win a massive pot and took a huge lead. With a dwindling stack it was hard for Depa to stay alive in the event for much longer. On the final hand he called from the button and Lehr checked from big blind to see the flop . Lehr bet 240,000 and Depa tanked for a while before raising to 720,000. Lehr went all-in and Depa called.
Lehr picked up a pair of jacks on the flop, while Depa hit bottom two pair of threes and deuces. The turn gave Lehr a stronger two pair of jacks and eights. The river ended Depa`s tournament run at second place, while Lehr was declared as the champion and took away the top prize of $333,000.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Keith Lehr – $333,000
2. Jonathan Depa – $222,000
3. Ben Yu – $148,000
4. Isaac Haxton – $92,500
5. Brandon Adams – $74,000
6. Dan Shak – $55,500
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