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Spanning over four days, Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) attracted a battalion of 476 runners which was brought down to six players on the final day. Former WSOP bracelet winner Loren Klein (cover image) was on the hunt for his third bracelet and claimed the gold while also taking home a massive top prize worth $1,472,459.
A veteran in the WSOP community, Klein has been active at the WSOP series since 2008. Having cashed in the WSOP an astounding 32 times, Klein has accumulated total earnings of $1,472,459.
When asked about winning WSOP gold bracelets in consecutive years, Klein said, “Not a ton, the variance in getting a bracelet is pretty wild. I was the same player I was three years ago before I had any bracelet, so it doesn’t mean a whole lot. But it is certainly a good time.”
Klein has previously won bracelets i.e. Event #45: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha in 2016 for $241,427 and Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha for $231,483 in 2017.
Final Table Recap
Leading the nine-player final table was Rep Porter with 4,485,000, with Scott Bohlman (3,735,000), Loren Klein (3,600,000), Ryan Hughes (3,150,000), Brandon Shack-Harris (2,650,000), Jerry Wong (2,125,000), Mike Leah (1,660,000), Alexey Makarov (1,205,000) and Richard Lyndaker (1,130,000) trailing behind.
The first of the three final table eliminations on Day 3 was Richard Lyndaker. When Mike Leah raised from hijack, Lyndaker called all-in from cutoff and Jerry Wong joined in from the big blind. As the flop fell , Wong moved all-in, as Leah called to create a three-way all-in situation. Holding , Lyndaker was gunning for a gutshot. Wong was drawing the nut flush with , while Leah’s gave him pocket nines and the possibilities of hitting a straight or a flush. On the turn Wong hit an ace-high straight, effectively eliminating Lyndaker in ninth place, as the river missed all three players.
Finishing in eighth place was Alexey Makarov. He raised the pot from the hijack and received a call from Leah. The flop prompted Leah to bet the pot. Makarov went all-in with , and Leah called immediately tabling . Hoping to improve his pair of queens against Leah’s two pairs of kings and sevens, Makarov spiked two pairs of queens and tens when the turn showed . But the river failed to help and he was sent to the rails.
Mike Leah was the last one out on Day 3. Ryan Hughes raised from the small blind with , while Leah moved all-in from big blind with . The board ran bringing Hughes trip kings and the pot, as Leah was busted in seventh place.
Final Day Recap
Spearheading the remaining six finalists into Day 4 was Shack-Harris (7,730,000), followed by Hughes (5,140,000), Klein (4,240,000), Porter (2,680,000), Wong (2,160,000) and Bohlman (1,855,000).
The first casualty of the final day was Scott Bohlman in sixth place. Klein raised the pot to 500,000 from cutoff, as Bohlman 3-bet the pot from the button. After checking Bohlman’s stack size, Klein called the pot. The flop ran . Holding , Bohlman flopped a pair of eights, while Klein with was hoping for a five on the remaining streets to complete a back-door straight. The turn blanked out for both players, but the river answered Klein prayers and Bohlman had to take his leave from the table.
Next on the list of eliminations was Ryan Hughes. Klein raised 900,000 from small blind with , prompting Hughes to move all-in from big blind with 1,550,000 holding . Klein snap called and flopped a fullhouse on the rundown . The turn gave Hughes two pairs of aces and kings. But the river did not better Hughes’ hand and he had to make his way to the cashier to collect his fifth place prize money.
30 minutes later, Jerry Wong raised 1,000,000 with . Shack-Harris holding made the call. The flop brought and Shack-Harris hit a straight. The turn and river brought no luck for Wong, confirming his elimination in fourth place.
Brandon Shack-Harris however did not stay long after Wong departed. On his final hand, Shack-Harris opened the action with a raise prompting Klein to fold from small blind while Rep Porter 3-bet from big blind. Shack-Harris shoved all-in with and Porter called holding . The flop gave Shack-Harris a pair of eights but it wasn’t enough to defeat Porter’s pocket rockets. On the lookout for an eight to double-up, Shack-Harris instead got on the turn and on the river, settling for a third place finish.
The heads-up battle between Rep Porter and Loren Klein took another hour to reach the final hand. The hand in question saw Klein started the action from the button with a raise of 1,000,000 and Porter 3-bet it to 4,275,000 from the big blind. Klein potted with and Porter called all-in with . The community cards missed both players and Klein’s pocket rockets won his a third bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Loren Klein – $1,018,336
2. Rep Porter – $629,378
3. Brandon Shack-Harris – $433,259
4. Jerry Wong – $303,491
5. Ryan Hughes – $216,391
6. Scott Bohlman – $157,097
7. Mike Leah – $116,166
8. Alexey Makarov – $87,522
9. Richard Lyndaker – $67,210
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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