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With 237 players competing for the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet and a top prize of $567,788, Event #60: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a hard-fought event that ultimately found a winner in top pro and former WSOP champion Phil Galfond (cover image).
A known presence at the WSOP, Galfond won his first bracelet in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event in WSOP 2008 for $817,781. The next one came in 2015 where he won the Event #29 : $ 10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball No-Limit Championship for $ 224,383.
When asked about his third bracelet win, Galfond said, “There’s nothing like the first one, so that stands ahead. It still feels really good, on par with the second. I just ran really hot at the right time. I ran bad all summer, so I was saving it up for now. Now, it’s even.”
Day 3 began with 24 runners, but 16 among them were eliminated before the final table was set up starting with Allan Le (24th for $18,631), Eli Elezra (22nd for $18,631), Nathan Gamble (18th for $18,631), Chris Ferguson (13th for $25,695), Brandon Shack-Harris (12th for $31,334) and Assani Fisher (10th for $39,149).
Yong Wang (9th for $39,149) bubbled the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Michael McKenna – 2,110,000
2. Chad Power – 1,680,000
3. Chase Steely – 1,605,000
4. Ali Abduljabbar – 1,435,000
5. Phil Galfond – 1,365,000
6. David “ODB” Baker – 1,345,000
7. Chris Lee – 1,200,000
8. Marco Johnson – 850,000
Final Table Recap
Chase Steely was the first one out. Phil Galfond’s raise was called by Steely and it was two-way on the flop Galfond potted and Steely moved all-in. Both players tabled their cards – Galfond and Steely . The turn gave Steely a set but Galfond hit a wheel. The river failed to help Steely and he was eliminated in eight place.
David Baker was next to go in seventh place. He potted from under-the-gun and Galfond repotted to his left. Baker moved all-in and Galfond called. On the rundown , Baker’s were no good against Galfond’s .
Finishing in sixth place was Marco Johnson who opened from under-the-gun with . Michael McKenna called holding . The flop fell and Johnson potted while McKenna announced all-in, Johnson called and was at risk. The turn and river brought McKenna the pot eliminating Johnson.
Two minutes later Chris Lee followed suit in fifth place. He raised the pot to 350,000 from under-the-gun as McKenna defended his big blind. On the flop , McKenna moved all-in with and Lee called with . McKenna completed his spades flush on the turn and took down the pot as Lee failed to make his low on the river .
Some time later, Chad Power made his way back to the rail. He raised the pot to 300,000 and Galfond re-raised, causing the other players to fold and prompting Power to move all-in. Power had against Galfond’s . The runout eliminated Power’s in fourth place.
It was not long before three-handed play got down to heads-up. Action saw McKenna raising the pot to 240,000, Ali Abduljabbar called from big blind to see the flop . Abduljabbar checked and McKenna raised to 300,000. Abduljabbar potted and raised to 1,460,000. Cards were tabled and Abduljabbar held against McKenna’s . The turn gave McKenna a straight and when the river did not better Abduljabbar’ hand, he exited in third place.
More than an hour later, the final hand of the event was dealt. Galfond potted on the button with and Michael McKenna moved all-in with . The flop missed both players but the turn brought McKenna a pair. The river , however, gave an even better pair to Galfond, who took down the pot and the bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Phil Galfond – $567,788
2. Michael Mckenna – $350,922
3. Ali Abduljabbar – $240,497
4. Chad Power – $168,275
5. Chris Lee – $120,263
6. Marco Johnson – $87,830
7. David “ODB” Baker – $65,579
8. Chase Steely – $50,086
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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