Allen Le has won the top prize of $189,223 in the $1,500 buy-in Mixed Omaha event, and Justin Bonomo continues to fire on all cylinders taking the chip lead into the penultimate day of the Poker Players Championship.
Allen Le has won bragging rights in the Le household after becoming the first of three poker playing brothers to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet.
Le, 30, beat a field of 668 entrants in the $1,500 Mixed Omaha event. The tournaments contained three variants of Omaha: Pot-Limit Omaha / 8; Omaha 8, and Big O. It turns out that Le is pretty adept at them all as his $189,223 first prize shows.
The professional from Huntington Beach, Southern California has cashed 30-times in WSOP events, and this was his second final table. In 2011, he finished fourth in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event after the eventual winner, Foster Hays, came from behind to beat him in a race.
It was a final table dripping with talent. Gavin Smith was making his second final table of the series after finishing sixth in the $1,500 Eight-Game Mix. Yuval Bronshstein was making his second final table of the series after finishing seventh in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship. Multiple bracelet winner, John Monnette, was making his seventh cash of the series, and fifth Top 10 finish and WSOP bracelet winner David Bach also had a seat.
In the end, the heads-up action came down to a battle between Le and the inexperienced live tournament player Philipp Eirisch, but it was David v Goliath after Le entered the final with 4.5m chips v 435k chip lead and two hands later it was all over.
Final Table Results
1. Allan Le – $189,223
2. Philipp Eirisch – $116,915
3. Cody Crouch – $79,403
4. Gavin Smith – $54,889
5. Keith Ferrera – $38,634
6. Yuval Bronshstein – $27,696
7. David Bach – $20,229
8. Gary Bolden – $15,059
9. John Monnette – $11,431
Other notables who cashed included Bart Hanson (14th), Paul Tedeschi (24th), and Jason Somerville (26th).
The Best of the Rest
Justin Bonomo continues to show outstanding form as he moves into the penultimate day of action with the chip lead in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
13 of the original 91 players remain in the hunt for the $1.3m first prize. They include the reigning champion, and reigning WSOP Player of the Year Mike Gorodinsky, and former champions Brian Rast and Michael Mizrachi. Daniel Negreanu is also hanging in.
Day 4 Chip Counts in Full
1. Justin Bonomo – 3,127,000
2. Ray Dehkharghani – 2,662,000
3. Lamar Wilkinson – 2,659,000
4. Rep Porter – 2,056,000
5. Michael Mizrachi – 2,016,000
6. Eric Wasserson – 1,920,000
7. Brian Rast – 1,569,000
8. Paul Volpe – 1,500,000
9. Tommy Hang – 1,400,000
10. Elior Sion – 1,247,000
11. Daniel Alaei – 1,045,000
12. Daniel Negreanu – 995,000
13. Mike Gorodinsky – 526,000
Matt Affleck leads the final 28 players going into Day 3 of Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. 1,860 players entered that one. The remaining players are guaranteed $10,514; the winner will win $412,557. Not to be underestimated in that one are David Peters (6th), Pablo Gordillo (7th), Faraz Jaka (14th), Ivan Luca (18th), and Adrien Allain (22nd).
732 players created a $988,200 prize pool in Event #57: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better. David Nowakowski is in a better position to win than most finishing on top of the field at the end of Day 2. 16 players are remaining, and Nowakowski is the only player with over a million in chips. Marco Johnson (4th), Martin Staszko (11th), and Dylan Hortin (15th) are also in with a respective shout.
And, finally, Enrico Rudelitz leads the final 28-players in Event #58: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30-Minute Levels). 1,397 players entered. The winner will walk away with $221,613, and Fatima Moreira de Melo, Ryan Riess, and Martin Kozlov still have high hopes of earning gold.