Results of the WSOP Event 37 – $10 000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 or Better

A challenging field of two hundred and thirty-five of the world’s more accomplished poker players took to the felt tables of the Rio in Las Vegas to contest the World Championship Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 or Better event.

Big Time Casualties!

For once, play was cautious initially and this calculated play made sure that most of the Omaha campaigners were well entrenched at the tables by the end of the first day. There were some notable casualties however including the leading WSOP bracelet winner, Phil Hellmuth, who seems to be having a bit of a dry run this year. Other pros who had to leave the party early included Scotty Nguyen, Rob Hollink, Andy Bloch and Barry Greenstein and at the end of day two the legendary Doyle Brunson and Thang Nguyen were also shown the door!

Although Mike ‘the Mouth’ Matusow was his usual noisy self, he did make a great start at the final table but everything went a bit pear-shaped later on when he ended up with the short stack. His aggressive style of play led to his downfall when eventual champion, David Benyamine, knocked him down to only a couple of chips. It was Toto Leonidas, however, who ended ‘the Mouth’s’ run of form and all the other contestants at the final table breathed a sigh of relief when he upped and left – the silence was invigorating!

Heads-Up – Benyamine versus Jamieson

Benyamine went into the heads-up with a three to one chip lead over Greg Jamieson and he sure put it to good use. He had his opponent against the ropes almost immediately and within half an hour the marathon three day contest was heading to a close.

In the final hand the money went all-in pre-flop and the two players were holding:

Jamieson – King of hearts, Queen of hearts, 6 of diamonds, 2 of spades

Benyamine – Queen of clubs, 10 of clubs, 10 of hearts, 3 of hearts

The Flop was – Jack of spades, 10 of diamonds, 9 of spades – giving Jamieson the lead with a straight, but the turn was a Jack of hearts handing Benyamine a Full house, his first WSOP bracelet and over $500 000 in prize money

Final Table Results

  1. David Benyamine – $535 687
  2. Greg Jamieson – $331 350
  3. Jason Gray – $209 855
  4. Toto Leonidas – $171 197
  5. Mike ‘the Mouth’ Matusow – $138 062
  6. Eugene Katchalov – $110 450
  7. Ram Vaswani – $88 360
  8. David Chiu – $71 792
  9. Hieu Ma – $55 225