The simple mention of PLO perks the ears of poker players, and the opportunity to play a pot-limit Omaha tournament is enticing. Though a $2,500 buy-in price tag is a bit prohibitive for some, there are many who will jump at the chance to compete. Event 28 was just that, and it even added another variation with its “second chance” idea, which allowed players to start with only 1,500 chips but take three add-ons of 2,000 chips each throughout the first four levels of the tournament. Players were certainly up for the challenge.
There were 596 people in the tournament at the end of registration, which created a prize pool of $1,370,800, payable to the last 54 players standing but reserving $315,311 for first place. Day 1 took that field of 596 and reduced it to only 105, and Day 2 thinned it more, bursting the money bubble in the process. Play continued until the end of the night, at which point there were still a dozen players remaining, their chip stacks listed as follows:
|Miguel Proulx || 877,000 |
|Patrick Hanoteau ||824,000 |
|Loren Klein ||470,000 |
|Karl Gal ||458,000 |
|Joerg Engels ||405,000 |
|Dilyan Kovachev ||339,000 |
|Trevor Pope ||261,000 |
|Matthew Reed ||253,000 |
|Tommy Le ||213,000 |
|Joe Serock ||185,000 |
|Stephane Tayar ||102,000 |
|Michele Greco ||100,000 |
Those 12 players returned to the Rio in the middle of the afternoon on Thursday, June 17, to play to and through the final table. The early eliminations of the day were:
12th place: Matthew Reed ($19,588)
11th place: Joe Serock ($19,588)
The final ten players were seated together, but one more bustout prevented the final table from being official. Action finally brought Joerg Engels and Dilyan Kovachev into a hand to see a flop. Betting and raising put Kovachev all-in with for top pair, and Engels had for the straight draw. A on the turn and on the river gave Engels the set of jacks, and Dilyan Kovachev left in tenth place with $19,588.
The final table was then set as follows:
|Seat 1: ||Patrick Hanoteau ||870,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Joerg Engels ||261,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Miguel Proulx ||869,000 |
|Seat 4: ||L.J. Klein ||855,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Michael Greco ||137,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Tommy Le ||126,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Karl Gal ||425,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Stephane Tayar ||78,000 |
|Seat 9: || Trevor Pope ||366,000 |
Action started with Greco losing ground, though a triple up to 201K brought him back into contention. Tayar lost chips to Le but doubled through Reed, and Le continued to chip up at the expense of Hanoteau. Meanwhile, Joerg jumped into the chip lead.
Hanoteau took some hits, as Greco and Gal both doubled through him. The former big stack at the table was suddenly on the short stack, and he moved all-in preflop with in the hopes of remedying that situation. Gal was the caller holding . The flop of gave Hanoteau flush outs, and the added straight outs. But the on the river didn’t follow through, and Patrick Hanoteau was eliminated in ninth place with $25,044.
A few more double-ups were in order at that point, as Pope doubled through Tayar, who then doubled through Klein and Le.
Le was looking for one of those double-ups as well. He got involved with Proulx to see a flop, at which point Le moved all-in with for the pair of threes and straight draw. Proulx called with for the set of fives. The on the turn and on the river left the set intact, and Tommy Le parted ways with the table in eighth place with $32,254.
Engels found himself in trouble and on the short stack, but a triple-up kept him in the game.
Pope, on the other hand, pushed all-in preflop with , and Proulx was the caller holding . The helped neither player and the on the turn and on the river simply finished it without fanfare. Proulx’s hand held up, and Trevor Pope walked away with $41,850 for the seventh place finish.
Gal was the next to make a move, and his last 200K went into the pot preflop with . None other than Proulx made the call, and his hand showed . Gal picked up a flush on the flop, though Proulx wound up with two pair. The on the turn changed nothing, but the on the river gave Proulx the full house. Karl Gal left the table a bit stunned in sixth place with $54,736.
Engels was still in the danger zone but doubled through Klein to play a little longer. But soon, it was time to get involved again. Engels and Grego took to a flop, and Engels pushed all-in for his last 260K. Greco called with for the trip sixes, and Engels showed for two pair. The on the turn made Greco’s hand into a full house, and the on the river only ended the hand. Joerg Engels was gone in fifth place with $72,227.
The next decision was up to Tayar, who moved all-in preflop with . Proulx called with , but it was Tayar who hit the flop when it came . But the on the turn gave Proulx the flush, and the was dealt to finish it. Stephane Tayar headed to the cashier cage to get $96,243 for the fourth place finish.
Three-handed play saw Klein double through Proulx, but the latter came back to double through Klein to regain the chip lead. Greco stayed alive with a double through Klein.
Greco was still short-stacked, however, and his last 485K went all-in preflop with . Klein decided to call with and hit the for two pair. Greco looked for the flush draw, but the on the turn nor the on the river made it happen. Michael Greco was eliminated in third place with $129,691.
Heads-up play then started with the following chip stacks:
|L.J. Klein ||2,775,000 |
|Miguel Proulx ||1,695,000 |
The duo started their match fairly cautiously, but Proulx came back in a big way when he doubled up to the 2 million mark. It wasn’t long after that when Proulx took a pot that put him up to nearly 3 million and saw Klein reduced to less than 1.5 million.
After about 45 minutes, with chip stacks closer to even but Proulx out in front, the two players tangled to see a flop of . Klein bet, and Proulx check-called. The on the turn prompted Proulx to bet, and Klein called. Upon the deal of the river card, Klein pushed all-in. Proulx check-called without hesitation with for the nut flush, and Klein had only J-10-8-4 for two pair. L.J. Klein was eliminated in second place with $195,147.
Miguel Proulx of Quebec won Event 28, and he walked away with $315,311 and the WSOP gold bracelet for the victory.