There weren’t many chances left to play preliminary events, as less than twenty of them remained on the schedule before the start of the Main Event at the 2010 World Series of Poker. Event 41 presented the last opportunity to play a PLO-8 tournament at the $1,500 buy-in level, and players were ready for the challenge. Pot-limit Omaha hi-low split-8 or better is a game that provides a lot of action and gamble, and it allowed the chance for many to play who couldn’t afford or weren’t ready for the $10K championship PLO-8 tournament.
And this was a hit, as 847 players signed up to play and created a prize pool of $1,143,450. Day 1 took the field and reduced it to 171 players, all of whom returned on Day 2 to play down and into the money. The final 81 players were guaranteed payouts of at least $2,847, and the money bubble burst well into the second day of action, a day that eventually ended with only 15 players and Ryan Karp in the chip lead. Those players and their chip stacks were listed as follows:
|Ryan Karp ||564,000 |
|Steve Jelinek ||538,000 |
|Joel Ettedgi ||419,000 |
|Phil Hellmuth ||331,000 |
|Ben Lamb ||320,000 |
|John Gottlieb ||277,000 |
|Michael Chappus||260,000 |
|Jeffrey Baker ||247,000 |
|Barry Greenstein ||204,000 |
|Anders Taylor ||144,000 |
|Bryan Andrews ||122,000 |
|Igor Gotz ||105,000 |
|Amanda Thomas ||60,000 |
|Tony Cousineau ||22,000 |
The third and final day of play began on Thursday, June 24, and eliminations came rather quickly with the final table in sight.
15th place: Igor Gotz ($11,731)
14th place: Tony Cousineau ($11,731)
13th place: Bryan Andrews ($11,731)
12th place: Barry Greenstein ($14,544)
11th place: Darren Sprengers ($14,544)
The final ten players were seated together at the featured table, but it wasn’t until one more player departed that the final table would be officially set. That happened when Jeffrey Baker committed all-in preflop with against the of John Gottlieb on a board. The turn and river ended the hand, and Baker was out in tenth place with $14,544.
Thus, the final table was official and set as follows:
|Seat 1: ||Joel Ettedgi ||572,000 |
|Seat 2: ||John Gottlieb ||570,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Steve Jelinek ||692,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Michael Chappus ||196,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Mandy Thomas ||50,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Ryan Karp ||801,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Phil Hellmuth ||227,000 |
|Seat 8: || Ben Lamb ||309,000 |
|Seat 9: ||Anders Taylor ||377,000 |
Play started rather slowly, as Gottleib climbed, Taylor doubled through Lamb to stay alive, and Thomas did the same through Hellmuth. The latter then played very cautiously to regain his chips, even doubling through Gottlieb and working his way off the short stack.
A big pot developed when Thomas was all-in preflop, Ettedgi was all-in but had Thomas covered, and Lamb had both of them covered. The hands were:
|Thomas: ||A[h]-5[s]-2[h]-2[d] |
|Ettedgi: ||A[d]-J[d]-7[h]-3[d] |
|Lamb: ||A[s]-K[s]-K[h]-4[s] |
The board came to give Thomas quads for some of the main pot, and Lamb for the wheel for high and low for the side pot and half of the main. But Joe Ettedgi was ousted in ninth place, for which he was awarded $18,432.
Thomas went on to double through Hellmuth, but the latter then doubled through Taylor. By the time the eight players went to dinner, Hellmuth had climbed above the short stacks, the shortest of whom was still Thomas. Jelinek was also short but doubled through Karp upon the return to the tables.
That double for Jelinek left Karp with only 40K behind, and those chips went into the middle of the table preflop with . Lamb called with . The flop of hit Karp, but the on the turn gave Lamb the pair of aces. A on the river ended the run for Ryan Karp, who left in eighth place with $23,635.
Hellmuth was then put to the test again. He agreed to the all-in preflop and showed , and Gottleib turned over . The flop of gave Gottlieb top pair, and the turn and river changed nothing. Phil Hellmuth was denied another bracelet and forced to leave in seventh place with $30,633.
Thomas finally put her stack at risk again, this time with . Lamb went along with , a hand that only improved to the best flush on the board. Mandy Thomas walked away with $40,169 for the sixth place finish.
Five-handed play started with Gottlieb holding a sizable lead with nearly 1.5 million over the others, and Lamb holding up second place with 855K. Jelinek was in third with 630K, and Chappus and Taylor were tied for short-stacked position with 440K each. But Taylor and Jelinek both doubled through Gottlieb and Taylor doubled through Jelinek and Chappus doubled through Taylor. So goes a split-pot tournament.
But Lamb was quartered twice to become one of the players in danger of elimination. He then went to see a flop with Taylor, at which point Lamb pushed all-in with . Taylor showed for the nut low and only improved when the last two cards came and to give him the spade flush for the high. Ben Lamb was sent home in fifth place with $53,319.
Chappus was next on the short stacked list and tried to get something going by committing the remainder of his chips all-in with . Taylor had and caught the flop. The on the turn and on the river closed the book on Michael Chappus, who left the tournament in fourth place with $71,728.
Jelinek then began his climb, doubling through Gottlieb and Taylor.
It was then Taylor decided to attempt the same and pushed all-in preflop with . Jelinek went along with and caught the full house on the flop. The on the turn and on the river ended it all for Anders Taylor, who took home $97,913 for the third place finish.
No heads-up chip counts were given except to say that Jelinek was in the lead. As play moved forward, Gottlieb doubled up several times to climb to the 3 million-chip mark, and eventually the stacks were even. The two players did take an unscheduled break, which resulted in a fairly quick resolution to the tournament upon their return.
Gottlieb pushed all-in preflop with , and Jelinek called with . The board came , and John Gottlieb finished the event in second place with $151,884.
Steve Jelinek, who finished this exact event last year in sixth place, was able to win it this year. The Event 41 victory came with $245,871 in cash and a gold WSOP bracelet.