There were few opportunities remaining for players to get in on any Omaha action at the 2010 World Series of Poker, and Event 46 presented the absolute last chance for PLO-8. Though the $5,000 buy-in was a bit much for some players, many found a way to play so as not to miss out on the action, the highs and lows, and the expected solid field.
The tournament brought 284 players into action and created a $1,334,800 prize pool for them. Day 1 thinned that field to only 130 players, and it wasn’t until late into the second day of play that the bubble burst so the last 27 players could finish the event in the money, which happened courtesy of Vladimir Shchemelev as the bubble player.
Day 3 began with only 21 players still in the field, with Sergey Altbregin in the chip lead with 486K. All of them, though, had their eyes on the WSOP gold bracelet and $327,040 first place prize. But to get the action going, players had to wait more than an hour to start their last day of play because some of the participants were also playing in the Tournament of Champions, so the decision was made to delay the restart of Event 46.
As play did get underway, the following eliminations led the field closer to the final table:
21st place: Vito Clemente ($11,479)
20th place: Francis Lincoln ($11,479)
19th place: Dan Heimiller ($11,479)
18th place: Allen Kessler ($14,455)
17th place: Felix Gubitz ($14,455)
16th place: David Hunt ($14,455)
15th place: Andy Black ($18,353)
14th place: Sergey Altbregin ($18,353)
13th place: Nathan Wiesner ($18,353)
12th place: John Cernuto ($23,318)
11th place: Cameron McKinley ($23,318)
After the final ten players were seated together at one table, it was David Nowakowski who pushed his short stack all-in with . Seidel showed , and the board came to allow Seidel’s hand to remain the winning one. Nowakowski exited in tenth place with $23,318.
The final table was then set, though no starting chip counts were given in the official reporting until a few hands into it:
|Seat 1: ||Perry Green ||248,000 |
|Seat 2: ||Leif Force ||775,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Rob Hollink ||185,000 |
|Seat 4: ||David Ulliott ||305,000 |
|Seat 5: ||Dan Shak ||840,000 |
|Seat 6: ||Chris Bell||555,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Joe Ritzie ||525,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Jeremy Harkin ||219,000 |
|Seat 9: ||Erik Seidel ||565,000 |
It didn’t take long for Harkin to make his move, pushing from the big blind with . Original raiser Bell called with , and the table watched the dealer provide a board. Jeremy Harkin couldn’t beat the straight or the low, so he stepped away from the table in ninth place with $29,886.
Green then got involved with Seidel to see a flop, at which point Seidel bet and Green called. The on the turn prompted Seidel to check but Green to move all-in. Seidel called with , and Green showed for the smaller flush. The on the river ended the hand, sending Perry Green out in eighth place with $38,549.
Hollink was the next to make a move, but it wasn’t until he saw a flop of with Ritzie. It was then that he pushed all-in with , and Ritzie showed for the pair and the low draw. The on the turn made that low, and the on the river finished the tournament for Rob Hollink, who departed in seventh place with $50,014.
The last six players battled for some time, with Ritzie in the lead for most of it. Though Shak tried to chip up, Bell doubled through him, as did Ulliott.
Force also had a tough time, and after Bell doubled through him, Force decided to tangle with Shak. The two saw a flop, at which point Leif committed the rest of his chips with , and Shak called with . The gave Shak the set of kings, and the on the river ended the hand with Leif Force out in sixth place with $65,311.
Seidel moved next with , and Ritzie went along for the ride with . The board produced , and Seidel missed his draws while Ritzie finished the hand with two pair. Erik Seidel headed to the cashier cage to grab $85,800 for the fifth place finish.
Ritzie lost some ground during four-handed play, especially when Ulliott doubled through him and left him with only 200K. Ritzie pushed all-in preflop with , and Shak made the call with . The board came and missed the draws for Ritzie. That left Joe Ritzie with $113,444 for the fourth place finish.
Ulliott then got involved with Bell to see a flop of . Ulliott bet, and Bell-check-called. The on the turn prompted Bell to push all-in, and Ulliott called all-in for his tournament life with . Bell showed , and when the made the board complete, Bell took the pot. Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott was gone in third place with $150,925.
The final two players began action with the following chip counts:
Dan Shak 2,165,000
Chris Bell 2,095,000
Shak came out strong and took an even bigger lead in the early stages of play, but Bell was eventually able to double up to even the stacks. Bell then became the aggressor and took several key pots that put him in the lead. By 5:00am, Bell dominated the match.
Finally, the two got involved to see a flop of , at which point Bell bet, Shak check-raised, and Bell called. The on the turn prompted Shak to bet but Bell to raise all-in. Shak called for his tournament life with for the flush and low draw, and Bell turned over for the full house. The on the river denied Shak the low, and the tournament was over. Dan Shak finished in second place with $202,142.
Chris Bell won Event 46 to grab the PLO title, $327,040 in prize money, and his first WSOP gold bracelet.