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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

WSOP Event #3; Omaha Hi/Lo Won by Francesco Barbaro

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Francesco Barbaro started Day 3 of the biggest field in Limit Omaha Hi/Lo to date as the chip leader and managed to overcome a field of 925 players to claim his first WSOP bracelet. Known as 'Cheech,' Barbaro is a former bartender that has been playing full time poker for about two years. He won the HORSE championship at Hammond Horseshoe in Indiana at the WSOP Circuit stop last November and added the Omaha Hi/Lo gold bracelet to his collection. The WSOP Circuit motto is, “First the Ring, Then the Bracelet.” Barbaro is one of only three players in history to win both a WSOP gold bracelet and a WSOP Circuit gold ring within the same season.  The other two players are Chris Bell (2010) and Chris Reslock (2007).

Barbaro, Kostas Kalathakis, and Matthew Waxman were the three big stacks that emerged at the final table and the other players' chips seemed to just dwindle away until those three were left.

Barbaro won two crucial hands:

Barbaro raised on the button, Kalathakis called from the small blind. The board rolled out {A-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{3-Clubs} with Kalathakis checking and Barbaro leading with a bet.  Kalathakis’ answer was a raise, Barbaro just called.  The {5-Clubs} peeled off on the turn with Kalathakis leading and Barbaro calling.  The river {6-Spades} found both players checking. Kalathakis turned over {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}-Xx and Barbaro showed {A-Hearts}{J-Spades}{8-Spades}{4-Spades} which gave him three quarters of the pot.

Not long after Barbaro raised on the button with Waxman calling from the big blind. When the board showed {Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}, Waxman led out and Barbaro raised. Waxman just called the flop raise and led again when the {6-Clubs} hit on the turn. Barbaro raised and Waxman called as the river saw the {K-Diamonds} hit the board. Waxman check called Barbaro only to see Barbaro's {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{10-Spades} for the nut straight.

Matthew Waxman sighed "One in a bazillion?" when he called all of his remaining chips to Barbaro's bet to see Barbaro turn over {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for the nut straight on a board of {8-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{Q-Spades}{K-Clubs}. Waxman was gone in 3rd place with $104,770 as a consolation.

Heads-up play found Barbaro holding 4,100,000 in chips to Kalathakis' 150,000.  Kalathakis raised on the second hand of heads-up and Barbaro raised to put him all in. Kalathakis called with {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{6-Diamonds} and Barbaro showed {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. It could have ended there but the board of {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}{7-Spades}{Q-Clubs} gave Kalathakis two pair and a double up.

But Kalathakis was all in preflop shortly after the double up and at risk again.  He had {J-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts} to Barbaro's {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{3-Clubs}.  When the board rolled out {9-Clubs}{10-Spades}{K-Spades}{5-Clubs}{K-Clubs} Barbaro's better two pair sent Kostas Kalathakis home in 2nd place with $161,675.

Barbaro won the first non No Limit Holdem event of the 42nd WSOP; Event #3, a $1,500 buy-in, which awarded $262,283 in 1st place prize money and the gold bracelet to Francesco Barbaro.  Congratulations Cheech!

The final 10:

Francesco Barbaro
Kostas Kalathakis
Matthew Waxman
Bradley Helm
Michael Deveronica
6Humberto Brenes
Cameron McKinley
Vladimir Shchemelev
Travis Pearson
Richard Monroe

For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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