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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2013

2013 WSOP Event #5: $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud 8 or Better won by Mike Gorodinsky

Mike Gorodinsky 2013 WSOP Event 5
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Mike Gorodinsky topped a 374-player field to win the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better event — the first mixed games tournament of the summer poker festival at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

Gorodinsky won the 8-Game Championship at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in both 2008 and 2010 and this event added more frosting to the cake as his résumé made way for the WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $216,958.

There were many notable players in the field when play started and first to go was David "Bakes" Baker in the Stud-8 round against Kristopher Tong. The notables took turns hitting the rail: James Van Alstyne in 18th, David Levi in 17th, Ralph Perry in 16th, and Andrew Kelsell in 15th Place. One of the most colorful notables in poker left next, Mike Matusow, who busted in stud-8 when he made a seven-high straight on the river — good for both high and low — but George Danzer hit an eight-high straight and Owais Ahmed made a seven-five low...Matusow was gone in 14th place.

In around 10 minutes or so, there were four eliminations and the "unofficial" final table was set. Five-time bracelet winner, Daniel Negreanu, was one of those. Negreanu got the last of his chips in good in Omaha-8 but Gorodinsky hit the river and Negreanu was out in 12th place. Then Alexander Lakhove finished in 11th place and Roman Verenko took 10th to put the remaining nine at the "unofficial" final table.

Dustin Leary lost to Kristopher Tong in stud-8 when Tong hit trip aces on sixth street and Leary had no outs. Ninth place and $15,536 belonged to Leary.

Julie Schneider ended up all-in in the big blind in Omaha-8 with a board that had the {6-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{J-Spades} and even though she turned her cards over one at a time, she couldn't find enough magic to beat Matthew Ashton's {K-Diamonds}{5-Spades}. Schneider left with just under $20,000 and eighth place.

Mack Lee picked fourth street in stud-8 to get the rest of his chips in with ({7-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}) / {2-Spades}{10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} / ({4-Spades}). Tong had ({A-Hearts}{6-Clubs}) / {4-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{K-Spades}{5-Clubs} / ({5-Hearts}). Tong was never in trouble and Lee took seventh place and $25,993 home.

George Danzer hit the rail in sixth place for $34,348 when he tangled with Matthew Ashton. Danzer brought it in, Ashton completed the bet, Danzer called. Ashton bet on fourth and Danzer called. Fifth street found Ashton checking and calling Danzer's bet. Ashton made trip fives on sixth street and his bet would put Danzer all-in. Danzer called with his last 18,000 but his pair and four card low wasn't going to bring the chips home.

Matthew Ashton ({A-Hearts}{10-Clubs}) / {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades} / ({2-Diamonds})
George Danzer ({7-Hearts}{2-Clubs}) / {3-Spades}{7-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} / ({J-Clubs})

George Fotiadis called a raise from Matthew Ashton in Omaha-8 from the big blind after Mike Gorodinsky called from the button. The flop brought the {J-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Fotiadis checked, Ashton bet, Gorodinsky called and Fotiadis called all-in for 18,000. A side pot of 14,000 had started between Ashton and Gorodinsky. The turn brought the {10-Hearts} with Ashton betting and Gorodinsky calling to see the river {7-Clubs}. Ashton checked, Gorodinsky bet, and Ashton called. The side pot was chopped up when Ashton showed the {Q-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades} giving him a deuce-three low and Gorodinsky turned over the {K-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a seven-high straight. Fotiadis couldn't beat those hands and went to the cashier's cage in fifth place.

Owais Ahmed left in fourth place in the stud-8 round after finishing first in this event in 2011.

Owais Ahmed ({A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}) / {K-Spades}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} / ({10-Diamonds})
Kristopher Tong ({Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}) / {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{9-Hearts} / ({8-Hearts})

Tong brought it in, Ahmed completed the bet, and Tong raised with Ahmed making the call. Fourth, fifth, and sixth streets found tong betting and Ahmed calling. Sixth street's call by Amhed put his last chips in the middle and his pair was behind Tong's two pair.

Third place had Matthew Ashton's name etched on it when Tong raised from the button and Ashton reraised from the small blind. Tong called to see the {q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{3-Spades} and Ashton bet out. Tong called which brought the {10-Hearts} and the raising war started with all of Ashton's chips going into the middle.

Tong: {j-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{2-Spades}
Ashton: {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{k-Spades}{8-Spades}

Tong caught a gutter-ball and the only win for Ashton was a jack which failed to show — the river was the {5-Spades}.

It took two more levels of play to find a champion after heads-up play began but Gorodinsky got the job done in stud-8.

Tong: {9-Spades}{k-Diamonds} / {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Gorodinsky: {j-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} / {q-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{9-c}{10-Spades}

When fourth street hit Tong was down to just three big bets and the money went in. Gorodinsky made the straight on sixth and Tong was drawing dead. Neither player turned over their final down card. Tong started the heads-up duel with the chip lead but in the end, he took home $134,017 for second place.

It was time to celebrate for Mike Gorondinsky as he became champion of the 2013 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better event with a gold bracelet and 216,988 reasons.

1Mike Gorodinsky$216,988
2Kristopher Tong$134,017
3Matthew Ashton$86,437
4Owais Ahmed$62,631
5George Fotiadis$46,048
6George Danzer$34,348
7Mack Lee$25,993
8Julie Schneider$19,952
9Dustin Leary$15,536

Sarah Grant talks to Mike after his win:

Find the full tournament report here.

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