Calen McNeil won Event #20: $1,500 Omaha High-Low Eight or Better after McNeil and Can Kim Hua returned for an extra day to complete their heads-up match. The event started with 1,014 players and ended with a very lengthy, heads-up duel that gave McNeil his first WSOP bracelet and the $277,274 top prize.
Hua's day started with less than six big bets but he quickly won a handful of pots and overcame the huge chip disadvantage to take a 2-to-1 chip lead over McNeil. The lead was bounced back and forth for the next three hours until McNeil began to push ahead. The final hand of the tournament started with a raise from McNeil and Hua called to see a flop of . Hua bet, McNeil raised, and Hua called. The hit the turn and all of Hua's chips went in.
McNeil thought Hua was drawing dead against his set of kings and the celebration began, but the realization hit that Hua had a chance to catch a six or a jack on the river for a straight. The river was the and McNeil's rail exploded.
McNeil made it through the final table that included Todd Brunson, Stephen Chidwick, John Monnette, and Tony Ma. McNeil celebrated his win by jumping right into the 5 p.m. $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
|2||Can Kim Hua||$171,577|
Kristy Arnett talks with Calen after his win:
The full tournament report can be found here.