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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2013

Calen McNeil Scoops Event #20 $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo Eight or Better

Calen McNeil Event 20 WSOP 2013
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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 {8-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{4-Clubs}. Hua bet, McNeil raised, and Hua called. The {10-Clubs} hit the turn and all of Hua's chips went in.

Hua: {10-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{7-Spades}
McNeil: {k-Clubs}{k-Spades}{a-Hearts}{3-Clubs}

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 {2-Clubs} 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.


1Calen McNeil$277,274
2Can Kim Hua$171,577
3Todd Brunson$107,349
4Joe Ford$77,917
5Tony Ma$57,521
6Stephen Chidwick$43,120
7John Monnette$32,798
8Won Goag$25,283
9Dao Bac19,753

Kristy Arnett talks with Calen after his win:

The full tournament report can be found here.

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