Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Players 1128


Level 25
Blinds 20,000 / 40,000
Ante 0

Shack-Harris, Popham Staying Active

[user249920] • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

Hand 36: Matt Ryan got a walk.

Hand 37: Steve Billirakis opened to 35,000. Morgan Popham made the call out of the big blind, and the two saw a flop of {8-Spades}{q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. Both players checked, and an {8-Clubs} hit the turn. Popham fired out 45,000, and Billirakis made the call. The {q-Hearts} double-paired the board, and Popham bet 110,000. Billirakis shook his head after a bit and folded.

Hand 38: Popham raised to 35,000 from the small blind, and Brandon Shack-Harris folded.

Hand 39: Popham opened to 35,000 on the button, and Shack-Harris called out of the small blind. On the {10-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{a-Spades} flop, both players elected to check, seeing a {q-Clubs} fall. Shack-Harris bet 60,000, and that was enough to take the pot.

Hand 40: Shack-Harris raised the button to 32,000, and Iori Yogo defended his big blind. Both players checked the {3-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{2-Hearts} flop, and a {10-Hearts} peeled off. Yogo check-called 35,000, and the {j-Spades} completed the community. Yogo checked once more, and he quickly folded to a bet of 120,000 from Shack-Harris.

Tagovi: Iori YogoMorgan PophamSteve BillirakisMatt RyanBrandon Shack-Harris

First Few Hands See Chips Moving Round

• Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

Hand 31: With the button on Robert Paddock in Seat 1, the action kicked off with Iori Yogo raising to 32,000 from the cutoff with just Paddock making the call.

The dealer dropped a {K-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{6-Clubs} flop and Yogo checked before Paddock announced a bet of pot which amounted to 88,000. Yogo mucked, and Paddock collected the first pot of the day.

Hand 32: Steve Billirakis opened from under the gun with a raise to 35,000 and Robert Paddock made the call to see a {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}{4-Spades} flop. Billirakis continued for 35,000 and Paddock released his hand.

Hand 33: The action folded to Morgan Popham on the button and he raised to 32,000. Brandon Shack-Harris called from the small blind as did Billirakis from the big blind.

The flop fell {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{10-Hearts} and the action checked round. The {9-Spades} then landed on the turn. Shack-Harris and Billirakis checked again, then Popham pushed out 52,000. Shack-Harris and Billirakis quickly mucked and Popham was pushed his first pot of the day.

Hand 34: From the cutoff, Morgan Popham raised to 32,000 before Brandon Shack-Harris potted from the button to 120,000. Popham spent a minute deliberating before eventually folding his hand.

Hand 35: Matt Ryan opened to 32,000 first to act and Iori Yogo three-bet pot from the small blind to 112,000. Ryan made the call and the dealer fanned a {A-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop. Yogo pushed out a stack of T5,000 denomination chips amounting to 100,000 to prompt an insta-fold from Ryan.

Tagovi: Brandon Shack-HarrisIori YogoMatt RyanMorgan PophamRobert PaddockSteve Billirakis

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Ready to Go


The six players have taken their seats and are getting the rundown on how the secondary final table stream works. Play will be underway shortly.

Six Remain on Day 3 of the PLO with Steve Billirakis in Control

Brandon Shack-Harris and chip leader Steve Billirakis
Brandon Shack-Harris and chip leader Steve Billirakis

Welcome back to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the 2014 World Series of Poker for Day 3 of Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.

Two days ago a record-setting field of 1,128 (for a non hold'em event) took to the felt before the day would end with just 106 remaining as players just reached the money late on the first day. With players already guaranteed nearly a $2,000 payday, the aim for this talented group of players remaining would be to navigate their way up the pay jumps before making a run at the final table.

Ashton Griffin (101st), AP Phahurat (96th), Doug Polk (88th), Humberto Brenes (77th), Hoyt Corkins (41st), Maria Ho (40th), Phil Laak (39th), Jesse Yaginuma (33rd), Leif Force (28th), Gabriel Nassif (24th), Jason Somerville (18th), Greg Merson (14th) and John O'Shea (12th) were among those sent to the rail throughout the course of the day. Then Stephen Chidwick became the final table bubble boy in 10th place when his {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{2-Spades} couldn't improve on an ace-high flop against Loren Klein's {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}.

With the final table of nine set and Steve Billirakis holding a slight chip lead over Brandon Shack-Harris, play would continue for roughly another hour as Nick Guagenti (9th), Klein (8th) and Patrick Arena (7th) were all eliminated to leave just six players eyeing their first WSOP gold bracelet of the series.

Final Table Line-Up

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Robert Paddock250,000
3Matt Ryan604,000
5Morgan Popham303,000
6Brandon Shack-Harris695,000
7Steve Billirakis961,000
8Iori Yogo575,000

With Billirakis holding a strong chip lead, he is definitely a favorite to take down his third WSOP gold bracelet. However with talented mixed-game player Shack-Harris on his heels and ANZ Player of the Year Iori Yogo still in the mix, it could be any of the final six's chance to capture this title.

Stay tuned right here to PokerNews as we will be providing continuous live reporting once play recommences at 1:00 p.m. (PDT) as we look to crown the Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Champion!

Tagovi: Steve Billirakis

Event #3: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
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