Michael Spegal in Pot-Limit Hold'em. It was actually Spegal's wedding anniversary today, so his wife was surely vexed they wouldn't be spending it together. No doubt she'll be pleased with the $252,290 paycheck though - not a bad anniversary present.
Unfortunately, he took out Canadian prop betting maniac Gavin Smith for the win. Gavin was probably giving some pretty heavy odds to anyone betting against him here, so it remains to be seen if the event will actually be profitable for him, despite the $155,645 he cashed.
Play began in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event today, but the story wasn't poker. The tourney kicked off in the not-so-friendly confines of the Poker Pavilion, which is basically a tent out back. Vicious Vegas wind wreaked havoc on the tent, hammering itself up against the canvas walls and making for a pretty noisy atmosphere out there. Parts of the steel structure also began falling just as play moved back to the Amazon Room. Harrah's might want to rethink that tent thing next year - we'll have to wait and see if any lawsuits are filed.
Day 6 also proved two things. Number one was David Ulliott can play some Pot-Limit Omaha. He'll head into tomorrow's final table with $1.1 million in chips. The fish cashed in not one, but two Pot-Limit Omaha events at the 2006 WSOP and is looking for the bracelet this time around. Right behind chip leader Erik Cajelais.
The nutty Costa Rican Humberto Brenes - complete with a laser-flashing shark figurine - also made the final nine. Short stacked as he is, his time at the final table should be entertaining. Poker fans love watching this character push all-in, and it won't be long before that's happening again.
Brenes put on quite a show when he doubled up and crippled Omaha specialist Robert Williamson III - tonight's bubble boy.
Brenes stood up and waived at his stack pre-flop in the way only he can, only to find out he had more chips than the pot. When the flop of 10♠ 9♦ 4♥ came off Humberto got his chance to push in and took it. After being called by Williamson, he turned over the J♦ J♣ K♦ 7♦ and with the 3♥ and Q♥ completing the board, Williamson's 8♥ 5♦ 4♦ 3♣ made sure the aforementioned shark came out of Brenes' pocket. It was, however, enough to leave Williamson close to the bubble.
He also accidentally kicked over a couple of beers Williamson had bought for some ladies on the rail and before you knew it Williamson was gone. Not sure he was on tilt, but beer deserves more respect than that.
The other thing we learned on Day 6 was just about anybody can play Limit Hold'em. Event 6 boiled down to the final table, and it's filled with unrecognizables. It won't be long before one of them gets all kinds of well-deserved recognition though. Limit takes serious patience and our collective PokerListings.com hats will have to go off to tomorrow's winner.
Until then, take it easy kids, bad beats are only bad when your entire bank roll is in the pot - damn pocket aces.