Event 19 - Selbst Wins!

Vanesssa Selbst has won. In the final hand she limped in from the button and Jamie Pickering checked his option. The flop came down 10 8 7 and Pickering checked. Selbst bet out 90k and Pickering promptly shoved.

Vanessa called felting J J 9 2 to Pickering A Q 10 9 and was way ahead. The 5 turn and A river changed nothing and Vanessa Selbst had a WSOP bracelet. Pickering takes $145,459 for second, Selbst gets the $227,965 first place prize and we're out!

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Event 19 - FInal Table - Insanity In The Rio!

We've just got heads-up in the $1,500 PLO event with Vanessa Selbst and James Pickering contesting for the bracelet and the rail has swelled beyond belief, and must be the loudest final table rail we've seen so far.

Stan-d And Deliver (AKA No More Stan Jokes)

Stanley Statkiewicz has gone out in 3rd place after he raised preflop with Vanessa Selbst calling. The flop came T 8 J, Vanessa led out for $90,000, before Stanley moved all-in. Vanessa quickly called with A 6 4 5, whilst Stanley was in trouble with A Q T 8 for top two pair. He failed to house up and left us heads up.

Pickering Goes Mental

James Pickering, who may have had a few beverages, managed to double up with A-J-J-x through Vanessa's A-Q-9-4, before he started gambling like nobody's business. He raised blind, potted the A-Q-3 flop blind, and then when Vanessa called, he bet the turn blind too. Vanessa, who had looked at her cards moved in, and he was forced to take a peak. 

He didn't like what he saw, and folded. Vanessa showed Q-T-7-6


Vanessa raised preflop and Pickering called. The flop came out T-8-5, Pickering bet out and Vanessa set him in, he quickly called with A-3-5-5, while she held Q-J-9-4 for a wrap, the turn was another 8 meaning she was drawing dead and the river was an academic 4.


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Event 19 - Final Table - Vanessa Whacked!

We've still got three players here in the PLO event final table but the chip counts have really changed in the last hour. It's now a lot closer than before, with a couple of huge hands that have completely changed the table dynamic.

Flipping For Fun!

Stanley Statkiewicz raises from the button, Vanessa Selbst calls from the big blind. The flop came 8 7 3, Selbst checked, Statkiewicz bet the pot and Selbst set him in, Statkiewicz calling with A T A 8 for the overpair and the diamond draw.

Selbst showed 8 7 6 5 for top two with a straight draw, despite being behind, Stanley was still a marginal favourite. The turn was the 9, which made the straight, but also gave Statkiewicz a better straight draw, with any jack or six also good now. The river was the T, making his flush and thusly doubling him up.


"We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat..."

On an A 2 2 3 6 board, James Pickering checks/calls every street before check/raising Vanessa Selbst $100,000 bet on the river all-in to $294,000. She agonizes for about a minute before making the call, only to be shown A A Q Q. She mucks, confessing she had a smaller boat, but thinking she should've passed to such a bet on the river.

Stan-ding Proud

On a 8 5 3 3 Stanley Statkiewicz puts in a helft check/raise, taking Vanessa Selbst off the pot, he shows Q-J-9-9 with clubs for the pot, and more importantly, the chip lead.

Chip Counts Courtesy of www.wsop.com

Stanley Statkiewicz$848,000
James Pickering
Vanessa Selbst


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Event 19 - Final Table - Roadrunner Speed!

Three left already, Vanessa Selbst is still running the show, a nice touch just happened when Tony Phillips, who bubbled the final table, and was incredibly unlucky to go out, came to the rail to wish Vanessa good luck.

Stan-ding His Ground

Vanessa Selbst limps the button, Stanley Statkiewicz raises from the small blind and Thom Schultz folds from the big blind while Vanessa calls.  The flop comes 3 Q 5 and Stanley bets $110,000. Vanessa thinks for ages before passing eventually.

Gotta Keep Taking a Stan-d

Vanessa Selbst and Stanley Statkiewicz see a 2 Q 7 flop where both check. Vanessa bets $35,000 on the turn, and Stanley raises to $95,000, Vanessa makes the call and checks the K river. Stanley bets $140,000 and calls the clock on Vanessa after she tanks. Eventually she folds, and Stanley jumps from his seat clapping his hands saying, "Yeah, dry ace baby!!"

Schultz Out But Gets More Than Peanuts

Thom Schultz raises from the button with Selbst calling from the big blind.  The flop came T-6-4 and Selbst set Schultz in for his remaining chips, Schultz called with A-K-Q-6, while the chip leader showed Q-T-8-6, the turn and river were both bricks knocking out Schultz who wins $72,004


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Event 19 - Final Table - Welcome To Vanessa Selbst Show

The final of the Omaha was reached fairly sharpish last night and Vanessa Selbst has around half of the chips in play, and looks to be a near lock for the bracelet. But Omaha is a real variance game and the swings can be huge, can she become the first woman to win an open event since Katja Thater's win in the Razz event last year?

Two Big Blinds Doesn't Last Long

Ken Lairson, was today's short stack with just two big blinds after Selbst knocked fellow big stack Tony Phillips on the final table bubble. He was all-in vs Selbst with 8-7-5-2 against her A-Q-Q-7, the board came a bricky 3-5-T-T-6 and we're instantly down to eight players.

#img:vanessa-selbst_12784.jpg:right: All the chips in the world!!!#

Robbin' His Stack

James Pickering limps behind Thomas Schultz before Jamie Robbins moves all-in from the small blind. Schultz folds, but Pickering makes the call showing J 9 8 7, Robbins shows A K Q T, but the board doesn't come with the high cards# that the latter would likse to see. 8 5 4 6 Q gives Pickering a nine-high straight and it's enough to eliminate his opponent.

Randolph Out Of This Family Band

In a blind on blind battle versus Eugene Todd, Mel Randolph gets all his chips in on a 2 A 6 flop with A 2 4 6 for two pair vs Todd's Q 2 2 7 who holds bottom set. Randolph misses his aces and sixes, or the straight redraw and is hence crippled down to $12,000. He goes out soon after.

Wrecking Ball

The one-woman demolition team that is Vanessa Selbst, just took out yet another player. She raised preflop to $29,000 before Craig Natte re-raised all-in. Selbst called with A A 8 5 while Natte showed K Q J 7. The board turned out 4d3 K 6 5 with Natte somehow missing all his outs on the river. Selbst has around $1,650,000 of the chips, her opponents only have $1,000,000 between them.

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Event Name Event 19, Pot-Limit Omaha
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 10 June 2008
Final Day 12 June 2008
Buy In $1,500
Entrants 759
Prize Pool $1,036,035
First Prize $227,933
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 75/150
Level 4 0 100/200
Level 5 0 150/300
Level 6 0 200/400
Level 7 0 300/600
Level 8 0 400/800
Level 9 0 500/1000
Level 10 0 600/1200
Level 11 0 800/1600
Level 12 0 1000/2000
Level 13 0 1500/3000
Level 14 0 2000/4000
Level 15 0 3000/6000
Level 16 0 4000/8000
Level 17 0 5000/10000
Level 18 0 6000/12000
Level 19 0 8000/16000
Level 20 0 10000/20000
Level 21 0 12000/24000
Level 22 0 15000/30000
Level 23 0 20000/40000
Level 24 0 25000/50000
Level 25 0 30000/60000
Level 26 0 40000/80000
Level 27 0 50000/100000
Level 28 0 60000/120000

Vanessa Selbst

Event 19, Pot-Limit Omaha

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Vanessa Selbst $227,933
2. Jamieson Pickering $145,459
3. Stanley Statkiewicz $88,063
4. Thomas Schultz $72,004
5. Eugene Todd $59,054
6. Mel Randolph $46,622
7. Craig Natte $36,261
8. Jamie Robbins $28,491
9. Ken Lairson $20,721
10. Anthony Phillips $12,950