$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - Alaei Takes the Bracelet

We have a $10k Omaha Hi-Lo World Champion, as Daniel Alaei defeated Scott Clements heads up to take the bracelet.

Bye Bye Boyd (3rd Place)

Shortly after surviving an all-in against both Alaei and Clements, Ben Boyd bowed out in a showdown against Alaei when his 4 8 9 J failed against Alaei’s K T 4 6.

The board came 5 J 2 K 3 and Alaei took the pot with the straight. Boyd takes home $182,730 for his 3rd place finish.

Scott Clements Comes Up Short (2nd Place)

Alaei took out Clements heads-up shortly after Boyd’s departure, giving him his second WSOP bracelet. Clements was short-stacked when he pushed all in pre-flop and Alaei called, showing A K K 4. Clements held A 5 3 2, and the board came 9 Q 7 T K. Clements takes home $275,946 for his 2nd place finish.

Alaei is the champion

Daniel Alaei outlasted the field of 179 entrants to take the title of 2009 Omaha Hi-Lo World Champion and a prize of $445,898.

After grinding through the first two days of the tournament, Alaei caught fire at the Final Table and maintained a hold on the chip lead for most of Day 3.

It’s Alaei’s second bracelet, but he’s already thinking about more.

“In the poker world, bracelets are like trophies,” said Alaei. “I kind of want three now. Before I wanted two, now I want three. It seems like a lot of people have two.”
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$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - We're Down to Three

The tournament is down to three players as John Monnette has been sent to the rail in 5th place, followed by crowd favorite Daniel Negreanu in 4th. 

The biggest hand of the hour involved a controversial mistake by Scott Clements that cost him a one-round penalty and infuriated Negreanu at the same time.

We’re down to Clements, Ben Boyd and chip leader Daniel Alaei, who at over 3 million chips holds a commanding edge, with everyone else at the Final Table looking up. Kid Poker hung on with the short stack at the table as long as he could, surviving three all-ins before finally bowing out..

Here’s what’s gone down in the last hour:

Chip Counts courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Daniel Alaei
Scott Clements
Ben Boyd

Penalty Time for Scott Clements

#img: word_31404.jpg:right: Clements gets a little anxious.#

Scott Clements drew the ire of the usually good-natured Negreanu with a mistake he made in a hand against Monnette.

The flop came with two nines, and Monnette picked up his final remaining chip. Clements made the mistake of thinking Monnette was all-in and showed his hand, which contained a nine to give Clements trips.

Seeing this, Monnette folded, and Negreanu became upset with Clements. Clemens was penalized and forced to sit out one round.

Monnette No More (5th place)

With just 15,000 chips left, Monnette went all-in against Alaei and his 3 million-plus chip stack and was also called by Boyd.

The board came 4 A 5 6 9 and Monnette’s 10-9-2-2 wasn’t enough to survive. Monnette takes home $97,422 for 5th place.

Kid Poker On The Brink, On The Rail (4th place)

Negreanu settled down from the Clements penalty incident and gave spectators at the Final Table lots to cheer about before going home in 4th place.

After surviving three all-ins, Negreanu looked like the favorite to hang around for a fourth all-in victory. Negreanu pushed all of his chips in after the flop came 3 4 4. Daniel showed 2 4 9 T for trip fours against Clements and his 2 3 5 5.

The A hit on fourth street, however, giving Clements the wheel. The river hit J and Negreanu was sent packing in 4th place, with a cash of $130,401.

The remaining three are now on a 20-minute break.

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$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - Bust-Outs Galore

Danny Alaei
Danny Alaei

The players are back from break and it's down to five players at the Final Table. Daniel Alaei has the chip lead, with Daniel Negreanu and Scott Clements on his heels.

The Kid looks a little fatigued at the table as the spectators and players return to see how the championship plays out.

It's been a busy last hour, as three of the Final Table participants have been sent to the rail.Annie Duke came first, with Tom Koral following close behind. Greg Jamison came next and we're down to five. Here's how the last hour played out:

Chip Counts of the Moment

Here are the latest chip counts, provided by www.worldseriesofpoker.com:  

Daniel Alaei     3,020,000
Ben Boyd           930,000
Scott Clements   805,000
John Monnette    305,000
Daniel Negreanu 230,000 

Annie Duke Done (8th place)

The first lady of Ultimate Bet is eliminated after taking the worst of it in a three-way pot against Greg Jamison and John Monnette. Jamison and Duke were both all in, with Jamison holding A J 5 3, and Duke showing A K Q 2. Monnette held 7 8 9 3.

Annie Duke
Duke nuked.

The board played out 2 3 6 6 7, giving Monnette the high and Jamison the winning low. Duke takes home $58,049 for her 8th place finish.

Tom Koral Knocked Out (7th place)

Koral didn't last long after the players came back from break, and found himself all in against Monnette and Negreanu in a three-way pot.

Koral pushed all in pre flop and was called by Monnette and Negreanu, and the soon-to-be-eliminated Koral showed kings and fours, with Monnette holding A K T 2 and Negreanu showing A Q J 3.

The board ran out A 5 6 6 9, and Monnette took the pot. Koral takes home $65,453 for 7th place.

Jamison Just Eliminated (6th place)

Greg Jamison became the third victim in the last hour at the Final Table, going down in a hand against Negreanu.

Jamison raised pre-flop and Negreanu called, with the flop coming K 3 2. Jamison ended up all in after the flop and showed A K 5 3 against Negreanu's J 4 2 2.

The turn and river came 8 and A, giving The Kid trip deuces for the high and also the winning low. Jamison bows out in 6th place and collects $77,736.

The Final Five

We're down to five players, with Negreanu dangerously low and Alaie continuing to assert himself with a large stack. Monnette, Ben Boyd and Scott Clements continue to battle as the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo World Championship continues to play out.

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$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - Zhu Hoo!

An hour into play at this World Championship final table and we're down one player as Yueqi "Rich" Zhu has been eliminated.

Zhu found himself all-in in a three-way pot with the board showing K 9 9 and got calls from both Daniel Alaei and Greg Jamison, the latter of whom moved all-in on the Q turn and saw Alaei lay it down.

Jamison turned up A-J-9-2 for trip nines and Zhu had A-K-J-7 for kings-up. The river was a five and Zhu was thus eliminated, busting in 8th place for $54,179.

Duke Stays Alive

Meanwhile, Annie Duke is continuing her push for a second WSOP bracelet.

Duke doubled through Scott Clements after some heavy betting on all streets and the board showing J 9 4 6 6, with the Ultimate Bet pro getting her last 45k all-in on Fifth Street holding J J 7 5.

#img: annie-duke_31406.jpg:left:Grinding it out!#

Clements made a crying call with A 9 8 5 and Duke's boat was good enough to double her up to nearly 500k, though she has since dropped to about 320k.

Negreanu Takes The Lion's Share

Daniel Negreanu defended his big blind against a preflop raise from Danny Alaei and watched the flop come J 9 4.

Negreanu check-called a bet from Alaei and the turn was the 6

This time, the Team PokerStars Pro came out firing and Alaei made the call. The river was the 5 and Negreanu fired again. Alaei flat-called and turned up A 8 4 3 while Negreanu showed A 6 4 3.

Kid Poker took the high with two pair and both players chopped the low, giving Negreanu three-quarters of the pot.

Scott Clements remains the prohibitive chip leader with 1.595 million while Alaei and John Monette find themselves in second place with 845k apiece.

Get full chip counts here.


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$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - Final Table is On

The dinner break is over and the final table is underway in the $10,000 Omaha 8 World Championship here at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke and Danny Alaei headline this nine-handed extravaganza and Omaha 8 demigod Scott Clements is your chipleader.

Keep it locked to see who walks off with the bracelet!

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$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship -Table For Nine!

The official final table is set in the $10k Omaha H/L event. The players moved to a single table when they got down to ten players, but it wasn't until nine were left that the official final table was set.

The final nine are showing some promise. Scott Clements, Annie Duke, Daniel Alaei, John Monnette, Tom Koral, and Daniel Negreanu (just to name a few) will all be there.

The players headed off for an hour dinner break while the casino staff began the task of moving the player's chips over to the feature table where possibly hundreds if not thousands of Negreanu-thirsty fans will assemble..

Scott Clements is still holding onto his chip lead. Annie duke is on her 35th cash and try for a second bracelet title go along with them.
Jacobo Fernandez went out in eleventh place. You might remember him as the cashing machine from last year's WSOP. He had seven cashes last year and it looks like he is back for more. Unfortunately for him, he busted when Tom Koral made a straight on a 5 7 J T Q board.

Cameron McKinley was the final table bubble boy. He fell at the hands of Ben Boyd when Boyd flopped a set and it held. He was the last person to earn $39,709. From here on out the money gets bigger and bigger until one lucky soul will earn over $440,000.

Yuegi Zhu and Tom Koral have their work cut out for them if they want to earn that bracelet. They're at the bottom of the totem pole and have just a fraction of Scott Clement's giant stack.

Make sure to check back in an hour from now to see just what is going to happen next.

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$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - An Elimination

Another elimination during the last level brought the Omaha H/L Championship that much closer to a final table.

Negreanu once against got himself close to elimination and once again pulled through. He's now sitting pretty in third position. As expected Scott Clements has pulled into the lead. He now has 1.4 million while John Monnette has slipped to 900,000.

Khouiss Off

Sam Khouiss busted in a three way pot when he picked up A A 2 4 and went all the way with it. He was up against Ben Boyd's Q 5 4 6 and Monnette's A K Q 6.

Although Khouiss started out with an excellent hand, when the board came down Q 2 6 J 4 he could do nothing but watch his chips get split up between his two opponents.

Khouiss made $39,709 for his three day effort. Not bad, but not what he was looking for.

Negreanu Bites Into Monnette

One of the hands that help get Daniel Negreanu back into good shape was when he went against John Monnette. Negreanu took the lead by raising preflop and then firing every street.

The board was 9 9 A 8 4. Negreanu turned over 9 T 2 5. The rail, although having no idea what's really going on in the game, swooned at the sight of Negreanu stacking up chips.

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$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - Wahlbeck Is No More!

Another hour has passed in the Omaha H/L tournament. The chips are furiously flying around as the two dealers do an amazingly efficient job managing the pots.

Annie Duke is dangerously close to elimination and Tom Koral is in pretty much the same position with just a few more chips.

The Negreanu Show

A sea of railbirds have assembled next to the Omaha H/L Championship Tournament area. Their completely blank stares are evidence of their lack of knowledge about the game being played.

The only thing that breaks their zombie like expressions is when Daniel Negreanu is putting on a performance.

Negreanu shows go off every five minutes on the dot. They range from free style rapping, dancing in absurd manners, and even speaking absolute jibberish to the crowd. No matter what it is, the rail birds love it.

Meanwhile, as Negreanu was be-boppin and scattin' around, John Monnette was busy dusting off nearly 300,000 in chips, narrowing the wide gap that existed between him and the rest of the field.

Clements Moves Into Position

Scott Clements, who PL.com is pretty convinced is a terminator from the future, has moved into second place. Clements has a steely stare and an expressionless face that just screams Cyberdyne Systems. He's an excellent Omaha H/L and has plenty of chips to maneuver around, plus he's a hydrogen powered droid. The smart money is definitely oh him.

Ville Trounced

Ville Wahlbeck has had a stellar showing so far at this years WSOP. With a first and a third already under his belt, Wahlbeck set his sights on an Omaha H/L bracelet. Unfortunately for him, it wasn't in the cards this time.

His last hand came when he was down to less than a big bet and got all in preflop against Sam Khouiss and John Monnette. Wahlbeck had a pretty good starting hand with A Q Q 7 but was behind both Monnette and Khouis, we won't bore you with the details but, long story short, Wahlbeck is out.

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$10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship - Omahahaha!

The $10,000 Championship Omaha H/L tournament has been underway for about an hour. In that short span of time Daniel Negreanu nearly ran out of chips but somehow managed to hit some hands and is now back in the race.

There were a few players that might have been better off had they just slept in today. Todo Leonidas lasted only about ten minutes.

Alex Kravchenko was out before the half hour mark. Ted Lawson also made a quick exit, but he squeaked up a rung on the pay scale.

John Monnette seems to be the guy to beat today. He has nearly 1.4 million in chips which is roughly double what the second place Ben Boyd.

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Event Name Event 18 - $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
Venue Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 7 June 2009
Final Day 9 June 2009
Buy In $10,000
Entrants 179
Prize Pool $1,682,600
First Prize $445,898
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 100/200
Level 2 0 150/300
Level 3 0 200/400
Level 4 0 300/500
Level 5 0 300/600
Level 6 0 400/800
Level 7 0 500/1000
Level 8 0 600/1200
Level 9 0 800/1500
Level 10 0 1000/2000
Level 11 0 1300/2500
Level 12 0 1500/3000
Level 13 0 2000/4000
Level 14 0 2500/5000
Level 15 0 3000/6000
Level 16 0 4000/8000
Level 17 0 5000/10000
Level 18 0 6000/12000
Level 19 0 8000/15000
Level 20 0 9000/18000
Level 21 0 10000/20000
Level 22 0 13000/25000
Level 23 0 15000/30000
Level 24 0 20000/40000
Level 25 0 25000/50000
Level 26 0 30000/60000
Level 27 0 40000/80000
Level 28 0 50000/100000
Level 29 0 60000/120000
Level 30 0 80000/150000
Level 31 0 90000/180000
Level 32 0 100000/200000

Daniel Alaei

Event 18 - $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Daniel Alaei $445,898
2. Scott Clements $275,946
3. Ben Boyd $182,730
4. Daniel Negreanu $130,401
5. John Monnette $97,422
6. Greg Jamison $77,736
7. Tom Koral $65,453
8. Annie Duke $58,049
9. Yueqi Zhu $54,179
10. Cameron McKinley $39,709