$5k Pot-Limit Omaha - Craziness! Austin Wins!

Stone-cold Richard Austin has won the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament and his first World Series of Poker bracelet, defeating Sorel Mizzi and Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy in a bizarre three-way all-in trumped only in terms of utter strangeness by the way with which Austin conducted himself after the win.

The winning hand saw Austin limp on the button and Mizzi limped in the small blind before Josephy raised in the big blind.

Austin flat-called and Mizzi made a pot-sized re-raise to 750k. Josephy moved all-in for another 195k and Austin thought for a minute before flat-calling again.

Mizzi asked if he could re-raise and was rebuffed, so all three players saw a flop come K 9 3 with Josephy all-in.

Mizzi immediately shipped it for 680k and Austin made the call, turning up Q J 8 5 for the gutshot straight draw and club flush draw.

Mizzi had A A 5 3 for a pair of aces and Josephy had A K K 8 for top set.

Austin could eliminate both players and win the tournament outright with any club and after the turn brought the 8, the river was the 7.

"Mizzi wins the side pot and Josephy wins the main," the announcer announced. "Wait. Austin wins both. He's the bracelet winner."

A tad anti-climactic, and Austin seemed less than excited by his victory, barely cracking a smile for the winner pictures and refusing all but a brief interview with PokerListings' Ed Sevillano.

He denied all requests for an appearance at tomorrow's bracelet ceremony and instead, clutching the "placeholder" bracelet used at all final tables and his $409,484 in prize money, made off into the night, where presumably he'll celebrate in silence.

Mizzi finishes second and earns $253,048. Joseph finishes third and takes $166,771.

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$5k Pot-Limit Omaha - Imperium Delirium!

Three more down!
Three more down!

One more level, three more bustouts! Sorel Mizzi currently has the upper hand, his stack boosted on account of the action below.

Here's what's been happening!

Va Moooo Va Mooooose! (6th)

Admittedly, the atmosphere at this final table has been muted to say the least, though when there has been noise and cheering it has generally come from the boisterous Brazilians here to support Felipe Ramos.

"Vamoooooo" seems to be the favorite chant, translating to English as something like "go,go,go," and moments ago Ramos'  fans had good reason to shout it.

The hand began with Mizzi popping it up to 100k, before Ramos shipped it all-in for 275k.

Getting over 2-1, Mizzi was never folding his hand and he made the call with A J 9 7. Ramos flipped over A A T 6 and was the favorite going into the showdown.

Praying Spectator
Va moooooo!

His loyal fans prayed for help from the gods on the rail.

A flop of T 4 2 will have done little to raise Mizzi's spirits, giving Ramos the nut flush draw, though the turned 8 was very much a danger card.

Mizzi now had a full wrap and a multitude of cards could help him on the river.

The river came the J! Mizzi had hit a straight!

Ramos' supporters looked on agape, unsure whether their man had been knocked out, and one supporter even cheered the river, assuming Ramos had won the pot.

Supporter Fail.

Sadly for him, he hadn't and he exits in 6th place, winning $67,637.

Rifat Palevic
Palevitchy trigger finger costs Rifat.

Where's Rif-at? (5th)

Rifat Palevic had become pretty short before finding A 9 8 2 on the button and deciding this was good enough to go with, raising pot.

Mizzi re-popped from the small blind and Palevic made the call, only to find he was in bad shape versus Mizzi's A Q Q 3.

Both players made aces-up on a 4 3 2 A J board but Mizzi's aces and treys marginally out-ranked Palevic's aces and deuces meaning Palevic was busted in 5th spot, collecting a tasty $86,516.

Dan Hindin
Kings into aces again? WTF?

Dan is Canned (4th)

A quick spate of eliminations was concluded with the busting out of Dan Hindin.

It seems as though kings have run into aces umpteen times at this final, and this was also Hindin's fate, his double-suited K K Q 7 running into Richard Austin's A A K 8.

His plight was made even worse by the face Austin held a king-blocker and when a board devoid of kings rolled off, he was sent to the rail in 4th spot, winning $116,748.

Three-handed for the bracelet!

Here are the chip counts.

Sorel Mizzi
Cliff Josephy
Richard Austin
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$5k Pot-Limit Omaha - Oh, Mama, It's Omaha!

Where did it all go wrong?
Where did it all go wrong?

The players were allotted a 20 minute-break during the last level and they all wandered off to swap stories with their friends and discuss strategies for getting their hands on that coveted bracelet.

Prior to the interruption in play though, we did see some action and one more elimination to leave this final table six-handed.

Here's the news from the felt.

Wheels Fall Off the Van (Marcus - 7th)

Van Marcus had had a pretty effective opening to the final table, raising and picking up plenty of dead pots to boost his stack to healthy levels, but PLO is a gambler's game and the players are subject at any moment to the whims of variance.

Marcus just found that out.

Firstly he battled with Dan Hindin on a K Q 6 board, both players shipping their stacks into the middle and it was Marcus who had the edge, his A Q Q 5 hitting middle set.

Hindin had a pretty big live draw though with K J T 3 for an open-ended straight draw and ten-high flush draw.

It was a crucial pot and when the 4 hit the river, Hindin had hit his draw, taken down the 900k pot and left Marcus in trouble.

Marcus still had 200k-ish left and when three people limped into the pot ahead of him and he looked down at K K T 4, he must have felt like this was a big opportunity to win chips.

Cliff Josephy
I'm the man, Van!

He raised pot for most of his stack, only to find Cliff Josephy behind him re-raising pot.

He called the rest of his stack off, although he may have had an inkling by this stage that Josephy had aces.

Indeed that proved the case as Josephy flipped up A A 9 3.

Marcus prayed for a king but his prayers fell on stony ground as a bleak board of virtual blanks rolled off.

An ace on the river was overkill, and Van Marcus found himself felted, having done little wrong, with $55,687 in his pocket for 7th.

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$5k Pot-Limit Omaha - Have an Oma-heart!

I'm not just some Ngai you know!
I'm not just some Ngai you know!

There is no carnival atmosphere at the final table, rather a concentrated hush has descended over the players as they focus hard on giving their all to winning a bracelet.

It's likely that the caginess of the play will dissipate as the blinds start to rise and the players are forced into more and more head-on collisions. The lady announcing the hands as they are played out is doing her best to build an atmosphere.

After yet one more hand played out in dead-pan silence, she announced "the crowd go wild!"

This stirred the audience into a few whoops and cheers at least.

Despite the subdued ambience, the last hour's play has seen two eliminations. Here they are.

Samuel is the Fall-Ngai (9th)

Samuel Ngai was the first player to succumb at the final table.

Van Marcus has been relatively active so far, meaning when he raised it up and Ngai looked down at a nicely-coordinated kings-hand, K K Q T, he was happy to take him on, re-potting to set himself all-in.

His timing couldn't have been worse, as this time Van Marcus had aces, his A A 7 6 favorite to take down the pot and Ngai.

Moments later he had done just that, three jacks hitting the board and his jacks full of aces pipping Ngai's jacks full of kings.

So Samuel Ngai bows out 9th, collecting $43,539 for his finish.

Eight remained...

Peter Jetten
Jetten Peter'd out.

Peter Jettisoned (8th)

Peter Jetten was next to take the walk of shame.

He saw a limped pot with Richard Austin and two others, holding A J T 4 and the action checked round on the K 8 5 board.

The turned T proved an action card however as Jetten now led out for 100k, only to see Austin pump it up to 350K!

Everyone else scarpered, leaving Jetten to shove for another 100k or so and Austin to call.

Jetten had a pair, a gutshot and the nut flush draw, but was in trouble versus the turned set of tens in Austin's hand - T T 9 8 spiking to give him the advantage.

A blank river later, Austin was on cloud nine whilst Peter Jetten was bustificated.

He picks up $48,112 for 8th. Down to seven...

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$5k Pot-Limit Omaha - PLO-verdose!

It's been a stop-start affair so far with the players having yet another break following the latest bust-out.

It was a big name who fell and the reduction of the field from ten to nine means the final table is officially ready to be played out.

The break in the action should be over momentarily, but in the meantime, here is how we finally arrived at the last nine players.

Baron Shot Down (10th)

Isaac Baron may have a long, impressive list of poker achievements but so far, owning a WSOP bracelet is not one of them.

That won't be changing today as he was the man to fill the 10th place slot.

His exit hand had more than a little drama about it. Pre-flop was fairly standard...Baron potted it for 70k, then called Austin's shove with A J T 8.

Austin held K K 9 6 and when the dealer laid out a king-high flop with no straights, you might have thought he was almost home.

Omaha is a quirky game though and the K Q 4 board meant Baron had a straight wrap and flush draw to get him out of it and though Austin's top set was the current nuts, he was only a 54:46 favourite to win the hand.

An edge is an edge though, and as the turn blanked and the river paired the queen, his hand had held and Baron was sent on his way in 10th place for $32,330.

The bracelet will have to wait!

The Final Countdown

The players' stacks were accurately counted during the break. Click here for the details.

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$5k Pot-Limit Omaha - The Final Table!

The players came back eleven-handed, and the one elimination that has happened in the early stages means the players have now been consolidated to a single table.

It's not strictly the final table, as that officially only happens when there are nine left, but one of these ten men will be taking down the bracelet - and with some big talent left at the felt, we should be in for an exciting day of Omaha action.

Here's news of that elimination.

Nielsen Gets the Bullet

Jeppe Nielsen found A K 3 2 in the cut-off and once he raised pot with a relatively short stack, he was going nowhere.

Cliff Josephy was elated to look down and find A A K 3 and re-raised 200k to isolate Nielsen, who called all-in once the play reached him

The flop of T T 8 left him drawing to some unlikely runner-runner combination and when the board finished up with two blanks, Nielsen's day was done, bounced in 11th for $32,330.

Feeling Chipper

Here are the men who will vy for the bracelet, Sorel Mizzi and Isaac Baron two of the big stars looking for their first piece of WSOP bling.

Sorel Mizzi
Rifat Palevic
Cliff Josephy
Van Marcus
Felipe Ramos
Peter Jetten
Dan Hindrin
Richard Austin280,000
Isaac Baron
Samuel Ngai
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Event Name Event 35 - $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Venue Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 17 June 2009
Final Day 19 June 2009
Buy In $5,000
Entrants 363
Prize Pool $1,706,100
First Prize $409,484
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 50/100
Level 2 0 100/200
Level 3 0 150/300
Level 4 0 200/400
Level 5 0 250/500
Level 6 0 300/600
Level 7 0 400/800
Level 8 0 500/1000
Level 9 0 600/1200
Level 10 0 800/1600
Level 11 0 1000/2000
Level 12 0 1200/2400
Level 13 0 1500/3000
Level 14 0 2000/4000
Level 15 0 2500/5000
Level 16 0 3000/6000
Level 17 0 4000/8000
Level 18 0 5000/10000
Level 19 0 6000/12000
Level 20 0 8000/16000
Level 21 0 10000/20000
Level 22 0 12000/24000
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 80000/160000
Level 31 0 100000/200000
Level 32 0 120000/240000

Richard Austin

Event 35 - $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Richard Austin $409,484
2. Sorel Mizzi $253,048
3. Cliff Josephy $166,771
4. Daniel Hindin $116,748
5. Rifat Palevic $86,516
6. Felipe Ramos $67,663
7. Van Marcus $55,687
8. Peter Jetten $48,112
9. Samuel Ngai $43,539
10. Isaac Baron $32,330