Event 3, Pot-Limit Omaha - Live Updates

Pot-Limit Omaha is the game of choice for Euro-rounders the world over, and this September the crown belongs in Denmark. Theo Jorgensen is champ, defeating Sorel Mizzi in heads-up play to take down the bracelet and £218,626 in prize money. Congratulations to the Jorg!

Day 3 Live Updates

09/26/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 3 - Winnar!!!

First Kiss
Winnar!!

After winning that big hand with a full house, The Jorg held a sizeable advantage and  it was only a matter of time before Sorel was forced to put his chips into the middle in order to double.

After a few jabs from either player, finally a flop arrived they both wanted to gamble on.

The flop came J 8 K and Theo set Mizzi all-in. The Canadian thought a bit before deciding it was time to gamble and calling with A Q 6 5.

He had the nut flush draw and a gutshot, but wasn't in great shape versus the K K 3 A - the great Dane with top set.

The turn was the 2 and with Sorel needing a heart or a ten to survive, the river came...the 7!

It was over!

One Shining Moment!
One shining moment!

Machine had conquered man and we can all look forward to a future working in salt mines for our mechanical superiors. 

In all seriousness though, we send our congratulations to Theo Jorgensen, who came through a very tough field to win out, taking home £218,626 and the shiny WSOP bracelet!

Sorel Mizzi was just short, although the nice chunk of change £132,000 will soften the blow somewhat.

We'll have a full interview and photos of the presentation available shortly, so check back soon for updates but for now CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JORG!

Level
21
Blinds
10000/20000
Average Stack
$3,300,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
09/26/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 3 - Level 21 - Heads-Up for Bracelet Glory

Heads-up!
Where is John Connor?

Heads-up has been a frenetic battle, with two young aggressive players, playing a game that already encourages some big betting, big hands and big plays.

The lead has see-sawed several times already, so without further ado, here's the action from the felt as the battle for the bracelet is played out.

Mighty Mizzi

The first big pot of note played out when fireworks exploded on the turn of a J 5 3 7 board.

The Jorg set Mizzi in for all his chips and Mizzi called, as he had a big hand 7-8-6-4 aka the nuts.

It wasn't over yet though as Jorgensen had a flush draw and a gut-shot to a higher straight draw. Using his positronic brain, he instantly calculated he had a 37.5% chance of victory.

It never happened, though, and Sorel struck a vital blow for the human race, doubling through to over $2 million and hurting but not fatally the man who is made out of the same material as nuclear submarines, Theo Jorgensen.

Rise of the Robot!

The two players are not sitting back avoiding confrontation but are getting stuck into each other, throwing wild haymakers to quote the apt words of PokerListings.com reporter Owen Laukkanen.

Only a few hands after that big one, the two of them are at it again!

On a board of A J 4, the players get their stacks into the middle once more and this time Sorel is behind, but he is the one with the big draw, showing 2 3 4-5 for a wrap draw and bottom pair, while The Jorg has A-J-Q-6 for top two.

Rivered!
OMG!

The rail go wild; there are screams of "3 ... 3 ... 3!!!" from Sorel's supporters, which would complete his straight.

The turn is ... the 3!

Sorel hits his card and his hands go into the air as he can almost taste the bracelet!

It's all over bar the singing with only four cards in the deck to help The Jorg, but the river is the A, making a superior full house for the Danish robot!

Incredible suck/resuck action. Sorel looks distraught; The Jorg reaches for some Castrol to oil his joints as he celebrates gaining the lead, and the match continues ... 

 

Level
21
Blinds
10000/20000
Average Stack
$1,650,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/26/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 3 - Level 20 - Heads-Up!

Sorel Mizzi
Mizzi gettin' busy!

We're down to the final two players in Event 3 at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe after the Eric/ks found themselves consigned to the rail in rapid succession. Betfair Poker pro Sorel Mizzi and space alien Theo Jorgensen will face off for a WSOP bracelet and a fat wallet of cash starting imminently, but first, here's how the action got this far:

Erik Gets Fried-berg'd

Sorel may have turned up late from the dinner break but he took no time getting into his stride and playing out a big pot.

Facing off against Erik Friberg, Friberg bet out $60,000 on the turn of a A 8 6 board, only for Sorel to raise him to $120,000.

Erik made the call and the river came the 3.

A quick check from Erik was followed by Sorel making a pot-size bet, enough to set Erik all-in if he called.

He looked unhappy but laid it down, only for Sorel to triumphantly flip up 7-7-5-4 for a missed straight draw.

Erik Friberg
Swede is deed!

Great play by the Canadian [yay Canada! - Ed.], and Friberg looked a bit like a broken man after that Sorel bluff ...

Man vs. Machine

Soon after Eric Dalby and Theo "The Jorg" Jorgensen go to war on a flop of T-9-2. With flesh and blood pitted against metal and pistons, the very future of humanity is on the line.

Theo has Eric, and indeed the whole table, covered, so it's Dalby's tournament life on the line ...

Theo flips K-K-J-7 for an overpair and double gut-shot, while Eric has K-T-9-2 for a flopped "three pair."

The turned four and rivered ace are effective blanks; Theo misses his various draws, and strange mechanical whirring noises are heard from inside his chest as he loses the pot.

Meanwhile, Eric doubles through to $500,000 or so and shows resistance against The Jorg is not always futile ...

Mizzi Hitzzi's! (Friberg OUT - Fourth)

Erik Friberg was hurt badly by Sorel's successful bluff earlier and was looking for a spot to get his stack in and double through.

Well, Friberg found that spot, and it was Canadian Mizzi again who was to give him action.

The pair went to war on the turn of a K 2 8 4 board.

Theo Jorgensen
Great Dane!
  

Sorel flipped up K 9 7 6 for top pair, a gut-shot and a flush draw, while Erik showed up with 7-7-8-4 for middle and bottom pair.

So Erik's two pair was marginally in the lead for the moment. But Sorel had a lot of cards to hit, and the river fell the K

That was one of them, trips for Mizzi, boisterous cheers from his young supporting rail and Friberg's journey ends here. The young Swede having done himself proud, he picks up a check for  £66,000.

Dalby Dunzo (Third)

Sorel Mizzi raises to $49,000 on the button and Theo Jorgensen makes the call in the small blind. Eric Dalby calls in the big blind and the flop comes T 8 5. Action checks to Dalby, who bets pot, and Mizzi folds out. Jorgensen flats and the turn is the 9.

Jorgensen fires out $270,000 and Dalby repots. Jorgensen puts him all-in and Dalby quickly calls, turning up A K T 7 against Jorgensen's Q J 8 4. The Jorg has turned the nuts and Dalby is drawing dead. The river is the 9 and Dalby is eliminated in third place, for which he'll receive £84,562.

Heads-Up!

Heads-up play between Mizzi and Jorgensen is under way, with the Jorg holding $2,435,000 to Imper1ium's $865,000. Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion!

Level
20
Blinds
8000/16000
Average Stack
$1,100,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/26/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 3 - Level 20 - Back from Dinner!

Sorel Mizzi
Late from dinner!

The players have finished chowing down on their various dinners and have now taken their seats back at the table.

There was a short delay as Sorel was tardy in returning to the table but now that he's back they are getting under way.

The cards are in the air; the tournament is back on folks!

Here are the chip counts for the final four players:

Theo Jorgensen
$1,947,000
Sorel Mizzi
$668,000
Erik Friberg
$420,000
Eric Dalby
$267,000
Level
20
Blinds
8000/16000
Average Stack
$825,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
09/26/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 3 - Level 19 - Pescatori Pummeled!

David Penly
Capped!

We're now four-handed at the final table of Event 3, £5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, at the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe as action continues in Level 19 of this Euro-rounders-esque extravaganza. Theo Jorgensen and Sorel Mizzi look primed to take it deep, with their now two rivals both more or less hanging on for the ride.

The field is headed off on a two-hour dinner break, but here's how the last hour played out in London:

Pescatori Doubles

Erik Friberg raises in middle position and Max Pescatori makes the call in the big blind. The flop comes A K 9 and Pescatori checks to Friberg, who bets out. The Full Tilt pro raises all-in for his last $126,000 and Friberg makes the call, turning up A K T 8 for top two. Pescatori has 9 9 6 5 for bottom set and looks good to double up.

The turn is the 3 and the river the 8 and the nines hold, giving Pescatori the pot and doubling him through Friberg.

Sorel Erik-rolled

Erik Friberg, Sorel Mizzi, Max Pescatori and Theo Jorgensen see a flop of K 5 7. A bet from Mizzi gets rid of Max and Theo but the Swede Erik sticks around and the two players go to the turn which is ... the J.

Sorel Mizzi
Ooops, thought he'd Mizzi'ed his draw!
 

Mizzi thinks for a little before tapping the table for a check. Erik takes a quick peek at his cards and also checks behind.

The river comes the 4 and once again Mizzi checks his option. Erik meanwhile reaches into his stack and pulls out a stack of $5k chips, betting out $105,000.

Sorel considers what to do before finally making the call. Alas for the Canadian superstar, Erik quickly flips over 8-6 for the nut straight, which of course is good for the pot.

Penly Mightier'd (Sixth)

Theo Jorgensen raises to $41,000 from early position and Max Pescatori makes the call before David Penly moves all-in from the big blind. Jorgensen reraises to isolate and Pescatori gets out of the way.

Penly turns up A A Q 5 while Jorgensen has K Q J T. The flop comes J 9 3 and Jorgensen flops an open-ended straight draw. The turn is the Q and the Jorg gets there. Penly is drawing dead, and after the river is the meaningless T he's eliminated, out in sixth place. He'll take home £41,250 for his efforts.

Pescatori Plastered (Fifth)

Shortly after losing a massive pot to Erik Friberg after calling the Swede's $200,000 river bet with a set of kings against Friberg's broadway straight, Max Pescatori  gets all-in for the last of his chips on a K Q 9 flop with Theo Jorgensen and Sorel Mizzi both calling from the blinds.

Theo Jorgensen
Chip leader: Composed mainly of metal alloys.

Mizzi and the Jorg check down the board as it comes T A and Mizzi turns up a pair of tens. Pescatori has a pair of nines and can't do any better. He's out in fifth place and earns £51,562.

Count Chippula

The field is now on a two-hour dinner break, like we said. Here's how they stand as the race for the bracelet heats up.

Theo Jorgensen
$1,500,000
Erik Friberg
$700,000
Sorel Mizzi
$535,000
Eric Dalby
$430,000
Level
19
Blinds
6000/12000
Average Stack
$825,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
09/26/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 3 - Level 18 - Resistance Is Futile!

Theo Jorgensen
Pretty much the man right now.

Level 18 has arrived and with it we have seen the resurgence of the Jorg, whose unpredictability is one of his biggest weapons. He just made back-to-back quads to bust both Jason Mercier and Chris Ferguson, and is looking a big danger to take down the tournament, which will no doubt help to fund his race's planned invasion of Earth!

Here's the latest from the final.

Everyone's a Pesky Comedian!

The atmosphere has been relatively muted so far, the audience taking their time to warm up to the final.

One railbird in the crowd leaned over and asked Sorel Mizzi, "Where's the Betfair cheering brigade?" referring to the usual boisterous support from his sponsors.

Sorel Mizzi
Missing his cheerleaders.

Mizzi laughed, while Max Pescatori nipped in with a quick joke. "There they are!" he said, pointing to a couple of empty chairs. Everyone laughed at the comical bearded Italian, who is always a jovial and entertaining character at the tables.

The Jorg Shows No Mercier

Theo and Jason just saw a flop of Q T 3 result in Theo betting out and Jason calling.

The turn fell the 4 and Theo now made a BIG bet of $120,000 which Jason also flat-called mysteriously ...

The dealer now dealt out the river, the A.

Theo wasted no time, making a forward movement with his titanium hands, indicating he was moving all-in!

With his tournament life hanging in the balance and a big decision on his hands, Jason tanked ...

He alternately looked pained, sighed, and held his head in hands ... but ultimately mucked his hand, leaving Theo to sweep in the big pot and making Jason one of the short stacks for the first time since the final began.

The chips were quickly assimilated into his stack ...

Jason Mercier
Another one of those days ...

Penly Doubles

Erik Friberg opens to a raise for $45,000 and David Penly  moves all-in over the top for $125,000. Sorel Mizzi reraises to isolate and Friberg folds out, leaving Penly to turn up A K Q 7 to Imper1ium's A Q J J.

The board comes 5 4 2 8 A and Penly rivers the better hand with aces and a king kicker. He doubles up and stays alive.

Mercier Denied (Eighth)

Theo Jorgensen raises to $30,000 in early position and Jason Mercier makes the call in the small blind. The flop comes A J T and Mercier bets the pot. Jorgensen raises all-in and the Floridian calls off his stack, tabling T-9-8-7 for the open-ended straight draw against Jorgensen's A-A-5-5.

The turn is a nine, giving Mercier the straight, and he needs to avoid a paired board to stay alive. But the river is the dagger case ace, giving Jorgensen quads and sending Mercier home in eighth place. He'll take home £26,812 to add to the coffers.

Ferguson Falters (Seventh)

On the first hand after Jason Mercier's elimination, Chris Ferguson gets it all-in on a K Q 6 flop with Jorgensen while holding A A J 8 against Jorgensen's 8 6 6 3.

The Full Tilt pro needs to improve to stay alive, but the turn ends the deal rather quickly with the 6 to give Jorgensen back-to-back quads. The river is academic, bringing the 9, and Ferguson is eliminated in seventh place. Jesus earns £33,000 for his time.

Level
18
Blinds
5000/10000
Average Stack
$550,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
09/26/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 3 - Level 17 - Four Cards, Eight Players, One Bracelet

Tomi Nyback
Dark territory!

The first level of the day saw the players circling cautiously around each other, with only Jorgensen willing to make any big moves. There was one big all-in confrontation in the first hour but Erik Friberg, the short stack in the hand, won the hand to double up. Then, moments ago, Finn Tomi Nyback was eliminated in a thrilling three-way bloodbath.

As the day progresses and the blinds increase, there are likely to be some big faceoffs, and indeed, during the last hour we have seen just that.

Here's the tale of the tape.

The Plundering Pirate

Max Pescatori, with his short stack, knew he had to gamble sooner or later to get back into the game, and when Jason Mercier raised it up, he shoved over the top in a bid to do just that.

Jason called showing K K 7 6, a good hand, but once the Italian Pirate flipped up A-A-Q-J, Mercier needed some help from the dealer to knock out the Italian.

The flop came 2 8 6 Q 3, meaning Max's bullets held to double him through to just over $200,000 ...

Fiery Friberg

Erik Friberg is not afraid to get his chips in the middle, as he has shown on several occasions already.

He just took part in a large multiway pot. The action opened with Tomi Nyback popping it up to $22,000 from middle position and picking up a call from Pescatori, Friberg and Penly for a big family pot.

The flop fell 4 T 3 and the players all treated it like it was a poisonous snake, keeping well clear and checking it down.

On the T turn however, Friberg grabbed the snake firmly by the throat, betting out a chunk of his stack $45,000. Penly folded before the man he tangeld with earlier, Tomi Nyback, made the call. Max also passed ...

The river fell the 7 and there was no messing from Friberg, who picked up a large stack of blue $5,000 chips totaling $120,000 and bet them out, only for Nyman to throw his hand away and let the aggressive Swede collect the pot.

Erik Friberg
The Viking ships!
 

Chop Chop

Tomi Nyback limps in and is joined in the party by Chris Ferguson, Erik Friberg, David Penly, Jason Mercier and Sorel Mizzi, the latter two in the blinds. The flop comes 7 5 2 and action checks to Nyback, who bets the pot ($48,000).

Action folds to Penly, who mulls his options for a minute before shipping it all-in over the top. Mercier and Mizzi fold out but Nyback is game to play, matching the wager and turning up 8 6 4 3 to Penly's K K 8 6. The turn is the 7, helping no one, but the river is the 4 and both players make straights. We chop the pot.

Nyback Casey'd (Ninth)

Sorel Mizzi, Tomi Nyback and Theo Jorgensen see a flop come 7 4 2 and Nyback ships it all-in for about $150,000. Theo Jorgensen makes the call and the action is on Mizzi, who pauses for a moment before moving all-in over the top for his last $249,000.

Jorgensen makes the call, tabling K K 8 5 to Mizzi's 7 5 4 2 and Tomi's K Q T 7. The turn is the A and the river the 9 and Mizzi takes the pot with two pair, eliminating Nyback and doubling through Jorgensen.

For his ninth-place finish, Tomi Nyback will take home £22,688.

Chip Counts

Here are the current chip counts for the final eight players:

Seat 1
Erik Friberg
$630,000
Seat 2
David Penly
$172,000
Seat 3
Jason Mercier
$361,000
Seat 4
Sorel Mizzi
$860,000
Seat 5
Tomi Nyback
9th
Seat 6
Theo Jorgensen
$440,000
Seat 7
Max Pescatori
$217,000
Seat 8
Eric Dalby
$234,000
Seat 9Chris Ferguson
$380,000
Level
17
Blinds
4000/8000
Average Stack
$412,500
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
09/26/2008 (6 years ago)

Event 3 - Level 16 - FINAL TABLE!

Chris Ferguson
Jesus, another final?!

Thanks for joining us here at PokerListings.com as we aim to bring you the most exciting updates from the grand finale of the £2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha final.

The tournament's been stock-full of exciting, aggressive poker throughout and we don't anticipate any change to that today. It should be a corker.

Without any further ado, here are the nine men who valiantly battled through and fought off their opposition to reach the final table and keep their dreams of winning a WSOP bracelet firmly alive.

Seat 1
Erik Friberg
$189,000
Seat 2
David Penly
$162,000
Seat 3
Jason Mercier
$650,000
Seat 4
Sorel Mizzi
$290,000
Seat 5
Tomi Nyback
$434,000
Seat 6
Theo Jorgensen
$897,000
Seat 7
Max Pescatori
$126,000
Seat 8
Eric Dalby
$277,000
Seat 9Chris Ferguson
$282,000

Theo Jorgensen and Jason Mercier have to be considered the favorites due to their impressively mountainous chip stacks, but with a wealth of experience in the ranks of the players just below them, their ascent to victory is far from a sure thing.

Here's the action from the last hour.

Tomi Wrapped Up

Tomi Nyback
I has two pair!

With the blinds at $3,000/$6,000, Sorel Mizzi limps in, as does Tomi Nyback, as does Chris Ferguson from the small blind, and with a nice unraised family pot about to break out, Erik Friberg lays the hammer down, popping it up to $30,000.

This doesn't have much of an effect at thinning the field, however, as both Sorel and Tomi call, although Jesus ducks out of the way.

The flop comes K T 5 and Erik leads out for $40,000. Sorel wastes little time in throwing his hand away although Tomi gets a count from Friberg, who has around $120,000 back, before setting him in for the last of his chips.

Erik shrugs and calls, flipping up A K Q J for top pair, top kicker and a wrap, and Tomi shows he made some sort of connection with the flop as he has x x T 5 in his hand for bottom two.

The problem with trashy hands though is when they connect reasonably with the flop, as here, you can still be a dog as we just saw.

The turn fell the 7, a great blank for Tomi, meaning his two pair was still the best hand, although now Friberg had a flush draw to go with his multitude of other outs ...

The river was the J!

Friberg gets there in the end and wins a monster pot that pushes him over $400,000, while Tomi is knocked back to $240,000.

The Jorg Still Assimilating Chips

Theo "The Jorg" Jorgensen spent the evening in a container on his ship, being fed nutrients through green tubes in preparation for today's final.

Theo Jorgensen
Plans to conquer Earth.

Yesterday's poker showed the Dane to be a brave and fearless player. Occasionally, his play stepped over the mark into recklessness but fortune has smiled brightly on him in this tournament and most of the big confrontations he was in, went his way.

Today he has been equally busy, forcing Mercier off a pot early on with a big pot-size $140,000 bet on the river, before making a river bluff against Ferguson, but this time being picked off by Jesus' trip fours.

The Jorg won't be sitting around twiddling his bionic thumbs today in his bid to win the bracelet and conquer the world.

 

Level
16
Blinds
3000/6000
Average Stack
$366,667
Players Left
9

Event Information

Event Name
Event 3, Pot-Limit Omaha
Venue
London Clubs International
Date
2008-09-24
Final Day
2008-09-26
Buy In
$9,050
Entrants
165
Prize Pool
$1,500,436
First Prize
$397,617

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Theo Jorgensen $397,617
2 Sorel Mizzi $240,070
3 Eric Dalby $153,794
4 Erik Friberg $153,794
5 Max Pescatori $93,776

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