A total of 14 players returned for the third day of Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Or Better at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. At the end of the 13-hour-long day, it was Lawrence Brandt collecting his first WSOP bracelet and a career-best score of $289,610.
“It honestly was the best tournament I've ever played,” the new bracelet holder said, “I haven’t played too many PLO8 tournaments, and obviously luck plays a factor, but I was really happy with my performance.”
The Texas resident says he primarily focuses on cash games and mostly No-Limit Hold’em. This is his third cash this WSOP and is his biggest lifetime. According to Brandt's Hendon Mob profile, his earnings totaled $192,721 before this victory. Brandt’s rail was a rowdy and supportive one containing over 20 people on it, and all embraced him as he took down his biggest tournament score.
Final Table Results
|1st||Lawrence Brandt||United States||$289,610|
|2nd||Corey Wade||United States||$179,010|
|3rd||Robert Tanita||United States||$129,924|
|4th||Richard Crooks||United States||$95,400|
|5th||Jared Jaffee||United States||$70,877|
|6th||Jacob Ferro||United States||$53,288|
|7th||Peter Neff||United States||$40,550|
Start Of Day Action
The start of day saw Frank Salese (14th - $12,458), Benjamin Miner (13th-$15,380), Jason Adams (12th - $15,380), and bracelet winner Joey Couden (11th - $19,233) all fall prior to the final table. The final player to fall before the unofficial final table was reached was Stuart Easton who after falling down to the tournament short stack, got in his remaining chips up against Jared Jaffee’s and Brandt’s aces with just king high. Jaffee ended up scooping the whole pot with a flush and Easton would have to settle for a tenth place for $19,233.
Final Table Action
The final table saw the shortest stack Alexander Orlov double up on the first hand. It was not to last though as he did see his ace-king get in against the ace-wheel combination hand of Jaffee. On a flop with two aces, Jaffee hit a low on the turn, and he filled up on the river to send Orlov out of the tournament in ninth place for $24,357.
Jerry Odeen received a death by a thousand cuts as multiple times he was all-in and quartered, leaving himself as the shortest stack eight-handed. Corey Wade moved him all-in with a jack-high double-suited hand and Odeen called with ace-jack and a low card. No help came as Wade turned a full house and no low came home to send Odeen out in eighth place for $31,234.
After that, some time passed before Peter Neff became the next casualty of the final table. Nothing seemed to go Neff’s way at the final table, and eventually, he was all-in with king-queen and sevens against Jacob Ferro’s double-suited aces. Ferro turned him dead with a full house and Neff left the tournament area in seventh place for $40,550.
Ferro’s run would come to an end, however, as his stack got short after doubling up Jaffee. Ferro would end up getting his short stack in with queen-jack and low cards, in against Brandt’s aces and finding no improvement, busting in sixth place for $53,288.
Jaffee ended up getting his chips all in with a suited ace-queen against Robert Tanita's suited ace-ten. A rivered Broadway gave Tanita the best hand and the last remaining bracelet winner exited the tournament in fifth place for $70,877.
After that, Tanita found himself knocking out Richard Crooks when Crooks got in his wrap Broadway draw against Tanita’s pair of sixes and low draw. The board run-out was not favorable for Crooks and he ended his run in fourth place for $95,400.
The three-handed endeavor became a long battle where each player rose to the chip lead and each fell to a short stack multiple times. In the end, it was Tanita who got his remaining chips in with king-jack double suited against Wade’s ace-high low card combination. A pair for Wade and a made low, spelled the end for Tanita who ended his run in third place for $129,924.
Wade started the heads up with a 2:1 lead, but a few fortunate runouts for Brandt saw the lead flip. It ended when Wade called with his ace-nine and low cards against the ace-king high of Brandt. The river brought both players a straight but it was Brandt’s that was Broadway and Wade shook his hand and collected $179,010 for his impressive second-place finish.
Congratulations to Brandt on winning his first WSOP bracelet. Thank you to all who entered and thank you for reading along. Stay tuned to PokerNews for all updates regarding the WSOP.