2019 World Series of Poker Europe

Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Negreanu, Matusow Chasing Defending Champion Gamble on Day 3 of $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo

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Daniel Negreanu & Mike Matusow

A lot of World Series of Poker bracelet holders will return at 12 noon today for Day 3 of Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. In fact, the 20 players remaining have already won 17 bracelets between them, including Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matusow, and defending champion and current chip leader, Nathan Gamble.

Up there with Gold and Moneymaker, Gamble has one of the best surnames in poker. Gamble broke out in 2017 capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet in this very event. A field of 830 stood in his way last year, this year the field climbed to 935 but that hasn't stopped Gamble from finding a way to land himself in a familiar position with a frontrunning stack of 834,000 to start Day 3.

The bulk of the bracelets come from Negreanu's six and Matusow's four, both with their eyes on winning another one. Matusow's résumé is littered with deep runs in Omaha Hi-Lo events, but he has never finished better than fifth. Coming into play with 436,000, the fifth-best stack, Matusow is in prime position to improve on his previous woes.

Negreanu has yet to taste Omaha glory at the World Series. Surprisingly enough, with 106 career cashes at the WSOP, only 15 are from an Omaha variant. Negreanu's previous best finish in a PLO Hi-Lo event came last year in the $10,000 Championship. Negreanu finished runner-up, the second time to do so in Omaha Hi-Lo. There is lots of work to do if Negreanu is going to change that today, hitting the felt as the third shortest stack, wielding just 96,000.

Joseph Couden (776,000) returns with the second-best stack and behind him are Robert Campbell (565,000) and Brad Albrinck (564,000). Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Eli Elezra bagged 419,000 chips, with fellow bracelet winner Bryce Yockey ending Day 2 with 400,000. Chris Conrad (364,000), Garrett Garvin (347,000), two-time bracelet winner Quinn Do (300,000), and Bruno Fitoussi (262,000) are also still in the hunt for the $244,370 top prize and coveted gold bracelet.

Stay tuned to the blog as the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on the floor providing live coverage until the last card comes off the deck and the WSOP's latest champion is crowned.

Day 3 Seat Draw:

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon4174Daniel NegreanuCanada96,000
Amazon4175Mike MatusowUnited States436,000
Amazon4176Shiva DudaniUnited States41,000
Amazon4177Robert CampbellUnited States565,000
Amazon4178Quinn DoUnited States300,000
Amazon4179Eli ElezraUnited States419,000
      
Amazon4181Nathan GambleUnited States834,000
Amazon4183Bryce YockeyUnited States400,000
Amazon4184Christopher ConradUnited States364,000
Amazon4185Kim KallmanFinland137,000
Amazon4186Mihails MorozovsLatvia200,000
Amazon4188Joseph CoudenUnited States776,000
Amazon4189Brad AlbrinckUnited States564,000
      
Amazon4191Bruno FitoussiFrance262,000
Amazon4192Lee ArmstrongAustralia364,000
Amazon4193Sergio BensoItaly189,000
Amazon4194Gregory JamisonUnited States246,000
Amazon4195Kyle EmersonUnited States80,000
Amazon4198Dustin PattinsonUnited States432,000
Amazon4199Garrett GarvinUnited States347,000

Tags: Brad AlbrinckBruno FitoussiBryce YockeyChris ConradDaniel NegreanuEli ElezraGarrett GarvinJoseph CoudenMike MatusowNathan GambleQuinn DoRobert Campbell