Guzman Leads Final Seven in Event #13: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship; Wilinofsky and Habegger in Contention
The seven-handed final table is set in the third Championship Event of the 2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events. Players from seven different countries remain in contention for the gold bracelet in Event #13: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. The tournament drew a total of 267 entries and the top 39 finishers earned a portion of the $1,268,250 prize pool.
Best-positioned to claim the top prize of $268,926 is Mexico's Hernando Guzman with a stack of 84 big blinds. Vincas Tamasauskas follows with 76 big blinds after a very late surge on the final two tables vaulted the Lithuanian from one of the shorter stacks to second in chips. Former EPT Main Event champion Ben Wilinofsky dominated most of the day with sheer aggression and advanced with 54 big blinds.
The remaining final table line-up includes Ben Lakatos, Fernando Habegger, Florian Fuchs, and David Wang. Habegger, who is better known under his online moniker of "JNandez87", is part of GGPoker's OmahaSquad and has specialized in the four-card variant as a high-stakes player, book author, content creator, and coach.
Final Table Line-Up in Event #13: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
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The Action of the Day
More than 50 players started their journey in the first level of the day but it didn't take long for the field to surpass 100 entries. All participants were allowed to re-enter up to two times and many of them took advantage of the option, which ultimately resulted in 158 unique players and 109 re-entries.
The GGPoker ambassadors Felipe Ramos and Daniel Negreanu were in the mix right from the start but their respective first bullets were not crowned by success. Both re-entered with mixed success, as Ramos became one of many notable early casualties. For Negreanu, the second attempt went much better and he knocked out several opponents to even take over the lead a few spots away from the money bubble.
By then, PLO aficionados such as George Wolff, James Park, Sebastian Trisch, Aku Joentausta, Kamel Mokhammad, Andras Nemeth, Ola Amundsgaard, Andreas Torbergsen, and James Chen were all already eliminated. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Anson Tsang lost a crucial all-in showdown with defending champion Juha Helppi to exit just shy of the payouts. The bubble burst only a few minutes later as Event #11: $10,000 Super MILLION$ High Roller finalist Isaac Baron was eliminated as the last player without anything to show for.
PLO specialists Hun Wei Lee, Ludovic Geilich, Hokyiu Lee, Gavin Cochrane, and Jonas Kronwitter fell soon after the money bubble had burst. Negreanu was unable to carry over his momentum and had to settle for 19th place after missing a straight and flush draw against Florian Fuchs. He was soon joined on the virtual rail by Helppi, who had to settle for 17th place this time.
Ben Wilinofsky seemed unstoppable for a decent portion of the final stages and cemented his top spot after sending Joao Simao to the rail once the final two tables were set. The Canadian was caught bluffing in a bigger pot by eventual chip leader Hernando Guzman and quickfire eliminations set up the seven-handed final table in a matter of minutes.
The action will resume at 5.01 pm UTC on Wednesday, August 18, and the blinds will recommence at 20,000/40,000 with a running ante of 5,000. Stay tuned to find out which of the seven finalists will claim their maiden gold bracelet right here on PokerNews.