Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
Dia 2 Terminado

Sleiman and Tran Lead Eight Finalists; Lewis and Magalashvili in Contention

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Hanh Tran joint chipleader for the final table
Hanh Tran joint chipleader for the final table

The official final table of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Event #3: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed is set and eight players remain to battle for the coveted gold bracelet and payday of €59,625 that comes along with it. Only 46 players out of a 572-entry strong field returned to the tables of Europe's biggest poker arena at the King's Casino in Rozvadov and it took just over eight 40-minute levels to determine the eight finalists.

Austria's Hanh Tran and Chile‘s Tarek Sleiman are tied at the top of the counts with 2,265,000, Sebastian Obermeier follows just a few big blinds behind the duo with 2,000,000. Tran already knows what it takes to win a WSOP bracelet after taking down Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw for his first career bracelet earlier this year in Las Vegas. Tran followed that up with a 7th place in Event #44: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship and the Austrian is in prime position to claim a second gold bracelet in 2018.

Another player that has had a great summer in Sin City is Romain Lewis, who came agonizingly close to winning a bracelet three times and reached yet another final table, bagging 725,000. The Frenchman finished 2nd in Event #13: Big Blind Antes $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed, followed by a third-place finish in Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship. A win in Rozvadov would open up a possible late surge for the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year title, however, Shaun Deeb has cemented his lead with three cashes in as many events at the 2018 WSOPE.

Romain Lewis
Romain Lewis

The other finalists include Oleg Pavlyuchuk (1,750,000), Michael Magalashvili (1,090,000), Manish Goenka (970,000) and Florian Sarnow (375,000). Magalashvili can make it three WSOPE bracelets in a row for Israel in Rozvadov after the victories of Tamir Segal and Asi Moshe.

There will be 33:53 minutes left at blinds of 30,000/60,000 with Lewis on the button and Sarnow as the single big blind.

Final Table Seat Assignments

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Romain LewisFrance725,00012
2Florian SarnowGermany375,0006
3Oleg PavlyuchukLatvia1,750,00029
4Manish GoenkaIndia970,00016
5Tarek SleimanChile2,265,00038
6Hanh TranAustria2,265,00038
7Michael MagalashviliIsrael1,090,00018
8Sebastian ObermeierGermany2,000,00033

Action of the Day

Only 46 players survived the two starting days and the first three levels of Day 2 reduced the field dramatically, as 20 players ran out of chips. Among the early casualties were Grant Hart, Netanel Amedi, one-time WSOP bracelet winner Dario Alioto, Roland Israelashvili and four-time champion Shaun Deeb. Especially the elimination of Deeb was a surprise after he had entered the penultimate day second in chips. Deeb busted in a big pot against Martin Rothaermel when his overpair and second nutflush draw on the flop couldn't hold against top pair, gutshot and nutflushdraw.

Shaun Deeb
Third cash in third WSOPE event for Shaun Deeb

Down to the last three tables, Rothaermel was the overwhelming chipleader and he also claimed the stack of Viliyan Petleshkov. Chris Ferguson and Dutch Boyd were eliminated just shy of the three-table redraw. Boyd was all in preflop with queens versus aces and blocked one ace, a queen on the flop was great news for the three-time champion but Florian Sarnow spiked the case ace on the river.

The eliminations continued at a quick pace and such notables as Guillaume Diaz, Michael Soyza, Amar Begovic and Aaron Duczak departed. Peter Jaksland, who played his first live PLO tournament, eventually finished in 19th place. Aussie Poker Hall of Fame member Jason Gray and Alfredo Vega Meister followed and that set up the final two tables.

Max Pescatori was then sent to the rail in 15th place after being unable to beat the pocket kings of Dor Mey Tal. Only minutes later, it was Tal that could only shake his head and leave the tournament area devastated. The Day 1A chip leader flopped a pair, straight draw and nutflushdraw, however, Hanh Tran held up with an overpair and straight draw.

By then, Tarek Sleiman had taken over the chiplead and Tran was hot on his heels, while Martin Rothaermel went from hero to zero in 11th place. Rothaermel lost several pots in a row and Sleiman rivered a straight to send the German to the rail. A mere minute later, the field was reduced to the final nine after Christopher Back was eliminated from the other table.

Manish Goenka doubled up to remain in contention and the official final table bubble burst in classic Pot-Limit Omaha fashion. Norbert Burkhard defended his big blind and flopped middle set along with a gunshot and backdoor flush draw, but he was crushed by Sebastian Obermeier, who held top set and had the clubs covered. There was no miracle on turn and river, and the final table was set.

Here is what the last eight are playing for:

PlacePrize in EUR)

All remaining eight finalists will return to the feature table on Thursday, October 18th, 2018, as of 3 p.m local time to determine a champion. The action will be streamed live on the Twitch Channel of King's Casino with hole cards displayed on a security delay of 30 minutes and the PokerNews live reporting team will be there from start to finish.

Tags: Chris FergusonDario AliotoDor Mey TalDutch BoydFlorian SarnowGrant HartGuillaume DiazHanh TranJason GrayKing's CasinoManish GoenkaMartin RothaermelMax PescatoriMichael MagalashviliMichael SoyzaNorbert BurkhardOleg PavlyuchukPeter JakslandRoland IsraelashviliRomain LewisSebastian ObermeierShaun DeebTarek SleimanViliyan PetleshkovWSOPE

Norbert Burkhard Eliminated in 9th Place (€3,991)

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Norbert Burkhard
Norbert Burkhard

Sebastian Obermeier raised it up to 150,000 on the button and was called by Norbert Burkhard in the big blind. The flop came the {K-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Spades} and Burkhard checked, Obermeier bet 150,000 and an instant all in for around 600,000 followed. Obermeier called and Hanh Tran immediately predicted a set-over-set scenario.

Norbert Burkhard: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Sebastian Obermeier: {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{J-Clubs}

Burkhard was in dire shape and found no miracle on the {6-Spades} turn and {7-Clubs} river, bowing out in 9th place for €3,991. The remaining eight players are now bagging up for the evening and will return tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time to play down to a champion.

The chip counts of all finalists and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Sebastian Obermeier de 2,000,000 650,000
Norbert Burkhard de Eliminado

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Obermeier Flops a Full; Gets Paid

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Romain Lewis limped first to act and Michael Magalashvili filled up from the small blind, Sebastian Obermeier checked his option. The flop brought {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{7-Spades} and the trio checked. Magalashvili also checked the {4-Hearts} on the turn, Obermeier bet 75,000 and Lewis was the only caller.

After the {4-Spades} river, Obermeier carefully cut out a bet of 250,000 and Lewis snap-called. Obermeier showed the {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades} for a flopped full house and Lewis mucked.

Sebastian Obermeier de 1,350,000 460,000
Michael Magalashvili il 1,100,000 -15,000
Romain Lewis fr 800,000 -400,000

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Goenka Jams the Flop

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Michael Magalashvili raised to 125,000 and was called by Romain Lewis in the hijack and Manish Goenka in the big blind. The flop brought {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} and action checked to Lewis, who bet 150,000. Goenka check-raised all in and that ended the hand right there.

Romain Lewis fr 1,200,000 -400,000
Michael Magalashvili il 1,115,000 -10,000
Manish Goenka in 1,050,000 380,000

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Two All In and No Call

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Tarek Sleiman raised to 100,000 in the cutoff and was called by Michael Magalashvili in the small blind and Sebastian Obermeier in the big blind. The {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop was checked and a bet of Magalashvili for 140,000 on the {10-Clubs} turn won the pot without showdown.

Norbert Burkhard raised the pot to 150,000 first to act and Romain Lewis defended the big blind. Lewis check-shoved into a 150,000 bet by Burkhard on the {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop and Burkard let go.

Sleiman then raised to 100,000 and was called three ways, by Magalashvili, Lewis and Burkhard. The {J-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds} flop was checked to Burkhard and his all in for 340,000 won the pot without resistance.

"I folded kings," Lewis said in table chat.

Tarek Sleiman CL 2,280,000 -320,000
Romain Lewis fr 1,600,000 225,000
Michael Magalashvili il 1,125,000 50,000
Norbert Burkhard de 740,000 -75,000

Tags: Michael MagalashviliNorbert BurkhardRomain LewisSebastian ObermeierTarek Sleiman

Goenka Doubles Through Sleiman

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Romain Lewis bet a three-way flop of {A-Spades}{6-Clubs}{3-Clubs} and Oleg Pavlyuchuk raised the pot for more than a million to force two quick folds, he exposed the {A-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} for top two pair.

Soon after, Manish Goenka was in the small blind and raised the pot to 150,000. Tarek Sleiman reraised and Goenka called all in for 335,000.

Manish Goenka: {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{6-Hearts}
Tarek Sleiman: {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{2-Diamonds}

The {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop virtually locked up the pot for Goenka, and the {5-Hearts} turn made things official. A meaningless {J-Hearts} appeared on the river and Goenka doubled.

Tarek Sleiman CL 2,600,000 -350,000
Oleg Pavlyuchuk lv 1,775,000 445,000
Romain Lewis fr 1,375,000 -320,000
Manish Goenka in 670,000 285,000

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Tran Jams Into Magalashvili

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Hanh Tran raised to 130,000 and Michael Magalashvili called. On the {10-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop, Tran continued for the size of the pot, making it 375,000 to go. Magalashvili called and the {9-Clubs} appeared on the turn. Tran pushed all in for 890,000 and Magalashvili asked for a count.

Both engaged in some banter and Magalashvili admitted to have a flush draw and double gutshot. He eventually folded the {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} face up and Tran offered him to pick two.

The {7-Clubs}{6-Spades} were exposed and Tran then grabbed his other two cards and smashed the {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts} on the table.

"Oh wow, I am ahead," Magalashvili said and they asked to run the river just for fun, the wish wasn't granted.

Hanh Tran at 2,015,000 600,000
Michael Magalashvili il 1,075,000 -525,000

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