The 2010 World Series of Poker is in full swing and event #4 recently concluded. The event lasted three days and 818 players registered to compete in the $1,500 Omaha eight or better tournament. In the end eighty one players would earn a payout and first place would go to Michael Chow.
The final day of play would see twenty six players return to the felt to play down to the final table of nine players. It would take six and a half hours of play before final table would begin and by the time final table play began the blinds would be at a high rate.
The first player to be eliminated from the tournament was Todd Barlow. Barlow would go all in against Dan Heimiller only to be knocked out with an A-Q kicker. Next to go would be Joe Leibman. Joe would go all in from the big blind and would be called by Michael Chow and Sasha Rosewood. Rosewood would eventually get out of the hand so it would be Chow and Joe. Chow had the better hand so Joe would be out in eighth place.
Seventh place would go to Rosewood after he went in against Heimiller. Then Michael Cipolla and Scott Epstein would follow in sixth and fifth place. Fred Koubi would be eliminated in fourth place when he went up against Heimiller. Heimiller had taken out several players in the competition and Koubi would be no exception. With Koubi out in fourth place this left Ylon Schwartz, Heimiller and Chow in three way play.
Schwartz was the short stack with about 250,000 so he would go all in after a flop of A-9-3. Schwarz held 9-5-3-2 and Heimiller held K-9-3-2. The turn was a King which game Heimiller the top two pair. With the river a ten of hearts Schwartz did not get the help he needed and he was out in third place.
Now heads up play would begin between Michael Chow and Dan Heimiller. Play would last a little while before the final hand would take place. Heimiller would go all in on the small blind with 10-8-7-2 and Chow held Q-9-3-2. The board ran A-10-5-J-K and Chow got a king high straight to win the hand and the WSOP bracelet.
The WSOP continues with various events as player’s play their way until the main event begins on July 5th. The main event is a much anticipated event and it will be interesting to see how well the players do in the main event. But in the meantime we can enjoy watching the play unfold in the other World Series of Poker events.
1. Michael Chow — $237,463
2. Dan Heimiller — $146,684
3. Ylon Schwartz — $94,561
4. Fred Koubi — $69,272
5. Scott Epstein — $51,493
6. Michael Cipolla — $38,794
7. Sasha Rosewood — $29,584
8. Joe Leibman — $22,825
9. Todd Barlow — $17,780