Omaha's reputation as the "action game" was well served at today's final table, as Vanessa Selbst survived a memorably manic heads-up confrontation with Jamie Pickering to win the bracelet in Event No. 19, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
Selbst took the chip lead midway through Day 1, and immediately began applying pressure to all of her shorter-stacked opponents. She increased her lead throughout Day 2, then a gutsy play in the final hand of the ten-handed final table propelled her to a massive chip lead entering today's play.
Selbst maintained control of the final table as the shorter stacks dropped away one by one. Then, at three-handed both eventual third-place finisher Stanley Statkiewicz and Pickering managed to double up through Selbst, and suddenly we were looking at three players with very even stacks.
Selbst soon retook her advantage, though, and after knocking out Statkiewicz managed to negotiate her way through the land mines of Pickering's no-look pot-sized raises to take home the bracelet.
It's been a wild one here at Table No. 15. Thanks to everyone for following the coverage!
Vanessa Selbst took 200,000 off Jamie Pickering before the final hand took place.
Surprisingly we had a limped pot that brought a flop
Pickering checked to Selbst who bet 90,000. Pickering then looked at his cards and moved all in.
Selbst made the call and flipped over
Pickering flipped over
The turn came
It's over as Vanessa Selbst's hand holds up and she wins Event 19, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha. Jamie Pickering takes home $145,459 for second, and Vanessa Selbst grabs $227,965 and her first WSOP bracelet.
Congratulations also go to Jamie Pickering for his 2nd place finish and helping this be one of the most entertaining final tables of this years WSOP.
First hand back from the break: Selbst limps from the small blind/button, and Pickering checks -- his option and
The flop came
. Pickering checked, Selbst bet 25,000, and Pickering called. "Are we playing poker now?" asked Selbst.
Both checked the
on the turn. The river was the
. Pickering checked, Selbst bet 95,000, and Pickering folded.
It was decided we all needed 15 minutes to calm down. Selbst now has about a 2-to-1 chip advantage.
'This is the most degenerate thing I've ever seen' is a comment I've just heard from the rail.
Once again Jamie Pickering raises blind from the button and Vannessa Selbst calls before the flop comes
Selbst checks to Pickering who pot bets it blind still before Selbst re-pots it.
He has to look now and once he does he re-pots it. Selbst knows she's pot committed and calls with
for second pair and a gutshot draw.
Amazingly Pickering flips over
Selbst needs to suck out as the turn comes
!! Two pair now ahaead for Selbst and we see the final card
Selbst stays ahead and and takes the chip lead once more.
They're playing it like it's a free roll. Why is this not on the TV table over a limit event?
Picking this one up on a flop of
. . .
Pickering raised to 120,000, and Selbst asked for a count of his remaining chips. When it was determined she could put him all in, she repotted.
"Have you got a ten?" he asked her. "No," she said. He made the call.
Pickering had flopped a set of fives, while Selbst had flopped a huge draw. The turn was the
and the river the
, and Pickering took the hand.
Pickering now has about 1.3 million, to Selbst's 760,000.
(Not sure, but it again appears Pickering hadn't checked his cards before turning them over on this one.)
Jamie Pickering is contiuing to bet aand raise blind and it has helped him win two smallish pots from Vanessa Selbst. She doesn't seem to know how to play him but is enjoying it all the same.
She folded in these two hands to give Pickering the pots and he had her drawing dead twice when blind!