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Event #51: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better

Event Info

Buy-in $1,500
Prize Pool $1,227,100
Players 946

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 0

David Sands Eliminated In 10th Place ($15,836)

David Sands
David Sands

David Sands came into our final table as the massive chip leader, and now the unexpected has happened and Sands has been eliminated in 10th.

Sands lost two massive pots that crippled him to under 100,000. On his bustout hand, Igor Sharaskin bet 55,000 from under-the-gun, Sands put his last 32,000 in the pot from early position, Marco Oliveira called and Jeff Gibralter called to see a flop.

The flop came down [6ckjc] and all three players checked. The turn came {a-Clubs} and all three players checked again. The river was the {7-Clubs} and Igor bet out 100,000 with both other players calling.

Sharaskin showed {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and that was good to scoop it and send Sands home short of the official final table. It was a tough day for Sands, but this game often leaves you up to the mercy of the cards and they were not with him today. Now at nine people, we are at our official final table and back to standard nine-handed play.

David Sands us
David Sands
us Busted

Tags: David SandsIgor SharaskinJeff GibralterMarco Oliveira

When a Tie Feels Like a Loss

Shamus • Level 22: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

In the next-to-last hand of Level 21, Igor Sharaskin opened with a raise to 38,000 from middle position, then Thomas Scarber reraised the pot -- 138,000 -- behind him. It folded back around, and Sharaskin called.

The flop came {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. Sharaskin announced he was betting the pot, and Scarber quickly called with his remaining chips.

Sharaskin showed {A-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{2-Spades} and Scarber {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. The turn brought the case ace -- the {A-Clubs} -- giving Scarber a set. The river was the {4-Hearts}, and Scarber initially clapped his hands. "Oh damn," he said immediately after. "Makes him the low."

Indeed, that river gave Sharaskin the low half of the pot and they chopped. Scarber has about 235,000 still, and Sharaskin is pushing up toward 700,000.

Tags: Igor SharaskinThomas Scarber


Sands Down To Scraps, In Danger Of 10th Place Finish


David Sands came in to today with a super-massive chip lead, and now he is the shortest stack at a table full of short stacks. Sands lost a massive pot to Jeff Gibralter and then just got scooped by Marco Oliveira in the following hand to fall into the danger zone.

Michael Yee called the big blind in middle position, Robert Campbell did the same, Sands on the button raised the pot for 88,000, Marco Oliveira went all in for 283,000 in the small blind and everyone folded besides Sands who called.

Sands: {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Oliveira: {A-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{5-Clubs}

Sands had the superior high hand and just had to fade low cards to scoop the pot and get it back. However, the board was not so kind and it ran out {3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{7-Hearts} to give Oliveira a low and two pair for the scoop. It's been a long day so far for Sands and we haven't event reached the second level of the day. It will take a miracle to get back to where he was before, but stranger things have happened and with a few double ups he could be right back in it.

Marco Oliveira
Marco Oliveira
600,000 370,000
David Sands us
David Sands
us 62,000 -263,000

Tags: David SandsMarco OliveiraMichael YeeRobert Campbell

Thoughts from the Not-Quite-Final Final Table

Shamus • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante
John Reiss
John Reiss

"So this is the unofficial final table," said a friend to John Reiss as he stood over by the rail, waiting out a hand between Igor Sharaskin and Michael Yee.

"I'm countin' it," Reiss grinned. Reiss has three "official" WSOP final tables to his credit already, taking sixth in the $1,500 Stud/8 event in 2003, third in a $2,000 NLHE event in 2006, and fourth in the $1,500 Omaha/8 event in 2007.

Indeed, all of those making the final 10 from the starting field of 946 should feel some pride in the accomplishment.

Reiss Reraises, Adds Chips

Shamus • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

David Sands opened with a raise to 37,000 from the hijack seat, and Marco Oliveira called from one seat over. It folded to John "J.R." Reiss in the small blind who quickly announced his was all in. A count of chips showed the raise was to 194,000 total.

Sands considered the situation with his usual deliberation, and after about a minute let his hand go. Oliveira thought about it a bit as well, noting that to call would mean risking about two-thirds of his stack. But the Brazilian stepped aside, too.

Reiss now has 284,000, Sands 325,000, and Oliveira about 230,000.

Tags: David SandsJohn ReissMarco Oliveira

A Look at the Current WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

Chad_Holloway • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante

Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

PlayerPointsCashesFinal TablesBraceletsWinnings
Ben Lamb572.65321$1,130,494
Chris Moorman486.20520$1,051,466
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier479.25421$811,639
Phil Hellmuth458.25420$527,970
Sam Stein402.63421$716,342
Mikhail Lakhitov401.80521$851,058
Jason Mercier385.33531$696,438
Mitch Schock364.81531$406,018
Joe Ebanks360311$1,179,031
Sean Getzwiller343321$672,627

*Through Event #49

Sands Looking To Get It Back

[user196664] • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante
Thomas Scarber
Thomas Scarber

Right after losing the monstrous, mammoth, hugest by far pot of the tournament, David Sands waslooking to get it in. TJ Scarber raised it up to 35,000 from the cutoff and Sands re-raised pot which was 134,000. Scarber went all in and Sands called him.

Scarber: {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{4-Spades}
Sands: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades}

Sands had a pretty good hand and it clearly wasn't tilt that pushed him into the pot, but he was putting himself at risk to go from 25% of the chips in play to ultimate short stack in just two hands, and Scarber's tournament life was on the line.

The board ran out {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{3-Hearts}{q-Hearts} and the two split the pot. Needless to say, we haven't started slow here at this final table and with so many players short stacked, the all ins will keep on coming.

Gibralter Rocks Sands, Takes Chip Lead

Shamus • Level 21: 8,000-16,000, 0 ante
Jeffrey Gibralter
Jeffrey Gibralter

We've had our first big hand of the final table. It began with a raise to 40,000 by Robert Campbell from middle position. Jeffrey Gibralter, sitting one seat over, called the raise, and it folded to chip leader David "Doc" Sands in the small blind. Sands looked over at his two opponents, then announced he was reraising pot to 184,000. Marco Oliveira quickly folded from the big blind, and Campbell got out as well. But after thinking for about a minute, Gibralter made the call.

The flop came {9-Spades}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}, and after taking about a half-minute Sands announced he was betting the pot -- 420,000. Gibralter didn't take very long to announce he was reraising all in, and Sands made the call.

Sands {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Gibralter {A-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Spades}{2-Hearts}

"Come on, one time," said Gibralter. The turn was the {10-Diamonds} and river the {Q-Hearts}, which meant the seven in his hand gave Gilbralter a pair and the huge pot.

We have a new chip leader. Gilbralter moves to 1.46 million, while Sands slips to 360,000.

Tags: David SandsJeffrey Gibralter