For the second day in a row, Lou Garza eliminated the final three players of the evening and leads the final table of Event #9 $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. Joining Garza at the final table are Jeremy Ausmus, Miles Rampel, Sean Winter, and Ben Lamb.
After going by Ap Louis Garza for the last week, Garza made it a point at the table he wanted to go by Lou, but the new name didn’t affect the play as Garza continued his aggressive style being unafraid to play big pots.
Garza played his first million chip pot of the night to sent us to the final table when he eliminated Cary Katz on the money bubble. Katz was all-in on the turn holding top two pair and the nut spade draw against the straight flush draw, wrap, and nut diamond draw of Garza. The river completed Garza’s straight and sent Katz to the rail just shy of his second cash of the series. The hand gave Garza the chip lead heading into the final seven, and he added to it from there.
Jake Daniels was card dead for the majority of the final table and would get his last 350,000 into the middle holding against the of Garza. The board ran out , and Garza flopped top two pair and improved to a flush by the river to eliminate Daniels in seventh place for $43,000.
On the last hand of level 12, with the rest of the players already headed out the door for a ten-minute break, Garza opened to 50,000 on the button and Stephen Chidwick three-bet pot to 180,000 from the big blind. Garza called, and the flop fell . Chidwick potted to 400,000 with 20,000 behind, Garza moved all-in, and Chidwick called.
Chidwick held for a pair of kings, and Garza tabled for a pair of fives and a gutshot straight draw. The turn improved Chidwick to a pair of aces, but when the river fell, the Garza improved to two pair to eliminate Chidwick and end the day with 49% percent of the chips in play.
The 43-entrant field created a prize pool of $1,075,000, with the winner taking home $365,500, with the remaining five players guaranteed at least $86,000. The race for the 2021 Poker Master title and the purple jack is heating up, and Garza is making a late run to try and claim the throne.
Garza finished third in the last two events and sits in sixth place with 234 points, 124 points behind Brock Wilson, who sits in first with 358 points. Garza needs a second place or better finish to jump Wilson and move into first place. Ausmus, Lamb, Rampel, and Winter all sit well outside the top ten, but with 219 points up for grabs for first place, and three events to go it’s still anybody’s jacket to win.
|Event #9 Final Table|
|1||Ben Lamb||United States||295,000|
|2||Miles Rampel||United States||800,000|
|3||Sean Winter||United States||1,010,000|
|4||Lou Garza||United States||2,630,000|
|5||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||640,000|
When play resumes the players will begin level 13 and the button is in seat 5
The final five players will return to the PokerGO Studio on Thursday, September 16, at 12 p.m. PT with the final table airing on PokerGO.com at 1 p.m. PT.
Pictured Miles Rampel’s bag and lucky water bottle
The play has been suspended for the evening, and the final five players will return to the PokerGO Studio on Thursday, September 16, at 12 p.m. PT with the final table streaming on PokerGO.com at 1 p.m. PT.
Action folded to Lou Garza on the button, and he opened to 50,000. Stephen Chidwick was in the big blind, and he potted to 180,000. Garza called.
The flop fell , and Chidwick potted to 400,000 with 20,000 behind. Garza raised, and Chidwick called all-in.
The turn kept Chidwick in the lead, but the river gave Garza two pair, sevens and fives to eliminate Chidwick in sixth place for $64,500.
With the cards already tabled, Jake Daniels was all-in for approximately 350,000, and Lou Garza called.
The board ran out , and Garza rivered a flush to eliminate Daniels in seventh place for $43,000
Miles Rampel limped from under the gun, and action folded to Lou Garza in the cutoff, and he raised to 75,000. The blinds folded, and Rampel called.
The flop fell , and Rampel checked. Garza bet 85,000 and Rampel called.
The dealer burned and turned the and Rampel lead pot for 370,000. Garza folded, and Rampel collected the pot.
Action folded to Sean Winter in the cutoff, and he opened to 70,000. Lou Garza was next to act and called. Stephen Chidwick was in the big blind and called.
The flop fell , and Chidwick checked. Winter potted to 240,000, and Garza folded. Chidwick repotted, and Winter called all-in for 350,000 total.
The board ran out on the turn, and when the completed the board on the river, Chidwick missed his flush, and Winter doubled.
10,000 / 20,000
Big Blind Ante
Seat 1 – Stephen Chidwick
Seat 2 – Ben Lamb
Seat 3 – Miles Rampel
Seat 4 – Jake Daniels
Seat 5 – Sean Winter
Seat 6 – Ap Louis Garza
Seat 7 – Jeremy Ausmus
Hand recalled to PokerGO News by the floor
In over a one million chip pot Cary Katz was all-in on the turn holding top two pair, with the nut spade draw against Lou Garza, who held the nut diamonds, a straight flush draw, and a wrap. The river completed Garza’s straight, and Katz was eliminated to burst the Event #9 money bubble.
Action folded to Miles Rampel in the small blind, and he raised to 45,000. Jeremy Ausmus was in the big blind and called.
The flop fell , and Rampel continued for 50,000. Ausmus called.
The dealer burned and turned the , and Rampel checked. Ausmus bet 80,000 and Rampel called.
The river completed the board and action checked through.
Ausmus tabled for aces and threes with a king, and Rampel mucked.
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