Tommy Le is on the verge of stamping his foot on the title of best Pot-Limit Omaha player in the world at the 2022 U.S. Poker Open as he holds a commanding chip lead entering the Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha final table.
Le has amassed over $4.1 million in lifetime tournament earnings with the majority of those coming in the game of Omaha. Le owns two WSOP bracelets in Omaha and is coming off a 2021 World Series of Poker where he cashed in four Omaha events including a runner-up and a victory in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha championship. With two $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha victories to his name, Le will look to parlay his dominating chip lead into a third at the Event #2 final table which will be streamed exclusively on PokerGO.com from 4 p.m. ET on Friday, March 18.
The 2022 U.S. Poker Open continued with Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha taking center stage from the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 77-entrant field was full of many new faces as the $770,000 prize pool would pay just the final 11 players. Once the field was down to the final three tables, the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Ren Lin, Matthew Wantman, Steve Zolotow, Jared Bleznick, and Martin Zamani all departed to the rail. With play on the bubble, Alex Livingston would exhaust all six of his time extensions in a hand against Zak Laikin where Laikin checked the river with the nut flush and Livingston bet an inferior flush. Following Laikin’s shove, Livingston used the maximum amount of time before calling the remainder of his chips off to be eliminated on the money bubble in 12th place.
With players having locked up $23,100 in prize money, Adam Hendrix, Joseph Wagganer, Philip Long, and Sam Soverel were all eliminated prior to the final table of seven was set with Le holding nearly half the chips in play. Laikin and Alex Foxen were the short stacks looking to survive one more spot and another pay jump, and it would be Dylan Weisman nearly granting them their wish when he was all-in against Le. Both players shared a pair of kings, but Le flopped an ace before Weisman took the lead on the turn to double into contention for second in chips behind Le. Foxen found a triple up with aces that improved to a full house, and just a few hands later, Laikin’s run would end in seventh place when Foxen made two pair to eliminate Laikin.
When play resumes, there will be 12:12 remaining in Level 14 (15,000/30,000 and a 30,000-big blind ante), and the button will be on Alex Foxen, the big blind on Justin Young, and a dead small blind.
Holding a commanding lead at the final table is Le with 4,160,000 in chips ahead of Justin Young and Weisman. Grouped together are Dan Shak and Damjan Radanov, while Foxen rounds out the final six.
The final six players will return to the PokerGO Studio on Friday, March 18, at 12 p.m. PT with the final table airing on PokerGO.com and the PokerGO YouTube channel at 1 p.m. PT. They have all earned $46,200 in prize money, but are eyeing the $200,200 first-place prize and title of 2022 U.S. Poker Open Event #2 champion.