Just a few days after finishing second to Josh Arieh in a $1,500 pot-limit Omaha tournament at the 2021 World Series of Poker, Tommy Le won Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for his second WSOP gold bracelet and $746,477. The tournament played out on the PokerGO WSOP main stage at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Not only did the victory allow Le to join the exclusive list of two-time WSOP gold bracelet winners, but Le has now won the WSOP $10,000 PLO Championship twice. He first won it in 2017 for $938,732, and now he captured the title again four years later.
“I feel like I just won a bracelet, and it’s the best feeling in the world,” Le said after. “It’s amazing. I love the WSOP. I come out every year. I think it’s an awesome event and I really play because I love the game.”
|Event #45: $10,000 PLO Championship Final Table Results
Le was one of five players from the 344-entry field to return for Day 4 of the tournament. He held the chip lead. Jeremy Ausmus was also in the final five, but he was the first player to bust when he fell to Chris Sandrock.
Sandrock spent some time as chip leader when the tournament was four-handed, but then Le picked off a big bluff from Sandrock to take a commanding lead. After that, Artem Maksimov was eliminated in fourth place, also falling to Sandrock.
Jordan Spurlin was the third player joining Le and Sandrock in three-handed play, and he was on the much shorter side to start. Spurlin was able to find one double through Le and then a huge three-way clash saw the trio get their money in. The tournament could have ended in a single hand, but Spurlin was able to find a triple up by backdooring a flush. Sandrock won a big side pot to double through Le on the same hand and took the chip lead.
“Oh, here we go,” Le said of his mindset after that big three-way hand. “It’s just more work. It’s making it hard, you know? It would just be too easy had I won that hand, so I’m glad that it happened. It gave me the chance to really play and enjoy it. I really enjoy being on the felt playing. I love winning, but I love playing as well.”
Le would eventually take back the chip lead as Spurlin fought to work himself off the short stack. Spurlin moved ahead of Sandrock and then took him out in third place to get heads up with Le.
When Le and Spurlin began heads-up play, Spurlin had a small lead, but Le rather quickly moved back in front. From there, Le kept the pressure on and extended the gap quite a bit. Spurlin did find a double up after he got very short against Le, but then it wasn’t too long after that Le finished things off. On the final hand, Le had two pair on the flop and held from there, even improving to a full house on the river. Le’s win left Spurlin with a $461,360 second-place prize.
Le now has a second-place finish to Arieh in Event #39: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2021 WSOP, for which he banked $126,549, and now he has a win in Event #45: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $746,477. Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27, is Event #53: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller and Le is expected to be in the field. After all, he has cashed twice in the event, including a runner-up result from 2016 that he scored $696,558 from.
“I’m always confident,” Le said of his mindset entering the $25,000 PLO High Roller following the two successful runs he’s had this series. “I’ll play a $600 at the Venetian, and I’ll play a $25K or a $50K at the WSOP. I just love the game. When I play, I’m always confident in my decisions. I try not to second guess myself. Win or lose, I never walk away feeling like I made a mistake or with any regrets. I leave that all out on the felt when I play.”