WSOP Event #3: When four cards are quieter than two

wsop2009_thn.gifWhile all the roller-coaster no limit excitement bounces off the Amazon Room's walls, there's a quieter bunch of players crafting away in one corner. This is the $1,500 Omaha Hi/Low 8 or Better crowd who, with only a few exceptions, tend to go about their business in a more controlled fashion. When you have four hole cards to study, and have two possible ways to win with each hand, concentration really is the name of the game.

They started this limit marathon yesterday with 918 entries, and are now down to 142, with the money kicking in at 90th. But there's still an awful long way to go before they get down to a final table, which is scheduled to run tomorrow afternoon.

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Andre Akkari

Still playing are Team PokerStars Pros Chad Brown (37,000) and Andre Akkari (28,600), as well as Team PokerStars Germany Pro Sebastian Ruthernberg (26,000) - with the latter two now sharing the same table. But they're all a mile behind current chip leader Eli Elezra, who sits atop 91,000.

Brown had been further up the leaderboard but dropped back when he tangled with Chip Jett. They saw a flop of K♣Q♣5♦, and Jett check-called Brown and one other player. On the J♣ turn Jett bet out and only Brown called - as he did on the 6♦. But he mucked when Jett turned up A♣5♣2♣2♥ for the nut flush.

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Chad Brown