WSOP Event #40: LOL swingaments
We keep saying it, and we keep being proved right: play Pot Limit Omaha and expect swings that will make you dizzy. This WSOP $10,000 PLO World Championship is no exception, and Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein is on a rollercoaster.
Having started nicely chipped up he lost half his stack against David Williams. A rebuilding exercise was under way when he got a nice double up to take him well over 600,000 - and then he went and doubled someone else up soon after to peg him back again. Then he won a monster pot against Noah Schwartz to take him over the one million mark and give him the chip lead!
Let's try to keep this as simple as possible and relay the hands in order....
Greenstein's first double up came against Richard Austin. On a flop of Q♥[10s]3♦ Greenstein check-raised all in. Call!
Top two for Austin but a set for Greenstein and the turn and river changed nothing. That pot put the Team Pro on around 650,000, making him comfortable in the then 17-strong field.
But this being PLO, nothing stays the same for long and only a few minutes later he lost many of his new chips to Nate Lindsay, who had pocket aces that held up nicely against Greenstein's A-5-K-2 double suited.
While that set him back, a monster-monster double up followed at the expense of Noah Schwartz. On a Q♥4♠5♠ flop Greenstein made it 35,000, Schwartz made it 95,000, Greenstein announced all-in, Schwartz called!
Two pair for Schwartz, but the Team PokerStars Pro had the nut flush draw. The turn was 7♦, filling up his set, and the river bricked the [10c].
That pot sent Greenstein up to a heady 1.15 million - and Schwartz down to a lowly 150,000. There are now 15 left, with each of them guaranteed $46,266. We're closing in fast on a final table!
You gotta love this game.