WSOP Event #40: PokerStars' Barry Greenstein 9th for $82,746
The pay day will come as little compensation to Barry Greenstein. After three days juggling the extreme swings this game brings, he arrived at the final table of the WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha with high hopes of securing his fourth bracelet and, of course, the bumper $679,379 first prize.
He had an up-and-down day, at one stage securing a huge double up against Noah Schwartz to give him the chip lead when there were 15 left, before making it to the final nine just below average in chips.
After a delayed start for internet broadcast reasons, the final got off slowly, but then Vitaly Lunkin, who won the $40,000 No Limit event earlier in the Series, busted Greenstein. The Team PokerStars Pro had built a huge pot on the flop knowing he had enough outs to make him a favorite, but the Russian called with his two aces and dodged Greenstein's flush draw, as well as the straight draw outs that would have chopped the pot.
Team PokerStars Holland Pro Lex Veldhuis was unable to win his second round $5,000 Shootout match, but collected $16,740 for his progress up to then. "I was just leaving the cashier when they said the $2,500 Razz event was starting, so I thought, 'Why not?'", and that's where he's sitting now, trying to make the worst hand possible.