Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
Jours

Heroux Leads Final 10 Players; Duhamel Still In the Hunt

[user339870] • Niveau 28: 25,000-50,000, 0 ante
Maxime Heroux

Out of the 2,419 entries that took to the felt in Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha, just 100 returned for Day 2 action, and only 10 bagged chips at the conclusion of play. They'll return for Day 3 action Sunday, 10 June, at 2pm local time at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and will play until a champion is crowned. The eventual winner will score a $181,790 payday in addition to the coveted gold bracelet.

Canadian Maxime Heroux is presently leading the way with 2,430,000. Heroux already had a strong stack when the field redrew at 27 players and continued to build and was responsible for three late-stage eliminations.

Heroux is joined by a couple of big names: 2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel (1,570,000) and fan favorite Craig Varnell (1,950,000). Varnell was one of the big stacks to start the day, and although he suffered a setback or two, his stack steadily trended upward throughout the ten levels of Day 2 play.

Duhamel took a more modest stack out of the bag and won several key pots once the field had narrowed substantially; like Heroux, he also stacked three players after the redraw. Here's a look at the unofficial final table:

RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Amazon4231Maxime HerouxCanada2,430,00041
Amazon4232Seth ZimmermanUnited States920,00015
Amazon4233Christopher TrangUnited States1,280,00021
Amazon4234Craig VarnellUnited States1,950,00033
Amazon4235Ilian LiUnited States1,080,00018
Amazon4236Conway FrankenheimerUnited States820,00014
Amazon4237Omar MehmoodUnited States655,00011
Amazon4238Jonathan DuhamelCanada1,570,00026
Amazon4239Shaome YangUnited States735,00012
Amazon42310Jason LipinerUnited States645,00011

It didn't take long for chips to start flying around once Day 2 action had begun. Several notable names hit the rail early, including bracelet winner James Obst (99th - $2,019), JC Tran (95th - $2,019), three-time bracelet winner Dutch Boyd (79th - $2,397), and Jesse Yaginuma (68th - $2,675).

Ryan Laplante, who won this event in its 2016, made a valiant effort at securing the title once more, but ultimately departed in 20th place. He took home $5,830 for his efforts in this year's iteration.

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Tags: Christopher TrangConway FrankenheimerCraig VarnellDutch BoydIlian LiJames ObstJason LipinerJC TranJesse YaginumaJonathan DuhamelMaxime HerouxOmar MehmoodSeth ZimmermanShaome Yang