Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
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Old School Stars: Barny Boatman, Mel Judah et Men "The Master" à 23 left

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Barny Boatman

A wild and fast-paced day of eliminations has left some familiar names from the poker history books to battle for a bracelet on Saturday on the final day of the World Series of Poker Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha.

Hendon Mob co-founder and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Barny Boatman (2,480,000) and seven-time bracelet winner Men "The Master" Nguyen (2,480,000) hold two of the three biggest remaining stacks, trailing just Mark Erickson (2,580,000) for the chip lead entering Saturday’s final day of play.

They'll be joined by some other big names, including five-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (1,190,000), who'll be looking for his second bracelet of the summer. Last year's third-place finisher in this event, Scott Abrams is still in the mix with 890,000, and another old-school legend in two-time bracelet winner Mel Judah has a competitive stack of 815,000 to work with. Two-time bracelet winner Rami Boukai will return with one of the shorter remaining stacks with 385,000.

They'll all strive for the $195,565 first prize and that prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.

Event #72: $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Day 2 Top Ten Chip Counts

PLACEPLAYERCOUNTRYCHIP COUNT
1Mark EricksonUnited States2,580,000
2Barny BoatmanGreat Britian2,480,000
3Men NguyenUnited States1,630,000
4Stanley KrimermanUnited States1,620,000
5William SlaghtUnited States1,565,000
6Jarod MinghiniUnited States1,515,000
7Adam FriedmanUnited States1,190,000
8Scott AbramsUnited States890,000
9Anthony NguyenUnited States855,000
10Mel JudahGreat Britian815,000

Recap of the Day

Men Nguyen
Men Nguyen

With 223 players returning Friday, the potential for a wild day of rapid eliminations was certainly there, and the action did not disappoint. Before the second break of the day, the field was already down to the 116-player bubble with no hand-for-hand play even needed as Michel Abecassis was busted by Anthony Nguyen to ensure everyone left earned at least $2,413.

Among those unfortunate to not cash were Daniel Negreanu, Sam Farha, Shaun Deeb, and last year’s runner-up in this event Hernan Salazar.

Those who managed to make the money but fell short of Day 3 included 2021 fifth-place finisher Damjan Radanov (112th - $2,413), Day 1 chip leader Kate Krickl (95th - $2,639), two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris (72nd - $3,016), three-time bracelet winner Chance Kornuth (45th - $4,113), and two-time bracelet winner Nathan Gamble (38th - $4,713).

As for those still in the hunt Saturday, Boatman scored a huge double knockout late in the day to boost his stack amidst the leaders, while after dropping below 400,000, Nguyen rebuilt "masterfully" to finish with his healthy stack. Erickson helped with a knockout late in the day to ensure his spot atop the chip counts for Saturday's finale.

With so many events running Saturday at the WSOP, this event will be wrapping up in the green section of the Paris Ballroom at 2 p.m. Las Vegas time. Play will begin with Level 26 and as many 60-minute levels as needed to crown a champion.

PokerNews will be there for all the action, so keep it locked right here for updates throughout the day from the new home of the WSOP at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

Tags: Adam FriedmanAnthony NguyenBarny BoatmanBrandon Shack-HarrisChance KornuthDamjan RadanovDaniel NegreanuHernan SalazarJarod MinghiniKate KricklMark EricksonMel JudahMen NguyenMichel AbecassisNathan GambleParis Las VegasRami BoukaiSam FarhaScott AbramsShaun DeebStanley KrimermanWilliam Slaght