Greg ‘FBT’ Mueller and David ‘ODB’ Baker will have to return for a fourth day to decide a winner in event #37 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
The scheduled three days of the $2,500 buy-in Eight-Game Mix tournament at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will have to be extended as Canadian Muller and Connecticut’s Baker were halted just a short while ago by the hard-stop rule while battling it out in their heads-up clash.
The duo will return to the Amazon Room in the Rio later today to continue their clash during level 30 – with the blinds at 40,000/80,000. Just two hands of Stud remain at this level, but will two-time bracelet winner Mueller be able to make his chip advantage count when he starts off with 2.655 million to the 925,000 of Baker? Or will Baker make the breakthrough and capture his first WSOP title? All will be revealed later…
Kevin Calenzo Exits in Third Place
As it stands, New York State’s Kevin Calenzo was the final elimination of an exhausting Day 3, when he left in third place for $106,564 from the 27 survivors from Day 2 who still had hopes of claiming the $271,312 top prize.
Calenzo’s hopes ended over just a few hands, with Mueller doing the damage. During a round of Stud, Mueller brought in with the 3♥ before calling Calenzo’s completion. Calenzo then bet the turn and Mueller called, before both checked fifth street.
However, on sixth street, Mueller check-called Calenzo’s bet and then check-raised on seventh. Calenzo wasn’t happy but made the call anyway to show Q♠ J♥/10♠ J♦ 5♠ Q♦/6♥, while Mueller revealed 4♠ 3♣/3♥ 5♦ A♣ K♥/A♦ to have a bigger two pair that left Calenzo with only 131,000 chips.
Omaha Hi/Lo Hand Ends Calenzo’s Hopes
Calenzo was out in third place only two hands later in what was the first of the Omaha Hi/Lo round. On the button, Calenzo raised to 100,000 and big blind Mueller called before leading out on the 7♦ 8♣ A♥ flop. Calenzo raised with his final few chips and Mueller called.
Calenzo showed A♣ 4♣ 4♦ 10♠, while Mueller revealed A♦ 8♦ 7♣ 3♥. Calenzo was in deep trouble, but the 6♣ on the turn did hand him a clubs flush draw. However, it wasn’t to be as the 2♦ landed on the river to send a disappointed Calenzo out in third.
Donnacha O’Dea Takes Fifth
Other notable players who made the money on Day 3 included Donnacha O’Dea (fifth for $56,277), Chris Viox (eighth for $24,188), Stephen Su (10th for $18,795), Rep Porter (11th for $14,823), Matt Hawrilenko (13th for $11,850), Scott Seiver (15th for $9,603), Jennifer Harman (16th for $9,603), Freddy Deeb (19th for $7,900), Barry Greenstein (21st for $7,900), Chris McClung (24th for $7,900), Steve Zolotow (25th for $6,587), Jeff Madsen (26th for $6,587) and Cory Zeidman (27th for $6,587).
WSOP Event #37 Payouts From Places 3 to 10
- Kevin Calenzo (USA) – $106,564
- Joseph Couden (USA) – $76,841
- Donnacha O’Dea (Ireland) – $56,277
- Konstantin Puchkov (Russia) – $41,844
- Christopher McHugh (USA) – $31,578
- Chris Viox (USA) – $24,188
- Mikal Blomlie (Norway) – $18,795
- Stephen Su (USA) – $18,795