The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better could’ve easily ended in just three days as most poker tournaments to at the World Series of poker, but Can Kim Hua had other plans. The poker player made it to the final table and outlasted his competition to set up a heads-up game against eventual winner Calen McNeil. It was entirely his decision to play a couple of hands more to decide a winner or wait for Day 4 and the under stacked player chose the second option.
What happened in the previous two days was just as important and all the details can be found at http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2013-world-series-of-poker/event-20-1-500-omaha-hi-low-8-or-better/. John Larson and Tomas Besnier had the most chips after day one but neither of them made it to Day 3, with several poker professionals joining them to the rail. Brian Hastings, Andy Frankenberger, Barry Greenstein and recent WSOP bracelet winner Mike Matusow were among the prominent victims.
It was a pleasure to see Jennifer Harman at the tables and she was among the few to make it today three, but unfortunately for her she didn’t have enough chips to challenge the leader. Todd Brunson and Can Kim Hua were at the opposite end of the list with enough virtual currency in front of them to push for a bracelet but only the latter came painfully close. Many players began day three with fewer than 20 big blinds and that’s why the number of eliminated players increased in the first hours.
With 1014 players buying in, the tournament was exhausting and it is easy to understand why Can Kim Hua chose not to gamble with more than 1 million chips. He was still the underdog as his opponent had three times more, but given the fact that he made it this far he wanted to make sure that he doesn’t waste a rare opportunity to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. It was a valiant effort and an intelligent decision, despite the fact that other players fretted, but in the end it was all in vain.
Calen McNeil was overconfident and assumed that his bigger stack will automatically grant him victory, but found himself on the verge of elimination. The two players took turns at the lead but McNeil went all in with a better hand when he had slightly more than his opponent. Although he initially assumed that the hand was as good as won, Can Kim Hua still had some outs but unfortunately for him he missed them all.