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2005 WSOP Event #5: $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo

, 2005-06-08, by TwoGun

Submitted by: Ozone

Another WSOP record has been set. This time for "most entrants in an Omaha Hi/Lo event". A whopping 699 people paid $1,500 to play what some say is "the game of the future", Omaha Hi/Lo. Pat Poels from Phoenix won the event and the $270,100 first place cash prize. Poels plays stakes as high as 150-300 and is known as a solid, diverse poker player. On his blog, Poels writes that after working for 15 years as a software developer, he decided to quit his job to begin playing poker professionally. So far, he is off to a nice start.

Other final table finishes include John Lukas, who received $139,870 for second. Pros Jim Meehan and Minh Nguyen finished 6th and 9th respectively. Two other poker celebrities, Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi and Phil Ivey finished 35th and 54th respectively. Berry Johnston finished 30th ($3,375) and tied Phil Hellmuth for the most number of cashes over the span of a career at the WSOP. Hellmuth held the record by himself for less than a day, after he passed Johnston in the $1,500 Limit Holdem event.

On a sad note, the defending champion of the event, Curtis Bibb, died recently of cancer at the age of 48. Curtis was a well known high stakes player and left behind five children.

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