Hachem Goes Deep at Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series

Posted at 09:22 2009-03-11
It was Day 3 of the 2009 Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series and with it came Event #3: $230 Pot Limit Omaha. The popularity of Omaha over recent years has certainly increased as players are attracted to the action that the game provides, however perhaps this transition has yet to reach the budget-conscious market as a small field of only 129 players hit the felt at 7:10pm for Event #3.
A few more of the bigger names came out of the woodwork for this event with the likes of Emad Tahtouh, Dennis Huntly, Michael Guzzardi, James Potter and one Joe Hachem making an appearance at the JHDSS for the first time after just arriving off the plane from the NBC Heads Up Championships. He jumped straight onto the felt, keen to support the series named in his honour. They were joined by the likes of Peter Artistidou, David Morton, Trung Tran, Paul Taylor, Billy Seri, John Dalessandri and Brian Hull.
Once again the players were able to settle in for the long haul with starting stack of 10,000 and a “Second Chance” format, over 25 minute levels. However the action was fast as the field reduced to under the 100 player mark within the first few hours of play.
Late into the evening the fans on the rail were entertained with a very interesting final table seeing the 2005 WSOP Champion arriving as chip leader.
Hachem took an early hit on the first hand of the final table when his KKxx was two-outed by Simon Knight’s QQxx when a queen hit the flop but recovered well to cruise to three-handed play.
At this point the table looked like we were in a time warp as Joe, Paul Ramondetta and Brian Hull are old sparring partners from the days before Joe’s WSOP victory.
Even though it was 5am the rail was three deep and they were treated to an entertaining series of hands. No less than nine times was there an all in where the short-stacked player doubled through, usually when well behind. On two separate occasions the short stack rivered a three-outer to chop the pot against a made straight!
At this point the play was more reminiscent of a home game than a championship final table and eventually something had to give. Typically for this table, it was the hand that was behind preflop that emerged the victor. Hachem was all in preflop with QQxx against the JJKx of Brian Hull. A flop of Q-A-2 put Joe well in front, however a ten on the turn gave the nut straight to Brian and had Joe looking for a repeat to survive. It didn’t come, the river a meaningless king and we lost the champ in 3rd place.
It didn’t take long from there. Brian took a big chip lead into heads-up play and eliminated Paul moments later. This is Brian’s second deep finish in the JHDS as he was the runner up in event #1. Congratulations Brian!

Brian Hull
Paul Ramondetta
Joseph Hachem
Paul Leavitt
Simon Knight
Frank Mirza
Benjamin Mateljan
Daniel Coghlan
Paul Taylor
Marissa Trifiletti
Mark Bruin
Peter Pratis
Koun Chhoy
Paul Figueroa
Joe Tesoriero
Joe Cabret

Tomorrow is Day 4 of the series and another capacity field is expected for Event #4: $230 No Limit Holdem Turbo event. This tournament will be capped at only 350 players so make sure you register early to avoid disappointment!

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