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Event 2: Michael Raimon Wins PLO Title for Second WSOPC Ring

2020 WSOP Circuit – February
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida
$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries: 166
Prize Pool: $54,780
February 6-7, 2020

Michale Raimon, Event 2 champion

The $400 Pot Limit Omaha tournament was not the first on the WSOP Circuit schedule but it did award the first rings of the series. Event 2 was a two-day tournament and it drew a big 165-entry crowd to the new Event Center. Tampa cash game regular Michael Raimon made his return to a tournament field and walked away with the win along with $13,894.

For the first, big non-Hold’em game played in the tournament area, the turnout was fantastic. The big field created a prize pool worth $54,780 and once again proved the area loves its PLO. The last 25 players made the money and the final table nine advanced to Day 2.

Raimon had the chip lead coming back but Austin Clanton quickly built a huge stack after five players busted before the first break. He held 75% of the chips in play three-handed but that’s where the good news ended for him.

Raimon found a huge double against Clanton when he turned a full house versus a flopped straight then Likang Berninger finished him off. Raimon stayed hot and ended the tournament shortly after the heads-up match began by defeating Berninger for his second career WSOP ring.

“We just played slow all three of us. This guy (Clanton0 had 2,000,000 and we each had like 150,000 for about an hour and a half but we all picked our spots.” Raimon said of his run. “He kept doubling everybody up one after another, then I finally got one big hand with him where he flopped a straight and I turned a full house.”

Event 2 results:

1st: Michael Raimon – $13,894 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: Likang Berninger – $8,586
3rd: Austin Clanton – $5,985
4th: Ramses Rosa – $4,274
5th: Joseph Orsino – $3,127
6th: Bruce Gans – $2,346
7th: Peter Walsworth – $1,807
8th: Blake Whittington – $1,428
9th: Jessica Francis – $1,161
10th: Alan Fidelo – $970
11th: Robert Winsler – $970
12th: William Herzing – $970
13th: Melisa Singh – $834
14th: Griffin Komar – $834
15th: Michael Lim – $834
16th: Phillip Grimes – $738
17th: Matthew Rose – $738
18th: Austin Marks – $738
19th: Joshua Gilkerson – $674
20th: Duff Charette – $674
21st: Max Shuster – $674
22nd: Benjamin Miner – $635
23rd: Jeffrey Higgins – $635
24th: Dennis Moroni – $635
25th: David Prociak – $619

Event 2: Michael Raimon Defeats Likang Berninger for the Win

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  25,000/50,000

Michael Raimon

Likang Berninger had the chip lead when he began heads-up with a healthy chip lead but it did not last long. Michael Raimon barely lost a pot during the match and cruised into the lead.

On the final hand of the tournament, Raimon limped his button, Berninger moved all in and Raimon called.

Raimon: QsJh5c2c
Berninger: KcQcJd3d

Berninger was ahead but Raimon moved out front with a paired deuce on the Th7d2s flop. The board finished 7s turn and 9s river and Raimon won his second WSOP Circuit ring.

1st: Michael Raimon – $13,894 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: Likang Berninger – $8,586

Likang Berninger

Event 2: Heads-Up Underway

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  20,000/40,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 165

Michale Raimon (left) versus Likang Berninger (right)

The WSOP Circuit ring is on the table and heads-up play is underway with Likang Berninger holding a nice lead.

Seat 2: Likang Berninger – 1,700,000
Seat 7: Michael Raimon – 775,000

Remaining payouts:

1st: $13,894 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: $8,586

Event 2: Austin Clanton – 3rd Place ($5,985)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  20,000/40,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 165

Austin Clanton

Austin Clanton had all the chips at the first break but didn’t make it to the second. Small double ups turned into bigger ones until he was in trouble.

His last two hands saw him raise from the small blind to 100,000 and Michael Raimon called in the big to the AhJdTs flop. Both players checked, Clanton bet 150,000 after the 3s turn and Raimon raised all in for 285,000 total to get a call.

Raimon: KhJhJs6c
Clanton: KcQs9h3d

Clanton flopped the Broadway straight and Raimon flopped a set of jacks that turned into a full house on the Td river to give Raimon the double.

On the next hand, Clanton opened to 140,000 from the button and the other two players called. Raimon checked from the small blind, Likang Berninger checked from the big, and Clanton moved all in for his last 225,000.

Raimon called and Berninger announced “pot” to get a quick fold from Raimon.

“I know you have a five,” Raimon said. “I’m folding queens.”

Berninger: Ad7h6h5d
Clanton: Ts9h8h2s

Berninger did have trip fives then the Qs hit the turn. The river finished with the Jc to send our former chip leader out in third place.

Likang Berninger – 1,700,000
Austin Clanton – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($5,985)

Event 2: Ramses Rosa – 4th Place ($4,274)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  15,000/30,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 165

Ramses Rosa

There were a handful of short stack doubles after the break but the dynamics didn’t really change. Ramses Rosa tried for a double and got his 245,000 in the middle against Austin Clanton.

Clanton: KcKsTh8c
Rosa: QhJsTc7c

Rosa needed help to double up, missed the 9c8s2d flop, but he picked up a wrap draw. The Ac turn took away his club outs and he blanked the Ad river to exit in fourth place.

Austin Clanton – 1,980,000
Ramses Rosa – Eliminated in 4th Place ($4,274)

Event 2: Updated Counts

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  15,000/30,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 165

Level 24 came to an end and tournament staff sent the four remaining players on a break. Austin Clanton is the runaway leader with 1.85 million of the 2.45 million in play at the four-handed tabled.

When they return, the other three players have some work to do.

Seat 2: Likans Berninser – 200,000
Seat 4: Ramses Rosa – 315,000
Seat 6: Austin Clanton – 1,850,000
Seat 7: Michael Raimon – 110,000

Remaining payouts:

1st: $13,894 + WSOP Circuit ring
2nd: $8,586
3rd: $5,985
4th: $4,274

Event 2: Joseph Orsino – 5th Place ($3,127)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  10,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 165

Joseph Orsino

Action folded to Joseph Orsino in the small blind, he limped, Austin Clanton raised to 75,000 from the big blind and Orsino called.

The flop came Js9h9d and Orsino slid out a stack worth 100,000. Clanton announced “pot” which was enough to cover Orsino’s 260,000 total. Orsino called and Clanton rapped the table when he saw the hands.

Clanton: KsKhJc5h
Orsino: KdTh9c8c

Orsino flopped trip nines to put him the lead but that all changed on the Kc turn. Clanton turned a full house, kings full of nines, and Orsino was eliminated after the 5c river.

Austin Clanton – 1,540,000
Joseph Orsino – Eliminated in 5th Place ($3,127)

Event 2: Bruce Gans – 6th Place ($2,346)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  10,000/20,000
Players Remaining:  5 of 165

Bruce Gans

Austin Clanton opened to 45,000 from middle position, Bruce Gans moved all in for 119,000 from the cutoff and Clanton called with his big stack.

Clanton: AhJh7h5d
Gans: AdAsQsTh

Gans had a big hand to double but the Jd6c3dTc7s board gave Clanton two pair, jacks and sevens, to send him out in sixth place.

Austin Clanton – 960,000
Bruce Gans – Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,346)

Event 2: Blake Whittington – 8th Place ($1,428); Peter Walsworth – 7th Place ($1,807)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  10,000/20,000
Players Remaining:  6 of 165

Blake Whittington

Blake Whittington was all in from the button for about 120,000 and Joseph Orsino had him at risk from the small blind for only a little bit more.

Orsino: AcKsJc6d
Whittington: AdKdQc7s

The dealer spread the Kc8s8d9c7c to give Orsino a club flush on the river and Whittington was eliminated in eighth place.

Soon after, Peter Walsworth’s day came to an end when he was unable to spin up his short stack.

Joseph Orsino – 270,000
Blake Whittington – Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,428)
Peter Walsworth – Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,807)

Peter Walsworth

Event 2: Bruce Gans Doubles Through Peter Walsworth

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  8,000/16,000
Players Remaining:  8 of 165

Bruce Gans was the shortest stack remaining at the final table and put his last 62,000 against Peter Walsworth who didn’t have much more.

Gans: 9c7d6h4h
Walsworth: AhKdJhTh

“I really like your hand,” one of the players said after Gans thought he was in bad shape.

It turned out to be a great hand for Gans when the board ran out Ad8d3c5h6c to give him an eight-high straight.

Bruce Gans – 148,000
Peter Walsworth – 24,000