Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Recap for Event 10: $350 + $50 Omaha Hi-Lo

Barry Levy

While No Limit Hold'em typically dominates the tournament circuit schedules, there's still plenty of room for the mixed games.  Event 10 was the second Omaha variant on the 2010 Borgata Poker Open schedule.  This time, 171 poker players ponied up their $350 + $50 buyin to try their prowess at Omaha high/low.  At the end of a fourteen hour day, Barry Levy from New York, NY emerged victorious to collect $17,417.

Omaha high/low specialist Mariealena D'Agostino was one of many in the field.  She had her stack built nicely early in the day, but a rough patch of cards sent her to the rail shortly after the dinner break.  Soheil Shamseddin also fell short, even though he won last month's Pot Limit Omaha high/low tournament at the Legends of Poker.  WSOP bracelet owner Chris Reslock found himself in the money, but just missed a final table appearance.

Two players that did advance to the final table were Barry Levy and Tom "Mark Em Down" Noyes, both of whom possessed the chip lead at different points heading into the money.  Noyes, from Clarks Summit, PA, was carrying a business card titled "Retired All American Poker Player," and he told us he had been using the "Mark Em Down" nickname as he was notorious for marking down car prices.

While Noyes was able to capture a 2nd place finish, good for $9,578, it was Barry Levy who ended up with the title.  Levy is no stranger to Omaha high/low titles, having won this year's LA Poker Classic tournament the day after final tabling a Pot Limit Omaha/8 tournament.  Levy has been playing tournament poker since 2002, and has been "playing cash games forever," as he tells it.  On top of playing, Levy also runs charity poker tournaments.

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