The second of 12 massive WPT World Online Championship (WPTWOC) Championship Events has reached its final table and was a star-studded affair it is.
Only seven players remain in the hunt for the WPT #02 Omaha Championship: $1M title and its huge $196,968 top prize, although three players will walk away with six-figure prizes, which is pretty incredible for a PLO tournament.
You’ll be able to watch all of the action from this $3,200 buy-in event, with cards-up coverage starting on our Twitch channel, YouTube channel, and Facebook pages from 21:00 CEST today, July 28. It’s going to be a fantastic spectacle for certain, so let’s get to know a little more about the seven players competing for one of the biggest PLO events of the year.
WPT #02 Omaha Championship: $1M Gtd Final Table
|1||Paresh Doshi||United Kingdom||9,810,044|
|5||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||3,925,717|
Final Table Payouts
- 1st Place: $196,968
- 2nd Place: $146,435
- 3rd Place: $106,163
- 4th Place: $76,672
- 5th Place: $54,870
- 6th Place: $41,147
- 7th Place: $30,759
Paresh Doshi – United Kingdom – 9,810,044 chips
Paresh Doshi is the man to catch going into the final table. Doshi sits down with 9,810,044 chips, a cool 3.2 million more than his nearest rival. He may not be a global name but Doshi is a superb PLO who has several cashes in World Series of Poker (WSOP) Omaha events.
He’s racked up more than $130,000 in live tournament winnings, with his largest cash weighing in at $31,623. Laddering up one place in this event would see Doshi have a new career-best score.
Doshi is likely to be railed by a legion of supporters thanks to his ties with the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT). Some will say it’s Doshi’s tournament to lose, but he’s experienced enough to know there’s still plenty of work to do here.
Mike Leah – Canada – 6,642,918 chips
Mike Leah returns to the action second in chips with a 6,642,918 stack. Many of you ill know Leah from his “goleafsgoeh” alias that has crushed the online poker world for the past 14 years. Leah has more than $3.85 million in online winnings and almost $8 million in live tournament earnings!
The man from Toronto will be hoping for a repeat his performance in the $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2019 Caribbean Poker Party. Why? Because he took that tournament down, the 24th live victory of an illustrious career.
He’s already a WPT champion having triumphed in the C$5,000 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in February 2018. We know Leah is still hungry for more titles.
Alex Manzano – Chile – 5,915,829 chips
Chile’s Alex Manzano provided the final table with some Latin American flair and is nicely poised to take down yet another Omaha event. Manzano is a PLO specialist who took down a €10,300 buy-in PLO event in Barcelona for €237,500.
Manzano can boast of more than $880,000 in live tournament winnings, an impressive sum helped by his victory an LAPT Main Event in 2011 that yielded $368,722. If you’ve played high stakes poker in Latin America you’ve probably played against Manzano.
Laszlo Bujtas – Hungary – 5,677,712 chips
Laszlo Bujtas finds himself in the middle of the pack at the restart but is still one of the favourites to win the event. How can you bet against someone whose famous for having the online alias “omaha4rollz”?
Bujtas, unsurprisingly, specialises in PLO and is one of the most feared and respected Omaha players of his generation. With online winnings in excess of $4.35 million and an additional $2.4 million from his live exploits, Bujtas is one of the biggest winners at this final table.
Jesper Hougaard recently named Bujtas as one of the top five PLO players in the world in our exclusive interview with the PLO-loving Dane.
Benny Glaser – United Kingdom – 3,925,717 chips
Benny Glaser finds himself fifth in chips when play resumes but if anyone can turn this around it is the three-time WSOP bracelet winner. Glaser is regarded as being one of the best mixed game players on the planet and his record confirms these thoughts.
Two of Glaser’s three bracelets came in PLO8 events and he’s so far won more than $2 million in the live arena. Glaser’s known by the online alias “RunGodlike”, he’ll be hoping that’s how he runs when the this massive event gets back underway.
Jesse Rockowitz – Canada – 1,248,412 chips
Jesse Rockowitz is a Californian who has headed to Canada to continue playing online poker. Rockowitz has live cashes dating back to 2006 and is a regular feature at the WSOP in Las Vegas.
Rockowitz has more than 30 WSOP cashes, including an outright victory. He won his bracelet in 2010 when he took down the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event for a career-best $721,373. He came close to winning a WPT Main Event in 2015 when he finished second in the WPT Rolling Thunder tournament. Will today be the day Rockowitz bags a WPT trophy?
Alfred Karlsson – Sweden – 979,368 chips
Alfred Karlsson of Sweden is the short stack but he’s got the skills to rectify that situation. Karlsson mostly grinds online instead of live, but he’s still managed to accumulate $230,000 in live winnings, including a WSOP Circuit ring.
Online is where Karlsson excels. He’s won more than $2.5 million in online tournaments, where he’s mostly known as “kzzon”. If Karlsson manages to double up, he’s going to be a massive threat to his six other opponents.
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