One shot, one gold bracelet. California-based player Michael Drummond came to Las Vegas to concentrate on the cash games. The World Series of Poker was not a priority for him but when he heard there was a Pot Limit Omaha Six-Handed event on the docket, he rushed to the cage to register.
It was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Drummond is a PLO cash game specialist and the short-handed format is his favorite. So he paid the $5,000 buy-in and took a seat at one of the tables of Event #42. From that point on, he never looked back, topping the 452-player field in a three-day stretch.
The PLO pro started the final day sixth in chips behind big stack Phil Laak and 2009 $5,000 PLO event runner-up Sorel Mizzi.
Drummond kicked things off by doubling up in a battle against David “Bakes” Baker, who was the first player eliminated on Day 3. Drummond’s stack, however, suffered some big blows afterwards, as he helped Brandon Crawford to double up and slipped away to the bottom of the chip leaderboard as a result.
But a shallow stack didn’t take Drummond out of his comfort zone as he managed to eliminate Joseph Leung in tenth place and Crawford in eighth spot to climb back to the top. And with Richard Ashby out in seventh place, it was time for the official final table to take the spotlight.
Laak was the first to leave the six-handed affair after going all-in with #ac#8c#8d#ks. Brant Hale called him with a bigger pair in #as#ad#5d#4c to take down the pot.
Twenty-nine hands later, Hale was in the same spot as Laak, praying for a lucky river to complete his flush or straight. His prayers were not answered and he finished the event in fifth place.
Not long after that, Ryan Schmidt followed to the rail. He had a slight advantage on the #ks#10d#7s flop with his #ad#kc#9d#2s, but the turn and river favored his opponent, 3K Shootout winner Kory Kilpatrick, who caught a king-high straight.
In spite of the elimination, Kilpatrick was still the shortest stack of the remaining three. He couldn’t get out of the danger zone and paid for it with a third place elimination at the hands of the future winner. Both players were all-in preflop #kd#kc#jc#4d > #ac#ks#qd#4s.
The heads-up play was short and lasted only 12 hands mainly because Drummond had a huge 3-to-1 chip advantage over his opponent, Darius Studdard. In the last play of the event, Studdard and Drummond caught a set on a low draw-heavy flop, but it was Drummond who had the overset.
Here are the final table payouts:
- Michael Drummond – $541,747
- Darius Studdard – $334,593
- Kory Kilpatrick – $217,113
- Ryan Schmidt – $143,397
- Brant Hale – $95,598
- Phil Laak – $66,918
Congratulations to Michael Drummond on winning the first gold bracelet of his career. The title did indeed change his mind and besides the cash games, he will also concentrate on a couple of other events in this year’s WSOP: the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, and of course, the $10,000 No Limit Hold’Em Main Event.