Jacyn Che wins Australia’s first PLO5 title
Jacyn Che has claimed a slice of Australian poker history as winner of the first ever PLO5 event to be held as part of a major poker series.
What began as a novel experiment based around a game that has grown increasingly popular in South Australia in recent times ultimately saw a massive 121 entries, creating a prize pool of some $37,510 – the largest of this Stacked Poker Championship to date.
Part of that was due to the “loose” nature of the field: at one stage all six players seated at a table agreed to get it all-in pre-flop and essentially flip for a massive pot. Max Chea was the beneficiary, eventually taking that stack all the way to a runner-up finish.
But despite the carnival atmosphere early on, play became more serious as the re-entry period ended and the money bubble approached. At least five players held the chip lead at various stages of the final table, including 2021 Stacked Poker Championship Main Event winner Michael Haddad.
But the tables turned when Che won a massive pot against him four-handed holding a five-card hand with two Aces against a five-card hand with two Kings for Haddad.
Che would still enter heads-up play with Chea facing a deficit and at one stage that deficit blew out to 4:1. But Che maintained discipline, picked his spots and after twice doubling through his heads-up opponent eventually sealed the deal shortly before 3am local time.
Che takes home $10,200 for his efforts and the title of Australia’s first ever PLO5 champion!
Max Chea eliminated in 2nd ($7,500)
Max Chea held a 4:1 chip lead at one stage of the heads-up battle, but after finding himself on the wrong end of two all-ins, the final hand saw him farewell the remainder of his stack thanks to running cards for Jacyn Che on the turn and river.
The duo got it all in pre with Chea holding 7♥8♣8♠9♦Q♦ to Che’s 3♣5♦6♠7♣9♥.
The A♠K♥J♣ flop was safe enough for Chea, but the turn 3♦ and river 3h gave Che trips and with it the title!
Last level … literally!
It should be noted that the last hour of play was all played with blinds at 50,000/100,000. This was because the tournament staff never actually expected the PLO5 event to last as long as it has, so they only programmed in 22 levels.
That’s a credit to just how popular this event has been with 121 entries ensuring the biggest prize pool of the series to date!
Michael Haddad eliminated in 3rd ($5,400)
Much like Chris Edgar, Michael Haddad was crippled shortly before his exit, running his Kings into the Aces of Jacyn Che who flopped a set and rivered a full house just to rub it in.
Haddad busted at the hands of Che moments later to leave us heads-up for the title.
Chris Edgar eliminated in 4th ($4,100)
Chris Edgar was crippled after getting it all-in holding two Aces in his hands and finding himself up against the Kings of Max Chea. Chea flopped a set, leaving Edgar with just 100,000.
Two hands later, both Chea and Michael Haddad called Edgar’s all-in and Chea finished the job he started, rivering a King-high straight holding the K♠10♥ on a Q♦8♥2♠J♣9♦ board.
We are down to three.
Level 22: 50,000/100,000
Joe Sandaev eliminated in 5th ($3,100)
Michael Haddad potted to 210,000 and Joe Sandaev called. On the 4♣7♣6♥ flop Sanjaev announced he was all-in and Haddad called.
It was Sanjaev with A♦10♠5♣2♥7♥ against the A♠J♣K♣6♠8♥ of Haddad and when the J♦ hit the turn and 8♣ on the river it was Haddad who had completed his flush to soar to over 1.2 million.
Damien Mills eliminated in 6th ($2,350)
Damien Mills shoved his short stack from the small blind and Michael Haddad called from the big blind.
Mills showed A♦J♠6♦Q♥2♣ but it was Haddad who turned the straight holding 7♥9♣ on a 3♦8♦5♠6♣J♥ board.
We are now down to five players remaining as Haddad moves to 890,000.
Level 21: 30,000/60,000
Level 20: 20,000/40,000
Huge pot for Che
Michael Haddad opened to 60,000 and Jaycn Che 3-bet all-in to 225,000. Joe Sanjaev then announced he was all-in with Haddad tanking before making the call.
“I feel lucky,” he said as he tabled 10♥2♠3♠J♠10♣. He was well behind however with Che’s hand including a pair of Aces and Sanjaev a pair of Kings.
When the board ran out 2♦3♥J♥A♦7♥, both Che and Sanjaev had made flushes with Che holding the nuts to soar towards the chip lead.
Lionel Shea eliminated in 7th ($1,750)
Joe Sanjaev opened to 60,000 and Max Chea called, as did Lionel Shea in the big blind.
On a flop of J♣4♠5♥, Shea put his remaining 35,000 into the middle and both players called. The turn was the 8♦ and the river the A♠, with Shea mucking as Chea showed all three of the other Aces in his hand for the rivered set.
Level 19: 15,000/30,000
Nick Panagopoulos eliminated in 8th ($1,300)
Nick Panagopoulos shoved for his remaining 130,000 and Joe Sanjaev made the call. Panagopoulos needed his pocket Kings to hold against Sanjaev’s 6♠8♠9♠J♣10♠ and he was in decent shape when he rivered a set, but the river gave Sanjaev a straight as the board ran out Q♦9♥4♣K♥8♣.
Sanjaev is now up to 250,000.
Final table chip counts
Jin Lee eliminated in 9th ($1,000)
Michael Haddad opened to 50,000 and Jin Lee potted to 164,000. Haddad thought for some time before making the call.
Lee then moved in blind as the dealer spread a flop of Q♥9♦5♣. Haddad called to find himself trailing the Aces of Jin with 5♦6♣10♦J♠Q♠. The turn 7♦ and river J♦ gave Haddad the flush and ended Jin’s tournament.
We know have our final table of eight.
Level 18: 10,000/20,000
Matt Dapollonio eliminated in 10th ($800)
We were busy taking some photos at Table 1 when we saw Matt Dapollonio heading to the cage. As Max Chea explained to us, Dapollonio flopped top set while Chea had a flush draw and double gutter.
The straight got there and Dapollonio is out the door, while Chea moves to 410,000.
Level 17: 7,000/14,000
Dave Ewing busted on money bubble
Omaha specialist Dave Ewing got his remaining 130,000 in the middle with a set of 7s on a board reading K♦J♣7♦6♠ but needed to dodge plenty of outs with Jin Lee showing a low wrap and a flush draw.
The river 3♣ was one of the cards Jin needed, completing his wrap and sending Ewing to the rail.
We are now in the money with 10 players remaining!
Level 16: 5,000/10,000
Slow as she goes
The sheer number of re-entries in today’s event means that we are now surprisingly deep sitting on the bubble with an average stack of 275,000 or 34 big blinds.
As such, play has slowed considerably on the bubble with no one in urgent need of taking any risks. It could be a long one folks!
Level 15: 4,000/8,000
Pipped at the post
On a 5♠6♣10♦ flop, Michael Haddad led out for 60,000 and Jin Lee called. Pip Chea then shoved for a little under 200,000 with only Haddad making the call.
The cards were flipped over and it was Haddad holding the most slender of leads with A♦8♠7♦7♥9♣ against the A♣Q♣7♠8♥9♦ of Chea.
Incredibly, the turn 5♣ and river J♥ were both bricks, meaning Haddad scooped the pot with only his pair of 7s.
Chea hits the rail and we are down to 11. We’re on the bubble!
Mills applies the pressure
After opening in late position and receiving a call out of the blinds from Jin Lee, Daniel Mills called a bet of 55,000 from Jin on a flop of J♥2♠8♠.
Jin checked the 5♣ turn and Mills potted for 173,000. Jin thought for a good minute before reluctantly folding.
He falls back to 400,000 while Mills has more than 500,000.
Level 14: 3,000/6,000
Michael Haddad called in mid-position before Emmanuel Seal bumped it up to 22,500. Jin Lee cold-called and Michael Haddad came along for the ride.
On a flop of 5♣7♣10♣, Haddad checked to seal who pushed forward his remaining 24,000. Jin quickly called and Haddad folded.
“Have you got the flush?” Seal asked?
“Yep, and a straight flush draw,” said Jin as he showed the 4♣6♣.
Seal need running cards with his pocket Queens but couldn’t find what he needed and hit the rail. Jin is now up to around 525,000 with 14 players remaining.
Che steals one
Three players limped in to take a flop of K♦6♣9♥. Joe Sandaev then bet 12,000 with both Jaycn Che and Matt Dapollonio making the call.
When the turn landed J♣, it was checked to Che who fired 50,000.
Dapollonio thought long and hard before folding, as did Sandaev.
Che then cheekily showed his hand as a wrap, which didn’t please Dapollonio who had folded J♥J♦.
Level 13: 2,500/5,000
Players are now on a 10-minute break.
Jin jumping for joy
On a 5♦8♠J♠ flop, Nick Williams was all in for 68,000 and Jin Lee had potted over the top – enough to put “AC” all-in. He made the call to make it monster three-way pot but needing help with a wrap against the top set of Williams and nut flush draw held by Jin.
Instead, it was the K♠ that landed on the turn to give Jin the nuts and when the river didn’t pair for Williams both he and “AC” were heading for the exit.
Meanwhile Jin is now pushing towards the overall chip lead with 450,000.
Level 12: 2,000/4,000
Double for Croc
The money went all-in on the turn with Jin Lee showing pocket 5s for the flopped set on a board of 5♣A♠K♥9♦. It wasn’t enough for the lead though with Billy “The Croc Argyros” having flopped a set of Aces.
The river was the 8♠ to help Argyros to a much-needed double up.
Mickus kickus the bucket
On a board reading 6♦J♥Q♦K♣, “Mickus” shipped for his remaining 32,400 and Michael Haddad stood to examine his cards.
“I know you’ve got the straight,” he said. “But I have too many outs to fold.”
He eventually called, showing K♠Q♣6♦8♦8♥ and needing any K, Q, 6 or diamond to send Mickus to the rail. The 6♠ duly fell on the river as Haddad climbs ever higher to 390,000.
Level 11: 1,500/3,000
The big stacks
History in the making
With the re-entry period now closed, play will now continue in a freezeout format.
We believe this is the first PLO5 tournament in a major tournament series in Australia … and what a warm welcome it’s been with a total of 121 entries creating a prize pool of $37,510!
We will bring you the payouts shortly.
Level 10: 1,200/2,400
To re-enter or not to re-enter
We’ve reached the end of the re-entry period, with players given one more hand to double up or head to the cage!
Anyone with less than starting stack (25,000) has the option to surrender their chips and re-enter before the start of Level 10.
Frank Pezzaniti opened to 5,000 and received two callers as they took a flop of Q♦J♠2♥. Joe Sandaev checked it to Pezzaniti who fired 11,800, only for Nick Panagopoulos to bump it up to 52,000.
Sandaev folded and Pezzaniti thought long and hard before eventually calling.
With the 2♣ landing on the turn, the rest of the money went in and it was Panagopoulos with the dominating J♦J♣ that had Pezzaniti dead in the water with only the naked A♦Q♥.
Nick Panagopoulos – 130,000
Frank Pezzaniti – 58,000
The floor staff have made an executive decision to extend the re-entry period for one extra level given the huge amount of action we’ve seen to this point.
Although each of the five tables has been capped at a maximum of eight players (due to each player being dealt five cards each hand), there are already 114 entries with the prize pool currently sitting at an impressive $34,200.
Level 9: 1,000/2,000
Break it up
Players are now on a 10-minute beak.
“Hey media,” called Michael Haddad to our intrepid reporter. “Have you told the world that I’ve knocked out 67 players?”
While that might be a slight exaggeration, it’s true that Haddad has sent plenty to the rail. He is currently second in chips with around 280,000.
Four players took a flop of 4♦10♣6♥ before one led out for 3,500. Emmanuel Seal called but Chris Edgar bumped it up to 25,000. The original bettor announced he was all-in, Seal folded and Edgar called.
After the turn fell J♣ and the river the 8♠, it was Edgar whose wrap got home as he showed the 7♦9♦ to scoop the pot.
He sits right on 200,000 in chips.
Level 8: 800/1,600
Australian Poker Hall of Famer Billy “The Croc” Argyros will be hosting a special Main Event qualifier tomorrow night here at Stacked Social, with not one, not two, but TEN seats guaranteed, plus a whole heap of bonus giveaways!
Crocky sat down with PMA‘s Ben Blaschke in between hands to have a chat about his satellite soiree.
As slippery as a Seal
We caught the action with the board reading 5♦K♦Q♣7♥6♣ and the stacks of Emmanuel Seal and Billy Argyros both in the middle.
It was Seal holding K♥K♣J♥7♠10♦ with the win as Argyros showed his pocket rockets.
“What are you doing with that shit?” Seal asked his good mate as he scooped the pot to send Argyros back to the cage.
Seal moves to 170,000 with that hand.
Level 7: 600/1,200
Michael Mariakis pushed his desperately short stack into the middle from early position and it was folded around to Michael Haddad who potted. Josh Kelty made the call as they took a flop of 3♦8♣4♥.
Haddad announced pot and Kelty announced he was all-in, with Haddad making the call.
With the turn 2♥ and river 10♦, it was Kelty scooping the largest chunk of chips by simply pairing an 8 while Mariakis tripled up with A♠5♠ for the wheel.
Michael Haddad – 150,000
Josh Kelty – 120,000
Level 6: 500/1,000
Michael Mariakis – 18,000
The big stacks
Mills on the move
Damien Mills has been on a heater to start today’s play to emerge as a dominant chip leader and he has just added even more after emerging on top from another four-way pre-flop all-in.
Mills held A♠A♦4♠K♥5♠ and was never troubled as the board ran out A♣2♥Q♦4♥Q♣.
He now has 370,000.
Level 5: 400/800
Players are now on a 10-minute break.
Faces in the field
Argyros chips up
Damien Mills opened to 1,200 on the button and Roman Priplotski pushed his short stack all-in. Billy Argyros then potted to 17,500 and Mills made the call.
Both Argyros and Mills checked the 7♦8♣J♥ flop before Argyros potted on the 3♣ turn.
Mills folded as Priplotski turned over two pair with his 7♣3♦. He was well behind Argyros’ 9♥8♥4♣3♠7♥ however and when no help arrived on the river it was Argyros scooping the pot.
He now has 80,000, although Mills is a massive chip leader with 340,000 already.
Level 4: 300/600
There is plenty of noise coming from Table 5, where their first order of business was to get all six players all-in pre-flop on their first hand.
They duly obliged and it was Max Chea scooping the lot holding K♠Q♠ on a K♣8♥K♦Q♣9♦ board. He instantly has a stack of 150,000 while the rest of the table has already rebought!
Haddad had it
Inaugural Stacked Poker Championship Main Event winner Michael Haddad opened to 500 and received 3 callers.
The flop fell A♦8♠3♠ and Haddad potted to 2,100. Only Jon Stark called.
On the 6♣ turn Haddad potted again and Stark made the call.
The turn was the 2♠ and Haddad potted it again, putting Stark all-in. He eventually called but mucked when Haddad showed A♠5♠.
Haddad moves to 65,000.
Level 3: 200/400
Mills fills up
There is no shortage of action here in the Stacked Social poker room and with each player holding five cards and it can be challenging to stay abreast of exactly what’s going on in any given hand.
What we do know is that Damien Mills is the early chip leader after coming out on top in a four-way pre-flop all-in clash.
Mills held 8♣5♣7♠4♥2♥ and flopped huge as the board ran out 5♥5♠6♠8♦3♣ to end all three of his opponents back to the rego desk.
He now has a hefty 125,000 stack.
Level 2: 100/200
Mills fills up
Damien Mills enjoyed a 6th place finish in the Monster Stack last night and he’s off to a strong start here in the PLO5.
We just caught him clashing with Hamid Shoari on the river of a 4♠A♣10♦Q♥A♦ board, with Mills showing the A♠4♥ to best the Qs of Shoari. Shoari is still well-placed after doubling up early, however.
Hamid Shoari – 47,000
Damien Mills – 43,000
Vale sails in his boat
On a board reading A♥Q♦Q♥, Peter Vale bet 4,000 and Shamus Heeman announced he was all-in. It was folded back to Vale who said, “You’re going to show me quads aren’t you? I’ve got Aces obviously.”
He quickly called, showing A♠8♠A♦7♣10♥ while Heemen only had the single Q with 4♣7♥Q♣6♣7♦.
There was no miracle turn or river to save the say as Vale chips up to 47,000 early.
Cards are in the air!
Play is underway in the PLO5, with around a dozen players currently seated but plenty more expected as they finish work for the day and reach the venue.
Level 1: 100/100
Welcome back to PokerMedia Australia’s coverage of the Stacked Poker Championship (SPC), live from North Adelaide’s Stacked Social.
Today brings us the third event on the SPC schedule and what a fascinating event it promises to be! PLO 5 is a variant of Omaha that has been growing in popularity across Adelaide in recent times, adding an additional layer of complexity to a game that is already known for its wild swings.
PLO5 follows identical rules to traditional PLO except that each player is dealt five cards instead of four, of which two are used in conjunction with the five community cards to make the best hand.
Exactly how much difference does that extra hole card make? Well, while No Limit Hold’em offers up 169 unique potential starting hands and PLO 16,432, PLO5 has a massive 134,459 unique starting hands that can be dealt – and with more cards to choose from the redraw possibilities on any given board can be enormous. Expect to hear a kazillion bad beat stories coming from the Stacked poker room today!
Play kicks off at 6pm sharp and players will be given a starting stack of 25,000 with 20-minute levels. Registration and re-entry is available until the end of Level 8 or a little earlier than 9pm.
It promises to be action-packed so strap in and enjoy the ride!