Sampo Ryynanen Leads the Final 11 in PSC Monte Carlo PLO High Roller
A field of 60 runners has been reduced to 11 after 14 levels of play in the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® €10,300 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. Finnish player Sampo Ryynanen has the chip lead after turning his 50,000 starting stack into 590,000 by day's end.
Ryynanen won a massive pot during Level 14 (2,500/5,000) that propelled him from the middle of the pack into the chip lead. As he told us after the players bagged, he got it in preflop with aces three ways. Veselin Karakitukov also held aces, while chip leader George Wolff had a double-suited queen-high rundown.
However, Ryynanen's other two cards happened to be ten-four, and that made all the difference in the world when he hit two pair on a board with mostly low cards, busting the unlucky Karakitukov and doubling through Wolff, who likely had the best equity in the pot.
Imad Derwiche (512,000) and Sylvain Loosli (502,000) also bagged north of 10 starting stacks. Derwiche made the final table of the €25K High Roller here each of the last two years for over €1 million in winnings, and now he's looking to add a big PLO score to those successes.
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