Keith Lehr takes down Poker Masters PLO event
The only Omaha tournament at this year's Poker Masters series has drawn to a close. Keith Lehr, a regular Omaha grinder, won the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) tournament, taking home $333,000 and 300 points for the purple jacket race.
Lehr, who has a WSOP bracelet from a PLO win, outlasted a modest field of 37 entries to win the event. The California native now has just under $3 million in live-table action and is currently tied in second for the Poker Masters jacket.
The event saw the deepest final table of the series so far. All players had at least 50 big blinds and Jonathan Depa, who started Day 2 as the chip leader, had more than 100. It took five levels of play before the first final table elimination was recorded.
Among the remaining six players was Brandon Adams, who has made it to the final table in each of the first three Poker Masters events. He finished fourth in the first event, a $10,500 NLHE tournament, first in event #2, a $26,000 NLHE tourney and now fifth in the PLO event. Across the three, he has racked up $543,000 in winnings.
Lehr and Depa would be the last two players standing and the final battle endured for several hands. On what should have been the penultimate hand, Depa lost almost his entire stack - he was left with only one blind - when his set of sixes fell to a river flush. However, he fought back and was able to grow his stack to more than a million chips to stay in the game.
On the final hand, a button limp from Depa and a check from Lehr allowed for a little bit of interesting flop action. A few reraises finally pushed Depa all in with Depa holding two pair against a single pair. Lehr found some relief on the turn when he scored his second, and higher, pair. Depa picked up $222,000 for his runner-up finish.