Three long days of poker are in the books and Event #25: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better has officially reached its conclusion. After a grueling heads up match that lasted for several hours, Danny Fuhs was able to defeat Christopher George to earn the title, the bracelet, and the $277,519 in first-place prize money.
The third day of play began with 27 players taking their seats over the final three tables. The field was stacked as names like Dario Alioto, Eric Crain, Huck Seed, Paul Sokoloff, and Maria Ho returned for the third day of play only to fall in the day's earlier stages. Dan Kelly was also present during Day 3 play as he has been for a vast majority of the series. Kelly was eliminated in 20th place, however, and unable to seize the final table appearance. Even so, this marks Kelly's seventh cash at the 2013 WSOP and he's on par to continue to crush the fields as the series goes on.
Once the final two tables were reached, the players began dropping like flies. Players like Todd Barlow, Alexander Kostritsyn, George Danzer, Shawn Buchanan, Julie Schneider, and Mike Matusow all narrowly missed out on making the final table. The field combined with ten players left for the unofficial final table. After over an hour of play, 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel fell as official final table bubble boy.
The first two casualties of the final table also made appearances at last year's final table of this very same event. Bart Hanson was the first to fall and was unable to improve on his seventh place finish in 2012. The next to go was Ryan Lenaghan, who did manage to improve on his ninth place 2012 finish by scoring an eighth-place finish this year.
The 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro was the next go when he was forced to move his short stack all in from the blinds and ended up being chopped up by his opponents. Arthur Kargen, and Viacheslav Zhukov were also remarkably short-stacked and were eliminated mere minutes after Lisandro's bust.
Four handed play raged on for almost two hours until Brian Hastings became the next player to bust. Hastings fell at the hands of Robert Mizrachi, who despite earning the rest of Hastings' stack, found himself the next to go as the third-place finisher.
The heads up match between Fuhs and George raged on for several hours and even ended up going into an extra level at the end of the night. With the limits growing as time progressed, the two traded the chip lead back and forth several times. Finally, after returning from their final break of the night, Fuhs was able to pull away and scoop two big hands in a row to cripple George. The two got it all in for George's tournament life soon after and Fuhs' hand was able to hold. He was officially crowned the champion of Event #25!
That does it for our coverage of the Omaha Hi-Low action here in the Amazon room. Be sure to stay tuned to our Live Reporting page for all of the updates from future events here at the 2013 World Series of Poker!