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Loren Klein has put together quite the resume in events involving pot-limit Omaha at the World Series of Poker. Back in 2010, he placed second in a $2,500 pot-limit Omaha tournament. In 2016 he won the $1,500 mixed no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha event for his first bracelet and $241,427. Then just a few days later he placed second in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha championship event for the largest tournament score of his career: $552,713. Klein is back at it again in 2017. His latest conquest saw him outlast a field of 870 players to win a $1,500 pot-limit Omaha title, earning his second bracelet and the $231,483 top prize.
“It feels terrible,” said Klein when he was met with the first question most players face after winning WSOP gold. “No, it feels good.”
“I’ve been playing for 10 years or so,” cntinued Klein, a poker pro from Michigan who currently calls Reno, Nevada home. “I started online and then played live after they took our jobs.”
Klein came into the final day in this event as the chip leader with 18 players remaining. There was plenty of stiff competition for Klein to contend with, including six-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro (16th – $7,995), another six-time WSOP champion in T.J. Cloutier (10th – $12,611) and former online phenom Jeff ‘yellowsub86’ Williams (4th – $71,423).
“T.J.’s results are super intimidating,” Klein told WSOPreporters. “It’s tough to be at the table with one of the greats, but I tried to keep it together.”
Klein was able to survive to short-handed play, and following the dinner break he scored three consecutive knockouts to set up heads-up play, taking more than a 2.5-to-1 lead into the final showdown with Chun Law.
On the final hand of the tournament Law opened to 125,000 and Klein three-bet to 375,000. Law called and the flop brought the K86. Klein put forth a bet and before even asking for the amount Law moved all-in. Klein instantly called with the KKQ10 for top set and the queen-high flush draw. Law could only produce the J997 for a lower flish draw, an open-ended straight draw and outs for runner-runner quads. The 4 on the turn and A on the river gave Klein the superior flush, earning him the pot and the title. Law hit the rail in second place with $143,017 for his efforts.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:
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