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2019 WSOP: Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better won by Derek McMaster for $228,228

Tags: ben yu, david halpern, derek mcmaster, jason berilgen, joe aronesty, john esposito, patrick leonard, richard fuller, shannor shorr, tom mccormick, wsop, wsop 2019.
Posted on 03 June 2019 by "K".

On June 2 (Sunday) a 46-year-old was able to reel in his very first gold bracelet after winning Event #4 of the 2019 WSOP. He says he was able to win thanks to the general ‘fun’ atmosphere at the final table.

2019 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better
Buy-in: $1,500

Date: May 30 to June 2, 2019

Entries: 853

Prize pool: $1,151,550

Derek McMaster outlasted a player field of 853 to take home the prize money worth $228,228.

McMaster, a former pool player, usually plays mixed games and occasionally squeezes in some Omaha 8 or Better sessions around three to four times per week. The overall ‘fun’ atmosphere at the final table allowed him to enjoy and win this tournament. He said, “I try to just have fun when I’m playing. If I’m not having fun I’m usually not doing very well. The more fun I have, it seems like stuff goes my way.” 

Final Table Action

This was McMaster’s very first final table. With seven players remaining, he entered the fourth and final day third in chips.

Chip leader John Esposito eliminated 3-time WSOP bracelet winner Ben Yu in 7th place and wasted no time eliminating Tom McCormick next, who ended up in 6th place.

As Joseph Aronesty went down in 5th place, Esposito was the strong chip lead with four players left. Meanwhile, McMaster was able to rack up more chips as play continued. He then was able to make his first knockout on the final table, using his pair of Queens to send WSOP bracelet winner David Halpern to the rail in 4th place.

After winning against Jason Berilgen for a huge pot during three-handed play, McMaster was able to finally take the chip lead position.

Berilgen dealt the final blow to Esposito, who settled in 3rd place for $98,807.

Afterwards, McMaster defeated Berilgen in the final heads-up showdown.

He said after he won, “It was very surreal to me. I’ve just been on cloud nine since last night, all week. I was happy to be here and I enjoyed playing with these guys.”

He brought many friends with him to the final table, and the whole rail surrounding the feature table stage was occupied. “We have a lot of poker players in town for whatever reason, and they just happened to be here today which I'm happy for!'”

He isn’t sure if this recent win would change any of his current plans for summer, but he may add another event to his schedule. This was just his second time to play a $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event and he had a few other events to join in as planned. He said, “I came here to win this one and I lucked out.”

This is McMaster’s second-ever cash in the WSOP. His previous best WSOP score was back in 2017 where he got 74th place in Event #40 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event for $2,291. His main cashes came from state Minnesota where he lives. He now has $230,519 in career WSOP winnings, bringing his current total live earnings to $343,123, according to The Hendon Mob.

2019 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results




Prize (USD)


Derek McMaster




Jason Berilgen




John Esposito




David Halpern




Joe Aronesty




Tom McCormick




Ben Yu




Shannor Shorr




Patrick Leonard




Richard Fuller





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13 comments on "2019 WSOP: Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better won by Derek McMaster for $228,228"

 dule-vu03/06/2019 16:06:17 GMT
4th event of this years WSOP event and very nice prize pool with 1,1 million dollars and 853 players,even it was Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better poker,but we can see that lot of players like this game!this is very nice investment for him,got almost 230 K for 1500 investment!
 CALICUL04/06/2019 07:29:14 GMT
At age 46, he is not a too old man and he can play for a long time from now on. Most players will lose if they are timid, nervous or with big emotions but when they are relaxed the chances of concentration are much better. This winner took an important amount and a bracelet and now he is happy.
 pajalnick04/06/2019 10:47:04 GMT
I noticed that many football players love the game of poker and sometimes achieve good results ... there is a wonderful result ... winning the bracelet and a wonderful cash gain of more than $ 1,000,000 ... this is certainly a great result and the next first gold bracelet .... 46 years probably started his poker career
 Mober04/06/2019 11:10:50 GMT
This is the favorite game of mine.
I believe it is the most fun to play, at least for me Smile
The game had a good number of entrants, and it is one that doesnt get the same
sign ups like a holdem game.
And this time the winners list was almost all usa. Like there was a mistake, and the winner on the final place was from uk Smile
 CALICUL05/06/2019 08:27:09 GMT
I did not understand this game but i like Omaha. I think there ( in online poker ) should be more games because is fascinating for many players. If you like Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better then you will need to focus more on this game. It can be profitable for you.
 pajalnick05/06/2019 11:09:31 GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
I did not understand this game but i like Omaha. I think there ( in online poker ) should be more games because is fascinating for many players. If you like Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better then you will need to focus more on this game. It can be profitable for you.

I tried to play Omaha and this is of course a very interesting game .... but it is very different from the usual Hold'em .... so I play it very rarely .... because I can not say that I fully understand all the layouts of this game .... Hold'em is much more familiar .... But if you focus on Omaha, you can achieve remarkable results
 CALICUL06/06/2019 08:25:07 GMT
It's not very hard and you get 4 cards in your hand and 5 cards on the table. The best two cards in the hand are chosen with rest of the 5. Tihis is not so bad and it's not that hard. I do not understand what Hi / Lo 8 or Better is but i guess it's not very hard.
 pajalnick06/06/2019 11:11:45 GMT
It's quite difficult to get practice in a game of different games besides hold'em ... but now svc poker has freerolls where you can practice various poker games .... which I have been doing there lately ... I liked the game Courchevel ... it looks like Omaha But a bit different ... interesting game
 Sandmanilo06/06/2019 13:49:31 GMT
Calicul, Hi/lo 8 or better is a version of omaha where you have two ways to win - either by standard rules where you need to collect the best hand, or by collecting the best lo hand with the worst cards, where A2345 is nuts. The main pot is divided between the best and the worst hands.
 CALICUL07/06/2019 09:23:28 GMT
A very interesting game. Practically the middle cards do not matter from this point of view. It's not an easy game but it's not hard either. I will search to see if there ( in online poker ) is a free game to see how interesting this game is. Thanks for the tips.
 pajalnick07/06/2019 12:44:47 GMT
Of course, when you have to think through each move when playing Omaha High Low .... it is quite difficult that you have a small card in your hand .... and 2 small cards come to the flop .... you start to bet, but in the end, 5 cards and it does not come .... and you end up losing .... Although I was sure of my victory .... the game is rather complicated, it seems to me more difficult than hold'em
 CALICUL13/06/2019 13:36:39 GMT
You have the chance to see how hard this game is. You have to watch a table, to play on virtual chips and to make a small buy-in if you want. I do not know if you like it but if you're curious you can try. Some players prefer other games than Holdem.
 Sandmanilo13/06/2019 14:36:50 GMT
If someone would ask me to rate my favourite poker games, Omaha Hi/Lo would probably be my second choice after stud. It's an amazing game, where more experienced players are able to dominate by more against beginners than in holdem, from my perspective.

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