Two years ago Kate Hoang was heads up for a bracelet in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event. She barely missed becoming the third woman to win an open event that year and had to settle for second place and $182,281.
Yesterday Hoang was once again in a great position to win her first career bracelet, when she faced the French player Julien Martini for an epic heads up battle in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo. Going into heads up play Hoang was slightly behind Martini in chips, but she quickly pulled ahead. Unfortunately her lead would not hold, and after an impressive marathon battle that lasted more than four hours, Hoang eventually had to settle for the second spot and a paycheck worth $148,150.
But the Omaha Hi/Lo specialist from Federal Way, Washington, was not done playing yet and she quickly jumped into the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Championship only to be eliminated later in the night.
With several Omaha events on the WSOP schedule Hoang will have plenty of opportunities for more final tables and deep runs. Let’s hope the third time is the charm for the Vietnamese born poker player who is up to more than $400,000 in live tournament earnings at this point.