Scott Clements is an Omaha legend. No, not just in one particular format but any form of “four-card,” as he lovingly called the game last night after making yet another huge final table.
Today – Saturday, July 1st – Clements can build upon that legacy as he takes a big chip lead into the final day of the World Series of Poker $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship that’s streamed live on PokerGO.
We spoke with Clements after making the final table, and he was quick to praise the game that had brought him so much success when asked whether he’d rather win another Omaha bracelets or one in No Limit Hold’em.
“I prefer winning PLO bracelets. When I win in 'four-cards' - because I’m known for 'four-cards' instead of 'two-cards' - it does feel better to me."
Clements made sure to bring forward the difference at the tables when playing Omaha versus Hold’em, and he emphasized that players in his four-card favorite are far less likely to tank and waste time.
“Everyone grew up with No Limit Hold’em but there’s a lot of times where the game is so slow, and people don’t always enjoy it. The tanking, and everything else, is a reason why PLO – which is a much quicker game especially in cash games – has gotten a lot more popular. But also in tournaments, people just seem to enjoy It more. In PLO, PLO 8 and even some of the limit games, there’s less just sitting around. I hate it; I don’t even like No Limit anymore.”
When asked - the man known online as BigRiskky – was quick to point out that he enjoys playing with Omaha players a lot more than No Limit Hold’em specialists.
“They’re generally more used to the variance, and understand that they can’t come in with one buy-in, they know that they might lose four more. It [Omaha] is more friendly, there’s more banter, and I’ve enjoyed the players more as well."
In the four-day Omaha Championship, facing some of the toughest competition in the world, Clements converted a Day 3 chip lead into a final table chip lead, but as he said himself, it wasn’t as easy as it sounded.
“It’s never as easy as it sounds, PLO has a lot of variance, and you have to take what the table gives you. Sometimes you can be aggressive and sometimes you need to tighten up and adjust to the table every time. I got lucky today, in a big hand I flopped top set with an open-ended straight flush draw, I hit the straight flush and got paid off pretty largely, and that’s the key to my day.”
The final table of this event is littered with experience, as two-time bracelet winner Jason DeWitt, November Niner Eoghan O’Dea, and top Omaha players Tommy Le and Chris Lee look to make his life very difficult at the final table.
“I didn’t get to play with everyone yet, but Eoghan O’Dea sits on my left with a big stack and I don’t like that, but I hope to do my best,” Clements said.
Today, Clements has a chance to win his third Omaha bracelet and overtake Jason Mercier as the winningest Omaha player in WSOP history.
With just shy of $1.4 million in WSOP Omaha tournament earnings, ten final tables, and the highest total earnings in WSOP Omaha hi/lo history, he’s already proven stood the test of time in this rapidly evolving game, and you can tune in right now to watch Omaha history unfold.