WASSUP '09: Deja Luu, Thang Wins The Ohama/8 Again
June 1, 2022

The first non-hold 'em event of this year's World Series of Poker presented Jack Link's Beef Jerky was Event #3, the $1,500 buy-in Omaha Eight-or-Better and despite the event attracting nearly a thousand players, as well as many top pros, it was once again Thang Luu taking down the bracelet for the second year in a row.

Perhaps showing the growing popularity of Omaha Eight-or-Better, this year's event attracted 918 players, 86 more than last year, 219 more than in 2005 (when poker was truly booming) and 228 more than in 2007, the year Alexander Kravchenko just barely edged out Bryan Devonshire for the $228,446 first place cash. 

This year's impressive turnout created a $1,253,070 total prize pool and included such well known players as PokerRoad's Barry Greenstein, Erick Lindgren, Todd Brunson and 2007's $50K H.O.R.S.E. champion Freddy Deeb, who made it all the way to the final table but sadly couldn't muster any more than an eighth place finish.

For Luu's amazing successful title defense, not only did he earn another coveted WSOP bracelet but also another $263,190 in cash, about $20,000 more than last year.

The final table finish positions for the 2009 WSOP Event #3 were as follows:

1st.  Thang Luu- $263,190

2nd.  Ed Smith- $162,109

3rd.  Ming Reslock- $106,373

4th.  Robert Price- $73,404

5th.  Pascal Leyo- $53,293

6th.   Jordan Rich- $40,611

7th.  Jim Geary- $32,404

8th.  Freddy Deeb- $27,028

9th.  Senovio III Ramirez- $23,520

For more on Event #3, the $1,500 Omaha Eight-or-Better visit for all of the weekend's live updates powered by PokerNews.

Story by Mark Anderson

Sweet Tweets* The $1,500 Omaha Eight-or-Better

Y'all need to stop playing no limit hold'em tournies and learn the other games. I am serious #sickvalue #donkeys.
-Annie Duke

Busto...brutal last hand :-(...gonna skip tomorrow cuz burnt out already
-Kristy Gazes

I didn't plan on getting knocked out in a split pot. I'm waiting for Jonathan to bring me another book.
-Barry Greenstein

I have seen it all now. The worst player ever raised every pot and not once had the best hand and turned 30k to 280k in 15 min. Oh and I ...
-Layne Flack

I'm out 30th out of 918 players. #iamtheworst.
-Annie Duke

Is it just me, or is coming 2nd, 1st, 1st 3 years in a row vs. the field sizes we have today not 1 of the most impressive feats ever.
-John Caldwell

*A random sampling of Twitter posts from Event #3, courtesy of the
PokerRoad Nation.

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