WASSUP '08: Luck Of The Irish
July 2, 2021
Irishman Marty Smyth has taken down Event #50, the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship, earning himself his first World Series Of Poker bracelet and $859,532 - the biggest Pot-Limit Omaha prize in poker tournament history. On the way to the victory, Smyth faced a tough international WSOP final table that held Australian Billy 'The Croc' Argyros, Canadian Peter Jetten, and American Michael Mizrachi. A fellow Irishman, Tom Hanlon, also sat at the table, which was fairly remarkable given only four Irish players in all of WSOP history have ever claimed bracelets for their country and in this event two of them would have a chance to bring home a fifth. Hanlon didn't make it too far, starting the final table as the short stack and busting fairly early on in seventh place to Michael Mizrachi but Smyth prevailed, robbing Mizrachi of his first bracelet and his chance to make history by winning the event that his brother Robert won the year before. Mizrachi had to settle for third place money, $331,279.

With the elimination of Mizrachi, only Canadian Peter Jetten stood between Smyth and the title and Jetten did not go quietly into that good night. In fact, there was very little quiet about this heads-up match, as raucous friends for both players were on hand, to cheer and clap as their countrymen attempted to bring home a bracelet. This festive soccer like atmosphere lasted 30 hands, and didn't end until Jetten found himself all-in with the same nut straight as Smyth, unfortunately for Jetten, Smyth also had a flush redraw. The rivered flush ended the event and secured Jetten a second place prize worth $528,257.

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