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Australia’s Jarred Graham Wins a WSOP Bracelet!

Posted at 21:07 2013-06-20 by Matthew Pitt

Jarred Graham is on cloud nine right now after winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet when he took down Event #31, the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better tournament on Thursday.

This particular event attracted a massive crowd of 936 players, but by the time the third and final day’s play began only 14 of them remained. Graham started Day 3 as the shortest stack and looked set to finish in 14th place. However, an early double up through Grzegorz Derkowski gave Graham some more breathing room and he never looked back.77

Once Andy Seth, Mel Randolph, David Brooker and Stephen Johnson were eliminated, the final table of nine was set and they lined up like this:

2013 WSOP Event #31 Final Table

SeatPlayerChips
1Joao Simao336,000
2Loni Harwood357,000
3Gabriel Blumenthal512,000
4Eric Rodawig438,000
5Barry Greenstein783,000
6Perry Green475,000
7Marco Johnson541,000
8Jarred Graham605,000
9Noomis Jones126,000

Veteran Perry Green was the final table’s first casualty after getting his chips into the middle on a {3-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{10-Hearts} flop with {K-Spades}{K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and losing to Barry Greenstein’s {A-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{2-Spades}. The {9-Spades} turn was followed by the {5-Spades} river and Perry was gone.

Next to exit was the heavily supported Brazilian Joao Simao. His stack went into the middle preflop with {K-Hearts}{J-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} against the {A-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Spades} of Marco “Crazy Marco” Johnson. The final board ran out {9-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{3-Spades} gifting Johnson a wheel and therefore winning both the low and the high.

Eric Rodawig then busted in seventh place when his {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{2-Spades} couldn’t beat the {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{J-Hearts}{4-Spades} of Noomis Jones when the five community cards fell {k-Hearts}{8-Spades}{3-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{k-Clubs}. Jones’ trip kings winning him the full pot as no low was possible.

The tournament then became an all-male affair with the elimination of Loni Harwood in sixth place. Only two hands had passed since Jones busted Rodawig and he then sent Harwood home. All the chips went into the middle on a {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} flop, Harwood holding {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and Jones the {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. The {3-Clubs} turn was no help to Harwood and neither was the {Q-Hearts} river. Harwood busted.

Five became four when Gabriel Blumenthal three-bet shoved with {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and Johnson called with {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.The {Q-Spades}{5-Spades}{2-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{8-Spades} gave Johnson two pair and a 7-5 low, resulting in Blumenthal’s elimination from the tournament.

Jones then went from being executioner to the executed as his {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{J-Spades} failed to improve against Graham’s {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}{10-Hearts}{3-Clubs} on a {K-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{2-Spades} board, with the chips going in on the flop.

Graham then sent Greenstein to the rail in third place and saw his stack touch almost 3,400,000 chips. Again, the chips went in on the flop with the board reading {K-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. Greenstein held {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{4-Hearts} and needed to improve against the {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{3-Spades} of Graham. The {8-Spades} turn nor the {J-Diamonds} river helped Greenstein’s cause and he exited in third place.

That hand left Graham with a 3,395,000 to 825,000 chip lead over Johnson and it proved a gap too far to bridge for Johnson. The final hand, just 15-minutes into the heads-up match, saw Johnson open to 160,000 and Graham three-bet to 480,000. Johnson called and the pair shared a {9-Hearts}{10-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop. Graham led for pot, putting Johnson all-in. Johnson rose from his chair, said “I have a pair, I have to call” before calling and showing {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Graham showed {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} and was ahead. Graham locked up the hand and the tournament win when the {K-Hearts} on the turn improved him to a set of kings. The inconsequential {Q-Diamonds} was the river card and with that Graham had won Australia’s first WSOP bracelet of the series.

2013 WSOP Event #31 Final Table Results

RankPlayerPrize (USD)
1stJarred Graham$255,942
2ndMarco Johnson$158,379
3rdBarry Greenstein$99,091
4thNoomis Jones$71,924
5thGabriel Blumenthal$53,096
6thLoni Harwood$39,803
7thEric Rodawig$30,275
8thJoao Simao$23,338
9thPerry Green$18,233

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