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Event #35, $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Final Results

Official Report
Event #35
Pot-Limit Omaha
Buy-In: $5,000
Number of Entries: 363
Total Net Prize Pool: $1,706,100
Number of Places Paid: 363
First Place Prize: $409,484
June 17-19, 2009

The Winner

Richard Austin Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet

The 2009 World Series of Poker $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha champion is Richard Austin, from Jeffersonville, IN.


Following Austin’s victory, he declined to be interviewed. Furthermore, Austin refuses to participate in the traditional WSOP gold bracelet ceremony. This means there will be no gold bracelet ceremony held on Saturday, June 20th.

Austin is the first WSOP winner to decline participation in post-tournament activities. All other 34 gold bracelet winners this year have agreed to participate in interviews and festivities.

The WSOP Media and Pubic Relations makes every effort to provide as much background information about the winner as possible. However, coverage of this tournament (Event 35) is, by necessity, limited to facts and figures about the event, rather than the winner.

Austin collected $409,484 for first place. He was also awarded his first WSOP gold bracelet.

According to the official records, Austin now has 1 win, 1 final table appearance, and 1 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP. He has $409,484 in career WSOP winnings.

The Final Table

The final table contained only former WSOP gold bracelet winner – Cliff Josephy (1 win).

The final table included players from five different nations – including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Sweden, and the United States.

The runner up was Sorrel Mizzi, from Toronto, ON (Canada). He has numerous wins and cashes in major events worldwide. However, Mizzi has yet to win a WSOP title. Mizzi now has two runner-up finishes and over $600,000 in WSOP winnings. He picked up $253,048 for second place in this event.

The third-place finisher was Cliff Josephy (a.k.a. “JohnnyBax”), from Syosset, NY. He won his gold bracelet in the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud event in 2005. Third place paid $166,771.

The fourth-place finisher was Dan Hindin, from Danbury, CT. He is a 24-year-old former trader-turned poker pro. This was his first time to cash in a WSOP event – which paid $116,748.

The fifth-place finisher was Rifat Palevic, from Malmoe, Sweden. He is a 29-year-old poker pro. Palevic won a major event in Prague (Czech Republic) last year.

The sixth-place finisher was Felipe “Mojave” Ramos, from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a 26-year-old poker pro. Ramos has cashed in several tournaments on both the Latin American Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. Had Ramos managed to win this event, he would have become only the second South American player in history to win a WSOP gold bracelet. The first (and only) was his fellow countryman Alexandre Gomes, from Brazil, who won in 2008.

The seventh-place finisher was Van Marcus, from Melbourne, Australia. He is a 26-year-old student. Van Marcus won the Asian Pacific Poker Tour Main Event in Manila (Philippines) last year.

The eighth-place finisher was Peter Jetten, from Toronto, ON (Canada). He is a 24-year-old poker pro. Jetten finished as the runner up in last year’s $10,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha world championship.

The ninth-place finisher was Samuel Ngai, from Edmonton, AB (Canada). He is a 26-year-old poker pro.

In-the-Money Finishers

Former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Cliff Josephy, Jeffrey Lisandro, Jesper Hougaard, David “Devilfish” Ulliott, and Ralph Perry.

The defending champion from 2009 was Phil Galfond, from Madison, WI. He entered this event but did not cash.

Odds and Ends

Turnout for this year’s $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha championship increased by a whopping 138 percent over last year – the biggest increase for any tournament so far this year. This year, there were 363 entries as opposed to 152 last year.

It should be noted that last year’s $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha championship included the option for re-buys. There are no re-buy events this year.

This is the 24th of 35 tournaments completed thus far at this year’s WSOP, with more than a $1 million prize pool.

Final table action from start to finish was broadcast live over the Internet. Eight more events are scheduled, which are split between ESPN 360 and Bluff Media. For a complete broadcast schedule of events, go to:

The Event

The $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha championship attracted 363 entries. The total prize pool amounted to $1,706,100. The top 36 finishers collected prize money.

The tournament was played over three consecutive days.

The End of Day One chip leader was Jesper Hougaard, from Copenhagen, Denmark. He ended up finishing 23rd.

The chip leader coming into the final table was Cliff Josephy. He ended up taking third place.

Winner Richard Austin came into the final table ranked fourth out of nine players. When play became three-handed, he had both of his opponents covered by about a 2 to 1 margin.

The decisive moment of the tournament took place on the very final hand. In a monstrous three-way pot, with the gold bracelet at stake, Austin got very lucky against both of his opponents who were holding superior cards:

AUSTIN: Qh - Js - 8c - 5c
MIZZI: As - Ah - 5d - 3d
JOSEPHY: Ad - Kh - Ks - 8d

Mizzi and Josephy were the early aggressors. Both re-raised enough times to be all-in pre-flop. Austin called the raise with the inferior hand.

The flop came: Kc - 9d - 3c

Josephy had flopped a monster, with the top set (kings). Mizzi held an overpair (aces). Austin had a flush draw and an inside straight draw.

The turn came: 8s

The turn gave no improvement to any of the three players, although Josephy was in the lead with a set of kings when the final card was dealt.

The river came: 7c

The river gave Austin a club-flush. He had both of his opponents covered in chips and therefore won the tournament.

The tournament officially began on Wednesday, June 17th, at 12 noon. The tournament officially ended on Friday, June 19th, at 8:10 pm.

Final Results

  Name Prize City State/Country
1 Austin, Richard $409,484 Louisville KY
2 Mizzi, Sorel $253,048 Toronto ON, Canada
3 Josephy, Cliff $166,771 Syosset NY
4 Hindin, Daniel $116,748 Danbury CT
5 Palevic, Rifat $86,516 Bunkeflostrand Sweden
6 Ramos, Felipe $67,663 Sao Paulo Brazil
7 Marcus, Van $55,687 Melbourne Australia
8 Jetten, Peter $48,112 Toronto ON, Canada
9 Ngai, Samuel $43,539 Edmonton AB, Canada
10 Baron, Isaac $32,330 Los Gatos CA
11 Nielson, Jeppe $32,330 Copenhagen Denmark
12 Tatalovich, Richard $32,330 Scottsdale AZ
13 Sofer, Evan $24,448 Henderson NV
14 Perry, Rafael $24,448 Las Vegas NV
15 Giannetti, Matthew $24,448 Las Vegas NV
16 Ulliott, David $18,732 Hull United Kingdom
17 Newman, Clayton $18,732 Athens GA
18 Kabbaj, Jean-Michel $18,732 Watford United Kingdom
19 Hourani, Adam $14,433 Troy MI
20 Wegher, Marco $14,433 Monclassico Italy
21 Soulier, Fabrice $14,433 Las Vegas NV
22 Watson, Michael $14,433 Toronto ON, Canada
23 Hougaard, Jesper $14,433 Copenhagen Denmark
24 Oshea, John $14,433 Churchtown Isle of Man
25 Begley, Timothy $14,433 Freehold NJ
26 Ochana, Edward $14,433 Elgin IL
27 Marmorstein, Phillip $14,433 Munich Germany
28 Cantor, Jonathan $11,345 New York NY
29 Smyth, James $11,345 Greenisland Ireland
30 Chen, Andrew $11,345 Mississauga ON, Canada
31 Evdakov, Nikolay $11,345 Moscow Russia
32 Lellouche, Anthony $11,345 Paris France
33 Lisandro, Jeffrey $11,345 Salerno Italy
34 Bari, Allen $11,345 West Orange NJ
35 Sarrafzadeh, Steve $11,345 Roslyn NY
36 Smith Justin $11,345 Kissimmee FL

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