2008 World Series of Poker World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha Event 50

2008 World Series of Poker World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha Event 50

The 2008 World Series of Poker $10 000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha Event 50 was played at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, running from Sunday, 29 June to Tuesday, 01 July 2008.

A field of 381 players took part in Event 50, which offered a prize pool of over $3.5 million, and a host of top poker professionals took part. Among those to finish in the money were:

  • David Benefield (10th), who has cashed four times at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), with three of these cashes coming in 2008.
  • Two-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2008 Wynn Classic champion, Josh Arieh (12th).
  • 2008 Limit Hold’em World Champion, Rob Hollink (22nd).
  • Nikolay Evdakov (28th), who broke the record for the most cashes at a single World Series in 2008, finishing in the money 10 times at his first World Series of Poker.

The final table at the World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha Event 50 was a lively affair with a strong Irish flavour thanks to the presence of Dubliner Tom Hanlon, as well as Marty Smyth from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Wily campaigner Kido Pham and the loud Australian-Greek Billy “Croc” Argyros also provided the crowd with plenty of entertainment, while Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi fell agonizingly short of his first WSOP winner’s bracelet, despite knocking out many of the other final table players.

The Bracelet Winner

But it was Marty Smyth who walked off with the bracelet and almost $860 000 after beating Canadian youngster Peter Jetten, who was appearing at his first WSOP final table. Smyth clinched the title in a nerve-wracking All-In moment, when Jetten’s straight looked to be holding up until Smyth caught a flush on the river.

Smyth’s bracelet victory was only his second World Series cash, but the 2007 Irish Open champion has already won over $2.6 million in his career.

The Final Table at the World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha Event 50

  1. Marty Smyth – $859 532
  2. Peter Jetten – $528 256
  3. Michael Mizrachi – $331 279
  4. Billy Argyros – $268 605
  5. Richard Harroch – $138 062
  6. Kido Pham – $170 116
  7. Tom Hanlon – $134 302
  8. Brandon Moran – $107 442
  9. Greg Hurst – $80 581