Event 35 – the $5 000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha competition ended in victory for Richard Austin in a spectacular double elimination with millions on the table before the flop.
The event attracted 363 players who generated a prizepool of $1 706 100, and going after the money were Internet and live tourney aces like Jesper Hougaard, Sorel Mizzi, Cliff Josephy, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Fabrice Soulier, Isaac Baron, Van Marcus, Sandra Naujoks, and David “Devilfish” Ulliott. Hey! World's largest poker site giving away $50 free. Visit Pokerstars to claim.
Entering Day 3 of the event it looked as if Mizzi might carry the day; he was playing strongly and held a good chip lead. However, when it came to the final table Cliff ‘Johnny Bax' Josephy was leading the pack on 1 027 000, followed by Rifat Palevic (989 000), Sorel Mizzi (869 000), Richard Austin (563 000), Van Marcus (544 000), Felipe Ramos (452 000), Peter Jetten (430 000) and Dan Hindin (282 000).
Down to three-handed action it was Josephy and Mizzi ahead with Austin contending strongly, when the game came to a spectacular and totally unanticipated end. Austin knocked out both of his rivals in a single hand where each player had wagered around a million chips before the flop.
Mizzi and Josephy proved that talent counts but you need good cards too when they were busted out with some bad luck on the final hand – Mizzi's aces were outflopped by Josephy's kings….and Josephy's kings fell to Austin's gutshot and flush draw combination.
Austin will be boosting his bank account by $409 484 thanks to his victory, and of course he will be the proud recipient of a WSOP bracelet – his first.
A surprised Josephy left the table with a third placing and $166 771, whilst Mizzi claimed the second spot and $253 048.
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