Thu, Jun 20, 8:02pm by Kevin Pitstock
Jarred Graham became the first Australian poker player to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker. Mr Graham won $255,942 for his first place finish, which appears to be the first winnings he’s had in his young poker career.
In collecting his first WSOP bracelet, Jarred Graham won at a final table against 7 Americans and 1 Brazilian. This was a come-from-behind win for the young Aussie card player, who emerged from obscurity to defeat a table full of more experienced opponents.
When the third and final day of the Pot-Limit Omaha High/Low Split-8 or Better event started, Jarred Graham was the short stack in a tournament with only 14 players remaining. Twenty minutes into the 3rd day, Graham doubled up by going all-in against Germany’s Grzegorz Derkowski. Derkowski soon after busted out of the tournament.
Four more American players (Andy Seth, Mel Randolph, David Brooker, and Stephen Johnson) exited the tournament before the final table was set. When the final table was set, Jarred Graham faced several top poker professionals, including 3-time WSOP bracelet winner Perry Green and fellow 3-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein.
Perry Green started the day as the chip leader, but the 76 year old pro met a string of setbacks as the final table began. Barry Greenstein eliminated Green by filling a straight on the river. This hand made Greenstein the chip leader and the new favourite to win the tournament. When Brazilian Joao Simoa finished in 8th place, Barry Greenstein held half the remaining chips.
Noomis Jones eliminated Eric Rodawig in 7th place, then knocked out Loni Harwood in 6th place. At this point, Noomis Jones was the top threat to Barry Greenstein, as Jones held nearly a million chips himself. Mr Jones receded into the background as Marco Johnson became more active.
Marco Johnson, the eventual 2nd place finisher, eliminated Gabriel Blumenthal of Mercer Island, Washington. This left only Jarred Graham, Barry Greenstein, Noomis Jones, and Marco Johnson remaining in the event.
The next pivotal hand saw Jarred Graham facing off against Noomis Jones with his tournament life at stake. Jones bet all-in around $390,000 holding a pair of queens and a pair of jacks. By the time the all-in call came (on the turn), Jarred Graham was ahead with a pair of kings and a pair of tens. The river gave Noomis Jones no relief, so he was eliminated in 4th place.
This gave Jarred Graham $1,200,000 in chips. Next, Graham eliminated Barry Greenstein.
Greenstein held a pair of aces, but Graham held two queens and two 3’s. This gave the Aussie a chip stack of $3.9 million and a 4-to-1 chip lead. Marco Johnson won a hand to get above a million chips, but made an all-in call holding a pair of 3’s (after a long time mumbling to himself in making the decision).
Graham held a pair of kings. When he added a third king on the turn, it was all but over. For his second place finish (the third of the WSOP), Marco Johnson won $158,379. Jarred Graham collected $255,942 for winning first place.
Jarred Graham has an impressive online poker record. He placed in the money on 6 notable tournaments in 2010, while adding 1 noteworthy money finish each in 2011, 2012, and 2013. With the latest victory, he now has $380,988 in online winnings and $664,566 in casino winnings. He has 4 tournament wins and 44 career cashes, along with a 2013 POA rank of #144 by amassing 912 points.
Jarred Graham’s online poker handle is “FlopNutsOnYou”. His Facebook page states he is a fan of the Adelaide Football Club, as well as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Adelaide. His list of Facebook friends include Australian PGA golf pro, Tom Bond, and professional poker player, Tony Dunst. Musically, he likes Hard Kandy and Adelaide area band Life Like.
Jarred Graham also supports Light The Way, a foundation which helps fund micro-hydra projects to bring electricity and light to mountain communities in Nepal.
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