American Jeffrey Smith from Encinitas, Calif., has captured his first World Series of Poker bracelet in Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and the top prize of $323,125. Smith defeated runner-up Danny Nguyen after a long three-hour heads-up match that saw a chip lead change almost every couple of hands.
Smith scored his first WSOP cash in last year's Millionaire Maker event, earning $2,704 for a 605th-place finish. According to Smith's Hendon Mob page, his previous best cash was a 3rd-place finish for $25,800 in a 2008 LA Poker Classic side event. Smith's total career earnings before today were just under $46,000 so he has multiplied that by almost six times.
In the final hand, Smith raised to 160,000 and Nguyen pushed all in. Smith made a fast call and flipped over to Nguyen's . The board came down and Smith's trip nines won the pot. Nguyen made $199,829 for his runner-up finish.
Thank you for following along our PokerNews live update blog. Congratulations to Jeffrey Smith for his awesome victory. Stay tuned to the PokerNews live reporting tab for the entire WSOP series.