Pot-Limit Omaha takes a certain breed of player to master the game. It seems well suited to unpredictable players like Sammy Farha, who has won three World Series of Poker gold bracelets, one of them in the $10K Omaha 8 in 2010.
On June 21st, 293 players of all types and styles lined up to lay down their $10,000 to play event #39, Pot-Limit Omaha. The prize pool was impressive at $2,754,200 but only 36 would make the money. In spite of the field loaded with pros like Sam Farha, Jason Mercier, and Huck Seed, it would be a little known player from Germany who would reign victorious.
Jan-Peter Jachtmann is a semi-pro poker player who publishes and writes for POKERBLATT, Germany’s largest poker magazine which he founded. For several years he has been making the trek to the desert to play a few of the Omaha events at the WSOP. Up until this year he had never made the money in Vegas, then on June 12th, he finished 43rd in the $3k PLO Omaha, event #26. Little did Jan-Peter know this was just the start of his lucky streak at the WSOP.
After three days of play in event #39, Jachtmann had outlasted several big names to find himself at one of the last two tables. Going this deep was exciting enough for Jan-Peter, but the fact he was facing his Omaha idol Sam Farha was the icing on the cake. And for some whipped cream and a cherry on top of that cake, Jachtmann busted his idol, sending him to the cashier in 11th place.
Going into the final table Jachtmann was the chip leader and knew if his luck held, he could win his first championship and the first gold bracelet of the year for Germany. The heads-up match came down to Jachtmann and gold bracelet holder Andrew Brown, with the final hand taking place less than four hours after the final table had started.
On the button, Brown raised with and Jan-Peter called holding . After the flop, Jachtmann check-raised and when the hit the turn Brown was all-in. The on the river cinched the win for Jan-Peter with a straight – for his first gold bracelet and $661,000.
Watch Jachtmann’s winning interview:
Final Table Results: