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Poker News | World Series of Poker

Jeff Smith Takes the Bracelet in Event #9: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em

Jeff Smith Event #9 2014 WSOP
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According to there were 2,376,206 Americans that shared the surname Smith during the 2000 census. You can bet your last dollar on the fact that only one of them won a gold bracelet in Event #9: $1,000 No Limit Hold'em at the 2014 World Series of Poker. That one Smith would be Jeffrey Smith who managed to outlast a field of 1,940 players. The prize pool grew to $1,746,000 and Jeff Smith battled it out to grab the first-place prize of $323,125 when he bested runner-up Danny Nguyen.

Smith isn't a stranger to the WSOP; last year he took 605th-place and earned $2,704 in the Millionaire Maker. The Hendon Mob shows Smith as having a 34th-place finish in a 2008 LA Poker classic side event for a prize of $25,800.

The Final Results

1Jeff Smith$323,125
2Danny Nguyen$199,829
3Frank Patti$138,160
4John Fontana$99,644
5Chris Haugo$72,843
6Chris Hunichen$53,951
7Brad Libson$40,489
8Davis Inselberg$30,781
9Joe Vergara$23,693

Although the chip lead changed from Danny Nguyen to Jeff Smith seemingly almost every hand when the third day of the tournament got down to heads-up action, Hand 293 took all of the guess work out of who would claim the bracelet.

Smith put in a raise to 160,000 and Nguyen shoved. Without hesitating Smith called and showed the {a-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} to Nguyen's {q-Hearts}{6-Hearts}. The board played directly into Smith's hand when it came {9-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{5-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. One 9 on the board was good but two of them put the hammer on Nguyen's tournament dream of first place. Nguyen took home $199,829 for his runner-up finish.

Congratulations Jeff, on making gold synonymous with the name Smith!

The full tournament report can be viewed at PokerNews Live Reporting.

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