The Australian Poker Hall of Famer, Jeff Lisandro, continues to roll back the years, by earning his sixth World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, after defeating Jason Gray in Event #3: $AU1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO).
Those were the words of a thoroughly pissed off looking Jeff Lisandro when I bumped into him during the summer at this years World Series of Poker (WSOP).
His irritation was aimed at the organization of an event he believed was deteriorating, as profit was fast becoming more important than people. But his view of life hasn’t stopped him from turning up at WSOP events, and he has just won his sixth gold bracelet, in Event #3: $AU1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) – perhaps he feels a little better now?
The Australian Poker Hall of Famer joins an illustrious cast as a six time WSOP bracelet holder: T.J Cloutier, Layne Flack, Ted Forrest, Jay Heimowitz and Daniel Negreanu all having six; and only Men Nguyen, Billy Baxter, Erik Seidel, Johnny Moss, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth have won more. He also becomes the second player to win WSOP bracelets on three different continents, after Daniel Negreanu became the first player to achieve the feat back in 2013.
123 players created a total prize pool of $AU184,500, close to 50-players down on the 2013 field that saw the American Jim Collopy claim his first gold bracelet. Lisandro managed to power his way through a decent final table, and it only took him three hours to do so.
Fellow Australian Poker Hall of Famer, and WSOP bracelet holder, Gary Benson, had a seat in that final, as did Zane Ly – a young Australian who was making his second final table of the series after finishing sixth in Event #1. Then you had Jason Gray – the man that Lisandro beat in heads-up action – Gray is a former ANZPT winner with over $1.2m in live tournament earnings, who once finished third in a $10k PLO Hi-Lo Championship event at the WSOP in Vegas.
This was Lisandro’s second PLO bracelet in succession, after winning his first at the World Series of Poker Europe event back in 2010. His other four bracelets came in Stud (3) and Razz. In 2009, Lisandro won three of his bracelets and the WSOP Player of the Year (POY) award.
Lisandro made two final tables in the summer, but made more headlines for his infamous punch-up with Brandon Cantu.
“The guy’s got a gambling problem.” Said Lisandro.
Haven’t we all Jeff.
Other notable’s to cash in the PLO event were Australian Poker Hall of Famer Mel Judah (10th), Ismael Bojang (11th), and Michael Watson (14th).
WSOP-APAC Event #3 Results
1st. Jeff Lisandro – $AU51,660
2nd. Jason Gray – $AU31,931
3rd. Zane Ly – $AU22,771
4th. Gary Benson – $AU16,563
5th. Paul Sharbanee – $AU12,282
6th. Paul Mac – $AU9,282
7th. Stephen Woodhead – $AU7,146
8th. Oliver Gill $AU5,603