Still time to enter WSOP Main Event
July 04, 2017 3:10 AM
by Patricia Chavira
With the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event starting Saturday, July 8, poker players have one week left to make their poker dreams come true by winning a gold bracelet.
Two Omaha players had dream runs last week. On Saturday, July 1, restaurant operator Smith Sirisakorn won his first bracelet in his second-ever WSOP event. Now that’s a dream come true.
Sirisakorn topped 405 players to win the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event and the $215,902 first place. The former lawyer honed his skills playing mostly $20/$40 and $40/$80 cash games in Los Angeles-area casinos.
The humble poker champion describes himself as mostly a recreational player who owns and operates restaurant franchises. He attributes getting really good hands as a factor in his win, especially in the final hand when he made Broadway to his opponent Jameson Painter’s flopped trip kings in Omaha Hi-Lo.
After his win, Sirisakorn said, “Better lucky than good, I guess.”
Another great Omaha story last week was Tommy Le’s win in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. After reaching five final tables in Pot-Limit Omaha events at the WSOP, including finishing fifth in the $1,500 PLO the week before, the entrepreneur from California won his first bracelet by defeating 428 players. He took home nearly $1 million dollars. First place paid $938,732.
Though he doesn’t play poker professionally, Le describes himself as “a tough fish.” With PLO bracelet winner on his rail, it sounds like he is more of a shark.
In heads-up play against Chris Lee, eventual champion Le defeated his opponent in a half hour of play.
There is only one PLO event left in this year’s WSOP, the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, which begins on Wednesday, July 5.
The $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event will begin Saturday, July 8 at 11 a.m. with Day 1 flights running through Monday, July 10. Flight 1A will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. Flight B on Sunday will be televised on ESPN2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Day 2 play will resume on Tuesday, July 11 at 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPN 5-8 p.m.
Follow all the action at wsop.com.