Graham wins PLO split Event 31

Melbourne native hands Marco Johnson his third runner-up WSOP finish

Updated: June 21, 2013, 12:07 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Lots of former world champions are smiling behind the victors in Vegas this summer. After Jonathan Duhamel had appeared in numerous winner's photos with his successful Canadian countrymen, Joe Hachem proudly watched as Jarred Graham earned Australia's first bracelet victory of the Series in the pot-limit Omaha high-low split Event 31. Hachem plays cash games with Graham in Melbourne and was happy to see the 24-year-old earn his first win in his first career WSOP cash. This was Graham's first trip to the WSOP and his second career WSOP event. He earned $255,942, his largest career tournament score.

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WSOP.comCash game specialist Jarred Graham won his first bracelet in his second career WSOP event.

"You know the old saying, 'If you can't be there yourself then you should sweat your friends at final tables,'" said Hachem over Twitter. "And like I said you can't stop destiny, my boy just got the bracelet and [$255,000] … so excited and happy for him."

Hachem may have been more excited than Graham himself who simply said after the win, "[The money is] cool. It's not life changing, but it's cool." Graham has five other tournament titles from events in Australia from 2008-2010.

Graham began playing poker after watching the game on television. He moved to the online games, then the live ones and now, finds himself on top of the biggest stage in the world. At the final table he was against one man who he must have seen a lot on television, Barry Greenstein. Looking for his fourth bracelet, Greenstein led the way with four players to go, but his As-Ac-6c-4h couldn't hold against Graham's Ah-Qs-7d-3s and was eliminated in third. This was his first final table of the 2013 WSOP and 61st career cash.

Many consider Marco Johnson one of the best in the world, but heads-up action at the WSOP simply hasn't gone his way. For the third time in his career, Johnson finished runner-up on the WSOP felt. He earned $158,379, his third-largest career tournament cash.

"Playing with him was great," Graham said of Greenstein. "Playing with Marco Johnson was really good too. We played for a while three-handed. They are really tough players, so I enjoyed winning."

Winning this event is also head-turning since Graham rarely plays this variation. Typically a pot-limit Omaha player, Graham said he "was able to catch on" as the tournament progressed. Apparently he's a very quick learner.

The field of 936 was down slightly from 2012 when Steven Loube outlasted 978 players. Loube did not cash in this event.

Perry Green was the chip leader with 14 to go, but the three-time WSOP bracelet winner was eliminated in eighth. Green's last WSOP victory came in 1979 and he would've broken the record for longest gap between bracelet wins if he had won.

Other notable finishers include Eric Rodawig (seventh), Yuval Bronshtein (15th), Jeffrey Lisandro (24th), Matt Giannetti (35th) and Allen Cunningham (44th).

Below are the complete results of Event 31 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 31: Pot-limit Omaha high-low split
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 936
Prize pool: $1,263,600
Players in the money: 117

1. Jarred Graham ($255,942)
2. Marco Johnson ($158,379)
3. Barry Greenstein ($99,091)
4. Noomis Jones ($71,924)
5. Gabriel Blumenthal ($53,096)
6. Loni Harwood ($39,803)
7. Eric Rodawig ($30,275)
8. Joao Simao ($23,338)
9. Perry Green ($18,233)
10. Stephen Johnson ($14,430)
11. David Brooker ($14,430)
12. Mel Randolph ($14,430)
13. Andy Seth ($11,574)
14. Grzegorz Derkowski ($11,574)
15. Yuval Bronshtein ($11,574)
16. Andrew Brokos ($9,401)
17. Fu Wong ($9,401)
18. Loren Klein ($9,401)
19. Nathaniel Wiesner ($7,733)
20. Tom West ($7,733)
21. Woody Deck ($7,733)
22. Dylan Linde ($7,733)
23. Leif Force ($7,733)
24. Jeff Lisandro ($7,733)
25. Karl Westheimer ($7,733)
26. Sonu Sharma ($7,733)
27. Mel Judah ($7,733)
28. Jeffrey Landherr ($6,456)
29. Andreas Hoivold ($6,456)
30. Roland Israelashvili ($6,456)
31. Joseph Couden ($6,456)
32. Chris Bell ($6,456)
33. Bryce Yockey ($6,456)
34. Grant Sbrocco ($6,456)
35. Matt Giannetti ($6,456)
36. Allan Le ($6,456)
37. Mikhail Semin ($5,458)
38. Barry Levy ($5,458)
39. David Levi ($5,458)
40. Mike Matusow ($5,458)
41. David Sands ($5,458)
42. Owais Ahmed ($5,458)
43. Kirill Gerasimov ($5,458)
44. Allen Cunningham ($5,458)
45. Chad Layne ($5,458)
46. Eric Ihli ($4,662)
47. Kirill Rabtsov ($4,662)
48. Mitch Schock ($4,662)
49. Mark Gregorich ($4,662)
50. Josh Pollock ($4,662)
51. Zorn Venture ($4,662)
52. Randen Honigman ($4,662)
53. Jarred Solomon ($4,662)
54. David Dille ($4,662)
55. Glen Altham ($4,030)
56. Stuart Rutter ($4,030)
57. Tobias Hausen ($4,030)
58. Nick Binger ($4,030)
59. Ryan Lenaghan ($4,030)
60. Joel Fuji ($4,030)
61. Omar Mehmood ($4,030)
62. Matthew Vengrin ($4,030)
63. Phillip Immergluck ($4,030)
64. Scott Stanko ($3,538)
65. Daniel Strelitz ($3,538)
66. Dao Bac ($3,538)
67. Robert Wachtel ($3,538)
68. Richard Acovino ($3,538)
69. Magnus Edengren ($3,538)
70. Fen Wilkinson ($3,538)
71. Stephen Tanner ($3,538)
72. Magnus Martin ($3,538)
73. Jian Zhao ($3,146)
74. Anthony Frederick ($3,146)
75. Jonathan Little ($3,146)
76. Mesbah Guerfi ($3,146)
77. Stephanie Chung ($3,146)
78. Mark Provenzano ($3,146)
79. Charles Chan ($3,146)
80. Michael Kechkaylo ($3,146)
81. Pierre Gallice ($3,146)
82. William Fitzpatrick ($2,830)
83. Jason Mercier ($2,830)
84. Jordan Holder ($2,830)
85. Victor Chang ($2,830)
86. Ender Ozkan ($2,830)
87. Christopher Orourke ($2,830)
88. Colin Gelker ($2,830)
89. Louis Piccioni ($2,830)
90. Justin Gardenhire ($2,830)
91. Danny Smith ($2,603)
92. Peter Levine ($2,603)
93. Eoghan O'Dea ($2,603)
94. Dylan Wilkerson ($2,603)
95. Jason Lademan ($2,603)
96. Prince of Docness ($2,603)
97. Cody Alfrey ($2,603)
98. Andrew Grimason ($2,603)
99. Mark Roland ($2,603)
100. Michael Gray ($2,400)
101. Ismael Bojang ($2,400)
102. Tommy Chen ($2,400)
103. Mike Cordell ($2,400)
104. Sean Roy ($2,400)
105. Michael Machugh ($2,400)
106. Michael Bruyere ($2,400)
107. Daniel Rentzer ($2,400)
108. Anthony Mender ($2,400)
109. Michael Pentel ($2,400)
110. J.R. Flournoy ($2,400)
111. Robert Mathis ($2,400)
112. Michael Six ($2,400)
113. Mike Wattel ($2,400)
114. Joseph Haddad ($2,400)
115. James Hong ($2,400)
116. John Pearson ($2,400)
117. Daniel Klein ($2,400)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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