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Thang Luu wins WSOP Omaha Poker Tournament in Las Vegas

If the organisers of the 2009 WSOP were worried about a drop in numbers, they needn’t have. After an impressive turnout for the one-off $40,000 Hold’em event, Event 3 – the $1,500 Omaha 8-or-better took place with a record-setting 918 anteing up.

In the end, another record was broken when Thang Luu took down the bracelet, his 2nd ever, and $263,135 in prize money. Amazingly Luu was defending the same title he won last year when he took down the title for $243,342 in what was, at the time, the biggest Omaha tournament ever played. The previous year, Luu had come runner-up in the SAME EVENT.

Said Nolan Dalla afterwards: "This feat has only been equalled by Johnny Chan back in the 1980s. It’s truly amazing."

The end came when Luu moved all-in on a Q-5-4 board, holding Q-9-8-7. Ed Smith, with a defiant cry of, “All right, let’s go” made the call with J-9-9-3. The turn brought a 5, the river a 10 and that was good enough to make Luu his 2 pairs and give him the title. Smith took away a consolatory $162,110 and Luu entered the record books.
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