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Frankie O'Dell Wins Third Bracelet in Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($443,641)
Frankie O'Dell stands alone at the top of the Omaha hi-lo bracelet count.
After winning Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for his third bracelet — all in that variant of Omaha — O'Dell surpassed the likes of Chris Ferguson, Scotty Nguyen and Daniel Alaei, all of whom also had two Omaha hi-lo bracelets.
This one came with quite a bit more prize money than his last two — $443,641, after he won a $1,500 event in 2003 for $133,760 and a $2,000 event in 2007 for $240,057. O'Dell defeated a field of 183.
"There's only one person in the WSOP who has three Omaha eight-or-better bracelets and you're talking to them," he said when asked where he stood among the top Omaha hi-lo players. "So, until someone passes me or catches me, I'm not gonna say nothin'. I'm just gonna leave it at three."
Official Final Table Results
|1||Frankie O'Dell||United States||$443,641|
|2||Owais Ahmed||United States||$274,192|
|3||Robert Mizrachi||United States||$194,850|
|4||Nick Guagenti||United States||$140,522|
|6||Jake Schwartz||United States||$76,456|
|8||Ed Vartughian||United States||$44,245|
|9||Shaun Deeb||United States||$34,467|
O'Dell's win came over a characteristically tough final table that included Shaun Deeb, David Benyamine, and Rob Campbell.
The two toughest opponents to overcome proved to be fellow bracelet winners Owais Ahmed and Robert Mizrachi. After Jake Schwartz, Campbell and Nick Guagenti busted relatively early from the streamed final day, a three-handed war ensued that lasted nearly six hours.
"It was a war because you had warriors in there," O'Dell said. "You had one of the Mizrachi, great f****** player brothers, then you had one of the guys who knows almost everything in stud hi-lo and Omaha hi-lo.
"Then you've got me, old school poker."
Things got dire at one point for O'Dell, after Ahmed scooped him with the nut flush and nut low to leave him on 95,000 at 100,000/200,000 limits. However, he scooped or chopped a succession of pots and was "right back in it," as someone yelled from his rail, 20 minutes later with over 10 big bets.
Ahmed appeared to be on the verge of bracelet No. 2 when he worked his way over 70 percent of the chips, but O'Dell roared back to surpass him after both players held kings but O'Dell made a straight.
It was a lead he wouldn't look back from as he sent first Mizrachi packing then Ahmed after a heads-up match that lasted only about half an hour.
"Basically, the wind blew my way and I got the win," O'Dell said. "I had an opportunity today. I had chips, we had the best Omaha players in the world in this tournament and I ended up on top."
O'Dell credited his success in Omaha to continuous grinding in the format, along with the hours spent playing stud hi-lo. He also said he was motivated by last year's second-place finish to Jeremy Harkin in $1,500 Dealer's Choice.
Finally he said he wanted to dedicate the bracelet to his daughter Victoria and her newborn son.
"I love you guys with all my heart," O'Dell said.
Frankie O'Dell raised and Owais Ahmed called. Ahmed check-called the flop then led out on the turn. O'Dell raised the last 25,000 and Ahmed called, tabling for trips.
O'Dell had for a flush draw with the nut low draw.
"Spade to win," he yelled. "Spade to win."
The dealer deliver with the , sending the scoop and the bracelet to O'Dell.
Owais Ahmed managed to win two small pots, however, Frankie O'Dell then claimed several pots in a row without a showdown before winning a bigger pot to reduce Ahmed's stack to fewer than a million.
Ahmed limped in and O'Dell raised, Ahmed called. The flop brought and O'Dell bet, Ahmed called, and the action repeated on the turn. The river was checked and O'Dell tabled the for kings up and a low. Ahmed flashed his cards and they included , but could not win either portion of the pot.
Owais Ahmed raised and Frankie O'Dell came along to see the flop, on which he check-called a bet. After the turn, O'Dell check-called once more and led the river. Ahmed folded after some consideration.
One hand later, O'Dell limped in and Ahmed checked. Ahmed check-folded to a bet on .
Ahmed raised once more the button and O'Dell check-called two bets on the flop and turn. A bet on the river by O'Dell won the pot uncontested, as Ahmed folded.
Frankie O'Dell completed, Owais Ahmed raised and O'Dell called. Ahmed bet the flop and then barreled again on the turn. O'Dell let it go.
Owais Ahmed scored the first two pots in heads-up to reduce the lead by Frankie O'Dell.
Ahmed raised the button and O'Dell called, then check-called bets on the flop and turn. The river was checked and Ahmed turned over , O'Dell had a missed low draw with .
Robert Mizrachi got the last of his money in with against the held by Frankie O'Dell. The board looked like it was going to secure Mizrachi at minimum half of the pot. However, the river sent the whole pot to O'Dell.
Frankie O'Dell raised, Robert Mizrachi called in the small blind and they went heads up to . Mizrachi check-called a bet and the turn was an . Action checked through, bringing a . Mizrachi bet, O'Dell raised and Mizrachi released, leaving himself less than a big bet.
Frankie O'Dell has taken over a commanding lead after sweeping yet another pot, once again at the expense of Robert Mizrachi.
In a limped pot to the flop, O'Dell bet out of the small blind and Mizrachi called to see the on the turn. O'Dell now check-raised and Mizrachi called after some consideration before the river brought another bet by O'Dell. Mizrachi eventually called and was shown the for a flush by O'Dell.
Mizrachi didn't have that beat, nor had a low, and lost another big pot.