July 13, 2019 (Las Vegas) - Jerry Odeen is the winner of the $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha tournament. Odeen claimed the $304,793 first prize and the World Series of Poker gold bracelet, his first.

Odeen topped a field of 1,250 to claim the prize and join the growing list of first-time bracelet winners this summer.

“This is something I always wanted since I started playing poker. I started watching poker when I was like 15 years old now I’m here like nine, ten years later. I got the bracelet, it feels pretty surreal actually.”

Odeen got fourth in 2017 at the WSOP Europe in a No-Limit 6-Max event. He ran pocket fives into jacks and was eliminated in fourth at his first final table. Today he came in with the second shortest stack and manage to work his way up.

Then he went on to eliminate five of the last six players standing between him and a bracelet.

“I always said I’m not going to quit before I get a bracelet. I had one close call before, I got fourth. It’s achievable but obviously need a lot of luck. I don’t think I lost a single all in. It’s tough to lose then if you don’t lose all ins.”

Odeen now has nine cashes and $379,202 in career WSOP tournament winnings. He said he only played about six events this summer and will be heading back to Europe later tonight.

The 24-year old Swedish poker pro says he’s excited to get back home and see his girlfriend after two weeks away.

The final table of nine started on Friday night.

Rania Nasreddine, who just cashed the main event for the first time, added another first making her WSOP final table debut. It was somewhat short-lived. She was eliminated in ninth place, taking home $23,625 and bringing her career WSOP winnings to $52,843 on just six cashes.

Gary Bolden hit the rail in eighth place and took home $30,640 after getting all in against Jeremy Kottler. This was Bolden’s second final table and third eighth place finish in a WSOP event. He has $189,062 in WSOP winnings in 19 cashes.

That was the action on Friday night and the final seven players returned at noon to play down to a winner. The only player at the table with a bracelet already on their resume was chip leader Ayaz Mahmood.

Kottler was the first player eliminated today. He got all in against Jeremy Linton in Hold’em with ace-high. Linton had queen-high and flopped a queen to knock out Kottler in seventh place. Kottler won $40,236 for his finish.

Lucas Greenwood moved ahead of Mahmood to take the chip lead six-handed.

Eddie Blumenthal ran into Jerry Odeen’s pocket  queens and hit the rail in sixth place. He won $53,490 for his finish. This was Blumenthal’s sixth WSOP final table and 31st cash. He has just over $1-million in WSOP career winnings.

It was Mahmood who left in fifth place, collecting $71,979 just four spots from winning his second WSOP bracelet. This is his fifth final table appearance and first since he won the 2010 $10,000 Heads Up.

With Mahmood’s elimination, that meant there would be another first-time WSOP bracelet winner. With four players left, it was Odeen who held the chip lead.

Greenwood was eliminated in fourth place by the chip-leading Odeen. Odeen turned a straight after the two were all in on the flop in PLO. Greenwood took home $98,027 and Odeen extended his lead.

Adam Demersseman was the short stack with only about 11 big blinds. He was eliminated in third place and left with the $135,093 third-place payout. That left Linton and Odeen heads up for both of their shots at a first WSOP bracelet.

Odeen held an 8-million chip lead.

The heads up match didn’t last too long and Odeen claimed his first bracelet and the $304,793 first prize.

Final table payouts: (Click here for the complete list of results)

1) Jerry Odeen ($304,793)

2) Jeremy Linton ($188,368)

3) Adam Demersseman ($135,093)

4) Lucas Greenwood ($98,027)

5) Ayaz Mahmood ($71,979)

6) Eddie Blumenthal ($53,490)

7) Jeremy Kottler ($40,236)

8) Gary Bolden ($30,640)

9) Rania Nasreddine ($23,625)