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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, July 13, 2023 to Saturday, July 15, 2023

Event #87: $2,500 Mixed

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $1,023,500
  • Entries: 460
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, July 16, 2023 7:19 PM Local Time
Oh Canada! Bradley Smith Wins Maiden Bracelet and $221,733 in $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo

WSOP Champion Bradley Smith

"It's always been my dream to win a bracelet," said Bradley Smith. "Anyone who plays poker, it's their dream to win a bracelet." Today, his dream has come true.

Smith overcame a field of 460 entrants, a marathon final table that stretched the tournament into an unscheduled fourth day, and a back-and-forth heads-up battle with Nghia "3 Putts" Le to win $221,733 and his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better at the 2023 World Series of Poker at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas.

Smith hails from Thornhill, a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His entry into mixed games has been fairly recent. "I didn't play any mixed games until 2017," said Smith. "I played the $1,100 Mega Satellite for H.O.R.S.E. the night before the 10k event - that was my first live mixed game of any kind. I won $10,000 - I was actually the chipleader when that ended. The next year might have been my first WSOP mixed game tournament - the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E., and I finished third in that [in 2018 for $87,769]. I've absolutely fallen in love with mixed games. I don't play them any other time of the year, but I would play mixed games all the time if I could."

Bradley Smith at the final table.
Bradley Smith at the final table.

This event was right up Smith's alley. "Omaha-8 and Stud-8 are my two favorite games. I won a tournament (in this format) at another place about two weeks ago or so. I would say I played the best of my life in this tournament. I was super focused for every single second. You know, never giving up at any point in time."

His confidence was high, and entering Day 4 as the short stack left him unfazed. "I think I played every single hand in this tournament to the best of my ability," said Smith, "and there was not any point that I ever gave up for one second, even if I didn't have a lot of chips."

"Your mental health is a huge part of the game, just your mentality," he added. "Throughout my entire life, I've just been a very calm and chill person. There's not many things that get to me. I'm not someone who's going to raise my voice or if someone says something to me, I don't usually make a big deal about it or say something back, you know? I just do my thing."

Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1Bradley SmithCanada$221,733
2Nghia LeUnited States$137,039
3Nick PupilloUnited States$94,681
4Omar MehmoodUnited States$66,605
5Timothy FrazinUnited States$47,721
6Jonah SeewaldUnited States$34,836
7Philip SternheimerUnited States$25,919
8Yuval BronshteinIsrael$19,662

Day 4 Play

With the final three players unable to find a winner after ten levels of play yesterday, an extra day was necessary to crown a champion. The final three arrived with their eyes set on taking home the crown. Nick Pupillo was unable to get anything going, losing several early pots to Smith before being eliminated in Omaha Hi-Lo when Smith flopped two pair against his paired eights. With Pupillo out, Le and Smith were heads up.

Heads-up play.
Heads-up play.

Their heads-up battle lasted over three hours and was full of twists and turns. Smith took the lead within the first 15 minutes and seemed poised to take it down. Le was undeterred, though, and mounted a vicious comeback. He turned four million chips into over 11, and at one point held 70% of the chips in play. Smith remained in his zone, though, still smiling and talking. He doubled up on a scoop in Omaha Hi-Lo, and took back the lead shortly thereafter. This time, it was a lead he would not relinquish.

The end came just 40 minutes later. Le got the last of his short stack in the middle preflop in Omaha Hi-Lo, but Smith turned top pair and Le could not catch up. The two competitors shook hands, and a champion was crowned.

Le Speaks

Le, who talked and joked a lot during the event, had more to say after his elimination. "A lot of mixed emotions," he said when asked what he was feeling. "Obviously everybody wants to play and win the bracelet. I felt like I had it in my hands, and it slipped away. He [Smith] played great, give him a lot of credit. He's very methodical, great player. It's an honor to play in this tournament - it's my first time playing this event. So happy to advance this deep, actually! A little bit of sadness in there, but not much. I learned a lot. Had a chance to compete with these great players and finish second. Maybe next year," he added with a smile.

Runner-up Nghia "3 Putts" Le
Runner-up Nghia "3 Putts" Le

"Any time you come out to this arena and somehow land at two final tables and finish third and second - I'm a no-limit player, but I think I've found my game," added Le. "I am in love with H.O.R.S.E. and limit mixed games. It feels very relaxing, and it's much easier for the people who can make a decision after the flop. I can make solid, sound decisions in these games, so I'm going to continue to play and pursue them."

Last Word With the New Champ

Smith became a little emotional when asked who he wants to shout out, and what is coming next for him. "I want to thank my friends, and my entire family and my kids [he has a daughter turning 18 today]. I'm not a full-time poker player. I'm actually starting something new when I get back home to Toronto - I'm going to be working in the financial services sector. That's something new, but the good thing about it is I can make my own hours and I can still come here every summer. I feel like I was meant to play poker. I loved mixed games. I don't ever want to miss a summer being here. It's fun for me. I love the competition. I'm a competitive person, and I like all aspects of the game. I love poker."

Smith opened his backpack to confirm that his newly-won WSOP bracelet was firmly inside its case. After looking at it one last time, he placed it back in his bag and headed to collect a career-high score. Today, poker loved him back.

Bradley Smith with Jack Effel
Bradley Smith with Jack Effel

This concludes PokerNews' coverage of Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Stay tuned for continuing updates from the rest of the World Series of Poker.

Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:57 PM Local Time
Bradley Smith Wins Event #87: $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith has won his first career World Series of Poker bracelet, defeating Nghia Le in a back-and-forth heads-up match to claim the $221,733 top prize.

Stay tuned for a recap of the day's action.

Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:44 PM Local Time
Nghia Le Eliminated in 2nd Place ($137,039)

Nghia Le

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Nghia Le reraised all in from the big blind and Bradley Smith called.

Nghia Le:     
Bradley Smith:     

The     flop gave Le a pair and Smith a straight draw. Smith improved to top pair on the   turn and Le couldn't catch up on the   river as the two opponents shook hands and Le headed off to collect his runner-up payout.

Bradley Smith16,100,0001,400,000
Nghia Le0-1,400,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:39 PM Local Time
Smith Leaves Le With Crumbs

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith raised preflop, with Nghia Le then coming over the top from the big blind. Smith made the call.

The     flop saw Le check to Smith. Smith bet, and Le folded after a minute.

Bradley Smith14,700,0002,000,000
Nghia Le1,400,000-2,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:35 PM Local Time
Le Surrenders on Seventh

Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith:   /    / 
Nghia Le:   /    / 

Nghia Le completed and Bradley Smith called. Both players checked on fourth street.

Le resumed betting on fifth and Smith called. Le bet again on sixth and Smith stuck around.

Smith then opened the betting on seventh and Le tanked for a few moments before mucking. "I could beat eights," he told Le, showing    as he took the pot to open up a big lead.

Bradley Smith12,700,0003,300,000
Nghia Le3,400,000-3,300,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:30 PM Local Time
Smith Forces Le to Fold

Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith:   /    
Nghia Le:   /     - folded on sixth street

Smith completed with his ten, with Le making the call.

Fourth and fifth streets followed the same line, with Smith check-calling a bet from Le.

Smith bet again on sixth street. Le checked his cards while shuffling his chips and thinking. He checked his cards again and prepared chips to raise before finding a fold.

Bradley Smith9,400,0001,000,000
Nghia Le6,700,000-1,000,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:21 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 500,000/1,000,000
Ante: 100,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:18 PM Local Time
Smith Cracks Aces For a Fortunate Scoop

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Nghia Le raised the button and Bradley Smith called to the     flop.

Le bet again and Smith called. The turn came the   and Smith again check-called a bet.

The   fell on the river and Le bet once more. Smith tanked for about a minute before pushing in a call as Le turned over      for aces and a low. Smith showed      for two pair to chop the pot as Le shook his head in frustration.

Bradley Smith9,700,000-300,000
Nghia Le6,400,000300,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:11 PM Local Time
Smith Regains the Lead

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith raised preflop into Nghia Le, who made the call.

The     flop saw Le check-call a bet from Smith.

The   arrived on the turn, and Le took a few moments before placing a bet. Smith began to think, checking his cards, before putting out a raise. Le made the call.

The   river came with another check from Le. Smith bet, but Le found a fold. "Good fold," said Smith, who has regained the lead.

Bradley Smith10,000,0003,100,000
Nghia Le6,100,000-3,100,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:05 PM Local Time
Smith Scoops a Double

Bradley Smith

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith raised the button and Nghia Le called.

The flop came     and Smith continued with a bet. Le called and both players checked the   turn.

Le led out on the   river and Smith folded.

Smith was left with just 3,500,000 following that hand and wouldn't wait long before getting the rest of his chips in the middle.

Smith again raised the button and Le called.

Smith bet the     flop and Le called before Le led out on the   turn. Smith counted out his stack before raising, and Le quickly called.

The river came the   and Le bet again. Smith called all in for less than the amount of the bet and Le showed      for a flush and a low.

Smith, though, had      for the nut flush and a low to scoop the pot as Le slammed his chips down on the felt in frustration.

Nghia Le9,200,000-2,000,000
Bradley Smith6,900,0002,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:56 PM Local Time
Le Wrestles Control Back

Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith:   /    / 
Nghia Le:   /    / 

Smith completed, and Le made the call after being the bring in.

Fourth street came with a bet from Smith, which was called by Le.

Le had action checked to him on fifth street. He checked his cards before checking behind.

Sixth street saw Smith lead out, with Le electing to remain in.

Smith checked on seventh street. Le checked his cards once more before looking at Smith. He bet, and Smith called. Le revealed     for two pair, queens and nines.

"Nice hand," said Smith as he mucked.

Nghia Le11,200,0003,200,000
Bradley Smith4,900,000-3,200,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:48 PM Local Time
All Square Again

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Nghia Le raised and Bradley Smith called.

The flop came     and Le bet again. Smith called, then called another bet on the   turn.

The river came the   and both players checked to showdown, where Smith turned over      for a pair of aces. Le studied the board for a moment before sending his cards into the muck.

Smith then won some more chips off Le, this time in Stud Hi-Lo.

Bradley Smith: /   
Nghia Le:   /    - folded on fifth street

Le completed with an ace and Smith called. Le bet again on fourth and Smith called to fifth, where Smith did the betting. Le again folded as the two players drew virtually even in chips.

Bradley Smith8,100,0002,650,000
Nghia Le8,000,000-2,650,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:40 PM Local Time
Le Building Seperation

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Nghia Le raised from the button preflop, with Bradley Smith coming along.

The     flop brought a check from Smith before he called Le's bet.

Le had action checked to him again on the   turn, but this time his bet was met with a fold from Smith.

The next hand saw Smith raise preflop from the button, with Le tossing in a third bet on top. Smith made the call.

The flop came    , and Le led out. Smith took several moments before calling.

Le bet again on the   turn, which folded Smith out.

Nghia Le10,650,0003,050,000
Bradley Smith5,450,000-3,050,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:32 PM Local Time
Smith Bets Out Le on the Turn

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith raised on the button and Nghia Le called.

The flop came     and Smith continued with a bet. Le called to the   turn and checked over to Smith, who bet again.

The dealer then went to turn over the river card before Smith informed them that Le hadn't called yet. The burn card was already on the table as Le gave the decision some thought before folding. Smith shook his head as he took in the pot.

Bradley Smith8,500,0001,900,000
Nghia Le7,600,000-1,900,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:21 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 400,000/800,000
Ante: 100,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:06 PM Local Time
Smith Takes From Le

Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith:   /    / 
Nghia Le:   /    / 

Le completed, with Smith making the call after being the bring in.

Fourth street saw Le fire a bet, with Smith remaining in.

Fifth saw Le check. Smith took nearly a minute before putting in a bet. Le quickly called.

Sixth street saw Smith bet with his pair of fives showing, and this time Le found a fold.

"Good fold," said Smith. "Very good fold."

Nghia Le9,500,000-1,200,000
Bradley Smith6,600,0001,200,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:06 PM Local Time
Break Time!

The final two players have gone on a 15-minute break.

Nghia Le9,500,000-1,200,000
Bradley Smith6,600,0001,200,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:03 PM Local Time
Le Shows a Wheel

Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Nghia Le:   /    / 
Bradley Smith:   /    / 

Bradley Smith completed and Nghia Le called.

Le fired out a bet on fourth street and Smith called to fifth, where Le bet again. Smith paused to take a drink before he stuck in the chips.

Smith then led out on sixth and Le quickly stuck in a raise. Smith called then faced another bet on seventh.

Smith this time folded as Le turned over    for a wheel and began leading the rail in a round of clapping as he took the pot.

Nghia Le10,700,0002,800,000
Bradley Smith5,400,000-2,800,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 2:54 PM Local Time
Smith Loses, Regains Chip Lead

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith raised preflop from the button before Nghia Le reraised. Smith made the call.

The     brought a quick bet from Le. Smith waited a few moments before making the fold. Le stacked up his chips and had assumed the chip lead.

On the next hand, Le limped before calling a raise from Smith.

The     saw Smith fire a bet, but Le elected not to come along.

Bradley Smith8,200,000-1,800,000
Nghia Le7,900,0001,800,000
Sunday, July 16, 2023 2:46 PM Local Time
Smith's Hand Remains a Mystery For Now

Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Bradley Smith raised the button and Nghia Le called.

The flop came     and Smith bet again. Le called and both players checked the   turn.

Le also checked the   river before Smith tossed out some more chips. Le then went into the tank for nearly a minute before he folded.

"Can I take a picture and show you at the end?" Smith asked, as he took out his phone to snap a photo of his cards.

"I'm pretty sure I know what you have," Le responded.

"You have no idea what I have. I'll show you later," Smith added.

Bradley Smith10,000,0001,800,000
Nghia Le6,100,000-1,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander