Saturday, July 13, 2019 4:00 PM Local Time
Boyhood Dream Achieved: Jerry Odeen Wins a Bracelet and $304,793 in $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO Event
He arrived only for a couple of weeks, but he's leaving the town with a bracelet on his wrist. Sweden's Jerry Odeen came back from a short stack to conquer a 1,250-player field in the 2019 World Series of Poker Event #80: $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha.
Odeen made sure to clear the board in the early afternoon. He had a flight to catch at 9:30 p.m. and he needed to spare some time for the customs: after all, he's taking home the $304,793 first-place prize and some fancy new jewelry.
"This is something I've always wanted since I started watching poker when I was like 15 years old," Odeen revealed.
Ten years later, Odeen has accomplished what he'd envisioned, claiming that he wasn't ever going to quit poker before he'd win a bracelet. "It feels pretty surreal," Odeen said.
Now he navigated through the final table which saw seven players return for an extra day to play it out. A ton of chips were physically present at the table, but the numbers don't lie. It was an affair full of shallow stacks.
For such a seasoned online player, that might be a dream spot. Used to playing around the 20 or 30-big blind mark, Odeen knew the setup was tailor-made for his abilities.
"In no-limit hold'em, especially playing short stack, I think I know what to shove with and what to fold," Odeen said.
He was the second-shortest when the play resumed at noon, but a few non-showdown wins vaulted him to the middle of the pack. But Odeen wasn't the only prolific online crusher at the table, with high-stakes regular Luc Greenwood few seats to his right.
Greenwood got the best of the first span, steadily increasing his stack just like the Greenwood brothers always do. But nobody is perfect, not even the most talented players at the tables. Unfortunately for Greenwood, a disastrous misclick would rapidly change the script.
Final Table Results
With five players left, Greenwood held the chip lead while Odeen wasn't far behind, having coolered Eddie Blumenthal to bust him in sixth place following Jeremy Kottler's elimination in seventh.
Greenwood tangled in a PLO pot with Peter Linton which saw Linton bet pot on the turn. Greenwood wanted to call but accidentally slid forward 1 million more and his misstep resulted in a forced raise, which provoked a shove from Linton. Greenwood had to call off. He wouldn't get bailed out with his wrap as the river bricked, leaving Linton's two pair ahead.
Odeen knew that the misclick that saw Linton double helped not only Linton, but also Odeen's own case. He had been second in chips and his hands had been a little bit tied considering the money jumps and Greenwood's undisputable skills.
"I had to stay away a bit from the action, and while this was great for me, I feel sorry for him. Everybody has done it, every poker player. But it's such a bad timing," Odeen said about Greenwood's error.
Suddenly, what could have been perceived as a final table lined up for Greenwood's landslide became an Odeen's. He continued to eliminate his opponents one by one, dispatching former bracelet winner Ayaz Mahmood in fifth and then sealing Greenwood's fate.
"I don't think I lost a single all in so it's tough to lose then," Odeen said.
His rampant run carried on. Odeen was well aware of Linton's pot-limit Omaha abilities and he tried to concentrate mostly on no-limit hold'em.
"Peter seemed way more comfortable playing PLO so I decided to play pretty tight unless I was the button since he was not gonna give up a lot of pots against me," Odeen admitted.
However, the conditions were favorable for his gameplan and his main discipline, given the big blind ante which creates bigger pots preflop. So Odeen opened up in the two-card game.
"I don't think people think enough about how big of a difference the ante actually makes," Odeen claimed.
While he said that PLO might sometimes be a guessing game for him, especially on a final table with the ICM implications, Odeen had no trouble putting his money in against short-stacked Adam Demersseman, holding aces. Odeen's starting hand prevailed and he added another notch to his streak of KOs. Linton was the only one left to tackle.
The heads-up match would last only a matter of minutes. Odeen found an easy spot to close things out, raise-calling with pocket jacks in hold'em. Linton's ten-nine suited caught an open-ender on the flop, but he failed to hit his eight outs on the turn and river.
Odeen's dream became a reality and he shouted some spontaneous words in his native language. He knew he was going to fly home with the bracelet.
"It's achievable, but, obviously, you need a lot of luck to get here," Odeen was well aware.
With only a few hours left before he was bound to board a plane, Odeen's short trip to Vegas had turned out perfectly. He said he played only six events.
Having expressed excitement for his accomplishment, Odeem didn't seem to be less excited about going home to see his girlfriend.
"She will be very happy."
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:55 PM Local Time
Peter Linton Eliminated in 2nd Place ($188,368)
Jerry Odeen raised to 600,000 on his button, Peter Linton three-bet shoved for just over 25 big blinds and Odeen snap-called.
Odeen was in a great spot and Linton needed a lot of help to catch up.
They saw an entertaining flop as the hit the felt and Odeen smiled.
The turn was safe for Odeen and Linton hoped to hit one of his eight outs for a straight. The river, however, bricked as the landed and Odeen rushed from the table, shouting something in the Swedish language. Then he shook his hand with Linton.
Linton was eliminated in second place for $188,368 while Jerry Odeen claimed his first bracelet along with the $304,793 first-place prize.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:50 PM Local Time
Odeen Extends his Lead
Peter Linton limped from the small blind and Jerry Odeen raised to 1,100,000 from the big blind. Linton called.
A flop reading was dealt and Odeen fired 675,000. Linton let it go.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:39 PM Local Time
Adam Demersseman Eliminated in 3rd Place ($135,093)
Adam Demersseman potted for 1.05 million from the button, Jerry Odeen repotted from the small blind, and Peter Linton folded to give way for a heads-up showdown. Demersseman called off for the rest of his chips.
"Red cards," Demersseman instructed the dealer, but he wouldn't oblige as the flop came out .
The turn left Demersseman drawing slim and the river elminated him in third place.
Demersseman shook hands with Odeen and Linton saying, "Now is the time to tell you guys that this was my first PLO tournament ever."
"Oh, well done," Odeen replied and Demersseman left the table, heading to the payout desk.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:35 PM Local Time
Linton Takes it on the Turn
Peter Linton opened to 750,000 on the button and Jerry Odeen called from the big blind.
The dealer spread a flop of that was checked through to the turn. Odeen checked once more and Linton fired 650,000. Odeen let it go.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:26 PM Local Time
Demersseman Defends His Possessions
With the blinds getting high and the full big blind ante in play, Adam Demersseman needs to fight hard to keep his short stack afloat in order to avoid succumbing to the pressure.
Demersseman has been able to guard his big blind so far, just as he demonstrated in a recent hand against Peter Linton.
Linton limped from the small blind, Demersseman checked, and they saw the flop. Linton bet 300,000 and Demersseman raised to 1,025,000, forcing a fold from his opponent.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:23 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:17 PM Local Time
Lucas Greenwood Eliminated in 4th Place ($98,027)
Action folded to Lucas Greenwood who raised to 725,000 from the small blind and Jerry Odeen called from the big blind.
A flop reading was dealt and Greenwood moved all in for his last 995,000. Odeen snap-called.
The turn and river completed the board and Odeen raked in the pot with his king-high straight, eliminating Greenwood from the tournament in 4th place for $98,027
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:15 PM Local Time
Demersseman Keeps Nursing Short Stack
Peter Linton limped from the small blind, Adam Demersseman checked in the big, and they saw the flop.
Linton stabbed at the pot, betting 240,000, but Demersseman raised pot and Linton quickly laid his hand down.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 3:03 PM Local Time
Odeen Extends His Lead
Lucas Greenwood limped from the small blind and Jerry Odeen checked from the big blind.
The flop fell and was checked through to the turn. Greenwood fired a bet of 250,000 that Odeen called. The filled up the river and Greenwood threw in another bet of 450,000. Odeen responded by moving all in for about 12,500,000 and Greenwood with about 2,400,000 behind, snap-folded.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:58 PM Local Time
Linton Shoves on Greenwood
Peter Linton made it 500,000 on his button and Luc Greenwood called from the big blind.
The flop landed and both players checked.
Greenwood led out 425,000 when the arrived on the turn and Linton announced he was all in, covering Greenwood's 3.75 million.
Greenwood checked his stack and then he opted to fold.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:54 PM Local Time
Linton Folds to Odeen's Check-Raise
Lucas Greenwood limped on the button along with Jerry Odeen in the small blind. Peter Linton checked from the big blind.
Players saw a flop of that was checked around to the turn. Odeen checked again. Linton fired 640,000 and Greenwood folded. Odeen took a minute of reflection before check-raising to 2,300,000. Linton snap-folded.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:45 PM Local Time
Ayaz Mahmood Eliminated in 5th Place ($71,979)
Ayaz Mahmood made it 500,000 in the cutoff, Jerry Odeen potted from the button and Mahmood was ready to spin for his tournament life.
The flop came down and Mahmood hit two pair, but the gave Odeen a flush. Mahmood failed to improve on the river and he left the table with a payout slip for a fifth-place finish.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:42 PM Local Time
Misclick Costs Greenwood Half of His Stack
Luc Greenwood raised to 500,000 from the cutoff and Peter Linton defended his big blind with a call.
They checked to the turn where Linton announced a pot-sized bet of 1.12 million. Greenwood wanted to call and he added one chip to his pile, thinking he would slide forward 1.1 million.
However, when he did so, he realized his mistake as he pushed forward 2.1 million and, unfortunately for him, it was declared a raise.
Linton moved all in for 4.66 million and Greenwood couldn't fold at that point.
Linton's two pair held after the river and the mistake cost Greenwood heaps of chips, allowing Linton to double into the lead.
"Oh my god," Greenwood lamented. "Oh, f***."
"Sorry, bro," Linton said.
"No, it's fine. It was my mistake. Sealed my own fate," Greenwood replied.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:32 PM Local Time
Odeen Takes From Greenwood
Lucas Greenwood limped on the button along with Ayaz Mahmood in the small blind. Jerry Odeen, in the big blind, checked.
The dealer fanned a flop of that was checked around to the turn. Mahmood and Odeen checked once more and Greenwood fired 400,000. Mahmood folded but Odeen called.
The completed the board and Odeen checked. Greenwood threw in a bet of 800,000 and Odeen snap-called. Greenwood tabled and Odeen revealed to win the pot with a flush.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:16 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:07 PM Local Time
Players are on a 15-minute break.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:00 PM Local Time
Mahmood Folds to Linton's Shove
Ayaz Mahmood raised raised to 400,000 on the button and Peter Linton three-bet to 1,300,000 from the big blind. Mahmood called.
A flop of was dealt and Linton moved all in for 2,518,000. Mahmood let it go.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 1:59 PM Local Time
Greenwoood Adds Some
Ayaz Mahmood raised to 400,000 under the gun and Luc Greenwood called from the big blind.
Greenwood check-called another 400,000 on and the turn and river were both checked.
Greenwood announced two pair, eights and deuces, showing . Mahmood mucked.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 1:52 PM Local Time
Straight for Mahmood
Ayaz Mahmood limped from the small blind and Jerry Odeen checked from the big blind.
A flop reading was dealt and checked throught to the turn and to the river. Mahmood fired 300,000 and Odeen called. Mahmood tabled for a straight and Odeen sent his hand to the muck.