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Jeff Smith Wins World Series of Poker $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event

California Web Developer Earns First Bracelet and $323,125

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Lost in the excitement of the 2014 World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker event was event no. 9, a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament that drew a more than respectable 1,940 players, creating a total prize pool of $1,746,000.

In the end, the title, the bracelet and a first-place prize of $323,125 went to 26-year-old Jeff Smith from Encinitas, California. Smith spends his days working as a web developer, but has turned poker into a profitable hobby over the years.

Smith had the win within his sights numerous times, but had to battle off the pesky Danny Nguyen, who refused to go down without a fight. The heads-up battle between both players lasted a few hours before Smith finally put Nguyen away for good.

Smith was in Las Vegas for a friend’s bachelor party before deciding to try his luck in the event. To capture his first gold bracelet, he had to overcome a final table that included notable poker pros David Inselberg (8th) and Chris Hunichen (6th). Smith becomes only the second non-professional poker player to win a bracelet this summer, along with casino employees event winner Roland Reparejo.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Winnings POY Points
1 Jeff Smith $323,125 1,080
2 Danny Nguyen $199,829 900
3 Frank Patti $138,160 720
4 Nathel Fontana $99,644 540
5 Chris Huago $72,843 450
6 Chris Hunichen $53,951 360
7 Brad Libson $40,489 270
8 David Inselberg $30,781 180
9 Jorge Vergara $23,693 90

*Photo courtesy of the WSOP

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