Australian Jarred Graham joined good-friend Joe Hachem as a WSOP bracelet winner by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Graham was the short stack with only fourteen players left in the tournament but staged a remarkable comeback to take down the first place prize of $255,942, in what was only his second ever WSOP tournament.
The semi-professional poker player was delighted to be the first Australian winner of a bracelet at this year’s World Series of Poker.
“It feels great to come here and win, this is my first World Series,” Graham said.
“It helps having everyone (fellow Australians) here supporting. It makes a big difference. The poker community is tight and I was happy to see them here with me.”
Graham played extremely well to claim victory with former bracelet winners Perry Green and Barry Greenstein as well as perennial WSOP runner-up Marco Johnson providing stiff competition at the final table.
At one stage it looked as though Greenstein was on his way to his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet but he was eliminated by Graham in third place while Johnson fell just short of tournament victory for the third time in his WSOP career.
“Playing with Barry Greenstein and Marco Johnson was great,” Graham said.
“We played for a while three-handed and they are really tough players, so I enjoyed winning.”
Australian poker players have achieved a number of excellent results at the World Series of Poker in recent years (highlighted by Hachem’s win in the 2005 WSOP Main Event) and Graham joins Joe Hachem, Gary Benson, Billy Argyos, Tony G, Mel Judah, Jeff Lisandro, Mark Vos and Marsha Waggoner as Australian winners at the World Series of Poker.
Graham said he is not happy with only one bracelet and will be entering the remaining Pot-Limit Omaha events at the 2013 World Series of Poker.