Jeffrey Lisandro is a man who really needs no introduction, but in case you've been living under a rock where there is no poker coverage for the past few years, Mr. Lisandro will tonight be tossing his fifth WSOP bracelet in the pile. This is, though, his first European WSOP bracelet, and also his first in Omaha - his previous four were all in stud poker and were all picked up in Vegas, including three in one Series which earned him the title of 2009 WSOP Player of the Year.
Lisandro battled through a very small but unbelievably high-class field, and although he had to outdraw aces right at the end to take it down, that was no small achievement. Coming back with 15 players today instead of the scheduled nine looked as though it might make for a very late night, but in the event the high-variance nature of Omaha and the aggressiveness of the players made up for the extra numbers, and Lisandro will still get to enjoy some of London's nightlife before he returns to his hotel room to reflect on a job well done.
In a fast-paced final where almost every player took at least one turn at being chip leader, it could have gone anyone's way. Lisandro seems to have a magic touch at these things, though, and as he poses for his winner's photos (although he did refuse to do any interviews) he looks extremely comfortable and relaxed. As though he could get used to this sort of thing.
Many congratulations to Mr. Lisandro, and indeed to all 15 players who made it as far as Day 3. We'll be back tomorrow with the continuing £1,000 NLH event, but from our Omaha outing at the WSOPE, it's over and out.