Smurfit fights back for bracelet

Updated: June 25, 2007, 6:15 PM ET
By ESPN Poker Club

Don't call it a comeback.

Alan Smurfit entered the final table of the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha rebuy event dead last. Ahead of him were eight other players, including Brandon Adams and Chau Giang, and the chip deficit wasn't small. Smurfit had $95,000 in chips, while his closest competitor had $195,000. The chip leader, Qushqar Morad, had $995,000!

Ok, you can call it a comeback.

Smurfit, a 64-year-old retiree from Florida overcame the deficit in over nine hours, including a 167-hand, six-hour, heads-up battle with Morad. This was Smurfit's second year to compete at the WSOP and his first cash after a dozen cashes at tournaments elsewhere.

Other notable finishers include Chris Bjorin (fourth), Erick Lindgren (tenth), Ralph Perry (12th), Michael Binger (15th) and Allen Cunningham (18th).

Below are the complete results for Event 33 of the 2007 WSOP:

Results: Event 32 | Event 34

Buy-in:, $1,500
Prize Pool: 1,684,305
Entries: 293
Rebuys/Add-ons: 880 Places paid: 27

1. Alan Smurfit, $464,867
2. Qushqar Morad, $279,595
3. Van Marcus, $190,326
4. Chris Bjorin, $129,691
5. Chau Giang, $96,005
6. Brandon Adams, $75,794
7. Robert Fellner, $57,266
8. Birinder Nijran, $42,108
9. Hilbert Shirey, $30,317
10. Erick Lindgren, $21,054
11. David Ashby, $21,054
12. Ralph Perry, $21,054
13. Daniel Harmentz, $19,370
14. Jorge Arias, $19,370
15. Michael Binger, $19,370
16. Bradley Berman, $17,685
17. Varahram Vardjavand, $17,685
18. Allen Cunningham, $17,685
19. Julian Gardner, $16,001
20. Jackie Chitwood, $16,001
21. Richard Ellerman, $16,001
22. David Ulliot, $16,001
23. Warren Wooldridge, $16,001
24. David Williams, $16,001
25. Andreas Krause, $16,001
26. Eoghan O'Dea, $16,001
27. Rodeen Talebi, $16,001

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