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Thursday, June 27, 2024 2:45 AM Local Time (about 12 days and 20 hours ago)

Dario Sammartino Wins First Bracelet in Event #61: $2,500 Mixed Stud 8/Omaha 8 for $222,703

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One of the most popular split pot game tournaments of the 2024 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas saw a total of 507 players come out to play. Event #61: $2,500 Stud/Omaha 8-or-Better saw a bigger field than last year's turnout of 460, and only 77 players saw a piece of the $1,128,075 prize pool. The beginning of the day saw 21 players with eyes set on the bracelet and the first-place prize of $222,703, but by the end of the day, there was only one.

For many years, the list of greatest players without a bracelet has featured the name Dario Sammartino. The Italian pro has climbed to the top of the all-time money list in Italy with an impressive $16 million in lifetime earnings and many WSOP final table appearances in various formats. At the start of the day, he was on this list, but now, at its close, he can proudly cross his name off as he took home his first WSOP bracelet and a first-place prize of $222,703.

"Oh, I feel so good," Sammartino said with a gracious smile across his face, "and finally, after 12 years, I am so happy. It was a very tough field." This marks Dario's 24th appearance at a WSOP final table and his third time getting heads up for a bracelet. Third time's the charm as his match with Jon Kyte lasted just under ninety minutes.

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"This field was amazing," Sammartino said about the highly skilled field of mixed game players and bracelet winners. "I played online all year and many mixed games with some of the best players. I learned from the best by playing with the best. Last year, I started to study and improve, and now I'm a bit better." Sammartino was planning on playing a full WSOP schedule before this victory, and nothing has changed on that front. "I will try to play everything, but my main priority is the 10k 2-7 No-Limit. After that will be the main event."

Sammartino's rail was filled with friends and family. The first place he walked after winning the bracelet was to his rail, to be embraced by those closest to him. "I think love is everything in life. It is very important for me. I have the love of my friends and the love of my family; without them, I am nothing. So thank you to my family, to my friends, to my girlfriend, and my son."

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Dario SammartinoItaly$222,703
2Jon KyteNorway$148,462
3David WilliamsUnited States$102,335
4Jeff MadsenUnited States$71,810
5Federico OttenioUnited States$51,315
6Matt VengrinUnited States$37,354
7Joey CoudenUnited States$27,709
8Scott BlackmanUnited States$20,954

Day 3 Action

The players came back to quick action as early play saw multiple casualties in the early levels of the day. Brian Schwartz (21st-$8,369), Christopher Battenfield (20th - $8,369), Joshua Ray (19th - $8,369), Ryan Schoonbaert (18th - $8,369), and David Margolis (17th - $8,369) all fell before the final two tables.

The final two tables saw the pace of eliminations slow down. Still, the shortest stacks never seemed safe as bracelet winner Nick Kost (16th - $8,369), Jared Talarico (15th-$10,208), Troy Murdough (14th - $10,208),Dai Ishibashi (13th - $10,208), Patrice Boudet (12th - $10,208), and Jacob Nepom (11th - $12,713), all fell in the next batch of eliminations.

The final player to go before the final table was Columbian player Jose Ferro. His pair of eights could not run down the eights and threes of Federico Ottenio and Ferro collected $12,713 for his deep run.

Final Table Action

Paul Zappulla flirted with the chip lead many times with two tables left, but multiple pots prior to the final table had gone poorly. He eventually played a pot in Omaha Hi-Lo where he flopped top pair and a gutter against Jeff Madsen, who flopped a king-high straight. Zappulla got in final chips in on the turn and was unable to make his straight, giving Madsen the pot and leaving Zappulla to finish the table in ninth place, good for $16,159.

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Securing a ladder due to that bustout was Scott Blackman, who began the final table as the shortest stack. His good fortune would end shortly after as he was chopped up in a stud hand between Joey Couden with a six-low and David Williams with aces and kings. Both were enough to beat Blackman's pair of nines, and he collected $20,954 for his finish.

Madsen fell to the very short stack but managed to scoop a massive triple-up through Williams and Kyte to put himself into contention for the chip lead. Another pot saw Madsen put himself into the lead as he made aces up against Couden, leaving him with just a few chips. The bracelet winner got in his last chips with wired jacks against Sammartino, who made aces on sixth with a low. No improvement came on seventh street, and Couden ended his run in seventh place for $27,709.

Shortly after, it was Matt Vengrin departing in sixth place. After losing a couple of big pots to Kyte, he was down to just a couple of big bets, and he also found himself all in against Sammartino. He moved in his last chip on fifth street with wired fives against Sammartino's low draw, which turned into aces up on seventh street. Vengrin squeezed the last card in hopes of making trip fives, but it was no good and he collected $37,354 for his efforts.

Kyte took over the lead in the final table, acquiring over half of the chips in play with five players left. Though he managed to land a couple of sizable dents into Kyte's stack, Ottenio ended up drifting down the counts and became the shortest stack. He was eventually all in for his last chips in Omaha up against Williams and Kyte. Ottenio ended up with just a pair of kings up against two flushes, with Williams holding the nut flush to more than double in the hand, while Ottenio was eliminated in fifth place for $51,135.

After that elimination, Madsen was the next player on the chopping block, holding just two big bets. He got his last chips in Stud in a pot between himself, Kyte, and Sammartino. The side pot got big and Kyte's pair of queens were good to scoop the whole thing. He put himself back into the chip lead while the four-time bracelet winner was eliminated in fourth place for $71,810.

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The three-handed match began with Kyte holding sixty percent of the chips and Sammartino and Williams sitting neck and neck in second and third place, respectively. That changed when a massive pot saw Kyte take a huge bite out of Williams' stack, leaving him short. Williams doubled shortly after that, but his final hand came in Omaha in a pot against Sammartino. Sammartino had flopped top set against Williams' open-ended straight and flush draw. The board bricked out seeing Sammartino come into heads up with only a slight deficit, and the WSOP bracelet winner was eliminated in third place for $102,355.

The heads-up match initially saw Kyte push himself further into the lead, but then Sammartino found some momentum in a sizable Omaha pot, where Sammartino flopped a set that turned into a full house. After that, Sammartino went into the lead and never let up with the pressure. Kyte tried to climb back, but the final big confrontation saw Kyte's Broadway be second best against Sammartino's flush. The final hand saw his last chips be put in from Stud, and his pair of kings ended up second-best against Sammartino's straight. Sammartino won the tournament, while Kyte finished in second place for $148,462.

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Thursday, June 27, 2024 1:19 AM Local Time (about 12 days and 22 hours ago)

Jon Kyte Eliminated in 2nd Place ($148,462)

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Omaha Hi Lo

Dario Sammartino raised on the button and in the big blind Jon Kyte called.

The flop rolled out and Kyte checked over to Sammartino who bet and Kyte raised which Sammartino called.

Kyte bet the turn and Sammartino called.

On the river , Kyte bet and Sammartino called, tabling for a flush, besting Kyte's Broadway .

Kyte was left with just enough for the ante and bring-in in Stud.

Stud Hi-Lo

After two pots resulting in chop pots, Kyte was all in a third time.

Jon Kyte:
Dario Sammartino:

Sammartino when seeing the jack on seventh, Sammartino's rail cheered with the Italian making a straight.

Sammartino and Kyte hugged it out as Kyte finished in second place.

Dario Sammartino17,745,0001,645,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (6)
Jon Kyte0-1,600,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (7)

Thursday, June 27, 2024 12:35 AM Local Time (about 12 days and 22 hours ago)

Kyte on the Brink

Stud Hi-Lo

Jon Kyte: //
Dario Sammartino: /

Jon Kyte completed and Dario Sammartino raised. Kyte called.

Kyte called a bet from Sammartino on fourth street and then Sammartino called a bet from Kyte on fifth.

Both players checked down on sixth and seventh and Sammartino announced, "Kings," as he tabled .

Kyte couldn't beat it and mucked — slipping to just 1,600,00 in chips.

Dario Sammartino16,100,0002,100,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (8)
Jon Kyte1,600,000-2,100,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (9)

Thursday, June 27, 2024 12:31 AM Local Time (about 12 days and 22 hours ago)

Sammartino Extending His Lead

Stud Hi-Lo

Sammartino completed in full and Kyte raised which Sammartino called.

Dario Sammartino: //
Jon Kyte: /qs3c2dac]/

Sammartino check-called a bet from Kyte on fourth and fifth street.

On sixth street, both players checked.

Seventh street saw Sammartino bet and Kyte called and mucked after seeing Sammartino's .

Dario Sammartino14,000,000700,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (10)
Jon Kyte3,700,000-700,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (11)

Thursday, June 27, 2024 12:20 AM Local Time (about 12 days and 23 hours ago)

Kyte Slipping

Omaha Hi-Lo

Dario Sammartino limped on the button and Jon Kyte checked his option.

Kyte proceeded to check-call bets from Sammartino on the flop, turn, and river.

Sammartino turned over for aces-up with a low and Kyte sent his hand into the muck.

Dario Sammartino13,300,0002,100,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (12)
Jon Kyte4,400,000-2,050,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (13)

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Thursday, June 27, 2024 12:05 AM Local Time (about 12 days and 23 hours ago)

Sammartino Vaults Into The Lead

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Omaha Hi-Lo

Dario Sammartino raised on the button and Jon Kyte called.

"You never fold huh?" Sammartino asked Kyte before the flop.

The flop rolled out and Kyte check called a bet from Sammartino.

Kyte checked the turn and Sammartino bet, which Kyte responded to by raising. Sammartino raised once more and Kyte called.

On the river , Kyte checked over to Sammartino who bet. Kyte thought for a bit before putting in the chips to call.

"A six is no good my friend," Sammartino remarked as he tabled for threes full and the Italian took a sizable lead over Kyte.

Dario Sammartino11,200,0003,800,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (16)
Jon Kyte6,450,000-3,850,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (17)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:54 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 23 hours ago)

Sammartino's Trap Goes Wrong

Omaha Hi-Lo

Jon Kyte limped on the button and Dario Sammartino raised from the big blind. Kyte called.

Sammartino proceeded to check-call bets from Kyte on the flop, turn, and river.

"I was trapping," Sammartino said as he put in the last called.

"I have a straight," Kyte replied as he turned over .

Sammartino revealed he held the and sent his hand into the muck.

Jon Kyte10,300,0001,000,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (18)
Dario Sammartino7,400,000-1,000,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (19)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:49 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 23 hours ago)

Sammartino Hooks Back

Stud Hi-Lo

Both players called.

Dario Sammartino: //
Jon Kyte: //

Kyte bet on fourth street which Sammartino responded to by raising and Kyte called.

Fifth street saw action check through to sixth street which saw Kyte bet and Sammartino call.

On seventh street Kyte checked.

"I like check," Sammartino said as he checked behind. Kyte motioned to the board and Sammartino turned over for a pair of jacks and he took back a pot from Kyte.

Jon Kyte9,300,000-1,500,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (20)
Dario Sammartino8,400,0001,500,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (21)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:41 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 23 hours ago)

Kyte Makes a Wheel

Stud Hi-Lo

Jon Kyte: /
Dario Sammartino: //

Catching up on fifth street, both players checked and then Jon Kyte called a bet from Dario Sammartino on sixth.

Sammartino check-called a bet from Kyte on seventh and Kyte announced, "Wheel," as he turned over for the goods.

Sammartino mucked and Kyte was awarded the scoop.

Jon Kyte10,800,0001,900,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (22)
Dario Sammartino6,900,000-1,900,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (23)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:35 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 23 hours ago)

Level 31 started

Level: 31

Blinds: 0/0

Ante: 0

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:24 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 24 hours ago)

Break Time

Dario Sammartino and Jon Kyte are on a quick break before resuming their heads-up duel.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:24 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 24 hours ago)

Sammartino Pulls to Even

Stud Hi-Lo

Jon Kyte: /
Dario Sammartino: /

Dario Sammartino called the bring-in and then raised a bet from Kyte on fourth street. Kyte called.

Kyte called bets from Sammartino on fifth and sixth and then Sammartino check-called a bet from Kyte on seventh.

Kyte showed a pair of jacks, but Sammartino was best with kings-up and scooped the pot.

Jon Kyte8,900,000-1,800,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (25)
Dario Sammartino8,800,0001,800,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (26)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:24 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 24 hours ago)

David Williams Eliminated in 3rd Place ($102,335)

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Omaha Hi-Lo

David Williams raised on the button and in the big blind Dario Sammartino called.

The flop rolled out and Sammartino checked over to Williams who bet and Sammartino raised. Williams responded by raising and Sammartino raised all in which Williams called to put himself at risk.

David Williams:
Dario Sammartino:

The board ran out and Sammartino's set of jacks held strong for the pot while both of Williams' draw missed and the WSOP bracelet winner was eliminated from the tournament.

Jon Kyte10,700,0001,800,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (28)
Dario Sammartino7,000,0001,000,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (29)
David Williams0-850,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (30)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:15 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 24 hours ago)

Sammartino Leaves Williams Short

Omaha Hi-Lo

A few hands after losing a sizable pot to Jon Kyte in Stud Hi-Lo, David Williams raised on the button and was called by Dario Sammartino in the big blind.

Sammartino check-raised a bet from Williams on the flop and Williams called.

Williams then called bets from Sammartino on the turn and river and Sammartino announced, "Ace-nine," as he tabled as advertised.

Williams showed he held and mucked — awarding the pot to Sammartino and slipping to under a million in chips.

Dario Sammartino6,000,0001,800,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (31)
David Williams850,000-2,950,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (32)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 11:09 PM Local Time (about 12 days and 24 hours ago)

Jeff Madsen Eliminated in 4th Place ($71,810)

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Stud Hi-Lo

Jeff Madsen completed in full with a up and both Dario Sammartino with a and Jon Kyte with a called.

Jeff Madsen: /[/xx]
Dario Sammartino: //
Jon Kyte: //

Kyte checked on fourth over to Madsen who moved all in. Sammartino raised and Kyte called.

Kyte bet on fifth street and Sammartino called.

On sixth street, Sammartino checked over to Kyte who bet and Sammartino called. Both players checked on seventh street.

Sammartino shook his head and tabled for just a pair of nines, Kyte showed .

"I guess I gotta chance. I need an ace, jack, ten, six, or three," said Madsen as he sweat his final card. He flipped it up and turned over for just a pair of jacks and the four-time WSOP bracelet winner finished the tournament in fourth place.

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Dario Sammartino4,200,000-400,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (35)
David Williams3,800,000-150,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (36)
Jeff Madsen0-2,125,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (37)

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:49 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 0 hour ago)

Federico Ottenio Eliminated in 5th Place ($51,315)

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Omaha Hi-Lo

Federico Ottenio raised all in on the button and David Williams completed the bet from the small blind. Jon Kyte called from the big blind.

Williams bet on the flop and Kyte raised. Williams made it three bets to go and Kyte called.

Kyte called a bet from Williams on the turn and Williams went all in on the river.

Kyte called and Williams showed for the flopped nut flush. Kyte held for a lower flopped flush and Ottenio held to be eliminated in fifth place.

Jon Kyte7,550,000-1,650,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (40)
David Williams3,950,0001,550,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (41)
Federico Ottenio0-350,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (42)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:45 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 0 hour ago)

Kyte Leave Ottenio On Fumes

Omaha Hi-Lo

Jon Kyte raised in the cutoff and in the big blind, Federico Ottenio called.

The flop rolled out and Ottenio checked over to Kyte who bet and Ottenio called.

Ottenio checked the turn over to Kyte who bet and Ottenio called once more.

On the river , Ottenio checked over to Kyte who bet once more and Ottenio sighed. He looked back at his chips and eventually decided to fold for his final bet.

Kyte showed for aces up as he raked in the pot.

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Federico Ottenio350,000-1,750,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (44)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:30 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 0 hour ago)

Kyte Gets Respect

Omaha Hi-Lo

Dario Sammartino raised from the cutoff and was three-bet by Federico Ottenio on the button. Jon Kyte called cold in the big blind and Sammartino called as well.

Action checked to Ottenio on the flop and he bet. Both Kyte and Sammartino called.

The fell on the turn and it was checked to Ottenio again. He bet but then Kyte check-raised. Sammartino quickly folded and Ottenio followed suit after tanking for a bit to send the pot Kyte's direction.

Jon Kyte7,400,0002,200,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (45)
Dario Sammartino4,600,000-200,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (46)
Federico Ottenio2,100,000-1,500,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (47)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:23 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 1 hour ago)

"My Friend, It Is Time"

Omaha Hi-Lo

Jon Kyte raised in the hijack and on the button, Dario Sammartino three-bet which only Kyte called.

"My friend," Sammartino declared "It is time."

The flop rolled out and Kyte checked over to Sammartino who bet and Kyte raised.

"You never believe me, always check-raising," Sammartino said putting in the call. He then continued to hum.

Kyte bet the turn and Sammartino called.

On the river , Kyte checked over to Sammartino who bet.

"This is so disgusting," said Kyte as he called.

"Ace-queen!" shouted Sammartino as he tabled for three queens and an ace, which was good for the pot as Kyte flashed before mucking.

Jon Kyte5,200,000-1,000,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (48)
Dario Sammartino4,800,0002,100,000 WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates (49)

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 10:20 PM Local Time (about 13 days and 1 hour ago)

Level 30 started

Level: 30

Blinds: 0/0

Ante: 0

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