Marty Smyth


Marty Smyth
Marty Smyth

Marty Smyth after winning the 2008 WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Champion
Hometown Belfast, Northern Ireland
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 2
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
None
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 1
Information accurate as of 27-12-2009.

Marty Smyth is a professional poker player from Belfast, Northern Ireland with a track record including wins in the 2007 Irish Poker Open Championship[1] and the 2008 Poker Million. He won his first WSOP bracelet in the 2008 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship.

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Poker career

Marty Smyth has played poker since his early teens. He first discovered Omaha and Texas hold'em on a weekend trip to a Dublin casino at the age of 22.[2] He continued to play regularly, eventually becoming a successful professional player. In March 2008 Smyth signed a sponsorship deal with Irish based company, Boylepoker.com. Marty was the highest earning European player in 2007[non-primary source needed] and has since been nominated for two European Poker Awards, Player of the Year 2008 and Best Tournament Performance 2008. [3][self-published source?]

In 2006 Marty played and won the QUB GAA charity poker tournament. The £10 rebuy, aimed at beginner students was held in popular student bar The Botanic Inn. Only one of the other players knew who Marty was as the tournament was made up of mostly 1st time poker players. Marty used a total of 14 re-buys and eventually won the tournament with 5s 7c against KK.[citation needed]

Irish Poker Open

Smyth has placed in the Irish Poker Open, Europe's oldest and largest poker tournament,[4] on four occasions. He placed 7th in 2002 and 6th in 2003. In the 2006 event, Smyth placed 15th. He defeated the largest field ever assembled for a European poker tournament when in 2007, he won the €3,300 buy-in event in Dublin. 708 players began the four day event playing down to the final table. Smyth eventually defeated Roland De Wolfe in a heads-up encounter Terry Rogers Memorial Trophy and earning €650,000.[1] The event was televised in Ireland on RTE Two and internationally on Challenge.

Poker Million

Smyth competed in the Ladbrokes sponsored Poker Million V event in England in 2006 He placed 6th on the final table, winning $100,000 in prize money. The event was broadcast on Sky Sports. He also made the final table the following year, finishing 2nd to Joe Beevers for $500,000. In 2008, Smyth reached a record-breaking third consecutive final of the event, winning the $1,000,000 first prize.

World Series of Poker

Marty Smyth won the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship on 2 July 2008 winning $859,532. On the final hand on a board of Q♣ 9♥ 10♣, Smyth made a pot-size bet of 600,000 holding K♣ J♣ J♠ Q♦ holding a made king-high straight, his opponent Peter Jetten re-raised pot, Smyth then re-raised all-in and was call by Jetten who was holding K♠ J♦ 3♦ 2♣ for the same king-high straight, however Smyth was freerolling on the re-draw to a flush as well as an open-ended straight flush draw, both the King high and the Royal Flush, the turn was a blank, the 7♦, but the river brought the 6♣ giving Smyth the winning flush and the Championship.[5] Marty considers his bracelet win to be his biggest achievement, but highlights the Irish Open title as his most "life-changing". [6]

World Series of Poker Bracelet

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2008 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship $859,532

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,700,000.[7] His two cashes at the WSOP account for $863,382 of those winnings.[8]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Butt, Robert. "Marty Smyth - Stats". The Hendon Mob. http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=1685. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Marty Smyth's - Biography". boylesports.com. http://www.boylesports.com/sections/poker/d.asp?show=SponsoredPros_MartySmyth_Bio. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Marty Smyth Official Website". martysmyth.net. http://www.martysmyth.net/bio. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  4. ^ Cardplayer Europe: How the Irish Changed the Face of Poker
  5. ^ Calistri, Amy (2008-07-02). "2008 WSOP Event #50, $10,000 PLO Championship: Marty Smyth Wins Gold". PokerNews.com. http://www.pokernews.com/news/2008/07/2008-wsop-event-50-10000-PLO-final-marty-smyth-wins-gold.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Marty Smyth Interview". blackbeltpoker.com. http://www.blackbeltpoker.com/articles/read/Player-Interview--Marty-Smyth. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  7. ^ Butt, Robert. "Marty Smyth - Stats". The Hendon Mob. http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=s&n=1685. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  8. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings, worldseriesofpoker.com

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