Tyler Smith tops the biggest live PLO field in history

A record breaking 3,186 take part in the WSOP Omaha event to beat last year’s sign up record.

Tyler Smith

This year’s $565 PLO WSOP tournament set a new sign up record for a live Omaha event anywhere and crowned Tyler Smith, playing in his tournament almost two years, with his first WSOP bracelet and a cool $224,344 on top.

The real story, however, was the size of the field which was compiled of a whopping 3,186 entries and bettered the previous entry record, set in the same event last year. Then, 2,483 entered of whom Ryan LaPlante outlasted the others for a bracelet.

Smith said;

"It feels amazing. You know, when you enter these things and there are so many people, it's a minefield, but they seem unwinnable to an extent. So, kind of every level that you go and you make it a little bit further. It's like a surreal experience."
"I don't really play no-limit Hold’em at all anymore. I'm pretty much exclusively a PLO guy. I guess you just expect it. You just understand that that is part of the landscape and that is the nature of the game. Whatever happens, just kind of happens."

The event took four days to whittle down the massive amount of runners to the last man standing who can now add his bracelet to the WSOP Circuit ring he collected in 2008.

Smith, a cash game specialist from Mississippi, has a side income generated by his investment in real estate and his ownership of a restaurant and has no plans to return to the bigger tournaments anytime soon, citing his preference for cash games.

Is this as big as it gets for PLO tournaments?

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