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A fresh start for Jordan Smith

Event 35 | Event 37

There are plenty of untold stories from failed poker players who made the critical mistake of poor bankroll management. Jordan Smith had one of those stories. Smith, 27, dropped out of college at 21 years old to play poker professionally. He made poor decisions and relied on others, including his parents, to help him out financially. After his victory in Event 36, the $2,000 no-limit hold 'em event, he can say he is officially back on his feet.

"I was not sure if I was going to come [to the WSOP]," Smith said. "I was pretty much broke. It has been a rough year or so. I was looking for backers and people turned me down. Now, I guess they are not too happy about that. … This definitely came at the right time. I usually get blessed when I need it the most. I guess I am very fortunate."

With this victory, Smith now has 13 cashes at the WSOP. His best previous finish was a final table bubble in a $2,000 limit hold 'em event in 2007. He now has $693,824 in career WSOP prize money.

Smith was joined at the final table by two women: Laurence Grondin and Almira Skripchenko. Through the first 35 events in 2009, only one woman, Annie Duke, made a final table. Grondin became the highest female finisher this year, ending in third place, while Skripchenko, a professional chess player, finished in seventh.

Other notable finishers included Joe McGowan (34th), David Rheem (80th) and Darus Suharto (138th).

Below are the complete results of Event 36:

Event 36: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $2,000
Entries: 1,695
Prize pool: $3,084,900
Players in the money: 171

1. Jordan Smith ($586,212)

2. Ken Lennaard ($360,439)

3. Laurence Grondin ($237,537)

4. Joe Morneau ($166,584)

5. Anthony Roux ($120,311)

6. Pat Atchison ($95,631)

7. Almira Skripchenko ($78,664)

8. Andrew Seden ($67,867)

9. Jonathan Plens ($61,081)

10. Warren Woodall ($42,880)

11. Jack Powell ($42,880)

12. Steven Tabb ($42,880)

13. Tommy Chen ($30,016)

14. John Neckar ($30,016)

15. Adam White ($30,016)

16. Corwin Cole ($21,008)

17. Andrew White ($21,008)

18. Kenneth Yates ($21,008)

19. Joseph Cutler ($15,270)

20. Robert Mazzie ($15,270)

21. Kyle Brown ($15,270)

22. Jamie Brown ($15,270)

23. Manuel Bevand ($15,270)

24. Joe Baldwin ($15,270)

25. Jordan Rich ($15,270)

26. Christian Harder ($15,270)

27. George Tokarczyk ($15,270)

28. Marty Wong ($13,141)

29. William Heger ($13,141)

30. Andas Kovacs ($13,141)

31. William Miner ($13,141)

32. Brandon Meyers ($13,141)

33. Christopher Mozingo ($13,141)

34. Joe McGowan ($13,141)

35. Mike Mrozek ($13,141)

36. James Mcclain ($13,141)

37. Denis Ward ($10,735)

38. Kevin Kelly ($10,735)

39. Jesse Yaginuma ($10,735)

40. Aaron Mayer ($10,735)

41. Philip Sparta ($10,735)

42. Scott Andrews ($10,735)

43. Ingemar Axman ($10,735)

44. Steve Ryan ($10,735)

45. Elliot Levy ($10,735)

46. Jerome Bradpiece ($9,069)

47. Donovan Panone ($9,069)

48. Christopher DeMaci ($9,069)

49. Daren Woods ($9,069)

50. Robert Firestone ($9,069)

51. Gary Myers ($9,069)

52. Matt Vance ($9,069)

53. Jeff Chotikul ($9,069)

54. Mark Brockington ($9,069)

55. Terry Wheeler ($7,866)

56. Jason Gray ($7,866)

57. Damian Salas ($7,866)

58. Jason Fennell ($7,866)

59. Adam Lippert ($7,866)

60. Joseph Butzberger ($7,866)

61. Dustin Dirksen ($7,866)

62. Matt Molinari ($7,866)

63. Jason Wheeler ($7,866)

64. Steven King ($6,971)

65. Robert Cheung ($6,971)

66. Vineet Pahuja ($6,971)

67. Robert Brown ($6,971)

68. Michael Parizon ($6,971)

69. Steve McNally ($6,971)

70. Hieu Ma ($6,971)

71. Jason Koon ($6,971)

72. John White ($6,971)

73. Matthew LaGarde ($6,262)

74. Theo Goethals ($6,262)

75. Sergey Kishnev ($6,262)

76. Pieter Dekorver ($6,262)

77. Ian O 'Shaughessy ($6,262)

78. Andreas Krause ($6,262)

79. Corey Burbick ($6,262)

80. David Rheem ($6,262)

81. William Sumi ($6,262)

82. Brian Horton ($5,614)

83. James Pechac ($5,614)

84. Brandon Demes ($5,614)

85. Vadim Shlez ($5,614)

86. Tark Abboud ($5,614)

87. Robert Zelinka ($5,614)

88. In Sun Geoum ($5,614)

89. Jason Sackler ($5,614)

90. Kenna James ($5,614)

91. Roberto Romanello ($5,090)

92. Jaime Roberts ($5,090)

93. Greg Mihaly ($5,090)

94. Eugene Todd ($5,090)

95. Pascal Vullion ($5,090)

96. James Downend ($5,090)

97. Daniel Anton ($5,090)

98. Michael Binger ($5,090)

99. Dave Wilcox ($5,090)

100. Kyle Thacker ($4,658)

101. Oddvar Brendo ($4,658)

102. Daniel O'Brien ($4,658)

103. Wayne DePalma ($4,658)

104. Adam Fyshe ($4,658)

105. Michael Martin ($4,658)

106. Guillaume De La Gorge ($4,658)
107. Rob Hollink ($4,658)

108. Rhynie Campbell ($4,658)

109. Jeff Becker ($4,658)

110. Chris Arvanitis ($4,658)

111. John Myung ($4,658)

112. Liya Gerasimova ($4,658)
113. Thomas Gabriel ($4,658)

114. James Sileo ($4,658)

115. Stephen Forde ($4,658)

116. David Tighe ($4,658)

117. David Fox ($4,658)
118. William Childs ($4,318)

119. Patrick Sacrispeyre ($4,318)

120. Paul Dominski ($4,318)

121. Bradley Bramlett ($4,318)

122. Maxim Semisoshenko ($4,318)

123. Brandon Wong ($4,318)

124. Arkadiy Tsinis ($4,318)

125. Tom Rebecca ($4,318)

126. Thomas Bohm ($4,318)

127. Umberto Vitagliano ($4,318)

128. Leo Kam ($4,318)

129. Leonid Yanovski ($4,318)

130. Gary Bain ($4,318)

131. Francisco Vazquez ($4,318)

132. Shaun Deeb ($4,318)

133. Gary Haglund ($4,318)

134. Warwick Mirzikinian ($4,318)
135. Steven Bibi ($4,318)

136. Charles Dolan ($4,318)

137. Dong Xu ($4,318)

138. Darus Suharto ($4,318)

139. Jared Hamby ($4,318)

140. Antoine Berube ($4,318)

141. Gunter Wagner ($4,318)

142. Steven Hoefs ($4,318)

143. Charles Connaly ($4,318)

144. Brett Switzer ($4,318)

145. Ben Heinrichs ($4,010)

146. Lars Bergstrom ($4,010)

147. A. Jeremy Tuttle ($4,010)

148. Conrad Coetzer ($4,010)

149. Gianluca Marcucci ($4,010)

150. Karec Terrell ($4,010)

151. Greg Hobson ($4,010)

152. Jeffrey Wan ($4,010)

153. Joseph Cappello ($4,010)

154. Ashley Butler ($4,010)

155. Yue Huang ($4,010)

156. Ibuki Fukui ($4,010)

157. Brent Reeder ($4,010)

158. John Conaway ($4,010)

159. Trevor Blackwell ($4,010)

160. Agop Rustemoglu ($4,010)

161. Jarrett Fenlon ($4,010)

162. Nina Tovish ($4,010)

163. David Bivins ($4,010)

164. David Whitley ($4,010)

165. Pieter Druif ($4,010)

166. Dick Carson ($4,010)

167. Bryan Paris ($4,010)

168. Alex Santiago ($4,010)

169. Riccardo Rinaldi ($4,010)

170. Rob Rightmire ($4,010)