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WSOP Legend: Jeff Lisandro Wins Three Stud Bracelets in One Year

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COVID-19 forced the postponement of the 2020 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. In lieu of being able to live report this year's summer series, PokerNews has decided to relive some of the memories of past WSOPs, honor legends of the game and mark the legendary feats accomplished over the past fifty years.

We fly back to 2009 today, when Australia's Jeff Lisandro became the first player ever to win a stud, stud hi-lo, and razz event in a single year.

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The 2009 World Series of Poker stood out in history for several things. It was the second year of the now-defunct November Nine, when Joe Cada became the youngest-ever world champion at 21 after defeating Maryland logger Darvin Moon heads-up. Phil Ivey finished seventh in the event, ensuring massive coverage throughout the Main Event and the final table in November.

While the 2009 Main Event is probably what's remembered most from that year, there was another story brewing that year when Australian professional Jeff Lisandro went on an unprecedented tear in the stud portion of the WSOP, and pulled off a feat that's yet to be matched: winning three stud-events in a single year.

To this date, Lisandro remains the only player to have pulled off that feat in nothing but stud events, and was the first player since Ivey in 2002 to win three bracelets in a single summer.

The Australian already was a household name at the time in 2009 and certainly no stranger to success. In 2006, the man from Perth made a deep run in the Main Event, finishing 17th for $659,730. It followed up on a WSOP Circuit Championship win in Harrah's Lake Tahoe Poker Festival a year earlier, where he won over half a million.

Despite those still being his two best cashes to date, it would be that miracle 2009 run that Lisandro is remembered for to this day, and makes him a bonafide WSOP legend in PokerNews' book.


Lisandro's First in 2009: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud

Jeff Lisandro
Jeff Lisandro after winning his first of three stud bracelets in 2009

At the start of 2009, Lisandro already had won a single bracelet, with a victory in the 2007 $2,000 Seven-Card Stud tournament. A similar one, this time with a buy-in of $1,500, kicked off as the sixteenth event of the 2009 series. Once again, it would be Lisandro ending on top.

Lisandro defeated Rod Pardey Sr., a two-time bracelet winner and bonafide stud legend on his own, heads up to win $124,959. John Juanda finished fifth in the event. It was one of those events where the champ had it seemingly under control all the way, squeezing extra bets when ahead and saving them when behind. Couple that with a good string of cards and Lisandro's second bracelet in one of his best games was done.

2009 WSOP Event #16: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Jeff LisandroAustralia$124,959
2Rod Pardey Sr.United States$77,230
3Steven StencilUnited States$50,626
4Nick FrangosUnited States$35,087
5John JuandaIndonesia$25,634
6Eric PardeyUnited States$19,690
7Daniel StuderSwitzerland$15,862
8Mitch SchockUnited States$13,373

Lisandro Wins $10K Stud Hi-Lo For Second 2009 Bracelet

Jeff Lisandro
Jeff Lisandro at the 2009 $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Final Table

With the two stud bracelets from smaller events on his resumé, June 20 saw Lisandro win his first $10k event, what today would be known as a Championship event. In stud hi-lo — arguably one of the toughest poker formats out there — defeated a final table that wasn't shy of legends itself to win a massive $431,656.

None other than Doyle Brunson was one of the players at that final table, ultimately succumbing in seventh place after nurturing the short stack for a while. Abe Mosseri, Mike Wattel and a young Justin "BoostedJ" Smith also shared the spotlights with Lisandro on the final stage.

After Wattel departed in third, chip stacks between Lisandro and Farzad Rouhani were nearly equal at the start, promising a lengthy heads-up battle in the format notorious for its many chopped pots. It took 3.5 hours after the heads-up commenced before a winner was finally crowned.

In the final hand, Rouhani called all-in on fifth street holding four cards to a wheel against Lisandro's two pair. The final two streets bricked for the American to give Lisandro his second bracelet win of the year.

2009 WSOP Event #37: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Jeff LisandroAustralia$431,656
2Farzad RouhaniUnited States$266,804
3Mike WattelUnited States$176,605
4Frank MarianiUnited States$124,684
5Yan ChenUnited States$93,513
6Abe MosseriUnited States$74,258
7Doyle BrunsonUnited States$62,234
8Justin SmithUnited States$54,896

Lisandro Completes the Trifecta, Wins in Razz

Jeff Lisandro
Jeff Lisandro wins his third bracelet in a single WSOP

Mere days after his stud hi-lo victory, Lisandro proceeded to accomplish what has yet to be repeated by anyone come 2020. In Event #44: $2,500 Razz, Lisandro ran over the final table in spectacular fashion to win his third bracelet of the series, and fourth overall.

While the final table certainly wasn't shy of accomplished professionals such as Eric Rodawig, Kenna James, Allen Bari and fellow Aussie Warwick Mirzikinian, it ultimately came down to a duel between Lisandro and writer Michael Craig, famous for writing the book "The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King", which is about the story of billionaire Andy Beal and a group of poker players engaging him at ultra-high stakes.

Craig, fully clad in Full Tilt-wear which was typical for the time, started the heads-up portion off with already a 10-to-1 chip deficit and never came close to making a comeback. While his previous heads up lasted for hours, Lisandro made short work of Craig's stack to complete the trifecta of winning a bracelet event in every stud game in a single year.

2009 WSOP Event #46: $2,500 Razz

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Jeff LisandroAustralia$188,370
2Michael CraigUnited States$116,405
3Ryan FislerUnited States$76,261
4Warwick MirzikinianAustralia$52,773
5Eric RodawigUnited States$38,471
6Kenna JamesUnited States$29,473
7Steve DianoUnited States$23,669
8Allen BariUnited States$19,880

Post-2009 Success

Lisandro is still very active to this day, a regular sight at every WSOP and already with over $5.7M in career cashes under his belt according to The Hendon Mob. Lisandro has won two more bracelets after his miracle year, both outside Las Vegas and both in pot-limit Omaha, bringing his total to six. In 2018, Lisandro was very close to winning No. 7, once again in a $1,500 Stud event, but bowed out to music mogul and poker enthusiast Steve Albini heads-up.

In 2009, Lisandro was the fifth player in WSOP history to win three bracelets in a single year, accomplished by Walter "Puggy" Pearson, Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest, and Phil Ivey before. Since 2009, only George Danzer has repeated the feat of winning three bracelets in a single year, winning the $10K Razz, $10K Seven-Card Stud as well as a 5K 8-Game Mixed event at the WSOPA in 2014.

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Jeff Lisandro's World Series of Poker bracelets

YearSeriesTournamentPrize (US$)
2007WSOP$2,000 Seven-Card Stud$118,426
2009WSOP$1,500 Seven-Card Stud$124,959
2009WSOP$10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud-8 or better$431,656
2009WSOP$2,500 Razz$188,370
2010WSOPE£5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha£159,514
2014WSOPA$1,650 Pot Limit OmahaA$51,660

History of Three-time Bracelet Winners at the WSOP

YearPlayerCountryGames 
1973Walter "Puggy" PearsonUnited StatesStud, No-Limit Hold'em, No-Limit Hold'em Championship 
1993Phil HellmuthUnited States2x No-Limit Hold'em, Limit Hold'em 
1993Ted ForrestUnited StatesStud, Razz, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 
2002Phil IveyUnited StatesStud, Stud Hi-Lo, S.H.O.E. 
2009Jeff LisandroAustraliaStud, Stud Hi-Lo Championship, Razz 
2014George DanzerGermanyRazz Championship, Stud Hi-Lo Championship, 8-Game (WSOPA) 
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