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2017 48th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

Event #26: $10,000 Razz Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $911,800
  • Entries: 97
  • Remaining: 0
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06/15/17 11:02:58 PM PST
 
James Obst Wins First WSOP Bracelet in the $10,000 Razz Championship ($265,138)
 

James Obst

James Obst is a name that many in the poker world have become quite familiar with, one way or another. He made his mark on the virtual felt for years, long before his debut at the World Series of Poker in 2014. For many, success at online poker hasn't always led to success on poker's biggest stage at the WSOP, but the 26-year-old Obst's results inside the Rio have been exceptional, having made the final two tables of 11 events, with final table appearances in six of those.

Obst finished runner-up in the $10,000 HORSE event last summer and and runner-up again less than two weeks ago in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball. Needless to say, he was eager to capture that elusive first bracelet.

"I guess it's a new experience to win a bracelet," he said after the win. "When you win one and it's online I'm probably… I'm obviously not celebrating wildly like some people might, because that's just my nature. Online when no one's around you can probably be a bit more excited and get pumped up a bit more. But at the moment I'm just a bit… I don't know how to process it just yet. It's awesome and I'll try to win another one before the series is out."

The $10,000 Razz Championship drew 97 players, and Obst was sixth out of 38 survivors following Day 1. He navigated his way into the money on Day 2 second in chips, and bagged the chip lead entering the unofficial final table which began on Day 3.

While not losing many big pots in the early to mid stages of the final table, Obst also wasn't gaining much traction. Eventual runner-up Eric Kurtzman caught the heater at the final table, holding about 75% of the chips with three players left. Obst and David "ODB" Baker found themselves both very short stacked during the three-handed battle, but Obst was able to win a crucial pot against his fellow short stack before Baker bowed out in third place.

Down more than 3:1 in chips beginning heads-up play, Obst wasn't phased by the chip deficit and was focused on making a comeback.

"He was a really interesting player. You know, he played very very tough on the final table. And I had to really adjust my gameplan against him. And you know, I tried a few different things. Acting really fast was a strategy that I guess I employed. I did manage to pick up a few things that helped me in terms of assessing his game throughout the final table, so when it got to heads up I just had to try to be as zoned in as possible, try to be flexible with my strategy, but also to be fast and put some pressure on my opponent when I'm that big of a chip underdog."

Obst did everything he set out to do, as Kurtzman's sizable chip lead was gone within a level. Obst won shortly thereafter, and is now sitting second in the WSOP Player of the Year race behind Pablo Mariz.

"I'm interested in trying to contend for it (POY), but you know at the end of the day I'm not going to be multitabling events or doing anything crazy to try to win it. I'm trying to hold on to my money and make more of it."

Event #26 Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1James ObstAustralia$265,138
2Eric KurtzmanUnited States$163,867
3David "ODB" BakerUnited States$112,645
4Andrey ZhigalovRussia$79,616
5Anthony ZinnoUnited States$57,903
6Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States$43,370
7Jyri MerivirtaFinland$33,485
8Jack DuongUnited States$26,674
9Nick SchulmanUnited States$21,946
06/15/17 10:02:56 PM PST
 
Eric Kurtzman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($163,876)
 

Eric Kurtzman - 2nd place

James Obst:    /     
Eric Kurtzman:    /     

Eric Kurtzman came in for the full completion, and James Obst called.

Obst check-called a bet from Kurtzman on fourth street, Kurtzman bet fifth street, Obst raised, Kurtzman called, and Kurtzman bet his remaining 30,000-ish on sixth street. Obst called and showed   .

"You have a wheel?" asked Kurtzman, as he looked across the table.

"Nope," said Obst. "Eight."

"Ah," replied Kurtzman. "That's because I have all the fours." He showed   .

Obst paired up with an   on seventh street, but Kurtzman couldn't catch up, as a   officially ended his run in second place.

Eric Kurtzman0-290,000
06/15/17 10:02:43 PM PST
 
Level 28 started
 
Level: 28 Blinds: 80000/160000 Ante: 20000
06/15/17 09:50:49 PM PST
 
Obst On Cruise Control
 

James Obst:    /      /  
Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  

James Obst called the bring-in of Eric Kurtzman. Obst bet on fourth and fifth streets, and Kurtzman called both. On sixth street, Obst bet again, and Kurtzman folded, leaving himself with less than 300,000.

James Obst4,560,000330,000
Eric Kurtzman290,000-330,000
06/15/17 09:46:44 PM PST
 
Kurtzman Falling Fast
 

James Obst:    /      /  
Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in, James Obst completed, and Kurtzman called. Kurtzman bet on fourth street, and Obst called. Obst bet with the lower pair on fifth street, Kurtzman raised, and Obst called.

Obst bet on sixth and seventh streets, Kurtzman called both, and Obst tabled     for a nine-six. Kurtzman mucked, giving Obst the pot.

James Obst4,230,000485,000
Eric Kurtzman620,000-485,000
06/15/17 09:41:42 PM PST
 
One More For Obst
 

James Obst:    /     
Eric Kurtzman:    /      — Folded

James Obst completed, and Eric Kurtzman called. On fourth street, Kurtzman bet, Obst raised, and Kurtzman called. Obst continued betting on fifth and sixth streets, and Kurtzman finally gave it up on sixth, awarding Obst the pot.

James Obst3,745,000495,000
Eric Kurtzman1,105,000-495,000
06/15/17 09:32:48 PM PST
 
2:1 Lead For Obst
 

James Obst:    /      /  
Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  

James Obst was the bring-in, Eric Kurtzman completed, Obst raised, and Kurtzman called.

Kurtzman had the on-board lead the rest of the way and bet every street, with Osbt calling him down.

Kurtzman showed     for a nine-seven, but Obst fanned     for an eight-five to win the pot.

James Obst3,250,000800,000
Eric Kurtzman1,600,000-800,000
06/15/17 09:24:02 PM PST
 
Dead Heat
 

Heads up

Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  
James Obst:    /      — Folded

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in. Obst completed. Kurtzman raised, and Obst called.

On fourth street, Obst bet, and Kurtzman called. On fifth, Obst checked. Kurtzman bet, and Obst called. On sixth, Obst checked again. Kurtzman bet, and Obst folded.

The two players are currently within one big bet of each other.

James Obst2,450,000-350,000
Eric Kurtzman2,400,000350,000
06/15/17 09:17:37 PM PST
 
Obst Takes the Lead
 

James Obst

James Obst:    /      /  
Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in, James Obst completed, Kurtzman raised, and Obst called.

Obst bet on fourth and fifth streets, Kurtzman called both, then Kurtzman bet on sixth street. Obst raised, Kurtzman called, and Kurtzman check-called a bet from Obst on seventh street.

Obst fanned     for a seven-four, and Kurtzmn sighed as he showed     for a defeated seven-six.

James Obst2,800,000960,000
Eric Kurtzman2,050,000-960,000
06/15/17 09:13:02 PM PST
 
Obst Closing the Gap
 

James Obst:    /      /  
Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in, and James Obst called. Obst check-called bets from Kurtzman on fourth and fifth streets. Obst led out on sixth, and Kurtzman called. Both players checked seventh street.

Obst showed    , and that was good to take the pot away from Kurtzman.

Eric Kurtzman3,010,000-490,000
James Obst1,840,000490,000
06/15/17 09:09:02 PM PST
 
Obst Has the Better Jack
 

James Obst:    /      /  
Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in, James Obst raised, Kurtzman reraised, Obst reraised, and Kurtzman called.

Kurtzman bet with the better board on fourth street, Obst called, and both players checked on fifth street. Kurtzman bet again on sixth street, Obst called, and both players checked on seventh street.

Obst showed     for a jack-six, Kurtzman showed     for a jack-ten, and Obst took down the pot.

Eric Kurtzman3,500,000-330,000
James Obst1,350,000330,000
06/15/17 09:05:50 PM PST
 
Kurtzman Wins One Without a Showdown
 

James Obst:    /      /  
Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  

James Obst was the bring-in, Eric Kurtzman completed, and Obst called. Kurtzman check-called a bet from Obst on fourth street before he bet all remaining streets. Obst called him down until seventh but ultimately folded.

Eric Kurtzman3,830,000450,000
James Obst1,020,000-450,000
06/15/17 09:02:08 PM PST
 
Obst Takes Some Back
 

James Obst:    /      /  
Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  

Eric Kurtzman completed. James Obst raised, then Kurtzman made it three bets. Obst called.

On fourth street, Kurtzman bet, and Obst called. On fifth, Obst took the betting lead and bet. Kurtzman called. On sixth, Obst bet again. After Kurtzman called, Obst bet in the dak. Kurtzman thought for a minute, then called. Obst showed    , and that was good enough to best Kurtzman's    .

Eric Kurtzman3,380,000-570,000
James Obst1,470,000570,000
06/15/17 08:52:41 PM PST
 
Kurtzman Strikes
 

Eric Kurtzman

Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  
James Obst:    /      /  

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in, James Obst completed, and Kurtzman called. Kurtzman held the on-board lead the rest of the way and bet every street. Obst called him all the way down.

Kurtzman showed     for a nine-eight, Obst mucked, and Kurtzman won the pot.

Eric Kurtzman3,950,000360,000
James Obst900,000-360,000
06/15/17 08:44:02 PM PST
 
Level 27 started
 
Level: 27 Blinds: 60000/120000 Ante: 15000
06/15/17 07:49:59 PM PST
 
Obst Fighting Back; One-Hour Dinner Break
 

James Obst vs. Eric Kurtzman

James Obst:    /    
Eric Kurtzman:    /     - fold

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in, James Obst completed, Kurtzman raised, Obst reraised, and Kurtzman called.

Obst bet with the better board on fourth street, and Kurtzman called. Obst bet again on fifth street, and Kurtzman folded.

The players are on a one-hour dinner break. Play resumes at about 9:43 pm.

Eric Kurtzman3,590,000-560,000
James Obst1,260,000560,000
06/15/17 07:43:13 PM PST
 
Kurtzman Wins a Four-Bet Pot
 

Eric Kurtzman:    /      /  
James Obst:    /      /  

Eric Kurtzman had the bring-in and opted to complete. James Obst raised, making it two bets. Kurtzman put in a third bet. Obst made it four bets, and Kurtzman called.

Obst bet on fourth and fifth streets, with Kurtzman calling twice. On sixth, both players checked. Kurtzman then bet on seventh street, but Obst did not call, so Kurtzman took the pot.

Eric Kurtzman4,150,000350,000
James Obst700,000-350,000
06/15/17 07:35:43 PM PST
 
Kurtzman Slightly Extends
 

James Obst:    /    - fold
Eric Kurtzman:    /   

James Obst was the bring-in, Eric Kurtzman completed, Obst raised, Kurtzman reraised, and Obst called. Kurtzman bet on fourth street, and Obst folded.

Eric Kurtzman3,800,000100,000
James Obst1,050,000-100,000
06/15/17 07:18:01 PM PST
 
Heads-Up Chip Counts
 

Eric Kurtzman vs. James Obst

Eric Kurtzman3,700,000150,000
James Obst1,150,00050,000
06/15/17 07:17:00 PM PST
 
David Baker Eliminated in 3rd Place ($112,645)
 

David "ODB" Baker

Eric Kurtzman :    /  
David "ODB" Baker:    /  

Eric Kurtzman completed. Baker made it two bets. Kurtzman made it three bets. Baker made it four bets, and Kurtzman capped the betting action. Baker called all in for the remainder of his stack, and the hands were turned up.

Baker was holding   , while Kurtzman held   .

"Well, I guess I'm a little bit ahead," Kurtzman said.

Baker's board completed with     , giving him a nine-seven low, but Kurtzman's board ran out better, completing with     , making him a seven-low and eliminating Baker from the tournament in third place. Baker too home $112,645 for his finish in this event.

David "ODB" Baker0-200,000
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