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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Sunday, June 24, 2018 to Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Event #50: $1,500 Razz

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $525,150
  • Entries: 389
  • Remaining: 0
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06/27/18 01:15:13 AM PDT (about 23 days and 13 hours ago)
 
Jay Kwon Wins Event #50: $1,500 Razz ($125,431)
 

Jay Kwon

Not many people would consider themselves a "Razz specialist," especially with the game not being easily accessible to play these days, but Jay Kwon is an exception. For Kwon, who had previously cashed in WSOP Razz tournaments in 2011 and 2016, his win ion Tuesday night cements his standing as a WSOP Razz champion.

"Razz is like my favorite game, and I feel like it's an underappreciated game and people get frustrated at it," Kwon said after his victory. "But I love the game and yeah, this means more to me than a lot of tournaments. I started playing it and it was really interesting, so I kind of got into it and just started playing it a lot. I'm somewhat of a Razz specialist."

Kwon received $125,431 for his accomplishment as well as a coveted gold WSOP bracelet. Poland's star Dzmitry Urbanovich finished in second place ($77,526), while renowned British mixed game specialist Adam Owen claimed bronze ($52,536). Start-of-the-day chipleader Kevin Iacofano finished in fifth place ($25,637).

Official Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPayout
1Jay KwonUnited States$125,431
2Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland$77,526
3Adam OwenUnited Kingdom$52,536
4Michael McKennaUnited States$36,324
5Kevin IacofanoUnited States$25,637
6Thomas TaylorCanada$18,477
7Jeff MitseffUnited States$13,605
8Jeanne DavidUnited States$10,240
9Kyle MontgomeryUnited States$7,881

Event #50: $1,500 Razz drew 389 players and after Day 1, only 118 players remained. At that point, Kwon was 56th in chips with a slightly above average stack. He immediately chipped up on Day 2, amassing one of the larger stacks in the room by the time the bubble was reached. By night's end, Kwon was in the middle of the pack of the final nine players, sitting fifth in chips entering the unofficial final table on Day 3. Kwon helped solidify his Day 3 standing by eliminating two-time bracelet winner David Singer in 12th place.

Kwon's path to victory at the final table was from smooth sailing, though, as after the first break he was sixth of the remaining seven players. At the second break, with just four players remaining, Kwon held less than four big bets and held less than 7% of the chips in play. Eventual third-place finisher Owen had more than half the chips in play at that point, but Razz is a game where the chips can be easy-come and easy-go.

Adam Owen
Mixed game specialist Adam Owen finished in 3rd place ($52,536)

"I could wait for a good hand as I ante'd down and just go with it and play good razz. I didn't have to panic and get it in with a bad hand. This is a tournament where the chipleader only has like 20 bets. I've won and lost 20 bets so many times in Razz. I've lost like 50 bets in one sitting. I've won 50 bets in one sitting. So I knew that anything could happen. I've caught breaks like that and went on runs like that, so I just calmed down and tried to give myself the best chance at doubling up. It looks like he has a big lead, but he only has like 10 bets more than me, which is like nothing. So that's what my mentality was."

After Owen exited in third place, Kwon began heads-up play against Polish prodigy Urbanovich with a slight chip lead. The battle was back-and-forth, with Urbanovich opening up about a 2.5:1 lead. However, Kwon battled back to take the lead and with the limits as big as they were, he closed it out shortly thereafter.

"Because it's so top heavy, the optimal strategy is to just go for the win."

Kwon did play to win, and he'll forever have a WSOP bracelet to remind him of that.

Heads Up: Dzmitry Urbanovich vs, Jay Kwon
Heads Up: Dzmitry Urbanovich vs, Jay Kwon
06/26/18 11:35:11 PM PDT (about 23 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Dzmitry Urbanovich Eliminated in 2nd Place ($77,526)
 

Dzmitry Urbanovich

Jay Kwon:    /     
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /     

Jay Kwon was the bring in, Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and Kwon called.

Both checked on fourth street before Kwon bet on fifth street. Urbanovich tanked for a bit before he called, Kwon bet on sixth street, Urbanovich raised all in for 15,000 more and Kwon called.

Jay Kwon:    /     
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /     

Kwon was ahead with a nine-seven, while Urbanovich trailed with a jack-seven. Kwon caught a   on seventh street to remain at nine-seven, while Urbanovich turned over a meaningless   to bust in second place.

Jay Kwon2,915,000270,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich0-270,000
06/26/18 11:28:34 PM PDT (about 23 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Urbanovich on Fumes
 

Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and Jay Kwon called.

Dzmitry Urbanovich:   /    / 
Jay Kwon:   /    / 

Urbanovich bet on fourth and fifth street and Kwon called both times. Both players checked on sixth, and they checked again on seventh.

Kwon showed down his     and his eight-six low was good to take down the pot.

Jay Kwon2,645,000430,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich270,000-430,000
06/26/18 11:24:51 PM PDT (about 23 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Kwon in Control
 

Jay Kwon:    /      /  
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /      /  

Jay Kwon was the bring in, Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and Kwon called.

Urbanovich check-called a bet on fourth street before calling bets from Kwon the rest of the way.

Kwon tabled     for an eight-seven, Urbanovich mucked and Kwon won the pot.

Jay Kwon2,215,000520,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich700,000-520,000
06/26/18 11:21:22 PM PDT (about 23 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Kwon Back Ahead
 

Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and Jay Kwon called over his bring it.

Dzmitry Urbanovich:   /    / 
Jay Kwon:   /    / 

On fourth Urbanovich bet and Kwon called. On fifth, Urbanovich bet and Kwon made it two bets. Urbanovich called. Both players checked on sixth and seventh and Urbanovich mucked when Kwon showed     for a jack low.

Jay Kwon1,695,000330,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich1,220,000-330,000
06/26/18 11:13:36 PM PDT (about 23 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Kwon's Turn to Bring it Back to Nearly Even
 

Jay Kwon

Jay Kwon:    /      /  
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /      /  

Jay Kwon was the bring in, Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and Kwon called.

Both checked on fourth street, Kwon bet with the better board on fifth street and Urbanovich raised. Kwon called, then bet sixth street. Urbanovich called and both players checked on seventh.

Kwon tabled     for an eight-five and Urbanovich mucked.

Dzmitry Urbanovich1,550,000-375,000
Jay Kwon1,365,000375,000
06/26/18 11:09:46 PM PDT (about 23 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Kwon Fights Back
 

Jay Kwon completed and Dzmitry Urbanovich made it two bets over his bring in. Kwon called.

Jay Kwon:   /    / 
Dzmitry Urbanovich:   /    / 

Kwon bet on fourth and Urbanovich called. On fifth, Kwon checked. Urbanovich bet and Kwon called. On sixth, Kwon bet and Urbanovich called. On seventh, Kwon bet and Urbanovich decided to call.

Kwon showed his     for an eight-seven low. Urbanovich held on to his cards for a bit, but eventually mucked his hand, so Kwon took down the pot.

Dzmitry Urbanovich1,925,000-160,000
Jay Kwon990,000160,000
06/26/18 11:04:00 PM PDT (about 23 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Urbanovich Extends
 

Jay Kwon:    /      - fold
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /     

Jay Kwon was the bring in, Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and Kwon called.

Both checked on fourth street, Kwon bet on fifth street, Urbanovich raised and Kwon called to see sixth street where he check-folded to a bet from Urbanovich.

Dzmitry Urbanovich2,085,000170,000
Jay Kwon830,000-170,000
06/26/18 10:58:45 PM PDT (about 23 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Two For Urbanovich to Retake the Lead
 

Hand #1:

Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and Jay Kwon called over his bring in.

Dzmitry Urbanovich:   /    / 
Jay Kwon:   /    / 

On fourth street Kwon bet and Urbanovich called. Kwon bet again on fifth and Urbanovich called. On sixth, Urbanovich bet and Kwon folded, allowing Urbanovich to take the pot.

Hand #2

Kwon completed with the   and Urbanovich made it two bets over his bring in with the  . Kwon called.

Dzmitry Urbanovich:   /   
Jay Kwon:   /   fold

Urbanovich bet on fourth and Kwon called. When Urbanovich continued betting on fifth street, Kwon let go of his hand.

Dzmitry Urbanovich1,915,000425,000
Jay Kwon1,000,000-425,000
06/26/18 10:52:56 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Fireworks on Third Street
 

Heads Up

Jay Kwon:    /     
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /      - fold

Dzmitry Urbanovich was the bring in, Jay Kwon completed, Urbanovich raised, Kwon reraised and Urbanovich called.

Urbanovich bet with the on-board lead on both fourth and fifth street and Kwon called both bets.

Kwon seized the on-board lead on sixth street and bet, chasing out Urbanovich who folded.

Dzmitry Urbanovich1,490,000-275,000
Jay Kwon1,425,000275,000
06/26/18 10:50:07 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Level 28 started
 
Level: 28 Blinds: 50000/100000 Ante: 10000
06/26/18 10:48:57 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Urbanovich Pulls Ahead
 

Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and Jay Kwon made it two bets. Urbanovich called.

Dzmitry Urbanovich:   /    / 
Jay Kwon:   /    / 

Urbanovich checked on fourth street and Kwon bet. Urbanovich called. On fifth street, Urbanovich led out with the lead, and Kwon called.

On sixth street, Urbanovich slowed down with a checked again, and Kwon bet. Urbanovich called. On seventh, both players checked. Urbanovich showed down his     for an eight-five low and it was good as Kwon showed    for and eight-six low.

Dzmitry Urbanovich1,765,000340,000
Jay Kwon1,150,000-340,000
06/26/18 10:43:05 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Urbanovich Evens it Out Again
 

Dzmitry Urbanovich

Jay Kwon:    /      /  
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /     

Jay Kwon was the bring in, Dzmitry Urbanorich completed, Kwon raised and Urbanovich called.

Urbanovich bet with the on-board lead on fourth street, Kwon called and Urbanovich check-called bets from Kwon on fifth and sixth street.

Both players checked on seventh and Urbanovich tabled     for an eight-seven. Kwon mucked.

Jay Kwon1,490,000-375,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich1,425,000375,000
06/26/18 10:30:58 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Kwon Pulls Back Ahead
 

Jay Kwon

Jay Kwon was the bring in with a   and Dzmitry Urbanovich completed. Kwon made it two bets and Urbanovich called.

Jay Kwon:   /    / 
Dzmitry Urbanovich:   /    / 

On fourth, Urbanovich bet and Kwon called. On fifth, Urbanovich checked, then called a bet from Kwon. On sixth street, Urbanovich bet and Kwon called.

On seventh street, Urbanovich called again and Kwon called. Urbanovich showed his     for a ten-six low but Kwon had him beat with     for an eight-seven low. That would earn him the pot.

Jay Kwon1,865,000365,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich1,050,000-365,000
06/26/18 10:25:25 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Urbanovich Makes it Nearly Even
 

Jay Kwon:    /      /  
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /      /  

Dzmitry Urbanovich was the bring in with the higher ace, Jay Kwon completed, Urbanovich raised and Kwon called.

Kwon bet with the on-board lead on fourth street and Urbanovich called.

The rest of the way, Kwon check-called bets from Urbanovich who showed     for a seven-six. Kwon mucked and Urbanovich won the pot.

Jay Kwon1,500,000-270,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich1,415,000270,000
06/26/18 10:14:14 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Heads-Up Chip Counts
 

Heads Up

The players are on a quick break.

Jay Kwon1,770,0000
Dzmitry Urbanovich1,145,000-5,000
06/26/18 10:13:14 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Adam Owen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($52,536)
 

Adam Owen

Adam Owen was the bring in with the   and he completed. Action folded to Jay Kwon and he raised with the  . Owen put his stack in and Kwon called.

Here's how their boards ran out:

Adam Owen:   /    / 
Jay Kwon:   /    / 

Kwon made an eight-seven low by sixth street and Owen only completed a ten-seven low. That meant that Owen would hit the rail in third place. For his finish he will collect $52,536.

Jay Kwon1,770,00045,000
Adam Owen0-65,000
06/26/18 10:10:12 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Owen With Less Than One Big Bet
 

Adam Owen:    /      /  
Dzmitry Urbanovich:    /      /  

Adam Owen defended his bring in against Dzmitry Urbanovich's completion.

Urbanovich bet on fourth, Owen called and Urbanovich check-called a bet from Owen on fifth. Both checked on sixth before Urbanovich bet on seventh. Owen tanked for a bit before he called.

Urbanovich showed     for a nine-seven, Owen mucked and Urbanovich won the pot.

Dzmitry Urbanovich1,150,000150,000
Adam Owen65,000-125,000
06/26/18 10:02:47 PM PDT (about 23 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Small Pots Exchanging Hands
 

For the most part, hands have gone complete, then fold, fold, with chips rotating around the table. In the most recent hand, Urbanovich completed and Jay Kwon made it two bets. Urbanovich called.

Jay Kwon:   /   
Dzmitry Urbanovich:   /   

Urbanovich led with a bet on fourth that Kwon called. On fifth, Kwon paired his king and quickly folded.

Jay Kwon1,725,0005,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich1,000,000165,000
Adam Owen190,000-210,000
06/26/18 09:49:51 PM PDT (about 23 days and 17 hours ago)
 
Owen Hanging On
 

Adam Owen:    /     
Jay Kwon:    /      - fold

Jay Kwon completed on third street and Adam Owen called. Kwon bet on fourth street, Owen called, both checked on fifth and Owen bet on sixth. Kwon folded and Owen won the pot.

Jay Kwon1,720,000-45,000
Adam Owen400,00085,000
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