It was a historic day at the World Series of Poker. For the first time in the WSOP’s 45 years, players competed in a $10,000 Razz tournament, the highest buy-in ever for a Razz event. This brand-new tournament attracted the crème de la crème of the poker world, including the legendary Doyle Brunson. But while the Godfather of Poker made one his rare tournament appearances, it was 30 year old George Danzer who ended up with all the chips, earning a first-place prize of $294,792. The German professional had made six previous final tables at the World Series, including the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw event last week and last year’s $50,000 Poker Players Championship, but he had never before finished in the winner’s circle. Now, he can add a WSOP bracelet to his list of poker accomplishments.
With Danzer's history of close calls at the WSOP, his first bracelet was especially sweet. "It’s everything," he said after his victory. "For ten years now, since I was 21, I always wanted to come to the World Series and be a World Champion. I was always watching the news to see who won, and I wanted to be like them. I come over every year, and it’s my tenth year now. When you get close, you get a taste of it, and I came close a couple of times. I’m really, really happy now."
The $10,000 Champion events are producing tough and memorable final tables, and it was a tough road to the bracelet for Danzer. He safely navigated a dangerous minefield of a final table, defeating David Bach (8th place), the winner of the 2009 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, and Yuval Bronshtein (4th), who made his fifth WSOP final table, all in different variants of poker. Bach also made the final table of the other WSOP Razz event last week. The final table also featured Naoya Kihura (7th), the only bracelet winner from Japan in WSOP history, and bracelet winner Brian Hastings (5th). The last player to fall was Brandon Shack-Harris (2nd), who won the $1,000 Pot- Limit Omaha event last week and fell just short in his bid to become 2014's first two-time bracelet winner.
After their one-two finish tonight, combined with their success earlier in the series, both Danzer and Shack-Harris are in contention for WSOP Player of the Year, although both still trail Justin Bonomo in the standings.
This is the second bracelet won a by a German player this year. Danzer joins his countryman Dominik Nitsche, who won his second career bracelet last month at the National Championship in Atlantic City.
This event attracted 112 players, generating a $1,052,800 prize pool. The top 16 players were paid, including bracelet winners Scott Clements (16th), Nick Schulman (15th), Hoyt Corkins (14th), and Paul Volpe (13th), who just won his bracelet three days ago in the $10,000 2-7 No-Limit Lowball event. The man he defeated heads up for the bracelet was six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu, who finished 10th in this historic Razz tournament.Here are the final table results from the $10,000 Razz event:1st: George Danzer– $294,7922nd: Brandon Shack-Harris – $182,1553rd: Todd Barlow – $114,0814th: Yuval Bronshtein – $82,6025th: Brian Hastings – $64,5576th: Todd Dakake – $51,4817th: Naoya Kihara – $41,8068th: David Bach – $34,500