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2024 55th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Saturday, June 15, 2024 to Monday, June 17, 2024

Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $995,100
  • Entries: 107
  • Remaining: 0

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 3:53 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 7 hours ago)
James Obst Caps His Triumphant Return to Poker With Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

James Obst

For four years, James Obst had to wonder whether he would ever get this kind of experience again, of sitting under the bright lights on the main stage competing against the best poker players in the world. Something that had been such a big part of his life since he was a teenager was no longer there. But, today at the final table of Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, the long wait finally came to an end and Obst was right back where he belonged.

The Australian pro, who left poker in 2019 at the age of 28 to attempt a career at professional tennis with the dream of competing at Wimbledon, defeated a field of 107 of the top names in the game to win his second World Series of Poker bracelet and $260,658 top prize after prevailing in a lengthy heads-up duel with Paul Volpe.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryEarnings
1James ObstAustralia$260,658
2Paul VolpeUnited States$173,391
3Jason DalyUnited States$118,809
4Mike LangUnited States$83,932
5Robert MizrachiUnited States$61,190
6Juha HelppiFinland$46,084
7Andre AkkariBrazil$35,893
8Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil$28,945

"A little bit overwhelming. Very strung out. It's been a long couple of days," Obst said following his victory. "I can't really believe it just thinking about the week that I've had. To be here with a bracelet is surreal. It's unreal."

Obst had been a regular fixture at the WSOP since 2014, making seven final tables in a five-year span (including twice in this same tournament). His first bracelet came seven years ago in the $10,000 Razz Championship. He was also involved in one of the most memorable pots in recent WSOP history, when he folded a full house to Michael Ruane's straight flush deep in the 2016 Main Event where Obst eventually finished 13th.

Obst was already a star in the online poker world well before that, while he was still in his teens. Playing under the name "Andy McLEOD," Obst won four Spring Championship of Online Poker titles, one World Championship of Online Poker title, and had millions in career earnings.

But then he decided to walk away, even if he spent the entire time dearly missing the game that had meant so much to him. "I never really wanted to leave entirely. A part of my soul, I think, lives here at the World Series," he said.

"It was a long few years without it, grinding away in Melbourne through lockdowns and doing other things. I missed it terribly. At the moment it's balancing priorities and just figuring out how long I can stay here and enjoy this experience while not losing sight of doing the other things I want to do in my life."

Obst returned to the WSOP last year, and it was like he never left. He made three final tables in 2023, including the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Now he's a two-time bracelet winner, only the sixth player from his native Australia with multiple bracelets. The wait proved well worth it.

Day 3 Action

Day 3 began with 11 players remaining, with Iowa businessman Mike Lang holding the chip lead as the only player with more than 1,000,000 out of a starting field that included nine bracelet winners. Obst began the day in fourth place with 732,000.

Brazilian superstar Yuri Dzivielevski was in third place at the start of the day as he sought to win his fifth WSOP bracelet, but he took an early hit when Jason Daly made quad jacks on the first hand. Lang ran into Volpe's trip aces to lose the chip lead as Volpe climbed up past 1,300,000.

Volpe then made a pair of kings to bust Alex Livingston in 11th place as the first casualty of the day. Yuval Bronshtein was eliminated in 10th place by Obst, who finished with two pair to set the nine-handed final table.

Volpe and Daly led the way to begin the final table, with Obst and Lang following behind. A flurry of quick eliminations followed as Kane Kalas was eliminated in a four-way pot as he held two aces in the hole, but Volpe made kings full to send him to the rail in ninth place. Dzivielevski's day came to an end at the hands of countryman Andre Akkari, who hit kings and sevens on the river to beat Dzivielevski's queens and deuces.

Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski

Obst moved into contention for the chip lead after having three sixes in the hole to go with the two fives on his board for a full house, taking a massive pot off Daly. Volpe then knocked out Akkari in seventh place with trip sixes against kings and tens, while Juha Helppi fell in sixth place to Obst, who made trip fives to beat aces and jacks.

The remaining five players then took their seats on the main feature stage for the start of the PokerGO live stream. Robert Mizrachi, already with one bracelet this summer, was first to depart when Obst had jacks and nines showing by seventh, while Mizrachi missed a flush draw to hit the rail in fifth place. Lang, the start-of-day chip leader, was ousted in fourth place by Jason Daly's flush.

Michael Lang
Michael Lang

Obst, Volpe, and Daly played three-handed for more than three hours as they each took turns holding the chip lead. Daly made a full house in a pot against Volpe to leave the stacks virtually even, but Obst then called Daly with a pair of fours as Daly was caught bluffing to fall down to a short stack.

Daly was eventually eliminated in third place as Obst made nines and fives while Daly missed a flush draw. Obst led Volpe at the start of heads-up play, holding 3,535,000 to 2,890,000.

Jason Daly
Jason Daly

It would be a grueling battle for the bracelet that lasted into the early hours of the morning. Obst began to pull away when he called a bet on seventh with two pair, and Volpe mucked to surrender the big pot, giving Obst a 2-1 chip advantage. Obst then picked off a bluff when he called Volpe with a pair of eights, knocking Volpe down to barely over 1,000,000.

Volpe spiked a straight on the river to take down a massive pot and climb back up to 2,100,000, but Obst continued to dominate the match as he picked off another bluff with just a pair of threes as Volpe fell to 815,000. Obst made kings and threes to leave Volpe with just two big bets, and, nearly four hours after the heads-up match began and on the 255th hand of the final table, Volpe got in his last 235,000.

Obst finished with a pair of fours, while Volpe missed everything on seventh to fall short of his fourth bracelet and finish as runner-up.

Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

The long day took its toll on Obst, both physically and mentally, but he managed to pull through and emerge the champion. "Honestly, I'm physically destroyed right now," he said.

"I didn't sleep much at all last night. It's hard to put two and two together. But adrenaline got me through. It was very difficult, and Paul is a straight-up killer so tough to play heads-up against such a terrific player. It was daunting but also exhilarating at the same time."

Obst once exchanged shuffling poker chips for gripping a tennis racket. Now, back in the game he loves, he has a shiny gold bracelet to put around his wrist.

That concludes PokerNews' coverage of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. Stay tuned for more coverage throughout the 2024 WSOP.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 2:53 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 8 hours ago)
Paul Volpe Eliminated in 2nd Place ($173,391)

Paul Volpe

Paul Volpe completed with the  , James Obst raised with the  , and Volpe moved all in for 235,000. Obst called.

Obst finished with        for a pair of fours, while Volpe needed to pair up on seventh as he held      .

"Four across. I'm dead," Volpe said as he peeled his last card and tossed it into the muck, bringing an end to this lengthy heads-up match and securing the bracelet for Obst.

James Obst6,420,000320,000
Paul Volpe0-335,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 2:48 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 8 hours ago)
Crumbs Left For Volpe

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

James Obst had wired kings but action went check-check on fourth and fifth street. On sixth street, Paul Volpe bet and Obst raised it up and Volpe called.

Obst bet on seventh. Volpe took some time before he called and saw the bad news as Obst had kings up and Volpe was left with a small amount.

James Obst6,100,000700,000
Paul Volpe335,000-605,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 2:42 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 8 hours ago)
Obst Picks Off Another Bluff

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

In a limped pot, Paul Volpe bet on fourth street and James Obst called.

Volpe bet again on fifth and Obst called. Both players then checked sixth.

Volpe fired out another bet on seventh and Obst called. Volpe showed    , while Obst turned over     to win the pot with a pair of threes.

James Obst5,600,000200,000
Paul Volpe815,000-125,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 2:28 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 8 hours ago)
Volpe Dips Below a Million

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

Paul Volpe fired on fourth street as well as on fifth street and both times James Obst came with a call.

Both players checked sixth street. Obst hit a pair of fives on the river and bet it. Volpe called with ace-high which was not good enough and his stack dropped below a million for the first time in heads up play.

James Obst5,400,000365,000
Paul Volpe940,000-450,000
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 2:21 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 8 hours ago)
Level 24 started
Level: 24
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 2:14 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 8 hours ago)
Break Time

James Obst and Paul Volpe are headed on another 15-minute break.

James Obst5,035,00035,000
Paul Volpe1,390,000-10,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 2:12 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 8 hours ago)
Obst Makes Another Big Call

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

Paul Volpe raised on third street and was called. Volpe bet on fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. James Obst called the whole way down, with the seventh street being the longest decision which he eventually found the correct one as Volpe could not get his bluff through.

James Obst5,000,000700,000
Paul Volpe1,400,000-700,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 2:03 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 8 hours ago)
Obst Hits the Last Seven, Volpe Drills Seventh to Take a Big Pot

Paul Volpe

Paul Volpe:   /     / 
James Obst:   /    / 

Paul Volpe completed, James Obst raised, and Volpe reraised. Obst called as Volpe bet again on fourth street.

Obst called to fifth, where he then opened the betting. Volpe called that bet and another on sixth.

Obst bet again on seventh and Volpe raised. Obst called with    , having hit the last seven in the deck to make trips on sixth, but Volpe showed     for a rivered straight to take down the massive pot.

James Obst4,300,000-600,000
Paul Volpe2,100,000500,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:55 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Volpe Gains a Little More

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

Paul Volpe was on fifth street as he made a bet and James Obst called. Volpe did the same on sixth street and Obst did the same.

Volpe made two pair on the river and fired again. Obst called and dropped the pot as his pair of aces were beaten.

James Obst4,900,000-100,000
Paul Volpe1,600,000200,000
Gorilla Gaming
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:45 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Volpe Bets Some Back With Queens

Paul Volpe:   /    
James Obst:   /     - folded on sixth street

James Obst completed, Paul Volpe raised, and Obst called.

Volpe bet on fourth and fifth streets as Obst called. Volpe then bet again on sixth.

Obst gave up his hand and Volpe took the pot with    in the hole.

James Obst5,000,000-300,000
Paul Volpe1,400,000300,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:44 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Obst Makes Big Call

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

Paul Volpe raised on third street and James Obst called. On fourth street, Obst bet, Volpe called.

Obst bet again on fifth and Volpe called again. Obst fired once again on sixth and this time Volpe raised. Obst called.

On seventh, Volpe fired depsite having nothing. Obst only have a pair of eights and had to think about it for about a minute before ultimately making the correct call.

James Obst5,300,000700,000
Paul Volpe1,100,000-700,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:37 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Obst Has Aces in the Hole

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

Paul Volpe completed, James Obst raised, and Volpe called.

Volpe bet on fourth street with his jacks and Obst called. Obst then bet on fifth and Volpe called.

Both players checked down sixth and seventh as Obst turned over     for a pair of aces to win the pot.

James Obst4,600,000-500,000
Paul Volpe1,800,000500,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:29 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Volpe Folds the Winner

Paul Volpe:   /    / 
James Obst:   /    / 

James Obst bet on fifth street and was called. Action went check-check on sixth street.

On seventh street, Obst fired with the inferior hand. This time Paul Volpe could not find the call and Obst took another pot.

James Obst5,100,000300,000
Paul Volpe1,300,000-300,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:18 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Volpe Bets Into Obst's Queens

James Obst:   /   
Paul Volpe:   /    - folded on fifth street

Paul Volpe completed, James Obst raised, and Volpe called.

Obst bet again on fourth street and Volpe called. Volpe then bet on fifth.

Obst came back with a raise and Volpe tossed his cards away as Obst took the pot with    in the hole.

James Obst4,800,000300,000
Paul Volpe1,600,000-300,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:13 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Cooler Puts Obst Back in Command

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

James Obst completed and Paul Volpe called.

Obst continued betting down to seventh street as Volpe called. Obst then bet again on seventh and Volpe raised.

Obst reraised and Volpe called with his straight, but Obst had a full house to take the massive pot.

James Obst4,500,000700,000
Paul Volpe1,900,000-700,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:09 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Volpe Wins With Aces

Paul Volpe:   /    / 
James Obst:   /    / 

Paul Volpe completed and James Obst called.

Obst then bet on fourth and fifth streets as Volpe came along with calls. Obst bet again on sixth, but this time Volpe raised.

Obst called to seventh where Volpe bet again. Obst folded     and Volpe took the pot with    .

James Obst3,800,000-500,000
Paul Volpe2,600,000400,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 1:06 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 9 hours ago)
Obst Extends Distance Again

James Obst:   /    / 
Paul Volpe:   /    / 

Paul Volpe bet on fifth street, James Obst raised it up and Volpe called. Obst bet on sixth street and on seventh as well.

On seventh, Volpe tanked for quite a while as he contemplated the hand. Eventually, he would call and see the winner shown by Obst once again as he pushed Volpe away just as he was attempting to get it closer.

James Obst4,300,000700,000
Paul Volpe2,200,000-700,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 12:55 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 10 hours ago)
Volpe Fires Away

Paul Volpe:   /    / 
James Obst:   /    / 

James Obst completed and Paul Volpe called.

Volpe then opened the betting on fourth street and Obst called. Volpe continued betting through to seventh as Obst called him down.

Volpe bet again on seventh and Obst folded as Volpe took the pot.

James Obst3,600,000-400,000
Paul Volpe2,900,000400,000
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 12:44 AM Local Time (about 6 days and 10 hours ago)
Volpe Cuts Into Obst

Paul Volpe:   /    / 
James Obst:   /    / 

Paul Volpe started strong after break as he bet on fifth, sixth and seventh street and got calls on each to collect the pot with aces up.

James Obst4,000,000-255,000
Paul Volpe2,500,000330,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander