First-Timer George Danzer Wins the 18th 2014 WSOP Bracelet
June 18, 2014
A new event this year, Event #18 $10K 7 Card Razz, was the first of its kind in the 45-yar WSOP history. This is the highest buy-in for a Razz event ever, making it a championship event and attracting some of the best Razz players in the world, and even the Godfather of Poker himself, Mr. Doyle Brunson, one of the most decorated WSOP players of all times, made a rare appearance. With 112 registrants, the field was stacked, but only one was to become the world champion of Razz, and that was Germany’s 30-year-old George Danzer. He came out of the event with a gold bracelet and just under $300K.
Danzer has been in six previous WSOP final tables. Just two weeks ago, he was finished fifth in Event #5 $10K Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, and last year, he also placed fifth in the $50K Poker Players Championship (Event #55), but this is his first bracelet.
Speaking on his victory, Danzer said, “It’s everything. For ten years no, 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.”
Taking down a touch final table, Danzer managed to outlast David Bach (8th), 2009 $50K HORSE champion and final table contender at a previous Razz event this year, just two weeks ago for which he placed fourth, beat only by Greg Pappas, third, Phil Hellmuth, second, and Ted Forrest, first. Also seated at the Event #18 final felt was Yuval Bronshtein (4th), who was at his fifth final table, Naoya Kihura (7th), Japan’s one and only bracelet winner; and Brian Hastings (5th), who also has a previous bracelet win.
Second place went to Brandon Shack-Harris, who won his first WSOP bracelet earlier in the season in the $1K PLO, just barely missing his second bracelet in as many weeks. This puts both Shack-Harris and Danzer in the running for WOP Player of the Year, though both still fall short of catching up with Justin Bonomo.
This is Germany’s second bracelet this year, the first won by Dominik Nitsche, winner of Atlantic City’s National Championship last month, which was Nitsche’s second bracelet win.
All together, the players amassed a prize pool worth more than $1 million. The top 16 finishers received compensation for their hard work at the felt including Daniel Negreanu (10th); Paul Volpe (13th), winner of Event #13 $10K NL 2-7 Draw Lowball just two weeks ago; Nick Schulman (15th); and Scott Clements (16th).