Capturing three WSOP bracelets is a feat in its own right, and for most poker players it will remain but a dream. Simply, there aren’t enough of these to go around. But to capture three of them in a single year is truly something else, an achievement that only the likes of Jeff Lisandro, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest and Puggy Pearson can boast. Now George Danzer (pictured) joins this elite club.
Great year continues
The German has truly had a tremendous year, capturing two bracelets during the summer, and his triumph in Melbourne basically locks him for the win in the Player of the Year race with just two events remaining to be concluded in Australia.
Danzer’s victory came in the AU$5,000 8-Game Mixed Event that attracted a small but formidable field of 48 players, generating a prize pool of AU$225,600. Twenty-six players made it through Day 1 and continued to play it down to the six-handed final table on Day 2. Falling along the way were names such as Daniel Negreanu, Brandon Shack-Harris, Joe Hachem, Jeff Madsen, Vanessa Rousso, Mike Leah and quite a few others.
When the final table was finally set up, with the elimination of Brian Rast in 7th (also the bubble), George Danzer actually had his work cut out for him, as he was coming in as a severe short stack. It was Scott Clements leading the way, followed closely by Jonathan Duhamel and Sam Khouiss, while Tino Lechic and Ismale Bojang had some making up to do.
However, the German player demonstrated once again that patience and never giving up can really pay dividends in poker. He made two quick double-ups to put him right back in contention and he never looked back. At one point or another after that, most players found themselves at the losing side against Danzer.
Sam Khouiss was first to depart, dispatched by Clements, followed by severely crippled Tino Lechich. Ismael Bojang and Jonathan Duhamel lost a huge hand to Scott Clements, but as Duhamel had one more chip in front of him, Bojang finished in fourth, while Jonathan would leave in third the next hand.
With this, Scott Clements and George Danzer began the battle for bracelet number 3. Danzer started with the advantage but Clements quickly closed the gap, making it anybody’s game once again. However, the German was relentless and kept grinding the Canadian down, slowly gaining a big advantage.
In the last hand, Danzer called off Clements’ all-in holding #jd#10d and was behind the Canadian’s #qs#6s, but a ten on the flop was all he needed to secure the victory and the first place prize money of AU$84,600. This victory grants him a place in history and proves once again that his results are by no means a fluke!