One thing is for sure: German George Danzer is the real Stud of this year’s World Series of Poker…both literally and figuratively.
Literally because Danzer won two WSOP gold bracelets in two stud poker events in a matter of just two weeks. First, he emerged victorious in Event #18, the $10,000 Razz Championship. Razz is actually a form of lowball stud poker with the clear objective of making the lowest possible five-card hand from the seven cards dealt. Moreover, the German went for the win in Event #38: the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8-or-Better Championship.
This is probably a similar field to the other one (that I won). These Championship-level events always draw the best players. It was never easy. It’s just a different Stud variation but the players are the same. I’d say this is just as satisfying to win as my other one,” Danzer told WSOP.com.
Figuratively because “Tricky Scarfy” is currently dominating the entire WSOP field and has the best chance of winning the 2014 Player of the Year race. So far, he has won two bracelets, made three final tables, scored four top-ten finishes, and five cashes.
How did he come out on top of his competition in his latest success? Simple, by sticking to his plan of playing one tournament every single day and by eyeing the lead early. Of course, a little bit of luck always helps in tournament poker.
Danzer started both Day 2 and 3 with the chip lead and didn’t give up until he struck gold. He also won the first big pot of the final day that set up the official final table. Richard Sklar and John Monnette were the unlucky ones who fell on the bubble. The pair were eliminated in ninth and eighth places, respectively. Both were upended in the same hand when the German caught a dominating kings full of nines.
Danzer’s next victim was David Singer, who had a lot of draws to make the low but failed to catch anything other than a pair of aces for the high. Unfortunately for him, the 2014 PoY leader had another monster hand: an eight-high straight.
Brian Hastings picked up the action after that, eliminating Chris George and five-time bracelet winner and Stud specialist, Jeff “Iceman” Lisandro. Hastings even flirted with the top spot in the chip leaderboard only to see his stack end up back in the danger zone a little while later. He was eventually eliminated by the red-hot German who caught a straight on seventh street.
And with Calvin Anderson out of his way, Danzer had one more player to beat in John Racener. The 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up, Racener was short-stacked most of the heads-up play and couldn’t do much in the last hand of the tournament with his pocket queens. The German had pocket kings that gave him his second gold bracelet.
Here are the final table payouts:
- George Danzer – $352,696
- John Racener – $217,935
- Calvin Anderson – $136,490
- Brian Hastings – $$98,828
- Jeff Lisandro – $77,238
- Chris George – $61,594
- David Singer – $50,018
Congratulations to George Danzer on winning the second WSOP event of his career. Can he sustain his impressive run?