Event #26: $10,000 Razz Championship


Running successfully since his 2014 debut at the World Series of Poker, James Obst has persevered his way up to six final tables of 11 events. The consistent strive to achieve the golden bracelet led him to finish as the runner-up in the $10,000 HORSE event last summer and yet again this year in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball.

But 2017 has had something more in store for Obst. Maintaining the second highest chip lead on Day2, the focused poker enthusiast outmanoeuvred 97 players and bagged his first WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Razz Championship and pocketed a whopping $265,138.

Snapping back from the initial 3:1 chip-stack, ”I guess it’s a new experience to win a bracelet,” he said after the win. “When you win one and it’s online I’m probably… I’m obviously not celebrating wildly like some people might because that’s just my nature. Online when no one’s around you can probably be a bit more excited and get pumped up a bit more. But at the moment I’m just a bit… I don’t know how to process it just yet. It’s awesome and I’ll try to win another one before the series is out.”

Recalling his crowning minutes Obst was directed to snap back from the initial 3:1 chip ratio against Kurtsman. The tough competitor had to be skilfully outrun. And so he was. ”I had to really adjust my game plan against him. And you know, I tried a few different things. Acting really fast was a strategy that I guess I employed. I did manage to pick up a few things that helped me in terms of assessing his game throughout the final table, so when it got to heads up I just had to try to be as zoned in as possible, try to be flexible with my strategy, but also to be fast and put some pressure on my opponent when I’m that big of a chip underdog.”


Final Table Results:

1 James Obst Australia $265,138
2 Eric Kurtzman United States $163,867
3 David “ODB” Baker United States $112,645
4 Andrey Zhigalov Russia $79,616
5 Anthony Zinno United States $57,903
6 Brandon Shack-Harris United States $43,370
7 Jyri Merivirta Finland $33,485
8 Jack Duong United States $26,674
9 Nick Schulman United States $21,946

Strong Show By Team India

Indian contingents have apaced their A-games. After a strong run in Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker, Sumit Sapra finished at 118th with $8,054. PokerBaazi Team Pro Vikram Kumar scored 48th position over 1150 entrants in the $235 Daily DeepStack.  Advancing to Day2 in Event #27: $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed were Raghav Bansal, India’s first bracelet winner, Aditya Sushant, and Team PokerStars pro, Aditya Agarwal. Aditya Sushant posted the update on social media “Got 340k in the 6m on dinner break. Resume at 2.5/5k.4 lvl left in the day.” He eventually busted in the 28th position.

Team India representatives Raghav Bansal (377th for $4,638), Aditya Agarwal (653rd for $3,105) and Shuchi Chamaria (661st for $3,105) were amongst the 1,165 from a pool of 7,761 entrants who made it in the money.  Sumit Sapra, though was the only one who endured through Day 3 to finish at 118th pocketing $8,054.

Event #23: THE MARATHON – $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em 

Joseph Di Rosa Rojas

Day 4 began with a competitive streak. Commencing with 56 participants, the event was 10 players down within 100 minutes of play.Seven levels and 14 hours later only 13 survived after the nail-biting play. Two-time WSOP cash holder, Joseph Di Rosa Rojas took over with 10,575,000 chips.

Eric Baldwin (21st place – $21,434), Ana Marquez (26th place – $21,434), Upeshka De Silva (30th place – $17,491), Kristen Bicknell (44th place – $14,446), and Adrian Mateos (52nd place – $12,077) exited from the table on Day 4.

Event #25: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $179,126


Surpassing a field of 1,058 entrants, Iowa’s Tyler Groth took down Event #25: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.

After his first ever WSOP win for $179,126, Groth exclaimed,”The only time I felt the pressure was when we first sat down at that table and there were lights, and it took a while to get into the zone.

3rd in stacks, the 32 yr old had the strongest finish over the remaining 11 players at the final table.

Allan Le’s diamond flush relegated the Former November Niner Bruno Politano to the 10th place. Losing a large share of his chips to Darren Taylor’s set of kings, Groth took a shot to revive his game. And flashing a king against Carroll’s aces sent packing Casey Carroll at the ninth place.  The game went on to eliminate Mark Zullo in the eighth place.


Having previously qualified the WSOP2016 $1,500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha/8; and Big O title under his belt, Allan Le’s kings railed out at the third position. With a 5:1 chip ratio, Groth sustained the final table heat. Regaining his lead by rivering a straight against Zarin’s pot lead, Groth held up his aces. Another ace on the river and Groth was crowned the winner.  “You played great, take it easy,” said Zarin who took up runner’s up seat for $110,655.

The sin city resident Groth said,”I moved here to finally give the live pro a go. I had an online career, and in 2011…” he said, pointing at the Black Friday events. “I literally quit my job and I was like, you know what, no more bosses, I am going back to poker. This is my first real run, that was probably my eighth or ninth World Series Event.”

Event #28: $1,500 2-7 Limit Lowball Triple Draw


The day2 came to a close with the chip leader, Brendan Taylor (714,000). Having already won a WSOP gold bracelet, the former $1,500 No-limit 2-7 Lowball Draw third place holder and German football star Max Kruse concreted the second chip lead with 635,000.  Dean Kerl (190,000) might be a potential wild-card entry in the lowball event.

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