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Australia's James Obst Wins $10,000 RAZZ CHAMPIONSHIP

Tags: 2017 WSOP, Eric Kurtzman, James Obst, Razz.
Posted on 16 June 2017 by "T".

James Obst emerged victorious in the $10,000 Razz Championship last night. Obst's victory earned him $265,138 in prize money and his first gold coveted bracelet!

Obst had to fight very hard for the title, as eventual runner-up Eric Kurtzman had a 4-1 chip lead at two stages during the heads-up. The tables eventually turned as Obst went on a winning streak in the final hour of play. It was a combination of good cards and aggressive play that made Obst a winner.

Kurtzman, a Londoner living in Las Vegas, earned $163,867 for his second-place finish.

James Obst has had a lot of success online before making his debut at the World Series of Poker in 2014. Many online pros haven't been as successful live, but the 24-year-old Australian's results at the WSOP have been fantastic, having made the final two tables of 11 events, with final table appearances in six of those.

"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."

Final Table Payouts (earned POY points in parentheses):

1st: James Obst, $265,138 (138.3)
2nd: Eric Kurtzman, $163,867 (117.8)
3rd: David "ODB" Baker, $112,645 (104.0)
4th: Andrey Zhigalov, $79,616 (92.6)
5th: Anthony Zinno, $57,903 (83.3)
6th: Brandon Shack-Harris, $43,370 (75.6)
7th: Jyri Merivirta, $33,485 (69.4)
8th: Jack Duong, $26,674 (64.3)


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9 comments on "Australia''s James Obst Wins $10,000 RAZZ CHAMPIONSHIP"

 Gerimantas16/06/2017 18:17:10 GMT
So you pay $10,000 buyin and only get $26,674 for 8th place... not a lot of money and probably guys there are good players, maybe not so popular game and some rich people join for fun, but still I think very good competition for not a lot of money, only top 3 over $100k mark, of course not a lot of runners
 Calmplay16/06/2017 19:07:35 GMT
I think 80-90% of the entrants are not really playing for the money, it's all about the bracelet there, and with the very few entrants it is obvious that 8th place there win only $26k for a $10k buy in tournament...

 Mober16/06/2017 19:32:22 GMT
I believe this is one of the tournaments in poker that deserves appreciation.
Not an easy one to win, and playing for prizes that big, it makes it even more difficult.
If i was a pro i would never play this format for 10000$ Smile
 doubletop77717/06/2017 08:00:40 GMT
Many congratulations to James Obst on winning this $10,000 Razz Championship and the first prize of $265,138 and, more importantly for all the top poker players, his first bracelet
 Tony_MON7ANA17/06/2017 11:51:25 GMT
Massive well done to James Obst, who won the $10,000 Razz Championship and captured his first WSOP bracelet. What kind of game is Razz? I don't think I have ever played Razz. I will try it out sometime.
 dule-vu17/06/2017 14:01:59 GMT
every day we have some new bracelet winner!at least one,but on some days we have two bracelet winners!this is one of wsop tournaments where is big buy in,but not not such a big prize for first place,when you look at %!but very nice win for him!
 Nightkid17/06/2017 14:54:26 GMT

If I believe the same thing ... what I really wanted was the bracelet, auqnuqe the prize was not bad at all, well I do not know what I would do with so much money lol but good hope some day I can get to play some good tournament with nice prizes, although I see it in the future a little distant even since I have much to learn Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 pajalnick17/06/2017 21:44:47 GMT
Eric Kurtsman for me this name is unfamiliar ... of course, I'm just blame for not being very erudite in the world of players but nevertheless ... the second place is certainly a good result and the cash win is not bad
 pochui18/06/2017 04:23:18 GMT
Yeah back from the days of glorious pokerstars and i mean really glorious aka pre amaya, i was trying my hand at some razz too just for fun... kinda cool game.

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