2019 World Series of Poker

Event #26: $10,000 Razz Championship

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 20,000

Spieler Info

Verbleibende Spieler
Entries 97
Preispool $911,800
Event #26: $10,000 Razz Championship
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James Obst Wins First WSOP Bracelet in the $10,000 Razz Championship ($265,138)

123md • Level 28: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
James Obst
James Obst

James Obst is a name that many in the poker world have become quite familiar with, one way or another. He made his mark on the virtual felt for years, long before his debut at the World Series of Poker in 2014. For many, success at online poker hasn't always led to success on poker's biggest stage at the WSOP, but the 26-year-old Obst's results inside the Rio have been exceptional, having made the final two tables of 11 events, with final table appearances in six of those.

Obst finished runner-up in the $10,000 HORSE event last summer and and runner-up again less than two weeks ago in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball. Needless to say, he was eager to capture that elusive first bracelet.

"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."

The $10,000 Razz Championship drew 97 players, and Obst was sixth out of 38 survivors following Day 1. He navigated his way into the money on Day 2 second in chips, and bagged the chip lead entering the unofficial final table which began on Day 3.

While not losing many big pots in the early to mid stages of the final table, Obst also wasn't gaining much traction. Eventual runner-up Eric Kurtzman caught the heater at the final table, holding about 75% of the chips with three players left. Obst and David "ODB" Baker found themselves both very short stacked during the three-handed battle, but Obst was able to win a crucial pot against his fellow short stack before Baker bowed out in third place.

Down more than 3:1 in chips beginning heads-up play, Obst wasn't phased by the chip deficit and was focused on making a comeback.

"He was a really interesting player. You know, he played very very tough on the final table. And I had to really adjust my gameplan 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."

Obst did everything he set out to do, as Kurtzman's sizable chip lead was gone within a level. Obst won shortly thereafter, and is now sitting second in the WSOP Player of the Year race behind Pablo Mariz.

"I’m interested in trying to contend for it (POY), but you know at the end of the day I’m not going to be multitabling events or doing anything crazy to try to win it. I’m trying to hold on to my money and make more of it."

Event #26 Final Table Results

1James ObstAustralia$265,138
2Eric KurtzmanUnited States$163,867
3David "ODB" BakerUnited States$112,645
4Andrey ZhigalovRussia$79,616
5Anthony ZinnoUnited States$57,903
6Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States$43,370
7Jyri MerivirtaFinland$33,485
8Jack DuongUnited States$26,674
9Nick SchulmanUnited States$21,946

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Eric Kurtzman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($163,876)

123md • Level 28: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante
Eric Kurtzman - 2nd place
Eric Kurtzman - 2nd place

James Obst: {x-}{x-} / {3-}{2-}{5-}{5-}
Eric Kurtzman: {x-}{x-} / {4-}{A-}{3-}{2-}

Eric Kurtzman came in for the full completion, and James Obst called.

Obst check-called a bet from Kurtzman on fourth street, Kurtzman bet fifth street, Obst raised, Kurtzman called, and Kurtzman bet his remaining 30,000-ish on sixth street. Obst called and showed {A-}{8-}.

"You have a wheel?" asked Kurtzman, as he looked across the table.

"Nope," said Obst. "Eight."

"Ah," replied Kurtzman. "That's because I have all the fours." He showed {4-}{4-}.

Obst paired up with an {A-} on seventh street, but Kurtzman couldn't catch up, as a {J-} officially ended his run in second place.

Eric Kurtzman us Ausgeschieden

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Kurtzman Falling Fast

123md • Level 27: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

James Obst: {x-}{x-} / {A-}{A-}{9-}{4-} / {x-}
Eric Kurtzman: {x-}{x-} / {5-}{7-}{5-}{10-} / {x-}

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in, James Obst completed, and Kurtzman called. Kurtzman bet on fourth street, and Obst called. Obst bet with the lower pair on fifth street, Kurtzman raised, and Obst called.

Obst bet on sixth and seventh streets, Kurtzman called both, and Obst tabled {6-}{2-}{A-} for a nine-six. Kurtzman mucked, giving Obst the pot.

James Obst au 4,230,000 485,000
Eric Kurtzman us 620,000 -485,000

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One More For Obst

[user217945] • Level 27: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

James Obst: {X-}{x-} / {A-}{9-}{Q-}{10-}
Eric Kurtzman: {X-}{X-} / {5-}{7-}{5-}{7-} — Folded

James Obst completed, and Eric Kurtzman called. On fourth street, Kurtzman bet, Obst raised, and Kurtzman called. Obst continued betting on fifth and sixth streets, and Kurtzman finally gave it up on sixth, awarding Obst the pot.

James Obst au 3,745,000 495,000
Eric Kurtzman us 1,105,000 -495,000

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2:1 Lead For Obst

123md • Level 27: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante

James Obst: {x-}{x-} / {4-}{J-}{10-}{A-} / {x-}
Eric Kurtzman: {x-}{x-} / {A-}{4-}{7-}{6-} / {x-}

James Obst was the bring-in, Eric Kurtzman completed, Obst raised, and Kurtzman called.

Kurtzman had the on-board lead the rest of the way and bet every street, with Osbt calling him down.

Kurtzman showed {7-}{9-}{10-} for a nine-seven, but Obst fanned {3-}{5-}{8-} for an eight-five to win the pot.

James Obst au 3,250,000 800,000
Eric Kurtzman us 1,600,000 -800,000

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Dead Heat

[user217945] • Level 27: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
Heads up
Heads up

Eric Kurtzman: {x-}{x-} / {8-}{K-}{A-}{2-} / {x-}
James Obst: {x-}{x-} / {8-}{4-}{Q-}{J-} — Folded

Eric Kurtzman was the bring-in. Obst completed. Kurtzman raised, and Obst called.

On fourth street, Obst bet, and Kurtzman called. On fifth, Obst checked. Kurtzman bet, and Obst called. On sixth, Obst checked again. Kurtzman bet, and Obst folded.

The two players are currently within one big bet of each other.

James Obst au 2,450,000 -350,000
Eric Kurtzman us 2,400,000 350,000

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