One for Germany: George Danzer Wins Fourth WSOP Bracelet

George Danzer takes another WSOP bracelet to Germany, after taking down the $10k Stud Hi-Lo Championship
George Danzer takes another WSOP bracelet to Germany, after taking down the $10k Stud Hi-Lo Championship

The player best known in the high roller circles has proven once again that he’s got the game. George Danzer claimed his fourth WSOP bracelet yesterday after outlasting a relatively small, but quite impressive field of 136 players in the $10k Stud High Low Championship.

Winning WSOP bracelets George Danzer style

Danzer is no stranger to big wins, as he has $2.7 million in live tournament winnings to his name. But regardless of how many victories one has under his belt, WSOP bracelets always have a special alure to them and I don’t think there is anyone out there who just shrugs it off.

“Meh, another WSOP braclet – said no one, ever. Just ask Phil Hellmuth.”

‘Tricky Scarfy,’ as he is known online, already had three golden trinkets to his name going into the final table of the Stud Hi-Lo Championship. This would often be a tremendous advantage, as you’d be faced with less experienced competition, not used to the pressure of big final tables.

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This time, it wasn’t the case.

George Danzer vs. formidable competition

By the time the event wound down to the final table, Danzer was up against seven other players, all of whom have been here before. The only player without official WSOP final tables was Esther Taylor-Bradey who, by the time she had played her last hand, improved on her best result, finishing in fourth place and collecting $107,551. Esther did not try to hide her excitement, despite of what many would consider an unlucky break.

Eli Elezra was probably the fans’ favorite on this final table. Elezra, who was propelled to stardom after being a regular fixture on the mega-popular High Stakes Poker, was also going for his fourth WSOP gold. Unfortunately for Eli, he will have to wait some more, as he exited in sixth place, making his 48th WSOP cash to date.

Justin Bonomo is another name that the poker public knows all too well. He went far, but not far enough, as he was eliminated in third place, cashing for $148,000 and some pocket change. Bonomo is still chasing his second bracelet, with the first one coming in 2014 and a few close calls in between.

Eli Elezra, who was chasing his fourth WSOP gold just like George Danzer, was easily the fans' favorite to win
Eli Elezra, who was chasing his fourth WSOP gold just like George Danzer, was easily the fans’ favorite to win (source: WSOP.com)

Todd Brunson, the son of the one and only ‘Texas Dolly,’ finished in fifth. Todd also has just one bracelet to his name, but this was his anniversary 50th WSOP cash to the tune of $79,300. Brunson has always been more of a cash game player, but he’s been known to win a tournament or two on the side, as his live tournament earnings now exceed $4.2 million.

Seventh and eighth place went to Scott Clements and David Grey, respectively. Between them, these two have a total of five WSOP bracelets, further testifying just how hard this particular final table was. But, none of that could stop George Danzer.

The finishing blow

When it was all said and done, Danzer found himself up against Randy Ohel. Although Ohel is yet to win a bracelet, he is far from being an inexperienced player, with $1.5 million in live earnings, $1.2 million of which came from WSOP events.

But, this time around, the experience and luck favored Danzer and he was able to close the deal, winning his fourth WSOP bracelet and the prize of $338,646. Ohel missed on another bracelet opportunity, but he will probably find some consolation in the $209k he received as the runner-up.

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George Danzer may have seized the day, but Jason Mercier remains the story of this year’s World Series of Poker

The action continues at the 2016 Series as there are numerous events yet to come. One question that many players and fans are asking is if Jason Mercier will be able to seize his third bracelet this year. It would be an epic achievement by all means and Mercier has shown he’s got the metal to do it.

The rest is up to Lady Luck.

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