The biggest buy-in Razz Championship to ever hit the green felt took off on Friday evening with 112 players who built a prizepool of $1,052,800 — Event #18: $10,000 Seven-Card Razz Championship. The event marked another first as it put two Razz tournaments on the 2014 WSOP schedule for the first time since 1977.
An all-star field hit the tables and Day 1 found big name poker players and multiple bracelet winners heading for the rail, leaving 74 players to start Day 2. Day 2 saw the likes of Scott Clements, Nick Schulman, Hoyt Corkins, and Paul Volpe bust out in the money and 12 players were set to come back for the final battle.
When play resumed, one by one they dropped: Day 1 chip leader Thomas Butzhammer in 12th; Roland Israelashvili in 11th; Daniel Negreanu's run at a seventh WSOP bracelet and second final table ended in 10th place; Dan O'Brien went next in 9th; David Bach who made it to two Razz final tables was gone in 8th; WSOP bracelet holder Naoya Kihara in 7th; Todd Dakake in 6th; Brian Hastings in 5th; and Yuval Bronshtein in 4th.
When play hit three-handed Brandon Shack-Harris, Event #3 bracelet winner, had more than 70% of the chips in play. Todd Barlow was short-stacked and made a run at it but hit the rail to leave Shack-Harris trailing Danzer by just three big bets.
The lead changed more than once but Danzer took it back, he also took control and pressured the game until he had a better than eight-to-one advantage over Shack-Harris who was left with three big bets. Shack-Harris fought — and doubled three times — but the final hand is always inevitable in a tournament with increasing antes/blinds!
The bring-in found Brandon Shack-Harris and George Danzer completed to 80,000. Shack-Harris raised to which Danzer countered with a reraise. Shack-Harris was committed, he had 220,000 total.
Shack-Harris made a 10-7 and Danzer was drawing to a six. It was a 'sweat' before he slammed down his final down card, the , in celebration.
Shack-Harris was denied making 2014 WSOP history by winning two bracelets (of course it's not over yet) but Danzer scored his first bracelet and joined the list of German players that have WSOP bracelets — Pius Heinz, Dominik Nitsche, and Katja Thater.
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