Aussie native James Obst is slowly climbing his way up the Australian all-time money list, and made a big jump at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) when he won his first gold bracelet in the the $10,000 Razz Championship. The 24th time was the charm for the once-online player, who scored the jewelry after as many WSOP appearances.
It took three days for the 97 players in the event to be narrowed down to just nine. On the final day, Obst had earned the chip lead and dominated for a bit, but was quickly overpowered by Eric Kurtzman. He had 75 percent of the chips when it was down to the final three players.
Despite being down 3:1 in chips, Obst fought on and had regained the lead within one level. From there, he quickly overpowered David Baker and Kurzman, taking the title, bracelet and $265,138 in cash. The win pushed his total live earnings to over $2.5 million.
“I guess it’s a new experience to win a bracelet,” Obst told PokerNews. “I don’t know how to process it just yet.”
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The win positioned Obst in the top 15 in the World Series of Poker Player of the Year (POY) race. Currently, John Racener leads the board with 729.92 points.
“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 multi-tabling events or doing anything crazy to try to win it,” he said. “I’m trying to hold onto my money and make more of it.”
The Player of the Year award is given annually to the player who accumulates the most points throughout a year’s worth of WSOP events.
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