This year’s World Series of Poker has mostly belonged to established names. Going into the $10,000 Seven Card Stud High-Low Eight-or-Better Championship, there had already been 13 winners who already owned at least one WSOP bracelet, and several other notables who picked up their first series win. But in Event 38, George Danzer became the first person to pick up two bracelets in this year’s World Series alone.
The German professional poker player scored his second win of the 2014 WSOP by winning the Stud tournament, which followed up his win in the $10,000 Razz Championship just weeks earlier. Those two results were just part of an incredible run for Danzer, who has also made final tables at the $10,000 Triple Draw Deuce-to-Seven Lowball tournament and the $10,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em Championship.
It was no easy run to his second career WSOP victory for Danzer, who had to contend with the small but stacked field that always seems to show up for championship-level Stud events. In this case, there were just 134 entrants, but many of the world’s top players were still alive on the final day of play.
“These championship-level events always draw the best players,” Danzer told WSOP.com. “It was never easy. It’s just a different stud variation, but the players are the same.”
Sure enough, players such as Todd Brunson (13th place), Ted Forrest (11th), Jeffrey Lisandro (5th), Brian Hastings (4th) and Calvin Anderson (3rd) were all in contention late in the event, with Anderson also coming close to winning his second bracelet of the summer. Even ESPN commentator Norman Chad showed that he has some Stud skills by finishing in 10th position.
Heads-up play was no picnic for Danzer, either. He had to face off against 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener. Danzer managed to hold the chip lead throughout the final confrontation, though, and ultimately took home both the title and a $352,696 prize.
Dealer’s Choice is a popular format for home poker games, but it’s never been tried at the World Series of Poker until now. This year saw the first ever $1,500 Dealer’s Choice tournament, and despite some confusion over the 16 different games that players could choose from in each orbit, the tournament was widely considered a success.
In the end, it was tournament veteran Robert Mizrachi who took home the first ever WSOP Dealer’s Choice bracelet. Mizrachi overcame a field of 419 eager players to take home his second career WSOP bracelet.
Mizrachi said he loved the tournament, and would like to see it take on even more importance in future years.
“There’s definitely a lot of pride in winning this event,” Mizrachi said. “I’d like to see a higher buy-in event for this next year, where the big names could all play deeper. It’s a very skilled event. You not only have to know all the games, but you have to pick the games that your opponents don’t play as well.”
The Mizrachi family will look to continue their success this week, as the $50,000 Poker Players Championship began play on Sunday. After the first day, two-time winner Michael Mizrachi was among the chip leaders, while Matt Glantz led the 85-player field going into Day 2.