Thursday night in Vegas. A couple of more bracelets up for grabs. Over in Event #25, Tyler Groth won the 1K PLO bracelet and $179K in cash. Groth was the PLO-donk slayer and got rewarded as such. He had a broken phone and now he can get it fixed! Groth was much like you and me... someone who loved poke, but hated working for idiots and grinding out a corporate existence for a living. Groth quit his job and moved to Las Vegas to grind out life as a cash game pro. And now he's a WSOP winner. What a story!
Meanwhile, over in Event #26 $10,000 Razz Championship, Aussie pro James Obst, otherwise known as "Andy McLEOD" online, crushed the hearts and minds of Razz fetishists to win his first-ever bracelet.
Event #26 $10,000 Razz Championship - Final Results
Ship it to Andy McLEOD! Errr... I mean, James Obst!
James Obst from Adelaide, Australia is a former chess prodigy who has been crushing online souls playing under the screen name "Andy McLOED" on PokerStars. If you recently played SCOOP or WCOOP on PokerStars, then you've seen Obst's dirty work up close and personal. He's one of the toughest mixed-game players in the world, let alone Down Under.
Obst defeated Eric Kurtzman heads up for the win. David "ODB" Baker was dunzo in third place. Russian Andrey Zhigalov finished in fourth place. Tony Zinno took fifth. Brandon Shack-Harris went out in sixth. Finland's Jyri Merivirta busted in seventh place. And Jack Duong was the first player to bust at the final table.
Only the top 15 places paid out. Among those who went deep and cashed included Nick Schulman, Stevie Chidwick, Don Zewin, Ted Forrest, Owais Ahmed, Konstantin Maslak, and Roland Israelashvili.
2017 WSOP - Event #26 $10,000 Razz Championship
Prize Pool: $911,800
Final Table Results:
1. James Obst (Australia) $265,138
2. Eric Kurtzman (USA) $163,867
3. David 'ODB' Baker (USA) $112,645
4. Andrey Zhigalov (Russia) $79,616
5. Anthony Zinno (USA) $57,903
6. Brandon Shack-Harris (USA) $43,370
7. Jyri Merivirta (Finland) $33,485
8. Jack Duong (USA) $26,674
Event #25 $1,000 PLO - Final Results
Another Vegas-based cash-game grinder won the bling. This time, Tyler Groth stepped into the winner's circle by dominating 1,058 donks. But not just ordinary donks... super-PLO-donks! Tyler Groth won his first bracelet and $179K in cash. He normally played O8 cash games, but took a shot at a PLO tournament... which was a good choice.
Groth might have had the quote of the WSOP thus far. In a post-victory interview, Groth admitted to the press corps: "I'm in shock. I'm not kidding. I'm shaking. Honestly, I just want to cry."
Allan Le finished in third place. Adam Brown busted in sixth. Casey Carroll went out first at the final table in ninth place.
Notables who went deep and cashed in the PLO event included... The Grinder, Jacques Misonne, Alexadre Fradin, David Callaghan, Karim Lehoussine, Domone Siripane, Yuval Bronstein, Ryan Hughes, Nate Gamble, Maning Loeser, Kevin Gimble, Elie Payam, Mathieu Jacmin, Kip Williams, Naoya Kihara, Laurent Wisniec, and Erin Nye.
2017 WSOP - Event #25 $1,000 PLO
Prize Pool: $952,200
Final Table Results:
1. Tyler Groth (USA) $179,126
2. Jonathan Zarin (USA) $110,655
3. Allan Le (USA) $78,372
4. Darren Taylor (U.K.) $56,242
5. Igor Sharaskin (Russia) $40,862
6. Adam Brown (USA) $30,090
7. Daniel Spencer (USA) $22,456
8. Mark Zullo (USA) $16,986
9. Casey Carroll (USA) $13,026