It may have taken an extra day, but in the end, the champion is set in 2023 World Series of Poker $10,000 Razz Championship Event. Jerry Wong emerged victorious from a field of 102 entries with the jackpot of $298,682 and his first prize. WSOP golden bracelet.
2016 WSOP The eighth-place finisher in the Main Event now has approximately $5.9 million in lifetime tournament winnings, with about $2.7 million of that from the 74 funds in the series.
This was the second Florida resident at the final table of the year, after placing ninth in the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main event of $3,500 vs. $85,410 in January. He scored 600 card player Player of the Year points for his impressive win in the series.
This event was scheduled to run from June 13-15, but play was stopped late on the scheduled last day before the champion was determined. Plenty of big names have made the deep runs, including three-time bracelet winner Dan Zach (19), bracelet winner James Obst (17), three-time bracelet winner David Becks (15), two-time bracelet winner and card player Columnist Steve Zolotow (14th), four-time bracelet winner Nick Shulman (11th), four-time bracelet winner Bradley Rubin (9th), two-time bracelet winner Yuval Bronstein (8th), bracelet winner Bryce Yuki (seventh ), Six Time Bracelet winner John Hennigan (sixth), 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Vietnam Main event winner Talal Shukarji (5th), 2017 WSOP Elior Sion $50,000 Poker Players Championship Winner (4th).
Wong entered the unplanned fourth day with the lead in chips. Two-time bracelet winner Michael Moncic was the next-largest, while Carlos Chada sat bottom of the chip tally. The final three wrestled for approximately four hours after eliminating Siwon before play was stopped on the third day. They went another three hours on the fourth day before finally breaking the deadlock.
Moncek was less than a full big bet after losing a big pot to Chaddha. He got it all against Wong and ended up with Q-9-7-5-A. Wong made Q-8-6-4-2 to win the bowl and edge out Moncek into third place ($133,177). It was the second result of the six-figure streak, after he won his second bracelet earlier this summer in the
$5,000 for the No Limit Omaha Mixed Event and the Omaha Mixed Event for a career best payday of $534,499.
The showdown started with Chadha with a nearly 5:1 lead over Wong. It was all Wong at first, and he quickly closed the gap. Overtake the leaderboard after nearly half an hour of gameplay. Shatha was able to get back to the front briefly, but Wong quickly regained the chip advantage in what turned out to be the final change-up of the event.
The final hand of the event saw Shaza win it all at 6th Street with (8-2) A-6-9-4 for the low eight. Wong (10-4) was 2-7-6-9 to tie to a low seven. Shatha eventually picked up a king to keep the same five-card hand. Wong will need a five, a three, or an ace at the end to win the sum and the title. The dealer puts his last card and rolls three, giving him the win 7-6-4-3-2.
Shaza was sent home $184,599 for his second-place appearance. It was the third biggest hit of his career. It has brought his lifetime earnings to nearly $2 million.
Here is a look at the payouts and ranking points awarded in the final table:
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Winner’s photo credit: WSOP / Omar Sader.