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2024 World Series of Poker

Giorni 3
Event Info

2024 World Series of Poker

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
qj108544
Premio
$260,658
Event Info
Buy-in
$10,000
Montepremi
$995,100
Entries
107
Informazioni livello
Livello
24
Bui
0 / 0
Ante
0
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 3
Entries
11
Giocatori Rimasti
1

Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

Giorno 3 completo

James Obst Caps His Triumphant Return to Poker With Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

Livello 24
James Obst
James Obst

For four years, James Obst had to wonder whether he would ever get this kind of experience again, of sitting under the bright lights on the main stage competing against the best poker players in the world. Something that had been such a big part of his life since he was a teenager was no longer there. But, today at the final table of Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, the long wait finally came to an end and Obst was right back where he belonged.

The Australian pro, who left poker in 2019 at the age of 28 to attempt a career at professional tennis with the dream of competing at Wimbledon, defeated a field of 107 of the top names in the game to win his second World Series of Poker bracelet and $260,658 top prize after prevailing in a lengthy heads-up duel with Paul Volpe.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryEarnings
1James ObstAustralia$260,658
2Paul VolpeUnited States$173,391
3Jason DalyUnited States$118,809
4Mike LangUnited States$83,932
5Robert MizrachiUnited States$61,190
6Juha HelppiFinland$46,084
7Andre AkkariBrazil$35,893
8Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil$28,945

“A little bit overwhelming. Very strung out. It’s been a long couple of days,” Obst said following his victory. “I can’t really believe it just thinking about the week that I’ve had. To be here with a bracelet is surreal. It’s unreal.”

Obst had been a regular fixture at the WSOP since 2014, making seven final tables in a five-year span (including twice in this same tournament). His first bracelet came seven years ago in the $10,000 Razz Championship. He was also involved in one of the most memorable pots in recent WSOP history, when he folded a full house to Michael Ruane’s straight flush deep in the 2016 Main Event where Obst eventually finished 13th.

Obst was already a star in the online poker world well before that, while he was still in his teens. Playing under the name “Andy McLEOD,” Obst won four Spring Championship of Online Poker titles, one World Championship of Online Poker title, and had millions in career earnings.

But then he decided to walk away, even if he spent the entire time dearly missing the game that had meant so much to him. “I never really wanted to leave entirely. A part of my soul, I think, lives here at the World Series,” he said.

“It was a long few years without it, grinding away in Melbourne through lockdowns and doing other things. I missed it terribly. At the moment it’s balancing priorities and just figuring out how long I can stay here and enjoy this experience while not losing sight of doing the other things I want to do in my life.”

Obst returned to the WSOP last year, and it was like he never left. He made three final tables in 2023, including the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Now he’s a two-time bracelet winner, only the sixth player from his native Australia with multiple bracelets. The wait proved well worth it.

Day 3 Action

Day 3 began with 11 players remaining, with Iowa businessman Mike Lang holding the chip lead as the only player with more than 1,000,000 out of a starting field that included nine bracelet winners. Obst began the day in fourth place with 732,000.

Brazilian superstar Yuri Dzivielevski was in third place at the start of the day as he sought to win his fifth WSOP bracelet, but he took an early hit when Jason Daly made quad jacks on the first hand. Lang ran into Volpe’s trip aces to lose the chip lead as Volpe climbed up past 1,300,000.

Volpe then made a pair of kings to bust Alex Livingston in 11th place as the first casualty of the day. Yuval Bronshtein was eliminated in 10th place by Obst, who finished with two pair to set the nine-handed final table.

Volpe and Daly led the way to begin the final table, with Obst and Lang following behind. A flurry of quick eliminations followed as Kane Kalas was eliminated in a four-way pot as he held two aces in the hole, but Volpe made kings full to send him to the rail in ninth place. Dzivielevski’s day came to an end at the hands of countryman Andre Akkari, who hit kings and sevens on the river to beat Dzivielevski’s queens and deuces.

Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski

Obst moved into contention for the chip lead after having three sixes in the hole to go with the two fives on his board for a full house, taking a massive pot off Daly. Volpe then knocked out Akkari in seventh place with trip sixes against kings and tens, while Juha Helppi fell in sixth place to Obst, who made trip fives to beat aces and jacks.

The remaining five players then took their seats on the main feature stage for the start of the PokerGO live stream. Robert Mizrachi, already with one bracelet this summer, was first to depart when Obst had jacks and nines showing by seventh, while Mizrachi missed a flush draw to hit the rail in fifth place. Lang, the start-of-day chip leader, was ousted in fourth place by Jason Daly’s flush.

Michael Lang
Michael Lang

Obst, Volpe, and Daly played three-handed for more than three hours as they each took turns holding the chip lead. Daly made a full house in a pot against Volpe to leave the stacks virtually even, but Obst then called Daly with a pair of fours as Daly was caught bluffing to fall down to a short stack.

Daly was eventually eliminated in third place as Obst made nines and fives while Daly missed a flush draw. Obst led Volpe at the start of heads-up play, holding 3,535,000 to 2,890,000.

Jason Daly
Jason Daly

It would be a grueling battle for the bracelet that lasted into the early hours of the morning. Obst began to pull away when he called a bet on seventh with two pair, and Volpe mucked to surrender the big pot, giving Obst a 2-1 chip advantage. Obst then picked off a bluff when he called Volpe with a pair of eights, knocking Volpe down to barely over 1,000,000.

Volpe spiked a straight on the river to take down a massive pot and climb back up to 2,100,000, but Obst continued to dominate the match as he picked off another bluff with just a pair of threes as Volpe fell to 815,000. Obst made kings and threes to leave Volpe with just two big bets, and, nearly four hours after the heads-up match began and on the 255th hand of the final table, Volpe got in his last 235,000.

Obst finished with a pair of fours, while Volpe missed everything on seventh to fall short of his fourth bracelet and finish as runner-up.

Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

The long day took its toll on Obst, both physically and mentally, but he managed to pull through and emerge the champion. “Honestly, I’m physically destroyed right now,” he said.

“I didn’t sleep much at all last night. It’s hard to put two and two together. But adrenaline got me through. It was very difficult, and Paul is a straight-up killer so tough to play heads-up against such a terrific player. It was daunting but also exhilarating at the same time.”

Obst once exchanged shuffling poker chips for gripping a tennis racket. Now, back in the game he loves, he has a shiny gold bracelet to put around his wrist.

That concludes PokerNews’ coverage of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. Stay tuned for more coverage throughout the 2024 WSOP.

Tags: Alex LivingstonAndre AkkariJames ObstJason DalyJuha HelppiKane KalasMike LangPaul VolpeRobert MizrachiYuri DzivielevskiYuval Bronshtein

Paul Volpe Eliminated in 2nd Place ($173,391)

Livello 24
Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

Paul Volpe completed with the A, James Obst raised with the 4, and Volpe moved all in for 235,000. Obst called.

Obst finished with J4Q8510 for a pair of fours, while Volpe needed to pair up on seventh as he held 67KQx5x.

"Four across. I'm dead," Volpe said as he peeled his last card and tossed it into the muck, bringing an end to this lengthy heads-up match and securing the bracelet for Obst.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
James Obst au
James Obst
6,420,000
320,000
320,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 2X Winner
Run It Once
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
Eliminato
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: James ObstPaul Volpe

Crumbs Left For Volpe

Livello 24

James Obst: KK/53102/3
Paul Volpe: Q10/46510/K

James Obst had wired kings but action went check-check on fourth and fifth street. On sixth street, Paul Volpe bet and Obst raised it up and Volpe called.

Obst bet on seventh. Volpe took some time before he called and saw the bad news as Obst had kings up and Volpe was left with a small amount.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
James Obst au
James Obst
6,100,000
700,000
700,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 2X Winner
Run It Once
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
335,000
-605,000
-605,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: Paul VolpeJames Obst

Obst Picks Off Another Bluff

Livello 24

James Obst: XxXx/398A/Xx
Paul Volpe: XxXx/732J/Xx

In a limped pot, Paul Volpe bet on fourth street and James Obst called.

Volpe bet again on fifth and Obst called. Both players then checked sixth.

Volpe fired out another bet on seventh and Obst called. Volpe showed K54, while Obst turned over QJ3 to win the pot with a pair of threes.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
James Obst au
James Obst
5,600,000
200,000
200,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 2X Winner
Run It Once
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
815,000
-125,000
-125,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: James ObstPaul Volpe

Volpe Dips Below a Million

Livello 24

James Obst: KQ/2J56/5
Paul Volpe: A6/54J2/9

Paul Volpe fired on fourth street as well as on fifth street and both times James Obst came with a call.

Both players checked sixth street. Obst hit a pair of fives on the river and bet it. Volpe called with ace-high which was not good enough and his stack dropped below a million for the first time in heads up play.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
James Obst au
James Obst
5,400,000
365,000
365,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 2X Winner
Run It Once
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
940,000
-450,000
-450,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: Paul VolpeJames Obst

Livello: 24

Ante: 20,000
Low Card: 20,000
Completion: 80,000
Limits: 80,000-160,000

Obst Makes Another Big Call

Livello 23

James Obst: QJ/J457/8
Paul Volpe: A10/5K53/Q

Paul Volpe raised on third street and was called. Volpe bet on fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. James Obst called the whole way down, with the seventh street being the longest decision which he eventually found the correct one as Volpe could not get his bluff through.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
James Obst au
James Obst
5,000,000
700,000
700,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 2X Winner
Run It Once
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
1,400,000
-700,000
-700,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: James ObstPaul Volpe

Obst Hits the Last Seven, Volpe Drills Seventh to Take a Big Pot

Livello 23
Paul Volpe
Paul Volpe

Paul Volpe: XxXx/795A6/Xx
James Obst: XxXx/210A7/Xx

Paul Volpe completed, James Obst raised, and Volpe reraised. Obst called as Volpe bet again on fourth street.

Obst called to fifth, where he then opened the betting. Volpe called that bet and another on sixth.

Obst bet again on seventh and Volpe raised. Obst called with 77Q, having hit the last seven in the deck to make trips on sixth, but Volpe showed 986 for a rivered straight to take down the massive pot.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
James Obst au
James Obst
4,300,000
-600,000
-600,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 2X Winner
Run It Once
Paul Volpe us
Paul Volpe
2,100,000
500,000
500,000
$25K Fantasy
WSOP 3X Winner

Tags: James ObstPaul Volpe