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2024 World Series of Poker

Giorni 3
Event Info

2024 World Series of Poker

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
axqx9x8x7x6x6x
Premio
$282,443
Event Info
Buy-in
$10,000
Montepremi
$1,097,400
Entries
118
Informazioni livello
Livello
24
Bui
0 / 0
Ante
0
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 3
Entries
12
Giocatori Rimasti
1

Event #50: $10,000 Razz Championship

Giorno 3 completo

"It's Been 15 Years:" George Alexander's Long Quest For WSOP Gold Finally Ends in the $10,000 Razz Championship

Livello 24
George Alexander
George Alexander

“It’s been 15 years. I think I’ve made nine final tables.”

Those were the first words George Alexander chose to celebrate his inaugural World Series of Poker bracelet when he defeated Dzmitry Urbanovich heads up to win Event #50: $10,000 Razz Championship, ending a lengthy wait that had seen so many close calls.

“Quite emotional. I’ve been locked in all day. Didn’t want to think about how many chips I had or what was going on. I tried to play every hand as well as I could. It all just hit me at the end,” Alexander said after securing the jewelry and $282,443 first-place prize. “I’ve been playing in the World Series for about 15 years, so many final tables, but never quite got one so it’s a huge sigh of relief to finally get one.”

Alexander had been in this spot several times before but couldn’t get over the finish line until today. He had seven top-ten finishes in WSOP events with his best result being third place in the $1,500 Dealers Choice in 2018. Four of those have come in $10,000 Championship events, including seventh in the Dealers Choice Championship earlier this series.

All those near-misses under the bright lights of a final table served him well today. “Massively. I’ve been in a lot of spots with like half the chips in play, chip leader with like three people, five people. And this time I wasn’t even thinking about the situation. It was all about letting lady luck, if she wanted it to, give it to me this time,” he said.

To get his first bracelet, Alexander had to conquer one of the most talent-packed fields on the WSOP calendar. The 12 players who returned on Day 3 had a combined 30 bracelets between them, including the likes of Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. It's a challenge that Alexander relishes and makes his win all the more meaningful.

“I like the 10Ks more than the 1,500s. I’ve enjoyed battling the best of the best. I enjoy it a lot more than the random fields. It is more meaningful, and also it being like a world championship,” he said. “Razz is one of my favorite games. A lot of people dismiss it. They say Razz is simple, boring, but I love the nuance in it. I think it has a lot of room for creativity. I’m quite happy that it came in Razz.”

Alexander’s journey to the bracelet began when he was still young. He spent several years as a professional poker player but had taken a step back from the game in recent years to focus on his other career. He’s now a Crypto investor, running his own firm, Selini Capital, and hosting his own YouTube podcast titled “Steady Lads Podcast.”

“I used to play professionally when I was a kid. I played for a few years in my early 20s. Ever since I’ve been a recreational player, but in the back of my head I still have all the work that I put in back in the day. It was pre-solver days. I don’t play as much no-limit. I think it would be quite hard for me to keep up there. But for mixed games, I think I can still match the best evenly,” he said.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryWinnings
1George AlexanderUnited States$282,443
2Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland$188,296
3Ren LinChina$130,447
4Hal RotholzUnited States$92,774
5Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States$67,783
6John RacenerUnited States$50,915
7Jared BleznickUnited States$39,350
8Denis StrebkovRussia$31,317

Day 3 Action

Day 3 began with 12 players remaining out of a starting field of 118. Five-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon was the first to bust when he ran into Denis Strebkov’s nine-six. Negreanu was then eliminated in 11th place by Ivey with a jack-eight versus jack-seven.

Former WSOP Player of the Year Robert Campbell bubbled the nine-handed final table when he got his extreme short stack in against John Racener and Ren Lin. Racener ended up making a 6-4 and Campbell was sent to the rail in tenth place. Brandon Shack-Harris, chip leader at the start of the day, maintained his big advantage at the start of the final table with 1,920,000, while Alexander was in second place with 1,050,000.

Ivey came in as a short stack and quickly fell in ninth place as Shack-Harris made a ten-eight to bust the 11-time bracelet winner. Strebkov, the Russian online superstar who has won an astounding 17 combined WCOOP and SCOOP titles, fell in eighth when Urbanovich made a six-four.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Racener vaulted up the chip counts when he caught a wheel on seventh street to take a massive pot off Shack-Harris, climbing over 1,000,000. Alexander then made a 7-6 in a big pot against Jared Bleznick, knocking Bleznick down to 450,000. Bleznick busted shortly afterward against Racener’s seven-six.

It was a steady downfall for Racener from there, however, as Shack-Harris won a big pot with a nine-seven. Left with just a few chips, Racener was all in against Lin but ended up with a full house against Lin’s king to finish in sixth place, denying him his second bracelet of the summer.

John Racener
John Racener

The flamboyant Lin took the chip lead in a massive pot against Hal Rotholz with 8-6-4 against 8-6-5. Urbanovich then took down a massive three-way pot with a 6-5 as he joined Alexander over 2,000,000 and near the chip lead.

Shack-Harris eventually busted in fifth place against Alexander’s seven-six. Alexander made another seven-six in a big pot against Lin to climb above 3,000,000, leaving Lin with less than 400,000. He then hit 4,000,000 after beating Urbanovich with a 10.

Rotholz, runner-up in this event two years ago, had just 30,000 remaining when he got all in against Alexander, who made an eight-six and forced Rotholz to settle for fourth this time. Lin doubled up once with his favorite card, a queen (or “Lady Gaga”), but soon afterward Alexander made a 7-4 to bust the affable, fun-loving Chinese pro in third place.

Ren Lin
Ren Lin

Alexander led Urbanovich 4,750,000 to 2,330,000 as each sought to win their first bracelet. Alexander began building a massive lead when he made a nine-four, knocking Urbanovich down to less than 1,000,000. Urbanovich then got all in on sixth street with a nine-draw, while Alexander made his nine-eight. Urbanovich missed with a queen as he had to settle for second place, bringing Alexander’s decade-plus-long wait to an end.

The relief on Alexander’s face was palpable once the final cards were tabled. He’s spent years battling the best players in the world, holding his own if not quite able to cross the finish line. He finally did it today, and the journey made it only sweeter.

That concludes PokerNews coverage of the $10,000 Razz Championship. Stay tuned for more updates from the 2024 WSOP.

Tags: Brandon Shack-HarrisBrian YoonDaniel NegreanuDenis StrebkovDzmitry UrbanovichGeorge AlexanderHal RotholzJared BleznickJohn RacenerPhil IveyRen LinRobert Campbell

Dzmitry Urbanovich Eliminated in 2nd Place ($188,296)

Livello 24
Dzmitry Urbanovich
Dzmitry Urbanovich

Dzmitry Urbanovich: XxXx/3x9x5x3x/Xx
George Alexander: XxXx/Ax7x8x6x/Xx

George Alexander completed, Dzmitry Urbanovich raised, and Alexander called.

Urbanovich bet on fourth street and Alexander called. Alexander then leaned over the table to peer at Urbanovich's stack and board before betting on fifth.

Urbanovich called and Alexander bet on sixth. Urbanovich tanked for a minute before sticking in his last chips.

Urbanovich had 8x5x for a nine-draw, while Alexander showed Qx6x. Alexander caught the 9x to make 9-8-7-6-A, while Urbanovich flipped over the Qx to seal his elimination in second place.

"It's been 15 years. I think I've made nine final tables," an over-joyed Alexander said upon securing the bracelet.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
George Alexander us
George Alexander
7,080,000
580,000
580,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
Eliminato
$25K Fantasy

Tags: Dzmitry UrbanovichGeorge Alexander

Urbanovich on the Ropes

Livello 24

Dzmitry Urbanovich: XxXx / 7xQx7x7x
George Alexander: XxXx / 6xKx10x10x

Alexander completed, Urbanovich raised, and Alexander called. On fourth, Urbanovich bet and Alexander called. Fifth street saw Alexander bet and Urbanovich call. On sixth, Urbanovich showed a third seven, so Alexander bet again and Urbanovich made a frustrated fold.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
George Alexander us
George Alexander
6,500,000
900,000
900,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
580,000
-870,000
-870,000
$25K Fantasy

Tags: Dzmitry UrbanovichGeorge Alexander

Alexander Rides a Nine to a Big Chip Lead

Livello 24
George Alexander
George Alexander

George Alexander: XxXx/Kx3xJx2x/Xx
Dzmitry Urbanovich: XxXx/6x7x6xJx/Xx

Dzmitry Urbanovich completed and George Alexander called.

Urbanovich continued betting on fourth and fifth streets as Alexander called down to sixth. Alexander then bet and Urbanovich called.

Alexander bet again on seventh and Urbanovich called. Alexander then showed Ax9x4x for 9-4-3-2-A and Urbanovich mucked.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
George Alexander us
George Alexander
5,600,000
800,000
800,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
1,450,000
-750,000
-750,000
$25K Fantasy

Tags: Dzmitry UrbanovichGeorge Alexander

Alexander Drags One

Livello 24

Dzmitry Urbanovich: XxXx / Kx8xKx4x / Xx
George Alexander: 3x2x / 5x9xJx9x / Qx

George Alexander completed and Dzmitry Urbanovich called on his bring in. Fourth street saw Alexander bet and Urbanovich call. On fifth, Alexander bet again and Urbanovich called once more. Both players checked sixth and seventh street.

Alexander showed his jack-nine and Urbanovich mucked.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
George Alexander us
George Alexander
4,800,000
400,000
400,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
2,200,000
-500,000
-500,000
$25K Fantasy

Tags: Dzmitry UrbanovichGeorge Alexander

Urbanovich Starts Off With a Reraise

Livello 24

Dzmitry Urbanovich: XxXx/9xQxAx
George Alexander: XxXx/10xKxQx - folded on fifth street

On the first hand of heads-up play, Dzmitry Urbanovich completed before George Alexander raised. Urbanovich reraised and Alexander called.

Urbanovich bet on fourth street and Alexander called. Another bet from Urbanovich on fifth was enough to chase away Alexander as Urbanovich took the first pot.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
George Alexander us
George Alexander
4,400,000
-350,000
-350,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
2,700,000
370,000
370,000
$25K Fantasy

Tags: Dzmitry UrbanovichGeorge Alexander

Ren Lin Eliminated in 3rd Place ($130,447)

Livello 24
Ren Lin
Ren Lin

Ren Lin: 3xAx / 5x10xQxQx / Ax All in
George Alexander: Kx7x / 4x9x3x2x / Ax

Ren Lin completed before George Alexander raised and Lin called. On fourth street, Alexander bet and Lin called. Fifth saw Alexander bet again, and Lin called for his remaining chips. The final streets were dealt and Alexander showed a seven-four to beat Lin's queen-ten and eliminate him in third place.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
George Alexander us
George Alexander
4,750,000
650,000
650,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl
Dzmitry Urbanovich
2,330,000
-20,000
-20,000
$25K Fantasy
Ren Lin cn
Ren Lin
Eliminato
$25K Fantasy

Tags: George AlexanderRen Lin

Lin Doubles With "Lady Gaga"

Livello 24

Ren Lin: XxXx/KxAx3x
George Alexander: XxXx/JxJxAx

George Alexander completed and Ren Lin called.

Lin then bet on fourth street and Alexander called. Lin put in his last chips on fifth as Alexander put him at risk.

Alexander finished with 5x8xQx8x for Q-J-8-5-A, while Lin had 6xAx7x going to seventh. "Lady Gaga," he yelled out as he caught a Qx to make Q-7-6-3-A and double up.

"Not with a queen. That's insulting. At least make a seven or something," Alexander said.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
George Alexander us
George Alexander
4,100,000
-400,000
-400,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Ren Lin cn
Ren Lin
450,000
100,000
100,000
$25K Fantasy

Tags: George AlexanderRen Lin

Hal Rotholz Eliminated in 4th Place ($92,774)

Livello 24
Hal Rotholz
Hal Rotholz

Hal Rotholz: 7xAx / 10x2xKx6x / 7x All in
George Alexander: 6x6x / 8x5x10x2x / Ax

Hal Rotholz called a bet on third street to put himself at risk against George Alexander. The remaining streets were dealt and Alexander made an eight-six to beat Rotholz's ten-seven and eliminate him in 4th place.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
George Alexander us
George Alexander
4,500,000
150,000
150,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Hal Rotholz us
Hal Rotholz
Eliminato
$25K Fantasy

Tags: George AlexanderHal Rotholz