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Only nine players from a starting field of 823 returned on Sunday for the final day of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #73: $1,500 Razz. Daniel Strelitz (cover image) was the start-of-the-day chip leader and went wire-to-wire to take it down, winning his second WSOP bracelet and $115,723.
Strelitz had won his first WSOP bracelet in Event #11:$5,000 NLHE at the 2019 WSOP.
The Torrance, California resident defeated Linda Tran in the heads-up showdown, denying the latter the bragging rights to become the first woman to win an open event in the ongoing series.
Strelitz, who is primarily an NLHE player, speaking about his victory run, later said, “It’s awesome. I’m especially happy that it’s in a non-No-Limit Hold’em event since that’s what I’ve been concentrating on recently. But, yeah, No. 2 is great.”
He added, “I’m not like an expert or anything, but I’ve been studying more since the last World Series with my friends.”
Strelitz, who is soon expecting his first child, a girl, said, “Just so many emotions come out. I’m terrified. I’m super excited. They say baby run good is real, so there you go.”
The event collected a $511,305 prize pool, and the top 58 finishers got paid.
Some notables who finished in the money included former WSOP winner Ian Steinman (54th for $2,413), partypoker Ambassadors Patrick Leonard (50th for $2,413), Yuri Dzivielevski (48th for $2,639), Brock Parker (47th for $2,639), John Cernuto (41st for $2,639), Marcel Vonk (40th for $2,639), Scott Clements (26th for $3,367), Nick Guagenti (18th for $3,850), and Ismael Bojang (14th for $4,508).
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
Thirty minutes into play, Frank Kassela dispatched Timothy D’ Alessandro in ninth place.
Final Table Recap
Phuong Tran aka Lynda Tran scored an early triple-up to improve her short stack. Less than 20 minutes later, Mark Gerencher eliminated Andres Korn in eighth place.
Mark Gerencher hit the rail himself shortly after that, in seventh place.
Play slowed down considerably, and it took another three hours before former bracelet winner Kijoon Park made his way out in sixth place. Park was chip-leading before he lost a big pot to Calvin Anderson, and the latter soon won the rest of his chips.
Less than 10 minutes later, Anderson found his next victim in Sergio Braga, sending the latter out in fifth place.
The eliminations came by quickly, and Frank Kassela was the next player out. He collected a fourth-place paycheque, falling three places short of a fourth bracelet. He clashed with Anderson and Tran in a three-way confrontation where Anderson scooped the main pot, scoring his third final table knockout.
Strelitz and Tran were almost neck-to-neck, and Tran quickly dispatched the two-time bracelet winner Calvin Anderson in third place, setting up the heads-up duel between her and Strelitz.
Entering the heads-up battle, Phuong Tran held a marginal chip lead with 5,260,000 to Strelitz’s 4,315,000. The duo played for over 90 minutes, with Tran`s big rail and Strelitz’s parents watching the match intently. Eventually, Strelitz lost all her tournament chips and the title to Strelitz.
Strelitz later said, “There were nine people to start the day, and I was kind of friendly with three or four of us, and all four of us made the final four…The rail was super exciting. They were super cheering for her. But I appreciated it. It wasn’t anything derogatory at all.”
Final Table Results (USD)
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