Australian Obst Wins 2017 WSOP $10,000 Razz Championship

The professional poker player from Australia James Obst is a happy man these days after putting up a stupendous show at the 2917 WSOP $10,000 Razz Championship.


He had to fight through a field of 97 entrants to win his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the event and take home $265,138.

Obst says that he was third time lucky as he has already made it to the heads-up play at the WSOP events twice before. He also finished in the second position in both the events. The events were $2,500 mixed triple-draw lowball in 2017 and the 2016 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. This time he was able to make amends for his last couple of WSOP final table performances. He had a sizable chip disadvantage entering the final table, but was able to overcome the disadvantage and win the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career and take home $265,138 prize money.

Obst was thrilled with the win and said that it was a new experience for him to win the gold bracelet. He has been lighting up the poker tournaments by his superb performance, but this win was the icing on the cake. He said that playing online is a blessing as there is no one around and hence he can show a lot of emotions and excitement while playing. But, it is totally different at the WSOP final table. He said that he was in a different league now and is happy to have won an event at the WSOP.

Obst was the chip leader at the start of the final day of the Razz Championship that drew 97 players. He had to face a challenge and also a short-handed play from Eric Kurtzman. But, Obst fought his way through and finally was able to push Kurtzman into the second place.