Australian Gambling – The Main Event may have got underway at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on Sunday, but all eyes were on George Danzer as he won his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet for the year.
The German took out the AU $5000 8-Game Mixed at the WSOP Asia-Pacific, becoming the first player since Australian Jeff Lisandro, in 2009, to win three gold bracelets in a calendar year.
He becomes just the sixth player in the history of poker to win six WSOP gold bracelets, joining elite company like Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey.
More importantly the victory gives Danzer a big lead in the WSOP Player of the Year, as he strives to take over from current champion Daniel Negreanu.
Danzer overcame a field of 48 players to take home the $84,600 prize, with the final table boasting several big names.
Danzer doubled his chips several times through Scott Clements to take the early final table lead, before former Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel grinded his way to the lead.
Three hours into the final table Sam Khouiss became the first to fall, finishing sixth, before Tino Lechich hit the rail, his pair not good enough to beat Duhamel’s two pairs.
Two hands later, Ismael Bojang, who has cashed a record 13 times during this year’s WSOP, fell in fourth place after he and Duhamel suffered big losses to Danzer.