George Danzer became the first two-time bracelet winner at this year’s World Series of Poker as he won the $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8 or Better event late Thursday at the Rio Convention Center.
Danzer, a 30-year-old online poker pro from Salzberg, Germany, defeated John Racener after nearly an hour of heads-up play, to earn the $352,696 first prize. It was the third final table and fifth cash this summer for Danzer, and the victory increased his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Racener, who was the runner-up to Jonathan Duhamel in the 2010 Main Event, collected nearly $218,000 for second place. It was the third cash of this WSOP for the Port Richey, Fla., resident.
Calvin Anderson, a highly regarded online player who also was seeking his second bracelet of this year’s WSOP, finished in third place after holding the chip lead for a portion of three-handed play.
The tournament drew 134 entrants for a prize pool of more than $1.2 million, and the stacked final table included 11 WSOP gold bracelets among the nine players. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad finished 10th.