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WSOP: Obst Finally Wins His First Gold Bracelet

In the first two weeks of the World Series of Poker, Australian pro James Obst played his way into the final 10 players of a tournament on two occasions.

But following a runner-up run in Event #7: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw Lowball, and an eighth-place finish in Event #17: $10,000 Dealers Choice Six-Handed World Championship, Obst was still searching for his first bracelet win.

That 10-year quest concluded on Thursday, when Obst outlasted 96 opponents to take down Event #26: $10,000 Razz World Championship.

And as is usually the case in big buy-in non-NLHE events, the stacked final table was a star-studded affair, featuring David “ODB” Baker (third place - $112,645), Anthony Zinno (fifth place - $57,903), Brandon Shack-Harris (sixth place - $43,370), and Nick Schulman (ninth place - $21,946) – all of whom have won bracelets before.

A veteran pro with several close calls to his credit, including six previous WSOP final tables – and even a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Razz World Championship last year – Obst added a certain sense of validation to his $265,138 haul.

Another bracelet was awarded in Event #25: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, as Tyler Groth defeated Jonathan Zarin heads-up to live every aspiring pro’s dream.

Groth entered the WSOP with just $6,329 in recorded live cashes, and as he told PokerNews’ live reporters during his victory lap on media row, the online Omaha Hi-Lo specialist had recently moved to Las Vegas to give the live game a go. Playing in one of his first few WSOP events, Groth made the leap all poker players hope to experience one day, boosting his bankroll with a $179,126 score right out of the gate.

Looking ahead to Friday’s action, the fifth and final day of Event #24: $2,620 NLHE “The Marathon” sees 13 survivors return with a bracelet, and a $690,469 first-prize payout, squarely in their sights.

Joseph Di Rosa Rojas holds a healthy lead with 10,575,000 in his stack, but a trio of talented pros can still close the gap with a well-timed double. Tim Reilly (7,220,000), Maurice Hawkins (3,630,000), and Faraz Jaka (3,215,000) sit in second, fourth, and fifth on the leaderboard, respectively.

All three pros are in a similar spot, boasting millions in earnings from live tournaments over the years, but lacking that legacy-cementing bracelet win.

Day 5 of The Marathon resumes at 1:00 p.m. Las Vegas local time.

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