It may have taken an extra day, but a champion was finally decided in 2023 World Series of Poker $10,000 Razz Championship Event. Jerry Wong emerged victorious from the 102-entry field with the grand prize of $298,682 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
2016 WSOP The eighth-place finisher in the main event now has nearly $5.9 million in total tournament earnings, with about $2.7 million of that coming from his 74 cashes in the series.
This was the Florida resident’s second final table of the year after finishing ninth overall Lucky Hearts Poker Open Poker World Tour $3,500 main event for $85,410 in January. He earned 600 Card player The Player of the Year is banking for his game-changing win in the series.
This event was scheduled to take place June 13-15, but play was delayed on the last scheduled day before a champion was decided. Plenty of big names had made deep runs, including three-time bracelet winner Dan Zack (19th), bracelet winner James Obst (17th), three-time bracelet winner David ‘Bakes’ Baker (15th ), the two-time bracelet winner and Card player columnist Steve Zolotow (14th), four-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman (11th), four-time bracelet winner Bradley Ruben (9th), two-time bracelet winner Yuval Bronshtein (8th), bracelet winner Bryce Yockey (7th), six-time bracelet winner John Hennigan (6th), 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Vietnam main event winner Talal Shakerchi (5th) and 2017 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner Elior Sion (4th).
Wong entered the fourth day of action unscheduled as the chip leader. Two-time bracelet winner Michael Moncek had the next stack, while Carlos Chadha was at the bottom of the stack. The final three battled it out for nearly four hours after Zion’s elimination before play was called off on Day 3. They went on for another three hours on Day 4 before the stalemate was finally broken.
Moncek was down to within a full big bet after losing a big pot to Chadha. He moved all-in against Wong and finished with Q-9-7-5-A. Wong made Q-8-6-4-2 to win the pot and eliminate Moncek in third place ($133,177). This was his second six-figure score in the series, having won his second bracelet earlier this summer in the
$5,000 no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha mixed event for a career-best $534,499 prize.
Heads-up play began with Chadha leading Wong by nearly 5:1. However, it was all Wong at first and he quickly closed the gap. He overtook the lead after about half an hour of play. Chadha was able to briefly take the lead back, but Wong soon regained the chip lead in what turned out to be the final lead change of the event.
The final hand of the event saw Chadha move all-in on sixth street with (8-2)A-6-9-4 for a low eight. Wong had (10-4) 2-7-6-9 for a tie at seven low. Chadha took a king at the end to keep the same five card hand. Wong would need a five, three or ace at the end to win the pot and the title. The dealer hit his last card and threw a three, giving him a winning 7-6-4-3-2.
Chadha was sent home with $184,599 for his second-place finish. This was the third highest score of his career. It brought his lifetime earnings to nearly $2 million.
Here’s a look at the prizes and ranking points awarded at the final table:
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Winning photo credit: WSOP / Omar Sader.