Jason Gola Wins 2017 WSOP $1,500 Razz

While many sets of eyes were focused on record-breaking gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, who was going for his fifteenth WSOP jewelry piece, another player quietly made his way to victory in this year’s $1,500 Razz event.

Chicago native Jason Gola took down the tournament after a six-hour heads-up match against David “ODB” Baker. The player captured his first gold bracelet and his biggest tournament poker payout of $132,957 for what could be described as nothing else but terrific performance.

Day 3 of the $1,500 buy-in Razz event began with Baker as the chip leader, Hellmuth still in contention for another record-breaking bracelet, and one more multiple WSOP winner – UK’s Benny Glaser, looking for a fourth piece. There were a total of ten players left at the start of the day and it did not take long before the official final table of eight was reached.

Gola kept quiet over the course of day. It could even be said that the player did not enjoy a particularly good start of final-day play. The final table was also a big challenge, particularly given the dangerous players it was occupied by. However, both Hellmuth and Glaser missed out on the chance to add another title to their career records, as the players left in sixth and fifth place, respectively.

Despite his hardships throughout the day, Gola eventually reached heads-up against start-of-the-day chip leader Baker. Two-handed action started with Baker being ahead of his final opponent. The player put great pressure on Gola, hoping to finish him off as quickly as possible. On several occasions, it really looked as if that might happen, but Gola managed to survive somehow.

At one point, the eventual winner was only a single big bet away from elimination. However, he held up against his opponent for a terrific comeback. Chips swung back and forth for a good six hours until the moment of triumph occurred. At the time of the final hand, Baker had just enough chips left for the bring-in. His hopes for improvement were shattered as unfavorable cards drew him out of competition. The player collected $82,174 for his efforts.

Of his victory, Gola said that he was happy with his important comeback just as it all looked sealed for Baker. That comeback determined the course of action in the winner’s favor and he was utterly excited about what he managed to achieve. As for his opponent, Gola had anything but great praise for him, calling Baker a very skilled player.

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