WSOP 2014: Summer of George continues with second bracelet win
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Summer of George.
Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer has just become the first double bracelet winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker. It comes just days after his first WSOP bracelet and just a few weeks after a standout performance in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.
Danzer's win tonight in the $10,000 Stud/8 Championship earned him a bigger lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race, a second gold bracelet, and $352,696.
When SCOOP began this year, there were many people vying for the Player of the Series. When it was done and dusted, there were two men at the top of the leaderboard: winner Calvin Anderson and runner up Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer.
Fast forward just a few weeks to the World Series of Poker where both Anderson and Danzer won bracelets almost immediately. It was a testament to what it means to be on form.
We could have left it there. Instead, just past the midway point of the WSOP, both Anderson and Danzer entered the $10,000 Stud 8-or-Better event, and, wouldn't you know it...they got three-handed together. It really couldn't be much better.
The Gods of the Perfect Story insisted that Danzer and Anderson get heads-up, and Fate almost complied. One-time November Niner John Racener was down to just one bet at one point in three-handed play. That's when Fate and a dinner break changed everything. In a weird series of events, everything fell apart for Anderson, and he was out in third place.
That left Racener and Danzer heads-up. Danzer had the chip lead and a depth of experience in the game that most people could only dream of having.
Over the course of the next hour, Danzer had Racener down to just a few bets, but Racener battled back. It went on for more than another hour, but there was nothing Racener could do. It was pretty much the story of the tournament. There was rarely a time Danzer didn't have the chip lead.
"I always had a lot of chips. I could play it really relaxed," he said when it was over.
Despite having to play hard against Racener in the end, Danzer ensured the Summer of George would continue.
What's happening with Danzer is nothing short of remarkable. He's not simply putting up cashes. He's winning big. He's made three final tables, won two bracelets, and banked $772,374. All that, and the WSOP is barely half finished.
Congratulations, George. This is your summer. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging