Greg Ostrander Wins WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Denies Jackie Glazier's Bid For First Female WSOP Bracelet In Open Event Since 2008
Greg Ostrander overcame a 3-to-1 chip deficit heads-up to once again postpone a female victory in an open bracelet event at the World Series of Poker by defeating Australian Jackie Glazier to win event no. 41, a $3,000 no-limit hold’em event. For the win Ostrander earned his first gold bracelet, the $742,072 grand prize and 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points, moving him into 49th place in the overall POY standings.
“This is the goal for everybody. I got 232nd place in last year’s main event, which I thought was a really good achievement out of almost 7,000 players. Bute learned about poker over the years is that no matter how far you go, unless you win you always feel defeated, even if you come in second.”
Play was halted late on Sunday night with Jackie Glazier holding a sizable chip lead, a decision between both players that Ostrander thought worked in his favor.
“Last night when I went to bed, I wasn’t feeling too good about the whole end of the day went. I woke up this morning and felt that, hopefully, the momentum that she had last night would go away,” said Ostrander. “I think that’s what I needed was that break last night. It obviously turned out the way I wanted it to, but it was difficult to overcome.”
Glazier relinquished her chip lead and was eventually eliminated in second place, earning $458,996 and 1,200 POY points as the third female player to finish runner-up this summer, along with Amanda Musumeci and Patricia Baker. Glazier’s deep run is the latest in a string of successes for female players at the 2012 WSOP, including Allyn Jaffrey Shulman’s win in the record-setting Seniors Championship. Other women with notable finishes this summer include Xuan Liu, Vanessa Selbst, Cherish Andrews and Annette Obrestad.
Even with all of this success from female players, Ostrander admits that his friends were giving him a hard time about possibly losing heads-up to a woman. Ostrander was quick, however, that there is plenty of strong female competition in the poker world.
“There are a lot of great female players, Jackie is obviously one of them and she has credentials to back it up, Vanessa Selbst, I mean, there are some really good players that are a lot better than a lot of guys out there,” said Ostrander in regards to his friends’ heckling. “I knew that if I didn’t win today, I was going to here it for the rest of my life. They [Ostrander’s friends] don’t realize how good Jackie actually played. She was very tough… to be honest with you, she got the best of me yesterday.”
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