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Jay Kwon Denies Dzmitry Urbanovich First World Series of Poker Bracelet In $1,500 Razz Event

Kwon Wins First Bracelet and $125,431 First-Place Prize


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The first of two razz events on the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule drew 389 entrants, down a bit from 2017’s field of 419, creating a prize pool of $525,150. In the end, the title, the bracelet and the $125,431 first-place prize went to Jay Kwon, a 36-year-old from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“[Razz] is like my favorite game, and I feel like it’s an underappreciated game and people get frustrated at it,” Kwon told WSOP reporters after his win. “But I love the game and this means more to me than a lot of tournaments. I started playing it and it was really interesting, so I kind of got into it and just started playing it a lot. I’m somewhat of a razz specialist.”

Kwon topped a final table that included top pros Kevin Iacofano (5th), Adam Owen (3rd), and Dzmitry Urbanovich (2nd). Other notables that finished in the money included David Singer (12th), Max Kruse (14th), Julien Martini (16th), Mark Gregorich (17th), Katherine Fleck (19th), Ylon Schwartz (26th), Ted Forrest (27th), John Racener (33rd), John Cernuto (34th), Cyndy Violette (39th), Benny Glaser (44th), Chris Bjorin (50th), and Maria Ho (54th).

Urbanovich, now 23 years old and already Poland’s biggest tournament winner by a large margin with nearly $5.4 million, was appearing at his first WSOP final table to date.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Jay Kwon $125,431 600
2 Dzmitry Urbanovich $77,526 500
3 Adam Owen $52,536 400
4 Michael McKenna $36,234 300
5 Kevin Iacofano $25,637 250
6 Thomas Taylor $18,477 200
7 Jeffrey Mitseff $13,605 150
8 Jeanne David $10,240 100

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