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Benny Glaser Wins Fourth World Series of Poker Bracelet In $10,000 Razz

British Pro Becomes 60th Player in Poker History With At Least Four WSOP Titles and Ninth to Reach Milestone This Series

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On Friday afternoon, Benny Glaser became the ninth player at the 2021 World Series of Poker to win their fourth career bracelet.

The British pro defeated a 109-entry field and an absolutely stacked final table in the $10,000 razz championship to earn the milestone victory and $274,693. With the victory, he becomes the 60th player in poker history to win at least four WSOP bracelets.

He joins Kevin Gerhart, Brian Yoon, Ben Yu, Farzard Bonyadi, Josh Arieh, Adam Friedman, Anthony Zinno, and John Monnette as the players who were able to obtain the feat at this year’s series. Gerhart, Zinno, and Arieh won two bracelets at the Rio this year to earn their fourth.

The win tops off a solid series for Glaser, who finished runner-up in the $25,000 HORSE, ninth in the $10,000 HORSE, and third in the $10,000 no-limit 2-7 single draw. The several close calls make breaking through all that much sweeter for the 32-year-old.

“I was disappointed with the second and third,” Glaser told WSOP live reporters after the tournament. “I was a big chip leader in both of those and it seemed like the win was in sight for both, which made it kind of more disappointing. [It] makes this win more enjoyable after tasting that recent disappointment.”

Along with the bracelet and the six-figure score, Glaser added 600 points to his total in the Card Player Player of the Year race. The victory moves him into 59th place, thanks in large part to the multiple final tables he made at this year’s series.

Glaser is a mixed games beast with all four bracelets coming in non-hold ‘em events. He scored bracelets in the $1,500 2-7 triple draw event at the 2015 WSOP and netted two the following year in the $1,500 Omaha hi-lo and its $10,000 counterpart. He is just shy of hitting the $3 million mark in career tournament earnings.

While his other victories didn’t come at soft final tables, it’s hard to imagine too many tougher lineups for Glaser to navigate through for his fourth. Phil Hellmuth was vying for his record-extending 17th bracelet, Erik Seidel was looking for his 10th, Monnette was trying to pick up his second of the series and fifth of his career, and Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski was seeking his third.

Swedish high-stakes legend Erik Sagstrom was also at the final table. Glaser defeated Minnesota native Everett Carlton heads-up for the title.

“I hadn’t played with him before,” Glaser said to WSOP reporters about Carlton. “He seemed to want to do more creative or unorthodox things that most people don’t tend to do, which in some ways made him more difficult to play against.”

The tournament went to an unscheduled fourth day with just Glaser and Carlton returning to the Rio Friday afternoon and Glaser holding a nearly 3-1 chip lead.

The third and what was scheduled to be the final day saw 13 players return on Thursday afternoon with Dzivielevski leading the pack.

Seidel from an earlier event at the 2021 WSOPThe unofficial final table of nine was set in about an hour and Brad Ruben was eliminated in ninth to give the final eight players an official WSOP final table appearance. Glaser started the final table in the middle of the leaderboard, while Monnette and Carlton held sizable advantages.

Monnette made a wheel against Hellmuth early on, which left the 16-time bracelet winner short on chips. Despite several double ups from the Poker Hall of Famer, he was eliminated in a three-way pot that saw Yehuda Buchalter nearly triple up in a three-way all in on third street with Monnette involved as well.

Buchalter ended up with a 9-6 low to win the pot against Hellmuth’s 9-8 low and Monnette’s K-8 low.

While Hellmuth was fighting to stay alive, Glaser was racing up the chip counts and won most of the pots he played. By the next break, Glaser was the chip leader with 1,950,000 and Carlton was a distant second with 1,330,000.

When the final seven players returned from the second break of the day, Sagstrom made the wheel to triple up in a three-way pot against Buchalter and Seidel. The pot left both of Sagstrom’s opponents very short on chips and they were the next two to hit the rail.

Just a couple of hands later, Seidel was all in on third street with A-4/7 against Dzivielevski’s A-2/Q. Seidel caught mostly bricks from fourth street on and ended up with a 10-7 low and ended up getting notched by Dzivielevski’s 10-6.

Dzivielevski took the last of Buchalter’s chips just a couple of hands later in another third street all in.

Five-handed play lasted for several hours, including two breaks, sand saw chips flying back-and-forth between the remaining players. Eventually, Glaser began really putting some distance between himself and the field, while Monnette emerged as the short stack.

After coming back from the second break of five-handed play, Monnette was all in on third street with 10-2/A against Carlton’s 5-3/7. Monnette didn’t catch anything great, and Carlton made a 7-6-5-3-2 by sixth street, which had Monnette drawing dead to the river.

Carlton went on to bust Sagstrom in fourth and Dzivielevski in third to get heads-up with Glaser. Unfortunately for the Minnesotan, outside of the elimination hands, Glaser was winning most of the pots and had better than a 3-1 chip lead at the outset of heads-up.

It was nearly 3 a.m. local time when they reached heads-up play and the two battled for one more level before deciding to finish it the following afternoon. Glaser pushed Carlton to the brink of elimination a couple of times during that last level but couldn’t finish him off. Carlton actually picked up ground from where he started slightly more than an hour earlier.

He kept that momentum into Friday and took a 3-1 chip lead of his own. But with the limits continuing to increase, and a few pots heading in the other direction, it wasn’t long before Glaser was back on top.

In a key pot that saw bets go in on every street, Glaser made a 9-6 against Carlton’s 10-8, which left Carlton with just a single big bet. He ended up all in on third two hands later with Q-6/A against Glaser’s A-4/5. Glaser made a 10-5 on fifth, which actually had Carlton’s Q-6/A-4-6 drawing dead.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PokerGO
1 Benny Glaser $274,693 600 275
2 Everett Carlton $169,773 500 170
3 Yuri Dzivielevski $123,254 400 123
4 Erik Sagstrom $90,859 300 91
5 John Monnette $68,025 250 68
6 Yehuda Buchalter $51,739 200 52
7 Erik Seidel $39,987 150 40
8 Phil Hellmuth $31,411 100 31

Photo Credit: WSOP/Hayley Hochstetler