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Julien Martini Wins 2022 World Series of Poker $10,00 Razz Championship To Earn Fourth Bracelet

The French Player Beat Out A Field of 139 Entries To Cash For $328,906

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Julien Martini won his fourth career World Series of Poker bracelet by taking down the 2022 WSOP $10,000 razz championship. The French poker pro outlasted a field of 139 entries to secure the gold and the first-place prize of $328,906.

Martini was already the leading bracelet winner from France before taking down this title. Now he has a two-bracelet lead on the nearest competitors, two-time bracelet winners Bertrand Gospellier and Roger Hairabedian.

With more than $5.4 million in career tournament earnings, Martini now sits in ninth place on the French all-time money list (lead by Grospellier and his $14.8 million).

Martini’s four bracelets have all come in different formats. He earned his first by taking down a $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better even in 2018. He then won two events during last year’s WSOP Europe festival: the €2,500 buy-in short deck event and the €2,000 eight-game mix.

This event awarded 660 Card Player Player of the Year points to its champion. This was Martini’s first POY-qualified score of 2022.

As one might expect with a $10,000 buy-in championship event, there were plenty of notable players who made deep runs in this tournament. Among the big names to cash were five-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (17th – $18,153), two-time World Poker Tour champion and recent bracelet winner Daniel Weinman (14th – $18,153), WPT champion and bracelet winner David Benyamine (12th – $20,746), three-time bracelet winner and _WPT_champion Chance Kornuth (11th – $25,375), and bracelet winner Joao Vieira (10th – $25,375).

When the final table was reached, Martini sat in the chip lead among the final eight players. Two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris was the first to fall. He got all-in on third street with (6-2)A. He was up against (A-8)3 for bracelet winner Yueqi Zhu. Shack-Harris ended up playing a 10-7-6-2-A low, which was beaten by the 9-8-7-3-A of Zhu. Shack-Harris earned $39,561 as the eighth-place finisher.

Brian HastingsSix-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings was the next to hit the rail. He ran into a wheel held by Martini, and was eliminated in seventh place ($50,295). The score increased his career tournament earnings to $4,973,850.

Four-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori also fell at the hands of Martini. He got all-in on fifth street with a 10-7-6-2-A. Martini had four to a better 10 low, and improved to a 10-4-3-2-A on sixth street to take the lead. Pescatori was unable to improve his hand any further and was eliminated in sixth place ($64,847).

Felipe Ramos’ run came to an end in fifth place ($84,683). The Brazilian started out with (A-4)2. He got all-in on fourth street despite catching a face card. Unfortunately for him, Martini made a wheel on fifth street while Ramos caught another high card to find himself drawing dead. This latest cash saw him surpass $3 million in career tournament earnings.

2021 WSOP main event champion Koray Aldemir got the last of his short stack in on fourth street with (J-5)A-8. He was up against Hal Rotholz, who improved to a 7-5-4-3-2 by the end, besting Aldemir’s 9-8-6-5-A to narrow the field to three.

Martini began to pull away during three-handed play. He knocked out Zhu in third place ($149,958). Zhu could only produce a K-9-8-7-5, while Martini showed 9-7-6-5-A to win the pot and take more than an 11:1 chip lead over Rotholz going into heads-up play.

Rotholz got all-in on fifth street with his board showing 3-Q-6 and Martini showing 3-K-A. Martini ended up making a 9-7-4-3-A, which beat out the 10-8-6-3-2 of Rotholz to earn him the pot and the title. Rotholz earned a career-high payday of $203,281 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Julien Martini $328,906 660 329
2 Hal Rotholz $203,281 550 203
3 Yueqi Zhu $149,958 440 150
4 Koray Aldemir $111,991 330 112
5 Felipe Ramos $84,683 275 85
6 Max Pescatori $64,847 220 65
7 Brian Hastings $50,295 165 50
8 Brandon Shack-Harris $39,516 110 40

Winner photo credit: WSOP / Seth Haussler.

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