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George Alexander Secures First Bracelet In WSOP Razz Championship

After Several Close Calls, Floridian Breaks Through To Capture The Hardware and Career-Best Score of $282,443

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George Alexander cashed in six $10,000 buy-in championship events at the World Series of Poker from 2019 through 2024, but had always fallen just short of grasping the coveted gold bracelet. Finally, with his seventh championship event cash, he managed to close out the win in the 2024 WSOP $10,000 razz championship. Alexander, who is based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, earned $282,443 and the hardware as the last player standing.

This was the largest score yet for Alexander, easily surpassing the $77,985 he earned for a seventh-place showing in last year’s $10,000 stud championship. He now has more than $532,000 in recorded tournament earnings to his name after this marquee victory.

Alexander was also awarded 600 Card Player Player of the Year points and 282 PokerGO Tour points after coming out on top. While this was his first POY-qualified score of 2024, he now has three PGT cashes under his belt. His 344 total points put him within reach of the top 50 on that high-stakes-centric leaderboard.

Alexander had plenty of stiff competition to deal with down the stretch. A total of 118 entries were made, with the top 18 finishers earning a share of the $1,097,400 prize pool. Big names like six-time bracelet winner Scott Seiver (18th), bracelet winner Todd Brunson (16th), bracelet winner Alexander Livingston (14th), five-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon (12th), six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (11th), two-time bracelet winner Robert Campbell (10th), and 11-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey (9th) all ran deep.

The final table included plenty more accomplished players, with two-time bracelet winner Denis Strebkov (8th), Jared Bleznick (7th), two-time bracelet winner John Racener (6th), two-time bracelet winner Brandon Shack-Harris (5th), and Hal Rotholz (4th) putting up strong showings.

In the end it came down to a three-handed battle between Alexander, European Poker Tour champion Dzmitry Urbanovich, and Ren Lin. Alexander made a 7-4-3-2-A to best a 5-3-A start for a short-stacked Lin that failed to develop. Lin earned $130,447 and 400 POY points for his eighth final-table finish of 2024. He now sits in 14th place in the overall standings.

Alexander held roughly a 2:1 chip lead over Urbanovich when heads-up play began. He won a hefty pot with a nine low to extend his advantage. In the final hand, Urbanovich got the last of his short stack in with 9-8-5-3, while Alexander held an 8-7-6-A draw heading into seventh street. Alexander drew a nine to make a 9-8-7-6-A, while Urbanovich picked up a queen on the end. He was eliminated in second place, earning $188,296 for his efforts. The Polish pro now has nearly $7.7 million in career scores under his belt.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 George Alexander $282,443 600 282
2 Dzmitry Urbanovich $188,296 500 188
3 Ren Lin $130,447 400 130
4 Hal Rotholz $92,774 300 93
5 Brandon Shack-Harris $67,783 250 68
6 John Racener $50,915 200 51
7 Jared Bleznick $39,350 150 39
8 Denis Strebkov $31,317 100 31

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Photo credit: WSOP / Rachel Kay Winter.