American Greg Ostrander has pocketed the second biggest prize so far of this summer’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) with victory at event #41 in Las Vegas.
Only two players returned for the unscheduled fourth day of the $3,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, but it was the New York State 40-year-old who emerged victorious – and $742,072 richer – after defeating Australian star Jackie Glazier to collect the 1,000th gold bracelet awarded at the series.
Even more impressive was Ostrander’s fightback from a 3 to 1 chip disadvantage – a deficit he wiped out quickly following some early double-ups against Melbourne’s Glazier.
Champion Needed Overnight Break
Certainly, the overnight stop seemed to do former underwear model Ostrander a lot of good as the event
turned out the way I wanted it to. But he was more than happy to admit what he needed
was that break last night as claiming his first gold bracelet was looking unlikely at the end of Day 3.
However, while Ostrander also stressed that he is
pretty good with a short stack, he did admit that he struggled when heads-up as
Jackie was like two different players on Sunday – initially, when 10-handed, playing very tight, before switching gears to become
more aggressive when play became three-handed.
He found this alteration
very difficult to play against, mainly because he
wasn’t ready – which made it
tough for me to recover when losing a few big hands. But he added that he was prepared
to switch gears if she did on Day 4, while confessing that he was delighted to get
the right hands when I needed them for his momentous victory.
Jackie Glazier Can’t Notch Second Female Win
Unfortunately, for Glazier, she also missed out on becoming this year’s second female gold bracelet winner following Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman’s victory for $603,713 in the $1,000 buy-in Seniors No-Limit Hold’em World Championship event #29.
Starting with 3,070,000 to Glazier’s 9,480,000, Ostrander took control during level 31, when the blinds were at 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante.
The first double-up saw Glazier, on the button, open for 250,000, big blind Ostrander re-raise to 700,000, Glazier shove all-in and Ostrander make the call. The latter tabled A♠ 4♦ for the pre-flop lead over Glazier’s Q♠ J♥. He stayed in front on a 5♦ 5♣ 2♦ 10♠ 8♦ to take the chip lead with approximately 6.6 million to the 6.1 million of Glazier.
Tables Turned Before Final Knockout
Ostrander extended his chip lead to almost four million after picking up on Glazier’s big bluff to hold 8.2 million to his opponent’s 4.3 million. Then, not long after, the tournament was over as Ostrander opened for 200,000 and big blind Glazier made the call to see a Q♣ 9♠ 6♠ flop.
Both checked for the 8♠ to arrive on the turn, with Glazier checking before Ostrander put in a bet of 450,000. Glazier called once more to see the dealer place the A♥ on the river, eliciting a check from Glazier. However, once Ostrander had bet one million, Glazier shoved all-in and was called.
Glazier showed 8♣ 6♦ for two pair, only for Ostrander to reveal 10♠ 7♦ for a straight to take down the pot and the tournament, leaving Glazier with $458,996 as runner-up.
WSOP 2012 Event #41 Top 10 Payouts
- Greg Ostrander (USA) – $742,072
- Jackie Glazier (Australia) – $458,996
- Paul Vas Nunes (UK) – $290,407
- Morten Mortensen (Denmark) – $210,793
- Roger Fontes (USA) – $155,498
- Darryl Ronconi (USA) – $116,452
- Joseph Chaplin (USA) – $88,481
- Kyle Frey (USA) – $68,121
- Dylan Hortin (USA) – $53,126
- JP Kelly (UK) – $41,976