Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship

Lucky 13 Remain in the Hunt on Day 3 of the $10,000 Razz Championship

Brian Hastings

Thirteen players. Thirteen stories. And one gold World Series of Poker bracelet for the winner here on Day 3 of Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship.

A star-studded field of 139 began the event, but just 13 are still in the hunt for the honor of calling themselves the "Best Razz Player in the World" for this year.

Leading the way is Brandon Shack-Harris with 1,152,000. It’s been six years since Shack-Harris won the last of his two WSOP bracelets, despite making five final tables over that span.

Right behind him, separated by just an ante, is Brian Hastings with 1,152,000. Hastings is already a bracelet winner in 2022, winning the $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. A win here today would make him only the ninth player in WSOP history with seven bracelets. All of his wins have come since 2012. Only the legendary Johnny Moss, Phil Hellmuth, and Phil Ivey have ever won seven bracelets over a 10-year span. That is the company Hastings is pursuing on Day 3.

In third place on the leaderboard coming into the day is Julien Martini (873,000). Martini is already the only Frenchman with three WSOP bracelets. Another would cement his legacy as the greatest player in WSOP history from his home country.

Event #79: $10,000 Razz Championship Top Ten Chip Counts

PositionPlayerCountryChip Count
1Brandon Shack-HarrisUnited States1,152,000
2Brian HastingsUnited States1,149,000
3Julien MartiniFrance873,000
4Yueqi ZhuChina749,000
5Max PescatoriItaly724,000
6Chance KornuthUnited States707,000
7Joao VieiraPortugal472,000
8Ziya RahimUnited States611,000
9Koray AldemirGermany480,000
10Felipe RamosBrazil413,000

Lower down the chip counts are the likes of Chance Kornuth (707,000), Koray Aldemir (480,000), Joao Vieira (472,000), and Felipe Ramos (413,000). Aldemir had his run at back-to-back Main Event titles end in 75th place a few days ago, but he would still be the first reigning world champion to win a bracelet the following year since Chris Ferguson did it more than two decades ago.

Vieira, one of the biggest winners in online poker history, would add his name to the list of those with multiple WSOP bracelets. Ramos, already a superstar and poker ambassador in his native Brazil, is still chasing his first bracelet.

Play will begin at 2 p.m. local time inside the Bally’s Event Center and is scheduled to play down to a champion today. Action will pick up on Level 18 with limits of 20,000-40,000. The remaining players are already guaranteed $20,746, but all eyes are on the $328,906 top prize.

PokerNews will be providing all the live updates throughout the day until a new Razz World Champion is crowned.

Tags: Brandon Shack-HarrisBrian HastingsChance KornuthFelipe RamosJoao VieiraJulien MartiniKoray AldemirMax PescatoriYueqi ZhuZiya Rahim