George Danzer became the latest player to join the coveted list of players to win the Player of the Year award at World Series of Poker. He is the player of the year for 2014 and also won his third gold bracelet in Australia at the WSOP events in the Asia-Pacific region.
George Danzer – the WSOP top player
Danzer is from Germany, which makes him only the third non-American player so far to win the player of the year honours. Not only this, he is also the second player so far to have won three bracelets along with the top honours at WSOP. Interestingly, he is also the third player so far to have won while earning less in the same year. In his late 20s, he is based in Austria.
WSOP – the final play
The final game was played between Brandon Shack-Harris and Danzer. The match seemed like a non-decider, it could have gone either way. However, in the end it was George Danzer who took home the title. If Shack-Harris played a better game, the title could have gone to him as both George Danzer and he were having their best years at WSOP.
The decision to hold WSOP tournaments in other exciting avenues in the world is not very popular with the player or the crowd. Even Danzer, who was happy at his win, admitted that no place could match the excitement of the tournament held at Las Vegas. He said that he won his last two bracelets in events at Vegas and it felt different to win there. He also said that he was unlikely to travel to Australia for the tournament if he had no chance at winning the player of the year honours.
Danzer said that traveling to other places like Australia can be expensive and not everyone can afford to attend the events. It affects the crowd strength at even the top WSOP events. His words ring true as no venue has been able to match the crowd numbers or the excitement that happens in Las Vegas. However, it was WSOP’s decision to hold top events in other venues around the world as well and may be in time they would see the same high crowd number. Danzer however, said that it in no way makes him less happy to have won WSOP top award.