Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz

Are You Ready for Some Razzle Dazzle?

Rep Porter winning his bracelet in this event in 2011.

It’s that time of the year again as the World Series of Poker is set to kick off the annual $2,500 Seven Card Razz event. Event 18 is the only Razz event on the 2012 WSOP schedule, outside of mixed games and H.O.R.S.E. of course. The game has a reputations as being drab and torturous, but still hundreds of players turn up each and every year.

Last year, this event attracted 363 players and created an $825,825 prize pool. It took four solid days of play, but eventually Rep Porter emerged victorious to capture his second gold bracelet and the $210,615 first-place prize. He defeated a stacked final table that included Stephen Su (2nd-$130,075), Tommy Chen (3rd-$83,895), Robert Williamson III (4th-$60,788), Chris Bjorin (6th-$33,338) and Scott Epstein (8th-$19,365).

While Porter’s victory was certainly notable, Bjorin’s back-to-back final tables in Razz were no less impressive. We expect many of last year’s final tablists to be in action today and joined by a plethora of pros including former champs Barry Greenstein, Jeff Lisandro and Frank Kassela. However, standing in their way will be PokerNews’ very own Mickey Doft, who’s an experience Razz player in his own right.

Past $2,500 even Card Razz Champions

2011Rep Porter363$210,615
2010Frank Kassela365$214,085
2009Jeff Lisandro315$188,390
2008*Barry Greenstein453$157,643
2007*Katja Thater341$132,653
2006*James Richberg409$139,576
2005*O’Neil Longson291$125,690

*Featured $1,500 buy-in.

The tournament will begin at 5 PM PST, so join us then as we’ll bring you all the latest hands, eliminations and action from Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz.