Dan Zack Finally Captures His Maiden WSOP Bracelet
Dan Zack finally clinched his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet after topping a 296-entry field in Event #6: $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw.
The American poker pro has been chasing the much-coveted gold bracelet for years.
He had been to several final tables, but victory seemed evasive until the sixth day of the 2019 WSOP where he managed to work his way to the top, with virtually no chips for two and a half days, in the first draw event of the series.
Zack’s first WSOP win earned him $160,447, his biggest score in almost two years. The last time he had a good run at the WSOP was when he finished seventh in the 2017 WPT Main Event for $208,725.
Zack was stuck in the rear end during the first two days of the tournament but managed to maneuver his short stack to the final day where he came back tenth out of thirteen chips. But even so, the American player saw little progress.
Zack’s journey to his very first bracelet was marked by exemplary tenacity and true passion, as he literally started from the bottom, until finally reaching the final table with five other players. The five players he had to complete against were Brayden Gazlay, Sumir Mathur, Jon Turner, Jake Schwartz and Jesse Hampton.
Schwartz, who entered the final day as the chip leader, was busted in sixth place for $21,625. He was followed by Hampton who finished fifth ($30,437) and Turner fourth ($43,984).
Sweet Victory For Zack
With three players competing for the top prize, Zack was holding a significant chip advantage. During the dinner break, Zack’s friends started to congratulate him, and that’s when he felt really anxious. But everything worked out in the end as he managed to knock out Gazlay who exited the game in third place for $65,217.
Zack engaged in heads-up play against Mathur with a 5-to-1 lead. The latter railed in second place for $99,153.
Taking down the mixed triple draw event came as a relief for Zack who started questioning himself if he really was good enough to win a bracelet. Prior to this victory, Zack never made it to top three of any WSOP final table that he made. With a bracelet on his wrist, the triple draw specialist is aiming for the Player of the Year honors. With the festival just nearly two weeks in, Zack still has a lot of time to work on that goal.