Razzle Dazzle

James Richburg Wins Razz
World Championship

Fifteen years after making his
first WSOP final table
appearance, Californian
defeats Carlos Mortensen in
heads-up play

Event # 33 2006 wsop results
Razzle Dazzle

James Richburg Wins Razz
World Championship

Fifteen years after making his first WSOP final table appearance,
Californian defeats Carlos Mortensen in heads-up play
2006 World Series of Poker Tournament Results
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Official 2006 wsop Results and Report
Event # 33 End of Day One WSOP Results

Event #33
Seven-Card Razz
Buy-In:  $1,500
Number of Entries:  409
Total Prize Money:  $558,285
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Razzle Dazzle

James Richburg Wins Razz
World Championship

Fifteen years after making his first WSOP final table appearance, Californian
defeats Carlos Mortensen in heads-up play


Las Vegas, NV – Seven-Card Razz has developed a bad reputation.  It’s the
proverbial step-child of poker games.  While the rest of the poker world is playing
Texas Hold’em, Razz is the quirky card game that pops up every now and then at a
few major poker tournaments.  The game attracts an admittedly older and more
traditional crowd.
Razz gets a bad rap, which is unfair.  After all, the game is full of subtle nuances and
razor-thin margins.  Perhaps one reason Razz will never rival Hold’em in terms of
popularity is because it lacks excitement and drama.  No-limit Hold’em is a test of
courage.  Razz is a test of patience.  No-Limit Hold’em rewards the brave.  Razz
punishes the daring.  
Few spectators were left in the audience to witness James Richburg’s resounding
first WSOP victory.  He won his first gold bracelet precisely at 4:45 am early on a
Monday morning in front of hundreds of empty seats and poker tables which had
been filled to capacity only hours earlier.  Richburg won the tournament in typical
Razz fashion – by simply outlasting everyone else, waiting for the right moments,
and pushing small advantages which produced large gains.          
The Razz championship at the 2006 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’
s Best Light, attracted 409 entries.  The final table consisted of three former WSOP
gold bracelet winners – “Miami John” Cernuto (with 3 wins), Carlos Mortensen (with
2 wins), and Cliff Josephy (with one win)  
This was the “oldest” final table so far at this year’s WSOP, other than the seniors
championship.  The youngest player was age 38.  In fact, the finalists ranged from
38 up to 62 years – in dramatic contrast to most hold’em final tables which have
been dominated by twenty-somethings.
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After Chad Carpenter busted out ninth, the eight finalists took seats at the final
table upon the Rio poker stage.  Soon thereafter, the low-stacked Jamie Brooks
went out in eighth place.  The table games manager from Phoenix received
$13,957.    
“Miami John” Cernuto was making his second final-table appearance this year, but
once again fell short of winning gold bracelet Number Four.  Instead, Cernuto
earned $19,540 for seventh place.  
Richie Sklar, who hangs out on golf courses and at race tracks as much as poker
rooms, failed to either make par or win, place, or show in this event.  Sklar, a
longtime gambler and golfer went out of bounds when his queen-low was bested by
a jack-low.  Sklar went to the clubhouse with $25,123 for a sixth-place finish.
Ron Ritchie went out next.  The owner of a construction company in Atlanta, Ritchie
busted out with several bricks on his final hand, and had to settle for fifth place.  
Ritchie collected $30,706.
Cliff Josephy, a.k.a. “Johnny Bax” took a hit and was eliminated in fourth place.  The
pro poker player, who won a gold bracelet in last year’s $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card
Stud event, admitted later that he had never played a hand of Razz prior to this
tournament.  His intuitive poker knowledge allowed him to outlast all but the final
three players en route to a $39,080 payday.
Steve Diano, a professional sports bettor from Las Vegas, wasn’t able to cash a
winning ticket.  But he did come out well financially with a third-place finish.  Diano
was out stacked by his two opponents when play became three-handed.  He finally
went out when the limits were raised.  Diano received $61,411.
It took a few hours before James Richburg finally defeated his last rival.  Carlos
Mortensen put up a fight.  But he was never able to seriously threaten Richburg for
most of his chips.  The 2001 world poker champion finally went out, losing to a 9-8
low shown by Richburg.  Mortensen’s cards were not seen.  Mortensen earned
$94,908 as the runner up.
The Razz champion, James Richburg has a long history of play at the World Series of
Poker.  He finished second in the 1991 Stud Eight-or-Better championship.  Little did
he know it back then, but that would be his last WSOP final table in 15 years.  The
past would be forgotten at this early morning hour.  After all, it was the beginning of
a new day.  Richburg collected $139,576 in prize money and his first WSOP gold
bracelet as the sun peaked over the horizon.
It’s important to note that this year’s Razz world championship attracted an all-time
record of 409 entries.  That’s the most players ever in history for a Razz-only poker
tournament.  Contrast that number with 291 entrants in 2005 and 195 entrants in
this same event back in 2004.  Considering a 37 percent growth rate for Razz over
last year, versus hold’em which is only up 24 percent, could that possibly mean that
Razz is emerging as the fastest-growing poker game?  
James Richburg certainly hopes so.


by Nolan Dalla


Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #33):

Total Entries to Date:                          28,960

Total Prize Money Distributed:                $ 60,193,207
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Event # 33 End of Day One WSOP Results

Event #33
Seven-Card Razz
Buy-In:  $1,500
Number of Entries:  409
Total Prize Money:  $558,285

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SEAT 1--   Carlos "The Matador" Mortensen        118,000
SEAT 2 --  James Richburg                                   115,000
SEAT 3 --  Ron Ritchie                                            80,000
SEAT 4 --  "Miami" John Cernuto                           55,000
SEAT 5 --  Steven Diano                                        50,000
SEAT 6 --  Chad Carpenter                                    30,000
SEAT 7 --  Richard Sklar                                        35,000
SEAT 8 --  Cliff Josephy                                         27,000
SEAT 9 --  Jamie Brooks                                        22,000
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