Greg Ostrander beat Australian poker player Jackie Glazier to emerge as the champion of WSOP event #41 and win the coveted WSOP bracelet. The victorious poker player collected the prestigious gold WSOP bracelet, his first ever, a grand cash prize of $742,072, and 1,440 Player of the Year (POY) Points. Ostrander now occupies the 49th position on Card Players’ POY leader board.
Speaking about his victory, Ostrander said,
This is the goal for everybody. I got 232nd place in last year’s main event, which I though was a really good achievement out of almost 7,000 players. What I learned about poker over the years is that no matter how far you go, unless you win, you always feel defeated, even if you come in second.
WSOP event #41 was a $3k NL Hold’em event, and late on the night of Sunday, the game stopped with Jackie Glazier holding the larger chip stack. Admitting that he wasn’t feeling good about the gaming situation, he said that he went to bed on Sunday hoping that Glazier wouldn’t be as lucky as she was on the night of Sunday. He said,
I think that’s what I needed was that break last night. It obviously turned out the way I wanted it to, but it was difficult to overcome.
The next day, Glazier’s chip stack diminished and she became the runner-up of the event. She got a cash prize of $458,996 and 1,200 POY Points. She also became the third female poker player to finish as the runner-up of this WSOP season, the other two being Patricia Baker and Amanda Musumeci. A number of female poker players enjoyed a great deal of success this year, and a list of top WSOP women achievers would include Allyn Jaffrey, who won the Seniors Championship, Annette Obrestad, Vanessa Selbst, Xuan Liu, and Cherish Andrews.
Admitting that his friends were teasing him about losing a heads-up match to a female player, Ostrander quickly added that female competition in the world of poker was very strong. Expressing his appreciation of female poker players, he said that his friends do not understand what a great player Jackie is. He said, “She was very tough … to be honest with you, she got the best of me yesterday.”
The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth were Paul Vas Nunes, Morten Mortensen, Roger Fontes, Darryl Ronconi, Joseph Chaplin, Kyle Frey, and Dylan Hortin, respectively.