In a game that’s becoming increasingly dominated by players who worry more about four-betting ranges than table banter, Eli Elezra is a nice throwback to poker’s older days. But that’s not to say this chatty poker pro can’t still play, as he proved by winning a 2015 WSOP $1.5k Seven Card Stud tournament. Elezra picked up a $112,591 payout and his third-career bracelet for topping the 237-player field in Event #47.
“This one was really special to me,” Elezra said afterward. “It’s the game many of us grew up on and it’s played by the most experienced players. When I won the Deuce-to-Seven (in 2013) that was very nice, but I really take extra pride in this one because so many well-known players have won it before me.”
This victory will be even more memorable to Elezra since he had to come from behind to win. He found himself in difficult situations throughout the tournament, particularly when he was down in chip to his heads-up opponent, Benjamin Lazer. However, as he’s done many times in his career, Elezra found a way to battle back and grab the victory.
And all along the way, the Jerusalem native found time to chat with his opponents and keep a friendly nature, even when he was struggling. So it’s little surprise that his passion for poker spilled over into his post-tournament interview.
“I really love this game,” said Elezra. “Poker has been such a big part of my life. I know so many good people in it. This time, I had my wife with me and my son, who just turned 21. So, having him here with me for the first time when I won make this one really special to me.”
2015 WSOP Event #47 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Final Table
1. Eli Elezra – $112,591
2. Benjamin Lazer – $69,532
3. Allen Cunningham – $44,846
4. Gylbert Drolet – $32,495
5. Kenn Wittock – $23,891
6. Byron Ziebell – $17,821
7. Jean Gaspard – $13,486
8. Matt Grapenthien – $10,352
9. Barry Bindelglass – $8,060