Daniel Lazrus had just over $28,000 in recorded cashes to his name prior to 2021 in live events and online tournaments with full real-name results. The 31-year-old from Long Beach, New York made his breakout win in the public eye by taking down the $3,200 buy-in World Series of Poker Online no-limit hold’em high roller event for $205,347 and his first gold bracelet in late July. Just shy of three months later he backed that victory up in a big way, defeating a field of 5,330 entries to emerge victorious in the 2021 WSOP $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Millionaire Maker’ event. As the tournament’s name suggests, Lazrus earned $1,000,000 to go along with his second gold bracelet.
“This one feels much more special. It feels more legitimized than online did,” said Lazrus when asked about which of his two bracelet victories meant the most to him. “This makes me happy with the decision I’m making to put a lot of time into playing poker.”
“I only started playing like four and a half years ago, at first just recreationally. I started winning and met the right guy who put me in touch with the other right guys,” said Lazrus, motioning at a group of supporters on his rail that included current Card Player Player of the Year race leader Ali Imsirovic. “Two years ago I started raising stakes and studying very aggressively.”
Lazrus is still involved with his real estate business in New York, but poker has grown to be nearly a full-time commitment for him. That commitment paid off in this event, to the tune of a seven-figure payday. In addition to the title and the money, he was also awarded 1,320 POY points for the win. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it alone was enough to catapult him into 104th place in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
|1||Daniel Lazrus||United States||$1,000,000|
|2||Darryl Ronconi||United States||$500,125|
|3||Jeffrey Gencarelli||United States||$377,125|
|6||Kevin Palmer||United States||$172,455|
|7||Todd Saffron||United States||$124,570|
|8||Adam Sherman||United States||$105,690|