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David Williams Wins the 2010 World Poker Tour Championship

Williams Takes Home the Top Prize Worth $1,530,537 and his First WPT Title

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David Williams Wins“I had a vision of this, right here,” said Bodog pro David Williams (pictured right) as he held up two fistfuls of $100 bills and posed for winner photos after capturing the 2010 World Poker Tour Championship tonight at Bellagio. Williams beat a very talented collection of professionals to win his first WPT title at his fourth final-table appearance on the tour. He was awarded $1,530,537 in prize money and he grew his career earnings to an impressive $7,884,005. What follows is the story of how he added a WPT title to his trophy case. Here is a look at the chip counts at the start of the final table:

Seat 1: John O’Shea – 1,200,000
Seat 2: Billy Baxter – 2,440,000
Seat 3: Eric Baldwin – 4,490,000
Seat 4: David Williams – 4,700,000
Seat 5: David Benyamine – 4,705,000
Seat 6: Shawn Buchanan – 1,965,000

John O’Shea was on a mission to double-up quickly and win the tournament or bust out trying when the day began. His end result was the latter. He hit the rail in sixth place after Billy Baxter called him down with A-10 and all that O’Shea could muster was 6-3. Baxter busted a short time later in fifth place when his aces up fell to a flopped Broadway straight that was held by Williams.

The battle for fourth place raged on for hours before David Benyamine shoved preflop with Q-J. Shawn Buchanan made the call with A-5 and a 5 on the turn sent Benyamine out in fourth place. Quickly after that Buchanan found his own stack at risk. He moved all in preflop with pocket queens and Williams made the call with pocket nines. A third 9 fell on the flop and Buchanan was out in third.

Williams took a 3-1 chip advantage into the heads-up final against Eric Baldwin. The 2009 Card Player Player of the Year was never able to get much going against Williams and the first major hand they played against one another was the final hand of the tournament. Baldwin moved all in preflop with A-5 and Williams made the call with pocket deuces. The A-7-6-2-4 board took everyone in the room on a wild ride before settling the dispute of who would be the 2010 WPT world champion. Baldwin was eliminated in second place and Williams took home one of the top titles in poker.

Final-Table Results:

1: David Williams — $1,530,537
2: Eric Baldwin — $1,034,715
3: Shawn Buchanan — $587,906
4: David Benyamine — $329,228
5: Billy Baxter — $246,921
6: John O’Shea — $199,888

Here is a look at the elimination hands as featured on CardPlayer.com’s live updates:

John O'SheaJohn O’Shea Eliminated in Sixth Place ($199,888)

John O’Shea moved all in preflop for 1,130,000 from the small blind and Billy Baxter went into the tank before making the call. Their cards:

Baxter: ASpade Suit 10Diamond Suit
O’Shea: 6Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit

Board: JClub Suit 8Spade Suit 4Heart Suit 4Club Suit 7Heart Suit

Baxter won the hand with ace-high and he grew his stack to 4.37 million. O’Shea was eliminated in sixth place and he will take home $199,888 in prize money.

Billy BaxterBilly Baxter Eliminated in Fifth Place ($246,921)

Billy Baxter moved all in preflop for 1,370,000 from the button and David Williams made the call. Their cards:

Baxter: ASpade Suit JSpade Suit
Williams: KHeart Suit 10Heart Suit

Board: ADiamond Suit QSpade Suit JDiamond Suit 6Club Suit 3Club Suit

Williams won the hand with a straight to grow his stack to 10,490,000 and Baxter was eliminated in fifth place. He took home $246,921 in prize money.

David BenyamineDavid Benyamine Eliminated in Fourth Place ($329,228)

David Benyamine moved all in preflop for 3,205,000 from the small blind and Shawn Buchanan went into the tank for a long time on the big blind before making the call. Their cards:

Buchanan: AHeart Suit 5Spade Suit
Benyamine: QHeart Suit JHeart Suit

Board: 9Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit 2Club Suit 5Heart Suit 7Spade Suit

Buchanan won the hand with two pair and he grew his stack to 6.79 million. Benyamine was eliminated in fourth place and he took home $329,228 in prize money.

Shawn BuchananShawn Buchanan Eliminated in Third Place ($587,906)

David Williams raised to 500,000 from the button preflop and Shawn Buchanan raised to 2.2 million from the small blind. Williams went into the tank for a moment and then he decided to move all in. Buchanan made the all-in call and they flipped over their cards:

Williams: 9Diamond Suit 9Spade Suit
Buchanan: QClub Suit QSpade Suit

Board: JSpade Suit 9Heart Suit 2Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit

Williams won the hand with a set of nines and he grew his stack to 15,105,000. Buchanan was eliminated in third place and he will take home $587,906 in prize money.

Eric BaldwinDavid Williams Wins the WPT Championship ($1,530,537) — Eric Baldwin Eliminated in Second Place ($1,034,715)

David Williams raised to 500,000 preflop and Eric Baldwin moved all in for 4,765,000. Williams went into the tank for more than a minute and then he made the call. Everyone in the Fontana Lounge rose to their feet and the two final players in the tournament flipped over their cards:

Williams: 2Club Suit 2Diamond Suit
Baldwin: AHeart Suit 5Heart Suit

Board: ADiamond Suit 7Club Suit 6Spade Suit 2Heart Suit 4Club Suit

The crowd cheered loud for the ace on the flop, which gave Baldwin the lead, but they were even louder when a third deuce fell on the turn. Williams won the tournament with a set and Baldwin was eliminated in second place. The 2009 Card Player Player of the Year received his first million-dollar cash as runner up ($1,034,715).

Williams won his first WPT title at his fourth final-table appearance on the tour. He won $1,530,537 in prize money and the title of WPT world champion. Williams adds the win to his list of career achievements that include a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and a runner-up finish at the 2004 WSOP main event.

 
 
 
 

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Prieure
over 7 years ago

Thank goodness that the player working for UB didn't come 1st, a pity that either of the Europeans didn't win that would have been cool. Out of the final 3 I'm glad it was Williams that won. I wonder whether they'll be more entrants next year, or, as someone predicted wrongly for this year, only 100 or so.
The EPT Grand Final will make both the prizepool and number of entrants in this tournament look pathetic.

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

wow donkey david williams strikes again!!!!!

so you get all in with the worst hand 3 times at the final table and you FLOP A STRAIGHT, FLOP A SET, AND THEN TURN A SET...how many other stupid plays did you make in this tournament???

and before any douche says anything about ace 5 suited verse pocket 2s, ace 5 is a very very small favorite, plus just calling with 22 there is horrible because at worst he is in a race and quite possible dominated.

WAY TO GO DONK!

 
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TXMaxx
over 7 years ago

Can't get used to "hair" on David Williams...what gives there?

 
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Jobin
over 7 years ago

Eric Baldwin is THE nicest, most well-spoken guy on the entire circuit, and it's tough to find anyone who has a bad word to say about him. I'm excited that he'll get some TV coverage when this airs, and there looks like there was some good action at a very interesting final table. Baldwin is a great ambassador for the game and it's awesome to see that 2010 is going well, after his unbelievable 2009 (CP POY, WSOP bracelet, another WSOP 3rd-place finish). Keep bringing it basebaldy!

 
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godflesh
over 7 years ago

Good Job, David.

 
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hitking1
over 7 years ago

Of course Hellmuth or Baldwin didnt win, they cant see the other players cards. Real poker is sooooo hard. Get me back to the inet so i can sees the cards.

 
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jfdfred44
over 7 years ago

In order to win a tournament, you have to get lucky.

DW needs more luck than most to accomplish these wins.

 
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24Kid24
over 7 years ago

I love how some people are hating on Williams because he got lucky in a few spots. Anyone who has played any amount of poker knows that sometimes you get lucky when you happen to show up with a worse hand. I guarantee that everyone who has left a message on this board has run into the same situation at some point. Somehow I highly doubt you sat there and thought to yourself, "Wow, I just made a really bad play and got lucky, I should give this guy his money back because I made a bad call". Get real. What do you want him to do? Apologize for winning the tournament? Just about everyone who wins a poker tournament gets lucky at some point. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't. It's part of poker. Get over it and give the man props for taking down a nice score.

 
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nateabaker
over 7 years ago

YOU HAVE TO GET LUCKY TO WIN TOURNAMENTS. WE'VE ALL GOTTEN LUCKY WHEN WE NEEDED IT THE MOST(SOME MORE THAN OTHERS) AND SOMETIMES WE DONT, BUT ITS A PART OF THE GAME AND I'M LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO PLAY THIS GAME FULLTIME EVERYDAY FOR LIVING, WE ALL ARE. SO GIVE THE MAN PROPS, HE DEFINITELY DESERVES IT. JUST HOPE HE DOESN'T BUY A BUNCH OF DIAMOND TOOTH PICKS....PEACE

 
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vikingpete_99
over 7 years ago

@eaglestorm76, you sir are a douche...criticizing DW for "just calling" EBs all in with 22...what was he supposed to do? reraise his all in? you are a moron. DW had a 3 to 1 chip lead...any pro is going to call an all in with any pair in that situation. get a clue before making donkey post. and DW, enuff with the diamond encrusted toothpick covers. it screams "i'm an asshole"

 
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upsilon500
over 7 years ago

eaglestorm76

Guessing you must be another disgusting entity from FILTHadelphia where people vomit on each other.

That "donk" has more money that youll ever make in your life and gets more women in a week that you will in a year at the whore house where your mom works.

What a ridiculous comment.

 
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Wolfed
over 7 years ago

upsilon500

"gets more women in a week that you will in a year at the whore house where your mom works"

excellent level thinking. NH sir, wp....

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

upsilon you are correct i am not rich but i have a decent job and i live in this great ole u.s. of a. so no worries there!!!
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vikingpete...trying to make up a point and argue it??? sounds stupid to me you douche...you are a tard...now as far as his pocket 22 its a clear fold you have a huge chip lead, and you pay that much for AT WORST A RACE....PROBABLY DOMINATED!!!! and you fold its clear and simple!!!!!yeah go in light and hope and pray and then let the guy pull even in chips for the tournament...puhleaseeee you need to go hang around the whorehouse with upsilon!!!

 
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vikingpete_99
over 7 years ago

eaglestorm76..."trying to make up a point and argue it?" what the f*ck are you talking about? we are discussing 22...some players would fold 22 in the situation but most are hoping to get their money in good...guess what? he got his money in good and figured to be racing...if it ends up pair over pair then you got unlucky like AA v KK but he didnt...HE GOT HIS MONEY IN GOOD. most above average players (facing an all-in) strive for that. you obviously dont believe in GETTING YOUR MONEY IN GOOD...still a douche, sir

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

getting your money in with 22 is the same as kk vs aa....you have lost your flippin retarded mind!!!!!

you get your money in with kk, most of the time you are good. you get your money in with 22 you are never good and you are praying for a race....wow keep talking you look more foolish the more you talk lolololol you are such a douche!!!

as far as making up a point, you are putting words in my mouth then arguing against that...what a classless douche!!!

 
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vikingpete_99
over 7 years ago

oh douchestorm76...my silly small-minded idiot...DEFINITION--"GETTING YOUR MONEY IN GOOD": when your hand is technically ahead of the hand you're opposing, when the opposing hand MUST improve with cards left to be dealt. EXAMPLE: ANY PAIR (INCLUDING 2-2) against any random, unpaired hand (including A-5). while being a coinflip, 2-2 is ahead and the A-5 must catch cards to improve. I'm done with my teaching lessons. Get a clue and let's agree to disagree on the call DW made...which, by the way, won him the tournament. check the SCOREBOARD, douchestorm...2-2 won!!!!!

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

viking pete you are a total douche bag moron!!!!

answer me this one question and then youll truly look like the douche that you are!!!!!

if ace 5 suited is at 51 percent to win the hand and 22 is 49 percent is to win the hand, and you have 100 hands you play....would you rather hold the A5 or the 22.....of course you want the A5 because over time you win more. so you cant answer it any other way!!!!!!! idiot

as far as the call by david williams you douche bag, he could only hope to be in a coin flip and there was a great chance that he was dominated...if you put all your money in and are HOPING your opponent doesnt have an overpair, then you are making an incorrect play.

and your aces vs kings comment was still totally retarded.
again if you CALL all in and hope you are a minor underdog rather than totally dominated then you are stupid. my logic is sound you can not dispute it. but answer that question up top. youd take the A5 suited over 22 every time!!!!!!!! take into account the many times your opponent will have the overpair and your play becomes so negative its not even funny. wow you are a stupid douche.

 
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vikingpete_99
over 7 years ago

uggh...im done with you...douchestorm

 
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vikingpete_99
over 7 years ago

...if u play a game of two card poker, every poker player in the world would take 2-2 over A-5...some poker players do a thing call "making a read" and going with their instincts...obviously you've never done such a thing...and by the way, your 2% lead is a little generous, mathwhiz

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

oh douchepete are you making things up again??? to make yourself sound better??? what a douche...

your 2 card theory would work except....

YOU GET 7 CARDS IN HOLDEM YOU IDIOT!!!!! IM THROUGH WITH YOU!!!

you must be the worst poker player ever...i stated facts vs your sorry excuse for trying to sound cool but the stats hold up...save face and just go away...

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

I WIN!!!!!!!!

 
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vikingpete_99
over 7 years ago

No, actually DW won...with his 2-2. I hope you're not a math teacher, Douchestorm (or "another disgusting entity from FILTHadelphia where people vomit on each other" as another supporter on this board called you)

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

DW was totally donkish knocking out what 3 of the final 6 with the worst hand after being all in??? i dont even remember anymore...the fact of the matter is that a5 suited is a slight favorite over 22...if you had to choose one youd choose the a5 over 22 or youd lose money over time!!!!! of course you seem like someone that loses money so youll probably do it..furthermore shoving with 22 would be ok because shoving with anything making a play is part of the game. calling with 22 in that situation was stupid just like you douchepete.

 
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vikingpete_99
over 7 years ago

SCOREBOARD!!!! 2-2 WINS WHEN IT COUNTS, BABY!!!

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

AT POKER, MORE THAN AT ANYTHING ELSE, YOU CAN STILL WIN BY MAKING A HORRIBLE PLAY.

ANY GOOD POKER PLAYER KNOWS YOU VIEW YOUR PLAY NOT THE RESULTS BUT YOU WOULDNT KNOW THAT SINCE YOU ARE A NOVICE DOUCHE.

I KNOW YOULL TAKE 22 CAUSE IN THE LONG RUN IT LOSES TO ACE5 SUITED. YOU SEEM LIKE A NOVICE DOUCHE THAT DOESNT GET IT. YOU WILL TAKE THE PLAY THAT MAKES LESS MONEY....THAT MAKES YOU A MORON DOUCHE. MY ARGUMENT IS SOUND. WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY YOU JUST MAKE UP SOMETHING SILLY.

 
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vikingpete_99
over 7 years ago

wow...it's really fun needling you, DOUCHESTORM...to see how ridiculous you can make yourself sound...have fun playing from behind and praying you catch a card to win...i like to make reads and get my money in good...but then again you obviously dont know (or wanna know) what those things mean, DOUCHESTORM...i'm officially done...i mean it this time

 
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eaglestorm76
over 7 years ago

i was officially done first.....you are just a douchepete who keeps coming back for more...im sooooo glad you are done because that means i get the last word and i win!!!!!

i win i win!!! no shock there.....of course youll respond to this and then i really really win!!!!!!!

im like ace 5 suited and your nickname is pocket 2's and im much better than you hahahahahahahahahahahahaha game and match!!!

 
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