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World Series of Poker -- David Baker Chip Leader Going into Final Day of Event No. 19

Seidel, Negreanu, Juanda, and Bloch all Still in Contention for Bracelet

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David BakerAfter 10 levels of play, the second day of event no. 19, the $10,000 2-7 no-limit lowball championship has come to a close and the final 10 players are set to come back on Friday to play down to a bracelet.

Our chip leader at the end of the day is David Baker (Pictured Right) with 526,000. Baker came on strong in the middle of the day and continued to build his stack with aggressive plays as the money bubble got closer. This was evident during his five-bet shove all-in against Anton Allemann before the draw with just 21 players remaining.

The day started with 72 players and only 14 were going to cash in the event. We reached the bubble towards the end of level 16. And after a couple of all-ins and double-ups, Par Hilderbrand was our bubble boy after he pushed all-in against Doug Booth, who was dealt a pat wheel.

The field started with several top pros still in the field, which is usually the case in a large buy-in, non hold’em event, but most of them fell short of cashing. Notable players who left the Rio empty handed included Barry Greenstein, Tom Dwan, Billy Baxter, Nick Schulman, Todd Brunson, Doyle Brunson, and Jeffrey Lisandro.

Even with so many players hitting the rail, some well-known pros did manage to survive the day and stay in bracelet contention. Erik Seidel is in the middle of the pack with 280,000. Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, and Andy Bloch are at the bottom of the chip counts, but are always dangerous if they still have chips.

Yan Chen continued his dominance in no-limit 2-7 lowball. Just a few events after he won event no. 14, the $1,500 version of 2-7 no-limit lowball, he cashed in the $10,000 event in 12th place.

Here are a look at the chip counts of the final 10 players.

1. David Baker – 526,000
2. George Danzer – 425,000
3. Eric Cloutier – 366,000
4. Doug Booth – 359,000
5. Erik Seidel – 280,000
6. Eric Kesselman – 247,000
7. John Monette – 238,000
8. John Juanda – 225,000
9. Daniel Negreanu – 223,000
10. Andy Bloch – 146,000

Everybody who is coming back on Friday is guaranteed a minimum pay day of $22,386. The pay jumps will get steep quick, however, as first place is $294,321 along with the coveted gold bracelet.