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World Series of Poker -- Eric Baldwin Wins Event No. 34

Jonas Klausen Finishes Second, Roland de Wolfe Falls Short of Second Bracelet


Eric BaldwinThe 2008 World Series of Poker may have been dubbed the “year of the pro,” but 2009 is making a strong case, as well. The trend continued Thursday night when tournament regular Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin captured event No. 34 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em).

The smaller buy-in events at the WSOP are usually tough minefields for the pros, and newcomers or outright amateurs often come out on top. Yet this final table boasted an abundance of talent, and notables such as recent triple-crown winner Roland de Wolfe, online players Andrew “Allofit29” Youngblood and the aforementioned Baldwin, and Danish superstar Jonas Klausen.

Klausen held the chip lead, or close to it, for much of the final table, but it was Baldwin who came on strong in the late stages, flopping a set heads up against Klausen’s top two pair to take a huge chip advantage and closing it out just a few hands later.

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Here are the final results:

1. Eric Baldwin — $521,932
2. Jonas Klausen — $322,271
3. James Taylor — $213,046
4. Benjamin Scholl — $150,133
5. Roland de Wolfe — $112,957
6. Andrew Youngblood — $89,222
7. Steven Bradbury — $74,352
8. Martin Jacobson — $65,487
9. Eric Defontes — $60,335

Here’s how all the final table action went down according to Card Player’s live updates:

Eric Defontes Eliminated in Ninth Place ($60,335)

Jonas Klausen raised to 80,000 from middle position, and Eric Defontes reraised all in from the big blind for 359,000. Klausen made the call, and they flipped up their cards:

Klausen: AHeart Suit 10Heart Suit
Defontes: 4Spade Suit 4Heart Suit

Board: AClub Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit 9Spade Suit KSpade Suit

Defontes was eliminated in ninth place, and Klausen grew his stack to more than 3 million.

Martin Jacobson Eliminated in Eighth Place ($65,487)

Martin Jacobson moved all in for 125,000 in early position preflop. Eric Baldwin reraised to 295,000, and everyone else mucked. Their cards:

Jasobson: ADiamond Suit 9Spade Suit
Baldwin: QDiamond Suit QSpade Suit

Board: 10Club Suit 6Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit JHeart Suit

Jaconson was eliminated in eighth place, and Baldwin grew his stack to more than 1 million.

Steven Bradbury Eliminated in Seventh Place ($74,352)

James Taylor raised to 125,000 from the cutoff, and Steven Bradbury moved all in from the big blind for his last 240,000.

Taylor called with 9Heart Suit 6Heart Suit and was dominated by Bradbury’s ASpade Suit 6Club Suit.

The board rolled out 9Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit KHeart Suit 7Heart Suit, and Bradbury was eliminated.

Andrew Youngblood Eliminated in Sixth Place ($89,222)

Jonas Klausen completed in the small blind, and Andrew Youngblood checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came out 9Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit, and Klausen bet 75,000. Youngblood raised to 420,000, and Klausen moved in. Youngblood instantly called with 6Diamond Suit 6Club Suit for middle set but was behind to Klausen’s 7Spade Suit 5Spade Suit for a flopped straight.

The turn and river came ASpade Suit 5Heart Suit, failing to pair the board, and Youngblood was eliminated.

Roland de WolfeRoland De Wolfe Eliminated in Fifth Place ($112,957)

Roland De Wolfe moved all in for his last 600,000, and Jonas Klausen called with ADiamond Suit 6Diamond Suit. De Wolfe was dominated by 7Heart Suit 6Heart Suit and was eliminated when the board came AClub Suit KClub Suit 5Heart Suit 7Spade Suit 8Club Suit.

Benjamin Scholl Eliminated in Fourth Place ($150,133)

Benjamin Scholl moved all in from the button for 235,000, and James Taylor called from the big blind.

Taylor showed AHeart Suit 8Club Suit and was ahead of Scholl’s KSpade Suit JHeart Suit.

The board came KClub Suit 3Spade Suit 2Spade Suit 6Spade Suit AClub Suit, and Taylor’s pair of aces sent Scholl to the rail.

James Taylor Eliminated in Third Place ($213,046)

James Taylor raised in the small blind to 180,000, and Eric Baldwin called in the big blind.

The flop came out 7Club Suit 5Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit, and Taylor bet 175,000. Baldwin moved all in, and Taylor called for his tournament life after a few moments.

Taylor showed KHeart Suit QSpade Suit, and Baldwin showed 9Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit for top pair. The turn and river came 10Heart Suit and 3Heart Suit, and Taylor was eliminated.

Jonas KlausenEric Baldwin Wins Event No. 34 ($521,932) Jonas Klausen Eliminated in Second Place ($322,271)

Eric Baldwin raised to 165,000, and Jonas Klausen moved all in for his last million or so on top. Baldwin called with 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit, and Klausen showed down AHeart SuitQHeart Suit.

The board came KSpade Suit JSpade Suit 6Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit 5Spade Suit, and Klausen was eliminated in second place. Baldwin earned his first WSOP bracelet and a career high $521,932.