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World Series of Poker -- David Baker Wins Event No.19

Makes Second Final Table of Series and Wins First Bracelet


David BakerEarly Saturday morning, David “Bakes” Baker had another shot at a bracelet at the 2010 World Series of Poker.

He took advantage of the opportunity, winning event no. 19 ($10,000 2-7 no-limit lowball championship) for his first major live tournament victory.

Baker has had success in small elite fields so far this summer. He final tabled the $50,000 Players Championship, finishing in sixth for $272,275.

His win ten days later netted him slightly more — $294,314 in prize money.

Baker was a force to be reckoned with for a large portion of the tournament. He was the chip leader going into the final day, held the chip lead entering the final table and eliminated five of his six opponents at the final table of seven.

With a field size of just 101 players, it was no surprise that there were several big names sitting in Baker’s way. Erik Seidel and John Juanda were looking for their ninth and fifth bracelets, respectively.

The payday gives Baker $2,833,742 in career earnings. Combined with his live success so far this year is a 92nd ranking in Card Player’s 2010 Online Player of the Year standings.

Here are the final results:

1. David Baker — $294,314
2. Eric Cloutier — $181,886
3. George Danzer — $115,295
4. John Juanda — $78,088
5. Doug Booth — $55,483
6. Erik Seidel — $41,270
7. Eric Kesselman — $32,080

Here is a look at the elimination hands as featured in Card Player’s live updates:

Eric Kesselman Eliminated in Seventh Place ($32,080)

Doug Booth opened for 48,000 and Eric Kesselman moved all in from the button for 221,000 total. Booth made the call and stood pat with 8-6-4-3-2. Kesselman drew one and improved to a 9-8-6-5-2, but it was no good. Kesselman was eliminated and Booth grew his stack to 743,000.

Erik SeidelErik Seidel Eliminated in Sixth Place ($41,270)

Erik Seidel moved all in for 153,000 from the small blind and David Baker made the call from the big blind. Seidel stood pat with his 10-8-7-3-2. Baker discarded a four to hold 9-5-4-2 before he received his new card. He drew a six and set Seidel packing. Baker was at 720,000 after the hand.

Doug Booth Eliminated in Fifth Place ($55,483)

Doug Booth moved all in for 367,000 from the button and David Baker reraised all in for 800,000 from the small blind. Booth and Baker each drew one card. Baker tabled 8-5-3-2 and drew a nine for a 9-8 low. Booth’s 9-7-6-3 received an ace from the dealer. Booth was eliminated and Baker was at 1,100,000 after the hand.

John Juanda Eliminated in Fourth Place ($78,088)

John Juanda open shoved for 152,000 and David Baker called from the big blind. Baker drew one while Juanda opted for two. Baker exposed 10-8-7-3 and added a five from the deck. Juanda’s 9-5-2 picked up a king and a four for a K-9 low. Juanda was eliminated and Baker was at 2,130,000 after the hand.

George Danzer Eliminated in Third Place ($115,295)

Eric CloutierGeorge Danzer shoved in the dark for 37,000. Eric Cloutier folded, but David Baker made the call. Baker drew two cards, while Danzer drew one. Baker had the 8-4-3 and picked up a six and a three. Danzer’s 10-7-4-3 gave him a great shot to double up but the seven he received from the deck gave him a higher pair and sent him packing. Cloutier was at 837,000 after the hand.

Eric Cloutier Eliminated in Second Place ($181,886), David Baker Wins Event No. 19 ($294,314)

David Baker raised all in on the button and Eric Cloutier called 560,000 for his tournament life. Cloutier drew two and Baker opted for one. Cloutier exposed 6-4-2 and drew a six (for a pair) and a seven. Baker laid out his 10-9-8-4 and needed to avoid pairing. The jack he received from the deck ended the match and eliminated Cloutier.