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Buy-In: $25,000 + $500
Prize Pool: $4,728,750
Entrants: 195

WPT No-Limit Hold'em Main Event

  • Apr 18, '10 - Apr 24, '10
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Updates on Final Day (Apr 24, 10)

 
 

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

David Williams WinsDavid 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.

Player Tags: David Williams,   Eric Baldwin
 

Level 31

Blinds are now 120,000-240,000 with a 20,000 ante.

 

Heads-Up Play Begins

There was a long delay before heads-up play in order to film the money presentation but cards are now in the air for the final match. Here is a look at the chip counts:

David Williams: 15,105,000
Eric Baldwin: 4,395,000

 

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

Shawn BuchananDavid 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.

Player Tags: Shawn Buchanan,   David Williams
 

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

David BenyamineDavid 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.

Player Tags: David Benyamine,   Shawn Buchanan
 

Level 30

The players are back in their seats and the blinds are now 100,000-200,000 with a 20,000 ante for the start of level 30.

 

Break Time

The players are on a 10-minute break.

 

Eric Baldwin Doubles Up

Eric Baldwin moved all in under the gun for 1,745,000 preflop and David Williams made the call from the button. Their cards:

Williams: AHeart Suit KClub Suit
Baldwin: QHeart Suit JHeart Suit

Board: QSpade Suit 9Club Suit 9Heart Suit 7Diamond Suit 4Heart Suit

Baldwin won the hand and he doubled up to 3,790,000. Williams still held the chip lead after the hand with 8,310,000.

Player Tags: David Williams,   Eric Baldwin
 

David Benyamine Doubles Up

David Benyamine moved all in under the gun preflop for 1,975,000 and Shawn Buchanan went into the tank before he made the call on the button Their cards:

Benyamine: ADiamond Suit 7Club Suit
Buchanan: 10Club Suit 10Spade Suit

Board: 9Spade Suit 8Heart Suit 6Heart Suit 5Heart Suit KClub Suit

Benyamine made a straight to double up to 4.25 million and Buchanan dropped to 3.61 million.

Player Tags: David Benyamine,   Shawn Buchanan
 

Shawn Buchanan Doubles Up

Shawn Buchanan completed on the small blind and Eric Baldwin moved all in on the big blind preflop. Buchanan made the all-in call for his final 2.43 million and they turned over their cards:

Buchanan: 8Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit
Baldwin: AClub Suit 2Diamond Suit

Board: 10Heart Suit 6Diamond Suit 2Club Suit 8Heart Suit KClub Suit

Buchanan won the hands with a set of eights and he grew his stack to 4.92 million. Baldwin was left with 880,000 after the hand.

Player Tags: Shawn Buchanan,   Eric Baldwin
 
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