The championship events scattered throughout the 2010 World Series of Poker are a welcome sight amidst the lower buy-in tournaments with massive fields. Event 19 was another one of those with a $10,000 buy-in and a not-so-average variation of poker called deuce to 7 draw lowball, of the no-limit variety no less. Seasoned pros love the game, and those with an extra $10K were up for the challenge of the tournament. Thus, Event 19 got underway on Wednesday, June 9.
Day 1 attracted 101 players and a subsequent $949,400 prize pool, out of which the top 14 players were to be paid and $294,321 set aside for the winner. With no limit on the betting, players exited faster than in other games, leaving only 72 of them to return for Day 2 of the action. It was on Day 2 - late in the night, actually - that the money bubble finally burst at the expense of Par Hilderbrand, who left in 15th place.
Several more players exited in the money before action stopped for the night with ten players left, a few short of the official final table. They returned on Day 3 with chip counts as follows:
|David Baker ||526,000 |
|George Danzer ||425,000 |
|Eric Cloutier ||366,000 |
|Doug Booth ||359,000 |
|Erik Seidel ||280,000 |
|Eric Kesselman ||247,000 |
|John Monnette ||238,000 |
|John Juanda ||225,000 |
|Daniel Negreanu ||223,000 |
|Andy Bloch ||146,000 |
Action got underway with two eliminations that reduced the field:
|10th place: ||John Monnette ($22,387) |
|9th place: ||Andy Bloch ($22,387) |
The final eight players then took seats at one table, despite objections since one player still had to be eliminated before the final table was official. Nevertheless, the tournament staff decided to go with the plan and put them together as follows:
|Seat 1: ||David Baker ||346,000 |
|Seat 2: ||John Juanda ||263,000 |
|Seat 3: ||Eric Kesselman ||805,000 |
|Seat 4: ||Daniel Negreanu || 261,000 |
|Seat 5: ||George Danzer ||465,000 |
|Seat 6: || Eric Cloutier ||375,000 |
|Seat 7: ||Doug Booth ||410,000 |
|Seat 8: ||Erik Seidel ||122,000 |
Fairly soon into the action, it was Negreanu who had been relegated to a chip stack of 180,000 and pushed all-in from the small blind, and Baker called. Negreanu kept 7-4-3-2 but drew a king, and Baker showed a hand that started with 9-7. Daniel Negreanu bubbled the final table, taking home $26,004 for the eighth place finish.
At that point, Baker had climbed into the chip lead with 731K, Cloutier climbed to 502K, and Seidel climbed into the middle of the pack. The short stack was Danzer with 245K.
It was Kesselman who fell into the low position on the leaderboard, and his last 221K went all-in from the button. Original raiser Booth called and stood pat with 8-6-4-3-2, and Kesselman had 8-6-5-2 but drew a nine. Eric Kesselman exited in seventh place with $32,080.
Though Seidel made a valiant effort to accumulate chips, doubling through Baker once and taking select pots to chip up, the losses were more significant. With only 153K left, he pushed all-in from the small blind with 10-8-7-3-2 and stood pat. Baker called from the big blind with 9-5-4-2 and drew a 6, which eliminated Erik Seidel in sixth place, which was good for a $41,270 payday.
Danzer climbed a bit before the dinner break by doubling through Juanda, and he did it after the dinner break as well, which left Juanda as the short stack. But the latter climbed, though not as high as Danzer, who was the chip leader at one point with 825K.
Booth suffered and fell to 367K, then pushed those chips all-in with 9-7-6-3. Baker reraised all-in from the small blind to prompt a fold from Juanda in the big blind, and Baker showed 8-5-3-2. Booth drew an ace, and Baker drew a 9, which pushed the pot his way. Doug Booth departed in fifth place with $55,483.
Juanda doubled through Danzer to briefly take the chip lead, but Baker was on a roll and wasn’t having it. Danzer came back to double through Juanda, though, and the latter tumbled.
Finally, Juanda was down to only 152K and pushed all-in, and Baker called immediately from the big blind with 10-8-7-3 and drew one, which was a 5. Juanda showed 9-5-2 and drew a king and a 4. That eliminated John Juanda in fourth place with $78,088.
Danzer was the next to fall, as a big loss to Cloutier crippled him, and his last 37K went into the pot on the next hand. Baker called with 8-4-3 and drew a 6 and 3, while Danzer showed 10-7-4-3 and drew a 7. His higher pair sent him home in third place with $115,295.
Heads-up play then began with the following chip counts:
David Baker 2,193,000
Eric Cloutier 837,000
The duel consisted mainly of Baker pushing Cloutier and putting him to decisions, merely solidifying a 3-to-1 chip lead.
The last hand came about rather quickly, when Baker made the all-in move again, but this time Cloutier called for his last 560K. Cloutier showed 6-4-2 and drew two cards, one a 6 and the other a 7. Baker turned over 10-9-8-4 and drew a J, but the absence of a pair in his hand signaled the end of the line for Eric Cloutier, who finished the tournament in second place with $181,886.
David Baker grabbed the Event 19 bracelet and $294,314 prize money for the hard-fought victory.