With 18 World Series of Poker cashes, a pair of gold bracelets, and over $2.2 million in career earnings, no one can accuse 25 year old David “Bakes” Baker of cooking the books on his stats. Now he can add another feat to his impressive resume – surviving a brutal WSOP final table that included six bracelet owners with a combined 25 WSOP titles between them.
David was born in Charlotte, NC, raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI and now calls Las Vegas home. He has been cashing at the WSOP since 2008, and won his first gold bracelet in the $10,000 World Championship No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw in 2010. On June 16th, Bakes joined 177 other players to play in another $10,000 buy-in event, this time it was the H.O.R.S.E. event #32, with a prize pool of $1,673,200.
The list of entrants in Event #32 read like the ultimate who’s who of poker. On Day 2 only 15 were left and by Day 3 David Bach (14th), John Hennigan (13th) and Scott Clements (12th) had all fallen. Finally on Day 3, the final table was seated - and it was blinding in star power.
The final eight players included super-heavyweights Phil Ivey making his fourth WSOP final table appearance this year; Phil Hellmuth making his 46th career final table and sporting bracelet #12 that he won in the Razz tournament; John Monnette, making his third final table appearance this year and wearing his second bracelet he earned in event #10. There was also bracelet holder Dan Kelly who was at his third WSOP final table; and Abe Mosseri who won a bracelet in 2010 and was making his third WSOP final table appearance.
Throw bracelet holder David “Bakes” Baker making his fifth final table appearance into the mix and you have a final table that any average player would think of as “the nightmare on Rio Street.”
But Bakes showed them all he had what it takes to be a repeat bracelet winner when he saw the heavyweights fall one by one until he was heads-up with John Monnette. The winning play came in the Stud round when Bakes made trip 7s to Monnette’s mystery hand as the runner-up quickly mucked his cards, shook hands with David and left.
David Baker took home $451,799 the coveted WSOP gold. Congratulations David!
You can view Bakes winning interview below.
Final Table Results:
|1st||David “Bakes” Baker||$451,779|