It took four days of betting, folding, raising, and
swearing sweating for World Series of Poker Event #37, the $2,500 Eight-Game, to get down to the final table. When the smoke cleared, the last man at the table was David “ODB” Baker, who beat one of his best friends to win his first gold bracelet and $271,312 in cash.
Not to be confused with David “Bakes” Baker who won the $10 K HORSE event last week, this David Baker says he is the Original David Baker (ODB).
The Eight-Game event is a test of skill in eight different games which are; Triple-Draw 2-7, Limit Hold'em, Omaha 8, Razz, Stud, Stud 8, No-Limit Hold’em, and Pot Limit Omaha. Although it is one of the toughest events to master, 477 players jumped in, including some big names like Jennifer Harmon, Freddy Deeb, Barry Greenstein, Steve Zolotow and Jeff Madsen.
The heads-up match would come down to David Baker, a well respected tournament grinder from Katy, Texas, and two-time bracelet winner and one of Canada’s best players, Greg Mueller.
The amazing part of the heads-up session wasn’t that Mueller had by far the best of the match chip-wise and lost his edge hand after hand, but that these two men who were battling for the gold were very good friends.
When the final hand came down in Razz, it was David’s that beat Greg’s . At the point when most runner-up finishers make themselves disappear, Greg came back, to hug his friend and congratulate him once more. Even though Greg would not see a third bracelet added to his jewel chest, he was very happy his friend David had finally won a long overdue title and gold bracelet.
Prior to this event, David had cashed 27 times since 2006, placing him among the top 10 in the money finishers with over $1 million earned just at the WSOP. Known as another one of those “great players who never won a bracelet,” David’s total tournament career earnings for the last eight years now tops $2.3 million. Congratulations ODB on your first title!
Watch his winning interview courtesy of PokerNews.com.
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