Baker Cooks Up First WSOP Title

David Baker Wins At 2012 WSOPTwo more bracelets have been claimed at the 2012 World Series of Poker, with a two time champion narrowly missing out on a third title to David Baker (right) and a 37 year old first time winner beating a strong final table. For all the latest news and views from the Rio, read on…

WSOP 2012 Event #37 – $2,500 Eight Game
David “ODB” Baker has seen off two time World Series of Poker winner Greg Mueller to land his first WSOP bracelet and $271,312 in prize money.

The winner of this tournament should have been decided the day before, but play was suspended at the heads up stage. Mueller returned with a chip lead of greater than two and a half to one, but Baker was always confident of taking down the bracelet: “I was really excited to come back today, and was really confident event though he had a big chip lead on me and he is a fantastic player,” said Baker.

“I really felt like if I could just win a couple pots early, I would have a really good chance of taking it home.” And that’s exactly how it panned out.

Final table payouts:

1st – David Baker – $271,312
2nd – Greg Mueller – $167,637
3rd – Kevin Calenzo – $106,564
4th – Joe Couden – $76,841
5th – Donnacha O’Dea – $56,277
6th – Konstantin Puchkov – $41,844
7th – Christopher McHugh – $31,578
8th – Chris Viox – $24,188

WSOP 2012 Event #38 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em
2,502 began this tournament, but the last man standing is Dung Nguyen. This is his first WSOP title and his reward, in addition to high much coveted bracelet, is a healthy $607,200 in prize money.

Nguyen believes that the victory was “destiny”, as he felt that he had been fortunate to win and wasn’t even planning on taking part in the event. He said, after his win, “Cards were just falling right today. I wasn’t even going to play and my buddy talked me into playing. It was like destiny.”

It was a tough looking WSOP final table with top pros like David Pham, Blair Hinkle, Scott Clements and Theo Tran all present, so Nguyen was understandably anxious. “I was really nervous. I don’t play many tournaments, and this is the deepest I’ve ever gone in any tournament,” he said.

But if he was nervous, it didn’t show as he saw off 20 rivals on the final day, including the aforementioned Tran in a heads up battle that lasted for around 40 minutes.

Final table payouts in full, WSOP Event #38:

1 – Dung Nguyen – $607,200
2 – Theo Tran – $377,565
3 – Bahman Jahanguiri – $267,241
4 – Blair Hinkle – $192,734
5 – David Pham – $140,736
6 – Kristijonas Andrulis – $103,995
7 – Zachary Korik – $77,791
8 – Jeffrey Manza – $58,874
9 – Tyler Patterson – $45,087

WSOP 2012 Event #39 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
13 will return to play off for the $661,000 first prize and the title of 2012 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha champion.

Leading the chip counts is Andrew Brown, but he’ll face stiff competition as Sammy Farha and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier are also amongst the field.

Top six chip counts, 2012 WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Championship:

1 – Andrew Brown – 1,774,000
2 – Sammy Farha – 1,129,000
3 – Benjamin Sage – 1,013,000
4 – Jan-Peter Jachtmann – 895,000
5 – Steven Silverman – 668,000
6 – Joe Kushner – 571,000

WSOP 2012 Event #40 – $2,500 Fixed Limit Hold’em (Six Handed)
Just 10 remain in the hunt for the $182,088 first prize in this six handed Limit Hold’em contest, led by Vincent Gironda. It’s a tough looking contest though, with some big names still in contention, such as Sorel Mizzi, Terrence Chan and Rep Porter.

The likes of Daniel Idema, John Monnette, Bill Chen, Eugene Katchalov and Humberto Brenes all busted and will not return for the final day’s poker.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Vincent Gironda – 550,000
2 – Terrence Chan – 418,500
3 – Sorel Mizzi – 314,500
4 – Joep van den Bijgaart – 273,000
5 – Hans Minocha – 176,500
6 – Brent Wheeler – 163,000

WSOP 2012 Event #41 – $3,000 No Limit Hold’em
Day one saw 1,394 players stump up the $3,000 buy in to create an impressive $3,805,620 prize pool. $742,072 of that awaits the winner and currently best placed to take that prize is Jarred Solomon, wo boasts a comfortable lead over closest rival Kennii Nguyen.

It’s a strong looking field though, with super star names like Annette Obrestad, John Racener, Layne Flack and Andy Frankenberger. Other top pros took part too, but fell by the wayside, including Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Selbst, Jonathan Duhamel and reigning WSOP Main Event Champion Pius Heinz.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Jarred Solomon – 167,500
2 – Kennii Nguyen – 125,000
3 – Connor Allisen – 120,400
4 – Steven Kerr – 106,000
5 – Brock Parker – 97,500
6 – John Racener – 81,400

WSOP 2012 Event #42 – $2,500 Omaha / Seven Card Stud High Low Eight or Better
393 turned up for this tournament that features a mixture of Omaha Eight or Better and Seven Stud Eight or Better. $228,014 of the $894,075 prize pool will go to the eventual winner and leading the chase is Marc Dickstein.

Also still amongst the field are top pros Richard Ashby, Scott Seiver, Eugene Katchalov, as well as poker pundit Norman Chad. Some of those less fortunate include Phil Ivey, who busted late in the day and 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Marc Dickstein – 58,100
2 – Jeet Shetty – 46,000
3 – David Nicholson – 42,600
4 – Adam Glassman – 41,700
5 – Scott Seiver – 31,000
6 – Tom Koral – 29,700

One more event kicks off later today, another $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Stay with us for all the latest news from the Rio, during the 2012 World Series of Poker.

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