WSOP Event #32 - David Bakes Baker Wins

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2012. June 19. |
136 players started day 2 of the $10,000 HORSE event, with the French WSOP champion Fabrice Soulier in the lead with 146,300 in chips. 
24 places paid in the tournament, and ITM places were reached after 11 hours of play with Phil Ivey eliminating Eric Wasserson in a Stud hand. 
 
Nine other players got eliminated until the end of the day, these being Alex Dovzhenko, Steve Zolotow, John D'Agostino, Ognjen Sekularac, Nick Schulman, Owais Ahmed, Joe Tehan, Eugene Katchalov and Bertrand Grospellier. 
 
John Monnette closed the day in the chiplead with 825,000. 
 
Fifteen players returned to day 3, with an astonishingly hard field of players. First to get eliminated was Ralph Perry, then came David Bach, John Hennigan, Scott Clements, Andrew Brown, Brandon Shack-Harris and Mori Eskandani. The final table looked as follows:
 
Chair 1. Phil Ivey – 852,000
Chair 2. Paul Sokoloff – 646,000
Chair 3. Matt Waxman – 515,000
Chair 4. Abe Mosseri – 565,000
Chair 5. David “Bakes” Baker – 842,000
Chair 6. Phil Hellmuth – 704,000
Chair 7. John Monnette – 931,000
Chair 8. Dan Kelly – 297,000
 
It tells a lot about the level of proficiency these players master if we have a look at the total number of WSOP bracelets collected by the final table players, which makes a total of 25 (the only ones without a bracelet were Paul Solokoff and Matt Waxman). Besides this, Ivey, Hellmuth and Monnette are all in the top ten for the Player Of the Year award.
 
Dan "djk123" Kellly was first to leave the final table; he lost his stack against Ivey in a Stud-8 game against Phil Hellmuth. After that, WPT champion Matt Waxman said goodbye. Phil Ivey also lost a huge pot and it seemed that he would be next to get eliminated at sixth place, but Ivey managed to double up on Abe Mosseri. This meant that Abe was now in need to double up, but he did not succeed and lost his all-in against David Bakes Baker in Omaha-8. 
 
In the next hand, Phil Hellmuth won a larger pot from IVey, thus making the following order: 
 
John Monnette - 2,015,000 
David Bakes Baker - 1,305,000
Paul Sokoloff - 1,075,000
Phil Hellmuth - 765,000 
Phil Ivey - 185,000
 
Phil Ivey did not manage to get back on top, and lost all his chips in a Razz hand. Ivey got a Jack from the dealer, Monnette received a six, then Ivey put in the bring-in, Monnette called, Ivey raised, Monnette shoved all-in, and Ivey called. 
 
Ivey: 7-4/J-J-7-3/X
Monnette: 9-2/6-T-Q-3/7
 
Ivey did not show his last card, congratulated Monnette and rushed off to the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em event. 
 
Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

After this hand, Hellmuth started a rollercoaster ride, with the final stop being the fourth place. 

"Well, taking everything into consideration, this was a great final table" said Hellmuth, surprisingly before he even got eliminated. Monnette instantly reminded him that the tournament was not over yet, but Hellmuth started shaking hands with everyone. And Hellmuth was right. In the next hand, Monnette opened from UTG, Hellmuth called, the flop came KcKs2h. Hellmuth checked, Monnette bet, to which Phil pushed in all his remaining chips (only slightly more than the size of Monnette's bet) and Monnette called. 
 
Hellmuth: {#}5 {#}5 {#}3 {#}
Monnette: {#}A {#}J {#}J {#}2
 
Turn: {#}9
River: {#}8
 
Hellmuth finished the event in fourth place. 
 
Heads-up started after Paul Sokoloff leaving, with the following chip counts: 
 
John Monnette: 2,950,000
David Bakes Baker: 2,390,000
 
In the almost two hour-long heads-up, Baker managed to get on top in Stud, and this led to the dealing of the final hand. 
 
Baker: {#}7 {#}4/{#}7 {#}6 {#}T {#}K/{#}7
Monnette: {#}J {#}8/{#}6 {#}6 {#}T {#}K/X
 
Baker won the tourney with three of a kind, sevens. 
 
David Bakes Baker
David Bakes Baker

David Bakes Baker won the second WSOP title of his career, and took place six at the Player Of the Year competition. This is currently led by John Monnette, Ivey is second and Hellmuth took place four. 
 
Final Results for Event #32:
 
1. David Bakes Baker - $451,779
2. John Monnette - $279,206
3. Paul Sokoloff $183,784
4. Phil Hellmuth $134,056
5. Phil Ivey - $99,739
6. Abe Mosseri - $75,511
7. Matt Waxman - $58,093
8. Dan Kelly - $45,360
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