If you were to choose your own fantasy heads-up contest for a H.O.R.S.E. Championship it would be very hard to go past the reigning $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Champion and the WSOP Player of the Year. Both David Bach and Jeff Lisandro are mixed game specialists who have both achieved remarkable feats during 2009.
After the elimination of Richard Ashby last night, these two warriors battled back and forth for several hours until finally they decided to put the swords away for the evening. To witness these two battle it out heads-up was a treat, so we're glad that the conclusion was rescheduled for this evening, where a throng of fans on the rail got to witness this enthralling match up in the flesh.
When play resumed David Bach had a solid chip advantage but it appeared as if Jeff Lisandro was going to make a comeback in the early stages as the Hold'em round went his way. However Bach recovered in Omaha and Razz, and the final nail came in Stud, ironically against the world's best Stud player.
David Bach has confirmed himself as one of the world's best all-around poker players with another mixed game title and an Aussie Millions Championship Ring to add to his WSOP bracelet. Congratulations David!
We're off to Studio 3 to watch the exciting conclusion of the Aussie Millions Main Event. Feel free to join us!
The end came during a hand of Stud, with Jeff Lisandro completing the action on third, before Bach raised it up. Lisandro called, and despite Bach pairing up, Lisandro was committed with his short stack.
Here's how the boards ran out:
Lisandro: () ()
Bach: () ()
Bach was a long way in front with trip threes when the money went all in on fourth street and Lisandro just couldn't catch up. He's eliminated in 2nd place for $70,200 AUD in prize money.
Jeff Lisandro's aggressive approach in Razz has come unstuck to see David Bach take a stranglehold on this contest.
Catching the action on fifth street, Bach led the betting before check-raising on sixth. Both players checked the river.
Lisandro: (X-X) (X)
Bach () ()
Bach's ten-low was good to take it down and leave Lisandro with about 50,000 in chips.
As David Bach was stacking up his chips into large towers following the hand, and the next cards were dealt, an angry Lisandro snarled, "Just play your hand David," as he appears ready to get this one over with.