Event #18: $2,000 Limit Hold'em

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Prize Pool $866,320

Congratulations to Eric Buchman, Event No. 18 Champion ($203,607)!

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PokerStars Sponsored Player, Eric Buchman - Champion!
PokerStars Sponsored Player, Eric Buchman - Champion!

Event No. 18 has come to a close and Eric Buchman from Valley Stream, New York is your champion!

Buchman entered the day as the chip leader. Combining that with his experience at the poker table made him the favorite to win it all going into things. It doesn't always happen that the chip leader entering the final day of play rides it all the way to the win, but it happened in this instance and it happened without any doubt. Well, maybe there was a little doubt.

Buchman never slipped below the amount he entered the day with, but he did have a few slip ups here and there. Buchman seemed to win all of the hands he played using aggression and skill to make his opponents hand over the chips. A little run good helped as well as Buchman seemed to always have it when he was called down. Once the four remaining players returned from dinner break, Buchman steamrolled the competition to a victory.

Last year, Buchman final tabled the most famous poker event in the world, the WSOP Main Event, and became a fixture of the famed November Nine. He wound up placing fourth for over $2.5 million to boost his career earnings to nearly $3.5 million in all. You can now add $203,607 to that and wrap a gold bracelet around Buchman's wrist.

When asked how this win compares to his finish in the Main Event last year, Buchman paused before saying that it's a really hard comparison to make. The win is total satisfaction for him, but the fourth-place finish in the Main Event gave him more experience and the money was much greater. Congratulations for Buchman for adding the ultimate piece of hardware to his trophy case and taking home the title!

That wraps up our coverage of Event No. 18, but there's plenty of other events going on right now if you're still looking to get your poker fix. Check out all the live coverage PokerNews has to offer and thanks for following!

Brent Courson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($125,737)

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Brent Courson - 2nd Place
Brent Courson - 2nd Place

Eric Buchman opened the pot on the button with a raise and Brent Courson re-popped it. Buchman called. The flop came out {2-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Buchman called a bet from Courson in position. The turn card was a {7-Hearts} and Courson bet all in. Buchman made the call and the cards were turned over as the crowd stood to their feet to see the action.

Showdown
Buchman: {10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
Courson: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}

Buchman's two pair was in the lead with one card to come. The river card was the {8-Clubs} and Brent Courson finished in second place. For this second-place finish, Courson he took home $125,737 while Buchman took home the title.

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A Double Double

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Eric Buchman had the button again and raised before Brent Courson reraised all in. Buchman made the call with the {A-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}. Courson had the {Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}.

The board ran out {K-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and Courson was able to flop a straight and hold up from there to double up.

On the very next hand, Courson had the button and raised. Buchman reraised and then Courson re-reraised all in for 160,000 total and was all in. Buchman called with the {7-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. Courson had two black queens.

The board ran out {8-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Spades}{K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} nd Courson doubled again. He now has 320,000 chips to Buchman's 2.54 million.

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Courson in the Danger Zone

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Eric Buchman had the button and raised. Brent Courson reraised and Buchman called. The flop came down {J-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades} and Courson fired. Buchman raised and Courson called.

The turn was the {4-Hearts} and Courson check-called a bet from Buchman. The river produced the {3-Diamonds} and Courson check-called again. His {9-}{7-} was no good against Buchman's {K-}{J-} and he slipped into the danger zone.

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Buchman Running Hot

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Eric Buchman
Eric Buchman

Eric Buchman opened the pot on the button and Brent Courson called. The flop came out {5-Spades}{4-Spades}{k-Spades} and Courson check-called a bet.
The turn card was a {7-Diamonds} and Courson check-called once again. When the {k-Hearts} fell on Courson check-called Buchman's bet and the 2009 November Nine tabled {k-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for trip kings.

Nice start for Eri Buchman!

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