David Baker is presently posing for his winner's picture. The grin under his white cap is a mile wide. And for good reason. He has bested one of the most formidable fields in WSOP history to take down Event No. 19, the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit).
"You better smile," just advised a friend of Baker's from the side of the stage. "That's going on a banner out in the hall." His friend was alluding to the possibility that Baker could win the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year and thus have his visage hung on a large banner along with other POYs.
Indeed, Baker is definitely in serious contention in the WSOP POY race, having finished sixth in an event with another especially tough field, the $50K Player's Championship (Event No. 2) earlier in the Series.
It was a tough final table, culminating a tough three days of play. Baker held the chip lead at the start of play today, and remained on top for most of the afternoon and evening. Most impressively, Baker knocked out five of his six opponents -- as well as Daniel Negreanu in eighth -- to take the title.
Congratulations to David Baker, Event No. 19 champion!
David Baker raised all in from the button, and Eric Cloutier thought a bit before making the call with his remaining 560,000. Fans in attendance all took a step forward toward the stage in unison to get a closer look. Cloutier drew two cards and Baker one.
Cloutier tabled , and the first card he turned over was a , giving him a pair. The fifth was a .
Baker spread out , and all he needed was to avoid pairing his ten, nine, or eight to take it down. He squeezed, then quickly turned over a . Baker had won!
Feeling as though we'll likely see a finish or double-up here relatively soon. The last two hands saw David Baker push all in before the draw and Eric Cloutier fold, then Cloutier push all in and Baker fold.
Baker continues to enjoy about a 3-to-1 chip lead.
On the next hand after being crippled by Eric Cloutier, George Danzer went all in dark from the button with his last 37,000, Cloutier folded, and Baker called the tiny raise from the big blind. Baker drew two cards, and Danzer one.
Baker had , picked up a , but then also drew a for a pair of treys. Danzer had , but unfortunately for him drew a to make a higher pair, and he's out.
After David Baker folded, George Danzer raised all in for his last 463,000 from the small blind, and Eric Cloutier called with his last 419,000 from the big blind. Danzer drew two cards, and Cloutier one.
Cloutier had , and his new card was a . Danzer tabled . The first drawn card was a , and he was still live. But the fifth card was the , and Danzer is now crippled, down to about 50,000.
"George can make it happen, oh-oh-oh-oh!" sang his fans afterward. It's going to be tough for the German pro, however.
John Juanda pushed his last 152,000 in the middle from under the gun, and it folded around to David Baker who instantly called from the big blind.
Baker took one card, and Juanda two. Baker tabled , and picked up a to make a 10. Juanda spread his three cards -- -- and showed the two aces he was throwing away. He turned over the first drawn card -- the -- meaning the he also picked up was of no matter.
Juanda is out, yet another knockout by Baker. Baker is now up to 2.13 million with three players left -- more than two-thirds of the chips in play.