On the stroke of 10 a.m, after an enormous 20-hour final table, 492 hands and 7-hour heads-up battle, David Bach has emerged victorious over a valiant John Hanson to win the Chip Reese Memorial trophy and $1,276,802 in prize money.
Bach overcame 94 of the world's greatest all-around poker players to remain the last man standing, and earn the respect of his peers and the adoration of his friends and family.
It was a bizarre final table that was subdued for the most part, but in the end Bach was a deserved victor and the unique and intense contest made you feel like you were, in the end, part of something special.
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John Hanson brought it in, David Bach completed, Hanson raised, Bach reraised, and Hanson called. Bach led out on fourth street and Hanson called all in.
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Bach was well in the lead with 7-6-4-A to Hanson's J-9-8-5. Bach paired on fifth street, while Hanson made a jack low, then caught a queen on sixth when Hanson hit a five. Hanson rivered a deuce and Bach was looking for any card below a jack that didn't pair his board to finally seal this thing up...and he got the on the river. Bach made a 9-7-6-4-A low, besting Hanson's 9-8-6-5-2 to capture the 2009 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. title and send Hanson home as the runner-up.
On the seventh hand of Omaha-8, the players completed the 485th hand of this final table, and surpassed what we believe was the previous WSOP record for a final table of 484 hands, set at the 2008 WSOPE Main Event in London.
David Bach raised from the button and John Hanson called.
The flop was . Hanson bet, Bach raised and Hanson called. The turn was the . We'd love to tell you the action, but they didn't announce it. The river was the . Bach bet out and after a long tank, Hanson gave it up.
Hanson brought it in, Bach completed and Hanson called. Bach check-raised fourth street and Hanson called. Back led out on fifth and Hanson called, only to make an open pair of queens on sixth and lead out. Bach called. Both players checked the river.
Hanson showed (X) for two pair queens and jacks to scoop.