Before today it was hard to argue that this hasn’t already been one of the most exciting years the World Series of Poker has seen in a long time. Today just made it all that more exciting as a massive finish to Event 31: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E has seen David "Bakes" Baker crowned the champion, overcoming John Monnete heads up and defeating a final eight that included Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth.
It all started three days ago when 178 players signed-up for their chance to become the champion of H.O.R.S.E. By the end of the first day only 136 survived and when Day 2 was all over, just 15 of those were still in contention. That brings us to today.
John Monnette was the player who started the final day with the chip lead and he managed to make it all the way to the final eight. Some of the players who fell by the wayside during that period were David Bach (14th), John Hennigan (12th) and Scott Clements (12th).
Mori Eskandani was at the “unofficial” final table, but bubbled the official final table when he was eliminated in 9th place. Here is how the final eight stacked up.
Final Table Lineup
|5||David “Bakes” Baker||842,000|
As you can see, it was Monnette who took his lead from the start of the day straight into the final table, while Ivey was not far behind. Amazingly this was Ivey’s fourth final table in just over a week and he would be looking to turn it into his first gold bracelet of 2012.
The first player to hit the rail at the final table was Dan Kelly. The last hand of Kelly’s tournament was during a hand of Stud Eight-or-Better and it ended up being Hellmuth who dealt the fatal blow. Next out the door was Matt Waxman in 7th place, followed closely by Abe Mosseri in 6th.
Mosseri was short-stacked during an Omaha Eight-or-Better orbit and ended up being all-in preflop holding against David "Bakes" Baker’s . The board brought Mosseri no help and he was sent packing.
At this point both Ivey and Hellmuth were still in contention to make poker history, but unfortunately they would be eliminated back-to-back. First to go was Ivey, with his elimination occurring during a hand of Razz against Monnette. By the time all the cards were dealt out, here is how they looked.
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Ivey never flipped over his final downcard as he was sent home in 5th place and will have to find his first gold bracelet of the summer in another event. After Ivey’s elimination, it didn’t take long for Hellmuth to be the short-stacked player.
A roller coaster ride of a level saw Hellmuth all-in multiple times, but it wasn’t until a hand of Omaha Eight-or-Better that Hellmuth would actually be eliminated. Monnette would be the player who dealt the final blow to Hellmuth, with his being too strong for Hellmuth’s on a board. With Hellmuth out in 4th place, Monnette had eliminated both “Phils” and we would take to three-handed play.
Never one to shy away from the action, Monnette would end up busting the third-place finisher during a hand of hold’em. Monnette’s outdrew the of Paul Sokoloff, sending him home in 3rd place.
Despite eliminating three players in a row, Monnette still only held a slight chip lead going into heads-up play against Baker. By the time it was over, either Monnette was going to have his second gold bracelet of the summer after taking down the victory in Event 10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud, or Baker would have his second career bracelet after winning the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball event in 2010.
It took just over 90 minutes for the deed to be done in the end, with Baker eventually managing to overcome Monnette, details of which can be seen below. After this effort, Monnette now has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish during this year’s WSOP and now sits atop the Player of the Year board.
Final Table Results
|1||David Bakes Baker||$451,779|
Our congratulations must go out to David "Bakes" Baker for his $451,779 score and of course, for taking down his second WSOP gold bracelet. That’s all from us tonight, but make sure to return to PokerNews soon and don’t miss one minute of action from the 2012 World Series of Poker.