What started with 1440 people and 160 tables is now just 1 person left with a bracelet. Andrew Badecker had to win a nine-handed table, a ten-handed table and a 16 person sit 'n' go that included the likes of Frank Kassela, David Pham, Dan Kelly, Erik Cajelais, Lars Bonding, and Vitaly Lunkin.
Badecker entered the official final table of nine the chip leader and essentially dominated the whole way. There were a couple points where he lost the chip lead, but he quickly got it back and took down his last table in style, including this hand he played against fellow chip leader Daniel Makowsky when they were all three handed.
Preflop, Badecker raised from the small blind to 75,000 and Makowsky re-raised in the big blind to 175,000.
The flop came and Badecker led out with a check. Makowsky bet 200,000 and Badecker check-raised to 450,000. Makowski called.
The turn came and Badecker bet out for 380,000. Makowsky then announced all in (for a total of 1,600,000) and Badecker quickly called.
Badecker flipped over for a flopped flush and Makowsky showed . Once Makowsky called, it was over as he was drawing dead.
At that point, Badecker took a three to one chip lead over Robbie Verspui going into heads-up play and never looked back.
Although Badecker is our 12th straight first time bracelet winner, it is rare to see such a stacked field in the final 16 of a No-Limit event at the World Series, so we know Badecker can play and that we will see him around again for sure. Congratulations Andrew Badecker, you are a World Series of Poker Champion!