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!