Connecticut’s David ‘Bakes’ Baker leads the final nine players heading into Day 3 of event #22 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
The 39-year-old Texas-based pro bagged up at the end of Day 2 with 381,000 chips, to be followed by New York State’s Benjamin Lazer (271,000) and Vegas-based Layne Flack (246,000), although Day 1 chip leader Shawn Buchanan (153,000), of Canada, is also still in contention for the gold bracelet and $145,247 for winning the $2,500 buy-in 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) tournament in the Amazon Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
British Columbia’s Buchanan – despite having won more than $1.6 million in WSOP earnings during the previous two years – will be aiming to collect his first bracelet, while Baker, with a little over $1 million in series earnings, is also missing that sought-after piece of jewellery.
Will Baker finally be able to bag a title after making five final tables and cashing in 25 events? We shall find out later today.
Multiple Bracelet Winners Still In Contention
However, both these players will have to overcome a trio of multiple bracelet winners, with Flack (seven), Farzad Bonyadi (three), of Los Angeles, and Georgia’s Josh Arieh (two) – who is the short stack with just 22,000 chips – knowing what is required to win a WSOP title.
In fact, one of Bonyadi’s three bracelets came in this very discipline – when the Iranian won a $1,000 buy-in 2-7 Triple Draw event back in 2004 for $86,980.
One woman, California’s Von Altizer, will be seated today with the aim of collecting a bracelet. But Von Altizer, whose only cash in the series came when she took 21st in this same event back in 2008 for $5,474, will struggle to last more than a few hands as she only has 77,000 chips after Baker crippled her on the last hand of Day 2.
Day 2 started with 79 players, with the first 50 hitting the rail quickly and the money bubble bursting to allow 24th placed Alex Balandin, of Brooklyn, to collect $4,782.
Barry Greenstein Makes The Money
Also making the money were Allan Kessler (21st for $4,782), Bryce Yockey (20th for $4,782), Stuart Rutter (16th for $6,250), Daniel Idema (15th for $6,250), Bryan Devonshire (13th for $6,250), Barry Greenstein (12th for $8,169) and Nam Le (10th for $10,970).
The list of pros to bust before the money bubble was huge, but included the likes of Abe Mosseri, Marvin Rettenmaier, Huck Seed, Owais Ahmed, Tex Barch and Brian Hastings.
Day 1 saw the field cut down from 228 starters – who created a prize pool of $518,700 – to 79 survivors, with the likes of Andy Bloch, Daniel Negreanu, David ‘Viffer’ Peat, Vannesa Selbst, Shaun Deeb and Doyle and Todd Brunson hitting the rail without cashing.
WSOP Event #22 Final Nine
1. David ‘Bakes’ Baker (USA) – 381,000
2. Benjamin Lazer (USA) – 271,000
3. Layne Flack (USA) – 246,000
4. Jason Lavallee (Canada) – 232,000
5. Farzad Bonyadi (Iran) – 188,000
6. Shawn Buchanan (Canada) – 153,000
7. Randy Ohel (USA) – 144,000
8. Von Altizer (USA) – 77,000
9. Josh Arieh (USA) – 22,000