David Baker won his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet at the $2,500 eight-game mix – Event 37. Baker won the title after defeating his friend and former double bracelet winner Greg Mueller. Baker was known in the past, as a man with several near-wins at the WSOP, which also included his third place at Event 22 just a week ago. His bracelet victory, this time around earned him $271,312, a number that falls third in his earnings in WSOP this year.
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Baker was ecstatic over his win, and was reported as saying, “It feels amazing. I’ve always known that if I just kept getting there and kept giving myself shots that I would run well late in the tournament, and that’s basically what happened. I got short in this one, actually I had a lot of chips starting at the final table, and things didn’t really go my way kind of midway through the final table. I think my experience really helped when I got short.”
This eight-game mixed event that Baker won includes a turn of Omaha poker, Hold ’em, Razz, 2-7 triple draw lowball, 7 card stud, Pot limit Omaha poker, 7 card stud hi – lo split and finally No-limit hold ’em. Baker is skilled in playing all these variations, and has previously endured a one-such event in a field of 477, a tough number to crack. The final day of Event 37 at WSOP 2012 started with the very best in the business battling it out. Jeff Madsen, Freddy Deeb, Jennifer Harman, Barry Greenstein and Scott Seiver, part of the 27 best players, failed to make it to the final table. Mueller ousted Christopher McHugh, while 2011 bracelet winner Chris Viox lost out in the hands of Donnacha O’Dea in a seven-card stud hi – lo round. Mueller at this point took the lead and maintained it for almost an entire day.
Kostantin Puchkov exited the event at the sixth place after being eliminated by O’Dea. However, O’Dea’s moment of glory was short lived as Kevin Calenzo knocked out O’Dea in the fifth. Joseph Couden followed suit at fourth place, eliminated by Mueller. Next to fall was Calenzo. Finally, it was time for the friends to battle it out for the bracelet. Although, Mueller maintained a massive lead of 2.6 million chips to Baker’s 925,000, Baker showed no signs of relenting. After a few levels of heads-up action, the game was halted for a night, before resuming the following day to crown Baker the winner

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