David “ODB” Baker Leads $50K PPC, Five Final Tables on Tap

The Amazon Room was buzzing Wednesday with the $50,000 Poker Players Championship playing down to a final table, the Extended Play needed a fifth day to finish and two final tables hit the hard stop and return Thursday to crown a winner.

David “ODB” Baker Leads Poker Players Championship Final Table

David "ODB" Baker carries a healthy chiplead into the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

David “ODB” Baker carries a healthy chiplead into the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

David “ODB” Baker pulled into the chip lead midway through the day, never looked back and finished the day atop the counts for the final day of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

Mike Gorodinsky follows in second place, Jean-Robert Bellande in third and Chris Klodnicki behind him. Ben Sulsky and Dan Kelly are the two returning short stacks.

“I play with the best players in the world on a daily basis in the cash games at the Aria,” Bellande said. “I play this Ten Game Mix all the time, they added No Limit Deuce to Seven and Badugi, which I think are two of my best games. I think that gives me an edge in this tournament.”

“I’m one of those guys that wears my emotions on my sleeve, that’s why my haters and fans enjoy me is because I’m entertaining,” Bellande said. “Poker’s not always fantastic and full of glory, sometimes it’s devastating.”

Jason Mercier bubbled the final table after having momentum late in the day. Once the field combined to a single table Mercier couldn’t win a hand was out in seventh place.

Shawn Buchanan (8th), Abe Mosseri (9th), Justin Smith (10th), John Racener (11th) and Matthew Ashton (12th) all earned a cash before their day ended.

The final table has cards in the air at 2 p.m. on the ESPN Feature Stage and will be on the live stream.

Chip Counts

  1. David “ODB” Baker – 3,227,000
  2. Mike Gorodinsky – 2,589,000
  3. Jean-Robert Bellande – 2,188,000
  4. Chris Klodnicki – 2,130,000
  5. Ben Sulsky – 1,462,000
  6. Dan Kelly – 1,003,000

Adrian Apmann Wins Extended Play No Limit Hold’em

Five players returned for a necessary fifth day of play and Adrian Apmann was the last man standing after another eight hours of play.

“It’s unbelievable to be standing here, I had two deep runs earlier this year,” Apmann said. “I  don’t think I’ve realized it yet.”

The German player said his support group helped him along the way. “It’s a very tight-knit community. There’s always someone to answer questions and it’s important to have that network,” he said.


  1. Adrian Apmann – $478,102
  2. Yehoram Houri – $295,727
  3. Barny Boatman – $204,464
  4. Anthony Diotte – $147,463
  5. D.J. Buckley – $147,800

Upeshka Desilva & Dara O’Kearney Return for Day 4 of $1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Two dozen players returned for Day 3 of the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event and after ten levels of play Upeshka Desilva and Dara O’Kearney couldn’t finish the heads-up match and return Thursday to crown a winner.

Desilva holds a sizable chiplead (10,250,000) to O’Kearney’s 2,180,000 but both players elected to forgo an optional 11th level for a full night of rest.

Jason Koon, Barry Hutter, Phillip Hui, Thor Hansen and Tyler Patterson each cashed on Day 3.


  1. N/A – $424,577
  2. N/A – $262,502
  3. John Dolan – $172,752
  4. Patrick Rojek – $124,537
  5. Ilkin Amirov – $91,157
  6. Bobby Moore – $67,697
  7. Jorden Fox – $50,985
  8. Vasily Tsapko – $38,920
  9. Jason Koon – $30,095

$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max Winner

The $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max event had 22 players come back for Day 3. After ten levels of the play four players remained at the final table and return for a fourth day to play down to a winner.

Nipun Java (3.26 million), Andreas Freund (2.9 million), Vasili Firsau (2.595 million) and Numit Agrawal (1.6 million) outlasted 678 players but and are three eliminations away from a bracelet.

David Tuthill, Taylor Paur and Martin Finger just missed out on the final table while Ryan Lenaghan and Robert Mizrachi were among the early eliminations.


  1. N/A – $437.575
  2. N/A – $270,509
  3. N/A – $171,626
  4. N/A – $112,717
  5. Vadzim Markushevski – $76,373
  6. Daniel Idema – $53,342

Eli Elezra Leads Way to Final Day of $1,500 Seven Card Stud

Two-time bracelet winner Eli Elezra holds a sizable lead over the $1,500 Seven Card Stud final table and looks for his third bracelet.

In a seemingly rare turn of events, the event played down to the final table instead of returning with a surplus of players as most limit events have this Series.

Allen Cunningham has his eyes on a sixth bracelet and WSOP Circuit standout Jean Gaspard hopes for his first bracelet and push his WSOP career earnings past the $500,000-mark.

Chip Counts

  1. Eli Elezra – 670,000
  2. Kenn Wittock – 385,000
  3. Gylbert Drolet – 363,000
  4. Allen Cunningham – 327,000
  5. Bryon Ziebell – 285,000
  6. Jean Gaspard – 150,000
  7. Benjamin Lazer – 120,000
  8. Matt Grapenthien – 80,000

Timur Margolin Out in Front of $2,500 No Limit Hold’em

Ten levels of play reduced the field from 327 down to 41 players in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event. Timur Margolin and Raghav Bansal were the only two players with over a million chips, 1,426,000 and 1,208,000 respectively

Phil Hellmuth bagged up a top ten stack with his focus on bracelet number 15. Simon Deadman, Nam Le and Jeff Gross also bagged up in the top ten counts. Carlos Mortensen, Andy Black and Ty Reiman have above average stacks while Blair Rodman returns as the shortest stack.

Chip Counts

  1. Timur Margolin – 1,426,000
  2. Raghav Bansal – 1,208,000
  3. Andrew Akkari – 709,000
  4. Matt O’Donnell – 705,000
  5. Simon Deadman – 650,000
  6. Rick Alvarado – 634,000
  7. Phil Hellmuth – 622,000
  8. Nam Le – 589,000
  9. Alexander Barlow – 541,000
  10. Jeff Gross – 502,000

Day 1 of $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Wednesday’s early event drew a field of 815 entrants, only 162 survived the day and Bryce Yockey is the overnight chipleader in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event.

Two-time bracelet winner Scott Clements, both in Omaha, cracked the century mark to end the day in fourth place. Michael Chow, Josh Tieman, Chris Bjorin and Connor Drinnan have above average stacks for Day 2 while Dylan Linde, Dan Heimiller and Jim Collopy return with short stacks.

The field combined for a $1,100,250 prizepool to pay out the top 90 players. A min-cash is worth $2,475, a trip to the final table locks up $17,284 and the winner earns $231,102.

Chip Counts

  1. Bryce Yockey – 155,300
  2. Anthony Piazza – 138,000
  3. James Hosbrough – 135,300
  4. Scott Clements – 119,000
  5. Jason Kornegay – 101,700
  6. Robin Rightmire – 98,800
  7. Charles Carrel – 97,200
  8. Anthony Ponzio – 94,200
  9. Jiachen Gong – 86,000
  10. Viktor Celikovsky – 83,100

Yegor Tsurikov Chip Leader of $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship

The $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship kicked off Wednesday and drew 117 entrants. After ten levels Yegor Tsurikov topped the counts with 74 players remaining.

Sorel Mizzi, Eric Wasserson and Jess Martin each bagged up top ten stacks. Brock Parker, Daniel Idema and Daniel Negreanu sit just outside the top ten while Chris Tryba, Brandon Adams and Todd Witteles sit at the bottom of the counts.

The prizepool crossed the seven-figure mark with $1,099,800 spread between the top 18 finishers. A min-cash is worth $15,606, a trip to the final table earns a minimum of $27,341 while the winner pockets $291,456.

Chip Counts

  1. Yegor Tsurikov – 114,200
  2. Anthony Zinno – 105,300
  3. Sorel Mizzi – 104,800
  4. Aleksandr Denisov – 103,200
  5. Jared Abrahams – 102,300
  6. Anh Van Nguyen – 100,500
  7. Samuel Golbuff – 94,000
  8. Eric Wasserson – 92,000
  9. Jesse Martin – 80,500
  10. Martin Kabrhel – 79,900

Looking Ahead

Two new events get underway Thursday with the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event running at noon. The 4 p.m. event is the popular $1,500 Dealers Choice event – where players can choose from 19 different games.

The Chip Reese Trophy will go to the winner of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for the richest of the the three final tables for Thursday. The $2,500 No Limit Hold’em will most likely hit the hard stop with so many players returning and the $1,500 Seven Card Stud will play to a winner.

The Amazon Room is scheduled to host five final tables on Thursday.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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