During the first two weeks of the 2013 WSOP, it’s been good to be either Canadian or David Baker. The former is behind only the United States with four winners in the first 16 events, including Mark Radoja’s win in one of the most prestigious events of the summer, the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship.
The latter is on the verge of his third consecutive final table in Event 17, bagging the chiplead going into the third and final day of the tournament. Sunday’s action also saw 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider add another bracelet to his collection and two new events, a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em and a $5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em, with eventful Day 1’s.
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Phil Ivey put together a string of five consecutive final tables at the 2012 WSOP, and David Baker is in the midst of putting together a similar run in 2013. Baker started the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout on June 3 and reached the final table on June 5, finishing sixth. He immediately jumped into the $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event the same day, going on to make the final table of that event on June 7, playing late into the night and finishing fourth. He returned early the next afternoon to play a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event with 2,105 and two days later he’s on the verge of his third final table, bagging 1,384,000 for the chiplead with 15 players left after Day 2.
“You put your chips in and you always get back double,” Baker said about his current run. “I lost my first hand in six hours today and the guy was all in for one big blind. I had jack-two and I had outs until the river, everyone was very surprised I didn’t hit it. It’s a feeling I’ve never experienced before, but it’s pretty amazing, and I can’t complain.”
With all of these deep runs in a row, Baker has been playing full days of poker for a week straight. Being on the winning side of things has alleviated any lack of energy he might have experienced.
“I’m pretty well conditioned, and I know what’s expected of me,” said Baker. “I come out preparing to bust on the last hand with a short stack and come back to run it up again the next day. When you go on a lot of deep runs and you’re actually making money, you get this energy, the adrenaline. If you’re doing poorly and you bust out in the last level every night, that’s grueling, but right now I’ve had so many good runs, I’m not feeling very fatigued.”
Baker’s third attempt at a bracelet in 2013 won’t be an easy one by any means, though, with Samuel Taylor and bracelet-winner Athanasios Polychronopoulos also above 1 million chips. Joe Cada doubled Barry Greenstein up on the final hand of the day, and while they will both return in the bottom half of the chip counts both Team PokerStars Pros will be looking to add to their collection of bracelets as well.
Play will resume at 1 pm Monday to play out the remainder of the tournament. Here’s what the chip counts look like after Day 2 of Event 17, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em.
- David Baker – 1,384,000
- Samuel Taylor – 1,216,000
- Athanasios Polychronopoulos – 1,135,000
- Paul Tedeschi – 850,000
- Brian Ray – 718,000
- Joseph Ward – 669,000
- Everett Carlton – 663,000
- Manuel Mutke – 619,000
- Joe Cada – 540,000
- Michael Kurth – 402,000
- Thomas Nicotera – 398,000
- Barry Greenstein – 367,000
- Joseph Michael – 278,000
- Yi Wang – 192,000
- Chad Chavez – 90,000
$10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em
One of the premier tournaments of the 2013 WSOP crowned its champion Sunday as Mark Radoja claimed his second career bracelet in the $10,000 Heads-Up event. Radoja came from behind to defeat Don Nguyen in the finals to claim the gold and $331,190. He’s the fourth Canadian to win a bracelet in 16 events so far at the WSOP.
Radoja and Nguyen were two of the four players to return for the third and final day of this tournament, and their paths to the final round were far from easy. Radoja beat Justin Bonomo in the semifinals, while Nguyen made quick work of online heads-up juggernaut Ben “Sauce123″ Sulsky.
The $1,500 HORSE event featured a surprisingly talented final table of eight for such a low buy-in event, with bracelet-winners Frankie O’Dell, Rep Porter, Tom Scheider and Owais Ahmed in the mix to add to their career totals. Schneider, the 2007 WSOP POY, got his third bracelet by dominating the action late, defeating Ahmed heads-up to finish it off and claim the $258,960 first place prize.
- Tom Schneider – $258,960
- Owais Ahmed – $159,950
- Viatcheslav Ortynskiy – $108,701
- Rep Porter – $75,652
- Frankie O’Dell – $53,739
- Scott Bohlman – $38,949
- Eddie Blumenthal – $28,778
- Mark Klecan – $21,679
$5,000 Pot Limit Hold’em
The pros came out in force once again for a $5,000 event, and this time they’re playing Pot Limit Hold’em. A total of 195 players entered by the close of registration, with 77 of them moving on to play again on Monday. Dimitar Danchev, who started out 2013 by winning the PCA Main Event, has the chiplead after Day 1. Ted Lawson, Eugene Katchalov and Dan Kelly each bagged Top 10 stacks as well.
They’re a long way from the money after just eight levels of play, with 27 of 77 remaining players getting paid out from a prizepool of $916,500. They’ll get $7,881 for a min-cash, all the way up to $224,560, along with the bracelet, for the winner. These are the top ten stacks after Day 1 of Event 19.
- Dimitar Danchev – 106,300
- Dmitry Vitkind – 92,000
- Ted Lawson – 91,000
- Eugene Katchalov – 87,000
- Matthew O’Donnell – 74,400
- Kristijonas Andrulis – 72,300
- David Paredes – 69,900
- Dan Kelly – 67,200
- Jason Somerville – 66,200
- Jesse Martin – 63,200
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
With 3,000 in starting chips, the $1,000 events at the WSOP force you to get into the action quickly, and the pace rarely slows down. With a full hour of play left in Day 1 the field went hand-for-hand, with 217 players left at the start of Level 11. Cherish Andrews went out on the exact money bubble, and by the time they bagged up the chips another 53 players went out the door.
Maria Ho (214th), Matt Brady (201st), Kyle Bowker (199th), Jared Hamby (197th), Mike Sexton (186th), Amanda Musumeci (182nd) and Lee Childs (166th) each got a small payday, but won’t be coming back for Day 2. Chad Eveslage certainly will be though, bagging 134,000 to end Day 1 with the chiplead, as will Dan “Wretchy” Martin, Phil Ivey, Men Nguyen and Shannon Shorr, who all finished the night in the top 20.
The noon tournament saw a tremendous turnout for another $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event, reaching 2,071 players registered when all was said and done. The top four finishers each get a six-figure payday, with $340,260 and the bracelet awaiting the player who ends up on top. Here’s what the chip counts look like after Day 1 of Event 18.
- Chad Eveslage – 134,000
- Dan Martin – 124,800
- Niccolo Caramatti – 124,300
- James Cho – 115,400
- Charles Clark – 114,000
- Jason Everett – 102,000
- Walter Fisher – 98,600
- Gary Sunken – 95,900
- Robert Deppe – 95,600
- Dewayne Wheeland – 95,400
The only new tournament on the WSOP schedule for Monday is Event 20, $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo. Cards go into the air at 12 pm PT. There will only be one bracelet event beginning on Tuesday as well, with a $3,000 6-Max No Limit Hold’em tournament getting underway.
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