There will be nine new final table virgins in the World Series Of Poker Main Event this year, Sam Holden was the last of last year’s November nine’s and he finally busted out in extremely brutal fashion. He was the last of the Brits left in after David Baker had already busted out not long before.
He held the advantage pre-flop when all of his chips went into the pot, his 8-8 versus Andras Koroknai’s 5-5. However Koroknai got extremely lucky and hit a third 5 to send Holden out of the competition. He was the latest in a long line of notable pro’s to be busted out.
Holden finished in 55th place and took home $128,384, though he would have wished for better he cannot really complain too much about his form in the Main Event over the past two years. Stats show that his two year run in this event has seen him outlast 13,469 players, a feat that has only been beaten twice, Joseph Cheong and Matt Affleck being the two responsible.
Another Brit to go home was David Baker, with his exit coming straight after the dinner break. Before this break he had be caught trying to pull off a huge bluff, and as a result was reduced to just a million chips.
Bobby Law moved all in from an early position, Baker then moved all in over the top with everybody folding until it got to Marc Ladoucer who was on the big blind. When he called both Baker and Law knew instantly that they were in trouble, and they were right. Ladoucer had a pair of kings against the A-K of Baker and Laws A-Q. The flop promised much for the pair though as it teased them with a straight draw possibility, however the turn and river were both fruitless and they were both eliminated.
Baker has had a remarkable WSOP though it has to be said, he won his first bracelet and cashed seven times whilst making four final tables. He has racked up $790,990 in winnings along the way too, which is not a bad paycheck for just over 6 weeks work.
The Main Event seems to be a consistent one for Baker; this is his second top 55 placing in three years. He strives on deep runs saying”going deep just makes him want to reach that final table even more”.
So now all the Brits are out for another year, however the performances of Baker and Holden have certainly caught the eye, and who would bet against them going deep again next year…possibly even making that final table.
So the final day is looming, with most if not all of the bigger names already, there are going to be nine first time players on the final table and a brand new winner of the bracelet.