Bakes Makes Final Table of WSOP $50,000 Player’s Championship

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The final table of the $50,000 Player’s Championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is set. Holding the second largest stack by the slimmest of margins is Michigan native David BakesBaker, who owns 3.10 million chips entering the final table. Baker trails only Robert Mizrachi, who has 3.13 million. Both Robert Mizrachi and his brother, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, made the final table of the $50,000 Player’s Championship, which will air as part of ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP. Let’s take a look back at Monday’s action.

Baker was the chip leader entering nine-handed play until Robert Mizrachi powered through Stud. Baker grew his stack by virtue of doubling up through “The Grinder” during Pot Limit Omaha. Baker was all-in with Ad-Ah-Jh-2d against Michael Mizrachi’s Kd-Qs-Jc-9d on a flop of Kh-7d-2s. The six of hearts fell on the turn and the eight of diamonds hit on the river, giving Baker the win with a pair of aces. Baker moved to over two million chips as a result.

In a thread in Poker Discussion, several PocketFives.com members threw their weight behind Baker. Speaking of the Mizrachi brothers, Mohsin chicagocards1Charania forecasted, “Bakes is gonna have a field day with those two at a nl ft.” Also lending his support for Baker was Ryan bef99hwkBefort: “Agree with this smart man. Bakes crushes.” The final table begins at 3:00pm PT on Tuesday from the Rio in Las Vegas and will be played entirely as No Limit Hold’em.

Here are the chip counts:

1. Robert Mizrachi – 3,125,000
2. David BakesBaker – 3,095,000
3. John Juanda – 2,620,000
4. Mikael Thuritz – 2,300,000
5. Michael Mizrachi – 2,175,000
6. Vladimir Schmelev – 1,925,000
7. Daniel Alaei – 1,705,000
8. David Oppenheim – 460,000

The gigantic field of 4,345 players in Event #3 of the 2010 WSOP, $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, has been slashed all the way to 41. Sitting pretty in eighth place is Eric basebaldyBaldwin (pictured at left), a UB.compro. Baldwin owns a stack of 479,000 and the entire field is looking up at the 800,000 chips of Drew Crawford.

Baldwin won his first WSOP bracelet last year in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $521,000 after besting a field of over 2,000 players. He promptly took third in the World Championship of Pot Limit Hold’em 11 events later for another $259,000. Baldwin’s run through the massive WSOP event was nearly derailed on Monday after he shoved pre-flop with 8-7, but ran into pocket tens. However, Baldwin flopped two pair, which held to double him up to 280,000 in chips. He also doubled up with pocket nines against pocket queens.

One of the final eliminations of Monday in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event was Clayton Clayton_27Newman. He committed his chips with a wired pair of sevens and quickly found himself in a race against the A-J of William Davis. An ace hit on the flop and no nine came on the turn or river.

Here’s how the top 10 in chips look entering Day 3 of Event #3. You’ll see that longtime PocketFives.com member Nick agriffrod Mitchell owns the fourth largest stack:

1. Drew Crawford – 800,000
2. William Davis – 775,000
3. Dash Dudley – 745,000
4. Nick agriffrodMitchell – 681,000
5. Robert Scott – 644,000
6. Dana Kellstrom – 507,000
7. Terry Fleischer – 489,000
8. Eric basebaldyBaldwin – 479,000
9. Cory Brown – 476,000
10. Aadam Daya – 476,000

The 2010 WSOP’s first $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament (Event #5) drew 2,092 players, about 700 fewer than last year’s first event of this genre and price tag. A total of 223 survived the day and sitting in third place on the leaderboard is DoylesRoompro Chris moorman1Moorman (pictured at right). He holds 161,400 chips after the first day of play and trails the 200,000+ stacks of Stephen Foutty and WSOP Circuit veteran Dwyte Pilgrim. Moorman is searching for a signature live win; we’re confident that a bracelet would do the trick. The top 10 after Day 1 of Event #5 are as follows:

1. Stephen Foutty – 207,400
2. Dwyte Pilgrim – 202,000
3. Chris moorman1Moorman – 161,400
4. Trevor Savage – 125,600
5. Jesse Fulmer – 121,400
6. Taylor ElMastermindMcfarland – 118,900
7. Praz Bansi – 118,700
8. Lars Bonding – 106,600
9. Dustin Pattinson – 103,300
10. Matthew Schwarmann – 102,200

Two events kick off today from Las Vegas. A $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout with a cap of 2,000 players begins at Noon PT, while a $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tournament starts at 5:00pm PT. Stay tuned to Poker News Daily for the latest WSOP coverage of online poker players.