WSOP: David Bach Wins $10K HORSE for Second Bracelet of the Summer


David Bach grabbed his second bracelet of the 2017 WSOP by taking down the ,000 HORSE Championship (WSOP photo)

We have the first multiple bracelet winner of the 2017 World Series of Poker, ladies and gentlemen. But before we give away his name, there was plenty of action elsewhere at the Rio too. Two players will be returning Sunday to duel in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Loand Senior’s event recorded another day, and the $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship finished up its opening day.

Here’s a recap of everything that went down on Saturday.

Guess who’s Bach in the winner’s circle…

The cowboy hat, shades and beard of David Bach should be a familiar sight by now. After all, Bach won his second bracelet only a week or so ago in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event.

Well, he’s now captured his second bracelet of the summer and third overall in the $10K HORSE Championship, having outlasted a tough final table that included the likes of five-time bracelet winner and defending champion Jason Mercier (5th – $83,415), six-time bracelet winner and start-of-day chip leader Daniel Negreanu (6th – $61,667), and serial final-tablistAnthony Zinno (9th – $28,808).

Bach won $383,208, having defeated Eric Rodawig after a healthy heads-up bout. The final hand came in Omaha Hi-Lo, in which Bach opened and Rodawig called to see a QcKhAc flop. Bach continued and Rodawig shoved, which was called. Bach had the AhJd9h8s for top pair, which was ahead of Rodawig’s Jc9c9d3s for nines and a flush draw. The board bricked out for him, leaving him a runner-up finish and $236,841.

Bach is no doubt a HORSE specialist, as his first bracelet and biggest career score came when he took down the $50,000 HORSE World Championship (now known as the Poker Player’s Championship) in 2009 for $1,276,802.

“I’m running well and I fell like I’m playing well,” Bach said after the victory. “I pride myself on being able to play with anybody.”

Final table payouts

  1. David Bach – $383,208
  2. Eric Rodawig – $236,841
  3. Don Zewin – $163,557
  4. Andrew Brown – $115,485
  5. Jason Mercier – $83,415
  6. Daniel Negreanu – $61,667
  7. Yuebin Guo – $46,687
  8. Jerry Wong – $36,218
  9. Anthony Zinno – $28,808

Calvo and Raina to battle heads-up tomorrow

In the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Event #29), play got all the way down to just two players, before coming to an end for the night.

Those left are James Calvo (9.6 million) and Gaurav Raina(4 million) who will return to duel it out at 1 PM PT Sunday. Bracelet winners Eddy Sabat and Asi Moshe bowed out in fourth and third respectively.

There were 30 players who kicked off the day, and some of the more notable bust-outs during play include Jonathan Abdellatif(27th), Curt Kohlberg (26th), Federico Butteroni(24th), John Dolan (22nd) and Day 1 chip leader Pablo Fernandez (19th) for $13,186 each.

Calvo and Raina will be playing for $456,822 and the bracelet, while the runner up will get $282,276.

Howard Smith bags Omaha Hi-Lo lead

Over in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix, Day 2 saw the 688 starting field whittled down even further to just 29 survivors. The man with the most overnight is Howard Smith, who bagged up 466,500.

He’s got stiff competition though, perhaps most notably from all-round Omaha 2017 WSOP crusher Igor Sharaskin (445K). Sharaskin has already has a fifth and a third in Omaha events this summer for a combined $140K.

Other players who will be returning tomorrow include Vladimir Shchemelev(256,000), Mark Herm(200,000), Nikolai Yakovenko (120,000), Allyn Shulman (109,500), Allen Kessler (74,500), and recent bracelet winner John Racener (27,000).

Play resumes at 2 PM PT Sunday, where there’ll get as close a winner as possible before coming back Monday to close it out. The winner of this event will get $194,323.

Top 10 chip counts

  1. Howard Smith – 466,500
  2. Erle Mankin – 465,000
  3. Yueqi Zhu – 448,500
  4. Igor Sharaskin – 445,000
  5. Rock Howard – 383,500
  6. Danny Woolard – 350,500
  7. Vladimir Shchemelev – 256,000
  8. Mark Herm – 200,000
  9. Tai Nguyen – 170,000
  10. Matthew Sanner – 169,000

Valentin Vornicu ends another Day 1 on top

Having ended Day 1B of the Giant as chipleader late on Friday night, Valentin Vornicu had another great day at the felt on Saturday. When all was said and done after Day 1 of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em (Event #33), he managed to bag up 198K, the most of any of the 274 survivors.

Other notables who made it through include Jason Les(146,600),Nacho Barbero (116,200), Joseph Cheong (83,200), Christopher Frank (82,400), four-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori(74,500), five-time bracelet winner Allen Cunningham (52,400), Pratyush Buddiga(49,400), and Niall Farrell (48,600).

Rewind to the start of play and this tournament had 1,698 entrants, creating a $2.3 million prize pool, of which $384,833 will go to the winner. A total of 255 players will make the money, meaning they’ll be approaching the bubble early on Sunday.

Top 10 chip counts

  1. Valentin Vornicu – 198,000
  2. Paul Awodey – 169,300
  3. Jonathan Abdellatif – 168,400
  4. Blake Bohn – 156,700
  5. Patrick Uzan – 155,500
  6. Jason Les – 146,600
  7. Heidi May – 142,500
  8. Arkadiy Tsinis – 142,000
  9. Johann Tiemann – 140,900
  10. Artem Zverkhovskyy – 133,000

Dan Heimiller on track for second Senior’s bracelet

Only 66 of the 5,389 Seniors who ponied up the $1,000 entry fee in Event #31 remain, and the man who bagged the most chips is very familiar with this particular tournament.

Dan Heimiller took this one down in 2014 for his first gold bracelet, and he leads the pack here too, bagging up just over a million chips. His nearest competitor is Eluterio Rodriguez with 983,000, while the third-place chip count goes toPaul Spitzberg with 859,000. Other notable stacks belong to David Michaud(836,000), Gina Bacon(788,000), Anthony Licastro (645,000), and Bill Klein (480,000).

The huge turnout means there’s a massive $617,303 for the eventual champ. We know for sure that it won’t be defending champion Johnnie Craig, Cliff Josephy, Grey Raymer, Per Hildebrand, or Barny Boatman, as they all busted during Saturday’s action. Play resumes at 11am Sunday, with all players guaranteed $4,030.

Top 10 chip counts

  1. Dan Heimiller – 1,021,000
  2. Eluterio Rodriguez – 983,000
  3. Paul Spitzberg – 859,000
  4. David Michaud – 836,000
  5. Dieter Dechant – 814,000
  6. Gina Bacon – 788,000
  7. Kelley Brown – 741,000
  8. Federico Castaing – 730,000
  9. Calvin Roberts – 685,000
  10. Randall Davis – 642,000

Adam Owen leads in $10K Deuce

No doubt a familiar name to many PocketFivers, Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen has secured the overnight chip lead after Day 1 of the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Championship (Event #34).

The British mixed-game crusher bagged up 336,000, and after four top ten finishes in the past will be looking to go all the way and secure his first gold bracelet. If he manages to do so, he’ll also collect $232,738.

There’s a long way to go yet though, as 26 players of the 80 who started still remain. As you’d expect in a $10K mixed event, the line-up returning on Sunday is pretty darn solid.

You’ve got Chris ‘Apotheosis92’ Kruk (264,500) who recently finished third in the Spring Championship of Online Poker $25K for almost $400K, as well as Mike Watson (261,500), recent bracelet winner James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst (227K), David Benyamine (223,500), Anthony Zinno (204K), Shaun Deeb (117,000), Mike Matusow (90,500), Todd Brunson (31,000) and JC Tran(17,500).

They’ll all be back at 2pm Sunday.

Top 10 chip counts

  1. Adam Owen – 336,000
  2. Robert Campbell – 291,000
  3. Chris Kruk – 264,500
  4. Mike Watson – 261,500
  5. Mike Ross – 248,000
  6. James Obst – 227,000
  7. David Benyamine – 223,500
  8. Anthony Zinno – 204,000
  9. Georgii Belianin – 184,000
  10. Konstantin Puchkov – 180,500