David Bach became the latest player to inscribe his name in the poker history books with a victory in one of poker’s biggest tournaments – the $50,000 HORSE at the World Series of Poker.
Bach earned his place in history over fellow American John Hanson, after a 20 hour final table showdown (seven hours heads up) that culminated at 10am in Las Vegas. By the time Bach was crowned champion, some of the fans that had retired to bed after finally submitting to fatigue, had begun re-emerging into the room.
The final table marathon rivalled that of the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event final table which last 22 hours, although the two HORSE combatants set the record for most hands at a final table due to the shorter decision making time in fixed limit poker.
Bach sealed his championship by scooping a Razz hand to eliminate Hanson and took home US$1,276,802 and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy for winning the event. Hanson’s runner-up finish paid US$789,199.
The players entered heads up almost even and both players had multiple opportunities to win the tournament, only for the other to fight their way to parity. In the end Bach chipped away Hanson for the last hour of the tournament to get the victory.
Earlier on the final table, overnight chip leader Erik Sagstrom was eliminated in third by John Hanson, which meant that the heads up battle would begin even with both players sitting around seven million chips each. Sagstrom earned US$522,394,
Vitaly Lunkin fell short of the remarkable achievement of capturing both the $40,000 No Limit Hold Em and $50,000 HORSE in the one series. He finished fourth for US$368,813.
Bach entered the talent-laden final table third in chips, after maintaining a place in the top four since the end of the third day of the tournament. The American was never far off the pace quietly grinding away in the top fifteen counts from the first day.
A total of 95 players entered this year, down on the 148 from last year, creating a prize pool of US$4,560,000.
Final Table Results
1st - David Bach $1,276,802
2nd - John Hanson $789,199
3rd - Erik Sagstrom $522,394
4th - Vitaly Lunkin $368,813
5th - Huck Seed $276,610
6th - Ville Wahlbeck $219,655
7th - Chau Giang $184,087
8th - Erik Seidel $162,382
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David Bach Wins WSOP $50k HORSE World Championship
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