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Another gruelling event at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has come to an end. Treading through a sea of 1,330 contestants over a period of four days, Wisconsin’s Eric Baldwin (cover image) outlasted all others in Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em to claim his second career WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $319,580.
Baldwin is an old hand in the poker circuit having started his career in 2006. He had won the same event, $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em in 2009, which was his first WSOP win and pocketed $521,991. He is currently ranked 21st in the USA All Time Money List and has total live earnings of $6,050,079.
After his win, Baldwin said, “It was a lot of hours of poker and a lot of short-handed play, that really sucks your mental energy. But man it’s fun! I wish everyone could experience this. It’s so cool!”
Final Day Recap
The last scheduled day, i.e. Day 3, started with 20 players and the field was quickly reduced to a final table to nine.
Starting with Gene Harrill (20th for $9,513), the next ten players fell in quick succession including Zachary Humphrey (19th for $9,513), Ryan Goindoo (18th for $11,759), Thomas Kurtz (17th for $11,759), Ryan Laplante (16th for $11,759), Jason Wheeler (15th for $14,730) Kirk Banks (14th for $14,730), Jay Farber (13th for $14,730), JC Tran (12th for $18,694) and Geoffrey Lavinson (11th for $18,694), with Jason Guarinello (10th for $18,694) bubbling the final table.
The final table lineup featured Aaron Massey, Eric Baldwin, Ian Steinman, Michael Finstein, Enrico Rudelitz, Stephen Song, Gilsoo Kim, Robert Georato, Jason Guarinello and Mathew Moore with Massey (2,165,000), Baldwin (2,045,000) and Steinman (1,410,000) the top three stacks.
Final Table Recap
Mathew Moore was the first to be dismissed when his pocket sixes fell flat against Enrico Rudelitz’s pair of jacks confirming his ninth-place elimination.
Finishing in eighth place was Gilsoo Kim when his pocket jacks could not match up to Robert Georato’s , the latter was able to better his hand to a three-of-a-kind on the runout .
Stephen Song’s deep run was halted in seventh place with Georato`s pair of deuces cracking the former’s .
The sixth-place prize money was allotted to Michael Finstein whose came up short against Eric Baldwin`s . on the rundown .
On the 142nd hand of the day, Robert Georato shoved all his chips holding against Baldwin’s pocket nines. The board fanned out but couldn’t prevent Georato’s fifth place departure.
Nine hands later, Aaron Massey was busted in fourth place as his failed to overcome Baldwin’s , with the community cards missing both players..
Enrico Rudelitz was the last elimination of Day 3. He moved all-in from the button with . Ian Steinman countered by moving all-in behind him with . Hoping to hit a straight, Rudelitz instead had to be content with a pair of fives and the third place finish as the board rolled out the .
41 more hands were played before the heads-up contestants, Ian Steinman and Eric Baldwin decided to resume play the next day.
Final Day Recap
Day 4 started with Baldwin in the chip lead with 5,934,000 and Steinman trailing behind with 3,940,000. On the final hand of the event, Baldwin went all-in with that was called by Steinman with pocket kings. The flop missed both players. on the turn gave Baldwin a pair and the river bettered his hand to two pairs. Steinman was relegated to the rail as the runner-up while Baldwin took the title along with the gold bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Eric Baldwin – $319,580
2. Ian Steinman – $197,461
3. Enrico Rudelitz – $140,957
4. Aaron Massey – $101,819
5. Robert Georato – $74,434
6. Michael Finstein – $55,077
7. Stephen Song – $41,257
8. Gilsoo Kim – $31,290
9. Mathew Moore – $24,032
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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