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Sixteen years after he won his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, John Hennigan (cover image) has done it again, proving his acumen and skill in poker! Hennigan defeated David Baker in the heads-up play to win Event #27: $10,000 HORSE and won a first-place payday of $414,692, not to forget the gold bracelet.
This is the fifth WSOP bracelet event won by Hennigan, who is the 25th player to do so, his first being in 2002, when he won the $2,000 Limit Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo event.
“It was a high-pressure final table. Iraj (Parvizi) yesterday was really putting everybody on tilt, me especially. The only guy I thought that held it together was David Baker. He played a great tournament in my opinion. It was a good learning experience for me because I was so tilted and kind of fell apart and got saved by the deck really. I had some very lucky situations when I was short, and it’s just a really nice win,” Hennigan said, talking about the final table play.
On the first day, the event attracted 157 entries and Shaun Deeb led the field coming into Day 2. Nine players made a late entry that resulted in a total player field of 166 and a prize pool of $1,560,400. The top 25 spots were paid.
Some of the poker stalwarts who fell before the money bubble include, Daniel Negreanu, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Chris Ferguson, Shaun Deeb, Benny Glaser, Jason Mercier, Jeff Lisandro and John Monnette.Scott Cole took the bubble boy tag at the event.
The final table was redrawn after the elimination of Robert Cambell in ninth place for $31,656.
Before him, Jake Schwartz (10th for $25,498), Carol Fuchs (11th for $25,498), Robert Mizrachi (15th for $17,677), Anthony Zinno (13th for $20,993), Iliya Trincher (14th for $20,993), Jean Gaspard (15th for $17,677), Joey Couden (18th for $15,229), Mike Gorodinsky (19th place for $15,229), Stuart Rutter (21st for $15,229), Andrew Barber (25th for $15,229), and Jean-Robert Bellande (26th for $15,229), all hit the rail.
Final Table Recap
US players dominated the final table and it was Michael Noori who was relegated to the rail in the eighth place, in a game of Omaha Hi-Lo against fellow American, Daniel Zack.
Despite winning the previous pot, Daniel Zack couldn’t survive the next hand where he had to face Iraj Parvizi in a game of Razz, and bounced off in seventh place.
Next, Albert Daher from Lebanon lost his entire stack to Salem in a Seven Card Stud game and hit the rail in sixth place.
By now Hennigan was really short-stacked and had only 3% of total chips in play. The turning point for him came when he won a crucial pot and nearly doubled up, from then, his stack started to grow.Later, as the play entered Level 28, Hennigan eliminated Randy Ohel in fifth place in a game of Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo.
In yet another Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo game, Iraj Parvizi from UK came up against David Baker. Parvizi had entered the final table as chip leader but after several betting rounds in a hand, the action reached the seventh street where Parvizi had a pair of fours and Baker, who had a pair of queens took down the pot. One hand later, Parvizi caught running queens but they were no good against Baker’s set of sevens and just like that Parvizi was eliminated in fourth place.
In the penultimate level of the day, Lee Salem who was chip leading at that point was eliminated in third place to set up the heads-up match.
The heads-up play saw a back and forth between Hennigan and Baker as both fought hard to take the lead. The play had to be extended to an extra Day 4 as both players decided to halt and continue the next day.
Day 4 Recap
Battling over a full level of play, Baker doubled up many times but in the end it was Hennigan who took down the bracelet.
The final hand came in a game of Limit Hold ‘em. David Baker went all-in from the big blind for 65,000 and Hennigan called the extra 5,000 to complete his small blind. Baker tabled and Hennigan showed . The board came , bringing queens and threes for Hennigan and Baker was sent packing in second place.
“He (Parvizi) is getting in these big pots with not very good hands, and we’re all trying to play tight and last, and now he’s busting people out or killing their stack with kind of unorthodox, to say the least, plays. The tilt was born there and I was not immune to it. I can’t say enough about how well David Baker held up under that. He really played Iraj well and the rest of us didn’t,” Hennigan said, in praise for Baker.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. John Hennigan – $414,692
2. David ‘Bakes’ Baker – $256,297
3. Lee Salem -$179,216
4. Iraj Parvizi – $127,724
5. Randy Ohel – $92,808
6. Albert Daher – $68,783
7. Daniel Zack – $52,016
8. Michael Noori – $40,155
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com.
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