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2008 WSOP Day 25: Baxter back for more
Most eyes are probably on the final table of the latest $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event playing today, but poker aficionados may be more interested in the story of Billy Baxter today.
Baxter started out the day playing in the Seniors Event that kicked off at noon, but he's given up on that game for a while as Event 40, 2-7 Triple-Draw Lowball (Limit), has resumed play this afternoon.
He started out the day as the short stack when play began again, but he's been clawing his way up in the leaderboard to sit near the top instead at the moment. He's lasted into the money, but it would be a safe bet that he's thinking more about gold bracelets than cash right now.
Let's take a look at all the tournament action around the Rio.
The $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event drew its usual large field of players to create a $3,712,800 prize pool, and today the top nine came to the felt to determine who was going to get the biggest piece of that prize.
Some might call the fields in these lower-buy-in Hold'em events soft, but the final table has seen some tough plays already with two players heading off to collect ninth- and eighth-place payouts.
After coming in to the final table second to last in chips, Jim Paras didn't last long once play began. On Hand 5 he got a call from David Woo after making it $150,000 to see the flop.
The flop dropped J♠ 5♣ 2♥, and Woo checked, only to see Paras move all-in. Woo makes the call and flips up 2♣ 2♦ to Paras' A♥ J♥.
The turn brings the J♣, helping Paras' hand a little bit but also giving Woo a full house to widen the gap a little more for him. When the 9♠ comes on the river, it's all over for Paras.
Next on the chopping block was Mark Glasser, who had started the day as the short stack behind Paras. He lasted 27 hands in before he ran into Matt Wood.
Glasser ended up all-in pre-flop and got a call from Wood. Glasser had 9♠ 9♦ to rival Wood's A♠ Q♣, and they saw a flop of J♠ 7♥ 4♦. Glasser was still safe when a J♦ hit the turn, but Woods caught an A♦ on the river to take the hand.
Action will continue until a winner is found. Stay tuned to the Billy Baxter has gone from near death to being a contender to make the final table in today's $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) action.
Not everyone has fared as well as he, though - Baxter's newfound chips had to come from somebody. John Roveto lost a lot of his chips to Baxter before busting out.
On one particular hand, Roveto bet out after the second draw, and Baxter raised from the button. Roveto called and then took one card in the next draw while Baxter stood pat and both players checked.
Baxter showed 8-7-5-4-2, and Roveto showed the ace he'd picked up on the final draw and then watched his chips head to Baxter.
Baxter has seven Tony Ma.