Bach riding high at $50k H.O.R.S.E. finale

David Bach
"This is far and away the best poker tournament in the world."

After coming close to his first bracelet win on multiple occasions, David Bach is within striking distance of breaking through on poker's ultimate stage.

The lineup is set for the final table in the $50k H.O.R.S.E. World Championship, and after four days of grinding, Bach is amongst the chip leaders.

The "Gunslinger" spent most of Day 4 trading the chip lead back and forth with Erik Sagstrom, who goes into the final table as the chip leader with 3,675,000 chips.

Vitaly Lunkin ended the day second in chips with 2,490,000, while Bach's got the third-highest stack at 2,345,000.

"It's grueling, said Bach. "It takes a lot of focus."

"You have to pay attention to all of the up cards. But it's also enjoyable. I enjoy all of the games so it's a challenge."

Bach is no stranger to final tables at the WSOP. This is his fifth final table appearance, and he's made one final table in each of the last five years at the WSOP.

With a final table that includes Lunkin, internet phenom Sagstrom, eight-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel and four-time bracelet winner Huck Seed, it won't be an easy road for whoever takes the Chip Reese Memorial Award.

"There's still a lot of work to do," Bach said. "I really want to win this."

David Bach
"I really want to win this."

"This is far and away the best poker tournament in the world. It takes most of the luck out of tournament poker," said Bach.

"In No-Limit no matter how well you play, certain hands can come up where you're just going to go broke."

Spectators crowded the rail to watch the final two tables play down to the final eight.

Bach, Sagstrom and Lunkin were the only players that stayed comfortably ahead of elimination throughout Day 4.

When the final two tables were then re-drawn to one, Mike Wattel and Gus Hansen were barely hanging on.

Wattel's all-star entourage of Mike Matusow, Shawn Sheikhan and Cyndy Violette wasn't enough to get him to the final table, as Wattel went out in 10th place.

Crowd favorite Gus Hansen was the victim of the final table bubble, his short stack finally evaporating in an Omaha hand against Chau Giang. Hansen takes $123,895 in cash but falls short of the final table appearance.

So the final table is set, with Sagstrom, Lunkin, Bach, John Hanson, Seed, Giang, Seidel and Ville Wahlbeck playing for the bracelet Tuesday.

The Russian pro Lunkin began the WSOP by winning Event #1, the $40k No Limit Hold'em commemorative event, while Wahlbeck is chasing Jeffrey Lisandro for Player of the Year honors.

The final table commences at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the ESPN feature table. Click through to follow all the action in our WSOP Live Update section.

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