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Baker Bakes a WSOP Win
Add David "Bakes" Baker to the list of early contenders for the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year award.
The 23-year-old American won his first WSOP bracelet Friday, taking down the $10k Deuce-to-Seven Draw (No-Limit) Championship and adding to an already impressive 2010 WSOP performance.
Baker had to topple a table of world-class foes at the final table to come away with the first-place finish and $294,321 cash prize.
Despite his youth, Baker turned away John Juanda, Erik Seidel and Eric Kesselman at the final table before defeating Eric Cloutier heads-up for the bracelet.
Daniel Negreanu finished one spot short of the final table in eighth place, and yet another former bracelet winner, Yan Chen, finished 12th.
For Baker, who just recently took up Deuce-to-Seven, it was quite a showing against poker's best.
"It makes me feel pretty good that I could develop basically a world-class Deuce game in five months," Baker said.
"Those names - I never thought I'd be playing with them, so it is kind of cool."
Bakes also finished strong in the $50k Players Championship earlier in the 2010 WSOP, placing sixth.
While it's still early in the WSOP, Baker is in contention for Player of the Year honors, and the weight of Friday's accomplishment wasn't lost on the champion.
"This is the ultimate poker achievement," Baker said.
"It's a great feeling. There is not really anything better than this, except multiple gold bracelets."
Other early POY contenders include Juanda, who finished fourth for $78,088 and made his third final table of the WSOP.