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Buchman Finds WSOP Redemption
A fourth-place finish in last year's WSOP November Nine left Eric Buchman with an empty feeling.
On Friday, however, the 30-year-old pro took a giant step toward erasing any lingering bad feelings from the 2009 Main Event.
Buchman took down his first career WSOP bracelet and a $203,607 first prize, outlasting a field of 476 players in the $2k Limit Hold'em event.
The New Yorker beat Brent Courson heads-up to win the bracelet, adding to an already impressive WSOP resume that includes three final tables since 2006.
Despite netting $2.5 million in last year's Main Event, however, Buchman admits that he hasn't really been able to watch the 2009 November Nine on television.
Shortly after winning his first bracelet he explained his emotions.
"I feel great right now," said Buchman. "(The Main Event) was disappointing. It took me a few weeks to get over it."
"You never really get over it, but after a few weeks I was ok with everything. I made a lot of money, and I had a great experience. So it was bittersweet. But this is total satisfaction. This feels good."
Fellow November Niner Jeff Shulman also made a strong run in the event, finishing 12th for $9,902.
The day was all about Buchman, however, who's had seven months to process the November Nine experience.
"This wasn't as exciting as the Main Event final table," said a laughing Buchman. "I wasn't letting up. I really wanted to win this."
"You don't get that many shots at winning these. So I'm going to make the most out of my shots, and I tried to make the most out of it today, it worked out."
Buchman is no stranger to the WSOP final table, with his first appearance coming in 2006, when he finished second in a $1.5k Limit Hold'em event.
His November Nine payday was his largest, but for Buchman, perhaps the WSOP bracelet is even sweeter.
"It's really special," Buchman said. "I finally won one of these bracelets, and I accomplished something."