Event 49 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship - Live Updates

Welcome to the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship at the 2009 World Series of Poker. This event is often seen as the "players' championship" since it requires a high level of talent in five of poker's most popular games. Giddyap!

Day 5 Live Updates

07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – David Bach wins 2009 H.O.R.S.E.

David Bach
The Winner!

It took just over 20 hours and in the process became the longest $50k H.O.R.S.E. tournament in history but we have a winner!

David Bach has finally triumphed over John Hanson.

It all started with a pivotal Hold’em hand where Bach and Hanson saw a board of 7 7 4 2 3 with Bach betting on every street. Hanson called his river bet only to have Bach flip over A 5 for the nut-flush.

That hand gave Bach a huge chip lead but the deciding hand of the tournament would come in Razz.

In the hand Hanson was showing (X)(X)9 J to Bach’s (X)(X)6 A. On third street Hanson brought in, Bach completed, Hanson bet, Bach raised and Hanson called. On fourth Bach fired Hanson called for the last of his chips. They showed their cards:

Hanson: (5)(8)9 J
Bach: (4)(7)6 A

Bach was in the lead and his cards finished with A Q 9 to give him the 9-7-6-4-A low while Hanson could only make a 9-8-6-5-2.

Congratulations in order for David Bach who put on a spectacular performance at one of the longest final tables in WSOP history.

Bach will receive $1.2 million for coming in first while Hanson will have to settle for the $789,199 that comes along with second.

Level
29
Blinds
130000/250000
Ante
50000
Average Stack
$14,250,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – One for the Ages

David Bach
No Bach'ing down now.

It’s getting close to 9 a.m. Las Vegas time and what started as another final table is turning into one of the more memorable (or at least long) final tables in recent memory.

The railbirds have long since gone home, even the most stalwart cash-game degenerates have called it quits in the Amazon Room and it seems like only two poker players in the entire building remain.

John Hanson and David Bach have been locked in a heads-up battle for close to six hours and it seems like weeks ago that Erik Seidel was our first elimination.

Even with the bigger blinds the swings seem to be even more minor. Hanson and Bach are almost dead-even right now and it seems like they are literally taking turns winning pots. If anything the players seem to be more conservative now.

Combine that with numerous chopped pots and we are getting ever closer to the 9:30 a.m. mark that was set when Chip Reese won the inaugural $50k H.O.R.S.E. tournament back in 2006.

Stay tuned...

Level
29
Blinds
130000/250000
Ante
50000
Average Stack
$7,125,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Epic Struggle Continues

Heads-up
Over? Not by a long-shot.

It’s now 7:45 a.m. and we’ve played over 400 hands of poker at the final table of the $50k H.O.R.S.E. Over the last hour of play David Bach has at times been ahead by a 6-1 margin. Hanson has shown an incredible ability to play from the short-stack while playing Limit poker, however, and we’re nearly back to even.

The first pivotal hand of the last hour occurred in Stud with the boards reading:

Bach: (X)(X)9 6 2 7(X)

Hanson: (X)(X)Q 2 K A(X)

Bach raised on fifth street and Hanson re-raised for the last of his chips. Bach called and Hanson showed him Q 4 in the hole for a pair of queens while Bach could only muster J 9 for a pair of nines. Bach couldn’t improve and Hanson doubled up on the hand.

Shortly after that pot was awarded Hanson and Bach played a huge hand in Omaha-8 where Hanson hit a king-high flush and low while Bach had jack-high flush. In two hands Hanson had decimated Bach’s huge chip lead.

Here’s the latest chip counts from the final table:

David Bach 8.7 million
John Hanson
5.6 million
Level
28
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
50000
Average Stack
$7,125,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – The Stalemate

John Hanson
Can't keep him down!

It’s around 6:45 a.m. Las Vegas time, the sun is shining brightly outside, and inside the Amazon Room the two heads-up combatants are still in the midst of a an all-out war.

Several times now David Bach has had John Hanson to a 3-1 chip margin but Hanson will simply not go down easy.

Hanson just finished overcoming his latest chip deficit and the stacks are very nearly even.

In the most recent hand of Omaha-8 David Bach raised from the button and Hanson called. The flop came 5 2 2 and Hanson checked, Bach bet and Hanson re-raised. Hanson called and the turn came 9.

Hanson bet and Bach called. The river came 3 and Hanson fired off one more bet and Bach called. Hanson showed A Q 4 2 for the nuts. That drew the players about even.

As the morning wears on tournament organizers are starting to ponder the possibility of the heads-up final of this tournament to another day but we’ll see what happens.

Level
28
Blinds
100000/200000
Ante
50000
Average Stack
$7,125,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Bach Takes the Lead

Heads-up
There can be only one.

We’re getting close to 6 a.m. Las Vegas time and David Bach has just won a massive pot off John Hanson in Seven-Card Stud.

In the hand the boards looked like this:

David Bach: (X)(X)6 T 8 T(X)

John Hanson: (X)(X)9 3 2 J(X)

Bach had the bring-in, Hanson completed and Bach called. Both players checked on fourth street but on fifth street the fireworks started with Bach betting, Hanson raising and Bach calling.

The action got even better on sixth street as Bach bet, Hanson raised, Bach re-raised and Hanson called. Bach bet seventh street and Hanson called.

Bach showed T 2 K and Hanson, obviously frustrated, threw his hand into the muck and walked away from the table for a minute. Lower set perhaps?

After the hand the chip stacks looked like this:

David Bach 9.8 million
John Hanson
4.5 million
Level
27
Blinds
90000/180000
Ante
40000
Average Stack
$7,125,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – War of Attrition

David Bach
On the rise!

We’ve played more than 14 hours of poker at the final table of the $50k H.O.R.S.E. event and the two remaining players are showing no signs of giving up any time soon.

Perhaps it’s the historic Chip Reese Trophy or the $1.2 million up for grabs but neither player wants to be the one to blink first in this epic contest of wills.

The chip lead as been traded several times but neither player seems to be able to take control of the contest.

As is usually the case with Limit games it has been a series of small victories for both players as Hanson grabbed the early chip lead in Razz but Bach dominated the Omaha-8.

In one of the biggest hands of Omaha-8 Bach raised from the button and Hanson called. The flop came K Q 5. Hanson checked, Bach bet and Hanson raised. Bach called and the turn came 6. Hanson checked, Bach bet and Hanson called. The river came 6 and Hanson once again checked to Bach. Bach fired one more time and Hanson called.

Bach flipped over K J 4 2 for a king-high flush to scoop.

One hand later in Razz Bach made the wheel to score another big pot off Hanson.

Chip counts:

Here’s the latest from the final table:

David Bach 8.7 million
John Hanson
5.5 million
Level
27
Blinds
90000/180000
Ante
40000
Average Stack
$7,125,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Sagstrom Stricken!

Erik Sagstrom
Too aggressive?

After several more hours of play we finally have our third place elimination and it’s none other than former chip leader Erik Sagstrom.

Pretty much all the damage was dealt by David Bach who ran the table against Sagstrom during the latest Omaha-8 round.

In the elimination hand (which was also Omaha-8) John Hanson bet and then David Bach re-raised.

Sagstrom attempted to re-raise the last of his chips but because he didn’t verbalize his raise the floor manager made it stand as just a call.

The flop came K 7 6 and Hanson bet, Bach called and Sagstrom raised the last of his chips. Hanson re-raised an additional 225,000 into the side-pot and Bach called.

The turn came J and Bach checked but Hanson fired again. Bach called and the river came K and both players checked.

Surprisingly Hanson tabled 8 8-X-X and that was enough to take it down.

Sagstrom will receive $522,394 for coming in third.

Heads-Up Counts

Amazingly John Hanson and David Bach are almost dead even as we begin heads-up play:

John Hanson
7.1 million
David Bach
7.1 million
Level
26
Blinds
75000/150000
Ante
30000
Average Stack
$7,125,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – It’s Starting to Get Late

Final table
Seems like ages ago.

There are times when poker becomes less of a card game and more of an endurance sport.

We’re starting to near that time at the final table of the $50k H.O.R.S.E. as all but the most fervent railbirds have gone home, the cameramen are starting to look a little sleepy and for some reason Gus Hansen is doing the chip counting duties for live reporting crews.

Hansen has also taken a turn at announcing the final table, which is amusing, although somewhat hard to understand.

Here’s a look at the latest updates from the floor:

Sagstrom Makes it 7 Million

In a recent Omaha-8 hand Erik Sagstrom bet from the small blind and John Hanson called from the big blind.

The flop came T 5 3 and Sagstrom fired again and Hanson called again. The turn came 6 and this time Hanson bet, Sagstrom raised and Hanson called. The river came A and both players checked.

The players revealed their cards:

Sagstrom: A 2 6 T

Hanson: A J 9 4

Sagstrom’s 6-5-3-2-A low and two-pair high was good enough to scoop. After the hand Sagstrom was up past 7 million chips.

Return of Hanson

In a hand of Razz John Hanson and Erik Sagstrom traded bets back and forth to seventh street with the boards finally looking like this:

Sagstrom: (X)(X)5-6-4-K(X)

Hanson: (X)(X)6-4-9-Q(X)

On seventh street Sagstrom bet, Hanson raised and Sagstrom finally surrendered the pot. Hanson regained the chip lead after raking the pot.

Level
25
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
30000
Average Stack
$4,750,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Lunkin Lost

Vitaly Lunkin
Next up: Main Event final table?

Perhaps the most compelling story at the final table of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. is no more.

Vitaly Lunkin, who earlier this year won the Russian Poker Tour Main Event for $436,389 and then followed that up with a win in the $40,000 No-Limit Hold’em event here at the WSOP, has been eliminated.

It happened in a hand of Stud-8 with the boards reading:

Lunkin: (X)(X)2 4 8 8(X)

Sagstrom: (X)(X)7 5 A T(X)

Lunkin got the last of his chips into the pot on sixth street and Sagstrom called. Lunkin showed 5 8 in the hole for trip eights but unfortunately for him Sagstrom showed A A for trip aces.

Sagstrom hit the 9 on seventh street while Lunkin missed completely with the J.

Lunkin will receive $368,813 for coming in fourth place in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Don’t feel too bad for him, however, as that brings his 2009 WSOP cash haul up to $2.7 million. So sick!

Level
25
Blinds
60000/120000
Ante
30000
Average Stack
$4,750,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
07/01/2009 (5 years ago)

$50k H.O.R.S.E. – Seed Stumbles!

Huck Seed
Huck chucked!

Huck Seed, perhaps the most well-known player still in contention, has been eliminated. Seed’s elimination came during a round of Hold’em where Vitaly Lunkin limped, Sagstrom bet from the button, John Hanson called from the small blind and Huck Seed called all-in for his last 190,000 from the big blind.

Seed had a shot a quadrupling up as the dealer prepared to put down the flop. It came A T 4 and both Hanson and Lunkin checked to Sagstrom who bet. Hanson and Lunkin called and by this point a dejected Seed was starting to pack up his things.

The turn came Q and this time it was Lunkin who bet. Hanson and Sagstrom called. The river came 5 and everyone checked.

Lunkin showed 9 8 for a missed straight draw while Hanson showed A J for top-pair. That was enough as both Sagstrom and Seed mucked.

Seed will receive $276,610 for coming in fifth.

Vitaly Lunkin
You might say he Lunk'ed it!

Lunkin Crippled!

The chances of Vitaly Lunkin winning both high-buyin events at the 2009 WSOP is becoming slimmer by the minute.

After losing a large pot to Erik Sagstrom during a round of Razz, Lunkin got into trouble against John Hanson during a round of Seven-Card Stud.

In the hand the boards looked like this seventh street (Sagstrom and David Bach were chased out by a Lunkin re-raise on third street):

Hanson: (X)(X)5 4 A 7(X)

Lunkin: (X)(X)5 A 7 J(X)

Lunkin bet fourth street, Hanson bet fifth street, sixth street and seventh street. Lunkin called only to have Hanson show him K J in the hole for the flush. Lunkin mucked and after the hand was down to just 800,000.

How the mighty have fallen...

Level
24
Blinds
50000/100000
Ante
20000
Average Stack
$3,562,500
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
1 2

Event Information

Event Name
Event 49 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
Venue
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2009-06-26
Final Day
2009-06-30
Buy In
$50,000
Entrants
95
Prize Pool
$4,560,000
First Prize
$1,276,802

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 David Bach $1,276,802
2 John Hanson $789,199
3 Erik Sagstrom $522,393
4 Vitaly Lunkin $368,812
5 Huck Seed $276,609

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