$2k Limit Hold’em – Eric Buchman Wins it All

One more time: Buch-mania!
One more time: Buch-mania!

Eric Buchman has defied the odds and found redemption for missing out on his chance to win the 2009 WSOP Main Event.

Buchman, who came in fourth place in last year's Main Event, would simply not be denied his first WSOP gold bracelet in this event.

The heads-up battle between Buchman and Courson, much like the entire $2k Limit final table, was lightning fast.

It took less than 30 minutes for Buchman to land the knockout blow against nemesis Brent Courson.

Courson actually doubled up twice in heads-up play but even that wasn't enough to come close to beating Buchman.

In the final hand Buchman bet his button and Courson raised. Buchman called and the flop came Q 2 2.

Courson bet and Buchman called. The turn came 7 and Courson moved the last of his chips in the middle.

Buchman called with T 7 for a pair of sevens, which was enough to put him in the lead against Courson's A K.

The river was a tournament-defining 8!

Courson finishes in second place for $125,737 while Buchman wins it all.

Although Buchman will only take home $203,607 for his victory tonight, there's a good chance he feels much better than when he came in fourth at last year's Main Event to win $2.5 million.

Thanks for tuning into our coverage of Event 18 Limit Hold'em and congratulations to Buchman.

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$2k Limit Hold’em – Two Quick Busts = Heads-up

Ferrari goes too fast.
Ferrari goes too fast.

Watching tonight's final table it would be easy to forget the game is Limit poker.

It's been an action-packed final table and it's showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

We've got two more players on the rail and we're officially heads-up for the bracelet.

Here's it all went down:

Ferrari Crashes (Fourth)

Italian Flavio Ferrari had perhaps the best name at the final table of this event but that hasn't kept him from succumbing to the rail.

Eric Buchman opened with a bet from the small blind and Ferrari raised for the last of chips from the big blind.

Buchman called and the players flipped over their cards:

Buchman: 9 7

Ferrari: A 9

Ferrari was so far ahead in the hand that Buchman looked like a distant speck. That all changed when the flop came K J 7 giving Buchman a pair of sevens.

The turn came 5 and Ferrari was on the precipice of defeat. The river fell 5 sealing Ferrari's fate.

Ferrari picks up $66,446. Almost enough to buy a Ferrari!

Steven Hustoft
Steven Hustoft

Hustoft Hustled (Third)

The hits just keep coming here at the $2k Limit tournament.

Steven Hustoft opened, Eric Buchman raised and Hustoft re-raised.

Buchman called and the flop came A Q 5.

Buchman bet and Hustoft moved the last of his chips in the middle to call. Hustoft showed Q 8 for a pair of queens but Buchman showed K J for the royal flush draw.

The turn came 5 and for a minute it looked like Hustoft might survive but his hopes came crashing to the floor when the river came T, completing Buchman's straight.


Here are the chip counts to start heads-up play between Eric Buchman and Brent Courson:

Eric Buchman - 2.2 million
Brent Courson - 690,000

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$2k Limit Hold’em – Dinner Done

Back to making the big Buchs.
Back to making the big Buchs.

The four remaining players in the $2k Limit Hold'em event have finished their 60 minute dinner break and are about to get serious about deciding who will take home a shiny new WSOP bracelet.

The cards are back in the air and we are once again live.

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$2k Limit Hold’em – Buchman Stumbles into Final Four

Hansu hit!
Hansu hit!

We've made it to the final four players of this event and surprisingly Eric Buchman is in trouble.

Momentum switched quickly after Buchman lost two big pots to Courson and now the PokerStars pro will have to dig deep as he fights from the short stack.

The blinds are getting big enough so that losing a few big bets presents a huge problem.

Here's a look at the latest action from the floor:

Hansu Gets Hattori'ed (Fifth)

Hansu Chu had been fighting from the short-stack for the majority of the last level and it was finally too much for him.

Chu was facing a Steven Hustoft and raised all-in. Hustoft called and showed Q 9, which had Chu's T 9 beat.

The board ran out K J 9 6 5 and Hustoft took the pot with his pair of nines, queen-kicker.

Chu finished in fifth place for $49,068.

Buchman Loses Monster Pot to Courson

Eric Buchman bet from the button and Courson called from the big blind.

The flop came Q J 9 and Brent checked, Buchman bet and Courson check-raised. Buchman re-raised and Courson called.

The turn came 8 and Courson checked but Buchman bet. Courson raised and Buchman called.

The river fell 8 and Courson bet.

Courson bet and Buchman made the painful river lay-down.

"I had the chance to fill up," said Buchman.

Courson nodded as he raked the pot.

After the hand Buchman fell all the way down to 700,000 while Courson chipped all the way up to 1.2 million.


Players are now on a sixty minute dinner break.

Level 25

Blinds: 20,000/40,000 Limits: 40,000/80,000

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$2k Limit Hold’em – Buch-mania!

Uncle Buch Takes Control
Uncle Buch Takes Control

It's still early but it's getting hard to see anyone other than Eric Buchman winning this event.

Buchman is the first player to cross one million chips and while that's not an insurmountable chip lead, Buchman has been playing well at the final table and seems unlikely to suffer a meltdown.

We've lost one more player as we head into Level 24 and the blinds are definitely going to be an issue for the remaining players.

Grapes Popped (Seventh)

Eric Buchman is not only playing well but he's getting some run-good juice as well.

Buchman opened a pot, Matt Grapenthien raised, Buchman re-raised and Grapenthien put the last of chips in the middle to make it an 80,000+ pot.

Buchman called and flipped over A Q. Grapenthien was in great shape to double up with A K in the hole.

Unfortunately for Grapenthiend the board came A Q 7 6 5 and the flopped two-pair was enough to ship Buchman the pot and eliminate Grapenthien.

On the bright side, Grapenthien is wearing a Blackhawk's jersey and he has to be happy with his team's Stanley Cup performance this week.

That and he will pick up $27,609 for coming in seventh place.

William Jensen
William Jensen

Buchman Out-flops Jensen (Sixth)

Eric Buchman bet out from UTG and action folds around to William Jensen in the big blind who raised.

Buchman thinks for a minute and then called.

The flop went down A J 8 and Jensen threw out another bet.

Buchman called and the turn came 3.

Jensen bet again, with barely one bet left behind, and Buchman was all too happy to raise him all-in

Jensen called and flipped over Q Q. Buchman had him crushed, however, with A 7.

The river was an irrelevant 3.

Jensen is out in sixth place for $36,619.

Level 24

Blinds: 15,000/30,000 Limits: 30,000/60,000

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$2k Limit Hold'em – Matros, Bogdanski Hit Rail

Matros Mitigated
Matros Mitigated

It was bound to happen.

The blinds are starting to slowly climb into scary territory and the short stacks have little choice but to get all their chips in the middle.

We had two more eliminations in the last hour as play begins to pick up.

Here's how it all went down:

Matros Mauled (Ninth)

Mat Matros won a bracelet less than a week ago so you'll have to forgive us for not feeling bad that he busted in ninth place.

In his final hand Matros was on the button facing a Matt Grapenthien bet. Matros opted to re-raise and Grapenthien made the call.

The flop came 9 5 2 and Grapenthien made a bet. Matros called having only 29,000 chips behind.

The turn fell 9 and Grapenthien once again fired putting Matros all-in. Matros called with A J for two overcards and the spade flush draw.

Matros missed all his outs when the dealer flipped the 6 river.

Matros finishes in ninth place and will receive $16,174 for his efforts.

Gary Bogdanski
Gary Bogdanski

Bogdanski Bounces (Eighth)

And just like that we have another bustout.

Gary Bogdanski was severely short stacked and was all-in pre-flop with one bet.

The bet didn't scare anyone as Steve Hustoft, Matt Grapenthien and William Jensen all came along for the ride.

The flop went T 7 4 and Grapenthien checked but Jensen bet into the sidepot and that prompted Hustoft to fold.

The turn came 4 and Jensen made another bet. Grapenthien folded and Jensen won the side pot.

Jensen flipped over 7-4 for the full house and Bogdanski could only shake his head.

"I had the nut-flush," he muttered as he headed for the exit.

Bogdanksi picks up $21,025 for his eighth place finish.

From the Felt

"Flaaavor Flav!"

-Fan cheering on Flavio Ferrari.

Level 23

Blinds: 10,000/20,000 Limits: 20,000/40,000

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$2k Limit Hold'em – Quach Quashed!

Matt Matros
Matt Matros

Outside of one elimination it has been a pensive start to the final table of the $2k NLHE event.

It's all about blind stealing right now as players begin to feel each other out and develop reads on each other.

Here's a look at the biggest hands from the last hour:

Final Table Bubble Bursts

It's always weird that although the final 10 players of a tournament sit at one table it's technically not the final table.

That starts at nine players and, with Daniel Quach busting, we are officially there.

Quach entered the day with about 3 big bets so it's no surprise he's out.

In his final hand Quach traded four bets against Eric Buchman preflop. The flop came T 7 7 and Buchman bet and Quach called for the last of his chips.

Quach flipped over K J and Buchman flipped over A Q.

The turn came K, which looked good for Quach, but was actually not as Buchman made his nut-flush. The river was a meaningless 9.

Quach is out in 10th place for $12,561.

Eric Buchman
The Buch stops here.

Spotlight on Eric Buchman

Eric Buchman is no fluke.

Many thought that Buchman's fourth place finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $2.5 million might be the last we ever see of the New Yorker.

Instead Buchman has already cashed twice in this WSOP and has a great chance to win his first bracelet in this event.

Buchman learned poker at a young age and began taking weekly trips to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos while in college. After he graduated Buchman took regular trips to Atlantic City and doubled his bankroll almost immediately.

He eventually won a large tournament at the Tropicana and the rest was history. Buchman has nearly 3.5 million in lifetime tournament earnings although a large portion of that comes from his Main Event final table.

So far the only thing that has eluded Buchman is a major poker title and that might change today.


Here's how it all stacks up after an hour of play:

Eric Buchman - 600,000
Flavio Ferrari - 590,000
Hansu Chu - 547,000
Steven Hustoft - 400,000
Brent Courson - 203,000
William Jensen - 190,000
Matt Grapenthien - 145,000
Matthew Matros - 124,000
Gary Bogdanski - 105,000

Level 22

Blinds: 8,000/15,000 Limits: 15,000/30,000

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$2k Limit Hold'em – Here We Go!

It's Buch-mania!
It's Buch-mania!

Welcome to PokerListings coverage of the final day of Event 18 $2,000 Limit Hold'em.

This event began on Wednesday with 476 runners but now only 10 remain.

Among the players still in the hunt for a bracelet in this event are 2009 WSOP Main Event fourth place finisher Eric Buchman, Matt Matros, who already has a bracelet at the 2010 WSOP and consistent WSOP casher William Jensen.

The table is rounded out by Hansu Chu, Steven Hustoft, Flavio Ferrari, Matt Grapethien, Brent Courson, Gary Bogdanski and Daniel Quach.

We're going to play all the way down to a winner tonight so hopefully you have a stash of Red Bull ready.

Here's a look at the chip counts as we enter play:

Eric Buchman - 453,000
Hansu Chu - 447,000
Steven Hustoft - 383,000
Flavio Ferrari - 373,000
William Jensen - 326,000
Matt Grapenthien - 254,000
Brent Courson - 240,000
Matthew Matros - 224,000
Gary Bogdanski - 115,000
Daniel Quach - 55,000

Level 20

Blinds: 5,000/10,000 Limits: 10,000/20,000

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Event Name Event 18 - $2,000 Limit Hold'em
Venue Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 9 June 2010
Final Day 11 June 2010
Buy In $2,000
Entrants 476
Prize Pool $866,320
First Prize $203,607

Eric Buchman

Event 18 - $2,000 Limit Hold'em

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Eric Buchman $203,607
2. Brent Courson $125,737
3. Steven Hustoft $90,928
4. Flavio Ferrari $66,446
5. Hansu Chu $49,068
6. William Jensen $36,619
7. Matt Grapenthien $27,609
8. Gary Bogdanski $21,025
9. Matt Matros $16,174
10. Daniel Quach $12,561