Ray Davis wins inaugural WCOOP Badugi event

Raymond Davis

Veteran pro and poker personality Raymond Davis became the first WCOOP Champion in Badugi early Wednesday morning.

Davis, no stranger to the poker world having cashed regularly in major poker events since 2002, overcame a tough final table that included Danny "THE__D__RY" Ryan and Billy "The Croc" Argyros to book the win.

Known for his sense of style and outspoken personality, Davis has taken down six-figure scores in the 2008 $50K H.O.R.S.E. and the 2007 WPT Five Diamond event at Bellagio, but this is his first WCOOP title.

A total of 376 players paid the $320 buy-in to take part in the event, which was added to the WCOOP schedule, in part due to Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein's constant requests.

Because Badugi, a four-card draw lowball game, is such an unusual variant of poker, the field contained a high ratio of pros including Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Chris Moneymaker, Gavin Griffin and many others.

Greenstein hosted the event and proceeded to taunt close-friend Davis throughout the final table.

"Normally I would congratulate all of you, but you're behind Raymond Davis, which is quite embarrassing," wrote Greenstein in the chatbox at the start of the final table. "I have to root for you Raymond. No one else owes me money."

Argyros, who is commonly referred to as Billy the Croc, entered the final table as one of the short stacks and didn't make it long until he was eliminated in 7th place. Argyros later admitted in the chatbox that it was his first Badugi tournament.

The other well-known pro at the final table, Ryan is known as a sit-and-go master, but also finished fifth in the 2008 EPT Copenhagen event. Ryan entered the final table with a medium stack but was eventually ousted by Davis in fifth place.

In the end, Davis entered heads-up play against bobsmith166 with a small chip lead.

The two agreed to an almost even chop, but still played one hour and 30 minutes heads-up before Davis finally landed the knockout blow, winning both the WCOOP title and the $19,912 that came with it.

Here are the complete final table results:

1. Raymond "raydavis77" Davis - $19,912

2. bobsmith166 - $17,312

3. goleafsgo41 - $11,844

4. Cordelia - $8,460

5. Danny "THE_D_RY" Ryan - $5,640

6. JP OSU - $3,948

7. Billy "crocky" Argyros - $2,820

8. MadisonAce29 - $2,820


In other WCOOP news, Kevin "BeLOWaBOVe" Saul managed to finish third in the first high roller event of the 2009 WCOOP.

The final table of the $10,300 No-Limit Hold'em event was not exactly a cake-walk, with EPT founder John Duthie, Peter "Belebacsi" Traply, Scott "SCTrojans" Freeman and Mike "Sowerss" Sowers all vying for first place.

In the end, unknown online player Sumpas beat Sowers in heads-up play to take the title and the $611,455 that came with it.

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