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Eric Baldwin Beats 2,095 to Take Down $1,500 WSOP Event in Las Vegas

19/6/2009
The numbers on the huge-field Hold’em events may be down on last year’s World Series of Poker, but that didn’t stop a highly impressive total of 2,095 runners turning up for the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em.

In the end, Eric Baldwin took down his first gold bracelet to continue the Americans’ dominance in Vegas, winning $521,932 and fighting off challenges from Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, who’d seemed destined for the title as early as 20 players left. It was unlucky 13th for ElkY, however, when his pocket kings ran into the aces of Steven Bradbury.

Roland de Wolfe went close to a second title, just a week after his first ever WSOP bracelet, but it wasn’t to be, the Londoner busting out in 5th place.

Baldwin entered the heads-up with Jonas Klausen with a cursory chip lead and the advantage swung back and forth before Baldwin surged ahead, flopping a set to the hapless Klausen’s two pair. Soon after, the 8-1 chip lead told as Baldwin’s pocket tens went all-in against the A-Q of Klausen. Klausen couldn’t hit the magic cards needed and Baldwin made sure of another bracelet for the home side.

FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS

1. $ 521,932 - Eric Baldwin
2. $ 322,371 - Jonas Klausen
3. $ 213,046 - James Taylor
4. $ 150,133 - Benjamin Scholl
5. $ 112,957 - Roland De Wolfe
6. $ 89,222 - Andrew Youngblood
7. $ 74,352 - Steven Bradbury
8. $ 65,487 - Martin Jacobson
9. $ 60,335 - Eric DeFontes
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