Poker pro David Bach claimed his second gold bracelet for the year after he won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship held this weekend at the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Bach defeated a formidable field of 150 top poker players to win the title and take home first-place prize money of $383,208. The win helped Bach win this third WSOP career bracelet.
One of those players that he defeated on his way to the top was defending champion Jason Mercier.
Bach who hails from Athens, Georgia has a total of $3.95 million in career live tournament winnings. A recent title win in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event just 10 days ago for $119,399 got him his second gold bracelet. He won his first bracelet at the 2009 WSOP in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship where he received $1,276,802. Comparing his two WSOP bracelet wins this year, Bach noted that the H.O.R.S.E event was the tougher of the two.
In a statement Bach said
It couldn’t have been anymore different. This was tougher opponents. A way tougher chip stack situation. To be honest, once I got like four-handed, I felt like I was free rolling. I lost a couple big hands early with good hands and got really short. I lost about a million in chips to some unlucky situations. To come back from that… I was free rolling
His latest title makes Bach the first multi-bracelet winner of 2017 WSOP. The final table for the event had 15 players which included Daniel Negreanu, who has won the WSOP Player of the Year in the past and is a six-time WSOP bracelet winner who was the chip leader initially.
Negreanu was eliminated in the 6th round by Eric Rodawig during the Omaha hi-lo orbit.Exiting at sixth place he took home $61,677. Mercier followed, going out to Andrew Brown. He won $83,415 for his fifth-place finish.
In the final session Rodawig and Bach went head to head but Bach retained full control of the game. He won most of the pots which ended with him having a nine-to- one chip lead over Rodawig in the final hand, helping Bach close the hand with ease. Rodawig went home with $236,841 for his second place finish. Third place was taken by Don Zewin who received $163,557. Bach’s strong run in the 2017 WSOP tournament has put him as one of the serious contenders for the Player of the Year title.