Players who were part of the WSOP 2009 Main Event final table are finding success in events at the current 2014 WSOP. The ME winner in 2009, Joe Cada, got his hands on his second bracelet the other day and last night the 2009 fourth place ME finisher, Eric Buchman, booked his second bracelet as well.
Buchman’s first bracelet came a year after his Main Event appearance when he took down a $2,000 Limit Hold’em Event. Buchman explained in an interview after the match that although the bracelet he won last night was sweet, the first one will always have a special flavor to it.
Event #34 – Seven Card Stud, started with 345 runners but last night only six of them returned to play out the short-handed final table. One of the six players, Nabih Helmi, returned with only three big bets to start the day and was eliminated quickly after the start of play, earning $18,802.
Several minutes later, Bryn Kenney was sent to the rail when his two pair were no match for William Thompson’s trip Fours. Kenney nabbed $25,206 for this finish. Next to go was his executioner, Thompson. Alexandr Denisov had hidden Aces to make two pair and Thompson’s pair of Threes and three-flush couldn’t catch up. Thompson headed for the rail earning $34,283.
Some hands later and it was Denisov’s turn to leave. Despite holding #ad#7h / #7d#5d#as on fifth, he was behind Buchman, who caught trips on the same street while holding #jh#jc / #3h#7s#jd. Denisov was in need of some immediate help but couldn’t get any as the dealer gave him #4c and #2d and with that he was done. Denisov earned $47,315 for his third place finish.
This left Alex Kravchenko and Buchman to fight it out for the bracelet. Buchman was in the lead, but things could easily turn around in couple of hands. They didn’t, however, as Buchman continued to gradually grind Kravchenko down during the next hour until the final hand played out.
Kravchenko was already down to 180,000 chips and Buchman took the majority of that by making his straight on the seventh. In the following hand, he proceeded to knock out Kravchenko and claim the title. Kravchenko was all-in on the fourth with #8s#7c / #6h#7s against Buchman’s #js#10c / #10d#6s. Buchman caught #10h giving him trips, while Kravchenko received #5s for a straight draw. However, #6c on sixth for Buchman sealed the deal as he filled up and Kravchenko was done in second place, receiving $73,360.
Buchman locked up his second bracelet and a victory worth $118,785. It wasn’t an easy heads-up match for sure, as Kravchenko certainly doesn’t lack experience at the final tables and was on his own quest for a second bracelet. Buchman stated after the tournament that his opponent played really well, but the cards just didn’t go his way. As always, there can only be one winner, and this time it was 34-year old Eric Buchman adding another bracelet to the shelf of his poker achievements.