2019 WSOP Day 35: Baker and Campbell Win Second Titles

2019 WSOP Day 35: Baker and Campbell Win Second Titles

On Tuesday, July 2, a special tournament was on the schedule to benefit United States military veteran organizations. The Salute to Warriors NLHE tournament was a way to celebrate those who have served.

Meanwhile, the anticipation grew around the Rio Convention Center for the start of the WSOP Main Event. But on the day before it gets underway, this is what happened at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Event 64:  $888 Crazy Eights NLHE – Day 3/4

Total entries:  10,185

Prize pool:  $7,720,210

Players paid:  1,223

Minimum payout:  $1,500

Winner payout:  $888,000

Day 3 players remaining:  10

Final table chip counts:

Aleksandras Rusinovas (Lithuania) – 114,625,000 chips

Thomas Drivas (USA) – 58.6 million chips

Vivian Saliba (Brazil) – 43.5 million chips

Uselis Gediminas (USA) – 43.4 million chips

Mark Radoja (Canada) – 36.1 million chips

Patrick Clarke (Ireland) – 36 million chips

Vlad Darie (Hungary) – 26.75 million chips

Rick Alvarado (USA) – 21.15 million chips

Mario Hofler (USA) – 15.2 million chips

Keun Kwak (USA) – 12 million chips

Day 4 starting time: 12 noon

Event 66:  $1,500 LHE – Final

Total entries:  541

Prize pool:  $730,350

Players paid:  82

Final table payouts:

1st place:  David Baker (USA) – $161,139

2nd place:  Brian Kim (USA) – $99,564

3rd place:  Dominzo Love (USA) – $68,353

4th place:  Ruiko Mamiya (Japan) – $47,747

5th place:  Chris Ferguson (USA) – $33,948

6th place:  Chicong Nguyen (USA) – $24,574

7th place:  Kenneth Donoghue (USA) – $18,118

8th place:  Danny Woolard (USA) – $13,609

9th place:  Greg Mueller (Canada) – $10,418

Event 67:  $10K Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better – Final

Total entries:  151

Prize pool:  $1,419,400

Players paid:  23

Final table payouts:

1st place:  Robert Campbell (Australia) – $385,763

2nd place:  Yueqi Zhu (China) – $238,420

3rd place:  Mike Wattel (USA) – $164,647

4th place:  Mike Matusow (USA) – $116,255

5th place:  Ryan Hughes (USA) – $83,971

6th place:  Qinghai Pan (USA) – $62,079

7th place:  Andrey Zhigalov (Russia) – $46,999

8th place:  Steven Wolansky (USA) – $36,460

Event 69:  $1K NLHE Mini Main Event – Day 2 of 3

Total entries:  5,521

Prize pool:  $4,968,900

Players paid:  829

Minimum payout:  $1,499

Winner payout:  $628,654

Day 2 players remaining:  8

Final table chip counts:

Andrews Korn (Argentina) – 75 million chips

Jeremy Saderne (France) – 64 million chips

Yi Ma (Hong Kong) – 62.6 million chips

Koji Takagi (Japan) – 44 million chips

Lulu Taylor (USA) – 30.5 million chips

Stefan Widmer (Switzerland) – 28.4 million chips

Ben Alloggio (USA) – 13.9 million chips

Philip Gildea (Ireland) – 12.4 million chips

Final table payouts thus far:

9th place:  James Stewart (USA) – $55,118

Day 3 starting time:  12noon

Event 70:  $5K NLHE Six-Handed – Day 2 of 4

Total entries:  814

Prize pool:  $3,785,100

Players paid:  123

Minimum payout:  $7,393

Winner payout:  $757,078

Day 2 players remaining:  28

Chip leader:  Joao Vieira (Portugal) – 2.1 million chips

Day 3 starting time:  2pm

Event 71:  $500 NLHE Salute to Warriors – Day 1 of 3

Total entries:  1,723

Prize pool:   $723,660

Players paid:  259

Minimum payout:  $699

Winner payout:  $121,161

Day 1 players remaining:  267

Chip leader:  Dominique Terzian (France) – 801,000 chips

Day 2 starting time:  12noon

Event 72:  $10K LHE Championship – Day 1 of 3

Total entries:  110 (registration remains open)

Prize pool:  $1,034,000 (not final)

Players paid:  TBD

Minimum payout:  TBD

Winner payout:  TBD

Day 1 players remaining:  51

Chip leader:  Andrew Brown (USA) – 337,000 chips

Day 2 starting time:  2pm

Notable Information

The first win of the day was the second career bracelet for longtime poker pro David “ODB” Baker, and this one happened in the $1,500 LHE. He won his first WSOP victory happened in 2012, but more recently, he won a World Poker Tour title several months ago. And he really wanted a second WSOP title. “All my friends had more bracelets than me,” he said, “so I’ve been really wanting to get number two for a long time and finally did. I’m thrilled. I think it’s pretty obvious I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to the WSOP and what it means to me.”

Baker also got the better end of the numerous bracelet bets with fellow pros. “I live for the pressure, and I wanted it,” he said. “Now that I have those taken care of and I know I can’t lose no matter what happens to all these other players out there that I have bets against, that’s a relief.”

Later on Tuesday, Robert Campbell of Australia took down the $10K Stud Hi-Lo Championship title, which was his second bracelet in a matter of weeks. His first was in a Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw event. He became the first player in 2019 to capture double gold bracelets.

“I had probably played less poker (coming into the summer) than I’ve ever played, and I felt really, realy excited to play,” he admitted. “I was really excited to come to Vegas, much more excited than I had been in the past.”

With that, Campbell took the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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