When the final 15 players reconvened at the Rio to play out the endgame in Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship, the lineup featured a familiar cast of characters.
Jason Mercier was in the mix, attempting to defend the bracelet he won in this prestigious mixed-game event last summer.
Daniel Negreanu was there too, looking to make his third final table of the young World Series of Poker – and he held a big chip lead to boot.
Brian Rast, Sportsbook of three bracelets and more than $20 million in lifetime tournament earnings, had a nice stack to work with as well.
And then there was David Bach, a veteran pro highly respected among his peers in the professional ranks who had two bracelets to his credit. But unlike the trio of superstars listed above, Bach has never been widely known among casual poker fans – likely due to his preference for mixed games over NLHE.
Bach took down the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Poker Players Championship at the WSOP back in 2009, but the next seven summers saw the cowboy hat-clad grinder go without the gold. He finally broke that streak two weeks ago, winning Event #11: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer’s Choice – but Bach wasn’t about to let another long drought bleed into his bankroll.
Having started the day fifth in chips, Bach proceeded to put on a clinic across all disciplines of the Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Stud Hi-Lo, and Stud Eight or Better mix.
Per the live updates provided by PokerNews, after watching Negreanu (sixth place, $61,677) and Mercier (fifth place, $83,415) bow out, Bach busted Andrew Brown (fourth place, $115,484) during the Omaha Hi-Lo orbit.
Don Zewin hit the rail next (third place, $163,557), leaving bracelet Sportsbook Eric Rodawig with a slight lead of 4.175 million to Bach’s 3.325 million. The lead mattered little, however, as Bach used the two Stud games and a round of Hold’em to put Rodawig on the brink.
Less than an hour after heads-up play began, Bach connected on a Broadway flop to make a pair of aces in Omaha Hi-Lo, and Rodawig’s (second place, $236,841) nines couldn’t catch up.
Bach won $383,208 for defeating 150 of the best mixed-game players on the planet, while adding his name to the shortlist of WSOP heroes who have won three or more bracelets on poker’s premier stage.