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David “ODB” Baker Takes Down WPT L.A. Poker Classic

Former WSOP gold bracelet winner David “ODB” Baker now boasts a WPT title, as well, after taking down the L.A. Poker Classic

David “ODB” Baker is the new WPT L.A. Poker Classic champion after surviving through the packed six-handed final table of the tournament. The player earned $1,015,000 for being the last man standing in the prestigious tournament.

This year’s edition of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic drew 546 entries who generated a prize pool of $5,169,270. The tournament’s first five days were played at Commerce Casino in the Los Angeles area, just as usual. Those five days were the lead-up to the event’s culmination, the finale that took place at HyperX Esports Arena at Luxor Las Vegas.

The WPT L.A. Poker Classic’s final table was the first televised finale of the current WPT season. Under a recently forged partnership with the brand-new eSports venue, the popular poker series will hold all its televised final tables there.

The six-handed final table of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic kicked off with record-breaking WPT champion Darren Elias as the chip leader. The player was vying for a record fifth title from the series, but it eluded him yesterday.

Elias entered the final day of the tournament with a massive advantage over his remaining opponents, holding more than 9.07 million in chips. His stack at the start of final table action accounted for nearly 41% of all chips in play.

How the Final Day Unfolded

The eventual champion, Baker, was second in chips when cards were thrown in the air to mark the start of the tournament’s final table. The player held 4.76 million at that point. Lithuania’s Matas Cimbolas, the other former WPT champ left in the race for the L.A. Poker Classic title, was third in chips with 4.675 million.

Jean-Claude Moussa with 1.25 million, Steve Yea with 1.205 million, and John Smith with 895,000 were the other three players that made it to the final table of the tournament.

As play progressed, Elias lost his momentum, while Baker was building his stack to eventually emerge as the chip leader and never really look back. The top three stacks at the start of the day were actually the final three players left to fight for the title.

It was Elias who first lost the battle out of the three finalists. The player was eliminated in third place by Cimbolas to collect $473,280 for his efforts. Elias is still the holder of the most WPT titles ever won with four Main Event victories, but a fifth title would have further cemented his lead in that prestigious ranking.

Elias’ departure from the L.A. Poker Classic left it to Cimbolas and Baker to determine the winner. Their two-handed match began with the eventual winner holding 15.375 million in chips to his final opponent’s 6.475 million.

Cimbolas managed to win several big pots over the course of the duel, but Baker never really let his fellow finalist narrow the gap between them too much. The two players battled it out for nearly 40 hands before the final one was dealt.

On a [3s][Ah][10c] flop, Baker checked and Cimbolas bet 300,000. Baker called and the turn delivered [6h]. The soon-to-be-champion checked again, while Cimbolas bet 600,000. Baker took some time before calling. The [2h] appeared on the river and Baker bet 10 million, putting Cimbolas in great danger. Cimbolas gave it some thought before shoving.

Baker flipped [5c][4c] and Cimbolas revealed [10s][5d], hitting the rail in second place. His payday totaled $646,930. The two players shook hands and it was then time for Baker to celebrate and pose for the winner’s picture.

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