Online and live poker pro Eric ” Basebaldy” Baldwin has claimed his second World Series of Poker winner’s bracelet and a pay-day of $319,580 after winning the $1,500 buy-in NLHE event, besting a star-studded entry field of 1,330.
His first WSOP bracelet came from the same event nine years ago.
By the time the final table formed Aaron Massey held the chip lead, although he was unable to maintain it and was eventually eliminated at fourth.
After four eliminations table action was dominated by 2016 WSOP.com Nevada Online Player of the Year, Ian Steinman and Baldwin, and the duo maintained that advantage to face each other in the three-hour heads up.
Late Wednesday night the organisers decreed that an additional day would be required to end the competition, and the two tired players bagged up for the night.
Thursday saw the duo back at the table and this time Baldwin was able to put Steinman away after a grinding, hard-fought heads up action. Steinman’s second placing brought him $197,461.
Other final table cashes included:
3rd: Enrico Rudelitz – $140,957
4th: Aaron Massey – $101,819
5th: Robert Georato – $74,434
6th: Michael Finstein – $55,077
7th: Stephen Song – $41,257
8th: Gilsoo Kim – $31,290
9th: Matthew Moore – $24,032