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Don Baruch Wins WSOP NL Hold’em Shootout Event

Sunday, June 17, 2007 | Francis Lee

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Event 21 at the World Series of Poker 2007 saw the first time a No Limit Hold’em Shootout format event was held. A very popular format with online poker players. The tournament was scheduled to be capped at a maximum of 800 entrants, but because of the large number of players wanting to enter the event this was extended to 900. A shoot out event is where only the winner off each table makes it into the next round. So the first round would start with 90 tables with 900 players starting out, this would be reduced to 9 tables with 90 players left for round two, and the winner off each of these tables would make up the final 9 to battle it out for the tournament win. At the start of each round all players started off with the same amount in chips. All entrants making it into round 2 cashed in with 1st place set to win $264,107. 

Daniel Negreanu and Erick Lindgren were the most notable players to make the final table, Negreanu looking for his fifth WSOP bracelet win and Lindren looking for his first. All players started off with $300,000 in chips.

Final Table Line Up:

  • Seat 1: Don Baruch
  • Seat 2: Daniel Negreanu
  • Seat 3: Jared Davis
  • Seat 4: Thomas Fuller
  • Seat 5: Fred Goldberg
  • Seat 6: Brendan Lee
  • Seat 7: Michael Wehner
  • Seat 8: Doug Baughman
  • Seat 9: Erick Lindgren

Daniel Negeanu made a good start dominating play in the early stages, taking advantage of the tight strategies adopted by the other players, and then eliminating the first player out of the tournament on the 26th hand of play. Negreanu holding :ad :kh made the first bet to $50,000, this was raised All In by Fred Goldberg with pocket Jacks and Negreanu calls. It didn’t look good for Negreanu after the first four cards came down :7d :7s :8d :2s but the River :ac gave Negreanu the win eliminating Goldberg in 9th place wining $9,828.

It was one of the pre final table favourites Erick Lindgren to go out of the tournament next. Erick Lindgren and Don Baruch were both in the pot and the Flop came down :jh :9h :5d Lindgren made a bet which was called and the :as came down on the Turn. Lindgren moved All In and was immediately called by Baruch flipping over :ah :9d two pair. Lindgren showed :ad :7h meaning he was drawing dead on the River, going out of the tournament in 8th place winning $15,971.

Doug Baughman was the next player eliminated just before the break in a three way pot involving Daniel Negreanu and Don Baruch. Baughman raised after the Flop came down :ks :jc :3c and Negreanu re raised to which Baruch folds. Baughman moved All In and Negreanu called. Negreanu showed :ad :kh in the lead against Baughman with :qc :10c having both a club flush draw and a double barrelled straight draw. The :kd on the Turn improved Negreanu’s hand to trips and the :2s confirmed Baughman’s elimination from the tournament, going out in 7th winning $15,971.

Not long after this Negreanu knocked his second opponent out in a row. Brendan Lee moved all his chips into the pot with the Flop coming down :10d :6s :2h holding :as :8d Negreanu thought for a while before making an excellent read on Lee calling with :kc :6c Lee behind in the hand still had outs with two over cards, but they never came with the :7h on the Turn and :jd on the River winning Negreanu the pot putting him firmly in the chip lead. Lee took home $22,113 in 6th place.

Daniel Negreanu continued to out play the table getting his hatrick in knockouts, eliminating Michael Wehner in 5th place. Negreanu raised the pot from the cut off and was re-raised by Wehner All In. Negreanu again thought for a while and called showing :kd :qh Wehner had :ah :4h The Flop put Negreanu in the lead coming down :kh :7s :5d leaving Wehner needing help. The Turn gave Wehner hope coming down :3h giving him a flush and gun shot straight draw, or needing an Ace on the River to win the pot. The :kc dashed these hopes knocking Wehner out of the tournament in 5th place taking home $36,855.

Negreanu was holding a commanding chip lead at this point with 1.6 million in chips compared to his nearest competitor Don Baruch on $485,000. Both Jared Davis and Thomas Fuller were on the short stack on around $275,000.

It was the two short stacked players Thomas Fuller and Jared Davis who locked horns next with both players going All In. Davis looked in great shape to take the pot holding pocket Aces against Fuller’s :ad :5d The Aces held up with the board coming down :qh :jc :3c :5s :2h and Fuller was out of the tournament in 4th winning $68,796.

Negreanu let this lead slip losing quite a few hands to both players and eventually finding himself short stacked, with $50,000 less than what Jared Davis had. It was Jared Davis who knocked Negreanu out of this tournament holding pocket Fives against :ac :8d The pocket Fives held up with the board showing :6c :4h :2c :7d :7h and Negreanu was out in 3rd taking $101,351.

Don Baruch had a large chip stack compared to Jared Davis and took his time to pick him off, eventually winning the event hitting a full house holding :kc :qs with the board coming down :qd :9d :9c :qh :8h Davis’s :as :5c wasn’t good enough and took $149,263 in 2nd place. Baruch winning $264,107, a Corum watch and his first WSOP bracelet in 1st place.

WSOP 2007 Event 21 No Limit Hold’em Shootout Result:

  • 1st Don Baruch $264,107
  • 2nd Jared Davis $149,263
  • 3rd Daniel Negreanu $101,351
  • 4th Thomas Fuller $68,796
  • 5th Michael Wehner $36,855
  • 6th Brendan Lee $22,113
  • 7th Doug Baughman $15,971
  • 8th Erick Lindgren $12,899
  • 9th Fred Goldberg $9,828

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