Eric Buchman Wins Bracelet No.2 At WSOP $1,500 Seven Card StudJune 18, 2014 11:29 am
US pro Eric Buchman famously reached the 2009 WSOP Main Event final table before ultimately finishing in 4th place for a $2.5 million pay day. In 2010 he then followed up by taking down the WSOP $2,000 Limit Hold’em event to earn his first career bracelet. Fast forward to WSOP 2014 and Eric Buchman has now triumphed at the $1,500 seven card stud event to book himself a $118,785 score, and rack up his second gold winners bracelet.
Commenting after his impressive victory at the Rio in Las Vegas, the pro who now boasts $4,260,305 in tournament earnings, said:
“In 2010 I was coming off of a huge win after finishing fourth at the [Main Event] final table. Life-changing money. It was kind of gratification for not winning the Main Event, getting that bracelet, but now it means so much. I had a two year drought where I didn’t even get close. When I got here today, I really wanted to play my best and not make any mistakes and not blow it. Who knows when I’m going to make another final table, it could be another couple of years. I wanted to make the most of it.”
Event#34: Seven Card Stud attracted 345 players to create a prize pool worth $465,750. Amongst the big names then cashing in at the tournament was Marcel Luske in 33rd ($2,524), Brian Hastings in 32nd ($3,008), Mel Judah in 26th ($3,008), Phil Laak in 19th ($3,586), and Daniel Negreanu in 10th ($8,504).
At the final table of eight, Eric Buchman then made it all the way through to three-handed play where he subsequently eliminated Russian Aleksandr Denisov in 3rd ($47,315), to go heads-up against his compatriot Alex Kravchenko for the title.
As heads-up play got underway, Buchman held a 2-to-1 chip lead over his final opponent, a gap which became progressively bigger over the next hour until Buchman was eventually able to finish off Kravchenko to claim the victory. Heaping praise on Alex Kravchenko’s fine performance, which earned him $73,360, Buchman said:
“He plays really well, he played really well today and it just didn’t go his way. I feel like I have so much experience, and so much heads-up experience in this game, I felt really good. [But] I didn’t want to go heads-up against him – I would have rather faced the other Russian or Will, because I felt Kravchenko was the better player, but it worked out, so I have no complaints.”
Final Table Results:
1 Eric Buchman – $117,785
2 Alex Kravchenko – $73,360
3 Aleksandr Denisov – $47,315
4 William Thompson – $34,283
5 Bryn Kenney – $25,206
6 Nabih Helmi – $18,802
7 Mallory Smith – $14,228
8 David Prager – $10,921