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Online Friends Come Together at the WSOP

David "Bakes" Baker is surrounded by friends after winning the WSOP bracelet in Event #19 ($10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw). Baker describes the group this way: "We all met online. We all play online poker together. When it came time to go to the WSOP, we met up and then put faces to our screen names. It's awesome. I love the World Series of Poker. You get to come and chill with 300 of your best friends." And if you're fortunate, you also go home with a WSOP bracelet.



Victory is a Raised Fist and a Kiss

In the final hand of Event #19 ($10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw), David "Bakes" Baker (left) drew one card and showed 10-9-8-4. Cloutier drew two cards and showed 6-4-2. But Baker pulled a jack for a J-low, while Cloutier caught a seven and another six for a pair. The lower hand gives Baker the pot -- and the WSOP bracelet. Baker immediately raises his fist in the air in triumph as his girlfriend Maria Mayrinck (right) rushes to congratulate him with a hug and a kiss.



Maria Mayrinck and Vanessa Selbst Watch the Final Hand

As the final hand is dealt in Event #19 ($10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw), Maria Mayrinck (left) watches her boyfriend David "Bakes" Baker (foreground, right) as he moves all in. Mayrinck and Vanessa Selbst (center) are waiting to see whether Eric Cloutier calls or folds. Earlier in his career, Baker hired Selbst (the last female to win an open WSOP bracelet) as a personal poker coach to help improve his game, and the lessons are moments away from paying off with a WSOP bracelet of his own.



Eric Cloutier's Full House Isn't Welcome in 2-7

After John Juanda busts in fourth and George Danzer is eliminated in third, the battle for the bracelet in Event #19 ($10,000 27 No-Limit Draw) comes down to Eric Cloutier (left) and David "Bakes" Baker (foreground, right). In this hand, Cloutier flashes a full house and wisely folds -- a full house is one of the worst starting hands possible in a lowball game like deuce-to-seven.



WSOP POY Points Leader John Juanda

In the first three weeks of the 2010 WSOP, John Juanda has reached three final tables, all in championship events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more. Juanda ultimately finishes fourth in Event #19 ($10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw), which is a few spots short of the bracelet but does give him enough points to take a slight lead in the WSOP Player of the Year standings. But so far it is a close race, and Juanda will need to acquire more points if he hopes to win the POY award this year.



John Juanda's Pair of Threes

John Juanda holds up a K-Q-8-3-3, which is a horrible hand in Event #19 ($10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw). The goal in this game is to get the worst hand possible (no pairs, no flushes, no straights, etc.). Aces count as a high card, so the "best" hand you can get in this lowball game is 7-5-4-3-2. With two face cards and a pair of threes in his hand, Juanda lays it down.



Former NHL Player Eric Cloutier

Eric Cloutier is a semi-professional poker player who used to be a professional hockey player -- he played for the Boston Bruins in the NHL. Nowadays Cloutier owns a sports bar in Louisiana, but still travels the country playing poker. (Since many people ask the question, we'll answer it -- Eric is not the son of poker Hall of Famer T.J. Cloutier.)



The German Cheering Section

George Danzer had the most spirited fans in the crowd. After he won a pot, they would usually break out into an impromptu song praising him on his way to winning a bracelet.



George Danzer

George Danzer is a sponsored pro from Germany who made the second WSOP final table of his career in Event #19 ($10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw). Danzer had the largest and loudest cheering section, but ultimately fell short of the bracelet, finishing in fourth place.



David "Bakes" Baker Having a Memorable WSOP

Two weeks after final tabling the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, David "Bakes" Baker is back at another championship final table, this time in Event #19 ($10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw). Baker is just the sixth player this year to make multiple WSOP final tables.



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