July 8, 2019 (Las Vegas) - Shawn “Bucky21” Buchanan is the winner of the $800 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Online Bracelet event. He wins the $223,119 first prize and his first World Series of Poker bracelet.
He topped a field of 1,560 players and grabbed his share of the $1,170,000 prizepool.
Barry Hutter and Lauren Roberts made deep runs, but were eliminated in quick succession to bring the final six players to the final table.
When the final table began, Buchanan was the big chip leader.
Jeremy “Gimmiehaveit” Brown was eliminated in sixth place. He won $37,089 for his finish.
That left Buchanan with a big chip lead five-handed on his way to potentially winning his first WSOP bracelet. Buchanan now has 57 cashes with almost $3-million in career WSOP winnings. His total career tournament winnings was $6,915,790.
This was Buchanan’s ninth final table and he has three runner-up finishes. Two of his runner-up finishes came in 2011.
David “YoungPitts” Baker (Bakes) shoved and Luigi Andrea “Bananasplit” Shehadeh called with ace-high and missed, giving Baker the double up and leaving Shehadeh as the short stack.
He got it in ahead against the chip leader Buchanan, but Buchanan rivered a flush when the fourth club hit the board. Buchanan now had a two-to-one chip lead over his next closest opponent.
Baker started to make some progress putting himself close behind Hunter “Ibinkustink” Gebron in third position. Baker was still slightly behind Gebron after eliminating Alexandre “Apalexpex” Moreira in fourth place. Moreira got all in with ten-high and Baker took down the pot with pocket queens after Moreira failed to catch up. He took home $69,831 for his finish.
The elimination meant that Buchanan was not only one step closer to his first bracelet, but also that he was guaranteed to break the $7-million tournament winnings mark.
Baker moved into second place, with a 2-million chip lead over Gebron. Though he fell behind after losing a pot to the big stack of Buchanan.
Buchanan opened the button and Baker three-bet from the small blind. Buchanan called and took down the pot after Baker checked to him on the flop.
Shortly after, Gebron lost a pot to Buchanan, bringing him into basically a tie with Baker. This was Baker’s second online final table of the summer. He finished fourth in the $3,200 Online High Roller No-Limit bracelet event that was last week.
Baker pot himself about 6-million behind Buchanan for the start of heads up play. He three-bet all in over a Buchanan button open and Gebron called for less with pocket nines. Baker flopped a pair and held to eliminate Gebron in third place.
Gebron booked his first WSOP cash at his first final table. He finished third for $96,993.
Buchanan extended his lead early in heads up play. Baker was looking for his third bracelet and hoping to leave Buchanan with yet another runner-up finish.
Baker greeted Buchanan in the chat and revealed his identity to Buchanan.
His response was simply, “I know. Gl.”
The pace of the heads up was very fast and Buchanan saw himself extend to a better than three-to-one chip lead.
Baker pretty much tied things up when he limped with pocket tens. Buchanan shoved, putting Baker’s 20 big blinds at risk if he should call. Baker called and flopped quads to double up.
Buchanan managed to get a little in front before finally claiming his first WSOP bracelet with pocket jacks against the ace-high of Baker.
Final Table Payouts:
1) Shawn “Bucky21” Buchanan ($223,119)
2) David “YoungPitts” Baker (Bakes) ($137,241)
3) Hunter “Ibinkustink” Gebron ($96,993)
4) Alexandre “Apalexpex” Moreira ($69,831)
5) Luigi Andrea “Bananasplit” Shehadeh ($50,310)
6) Jeremy “Gimmiehaveit” Brown ($37,089)