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2023 54th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, June 09, 2023 to Sunday, June 11, 2023

Event #24: $1,500 Razz

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $742,260
  • Entries: 556
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 12, 2023 2:07 AM Local Time
Two Big Bets and a Chair - David “ODB” Baker Fights Back from the Felt to Win His Third Bracelet

David "ODB" Baker

It's a less elegant turn of phrase than "a chip and a chair", but David "ODB" Baker was down to only two big bets and a chair in World Series of Poker Event #24: $1,500 Razz at Paris and Horseshoe Las Vegas, before surging back to win his third bracelet.

Baker adds his name to a list of illustrious former winners of this event that includes Brad Ruben, Kevin Gerhart, Max Pescatori, and Phil Hellmuth.

$1,500 Razz Final Table Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in USD)
1David "ODB" BakerUnited States$152,991
2Justin LibertoUnited States$94,558
3Chris HundleyUnited States$66,659
4Takashi OguraJapan$47,743
5Jeff LisandroAustralia$34,752
6Everett CarltonUnited States$25,714
7William BurkeCanada$19,347
8Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland$14,805
9Rafael ConcepcionUnited States$11,527

Winner's Reaction

After the win, Baker remarked on how much winning his third bracelet meant: "If you polled poker players to find out who loved poker the most, my name would be on the top ten list. I live for this."

He also remarked on the experience of coming back from such a huge deficit. "In 2017, in this event I was up I think 30:1 on Jason Gola. That was the most disappointed I've been. That one really ate me up. It's a lot of redemption to come back in the same event that he stole from me. Not to say he didn't play great - he made a great comeback. But now I have a first, a second, a third, and a fifth in razz. I've been around a long time, and I know in these events, sometimes you just need to win that one pot. I never lost hope."

Baker was also short-stacked three-handed and credited his turnaround there to a good read in a hand against Chris Hundley.

Baker never gave up, fought back time and time again, and truly earned his third WSOP bracelet.

Liberto's Juggernaut Run Comes to and End

Justin Liberto
Justin Liberto

Baker's two big bets were also all that stood between Justin Liberto and his second WSOP bracelet. Liberto had come into Day 3 second in chips and continued to accumulate them until, with four players left, he had more than half the chips in play. It is a notable achievement for Liberto, whose previous WSOP successes have mainly been in hold 'em events.

Event #24 attracted a field of 556 razz players, the largest ever for a WSOP razz event, and generated a prize pool of $742,260.

The final day started with 15 players, with Canada's William Burke (2,450,000) holding a sizable chip lead over Liberto (1,870,000) and Everett Carlton (1,755,000).

Day 3 action started off with a flurry of eliminations, and the final table was reached in an hour and a half.

Final Table Action

Jeff Lisandro was eliminated in fifth Place ($34,752) when he paired fours on sixth and was drawing dead to Baker's eight-five and his quest for his seventh bracelet, and second in razz came to an end.

Takashi Ogura went out in fourth place ($47,743). The climactic hand came when his ten-low could not catch up to Chris Hundley's eight.

Hundley himself was eliminated an hour or so later in third place ($66,659) when he put his tournament on the line and Baker caught up to beat Hundley's jack-low with a nine-eight.

Baker started heads up with Justin Liberto down to three-to-one, and Liberto ground him down from there until finally, Baker made his last stand, tossing his 450,000 into the middle and finding a double up.

After that hand, Baker battled back relentlessly, taking small pot after small pot, betting Liberto off of hands when his boards appeared intimidating, and always seeming to have the winning hand when Liberto called. Chip by chip, he clawed back, and then when he regained the chip lead, the tables swiftly turned, and Baker moved inexorably to the win. The victory brings Baker's WSOP bracelet total to three, and he adds the first place cash of $152,991 to his $3,558,947 in career earnings.

The WSOP has more razz action on tap on June 13, as many of the same top names will battle in Event #33: $10,000 Razz Championship, so be sure to tune in to PokerNews for all the action.

Monday, June 12, 2023 1:04 AM Local Time
David "ODB" Baker Defeats Justin Liberto Heads-up to Win Third WSOP Bracelet

David "ODB" Baker

David "ODB" Baker has bested a record-setting 556-player field in Event #24: $1,500 Razz and defeated Justin Liberto in an epic comeback to secure his third WSOP gold bracelet and $152,991 first-place prize.

Baker entered heads-up against Liberto at a three-to-one chip disadvantage and at one point had just a couple big bets left before battling all the way back to win.

Baker now has bracelets in three different varieties, having won his first in Eight-Game Mix back in 2012 and his second in Limit Hold'em in 2019.

Stay tuned for a full recap.

Monday, June 12, 2023 12:49 AM Local Time
Justin Liberto Eliminated in 2nd Place ($94,558)

Justin Liberto

Justin Liberto:   /    / 
David "ODB" Baker:   /    / 

In what would be the last hand of the tournament, Justin Liberto completed and David "ODB" Baker thought a while before deciding to raise and put Liberto all in. Liberto called and boards were run.

Liberto peeled seventh street first, which left him with a queen-low. Baker would need a clean street to finish Liberto off, and after looking he triumphantly turned a   face up to secure a comeback for the ages and eliminate Liberto in second place.

David "ODB" Baker13,900,000400,000
Justin Liberto0-400,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 12:39 AM Local Time
Baker Leaves Liberto With Crumbs

Justin Liberto:   /     - folded on sixth street
David "ODB" Baker:   /    

David "ODB" Baker completed and Justin Liberto called.

Liberto then called bets from Baker on fourth and fifth street, but let his hand go facing another bet on sixth — leaving himself with just 400,000 behind.

David "ODB" Baker13,500,0001,600,000
Justin Liberto400,000-1,600,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 12:35 AM Local Time
Baker Continues to Run Red Hot

Justin Liberto:   /    / 
David "ODB" Baker:    /    

Baker waited to take control of the hand until sixth street, then extracted one more bet on seventh.

He showed a 76 to increase his sudden chip lead, resulting in raucous shouts from Baker's rail, and one railbird attempt to get a "Are you down with 'ODB'?" chant going.

David "ODB" Baker11,900,0004,000,000
Justin Liberto2,000,000-4,000,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 12:24 AM Local Time
Baker Takes The Lead

David "ODB" Baker has been grinding Justin Liberto down as of late.

Baker has won several recent small pots on fourth street after Liberto was forced to fold after catching paint cards and facing a bet.

David "ODB" Baker7,900,0001,600,000
Justin Liberto6,000,000-1,600,000
Monday, June 12, 2023 12:11 AM Local Time
Baker Continues to Inch Closer to Even

Baker started heads up, trailing almost 10:1 to Liberto, and was later down to only two big bets. After that dramatic double, he has now, over the last hour, gotten himself almost even with Liberto, chip by chip.

Justin Liberto7,600,000-1,000,000
David "ODB" Baker6,300,0001,000,000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:58 PM Local Time
Level 35 started
Level: 35
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:53 PM Local Time
Break Time

The players have requested a five-minute break.

Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:51 PM Local Time
Baker Clawing Back

Justin Liberto:   /    / 
David "ODB" Baker:    /    

David "ODB" Baker completed and was called by Justin Liberto.

Liberto called a bet from Baker on fourth street and then Baker called bets from Liberto on fifth and sixth.

Both players checked on seventh street and Baker tabled     for a ten. Liberto couldn't beat it and mucked — conceding the pot to Baker.

Justin Liberto8,600,000-2,500,000
David "ODB" Baker5,300,0002,500,000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:49 PM Local Time
Baker Finds Another Double

David "ODB" Baker:    /    
Justin Liberto:   /    / 

The betting lead bounced back and forth until on seventh street he had 450,000 to spend. As he had all day when faced with a tough decision, Baker stacked and restacked his chips, counted the pot, and then put his tournament life on the line.

Liberto spent even longer on his decision, talking to himself as he replayed the hand, counted, doing math, all the while grabbing chips and giving them quick riffles.

He called and asked if Baker had gotten there [to a nine low]. "I had it the whole time," he said, exposing an ace and a deuce. "I didn't even look at the last card," he said and pulled in the life-saving pot.

Justin Liberto11,100,000-1,300,000
David "ODB" Baker2,800,0001,300,000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:28 PM Local Time
Baker Not Done Yet

David "ODB" Baker and Justin Liberto have been jousting back and forth, but Baker hasn't been able to build any real momentum. Here's a recent small pot that Baker won:

David "ODB" Baker:   /    
Justin Liberto:   /     - folded on sixth street

Baker completed and Liberto called.

Liberto called a bet from Baker on fourth and then both players checked on fifth.

Liberto folded facing a bet from Baker on sixth and Baker chipped up a bit.

Justin Liberto12,400,000-100,000
David "ODB" Baker1,500,000100,000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:19 PM Local Time
Soaking It In
Sunday, June 11, 2023 11:06 PM Local Time
Baker on the Brink

After failing to find a hand to make a move, David "ODB" Baker finds his back against the wall.

Justin Liberto12,500,0001,500,000
David "ODB" Baker1,400,000-1,500,000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 10:49 PM Local Time
Level 34 started
Level: 34
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Sunday, June 11, 2023 10:44 PM Local Time
Liberto Chipping Away at Baker's Stack

A number of small pots have gone Justin Liberto's way and he now has his biggest lead yet with 11 million to David "ODB" Baker's 2,900,000.

Justin Liberto11,000,0001,800,000
David "ODB" Baker2,900,000-1,800,000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 10:39 PM Local Time
Baker Lets One Go

Justin Liberto:   /    
David "ODB" Baker:   /     - folded on sixth street

Justin Liberto completed and David "ODB" Baker called.

Liberto called a bet from Baker on fourth street, but then led out for a bet on fifth, which Baker called.

Liberto continued to fire on sixth street, which sent Baker into the tank.

Baker pondered, but landed on a fold and Liberto increased his lead.

Justin Liberto9,200,000400,000
David "ODB" Baker4,700,000-400,000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 10:26 PM Local Time
Baker Turns to the Dark Side

David "ODB" Baker:   /     
Justin Liberto:   /    / 

Baker bet fifth and sixth, with Liberto coming along. Baker then bet seventh in the dark. Liberto studied the board, with so few cards remaining in the deck that could improve the ones Baker was showing, but eventually he folded.

"You couldn't beat an eight?" Baker asked, laughing. Liberto cursed, shaking his head and returning the laughter.

Justin Liberto9,400,000-1,350,000
David "ODB" Baker4,500,0001,350,000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 10:15 PM Local Time
Heads Up

David "ODB" Baker and Justin Liberto and now playing for the WSOP gold bracelet and $152,991 first-place prize.

Liberto enters heads-up with more than a three-to-one chip lead over Baker.

Justin Liberto10,750,0001,250,000
David "ODB" Baker3,150,0000
Sunday, June 11, 2023 10:13 PM Local Time
Chris Hundley Eliminated in 3rd Place ($66,659)

Chris Hundley

Chris Hundley:   /    / 
David "ODB" Baker:   /    / 

David "ODB" Baker completed and Chris Hundley raised. Baker called.

Hundley called a bet from Baker on fourth street and tanked facing another bet from Baker on fifth street.

Eventually, Hundley decided to commit the rest of his stack with a raise and Baker called to put him at risk.

Hundley's runout left him with a jack, which was no good against Baker's nine and Hundley was sent out in third place.

David "ODB" Baker3,150,000-850,000
Chris Hundley0-400,000