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2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, June 26, 2009 to Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Event #49: $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $4,560,000
  • Entries: 95
  • Remaining: 0

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 9:06 AM Local Time
On the stroke of 10 a.m, after an enormous 20-hour final table, 492 hands and 7-hour heads-up battle, David Bach has emerged victorious over a valiant John Hanson to win the Chip Reese Memorial trophy and $1,276,802 in prize money. Bach overcame 94 of the world's greatest all-around poker players to remain the last man standing, and earn the respect of his peers and the adoration of his friends and family. It was a bizarre final table that was subdued for the most part, but in the end Bach was a deserved victor and the unique and intense contest made you feel like you were, in the end, part of something special. Thanks to the railbirds for keeping us somewhat sane and please stay tuned to PokerNews for our continued coverage of the 40th annual World Series of Poker. Until next time...our pillow is long calling! Good night...err morning from the Rio!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 9:06 AM Local Time
Razz John Hanson (X)(X)    David Bach (X)(X)     John Hanson brought it in, David Bach completed, Hanson raised, Bach reraised, and Hanson called. Bach led out on fourth street and Hanson called all in. Hanson ( )( )        ( ) Bach ( )( )        ( ) Bach was well in the lead with 7-6-4-A to Hanson's J-9-8-5. Bach paired on fifth street, while Hanson made a jack low, then caught a queen on sixth when Hanson hit a five. Hanson rivered a deuce and Bach was looking for any card below a jack that didn't pair his board to finally seal this thing up...and he got the   on the river. Bach made a 9-7-6-4-A low, besting Hanson's 9-8-6-5-2 to capture the 2009 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. title and send Hanson home as the runner-up.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:53 AM Local Time
David Bach 13,365,000 John Hanson 885,000
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:52 AM Local Time
Omaha-8 On the seventh hand of Omaha-8, the players completed the 485th hand of this final table, and surpassed what we believe was the previous WSOP record for a final table of 484 hands, set at the 2008 WSOPE Main Event in London. David Bach raised from the button and John Hanson called. The flop was      . Hanson bet, Bach raised and Hanson called. The turn was the  . We'd love to tell you the action, but they didn't announce it. The river was the  . Bach bet out and after a long tank, Hanson gave it up.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:41 AM Local Time
Hold'em On a flop of     John Hanson check-called the bet from David Bach before check-raising the   turn. Bach made the call and the   landed on the river. Hanson deliberated for an eternity before checking and Bach checked behind. Bach tabled    for a pair of eights to take it down.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:32 AM Local Time
Hold'em John Hanson raised from the button and this time it was David Bach's turn to put in the three-bet from the big blind. Hanson made the call and they saw a flop of    . Bach was first to act and he led with a bet. Hanson quickly called. The turn card was the   and Bach fired again. Hanson made the call. The river brought the   and Bach fired a third barrel with Hanson again calling. Bach tabled    for the nut flush to take down a big pot as Hanson takes a walk to have a chat with his support rail of one.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:28 AM Local Time
Hold'em David Bach raised from the button and John Hanson re-raised from the big blind. Bach made the call. They took a flop of     and Hanson led out with a bet. Bach folded and Hanson wins the pot.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:27 AM Local Time
Stud-8 John Hanson (X)(X)         (X) David Bach (X)(X) (?)       (X) Hanson brought it in, Bach completed and Hanson called. Bach check-raised fourth street and Hanson called. Back led out on fifth and Hanson called, only to make an open pair of queens on sixth and lead out. Bach called. Both players checked the river. Hanson showed     (X) for two pair queens and jacks to scoop. Bach - 6,620,000 Hanson - 7,630,000
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:16 AM Local Time
"How long do we have to play before we stuff up the final table for tomorrow (today)?" questioned David Bach. "2 p.m." came the reply.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:14 AM Local Time
Here's a few facts to ponder. We've now ticked into the 20th hour of play for the day. A rather incredible feat of concentration and focus by players, dealers, tournament staff, cameramen, TV crew and media alike. According to the research provided, the 2006 $50k HORSE final table lasted just over 19 hours, with heads-up play lasting a record seven hours and ten minutes between Andy Bloch and Chip Reese. We are currently at the same length of time for the final table, however we've only been heads up for six hours. The 2008 WSOPE Main Event final table in London went for a record 22 hours (12pm - 10am). In terms of number of hands we're currently at 458 hands. We're very close to what we believe is the record that was set at the WSOPE Main Event in London. That event was No Limit Hold'em which traditionally takes longer to play each hand due to bet sizing, deep thought processes, Hollywood'ing, etc. 2006 $50k HORSE - 354 hands 2007 $50k HORSE - 341 hands 2008 $50k HORSE - 314 hands 2008 WSOPE Main Event - 484 hands
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:07 AM Local Time
Another Bach bathroom break...(insert expletive here)... Back in five minutes.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:57 AM Local Time
- We didn't think we'd get to the point of making 9 a.m. observations. - Observations aren't as humorous as they were five hours ago.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:52 AM Local Time
Omaha-8 John Hanson raised the button and David Bach made the call in the big blind. They checked the board of      to the turn, where Bach fired a bet and Hanson called. The river was the  , which put a potential low out there. Bach fired a bet and Hanson called. Bach tabled     , good enough for the low as Hanson flipped      for the high.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:52 AM Local Time
Omaha-8 The way this match is going, it won't end until one of these guys is all in from the big blind. This hand just evened the chip counts up yet again as we approach Hour 19 of this final table. David Bach raised from the button and John Hanson called. Hanson check-called a bet on the       flop. The turn was the   and Hanson check-called again. The river was the  . Hanson checked, Bach bet, and Hanson let it go. Hanson = 7,305,000 Bach = 6,945,000 Number of big bets in play = 28.5
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:47 AM Local Time
Omaha-8 John Hanson raised the button and David Bach made the call in the big blind. Both players checked the     flop before the   fell on the turn. Once again both checked. The river card was the   and Bach checked to Hanson, who fired a bet. Bach folded and Hanson collected the pot.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:47 AM Local Time
Omaha-8 David Bach raised from the button and John Hanson called. The flop was      . Hanson checked, Bach bet, Hanson raised and Bach called. The turn came the   and Hanson led out, earning a call from Bach. Hanson check-called a bet on the river when the   fell. Hanson showed         for two pair sevens and sixes and scooped the pot. Hanson= 8,055,000 Bach = 6,195,000
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:41 AM Local Time
Omaha-8 John Hanson raised it up from the button and David Bach defended with a call from the big blind. The flop landed     and Bach checked to Hanson, who fired a bet of 250,000. Bach made the call. The turn brought the  . Bach checked and Hanson fired another barrel, this time for 500,000. Bach cut out the required chips and made the call. The river was the   and both players checked. Hanson tabled      for two pair. Bach took the low with     .
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:38 AM Local Time
Omaha-8 John Hanson limped in from the button, David Bach raised from the big blind, and Hanson called. The flop was      . Bach led out and Hanson called. Bach bet again on the turn, which fell the  . Hanson made the call. The river was the   and Bach bet out. Hanson called. Bach showed         for a set of fours. Hanson turned up         for a 6-5-4-2-A low and they split the pot.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:29 AM Local Time
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 7:08 AM Local Time
It's 8 a.m. and normal people are on the freeway making their way into work for another day in the office. Meanwhile, those at the Rio who are not passed out are taking another 20-minute break.
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