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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 to Friday, June 22, 2012

Event #37: $2,500 8-Game Mix

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $1,085,175
  • Entries: 477
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 22, 2012 4:15 PM Local Time

David Baker

Over the past four days, Event #37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix has played out at the 2012 World Series of Poker and tested 477 players' mettle in a variety of games: Triple-Draw 2-7, Limit Hold'em, Omaha 8, Razz, Stud, Stud 8, No-Limit Hold'em, and Pot Limit Omaha. While many played well, there could only be one winner, and that man was David Baker, who was long overdue to win his first gold bracelet.

Yesterday, the tournament began with Joe Couden leading the final 27 players with 303,300. With that said, he was facing some stiff competition including the 2009 champion of the event, Jerrod Ankenman, and twelve other bracelet winners that included Rep Porter, Jennifer Harman, Scott Seiver, Konstantin Puchkov, Freddy Deeb, Greg Mueller, Chris Viox, Donnacha O'Dea, Jeff Madsen and Barry Greenstein, though only four would make their way to the final table.

Pre-Final Table Eliminations

9thMikal Blomlie$18,795
10thStephen Su$18,795
11thRep Porter$14,823
12thJohannes Holstege$14,823
13thMatt Hawrilenko$11,850
14thMichael Chow$11,850
15thScott Seiver$9,603
16thJennifer Harman$9,603
17thCalvin Anderson$7,900
18thMatthew Rasco$7,900
19thFreddy Deeb$7,900
20thJerrod Ankenman$7,900
21stBarry Greenstein$7,900
22ndTim Burt$7,900
23rdSteve Sung$7,900
24thChris McClung$7,900
25thSteve Zolotow$6,587
26thJeff Madsen$6,587
27thCory Zeidman$6,587

Nine players combined to the last table, though the official final table wouldn't be determined until it was down to eight. That happened when O'Dea raised to 16,000 from middle position in a hand of pot limit Omaha and received three calls. The     flop saw three checks to Baker on the button. He put out a bet of 50,000, which was enough to get Couden to fold from the small blind. Mikal Blomlie then announced, "Pot," from the big, making it 214,000 total.

After O'Dea got out of the way, Baker stood up and asked how much Blomlie had back, which turned out to be 119,000. Baker thought for solid minute, cut out enough chips to put Blomlie all in, and then slid them into the pot. Blomlie called off and didn't like what he saw.


"Nice slow roll," Blomlie said, clearly frustrated. The rest of the table didn't seem to think that was the case, pointing out that a set of tens was the bottom of Baker's range in that spot. It didn't seem to console Blomlie as he watched the   turn and   river seal his fate in ninth place, just one spot shy of the official final table.

Couden, who began the day as chip leader, had the biggest stack at the start of the final table, though only with a slight lead over Baker. The first elimination of the final table came in Stud Hi/Lo when O'Dea completed with the   and then called a raise from Viox, who was showing the  . Viox proceeded to bet every street until he was all in for 38,000 on sixth.

Viox:    /      / (x)
O'Dea:    /      / (x)

O'Dea's pair of deuces was in the lead for the high, while Viox was looking to either pair of draw a low for part of the pot. O'Dea improved to two pair with the   on seventh, meaning Viox needed a low card that didn't pair him to secure half the pot. He squeezed it out and you could tell by the look on his face it wasn't low. It was the   to put an end to his day in eighth place.

It was also around that time that Mueller hit a heater and took over the chip lead, which you can read about by clicking here.

The next to go was Christopher McHugh, who met his end in a big hand of Stud Hi/Lo right before the dinner break and earned $31,578 for his seventh-place finish. Upon returning from dinner, the game was 2-7 Triple Draw and action folded to O'Dea on the button, which inspired him to raise to 50,000. Puchkov called from the small blind and then both men drew two after Kevin Calenzo folded from the big blind.

Puchkov proceeded to check-call a bet before drawing one, while O'Dea sat pat. That was followed by another check from Puchkov, but this time he raised his last 9,000 after O'Dea bet 50,000. The Irishman called and both men stood pat.

"Nine," Puchkov said and showed      .

"Eight," O'Dea replied and tabled       for the win. Puchkov didn't want to be left with any "what ifs," so he reached over and peaked at the card that would have been his had he drawn. Unfortunately we didn't get a look at that card.

It took awhile for the next elimination to occur but it happened after O'Dea lost a big pot in 2-7 Triple Draw to Mueller and he was left short stacked. Not long after, O'Dea raised it up on third street to 40,000 after which Calenzo made it 80,000. The other players folded after which O'Dea called.

On the turn, Calenzo bet 40,000 once more and O'Dea called. Fifth street gave O'Dea the betting lead, but he opted to check again. Calenzo fired out 80,000 and O'Dea called with just 40,000 chips left behind. On sixth, O'Dea's check-called his final 40,000 and we got to showdown.

O'Dea: (x-x) /      / (x)
Calenzo: (x-x) /      / (x)

Calenzo showed    for a pair of sevens and O'Dea was trailing with just   . O'Dea was looking to catch an ace, king, queen or nine to take the lead, but his draw was dead when Calenzo turned over the  . O'Dea improved with the  , but couldn't beat Calenzo's trips.

In limit hold'em, Couden raised to 80,000 from the small blind and Mueller defended his big. The flop came down     and Couden bet 40,000. Mueller raised it up to 80,000 and Couden hesitated for about five seconds before putting in 120,000. Mueller put his opponent all in for 10,000 more, which brought us to a showdown.

Mueller turned over    and was ahead against Couden's   . The turn was the   and the river the   giving Mueller the chips and the knockout. Couden, who began both the day and the final table as chip leader, was eliminated in fourth place.

A little later on in the Omaha Hi/Lo round, Calenzo was on the button and raised to 100,000. Mueller defended the big blind and then led out on the     flop, Calenzo, who had been crippled in a hand of Stud a short time prior, raised his last little bit and Mueller made the call.


Calenzo was in bad shape when the money went in, but the   turn did give him a flush draw. Unfortunately it wouldn't be filled as the   bricked on the river and sent Calenzo home in third place.

Head-up began with Mueller holding a 4-1 chip lead over Baker, but a victory was by no means guaranteed. The two battled until the hard-stop time, which meant they'd return on Friday for a Day 4.

A little sleep seemed to do wonders for Baker as he battled back from the brink of elimination and took over the chip lead. Mueller made a small comeback of his own, but Baker pushed back and eventually vanquished his foe.

Final Table Results

1stDavid Baker$271,312
2ndGreg Mueller$167,637
3rdKevin Calenzo$106,564
4thJoe Couden$76,841
5thDonnacha O'Dea$56,277
6thKonstantin Puchkov$41,844
7thChristopher McHugh$31,578
8thChris Viox$24,188

Congrats to David Baker on winning Event 37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix, the $271,312, and perhaps more importantly, his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Eight-Game Mix Champions

2012David Baker477$271,312
2011John Monnette489$278,144
2010Sigurd Eskeland453$260,497
2009Jerrod Ankenman412$241,637
2008*Anthony Rivera192$483,688

*Featured $10,000 buy-in.

That does it for our coverage from Event #37 $2,500 Eight-Game Mix. There are still 25 events on the WSOP schedule, so be sure to check out our Live Reporting Section to find out which tournaments you can follow throughout the summer.

Friday, June 22, 2012 4:12 PM Local Time

Greg Mueller


Both players were dealt an ace to start, but David Baker's   was the bring in. Greg Mueller completed with the  , Baker called, and it was off to the turn. Baker had the lead and bet, Mueller called, and Baker proceeded to lead out on fifth.

Mueller, who had 315,000 total, committed and the cards were tables:

Mueller:    /      /  
Baker:    /      /  

Baker held the lead when the chips went in, and he clinched the victory on sixth. "Good game, David," a resigned Mueller said as he shook hands with his opponent and made his exit in second place, good for $167,637.

David Baker3,577,500602,500
Greg Mueller0-600,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 4:04 PM Local Time

Greg Mueller was just knocked down to three big bets in a big hand of Razz. David Baker has a big chip lead, and Mueller will have to win an all in soon to get back into this thing.

Greg Mueller   /      /  
David Baker   /      /  

Mueller had the bring in, and Baker raised it up to 100,000. Mueller three-bet to 200,000 and Baker called. On fourth street Mueller bet 100,000 and Baker made the call.

Fifth street gave Baker the betting lead, and he fired out 200,000. Mueller made the call, and on sixth street the lead was back on Mueller. Het bet 200,000 and Baker raised it up to 400,000. Mueller called.

Seventh street was dealt face down and both players checked. Baker turned over    , and Mueller said that was good enough to take the pot. Mueller showed    and flipped the   up afterwards.

"It was a no spotter, deuce or trey one time!" Mueller said in disgust as he just got crippled.

David Baker2,975,000925,000
Greg Mueller600,000-925,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 4:00 PM Local Time

Omaha Eight or Better:

Greg Mueller raised on the button and received a call from David Baker. The latter proceeded to check-call a bet on the     flop, before check-folding to a bet on the   turn.

Two hands later, the exact same action took place on the     flop and   turn, allowing Mueller to take down two decent pots without a showdown.

David Baker2,050,000-555,000
Greg Mueller1,525,000550,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 3:54 PM Local Time


Greg Mueller just lost a serious pot in Stud bringing himself down to just a few big bets. The bracelet is within reach now for David Baker.

Greg Mueller   /      - Fold
David Baker   /     

Mueller brought it in for 30,000 and Baker raised it up to 100,000. Mueller called and Baker bet 100,000 again on fourth street. Mueller raised it up to 200,000 and Baker called.

On fifth street both players checked. Sixth street gave Mueller the betting lead with the   and he checked. Baker bet 200,000 and took the pot down. Mueller is now in serious danger as we head into the Omaha Eight or Better portion of the game.

David Baker2,605,000475,000
Greg Mueller975,000-475,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 22, 2012 3:46 PM Local Time
Friday, June 22, 2012 3:42 PM Local Time
NameChip CountBig BetsBig Blind
David Baker2,130,0001042
Greg Mueller1,450,000729
Friday, June 22, 2012 3:42 PM Local Time
Level: 31
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Friday, June 22, 2012 3:17 PM Local Time

Players are now on a 20-minute break.

Friday, June 22, 2012 3:11 PM Local Time

For the first time since we got down to eight players there's someone else in the lead. Greg Mueller just gave up his chip lead on the final hand of 2-7 Triple Draw. David Baker's has never been this close to winning that gold bracelet he's been trying to win for so many years!

2-7 Triple Draw

From the button Mueller raised it up to 160,000 and Baker immediately three-bet to 240,000 from the big blind. Mueller called.

On the first draw Baker took one card and Mueller needed three. Before looking at his card Baker bet 80,000 and Mueller made the call.

Baker needed one card once again on the second draw, and after he saw that Mueller needed two, he put in a 160,000 chip bet. Mueller took some time but eventually made the call.

For the third time in a row Baker took one card, and they seemed to be even now since Mueller also needed just one. Baker took a good look at his cards and put in another 160,000 chip bet. Mueller looked at his new card, but didn't find what he was looking for. He folded and that means Baker is now our new chip leader.

David Baker2,130,000430,000
Greg Mueller1,450,000-430,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 22, 2012 3:07 PM Local Time

We're about halfway done with the round of 2-7 Triple Draw and action has slowed to a crawl. Both players seem content to play a patient game, making sure they don't make any mistakes along the way.

Friday, June 22, 2012 2:59 PM Local Time

Stud Eight or Better:

David Baker brought it in with the   and then called a completion from Greg Mueller, who was showing the  . The latter proceeded to bet the turn before check-calling a bet on fifth street. Baker took the lead on sixth with sixes and promptly bet, which Mueller called.

The action was the same on seventh, and Baker said, "Kings full."

Baker:    /      /  
Mueller:    /      / (x)

"I had the aces," Mueller said as he showed two of his down cards, sending the third to the muck. With that, Baker has essentially evened the stack.

Greg Mueller1,880,000-520,000
David Baker1,700,000520,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 2:55 PM Local Time

Both players are still playing a very solid and focussed game, and during the eight hands of Limit Hold'em Greg Mueller won a small amount of his opponent. We're on to Stud Eight or Better.

Greg Mueller2,400,000150,000
David Baker1,180,000-150,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 2:47 PM Local Time

David Baker and Greg Mueller just played eight hands of pot limit Omaha and no notables pots developed. A few blinds did change hands, but it had a minimal effect on the standings. Time for some limit hold'em.

Greg Mueller2,250,000120,000
David Baker1,330,000-120,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 2:41 PM Local Time's Live Streaming Schedule (subject to change)

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Saturday, June 232 pm#40: 6-Handed Limit Hold'emPavilion Stage
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Thursday, June 281 pm#47: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo SplitAmazon Purple
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Friday, June 291 pm#49: Ante Only No-Limit Hold'emAmazon Main Stage
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Thursday, July 51 pm#57: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'emAmazon Main Stage
Thursday, July 52 pm#58: Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo SplitPavilion Stage
Saturday, July 72 pm#60: 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)Pavilion Stage
Sunday, July 81 pm#59: No-Limit Hold'emAmazon Main Stage
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 22, 2012 2:39 PM Local Time

The round of Razz passed uneventfully as the players simply took turns bringing it in, completing, and folding. On to pot limit Omaha.

Friday, June 22, 2012 2:38 PM Local Time

Omaha Eight or Better:

Greg Mueller raised on the button and David Baker call from the big. The latter proceeded to check-call bets on both the     flop and   turn before both players checked the   river.

Baker rolled over     , and Mueller conceded, "Scooper on the river."

Greg Mueller2,130,000-440,000
David Baker1,450,000440,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 2:31 PM Local Time

Omaha Eight or Better

From the button David Baker raised to 160,000 and Greg Mueller defended his big blind. The flop came down     and Mueller checked to Baker who fired out 80,000.

"Raise," Mueller announced, and he made it 160,000. Baker didn't waste time and put in 240,000, after which Mueller inquired about the rest of his opponent's stack. Baker had 105,000 chips left behind, and those went into the pot as well on the flop.

"Wheel," Baker announced, and Mueller realized this match wasn't over yet!

David Baker    
Greg Mueller    

Mueller had outs to win the high, and the   on the turn gave him even more options. The river was the  , and that didn't help the double bracelet winner. Baker got himself a double up, but Mueller still has a strong lead in this match.

Greg Mueller2,570,000-505,000
David Baker1,010,000505,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 2:22 PM Local Time

Omaha Eight or Better:

In the first hand of the round, David Baker raised to 160,000 from the button and Greg Mueller defended from the big blind. The     flop saw Mueller check-call a bet before both players checked the   turn.

When the   peeled off on the river, Mueller came out firing 160,000 and Baker wasted little time in releasing his hand.

Greg Mueller2,880,000225,000
David Baker700,000-225,000
Friday, June 22, 2012 2:17 PM Local Time

Both players won one hand of Stud by completing the action to 80,000, and that brings us to the next game. We will be playing eight hands of Omaha Eight or Better.

Playtika - Jason Alexander