2010 WSOP Event #18 Recap – Eric Buchman Wins $2,000 Limit Holdem Bracelet
The $2,000 Limit Holdem Event was the 18th event of the 2010 World Series of Poker. A solid field of 476 players came out to take their shot at the 2nd Limit Holdem bracelet of this WSOP and $203,607 in prize money.
Heading into final table play of this event, many of the eyes in the room were on Eric Buchman and Matt Matros. Matros had already won one bracelet this year, taking down the $1,500 Limit Holdem Event. Buchman finished 4th in last years Main Event and was looking for his first bracelet. The following are the final nine players and their starting chip counts:
Eric Buchman 600,000
Flavio Ferrari 590,000
Hansu Chu 400,000
Steven Hustoft 400,000
Brent Courson 350,000
William Jensen 190,000
Matt Grapenthien 145,000
Matthew Matros 124,000
Gary Bogdanski 105,000
Matt Matros would fall short in his bid for a 2nd WSOP bracelet as he finished in 9th. Matros three-bet pre-flop and Matt Grapenthien made the call. Grapenthien bet out on a flop of 9-5-2 rainbow and Matros made the call. The turn fell the 9s and Grapenthien bet out, putting Matros all-in. He made the call and showed As-Js. The spade on the turn gave him a flush draw. Grapenthien held pocket queens. The river fell the 6c and Matros headed out in 9th place. He received $16,174 for his 2nd final table of this WSOP.
Gary Bogdanski was next out. He was all-in pre-flop against both Matt Grapenthien and William Jenson. Jensen bet out Grapenthien on the turn with the board showing 10c-7c-4h-4c. Jensen revealed 7s-4s for a full house, which was unfortunate because Bogdanski held Ac-Jc for a turned nut flush. The river was irrelevant and Bogdanski headed out in 8th place, good for $21,025.
Matt Grapenthien was all-in pre-flop with A-K against Eric Buchman and A-Q. Both and ace and queen hit the flop to give Buchman two pair and the lead. The turn and river both fell babies and Matt Grapenthien was out in 7th place. He took home $27,609.
William Jensen was later all-in at the turn with the board showing 8h-Ah-Js-3s. Eric Buchman made the call and turned over Ac-7c for a pair of aces. Jensen held pocket queens. The river missed Jensen and William Jensen departed to collect $36,619 for 6th place.
Hansu Chu was all-in pre-flop with 10c-9h and was called by Steven Hustoft with Q-9. The flop gave both a pair and both a straight draw when it fell Kc-Jc-9d. The turn and river both fell babies and Chu was eliminated in 5th place. He took home $49,068 for his strong finish.
Flavio Ferrari three-bet all-in pre-flop against Eric Buchman and was called. Ferrari was in good shape with As-9c against the 9d-7s of Buchman. However, Buchman proceeded to catch a seven on the flop to take the lead, and that pair of sevens held to send Ferrari out to get a tune up in 4th place. He received $66,446 for his final table run.
Eric Buchman eliminated his 2nd in a row when he took out Steven Hustoft. On a flop of Ad-Qd-5s, Hustoft was all-in with Qc-8s and called by Buchman with Kd-Jd for a royal flush draw. The turn fell the 5h, missing both, but the river fell the 10c to give Buchman broadway and send Hustoft out to collect his $90,928 prize for 3rd.
Heading into heads-up play, Buchman held a 1.9 Million to 970,000 chip lead over Brent Courson. Courson managed a couple of double ups, but they were once he was down around 200,000 in chips. He never really got anything going during heads-up. The final hand saw Courson move all-in at the turn on a 2-Q-2-7 board. Buchman made the call and showed 10-7 for two pair. Courson had A-K only and needed to hit to stay alive. The river fell the 8c and Brent Courson was our runner-up. He took home $125,737.
Eric Buchman finished 4th in last year’s WSOP Main Event. While this win did not top the payday of that final table, it did allow Buchman to finally reach a goal of winning a WSOP bracelet. Buchman takes the bracelet and $203,607. Congratulations.