David Baker (poker player, born 1972)

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Not to be confused with David "Bakes" Baker.
David Baker
Nickname(s) ODB, Original David Baker, "OG"
Residence Katy, Texas
Born (1972-07-14) July 14, 1972 (age 42)
Connecticut
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Final table(s) 11
Money finish(es) 40
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
17, 2010
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 8
Information accurate as of 15 July 2014.

David "ODB" Baker (born July 14, 1972)[1] is an American professional poker player living in Katy, Texas who has appeared at five World Series of Poker (WSOP) final tables. Baker currently has over $2 million in tournament winnings. Baker is an Auburn University alumnus.

Career[edit]

Born in Connecticut, Baker earned a finance degree from Auburn and became a business salesman. As of 2008, he lived with his wife and daughter Kathy in Texas. He had been introduced to poker in college. By the mid 1990s he was playing pot limit omaha at casinos in New Orleans and eventually began playing three times a week at underground casinos in Houston. He became a full-time professional poker player in 2004.[2]

World Series of Poker[edit]

Baker currently has twenty-five WSOP in the money finishes (2011-5, 2010-7, 2009-4, 2008-2, 2007-1, 2006-5, 2004-1).[3] Highlighted by a 17th place finish in the main event, his 2010 World Series of Poker performance included 7 in the money finishes, which was one behind the 2010 Series leaders.[4] This was confusing to those following the WSOP because David "Bakes" Baker also finished in the money four times and won a World Series of Poker bracelet at the 2010 WSOP.[4]

His first World Series of Poker in the money finish was an 18th place finish at the 237-player $2,500 2004 Limit Hold'em Event 11 for a prize of $4,360.[3][5] His first WSOP final table was in the 720-player $1,500 2007 Limit Hold'em Shootout Event 53 for a prize of $12,776.[3][6] As of 17 July 2011, his highest WSOP prize was in the 7319-player $10,000 2010 No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event 57 for a prize of $396,967.[7]

In June 2012, Baker won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Eight Game Mix event, defeating Greg Mueller heads-up to earn $271,312.

World Series of Poker results
Year Cashes Final Tables Bracelets
2004 1
2006 5
2007 1 1
2008 2 1
2009 4
2010 7 2
2011 5 1
2012 8 4 1
2013 3 1
2014 4 1
World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2012 $2,500 Eight Game Mix $271,312

Baker confusion[edit]

David "Bakes" Baker, has cashed regularly at the WSOP since the 2008 World Series of Poker.[8] ODB Baker has cashed regularly at the WSOP since 2006.[3] Both David Bakers have had multiple in the money finishes in each WSOP since 2008 with at least 4 in each year since 2009.[3][8] As of 12 July 2011, the two David Bakers have twice cashed in the same WSOP event. At the 3042-player $1,000 2010 No-Limit Hold’em Event 13 ODB placed 3rd for a prize of $206,813, while Bakes placed 59th for a prize of $6,132.[9] At the 817-player $5,000 2011 Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em Event 50 Bakes placed 32nd for a prize of $21,311, while ODB placed 39th for a prize of $17,817.[10]

Additionally, both David "ODB" Baker and David "Bakes" Baker won World Series of Poker bracelets three days apart at the 2012 World Series of Poker. ODB won $2,500 477-entrant Event #37: Eight Game Mix,[11] while Bakes won $10,000 178-entrant Event #32: H.O.R.S.E.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "David 'ODB' Baker bio". EpicPoker.com. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  2. ^ "David Baker". PokerTime.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "David Baker". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #23 David Baker and David Baker". Pablosplace.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  5. ^ "35th Annual World Series of Poker: Limit Hold'em (Event 11)". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  6. ^ "2007 38th Annual World Series of Poker: Limit Hold'em Shootout (Event 53)". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  7. ^ "2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker: Event #57: No-Limit Hold'em Championship". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18. 
  8. ^ a b "David Bakes Baker". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  9. ^ "2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker: Event #13: No-Limit Hold’em". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  10. ^ "2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker: Event #50: Triple Chance No-Limit Hold’em". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  11. ^ "43rd Annual World Series of Poker: Event #37: Eight Game Mix". Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc./World Series of Poker. 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  12. ^ "43rd Annual World Series of Poker: Event #32: H.O.R.S.E.". Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc./World Series of Poker. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 

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