David Baker (poker player, born 1986)

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Not to be confused with David "ODB" Baker.
David Baker
Nickname(s) Bakes
WhooooKidd
Bussa Buss
Residence Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Born (1986-10-17) October 17, 1986 (age 28)
Charlotte, North Carolina
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Final table(s) 8
Money finish(es) 29
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
252, 2008
World Poker Tour
Title(s) none
Final table(s) none
Money finish(es) 5
European Poker Tour
Title(s) none
Final table(s) none
Money finish(es) 1
Information accurate as of 15 July 2014.

David "Bakes" Baker (born October 17, 1986)[1] is an American professional poker player who has won a World Series of Poker bracelet and appeared at four World Series of Poker final tables. He also has a Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) championship. Baker currently has over US$2 million in tournament winnings.[2] In order to avoid confusion with David "ODB" Baker, he is listed in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) database by the name "David Bakes Baker"[3] and listed at Bluff Magazine as "David (Bakes) Baker".[4] Baker, who is from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, attended Michigan State University before taking up poker.

Career[edit]

Hailing from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Baker began playing poker in high school. During his freshman year at Michigan State, he played small-stakes games with future WSOP bracelet winners Justin Scott and Dean Hamrick.[5] He spent two years at Michigan State.[2] After getting distracted from classwork by poker, he began to play online and moved to Miami to enroll at the School of Audio Engineering. He first visited Las Vegas at age twenty and studied poker under Vanessa Selbst, eventually becoming a boarder at her house. After turning 21, he was staked to play high stakes at Foxwood Casino by Shaun Deeb, Thayer Rasmussen, Vivek Rajkumar, Ray Coburn, Jonathan Aguiar, Adam Shuman and others, known as Team Waffle Crush. Later, he moved to backing by Tom Dwan[5]

He played mostly no limit hold 'em between 2006 and 2010 as he built up his online poker resume.[5] As of July 13, 2011, his largest online prize was his 2009 Spring Championship of Online Poker where his first place finish in the 190-player $5,000+$200 pot limit omaha event 19-H earned a prize of $215,000.[6][7] Prior to the 2010 World Series of Poker, he began playing mixed poker games, which have much smaller fields at the WSOP. This led to two final tables in the 2010 WSOP.[5]

At the 2012 World Series of Poker, Baker won his second bracelet and $451,779 in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event that featured a star-studded final table of notable poker professionals that included runner-up John Monnette, Phil Hellmuth (4th), Phil Ivey (5th), Abe Mosseri (6th), Matt Waxman (7th) and Dan Kelly (8th).

Baker confusion[edit]

"Bakes" Baker has cashed regularly at the WSOP since the 2008 World Series of Poker.[3] "ODB" Baker first cashed at the 2004 World Series of Poker and has cashed regularly since the 2006 World Series of Poker.[8] 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]

World Series of Poker[edit]

World Series of Poker results
Year Cashes Final Tables Bracelets
2008 2
2009 4
2010 4 2 1
2011 4 1
2012 4 1 1
2013 8 4
2014 3
World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2010 $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball $294,321
2012 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. $451,779

At the 2010 World Series of Poker, Baker had four in the money finishes, including two prizes over $200,000 and a WSOP bracelet.[13] The bracelet for his 1st place finish at the 101-player $10,000 2010 2-7 Draw Lowball World Championship (No-Limit) Event 19 for a prize of US$294,321.[14] followed a final table with a 6th place finish at the 116-player $50,000 2010 The Poker Players Championship Event 2 for a prize of US$272,275,[15] giving him two quarter million dollar prize final table finishes for the series.[16] Of the 2010 bracelet winners, he had the highest 2011 finish in defense of his title (6th).[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David 'Bakes' Baker bio". EpicPoker.com. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  2. ^ a b Feldman, Andrew (2010-06-25). "David Baker whips up first WSOP win". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b c "David Bakes Baker". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  4. ^ "David (Bakes) Baker". Bluff Magazine. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  5. ^ a b c d Rodriguez, Julio (2010-09-03). "David Baker - Cooks Up Recipe for Success: Learns Mixed Games to Win WSOP Gold". Card Player. Archived from the original on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  6. ^ "PokerStars - SCOOP-19-H: $5,200 PL Omaha, $1M guaranteed Tournament Results". Bluff Magazine. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  7. ^ "David (Bakes) Baker". Bluff Magazine. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  8. ^ a b "David 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. 
  13. ^ "Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #23 David Baker and David Baker". Pablosplace.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  14. ^ "2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker: Event #19: 2-7 Draw Lowball World Championship (No-Limit)". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  15. ^ "2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker: The Poker Players Championship". WSOP.com. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  16. ^ Pempus, Brian (2010-06-12). "World Series of Poker -- David Baker Wins Event No.19: Makes Second Final Table of Series and Wins First Bracelet". Card Player. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  17. ^ "2011 World Series of Poker Presented by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada: Official Report Event #58 End of Day One" (PDF). WSOP.com. 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 

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