One of the biggest stories of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) this week is David Bach becoming the summer’s first double bracelet winner when he won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. on Sunday.
Bach topped a field of 150 of the best players in the world to capture the $383,208 first prize and solidified his position as one of the best mixed-games players in poker today.
The final table read like a Who’s Who of the top players with Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier vying in one of the most difficult events at the WSOP.
Comparing this to the final table of his first win of the summer 10 days earlier, Bach said, “This was tougher opponents. A way tougher chip stack situation.”
On June 8, Bach won the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event for $119,399 after defeating a field of 364 players.
With a family to support now, the 45-year-old poker pro from Athens, Georgia, describes how his responsibilities affect his game.
“It has made me play better,” he said. “Sometimes, when I feel things going off the rail a little bit because poker is an emotional game, I’ll remind myself by looking at something or thinking about my family that I’m playing for them.”
He married his wife in Las Vegas in 2009 when he won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,276,800 and had his name etched on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. They now have a child and supporting his family has meant dipping into his bankroll. These two wins came at just at the right time.
“I wanted really to have a good summer to make up for that, and it’s really nice to have some financial security when you have a family,” Bach said.
The right family/poker balance is hard to find, but I wish Bach continued success both at home and on the felt.
As of press time, the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors Championship was still in progress, but it’s clear this event keeps growing. This year the Seniors event, open to players over the age of 50, had a record-setting field of 5,389 players compared to last year’s 4,499.
One of the reasons for this event’s growing popularity is the friendly atmosphere that is palpable at the Rio. I have railed my husband several times at this event, and it’s like a family reunion!
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