WPT Five Diamond Keeps Phil Hellmuth Waiting!
It’s one of the jewels in the WPT crown but for Phil Hellmuth it will have to wait another day.
One of a large group of young poker players to have taken the world by storm over the last decade, David ‘Bakes’ Baker has played and held his own against the best in the business. He has a stellar poker resume, which includes two WSOP Gold Bracelets, Eight WSOP Final Table finishes, 31 WSOP in the money finishes, five World Poker Tour (WPT) in the money finishes and a European Poker Tour (EPT) in the money finish.
The most jaw-dropping thing about all of this? Baker is not even 30 years old.
Bakes first got his start in online poker, but transitioned to the live scene when he was in his early twenties. He got his first two WSOP cashes at the 2008 series, which included a 252nd place finish in the Main Event. Bakes also did well in the EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure a few months later, placing 16th out of a field of 1,347.
The 2009 WSOP proved to be a successful one for Bakes, as he made it in the money in four different events throughout the series. He bettered that in 2010 after he went in the money in five different events, which included his first ever WSOP Gold Bracelet which he won in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw.
His success on the felt continued to grow as he made it to the final table in the 2011 Caribbean Adventure High Roller event and cashed out in three WPT events between July 2010 and February 2011. A return to the WSOP in 2011 saw Bakes go in the money four times, one of which was a sixth place finish in the same event he had won in the previous year.
Bakes took out his second WSOP Gold Bracelet in 2012, when he bested a field of 178 to win the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E event and the US$451,779 cash prize for first place. He also went in the money in three other WSOP events in that year, which was yet another sign of his consistency on the felt.
2013 was without a doubt Baker’s best year in his poker career to date. In the first eight days of that year, he made it to the final table in two events at the Caribbean Adventure before going in the money in another even a few days later. He went in the money eight times in the 2013 WSOP, with four of those being final table finishes.
Baker has since gone in the money at the WSOP five more times – three in 2014 and twice in 2015. His strong poker play over the years has netted him a little over US$2.8 million in total live tournament earnings so far, a figure that is likely to keep growing as Bakes’ career keeps going from strength to strength.
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