David Bach has become the first player to win two gold bracelets at the 2017 WSOP. Bach’s second bracelet came via the Event #30: $10,000 HORSE Championship, where he also collected a $119,399 payout.
“I’m running well and I feel like I’m playing well,” said Bach. “I pride myself on being able to play with anybody!”
He triumphed over a 141-player field that included some of the toughest names in poker. Stephen Chidwick (21st), Esther Taylor-Brady (18th), Brandon Shack-Harris (16th), Mark Gegorich (14th), Brian Rast (11th), and Anthony Zinno (9th) all had strong finishes.
Daniel Negreanu (6th) and Jason Mercier (5th) both made runs at adding to their career bracelet total. But in the end, it came down to Bach and Eric Rodawig facing off for the win. Bach was behind Rodawig in chips, but he quickly closed the gap and was able to eliminate his final opponent.
“It couldn’t have been anymore different [from the first bracelet],” said Bach. “This was tougher opponents. A way tougher chip stack situation. To be honest, once I got like four-handed, I felt like I was free rolling. I lost a couple big hands early with good hands and got really short. I lost about a million in chips to some unlucky situations. To come back from that – I was free rolling.”
The 47-year-old’s first bracelet at the 2017 WSOP came in the Event #11: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice tournament. Bach picked up $119,399 for triumphing over this 364-player field.
Bach’s multi-bracelet summer comes on the heels of Benny Glaser and Jason Mercier both winning two bracelets last year. Neither was able to add a third bracelet, though, and tie Phil Ivey (2002) and Jeffrey Lisandro (2009) for winning three gold bracelets in one series.
Bach still has over half the 2017 WSOP to become the third player to accomplish this feat.
2017 WSOP Event #30: $10,000 HORSE Championship Final Table
1: David Bach $383,208
2: Eric Rodawig $236,841
3: Don Zewin $163,557
4: Andrew Brown $115,484
5: Jason Mercier $83,415
6: Daniel Negreanu $61,677
7: Yuebin Guo $46,687
8: Jerry Wong $36,218