NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
WPT World Championship Wraps With Williams As Winner
April 25, 2022
David Williams, the runner-up of the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event, the runner-up of the World Poker Tour 2004 Borgata Poker Open and the runner-up of the 2006 $5,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Deuce-to-Seven Lowball,  refused to settle for second best at his most recent final table appearance yesterday, and instead took down the most prestigious title of the year for the WPT, the $25,000 buy-in, World Championship.

Williams, since his well documented near miss in 2004, has seen some total victories and has in fact earned close to $3 million in tournament cashes- not including yesterday’s score- but none have ever come as close to the prominence of 2004’s loss to Greg Raymer- at least perhaps until now. 

Although the field for this year's WPT World Championship was only 195 players strong, those players were unarguably some of the toughest poker players in the game, and the men at the final table which he surpassed, weren’t much easier.  Along with beating out Billy Baxter, an old school multiple bracelet winner with cashes going back to 1975- 5 years before Williams was even born- Williams also outlasted high stakes cash pro David Benyamine, rising star Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin and Shawn Buchanan, the Day 1 and Day 3 chip leader, who unfortunately for him, was only able to end in 3rd place on the day of the event that mattered most.

Buchanan earned over a half million dollars for his third place finish, and Baldwin, who did one better still, earned over a million, however both prizes paled in comparison to Williams', who earned $1,530,000, his biggest cash since his lost to Raymer.

The final table finish positions for the 2010 World Poker Tour World championship are as follows:

1st.   David Williams- $1,530,537

2nd.  Eric Baldwin- $1,034,715

3rd.   Shawn Buchanan- $587,906

4th.   David Benyamine- $329,228

5th.   Billy Baxter- $246,921

6th.  John O'Shea- $199,888

For more information on Williams’ victory in the WPT World Championship visit www.worldpokertour.com.
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