Editor's note: A replay of this final table can be found on demand at ESPN3.com.
The lowball world championship bracelet is among the most desired pieces of jewelry each year at the WSOP. The field that comes together for the 2-7 $10,000 world championship understands the purity of the game and the legacy of its previous champions. David Baker was one of those previous champions, as he emerged at age 23 onto the WSOP scene with his first bracelet win in this event. He had a chance to become a two-time lowball champ on Tuesday night, but he would be denied by poker veteran Jesse Martin, who finally found gold in Vegas.
"I'm just really happy," said Martin to the WSOP. "I've worked really hard at poker. It's a really good feeling right now."
Martin has cashed 30 times at the WSOP since 2005, but this was only his second final table. He typically plays cash games, and while he dedicates a good amount of studying each and every variation, he openly admitted that his lowball game isn't the best.
"It helps to run good," he said of his efforts at the final table. "I ran really good three-handed. I got two really big draws. Last time when I ran deep (finishing fourth) I was in a limit hold 'em tournament. I was saying to myself, that I need to really concentrate and play perfect. I didn't take it that way this time I just wanted to have fun with it."
Martin needed to be in the best mindset possible to outlast a final table that included six other stars. Outlasting the field of 87 to make the final table were bracelet winners John Hennigan, Jeffrey Lisandro, Konstantin Puchkov, Layne Flack and Baker, while Martin and Jon Turner were looking for their first wins. Flack entered the final table as the chip leader, but his quest for a seventh bracelet ended in sixth. Turner (fifth), Lisandro (fourth) and Puchkov (third) were sent home afterward, leaving Baker and Martin to do battle.
Due to his elimination of Puchkov, Martin entered heads-up with a 5:1 lead. The first eight hands of heads-up play went quickly with folds before the draw. On the ninth hand, Martin opened and Baker moved all-in. Both players requested one card and agreed to flip over their new cards simultaneously. Baker flipped over a king, giving him K-9-6-5-2 and Martin, holding 8-7-3-2, just needed to draw better. He picked up a 10, walked over to Baker to have a quick discussion, then celebrated his victory as he headed towards the rail.
Baker now has six cashes and four final tables so far in 2013, with second-, fourth-, sixth- and eighth-place results. He has $1.5 million in career WSOP earnings.
Martin earned $253,524 for the victory and thanked all those that supported him on Twitter. "Well won a WSOP bracelet today! Thanks so much to everyone for the support, so many good people in poker and I am honored to be a part of it."
Notable finishers include 2012 WSOP Lowball winner Larry Wright (13th), Paul Volpe (eighth) and Ashton Griffin (ninth).
Below are the complete results of Event 43 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:
Event 43: 2-7 Draw Lowball
Prize pool: $817,800
Players in the money: 14
1. Jesse Martin ($253,524)
2. David Baker ($156,674)
3. Konstantin Puchkov ($99,313)
4. Jeff Lisandro ($67,264)
5. Jon Turner ($47,792)
6. Layne Flack ($35,549)
7. John Hennigan ($27,633)
8. Paul Volpe ($22,399)
9. Ashton Griffin ($19,283)
10. James Lee ($19,283)
11. Calvin Anderson ($19,283)
12. Naoya Kihara ($16,601)
13. Larry Wright ($16,601)
14. Dan O'Brien ($16,601)