Remember David Williams? Probably best known for his 2nd place finish in the World Series of Poker to Greg Raymer in 2004, for the last few years David Williams has been “a name player” without too much else standing out on his poker resume. Not that I feel bad for him – a $3.5 million win at the WSOP SHOULD last you a long time.
Anyhow, the name David Williams is once again on people’s lips, as this week he took down an almost 200-player field at the annual $25,000 buy-in WPT Championships for a score of over $1.5 million.
The big story at this year’s WPT was the continued decline of the field size, down to 195 players from a high of almost 650 in 2007 – most likely due to the struggling economy that, apparently, has hit the “poker economy” hard too. Fact is, any $25,000 event needs high rollers to survive. Anyhow, while the numbers may have declined, the quality of the field noticeably improved; as they say, only the strongest survive – and this field proved it!
The top 10 finishers in the event read like a who’s who of poker, with greats such as Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen, and Poker Hall of Famer Billy Baxter among them. Throw in the always dangerous David Benyamine and reigning CardPlayer Player of the Year Eric Baldwin, and you could sure see the player to eventually collect all the chips would be no fluke. But when all was said and done, it was David Williams who emerged victorious over his elite poker compatriots.