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Eric Buchman wins second bracelet

By Andrew Feldman
ESPN.com

Leading up to the 2009 WSOP main event final table, Eric Buchman's quest focused around the money.

"I need the money to live," Buchman said to ESPN.com in 2009. "Once I make the money, the bracelets will be more important. It's easy for a guy who's got millions to say, 'I don't care about the money,' but for your everyday guy, they're playing for the money.

Eric Buchman
Eric Buchman has won in two of his three WSOP heads-up appearances.

After his fourth-place finish in that main event, Buchman pocketed $2.5 million and a new perspective on life. In 2010, he captured his first bracelet and $203,607 in a limit hold 'em event. In 2011, he finished second in the eight-game for another six figure score and third in a seven-card stud event. Then in 2012, he made another run in the main and finished 74th. To put things simply, Buchman hasn't faded from the tournament scene since his November Nine appearance, despite his cash-game focus.

On Tuesday night in the $1,500 seven-card stud Event 34, Buchman made his seventh WSOP final table appearance and, for the second time, he cashed in. Buchman earned $118,785 for his victory over the field of 345.

"The limit hold 'em one was my first bracelet, so that was sweeter, but this one was really, really sweet," Buchman said to the WSOP. "It's definitely a close second, but your first bracelet is always gonna be the best."

In a year where those with previous success have dominated the felt, Buchman became the 10th repeat WSOP champion during this Series. He also joins Joe Cada as victors from the 2009 WSOP main event final table.

"Even though [Cada has] won a lot more money than me, we're still two bracelets to two bracelets," Buchman said.

Buchman defeated another fourth-place main event finisher, Alex Kravchenko, heads-up for the title. Kravchenko emerged on the scene in 2007 with his bracelet win and final table and has made six additional final tables since. Outside of the WSOP, Kravchenko is busy on the European poker circuit, with main event cashes in Monte Carlo, San Remo, Vienna and Deauville so far this year.

"He played really well today, it just didn't go his way," Buchman said of Kravchenko. "I have so much heads-up experience in this game, that I really felt good. I didn't want to go heads-up against him ... because I felt like Kravchenko was the better player [at the table], but it worked out."

Other notable finishers included Bryn Kenney (fifth), Daniel Negreanu (10th) and Phil Laak (19th).

Below are the complete results of Event 34 at the 2014 World Series of Poker:

Event 34: Seven-card stud

Buy-In: $1,500
Entries: 345
Prize pool: $465,750
Players in the money: 40

1. Eric Buchman ($118,785)

2. Alexander Kravchenko ($73,360)
3. Aleksandr Denisov ($47,315)
4. William Thompson ($34,283)
5. Bryn Kenney ($25,206)
6. Nabih Helmi ($18,802)
7. Mallory Smith ($14,228)
8. David Prager ($10,921)
9. Steve Sung ($8,504)
10. Daniel Negreanu ($8,504)
11. Frank Athey ($6,716)
12. Sergey Rybachenko ($6,716)
13. Filippos Stavrakis ($5,374)
14. Jean Maurice ($5,374)
15. Carolyn Gardner ($4,359)
16. Mitchell Putterman ($4,359)
17. Daniel Buckley ($3,586)
18. Bryan Campanello ($3,586)
19. Phil Laak ($3,586)
20. Robert Turner ($3,586)
21. Andrew Lam ($3,586)
22. Steve Diano ($3,586)
23. Scott Bohlman ($3,586)
24. Steven Albini ($3,586)
25. Matt Grapenthien ($3,008)
26. Mel Judah ($3,008)
27. Vladimir Shchemelev ($3,008)
28. John D'Agostino ($3,008)
29. Oxana Cummings ($3,008)
30. Farshad Ben Cohen ($3,008)
31. Pt Hayes ($3,008)
32. Brian Hastings ($3,008)
33. Marcel Luske ($2,524)
34. Cyndy Violette ($2,524)
35. Martin Sigel ($2,524)
36. James Nelson ($2,524)
37. Kenichi Takaki ($2,524)
38. Robert Mizrachi ($2,524)
39. Barbara Lewis ($2,524)
40. Norman Silverman ($2,524)