David Williams Sets Legacy at WPT ChampionshipTweet Share
For poker players, high profile wins in major tournaments are where legends are made. All players are grinding for prize money, but legacies are built on titles. Bodog poker pro David Williams now has the cornerstone for his legacy, thanks to his recent win at the Bellagio’s World Poker Tour Championship.
When asked to compare his World Series of Poker bracelet to winning the WPT Championship, Williams made his feelings crystal clear. “My bracelet? That’s nothing compared to this. That was a $1,500 buy-in Stud event. It was cool to have a bracelet, but this is a WPT Championship.” He continued by saying, “It’s been a long time coming.” The WPT Championship, by contrast, was a $25,000 buy-in event with 195 of the best poker players in the world attending.
The drama was high; Faraz Jaka was attempting to hold off charges by Phil Hellmuth, Scotty Nguyen and a host of others who were looking to take home the series’ Player of the Year honor. Williams’ competition in the final five included Card Player Magazine Player of the Year Eric Baldwin, WPT winner Shawn Buchanan, WSoP bracelet winner David Benyamine and Poker Hall of Fame legend Billy Baxter.
The legendary group made it easy for Williams to relax. “The lineup of name players who I’ve played before calmed me down,” Williams said. “I knew what to expect from them because I’d played with all of them before. There was no pressure to win; because if I lost, I mean hey, I lost to a great player.”
In the end, Williams ended something of a personal drought by eliminating Baldwin head-to-head and taking first prize, $1.53 million, and a well-deserved confidence boost. “It definitely boosts my confidence. I haven’t had anything big going on for the last couple of years, so it makes me feel like I’m doing things right now. I’ve made a lot of changes. I’m very happy.”
Listed by fellow Bodog pro Evelyn Ng as one of her favorite players to watch, Williams has now secured his legacy, but is unlikely to change who he is. “I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing,” Williams said. “As long as I’m in the headlines I’m happy about that.” Winning the WPT Championship will do that for you.