Eric Buchman, is 29 years old and hails from Valley Stream, New York. He will enter the final table of the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event with 34.8 million in chips; second only to Darvin Moon. Although the $1,263,602 that is guaranteed to each of the November 9 will be by far Buchman’s largest tournament cash, he has been excelling on the tournament circuit since 2002 and has amassed more than $900,000 in career tournament earnings. Buchman’s notable results prior to the 2009 Main Event are a win in the 2004 New England Poker Classic that netted him $275,400, a second place finish in a $1,500 Limit Hold’em bracelet event in the 2006 WSOP for $174,938, and another runners-up effort in the $5,000 buy-in Main Event at the WSOP Circuit event at Harrah’s Atlantic City, worth another $208,666.
Including the 2009 WSOP Main Event, Eric Buchman now has 10 career World Series of Poker cashes, making him the third most accomplished player at the final table, behind Jeff Shulman, and Phil Ivey.
Buchman was involved in one of the more interesting hands on Day 7 of the Main Event. Shortly after the dinner break with the blinds at $50,000-$100,000 and a $10,000 ante, Eric Buchman opted against a standard opening raise and decided to move all-in with Ace-10 of hearts for just over 3 million; a massive over bet of the pot. However, his attempted steal was unsuccessful when Jonathan Tamayo decided to make a stand with his pair of Jacks. At risk for his tournament life, Buchman needed a bit of good fortune to extend his run in the Main Event. The flop came down a perfect 9h-7h-2h, giving Buchman the nut flush and a crucial double up to over 6 million chips. Buchman never looked back, ending Day 7 with just over 10 million.
On Day 8, Buchman used the moral support of his family and his 8 years of experience in professional poker to chip away at the remaining players, more than tripling his stack before the end of play without many large confrontations. When the final table resumes, there is no question that Eric Buchman has a dangerous combination of poker wits, and chips that will make him a serious contender for the 2009 WSOP Main Event bracelet; the most coveted piece of hardware in Poker.