Our Official Pick to Win ItTM Howard Lederer won the the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event today at the 2009 Festa al Lago, beating Ralph Perry heads up and pocketing a cute $92,150. Only 19 players entered the event, including Eli Elezra, the Intense Stare of Scott Clements, Rod Pardey, Dan Shak, Jerry Buss, Andy Bloch, Michael Binger and David Singer.
While Lederer has been on a bit of a heater lately, making two final tables at the WSOP Europe, the win today was his first victory in nearly two years. A relieved Lederer went to Twitter afterwards, saying:
Whew, I got the win. Managed to hang on against a tough opponent. Feels good. First win in 20 months.
That win 20 months ago was the $100k buy-in event at the 2008 Aussie Millions against a field of 25.
Despite the win, Lederer still remains our Official Pick To Win It. Consider this his 2008 Canada Open Poker Championship. He’ll need a major win in an event with more players than a cheerleading squad before we look for a new “Official Pick to Win It.”