Ben Yu Wins 2017 WSOP Event for 2nd Career BraceletJune 21, 2017 9:41 am
The poker pros have continued to dominate the action at this year’s World Series of Poker, with almost 40 percent of the events completed so far won by players who have now become multiple bracelet winners. The latest pro to be added to the illustrious list is Ben Yu, who picked up a second career gold bracelet after taking down Event #34: $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship for $232,738.
In 2011, Yu cashed in at the WSOP a total of seven times, tieing him with Russia’s Kirill Rabtsov for the most amount of cashes that year in Las Vegas. In 2015, the Las Vegas resident subsequently captured his first gold bracelet at the WSOP $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship event for $291,456, and following his latest victory at the Rio now increases his live earnings to $2,001,383.
Event #34 attracted 80 players to create a prize pool of $752,000, and amongst the big name pros making the money was Mike Matusow in 6th ($35,532), Shawn Buchanan in 5th ($48,854), and Michael Watson in 4th ($68,601). After Nick Schulman was eliminated in 3rd for $98,337, it was then left to Ben Yu and 2-times WSOP winner Shaun Deeb to battle it out for the title.
Yu held a 5-to-3 chip lead as the heads-up got underway, and he subsequently managed to hold onto his lead and dominate the action to secure a famous victory, while Deeb had to settle for a runner-up finish worth $143,842. Reflecting upon the tough field at the highly specialized event, the 31 year-old pro commented:
“It was actually a very tough final table.. You have Nick Schulman, who is one of the end bosses of Bobby’s Room — very, very good, winning at everything he plays, good at everything. You have Shaun Deeb, who is one of the few players who can get away with that loose because of how great he is post-flop. Mike Watson is, I don’t look up to many people in poker, but he is definitely one of those that I do. Shawn Buchanan is also very tough, very good at everything he plays.”
Final Table Results:
1: Ben Yu $232,738
2: Shaun Deeb $143,842
3: Nick Schulman $98,337
4: Michael Watson $68,601
5: Shawn Buchanan $48,854
6: Mike Matusow $35,532