Two years ago, Ben Yu won his first-career WSOP gold bracelet in the 2015 $10k Limit Hold’em Championship. Now, he’s brought home his second bracelet in the 2017 WSOP $10k Lowball Triple Draw Championship.
Yu picked up the first-place prize of $232,738 by battling through an 80-player field. He faced some tough competition on the final table, with Mike Matusow (6th, $35.5k), Shawn Buchanan (5th, $48.9k), Michael Watson (4th, $68.6k), and Nick Schulman (3rd, $98.3k) all making runs at the title.
In the end, it came down to Yu and Shaun Deeb, who was looking for his third-career bracelet. Yu held a 5:3 chip advantage, and he never relinquished this lead. It didn’t take him long to eliminate Deeb, who settled for a second-place payout worth $143,842.
Afterward, Yu spoke about how excited he was to outlast such a tough final table and triumph in this event.
“It was actually a very tough final table,” he said. “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.”
Winning the 2017 WSOP $10k 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship is just the latest highlight in Yu’s successful poker career. At the 2011 WSOP, he tied Russia’s Kirill Rabtsov for the most total cashes with 7. And as mentioned before, he won the 2015 WSOP $10k Limit Hold’em Championship along with $291,456. He has $2.12 million in career tournament winnings.
2017 WSOP $10,000 Lowball Triple Draw Championship Final Table
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