The modern era of the World Series of Poker Main Event is often a bit of a crapshoot, where thousands of players attempt to win poker’s ultimate title. So you get all sorts of players who make the final table, including Joshua Beckley, who’s now set to play for a $7.68 million payout with the 2015 November Nine, despite turning pro less than a year ago.
The Marlton, New Jersey man decided to become a poker pro after winning $98,000 in a Parx Casino tournament last August. Since that time, he’s managed to collect almost $220k total in live tourneys along with more winnings in New Jersey’s regulated online poker market. Beckley is a regular at sites like Party Poker under the name “asdf26.”
Based on the typical accounts of most post-Black Friday poker pros, Beckley should be having a difficult time grinding up his bankroll and making a living. But now, after navigating through a 6,420-player field in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, he’s guaranteed at least a $1,001,020 payout.
The good thing for Beckley is that he has a decent chance at earning more than this because he’s currently sitting with the seventh-largest chip stack at 11,800,000 chips. And here’s some good news for him: Pius Heinz, who won the 2011 Main Event and $8,715,638, only had the seventh-biggest chip stack heading into the final table. So this isn’t exactly the worst spot to be in for a guy who’s eyeing the $7.68 million top prize just like the rest of the 2015 November Nine.
The final nine players will meet again on Nov. 8th, where they’ll battle for a collective $27.8 million in prize money. And this will give Beckley a chance to show just what all he’s learned in his year as a poker pro.