The World Series of Poker isn’t exactly the best place to try out a new poker game. After all, the WSOP is full of the best live poker players in the world. However, Matthew Perrins felt perfectly comfortable trying to parlay his Texas Hold’em skills into a 2-7 Draw Lowball tournament. And what’s funny about this story is that Perrins won Event #9 and $102k despite barely knowing how to play the game.
In order to learn how to play 2-7 Draw Lowball, Perrins watched a few YouTube videos, and that was it. He picked up the rest by asking fellow opponents how to play the game.
As Perrins told the media, “During Day One and the first three or four hours, I was not sure what was going on. I was getting into a few hands, and I was not sure what I should do here. So, I ended up speaking to some of my mates. I started to pick it up. As the tournament got deeper, it was kind of similar to Hold’em as in where being aggressive and three-betting will get you a lot of chips. That’s where I started moving toward the final table.”
As for his strategy during the tournament, Perrins told reporters, “I knew that everyone had a lot more experience than me, but since I was able to play it a bit like Hold’em, they would fold. When I three-bet and was aggressive, it worked.”
Perrins wildly celebrated with friends and other players after winning his first WSOP bracelet. With the WSOP victory and $102,095 in winnings, the Brit now has almost $655k in live tournament winnings. In addition to this, Perrins is also a very good online poker player who has carved out a very successful career.