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The eighth event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2018 i.e. $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball crowned a first-time bracelet winner! Johannes Becker (cover image) from Germany, who’s been active on the poker felts since 2012 and has been a WSOP regular since 2015, topped the field of 321 players who competed in the event over the past three days to win his first WSOP bracelet and a payday of $180,455.
It was certainly the right event for Becker to enter, as he prefers to play mixed cash games, his favorite being 2-7 triple draw and Badugi.
“I was kind of wondering whether I should play or not. But given that I’ve been looking forward to this specific tournament and it’s kind of my mix, I decided to give it a shot anyway”, Becker said, talking about his win.
Though he registered late in the event, Becker performed exceedingly well in the first two days but had a rather rough time on Day 3 and by the time play concluded, Becker was second from the bottom in stacks among the twelve remaining players. The final day though, brought better hands for Becker who soon sailed past competitors including Bryce Yockey, Frank Kassela and Mike Leah.
“I didn’t expect to win! I started catching cards and that worked out great”, exclaimed a beaming Becker after the win.
Final Table Recap
Entering the six-handed final table, Becker had to face Chris Vitch and Scott Seiver who had amassed dauntingly big stacks. Vitch, who had won the event in 2016, was a strong contender and rose to the lead early in the event. Luckily for Becker, a few hands against Seiver replenished his stack and had him grinding again.
Early on, a hand of 2-7 triple draw sent Luis Velador reeling out in sixth place. Next, Seiver raised and Vitch called in the small blind, George Trigeorgis called from big blind. Vitch checked-called and through the next two rounds the draws stayed the same with Vitch check-calling in between. All players checked in the end and here’s when Seiver announced a three-card five with his . Trigeorgis had for a three-card seven that sent him packing to the rail in fifth place.
In another hand of 2-7 triple draw, Seiver raised on the button, Vitch defended from big blind and both players took two, with Vitch checking. Next, Seiver bet on which Vitch raised. Again, Seiver called, taking a card off against Vitch. Vitch bet, Seiver called and the draws were repeated. Following this, Vitch checked and Seiver bet, yet again. Vitch called. With 8x-6x-5x-3x-2x, Seiver won the hand against Vitch who held eight-seven and was bounced out in the next hand in fourth place.
Here on, Becker could be seen grinding it up on slow but crucial pots that kept his stacks going up.
A few hands later, Jesse Hampton faced a direct onslaught from Becker who raised and had Hampton defending his big. Becker discarded one on the first draw, Hampton took two and called. They changed one apiece, Becker kept to his aggressive streak. Hampton called the big bet, with only 10,000 remaining behind him. Becker patted his made hand, Hampton pitched one, before calling for the rest. Becker showed 7x-6x-4x-3x-2x, and it was Hampton who got railed in third place.
The heads-up began with Becker defending his big against Seiver’s raise and both players took two cards. Becker bet in position and Seiver raised all-in for 110,000 on which Becker called. Seiver drew one and then, used the final draw to change one again. Becker, who was ready for the showdown, patting, now opened . On this Seiver first announced a flip but the last card he peeled didn’t bring him relief as his dashed his hopes of the bracelet. Seiver finished as runners-up while Becker picked up the bracelet and the title!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Johannes Becker – $180,455
2. Scott Seiver – $111,516
3. Jesse Hampton – $71,547
4. Chris Vitch – $47,166
5. George Trigeorgis – $31,873
6. Luis Velador – $22,304
Content and image courtesy: WSOP.com.
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