06/19/17 09:22:07 PM PST
Déjà Yu! Ben Yu Wins Second Bracelet in $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship
Ben Yu won the $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship after triumphing over a field of 80 players and a star-studded final table.
Coming into the day third in chips, Yu soon chipped up and battled with eventual runner-up Shaun Deeb for the chip lead before overcoming the two-time bracelet winner heads-up to join him in the two-time winners club.
Deeb led the way at the start of the final day, with just six players left vying for the gold bracelet.
Yesterday, Mike Matusow was saying that he was looking to "bring the pain" on the final table day, but unfortunately, a couple of mistimed bluffs meant that he was first to leave in sixth place ($35,532) after he was eliminated by Yu.
Next to go was Shawn Buchanan (fifth - $48,854), whose nine-low fell to Deeb's eight-perfect. His fellow Canadian, Mike Watson, was next to go when his pat ten wasn't good enough against Deeb, who made a seven. Watson exited in fourth place for $68,601.
Three-handed was an enthralling affair, with short stack Nick Schulman doubling up multiple times to stay alive. Eventually, he fell to Yu, who made an eight-perfect to eliminate the two-time 2-7 Lowball bracelet winner in third ($98,337).
It was perhaps fitting that the players who had done the most damage in eliminating players and the pair who had tussled for the chip lead the most over the course of the final day ended it heads-up.
In one corner was Yu, looking for his second bracelet after his $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship bracelet in 2015. In the other corner was two-time bracelet winner Deeb, looking for his third bracelet in three years.
Eventually, it was Yu who triumphed in a thoroughly one-sided heads-up affair. He celebrated loudly with his rail, which had been cheering every single pot. He took home $232,738 for his efforts and his second WSOP gold bracelet.
|1||Ben Yu||United States||$232,738|
|2||Shaun Deeb||United States||$143,842|
|3||Nick Schulman||United States||$98,337|
|6||Mike Matusow||United States||$35,532|
Reflecting on his victory, Yu admitted that the final table was indeed a tough one with the quality of players seated around it.
"It was very tough. The media often overblows and says that every final table is hard. But this table and this field was actually really tough.
"You have Shaun Deeb, who is one of the few players who can get away with playing so loose because he's so good post-flop.
"You've got Nick Schulman, one of the Bobby's Room end-bosses, winning in everything he plays.
"I don't have people in poker that I look up to, but Mike Watson is definitely one of them."
Yu was three-handed against Shaun Deeb and Nick Schulman, both of whom had two bracelets. He said that he wasn't phased by this.
"I knew that I was up against tough competition because of who they were and watching them play the last two days. Against these two, I was either break-even or slightly losing.
"It wasn't the bracelets that intimidated me, it was knowing how they play and knowing how great they are at poker!"
06/19/17 08:47:08 PM PST
Shaun Deeb Eliminated in 2nd Place ($143,842)
Ben Yu dispatched Shaun Deeb in a matter of three hands. On the first, Deeb raised the button, and Yu called. Both players drew three, then Yu bet. Deeb showed three face cards, then folded.
"I didn't start with those," Deeb said.
On the second hand, Yu raised from the button, and Deeb folded.
On the last hand, Deeb raised the button, and Yu called. Yu drew two while Deeb took three. Yu checked, then called a bet from Deeb.
On the second draw, Yu took two while Deeb took one. Yu checked, then Deeb bet. Yu raised, and that put Deeb all in. Both players stood pat on the last draw.
Deeb showed , but it was no good. Yu showed , and that was good enough to seal the victory.
"You run the best," Deeb said, shaking Yu's hand. For his second-place finish, Deeb collected $143,842.
In the meantime, Yu jumped up on the rail and celebrated with his fans, giving hugs, cheers, and cries of "Awooga!" alike.
|Ben Yu||4,000,000||500,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||0||-500,000 |06/19/17 08:36:24 PM PST
Ben Yu into Huge Chip Lead
After folding three hands in a row, Shaun Deeb raised, and Ben Yu called.
Yu drew three and Deeb two. Yu bet, and Deeb called.
Both players drew one. Yu bet, and Deeb folded.
|Ben Yu||3,500,000||275,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||500,000||-275,000 |06/19/17 08:35:31 PM PST
Shaun Deeb Loses Some More
Shaun Deeb raised, and Ben Yu three-bet. Deeb called.
Yu drew one and Deeb two. Yu bet, and Deeb called.
Yu drew one and Deeb two. Yu bet, and Deeb folded.
|Ben Yu||3,225,000||100,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||775,000||-150,000 |06/19/17 08:33:21 PM PST
Deeb Drops Under a Million
Ben Yu raised on the button before getting three-bet by Deeb. Yu called.
Deeb took one, and Yu took two. Deeb then bet, and Yu called.
On the second draw, both players took one. Deeb bet again, but this time, Yu raised.
"Get em!" the rail shouted, seeing Yu's raise. "Yum yum!"
Both players stood pat on the last draw. Deeb checked over to Yu. Yu bet, and Deeb thought about it for a while before folding his hand.
"Good bluff!" the rail cheered at Yu. "Or not, who cares?"
|Ben Yu||3,125,000||125,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||925,000||-75,000 |06/19/17 08:25:35 PM PST
Yu Forces Out Deeb after Four Bets Before First Draw
Ben Yu raised, and Shaun Deeb three-bet. Yu four-bet, and Deeb called.
Both players drew one and then checked.
Both players drew one again, and Deeb check-called a bet from Yu.
On the third draw, Deeb drew one, and Yu stood pat. Deeb checked and folded when Yu bet.
|Ben Yu||3,000,000||450,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||1,000,000||-450,000 |06/19/17 08:24:15 PM PST
Ben Yu Makes His Eight
Ben Yu raised, and Shaun Deeb called.
Deeb drew two, and Yu drew three. Both players checked.
Deeb drew one, Yu drew two. Deeb check-called a bet from Yu.
Deeb drew one, and Yu stood pat. Deeb check-called a bet from Yu.
Yu showed and took down the pot.
|Ben Yu||2,550,000||225,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||1,450,000||-225,000 |06/19/17 08:17:12 PM PST
Deeb Takes The First Pot of Heads-Up Play
Ben Yu raised on the button, and Shaun Deeb called. Deeb took two while Yu three on the first draw. Deeb then bet, and Yu called.
Deeb only took one on the second draw, while Yu took two. Deeb bet again, and Yu called.
On the last draw, Deeb stood pat, and Yu drew one. Deeb then checked, and Yu followed suit.
Deeb showed , and that was good enough to earn him the first pot of heads-up play.
|Ben Yu||2,325,000||-250,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||1,675,000||250,000 |06/19/17 08:11:12 PM PST
Heads-Up Chip Counts
|Ben Yu||2,575,000||0 |
|Shaun Deeb||1,425,000||-375,000 |06/19/17 08:11:07 PM PST
Nick Schulman Eliminated in 3rd Place ($98,337)
Shaun Deeb raised. Nick Schulman and Ben Yu both called.
Schulman and Yu both drew three, and Deeb drew two. Schulman checked, and Yu bet. Both players called.
Schulman drew two, Yu drew one, and Deeb drew two. Schulman checked, and Yu bet. Deeb called, as did Schulman, who was now all in.
Each player drew three on the end. Yu bet, and Deeb tanked.
"When I had breakfast today, I thought about this exact spot," said Deeb, "Sorry for the torture, Nick."
"No problem," replied Schulman. Eventually, Deeb folded.
Schulman was eliminated and took home $98,337 for his efforts.
|Ben Yu||2,575,000||575,000 |
|Nick Schulman||0||-200,000 |06/19/17 08:08:15 PM PST
Nick Schulman Doubles Up
Nick Schulman raised and was all in. Ben Yu called.
Schulman drew three, and Yu drew one.
Schulman drew one, and Yu stood pat.
Schulman stood pat, and Yu went into the tank. Eventually, he patted behind.
Schulman showed . Yu showed with the bottom four suited.
"That's really strong if you considered breaking that," said Deeb.
"That situation doesn't come up that often," replied Yu.
|Ben Yu||2,000,000||-150,000 |
|Nick Schulman||200,000||100,000 |06/19/17 08:05:09 PM PST
Shaun Deeb Takes from Ben Yu
Ben Yu raised, and Shaun Deeb called. Deeb drew two, and Yu drew one. Deeb check-raised, and Yu called.
Deeb stood pat, and Yu drew one. Deeb bet, and Yu called.
Deeb stood pat, and Yu drew one. Both players checked, and Deeb won with an .
|Ben Yu||2,150,000||-225,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||1,800,000||200,000 |06/19/17 07:53:36 PM PST
Schulman Dips Back Down
Ben Yu raised on the button, and Nick Schulman called from the big blind.
Both players took two, and Schulman led out with a bet. Yu called, then both players took one on the second draw. Schulman bet again, and Yu called. Both players stood pat on the last draw, then checked.
Schulman flipped over , but before he could turn over the rest, Yu showed , and it was good to lock up the pot.
|Ben Yu||2,375,000||375,000 |
|Nick Schulman||200,000||-200,000 |06/19/17 07:48:19 PM PST
Nick Schulman Doubles Up
Nick Schulman raised, and Shaun Deeb called.
Deeb drew two, and Schulman drew three. Both players checked.
"Guess I missed a bet," said Deeb, as he drew two and Schulman drew three.
Deeb bet, and Schulman called and was all in.
Schulman stood pat, and Deeb drew one. Schulman showed . We didn't see Deeb's cards, but he drew a , making a pair, and Schulman doubled up.
|Shaun Deeb||1,600,000||-200,000 |
|Nick Schulman||400,000||200,000 |06/19/17 07:46:56 PM PST
Ben Yu Wins by the Narrowest of Margins
Shaun Deeb raised. Nick Schulman three-bet, and both Ben Yu and Deeb called.
Schulman drew two, Yu drew two, and Deeb drew three.
"This is like a cash game hand," said Deeb.
Schulman checked, Yu bet, Deeb folded, and Schulman called.
Schulman drew two and Yu one. Schulman check-called a bet from Yu.
Both players drew one and then checked.
"Pair of fives," announced Schulman.
"Pair of fours," said Yu, showing .
|Ben Yu||2,000,000||450,000 |
|Shaun Deeb||1,800,000||-150,000 |
|Nick Schulman||200,000||-300,000 |06/19/17 07:44:59 PM PST
Ben Yu Takes from Shaun Deeb
Ben Yu raised, and Shaun Deeb called. Both players drew two. Deeb bet, and Yu called.
Both players drew one. Deeb bet, Yu raised, and Deeb called.
Deeb drew one, and Yu stood pat. Both players checked.
"King," announced Deeb, and Yu showed and won the pot.
|Shaun Deeb||1,950,000||-200,000 |
|Ben Yu||1,550,000||400,000 |
|Nick Schulman||500,000||-150,000 |06/19/17 07:41:29 PM PST
Schulman Get a Bit More Back
Nick Schulman raised the button and was called by Shaun Deeb in the big blind. Both players took two.
After the first draw, Deeb bet, and Schulman called. Deeb then took one, and Schulman took two on the second draw. Deeb bet again, and Schulman called.
On the last draw, Deeb took one while Schulman stood pat. Both players checked. Deeb showed his and already started to muck as Schulman turned up and took down the pot.
|Shaun Deeb||2,150,000||-200,000 |
|Nick Schulman||650,000||250,000 |06/19/17 07:37:41 PM PST
Ben Yu raised on the button. Shaun Deeb made it three bets from the small blind, and Yu called.
"It's gonna be another one of these," Yu said. Deeb pitched in one for the draw while Yu sent back three.
Deeb bet, and Yu called, then both players took one. Deeb bet a second time, and Yu called once more.
On the last draw, Deeb stood pat while Yu took one. Both players checked. Deeb showed , and that was good to take the pot.
|Shaun Deeb||2,350,000||250,000 |
|Ben Yu||1,150,000||-250,000 |06/19/17 07:32:09 PM PST
Level 26 started
|06/19/17 07:31:51 PM PST
Nick Schulman Doubles Up
Nick Schulman raised, and Ben Yu called. Both players drew three.
Schulman bet, and Yu called.
Schulman drew one, and Yu drew two. Schulman bet and was all in for 70,000. Yu called.
Schulman stood pat, and Yu contemplated his decision. He eventually drew one.
Yu drew a for a pair of deuces, and Schulman doubled up with a jack-low.
|Ben Yu||1,400,000||-250,000 |
|Nick Schulman||400,000||235,000 ||