Saturday, June 4, 2022 1:09 AM Local Time (about 24 days and 20 hours ago)
For a Higher Cause: Brad Ruben Wins Bracelet #4 in 2022 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice
Brad Ruben has won his fourth World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet and a $126,288 first-place prize in the 2022 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice after defeating the defending champion, Jaswinder Lally, in heads-up play.
But, it was neither the money nor the trophy on his mind when playing at the final table.
Ruben proudly wore the shirt of a charitable organization named Shields & Stripes, an organization aiming to help veterans. Even after defeating defending champion Lally to win his fourth WSOP bracelet — he became the third player through four events to capture their fourth bracelet alongside David Peters and Scott Seiver -- Ruben's focus was still on those the charity supports.
"This one is very, very special. I kind of feel like this one is a little bigger than me," Ruben said following his victory.
"I wore this shirt. It's a charity called Shields & Stripes. They help vets. They help first responders and police officers who have injuries that aren't really seen. I honestly feel like this is bigger than me. I'm representing them. I'm donating one percent of my winnings but also, I'm trying to get the word out about organizations like them and also maybe spread the word on maybe other poker players donating to charities."
Ruben was introduced to the organization by one of his coaches when he asked about charities to support with his poker winnings. Poker is a solitary game, played by one player against a host of opponents, and Ruben was trying to find a way to get beyond the selfish nature of the game.
"I feel like when I play for a cause, I'm more fulfilled. It's like a more wholesome way to play the game. The game can sometimes feel like it's a little bit selfish, so this makes me feel more fulfilled," he said.
2022 WSOP Event #4: $1,500 Dealer's Choice Final Table Results
|1||Brad Ruben||United States||$126,288|
|4||Ben Yu||United States||$35,793|
|5||Jorge Walker||United States||$25,056|
|6||Charles Bransford||United States||$17,944|
|7||Alfred Atamian||United States||$13,153|
Final Day Action
Ruben came into the final day as the chip leader and watched as players like Norman Chad (13th), Brian Rast (12th), and Marco Johnson (8th) came up short of the final table. He was third in chips at the start of the final table and eliminated Charles Bransford in sixth place with a straight in Stud 8.
He also knocked out another four-time bracelet winner, Ben Yu, by making two pair in another Stud Hi-Lo hand. It was yet another Stud hand that propelled Ruben on his way to victory. He showed down a full house against Naoya Kihara which catapulted him into a massive chip lead with three players remaining.
After Kihara's elimination, Ruben and Lally engaged in a friendly, cordial heads-up match that ended in a hand of Omaha 8 or Better. Lally raised all in with two queens and Ruben called with . He paired his ace on the flop and improved to a flush on the turn. The river provided no help to Lally, who celebrated with Ruben with a toast after the match.
Lally's attempt to win the event for a second consecutive year came up just one spot short, but Ruben had nothing but praise for his opponent.
"It was great. He's very friendly. He's the defending champ and a very good player. So I'm blessed I was able to beat him. I got the cards in the end," he said.
Four Bracelets in Three Years
Ruben has WSOP cashes going back to 2013, but, not even two years ago, he had still yet to win a bracelet. He then won two events in the WSOP Online and after that he won the $1,500 Razz event at last year's series. His four bracelets in the last two years have come in three different formats, both live and online. It's the culmination of an effort he made years ago to adapt in order to survive in the game.
"I can kind of see how five, six, seven, eight years ago, hold'em, it was really tough to beat and players were getting better. So I really felt that I needed to get good at all the other games to kind of maintain my edge," he said.
And he's not done. Ruben plans to stick around for the entire series. The quest for bracelet No. 5 begins right away: "I'm going to play a lot. Hopefully, win my fifth. Gonna keep going and maybe even go for the Player of the Year."
He added: "Why not? I had a good start, so why not."
That concludes coverage of the $1,500 Dealer's Choice event. Keep following PokerNews for live updates from the 2022 WSOP in its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
Friday, June 3, 2022 11:34 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 22 hours ago)
Jaswinder Lally Eliminated in 2nd Place ($78,048)
Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Brad Ruben raised from the button and called when Jaswinder Lally moved all in for his last 1,100,000.
Ruben flopped an ace on the flop. "I have hearts, too," he said as the came on the turn to give him a flush.
Lally needed to complete a low to split the pot but instead paired his seven on the river as his quest to repeat as Dealer's Choice champion came up one spot short.
The two players shared a celebratory toast and took one more shot before the now four-time WSOP bracelet winner ran to his rail.
Stay tuned for a full recap of today's action.
|Brad Ruben||10,750,000||2,200,000 |
|Jaswinder Lally||0||-2,200,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 22 hours ago)
All In Moment...With the Same Hand
Brad Ruben went all in from the button for about 14 big blinds effective. Jaswinder Lally took a deep breath, looked at the rail, and put all his chips in the middle. The crowd cheered for the action, then the hands were revealed.
"Black!" yelled Ruben and his rail. "Red!" shouted Lally and his.
The board had two clubs on it, but the turn was red and players chopped up the pot.
Play continues heads-up with both players trading chips, and shots of tequila with the crowd.
|Brad Ruben||8,550,000||200,000 |
|Jaswinder Lally||2,200,000||-200,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 11:16 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 22 hours ago)
Lally Draws Some Cheers
Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Brad Ruben raised before the draw and Jaswinder Lally called. Both players drew two and Ruben bet.
Lally came back with a raise and Ruben called. The defending champion stood pat and bet again. Ruben gave up his hand this time.
"Why is everyone so quiet," Lally asked the rail who erupted in cheers.
"Don't cheer for him," Ruben said to some laughs.
|Brad Ruben||8,350,000||550,000 |
|Jaswinder Lally||2,400,000||-550,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 11:12 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 22 hours ago)
Level 34 started
Friday, June 3, 2022 11:04 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 22 hours ago)
Keeping Pots Small, Talk Lively
Brad Ruben and Jaswinder Lally just played two rounds of Big O without any pot advancing to the flop.
The two bracelet winners are being quite cordial with each other. Ruben bought a round of drinks for himself, Lally, and his supporters on the rail as they talk about their personal lives between hands
"Keeping it friendly," Ruben said.
"Friendly enough to double me up?" Lally asked.
"Not that friendly," Ruben replied.
|Brad Ruben||7,800,000||150,000 |
|Jaswinder Lally||2,950,000||-150,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:52 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 22 hours ago)
Lally's Mistake Works Out
No Limit 2-7 Single Draw
Jaswinder Lally raised to 300,000 from the button and Brad Ruben made the call.
Ruben drew one, Lally drew two.
"You're only drawing one?" said Lally. "I didn't see the last one. Man, never draw two in this game."
But, he did, and Ruben took his shot by betting 475,000 post-draw. Lally called quickly.
"You got it," said Ruben. "Fours," saying he paired on the draw.
Lally showed, for a great two-card draw to the ninety-seven.
|Brad Ruben||7,650,000||-300,000 |
|Jaswinder Lally||3,100,000||300,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:44 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 23 hours ago)
Heads-Up Chip Counts
|Brad Ruben||7,950,000||0 |
|Jaswinder Lally||2,800,000||100,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:44 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 23 hours ago)
Naoya Kihara Eliminated in 3rd Place ($52,282)
Naoya Kihara was down to 800,000 after losing that massive pot to Brad Ruben and shoved all in. Ruben snap-called and showed while drawing three.
Kihara had and needed to improve. He slowly turned over the and was looking to pair up on his last card, but he flipped over the and was eliminated in third place.
|Brad Ruben||7,950,000||700,000 |
|Naoya Kihara||0||-800,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:39 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 23 hours ago)
Ruben's Hidden Boat Carries Him to the Chip Lead
Naoya Kihara: / /
Brad Ruben: / /
Naoya Kihara completed and both Jaswinder Lally and Brad Ruben called. On fourth street, Ruben bet and both players called.
On to fifth, now Lally bet, both Kihara and Ruben called.
On sixth street, Kihara was the one to bet, but Ruben put in the second bet and Kihara made the call.
On seventh, Ruben bet, Kihara put in the second bet. After some thought, Ruben put in the third bet.
"Really? You made a boat?" said Kihara. "Really?" He eventually put in the call to see he was right.
Ruben showed for the boat. "I made trips immediately, saying he had the two deuces in the hole. Kihara was left very short in three handed play.
|Brad Ruben||7,250,000||3,450,000 |
|Jaswinder Lally||2,700,000||-1,300,000 |
|Naoya Kihara||800,000||-2,400,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:26 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 23 hours ago)
Kihara Plays it Slowly
Brad Ruben raised to 275,000 before the draw and Naoya Kihara called from the big blind.
Ruben took two, while Kihara drew three. Kihara checked over to Ruben, who continued with a bet of 625,000.
"Why so much? I was going to raise, but I guess I'll just call," Kihara said.
"Aces up," Ruben announced, but Kihara turned over for trip tens to win the pot.
|Brad Ruben||3,800,000||-1,300,000 |
|Naoya Kihara||3,200,000||720,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:15 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 23 hours ago)
Ruben Picks Off the Bluff
Brad Ruben raised to 65,000 from the button and Naoya Kihara made the call from the big blind. Heads up to the draw, both players drew three cards.
Kihara decided to lead into Ruben for 500,000 and Ruben quickly called.
Kihara showed for ace-high and Ruben showed for a made two pair.
"I think I would have called you with just tens," said Ruben as he added to his stack.
|Brad Ruben||5,100,000||1,500,000 |
|Naoya Kihara||2,480,000||80,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:06 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 23 hours ago)
Level 33 started
Friday, June 3, 2022 10:04 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 23 hours ago)
Ruben, Lally Chop Up Kihara
Naoya Kihara raised before the draw and Brad Ruben re-raised. Jaswinder Lally called, as did Kihara.
Ruben took one and bet out before even looking at his card. Lally and Kihara both called and took two on the second draw.
Ruben stood pat and bet. Both opponents again called and Ruben put out another bet after standing pat on the last draw.
Lally called after taking two. Kihara also took two and leaned back in his chair for a moment before also calling.
Ruben turned over for an eight-low and a Badugi. Lally had for a seven-low and they chopped up Kihara's chips.
|Jaswinder Lally||4,000,000||-650,000 |
|Brad Ruben||3,600,000||1,300,000 |
|Naoya Kihara||2,400,000||-1,400,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 9:59 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 23 hours ago)
Limped Pot Gets Big
Naoya Kihara limped in on the button for 80,000, Brad Ruben did the same from the small blind, and Jaswinder Lally checked his option.
The three players saw the flop. Ruben decided to lead from the small blind for 110,000. Only Kihara called on the button.
The turn brought the and Ruben again led, this time for 290,000. Kihara thought for a couple of minutes before reaching for a stack of blue chips worth 100,000 each. He slid in the raise to the tune of 1,360,000.
After deliberating for about two minutes, Ruben folded his cards. "I folded a pretty big one there," said Ruben.
Kihara stacked his chips as these three battle to the finish.
|Jaswinder Lally||4,650,000||1,060,000 |
|Naoya Kihara||3,800,000||1,200,000 |
|Brad Ruben||2,300,000||-1,400,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 9:48 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 24 hours ago)
Ben Yu Eliminated in 4th Place ($35,793)
Stud Hi-Lo Regular
Ben Yu: /
Brad Ruben: /
Ben Yu made it 400,000 on third street and called when Brad Ruben raised to 600,000. On fifth street, Yu bet and Ruben raised enough to put Yu all in for his last 410,000. Yu called.
Ruben finished with to make two pair, nines and fives. Yu was showing for sevens and fours and tapped the felt before wishing the rest of the table good luck.
|Brad Ruben||3,700,000||400,000 |
|Ben Yu||0||-1,260,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 9:40 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 24 hours ago)
Four-Handed Chip Counts
|Jaswinder Lally||3,590,000||-710,000 |
|Brad Ruben||3,300,000||1,950,000 |
|Naoya Kihara||2,600,000||-800,000 |
|Ben Yu||1,260,000||-340,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 9:32 PM Local Time (about 24 days and 24 hours ago)
Yu Gets Shove Through in Lengthy Hand
Brad Ruben raised from under-the-gun to 205,000. Action folded to Ben Yu in the big blind.
Yu spent several minutes in the tank, re-checking his cards a few times before shoving all in for around 1,200,000.
Now it was Ruben's turn to tank. After another few minutes, he mucked his cards and surrendered the pot to Yu.
|Ben Yu||1,600,000||400,000 |
|Brad Ruben||1,350,000||-250,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 9:17 PM Local Time (about 25 days and 0 hour ago)
Kihara Scoops Yu
Stud Hi-Lo Regular
Naoya Kihara: / /
Ben Yu: / /
Naoya Kihara completed and Ben Yu called. Kihara bet again on fourth street, with Yu putting in the chips to call.
Kihara checked on fifth and Yu took the opportunity to bet. Kihara called, then bet on both sixth and seventh. Yu called both bets.
Kihara showed for trip sixes and Yu studied the board for a moment before tossing his cards back to the dealer.
|Naoya Kihara||3,400,000||1,375,000 |
|Ben Yu||1,200,000||-1,300,000 |
Friday, June 3, 2022 9:03 PM Local Time (about 25 days and 0 hour ago)
Level 32 started