This week’s YouStake Performance of the Week belongs to Brandon Shack-Harris, who won his second World Series of Poker of gold bracelet.
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Everyone remembers Shack-Harris' great WSOP in 2014, when he won his first gold bracelet, made five final tables between the WSOP in Las Vegas and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in Australia, and notched nine total cashes. All of this while gunning for WSOP Player of the Year alongside the eventual winner, George Danzer.
The next year, everyone was high on Shack-Harris, but he only made one final table, busting first in eighth, and recorded three cashes. That brought about the debate as to whether or not Shack-Harris was a one-hit wonder who had a big breakout year in 2014 but wouldn't return to the same success again.
As it turns out, that was far from true, and Shack-Harris moved back to the winner's circle this year with his second gold bracelet win in the big, bad $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. With the victory, Shack-Harris won $894,300 for topping the field of 400 entries. That nearly proved to be his largest live tournament score ever, but the $937,975 he won for finishing second in the 2014 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players' Championship remained his best.
But, it wasn't just that victory that pushed us to give him this week's YouStake Performance of the Week.
After winning the PLO event, Shack-Harris took to the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low tournament and fought his way to the final table from a field of 521 players. His run didn't just end there, and Shack-Harris went on to finish in second place for $96,750. Despite not winning another bracelet and becoming the fourth two-time winner at this year's WSOP, Shack-Harris did score his third second-place finish in a gold bracelet event. Doing so over a three-year period is quite an impressive achievement that's hard to come by, and Shack-Harris now boasts over $2.7 million in live tournament earnings.
With these two finishes, Shack-Harris also vaulted himself into fifth place on the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard with 1,390.81 points. He's still 730.88 points behind the leader, Jason Mercier, and it will be very hard for Shack-Harris to catch up, but making his way into the top 10 further shows that Shack-Harris is a player here to stay. And that's what makes him this week's YouStake Performance of the Week.