Johannes Becker Wins $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($180,455)
Johannes Becker busted the $100,000 High Roller at the 2018 World Series of Poker and found himself a little down in the dumps. As a mixed-game cash player whose favorite games are 2-7 triple draw and Badugi — two of the games in Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball — it seemed only natural he would hop in, but playing poker in a negative mindset is rarely a good idea.
"I was kind of wondering whether I should play or not," he said. "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."
So, the German registered late and gave it a go. Two days later, he emerged atop a 321-player field for his first WSOP bracelet and $180,455 in prize money.
|2||Scott Seiver||United States||$111,516|
|3||Jesse Hampton||United States||$71,547|
|4||Chris Vitch||United States||$47,166|
|5||George Trigeorgis||United States||$31,873|
Becker came into the final day with the second-shortest stack out of 12 remaining players. He figured any headway he made was gravy given his chip position.
"I didn't expect to win," he said. "I started catching cards, and that worked out great."
"Whenever I'm home, I sit down at the tables online and wait for anyone to join."
Becker's initial good run allowed him to maneuver past bracelet-winning competition like Mike Leah, Bryce Yockey, and Frank Kassela en route to the final table. Limit crusher Chris Vitch and Scott Seiver, who had built up a monster stack of twice the next player, still stood in his way, though.
Vitch surged into the lead early, and as a former winner of this event, he seemed the favorite. However, Becker had shown off his mixed-game chops as well here at the WSOP, taking second in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship last year.
While he was unknown to most at that point due to a light history of live cashes, he had been a big player in mixed online cash. PPC champ Elior Sion hinted as much when he told PokerNews that he and Becker had history battling online. Becker confirmed he has long been a regular at stakes as high as $200/$400.
"Whenever I'm home, I sit down at the tables online and wait for anyone to join," he said. "Quite often, there're slow days, and nobody is playing me at all."
Given that fierce reputation, it's little surprise that Becker got past even the tough grinders he had to face at the final table. Luis Velador fell early on, and while short stack George Trigeorgis hung on for awhile, he eventually found an all-in pot he couldn't win.
Seiver reversed Vitch's takeover, topping him in a number of pots. Vitch slid into fourth place, where he went bust to fall just short of a third bracelet.
Becker at one point had the shortest stack three-handed, and Seiver controlled nearly three-quarters of the chips. However, Becker took over from that point and just couldn't be stopped. He bested Seiver in a number of pots and crushed first Jesse Hampton and then Seiver.
Becker said he was happy to win his first bracelet, but it still doesn't compare to his run in the PPC, since that field was so elite and the event so prestigious. He'll be back in there this year along with some other "fun events" like the Heads-Up Championship and the two 2-7 triple draw events.
"I started catching cards, and that worked out great."
A couple of other pressing matters may pull Becker away from other events. For one thing, he's got to leap over the last hurdle on the way to his economics degree by finishing up his thesis. For another, he's going to be looking to fire in plenty of big cash games.
This particular event could have easily been one he skipped, but luckily for him, he didn't let the $100K bust out blues keep him down.
"It was a good decision," he said.
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In this Series
- 1 Jordan Hufty Wins First WSOP Gold in Event #1: $565 Casino Employees
- 2 Elio Fox Wins First Ever WSOP $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $393,693
- 3 Joe Cada Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT for $226,218
- 4 Julien Martini Wins Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($239,771)
- 5 William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond Wins $365 WSOP.com ONLINE Event ($154,996)
- 6 Johannes Becker Wins $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($180,455)
- 7 Paul Volpe Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 8 Benjamin Moon Wins Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes for $315,346
- 9 Justin Bonomo Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10K Heads-Up Championship
- 10 Roberly Felicio Wins the 2018 WSOP COLOSSUS for $1,000,000
- 11 Daniel Ospina Wins First Bracelet for Colombia in 2-7 Lowball Draw
- 12 Jeremy Harkin Wins Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
- 13 Andrey Zhigalov Wins WSOP Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787
- 14 Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in Event #18: $10K Dealer's Choice
- 15 Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in Event #18: $10K Dealer's Choice
- 16 Craig Varnell Wins Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha ($181,790)
- 17 Ognyan Dimov Wins Third Bracelet for Bulgaria in Event #17 ($378,743)
- 18 Jeremy Wien Conquers Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $537,710
- 19 Philip Long Wins Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix ($147,348)
- 20 Brian Rast Wins Fourth Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Championship, Brunson 6th
- 21 Arne Kern Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,173,223)
- 22 Benjamin Dobson Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 23 Filippos Stavrakis Dedicates WSOP PLO Bracelet ($169,842) to His Brother
- 24 Michael Addamo Wins Event #24: $2,620 MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
- 25 John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP $10K HORSE for Fifth Bracelet and $415K
- 26 Hanh Tran Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw ($117,282)
- 27 Fortunate River Gives Gal Yifrach First WSOP Bracelet & $461K Prize
- 28 Ryan Bambrick Wins First Gold Bracelet in Dominating Fashion
- 29 Steven Albini Wins $1,500 Stud to Deny Jeff Lisandro 7th Bracelet
- 30 Matthew Davis Tops Biggest Seniors Event Ever to Win $662,983
- 31 Yueqi Zhu Claims First WSOP Gold in Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha
- 32 Michael Mizrachi Wins His Third Poker Players Championship Title
- 33 Farhintaj Bonyadi Wins Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors ($311,451)
- 34 Yaniv Birman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship ($236,238)
- 35 Robert Peacock Wins First WSOP Gold in Event #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK
- 36 Eric Baldwin Wins Second Bracelet, Dedicates it to His Father
- 37 Preston Lee Captures $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Bracelet ($236,498)
- 38 Scott Bohlman Wins WSOP Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet ($122,138)
- 39 Robert Nehorayan Wins Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $173,568
- 40 Matthew 'mendey' Mendez Wins First WSOP Online PLO Bracelet ($135,077)
- 41 Shaun Deeb Gets Revenge on Ben Yu to Win $25K PLO for $1,402,683
- 42 Mario Prats Garcia Wins Event #45: $1,000 Big Blind NLH For $258,255
- 43 Nicholas Seiken Wins $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship for $287,987
- 44 Timur Margolin Takes Down Event #43: $2,500 NLHE for $507,274
- 45 David Brookshire Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 ($214,291)
- 46 Loren Klein Wins $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $1,018,336
- 47 Jay Kwon Wins Event #50: $1,500 Razz ($125,431)
- 48 Tommy Nguyen Wins 2018 WSOP Monster Stack for $1,037,451
- 49 Ryan Leng Ships First WSOP Gold in $1,500 BOUNTY ($272,504)
- 50 Couden Tops Elezra, Matusow, Negreanu, and Fitoussi to win $1,500 PLO8
- 51 Mike Takayama Makes History as the First Filipino to Win a WSOP Bracelet
- 52 Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther Win the $1K Tag Team for $175,805!
- 53 Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc Wins WSOP.com $1,000 Championship ($238,778)
- 54 Nick Petrangelo Wins WSOP $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller ($2,910,227)
- 55 Calvin Anderson Wins His Second Bracelet in the $10K Razz ($309,220)!
- 56 Jessica Dawley Wins the WSOP Ladies Championship for $130,230!
- 57 Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth Wins Second Bracelet in WSOP.com Online High Roller for $341,598
- 58 Jeremy Perrin Wins The GIANT Turning $365 Into $250,966
- 59 Tribe Has Spoken: Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet for $616K
- 60 Galfond Wins 3rd Bracelet in $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 61 Matsuzuki Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 62 Tim Andrew Triumphs in the $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015, Mizrachi Fifth
- 63 Anderson Ireland Wins $1,500 PLO Bounty for First Bracelet and $141K
- 64 Longsheng Tan Wins Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $323,472
- 65 Ronald Keijzer Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $475,033
- 66 Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th Career Bracelet in $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em!
- 67 Yaser Al-Keliddar Wins Event #70: $3K Limit Hold'em 6-Handed for $154K
- 68 Jordan Polk Wins Event #72: $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $197,461
- 69 Denis Timofeev Bests Leo Margets to Win the $1,000 Double Stack Turbo
- 70 Guoliang Wei Wins Fourth Chinese Bracelet in The Little One for One Drop ($559,332)
- 71 Shaun Deeb Wins Second Bracelet of the Summer in $10,000 6-Max ($814,179)
- 72 Ben Yu Wins Third Bracelet in Event #77: $50,000 High Roller $1,650,773