2018 WSOP Event 77: Ben Yu Wins Third Bracelet in $50,000 High Roller $1,650,773
Ben Yu isn't known as a no-limit hold'em guy, but that doesn't mean that he can't compete with the best. After two long days of play, Yu conquered a field of 128 players to take down his third World Series of Poker bracelet, his first in a no-limit hold'em event, and the first-place prize of $1,650,773 in Event #77: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller.
"I'm pretty happy just to be able to compete at the highest level and have a shot to win a race against these guys."
"I don't think I'm one of the top 10 or maybe even 20 players in this hundred person field," Yu said. "I was mostly just playing mixed games and the last year or two I've really started to work harder on trying to better myself because I really just want to get in there and battle amongst the best. I play all the different mixed games. I play Magic The Gathering competitively. It's going to be really hard for me to compete with some of these guys on and be the best. I'm pretty happy just to be able to compete at the highest level and have a shot to win a race against these guys."
But Yu's hard work seems to be paying off, as he not only has put in good results in these high roller fields but results in multiple other no-limit hold'em events this year. Over the course of the year so far, Yu put together cashes in five different no-limit hold'em events including the Main Event (57th for $57,010) and Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em (fourth for $63,327), scoring for over $100,000 before this.
"This is pretty unreal," Yu said about his victory. "I mean a couple days ago I was in Day 5 of the Main Event. I just busted and I wasn't that bummed compared to a lot of people being bummed out of the Main Event. I did make a final table in the 1K and got fourth place there. And I mean I thought that would be my best chance at that bracelet again this summer. I've had a really good summer. I've run really well, been very fortunate. So I just thought you know summer is about to be over. Pretty content with it. And this is just like the super special golden cherry on top of everything."
"I've had a really good summer. I've run really well, been very fortunate."
According to Yu, he's been doing a lot of work on his game, training with another player who's at the top of his game right now, Justin Bonomo.
"I actually wrote a message to Justin Bonomo," Yu said. "And I wrote 'I like playing high rollers. I cash for more money and people irrationally think I'm better at poker because of it. I get to eat free good food using comps. I would like to do this more often and I'm willing to put in whatever work is required for me to do so.' And he told me to study more PIO solver and it sounds really boring like this is what it takes to win at the high rollers nowadays for the most part."
Yu said he doesn't have the poker instincts that some of the others do, so he wanted to invest more time into training something that he could improve: his brain.
"I don't think I have the best poker instincts that some of the absolute sickos do," Yu said. "And I really just need to get by on studying and knowing exactly what my hand ranges should be in every spot. And I think a lot of people think that... that isn't the reason like most people get to poker when they first watched on TV. They really want to, you know, soul-read people and, you know, be able to feel themselves out the table. There's something really attractive about, you know, just trying to get a read on someone and feeling your way through a problem. But I think for the most part you see the guys that compete in this field, the people that are most successful and the people that win, time after time in these high rollers, and show up time after time, it's really the guys doing what we call science and studying."
|1||Ben Yu||United States||$1,650,773|
|2||Sean Winter||United States||$1,020,253|
|3||Nick Petrangelo||United States||$720,103|
|4||Isaac Haxton||United States||$518,882|
|7||John Racener||United States||$220,777|
|8||Jake Schindler||United States||$173,604|
Action of the Day
There were 31 players to start the day with players dropping quickly. Among those who didn't make it into the money were Byron Kaverman, Sam Soverel, Daniel Negreanu, and Scott Seiver. Seiver was the unfortunate bubble boy of the tournament. In his final hand, Seiver shoved ace-ten into Manig Loeser's ace-jack and failed to catch up.
Among those to make the money, but not much further, were Ognjen Sekularac (20th for $74,623), Stefan Schillhabel (17th for $74,623), Chris Hunichen (16th for $84,073), and start-of-day chip leader Matthias Eibinger (14th for $97,160). Eibinger dropped after Jake Schindler caught a set of sixes on a ten-high flop against his aces and busted from the tournament just a few hands later. Mustapha Kanit and Ryan Reiss were both eliminated shortly after, collecting $97,160 and $115,102, respectively.
Jason Koon and Benjamin Pollak were the last two eliminated before the final table. Koon dropped to Yu when the latter went runner runner flush against Koon's flopped trips, a pot that would carry Yu through to the final table and to his eventual victory. Yu sent Pollak out the door shortly after. Yu shoved from the small blind with jack-five and Pollak was in the big blind with pocket eights. Yu caught a jack on the flop and that would spell the end for Pollak.
Once the final table was reached, players continued to fall quickly, with the first four players falling within 25 hands. The first to go at the final table was Elio Fox who was eliminated in ninth place. Fox shoved pocket sixes and was called quickly by Sean Winter who was in the big blind with pocket jacks. Fox didn't catch up and brought the table down to the official final table of eight.
On the second hand of the final table, Jake Schindler was eliminated by Isaac Haxton. A short-stacked Schindler raised most of his chips with ace-five and Haxton was in the big blind with three-four suited. He put Schindler all in, then caught the only pair on the board to send him packing.
Next to go was John Racener who was also eliminated by Haxton. Racener shoved on the button with king-jack but was called by Haxton's ace-three from the small blind. The board ran out queen high with Haxton making a pair of threes to send Racener to the rail.
Manig Loeser would fall in sixth place just a few hands later, after limp-calling off from the small blind with ace-king suited when Sean Winter shoved from the big blind with pocket threes. Winter's threes held up as the best hand to send Loeser to the rail.
Igor Kurganov dropped in fifth place when his ace-queen lost a race to Winter's pocket sixes as well.
Yu stayed quiet for a majority of the final table. He came into it with the chip lead and hung one to most of his chips until the final four. Play continued a bit slower for the next 25 hands or so until Haxton shoved all in over Yu's cutoff open and Yu snap-called with ace-queen. Haxton was holding ace-seven and was unable to catch up to stay alive and was eliminated from the tournament in fourth place.
Yu then doubled through Winter in a dominating situation when Yu held pocket nines against Winters ace-eight all in preflop. Yu held on to double back over 10 million and it marked a turning point of sorts for the match. Just two hands later, Yu Eliminated Nick Petrangelo when his pocket fours held up against Petrangelo's ace-ten. That gave him a lead heading into heads-up play of just about 5 million chips.
"I didn't plan to play One Drop and I'm not going to play it. Maybe a couple years after some more improvement."
The heads-up match only lasted two hands because, on the second hand of play, the two got all the money in with Yu holding king-queen and Winter holding ace-nine. Yu turned a king, marking the end of the match as Winter didn't catch up on the river. With that, Yu took down the first-place prize of $1,650,773 and his third bracelet.
While he won well over a million, Yu said that he doesn't see himself competing in Sunday's $1,000,000 buy-in.
"I think that's too much for me," Yu said laughing. "I do set my plans ahead of time. I don't react to just having a big score and then jumping to the next one. And I didn't plan to play One Drop and I'm not going to play it. Maybe a couple years after some more improvement."
His heads-up opponent, Winter, is considering parlaying his $1M score into the biggest event of the summer:
PokerNews will be there for the $1,000,000 buy-in which starts at 3 p.m., though, so make sure to check back in for all the action.
Ben Yu's 2018 World Series of Poker Results
|03-Jun-2018||WSOP||$365||NLHM Online Event||213th||$780|
|03-Jun-2018||WSOP||$365||Pot Limit Omaha - Giant||401st||$580|
|04-Jun-2018||WSOP||$1,500||Dealers Choice 6 Handed||29th||$3,503|
|08-Jun-2018||WSOP||$565||Pot Limit Omaha||322nd||$835|
|09-Jun-2018||WSOP||$1,500||Eight Game Mix||22nd||$4,844|
|10-Jun-2018||WSOP||$10,000||No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw||15th||$14,691|
|14-Jun-2018||WSOP||$1,500||Seven Card Stud||45th||$2,250|
|18-Jun-2018||WSOP||$10,000||Seven Card Stud||3rd||$99,540|
|20-Jun-2018||WSOP||$25,000||Pot Limit Omaha High Roller||2nd||$866,924|
|11-Jul-2018||WSOP||$1,000||NLHM Double Stack||4th||$63,327|
|13-Jul-2018||WSOP||$50,000||NLHM High Roller||1st||$1,650,773|
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In this Series
- 1 2018 WSOP Event 1: Jordan Hufty Wins First WSOP Gold in $565 Casino Employees
- 2 2018 WSOP Event 2: Elio Fox Wins First Ever WSOP $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $393,693
- 3 2018 WSOP Event 3: Joe Cada Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT for $226,218
- 4 2018 WSOP Event 4: Julien Martini Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($239,771)
- 5 2018 WSOP Event 5: Nick Petrangelo Wins WSOP $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller ($2,910,227)
- 6 2018 WSOP Event 6: Jeremy Perrin Wins The GIANT Turning $365 Into $250,966
- 7 2018 WSOP Event 7: Roberly Felicio Wins the 2018 WSOP COLOSSUS for $1,000,000
- 8 2018 WSOP Event 8: Johannes Becker Wins $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($180,455)
- 9 2018 WSOP Event 9: Paul Volpe Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 10 2018 WSOP Event 10: William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond Wins $365 WSOP.com ONLINE Event ($154,996)
- 11 2018 WSOP Event 11: Tim Andrew Triumphs in the $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015, Mizrachi Fifth
- 12 2018 WSOP Event 12: Jeremy Harkin Wins $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
- 13 2018 WSOP Event 13: Benjamin Moon Wins $1,500 Big Blind Antes for $315,346
- 14 2018 WSOP Event 14: Daniel Ospina Wins First Bracelet for Colombia in 2-7 Lowball Draw
- 15 2018 WSOP Event 15: Andrey Zhigalov Wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787
- 16 2018 WSOP Event 16: Justin Bonomo Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10K Heads-Up Championship
- 17 2018 WSOP Event 17: Ognyan Dimov Wins Third Bracelet for Bulgaria in Event #17 ($378,743)
- 18 2018 WSOP Event 18: Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in $10K Dealer's Choice
- 19 2018 WSOP Event 19: Craig Varnell Wins $565 Pot-Limit Omaha ($181,790)
- 20 2018 WSOP Event 20: Jeremy Wien Conquers $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $537,710
- 21 2018 WSOP Event 21: Arne Kern Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,173,223)
- 22 2018 WSOP Event 22: Philip Long Wins $1,500 Eight Game Mix ($147,348)
- 23 2018 WSOP Event 23: Brian Rast Wins Fourth Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Championship, Brunson 6th
- 24 2018 WSOP Event 24: Michael Addamo Wins Event #24: $2,620 MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
- 25 2018 WSOP Event 25: Benjamin Dobson Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 26 2018 WSOP Event 26: Filippos Stavrakis Dedicates WSOP PLO Bracelet ($169,842) to His Brother
- 27 2018 WSOP Event 27: John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP $10K HORSE for Fifth Bracelet and $415K
- 28 2018 WSOP Event 28: Fortunate River Gives Gal Yifrach First WSOP Bracelet & $461K Prize
- 29 2018 WSOP Event 29: Hanh Tran Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw ($117,282)
- 30 2018 WSOP Event 30: Ryan Bambrick Wins First Gold Bracelet in Dominating Fashion
- 31 2018 WSOP Event 31: Steven Albini Wins $1,500 Stud to Deny Jeff Lisandro 7th Bracelet
- 32 2018 WSOP Event 32: Matthew Davis Tops Biggest Seniors Event Ever to Win $662,983
- 33 2018 WSOP Event 33: Michael Mizrachi Wins His Third Poker Players Championship Title
- 34 2018 WSOP Event 34: Robert Peacock Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,000 DOUBLE STACK
- 35 2018 WSOP Event 35: Yueqi Zhu Claims First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Mixed Omaha
- 36 2018 WSOP Event 36: Farhintaj Bonyadi Wins Event $1,000 Super Seniors ($311,451)
- 37 2018 WSOP Event 37: Eric Baldwin Wins Second Bracelet, Dedicates it to His Father
- 38 2018 WSOP Event 38: Yaniv Birman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship ($236,238)
- 39 2018 WSOP Event 39: Preston Lee Captures $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Bracelet ($236,498)
- 40 2018 WSOP Event 40: Scott Bohlman Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Big Bet ($122,138)
- 41 2018 WSOP Event 41: Robert Nehorayan Wins $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $173,568
- 42 2018 WSOP Event 42: Shaun Deeb Gets Revenge on Ben Yu to Win $25K PLO for $1,402,683
- 43 2018 WSOP Event 43: Timur Margolin Takes Down $2,500 NLHE for $507,274
- 44 2018 WSOP Event 44: Nicholas Seiken Wins $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship for $287,987
- 45 2018 WSOP Event 45: Mario Prats Garcia Wins $1,000 Big Blind NLH For $258,255
- 46 2018 WSOP Event 46: David Brookshire Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 ($214,291)
- 47 2018 WSOP Event 47: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez Wins First WSOP Online PLO Bracelet ($135,077)
- 48 2018 WSOP Event 48: Tommy Nguyen Wins Monster Stack for $1,037,451
- 49 2018 WSOP Event 49: Loren Klein Wins $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $1,018,336
- 50 2018 WSOP Event 50: Jay Kwon Wins $1,500 Razz ($125,431)
- 51 2018 WSOP Event 51: Ryan Leng Ships First WSOP Gold in $1,500 BOUNTY ($272,504)
- 52 2018 WSOP Event 52: Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($296,222)
- 53 2018 WSOP Event 53: Couden Tops Elezra, Matusow, Negreanu, and Fitoussi to win $1,500 PLO8
- 54 2018 WSOP Event 54: Portugal's Diogo Veiga Wins $3K Big Blind Antes ($522,715)
- 55 2018 WSOP Event 55: Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther Win the $1K Tag Team for $175,805!
- 56 2018 WSOP Event 56: Calvin Anderson Wins His Second Bracelet in the $10K Razz ($309,220)!
- 57 2018 WSOP Event 57: Jessica Dawley Wins the WSOP Ladies Championship for $130,230!
- 58 2018 WSOP Event 58: Tribe Has Spoken: Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet for $616K
- 59 2018 WSOP Event 59: Mike Takayama Makes History as the First Filipino to Win a WSOP Bracelet
- 60 2018 WSOP Event 60: Galfond Wins 3rd Bracelet in $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 61 2018 WSOP Event 61: Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc Wins WSOP.com $1,000 Championship ($238,778)
- 62 2018 WSOP Event 62: Galen Hall Wins $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em for $888,888
- 63 2018 WSOP Event 63: Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth Wins Second Bracelet in WSOP.com Online High Roller for $341,598
- 64 2018 WSOP Event 64: Matsuzuki Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 65 John Cynn Wins the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $8,800,000!
- 66 2018 WSOP Event 66: Longsheng Tan Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $323,472
- 67 2018 WSOP Event 67: Anderson Ireland Wins $1,500 PLO Bounty for First Bracelet and $141K
- 68 2018 WSOP Event 68: Guoliang Wei Wins Fourth Chinese Bracelet in The Little One for One Drop ($559,332)
- 69 2018 WSOP Event 69: Ronald Keijzer Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $475,033
- 70 2018 WSOP Event 70: Yaser Al-Keliddar Wins Event #70: $3K Limit Hold'em 6-Handed for $154K
- 71 2018 WSOP Event 71: Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th Career Bracelet in $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em!
- 72 2018 WSOP Event 72: Jordan Polk Wins $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $197,461
- 73 2018 WSOP Event 73: Denis Timofeev Bests Leo Margets to Win the $1,000 Double Stack Turbo
- 74 2018 WSOP Event 74: Shaun Deeb Wins Second Bracelet of the Summer in $10,000 6-Max ($814,179)
- 75 2018 WSOP Event 75: Joe Cada Wins His Fourth Career Bracelet in The Closer ($612,886)
- 76 2018 WSOP Event 76: Brian Hastings Wins the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E and 4th Bracelet
- 77 2018 WSOP Event 77: Ben Yu Wins Third Bracelet in $50,000 High Roller $1,650,773