Ian Johns racked up seven World Series of Poker cashes leading up to this event, all of them top 20 finishes. However, each of those finishes were painfully short of a final table; Johns finished 10th, 11th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 12th, and 12th.
The three-time bracelet winner is deep yet again at the 2017 WSOP, this time on the biggest stage in the Main Event. PokerNews caught up with Johns to reflect on his summer.
"While I'm happy with my results, and that I kept putting myself in a position to win, the summer was a bit bittersweet," Johns said. "I make my living playing poker, so all I can do is play well and make good decisions. My deep runs prove that I've done that."
Some players chase bracelets, some chase history, and pretty much all of them chase the money. Which matters most to Johns?
"My job is to make money, so bracelets were never the priority, but after winning two bracelets last year it does make me a little more motivated to win more," said Johns. "I definitely had some chances this year to do that, but it just didn't work out this time. I played well, and that's about all I can do."
The summer is not over, however, and there is still one major prize up for grabs. Even though Johns is primarily a limit player, he looks forward to the Main Event each year. And while for the first half of the tournament he's been sitting on the short side of things, he's displayed a patience that many no-limit players lack.
"Normally, I'm never going to be that player that moves a lot of chips around quickly. But the first few days I was a little more active trying to get something going. But basically, I'm just chugging along. The goal right now is to make it to the end of the day. And with my stack, that means I can't really get out of line."
Johns, of course, is hoping his summer lasts a little bit longer. And considering he's never cashed this event before, making it deep might help ease any disappointment from this summer.