Ship it to Ben Yu! 1-2-3-4. Ben Yu pulled off an insane feat by finishing in first, second, third, and fourth place at the 2018 WSOP. I dunno if anyone has pulled that off before, but let's extend Yu mad props for hitting the WSOP Cycle.
Yu, a 32-year old Magic the Gathering pro and Stanford graduate, is one of the nicest guys on the international circuit. The grinder from Los Angeles is known for his mixed-games prowess. However, he recently proved he's no slouch when it comes to no-limit hold'em. Yu took down the $50,000 High Roller and bested one of the most difficult final tables assembled at the 2018 WSOP. Yu's final table included Ike Haxton, John Racener, Nick Petrangelo, Sean Winter, Igor Kurganov, Manig Loeser, and Jake Schindler.
The humble Yu remarked that he was way out of his element and didn't even consider himself among the top 20 or so players in the field. But he's been diligent about improving his NL skills. And it showed. He finished in fourth place in a NL event earlier this week and then he shipped the $50K High Roller.
“This has been unreal,” Yu told reporters after the win.
Yu shipped his third bracelet and also won bracelets in consecutive years. Yu cashed in 12 events at the 2017 WSOP and another 15 cashes this summer. That's a grand total of 27 cashes in the last two summers. Impressive, indeed.
And in other action, Brian Hastings took down the $3,000 HORSE event. Johnny World Hennigan had gone deep and made the final two tables in this event. Johnny World was trying to keep pace for Player of the Year with Shaun Deeb, who had won his second bracelet of the summer. Hennigan was trying to final table another event and possibly win his own second bling of the summer and his sixth bracelet overall. Alas, Johnny World's run ended in 11th place. He didn't earn enough points to pass Deeb. In fact, Yu's sensational run this week with a fourth place and win propelled him into second place overall in POY.
Event #77 $50,000 NL High Roller (Big Blind Ante) - Final Results
1-2-3-4. Ship it to Ben Yu.
Ben Yu is probably the best pro you've never heard of. In the last two summers, Yu cashed in 27 WSOP events. Yu had a remarkable summer last year with 12 cashes and a bracelet win. He topped last year's feat by cashing in 15 events this summer and adding another win and four final tables. Yu even went deep in the Main Event by finishing in 150th place.
Yu also pulled off the WSOP Cycle. I just made it up and I'm sure the suits will snag it as their own creation. In baseball, the cycle is when a player gets at least four hits with a single, double, triple, and home run. It's a rare feat, but a cause for celebration whenever a player achieves it. For Yu, he picked up the WSOP Cycle by winning Event #77. SO far this summer, Yu had finished in second place in the $25K PLO High Roller, third place in the $10K Stud, and fourth place in the DOUBLE STACK just the other day.
1-2-3-4. Ship it to Ben Yu.
This year's $50,000 High Roller was a Big Blind Antes event that featured a 30-second shot clock. The expedited play and smallish field meant this event finished in only two days.
Ben Yu survived a shark-infested mine field. The $50K High Roller featured a tough as balls final table that included the likes of Sean Winter, Nick Petrangelo, Isaac Haxton, Igor Kurganov, Manig Loeser, John Racener, and Jake Schindler.
Schindler was the first player to bust at the final table. John Racener went out next in seventh place. The lone German at this High Roller table, Manig Loeser, was picked off in sixth place. Russia's Igor Kurganov was dunzo in fifth place. Ike Haxton's deep run ended in fourth place. Nick Petrangelo missed out on winning a bracelet by two spots when he was sent packing in third place.
Petrangelo's elimination set up a heads-up battle between Sean Winter and Ben Yu.
Yu was the runner-up in the $25K PLO High Roller when he lost a heads-up battle against Shaun Deeb. Yu was not about to let this chance slip through his fingers. He finished off Sean Winter and got to slap another piece of bling across his wrist.
Sean Winter busted in second place and the pro from Florida banked a little more than $1 million. Not too shabby for a consolation prize, eh?
Ben Yu shipped Event #77 for $1.65 million. His career WSOP earnings passed $4 million. Yu's career earnings are in excess of $5.2 million.
Only the top 20 places paid out in Event #77 $50,000 High Rollers. Elio Fox bubbled the final table in ninth place. Other notables who went deep and cashed in the $50K High Roller included... Benjamin Pollak (10th), Jason Koon (11th), Ryan Riess (12th), Mustapha Kanit (13th), Matthias Eibinger (14th). Ramin Hajiyev (15th), Chris Hunichen (16th), Stefan Schillhabel (17th), Brian Green (18th), Vitaly Rizhkov (19th), and Ognjen Sekularac (20th).
The win in the $50K High Roller marked three bracelets for Yu. Back in 2015, Yu binked the $10K Limit Hold'em championship for his first bracelet. Last summer, he shipped $10K Triple Draw Championship for a $233K score. Yu beat Shaun Deeb heads-up in that one. And Deeb got his revenge by beating out Yu in this year's $25K High Roller.
Yu embarked on three other super-deep runs this year. He got close on three different occasions, but finally went all the way to the Promised Land. Overall, Yu cashed in 15 events this summer. Yu also hit for the cycle with a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finish in events at the 2018 WSOP. That epic performance thrust him into second place on the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Shaun Deeb is currently still at the top of the POY leader board. However, after last night's victory, Yu moved into second place and jumped ahead of Johnny World Hennigan, who slipped to third place. Looks like Deeb, Hennigan, and Yu will be headed to RozVegas later this year to participate in WSOP Europe events.
2018 WSOP - Event #77 $50,000 NL High Roller (Big Blind Ante)
Prize Pool: $6,144,000
Final Table Payouts:
1. Ben Yu (USA) $1,650,773
2. Sean Winter (USA) $1,020,253
3. Nick Petrangelo (USA) $720,103
4. Isaac Haxton (USA) $518,882
5. Igor Kurganov (Russia) $381,874
6. Manig Loeser (Germany) $287,174
7. John Racener (USA) $220,777
8. Jake Schindler (USA) $173,604