Johannes Becker Wins World Series of Poker $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Event

The $2,500 mixed triple draw event at the 2018 World Series of Poker drew a field of 321 entries, creating a total prize pool of $722,250. This represented a big increase over the 2017 field, which drew just 225 runners and was won by Jesse Martin.

The tournament, which featured a rotation of ace-to-five, deuce-to-seven, and badugi versions of lowball, was ideally suited for Germany’s Johannes Becker, who narrowly missed out on a bracelet last year, finishing runner-up in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $862,649.

Becker topped a tough final table that featured the likes of two-time bracelet winners Luis Velador(6th) and Christopher Vitch (4th), as well as bracelet winner and high-stakes poker pro Scott Seiver (2nd). The 27-year-old from Cologne earned $180,455, but coming off of a loss in the $100,000 high roller event, the money took backseat to the title.

“Even though I didn’t win the bracelet last year (in the Poker Players Championship), [that experience] was a lot more meaningful than this bracelet, given that the event was bigger and the field was tougher,” Becker explained. “But I’m still very happy to have won my first bracelet. I started the day with the second-least amount of chips. I didn’t expect to win, but I’m pretty happy anyways.”

Vitch was going after his second title in this very same event, having won back in 2016. Other notables to make the money included Ismael Bojang (47th), Chip Jett (39th), Randy Ohel (38th), Shaun Deeb (37th), Jon Turner (32nd), John Hennigan (28th), Steve Sung (26th), John Monette (21st), Bill Baxter (18th), Nam Le (16th), Brian Hastings (14th), Frank Kassela (11th), and Mike Leah (9th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Johannes Becker $180,455 720
2 Scott Seiver $111,516 600
3 Jesse Hampton $71,547 480
4 Christopher Vitch $47,166 360
5 George Trigeorgis $31,973 300
6 Luis Velador $22,304 240

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