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Brian Brubaker Wins 2017 World Series of Poker $1,500 Deuce-To-Seven Triple Draw Lowball

Poker Pro Defeats Field of 326 Entries To Win His First Gold Bracelet


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In 2013 Brian Brubaker finished third in the World Series of Poker $1,500 deuce-to-seven triple draw lowball event for his largest live tournament cash to date. Four years later the Manhattan Beach, CA resident made the 2017 WSOP $1,500 deuce-to-seven triple draw lowball final table and this time emerged victorious with the title, the $109,967 top prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Brubaker topped a field of 326 entries this time around to secure the largest payday of his live tournament career. He now has just less than $900,000 in lifetime earnings. The former big-bet player has made the transitions to playing in mixed games, spending recent years plying his trade in cash games in Souther California.

“I guess I’m pretty good at draw altogether, especially in a tournament. I make some adjustments in tournaments I think are successful,” Brubaker told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “I don’t know if they’re necessarily what other people would say are good. But, I’ve been successful with it and now I have something to prove it.”

Brendan TaylorBrubaker came into the final table in third chip position with six players remaining. Brendan Taylor was the chip leader with German professional soccer star Max Kruse sitting in second place on the leaderboard to start the day. Taylor was the sole bracelet winner coming into day 3, having taken down a $1,500 limit hold’em shootout back in 2010.

Taylor busted Kruse in fourth place ($28,740) while Brubaker eliminated Jason Riesenberg in third ($43,597) to set up a fairly even distribution of chips going into heads-up play. Brubaker started with only three big blinds more than Taylor, and the two dug in for what ended up being a two-hour heads-up battle. The two traded the lead several times, but as the blinds rose it was Brubaker who was able to sustain the momentum at the key juncture of the tournament.

In the final hand Brubaker made a 9-8-7-5-4 after the first draw and was able to hold up against Taylor’s 8-5-4-2, which missed after the second draw and was made even worse when he paired on the final draw by picking up another 8. With that Brubaker dragged the final pot and locked up the title, sending Taylor to the rail just short of his second bracelet with $67,952.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Brian Brubaker $109,967 480
2 Brendan Taylor $67,952 400
3 Jason Riesenberg $43,597 320
4 Max Kruse $28,740 240
5 Dean Kerl $19,482 200
6 Rick Fuller $13,591 160

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