Brian Brubaker Wins 1st Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw (Event #28)

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Brian Brubaker Wins 1st Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw (Event #28)
18 Jun


A lack of sleep couldn't stop Brian Brubaker from winning his first WSOP title and $109,967 in prize money, besting a 326-player field in $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw.

The Electric Daisy Carnival underway in Las Vegas alongside the WSOP created somewhat of a shortage of hotel rooms and Brubaker's accommodations expired on Day 2 of Event #28. His original plan was to simply find a new room for the night if a deep run in the tournament required him to bed down.

It was not that simple as a city brimming with carnival-goers and poker players resulted in a virtual no vacancy situation that gave no preference to WSOP final tablists. Brubaker eventually hit the jackpot after more than half a dozen calls around town.

"I finally found a room at Cosmo," a weary Brubaker told "It was 3:30 in the morning and I was tilted for not being able to go to sleep before the final table."

The next bed he sleeps in will now have a WSOP gold bracelet under the pillow.


Staves Off Aggression of Brendan Taylor

A five-hour final table that included German footballer Max Kruse and his raucous cheering section on the rail temporarily stood in Brubaker's way. Among the six combatants, Rick Fuller, Dean Kerl, Kruse, and Jason Riesenberg were eventually eliminated one-by-one, leaving Brubaker to duke it out with Brendan Taylor, the final table chip leader at the start.

Taylor was aggressive throughout the final table and had tasted a WSOP victory before, the winner of a title in $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout in 2010 for $184,950. But his aggression was good for only a runner-up finish in this event, as destiny was on the side of Brubaker.

"He's a good player," Brubaker said of his heads-up opponent. "I made some adjustments, but I didn't want to over-adjust and start battling him when I'm second in chips with really rough draws that are just gamble spots."

Heads-up action went back and forth for a couple hours before Brubaker managed to wear Taylor down. Second place was good for $67,952, Taylor's third cash of the 2017 WSOP that boosted his lifetime earnings past $600K.

As for Brubaker, he came close to WSOP glory in the same 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event four years ago, finishing in 3rd place for $70,743. This title was worth $109,967 and his career winnings eclipsed $900K.

"I guess I'm pretty good at draw," Brubaker said, modestly.

By winning this WSOP event, Brubaker can change that assessment of "pretty good" to "very good."

Final Table Results - Event #28

1Brian Brubaker$109,967
2Brendan Taylor
3Jason Riesenberg
4Max Kruse
5Dean Kerl
6Rick Fuller

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Charles is a Chicago native and long time poker player who dusted off his journalism degree and began writing about poker following the events of Black Friday in 2011. He has written for a number of leading poker websites, offering his insights and expertise on subjects ranging from online poker leg...Read more


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