Early in the summer of 2016 Ryan D’Angelo took down the 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 no-limit deuce-to-seven lowball event, topping a field of 279 players to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $92,338 first-place prize.
D’Angelo is known primarily as a no-limit hold’em tournament player, although he does have big online titles in other games including World Championship of Online Poker wins in pot-limit Omaha and eight-game mix. D’angelo has played a lot of the game online, and though he admitted that he was a bit surprised that it ws the format in which he won his first bracelet, he does have plenty of experience with the game some refer to as ‘Kansas City lowball.’
“I love this game,” D’Angelo said shortly after winning the title. “I never would have guessed that my first bracelet would come in this game, because I play ten no-limit hold’em events for every one other game. I feel almost a connection to this form of poker… It’s so pure because it is only two streets, before the draw and after the draw. It’s just ‘Do they have it or don’t they.’ It’s all metagame and leveling.”
The game has seen a resurgence in recent years as more and more poker fans are looking to branch out to games other than no-limit hold’em. For players just getting into the game the most important thing they can do to improve is to play and gain experience.
It also helps to hear poker pro’s like D’Angelo discuss key hands and the strategy concepts that informed their decisions. That is precisely the kind of information Card Player TV was looking for when we tracked down D’Angelo at his WSOP bracelet ceremony to talk to him about the game.
In the video interview D’Agnelo discusses two hands that illustrate the importance of bluffing and value betting in this game of extremely incomplete information. Check out the video below: