On June 18, Chris Brewer achieved a significant milestone in his poker career by winning his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. He emerged victorious in the $250,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event, claiming an impressive $5.3 million prize. Just a mere two weeks later, Brewer found himself once again celebrating a triumph. This time, he triumphed over a challenging field of 154 players to secure the title of the 2023 WSOP $10,000 no-limit deuce-to-seven single draw lowball champion. This victory earned him $367,599 in prize money and marked his second bracelet of the summer.
Reflecting on his dual wins, Brewer acknowledged the contrasting nature of the tournaments. He described the first one as a high-stakes event with a $5 million prize pool, highlighting the intense pressure that accompanied it. In contrast, the second victory, although equally meaningful, presented different stakes and a comparatively less intense atmosphere.
Brewer’s success in 2023 has been remarkable. While his WSOP victories count for two titles, he has also triumphed in five other tournaments this year. His exceptional performance has secured him a spot in 14 final tables, amassing a total cash prize of $8,960,186 across various events.
Additionally, Brewer’s triumph earned him 368 PokerGO Tour points, allowing him to surpass Isaac Haxton and claim the lead in the PGT points race for the second half of the year.
The competition Brewer faced in the WSOP $10,000 no-limit deuce-to-seven single draw lowball championship was formidable, with only the top 24 finishers receiving cash prizes. Among those who secured a payout were esteemed players such as six-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier (14th), five-time bracelet winner Eli Elezra (13th), five-time bracelet winner John Monnette (11th), four-time bracelet winner Brad Ruben (10th), bracelet winner and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event champion Halen Hall (9th), and the 2013 WSOP main event champion Ryan Riess (8th).
Daniel Negreanu, a renowned player with six bracelets, managed to make it to the final table. He outlasted Young Ko (7th place – $46,356) and three-time bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski (6th place – $60,840), only to finish in fifth place when his fixed hand of 9-8-6-4-2 collided with the fixed hand of bracelet winner Alex Livingston, who held an 8-7-6-5-3 combination. Negreanu’s fifth-place finish earned him $81,751 and pushed his total recorded tournament earnings past the $50 million mark, securing him the third position on poker’s all-time money list.
In the later stages of the tournament, two-time bracelet winner Chris Vitch exited in fourth place ($112,402) after losing a hand against David ‘ODB’ Baker, who had a straight wheel and ultimately claimed Vitch’s remaining chips. Vitch had previously bet-folded, leaving him with only a fraction of a blind.
The final three players engaged in an intense battle that continued into day 3. When day 4 commenced unexpectedly, David ‘ODB’ Baker led the chip count, with Brewer in second place and Livingston at a disadvantage with the shortest stack.
2023 WSOP Event #69: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship – Final Table Results
- Chris Brewer – $367,599
- Alex Livingston – $227,193
- David “ODB” Baker – $158,057
- Chris Vitch – $112,402
- Daniel Negreanu – $81,751
- Yuri Dzivielevski – $60,840
- Young Ko – $46,356
- Ryan Riess – $36,181