Chris Brewer is thought for his unhealthy luck on the poker desk, a fame he believes has been blown out of proportion.
However the high-stakes professional has run sizzling this summer time on the World Sequence of Poker.
Brewer received two tournaments final month and was poised to make a deep run within the WSOP Foremost Occasion as the cash bubble burst Monday. He was unofficially within the high 75 in chips on the dinner break on Day 4 with a bit of over 700 gamers remaining, every assured at the very least $27,500.
The $10,000 buy-in No-limit Maintain’em World Championship continues Tuesday at Horseshoe Las Vegas, with a number of notables nonetheless chasing the $12.1 million first prize.
“In a variety of the most important spots over the past two years, I had taken tough beats,” Brewer mentioned. “I believe I had bubbled one thing like 5 – 6 $200K-plus buy-ins, in order that’s the place that got here from. Some issues additionally simply catch a story. Clearly there’s spots I acquired fortunate, too.”
Brewer is initially from Vista, California, and ran observe and cross nation at Oregon. He was an honorable point out Pac-12 all-academic choice and positioned sixth within the 3,000 meters on the 2016 Mountain Pacific Sports activities Federation championships as a senior for the Geese.
Whereas in faculty, Brewer was launched to poker. The enterprise main began to review the sport and play low stakes on the Full Home Poker card room in Eugene, Oregon.
“I began making some cash at it in faculty,” Brewer mentioned. “From there, as soon as I graduated, I made a decision that’s what I used to be going to do for a dwelling.”
Brewer was primarily a cash-game participant and sat in a few of the Los Angeles space’s greatest video games. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, he turned primarily to on-line poker and had a profitable WSOP in 2020 when the collection was held on-line.
In 2021, he returned to the dwell felt and broke via to win the PokerGO Tour $10,000 No-limit Maintain’em Aria Excessive Curler Sequence occasion in January, adopted by the $25,000 buy-in PokerGO Poker Masters No-limit Maintain’em occasion and the $50,000 World Poker Tour Tremendous Excessive Curler on the Seminole Laborious Rock Open.
His success continued the next yr with three extra wins and several other extra six-figure scores.
However Brewer additionally was recognized for some merciless exits. He was eradicated on the cash bubble of the $300,000 buy-in Tremendous Excessive Curler Bowl VI in 2022 and took a crushing beat in opposition to Doug Polk final month within the semifinals of the $25,000 Heads Up No-Restrict Maintain’em Championship.
It lastly evened out for Brewer, as he hit a runner-runner straight throughout heads-up play to win the $250,000 buy-in Tremendous Excessive Curler No-Restrict Maintain’em for $5.2 million and his first profession bracelet, that are awarded for WSOP match wins.
He added a second bracelet two weeks later within the $10,000 No-Restrict 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship.
“It’s one thing that you just wish to do as a poker participant,” Brewer mentioned. “I believe profitable the $250K particularly is a cool one. It meant quite a bit. It felt very, superb to have this all go proper.”
Brewer loved a comparatively easy experience within the Foremost Occasion whereas chipping up the primary three days. A robust exhibiting will help Brewer’s quest to win the WSOP participant of the yr award.
He was in second place behind Ian Matakis via Monday with Shaun Deeb shut in third.
“I believe it will be superior. It’d be a extremely cool factor to do,” Brewer mentioned. “I simply have a restrict on how a lot I’m prepared to do for it in comparison with Shaun, who will do the whole lot to attempt to win it.”
A number of high professionals remained alive within the Foremost Occasion on the dinner break. That features Chris Moneymaker, whose victory 20 years in the past within the Foremost Occasion is credited with beginning the poker growth.
Former Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour, a member of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, is one of some noteworthy gamers to make the cash, together with boxer Ryan Garcia.
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