Mixed game specialist and former WSOP bracelet winner Gary Benson has fallen agonisingly short of becoming the first Australian to final table at this year’s World Series of Poker.
Given the challenges COVID-19 continues to present for international travel, Benson is one of only a small handful of Aussies to have made the long trip to Las Vegas in 2021 where he enjoyed a deep run in the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball over the weekend.
But after making it to the last 12, Benson returned this morning (Australian time) before busting in eighth – one spot short of the official final table. Sitting on the short stack, Benson’s elimination came in somewhat unluckily circumstances during consecutive rounds of A-5 Triple Draw when he twice drew a pair on the third and final draw. He picked up US$11,364 for his eighth-place finish from a starting field of 253.
Benson is no stranger to success in Vegas, having claimed a bracelet in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud event in 1986. The Australian Poker Hall of Famer also has a second-place finish to his name in the WPT’s prestigious Five Diamond Classic in 2013 and holds two Aussie Millions rings.