The highest-ranking American to make the November Nine, Josh Beckley, will be sitting in the third seat when action recommences in three months’ time. The New Jersey native is a well-respected East Coaster who abandoned his engineering studies to pursue poker professionally. Despite harboring his own doubts that he would succeed, Beckley has brought home roughly $220,000 via 17 cashes.
Already guaranteed over $1M for making the November Nine, the 24-year-old’s Main Event cash will be more than ten-times greater than his previous biggest payday (a $98,348 haul in the 2014 Parx Casino Big Stax VII $1,500 event). Sitting a distant seventh in chips, he’ll have to fight tooth and nail early to have a realistic a chance at the first-place prize of $7.68M and title of World Champion.
In terms of demeanour, Beckley is one of the more reserved pro poker players – preferring to remain subdued at the tournament table. The quiet American feels that cracking the final table has brought legitimacy to his new professional endeavour.
“It means a lot because it’s my career,” Beckley told PokerNews about securing a place in the November Nine. “I get a feeling of accomplishment. I started when I was 16 playing $1/$2 home games with friends. I started playing tournaments in August 2014 and I won one for $100K. Since then, I’ve been playing [pot-limit Omaha] and $5/$10 [no-limit hold’em], but, very recently, I’ve been playing only tournaments.”
Beckley recognizes that he’s got some work to do when the cards hit the table, though.
“I think one double up, and I’m in good shape,” he said. “I was very short a couple of times in the last couple of levels. I think I choose my spots well and got it in as good as I can.”
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