Ben Yu Reveals How He Transitioned to No Limit High Rollers

Benjamin Yu has cashed for almost $3.8 million in 2018, including winning his third WSOP gold bracelet over the summer in a $50,000 NLHE High Roller that resulted in the biggest payday ($1,650,773) of his career.

By: Charles Rettmuller

Formerly a predominantly high stakes limit player whose two other WSOP titles came in a $10K Limit Hold'em Championship in 2015 for $291,456 and the $10K Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship in 2017 for $232,738, Yu is now fully entrenched in the world of no limit high rollers. But that wasn't always the case, and the Los Angeles native previously had doubts about reaching the arena of high rollers.

"I did always have this mental roadblock in my head that I would just never be able to compete with all the guys at no limit who played at the highest level," Yu told Cardplayer in a recent interview.

That roadblock is long gone. In its place went hard work and determination, and a group of high-rolling friends who were key to Yu's success. Ben credits the likes of Ike Haxton, Dan Smith, Steve O’Dwyer and Justin Bonomo, among others, for pushing him to the top.

"Really, just listening to how they approach both the tournament scene and the game, specifically no limit hold’em, has helped me a lot. They taught me particularly strategy things that I learned, as well as how you should approach playing high rollers."

While Yu's $50K High Roller victory highlights his 2018, it was one of 32 cashes for the year. Fourteen of those cashes were in events with buy-ins of at least $10,000.

"I want to continue to play these [high rollers] for a lot longer," Yu added. "Now I do feel like I’m a part of the scene now and I’m here to compete."


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