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[Exclusive Interview] 2015 WSOP November Niner Josh Beckley

josh-beckleyThe countdown to the final table of the 2015 WSOP Main Event has begun. 25 year old Josh Beckley has already pocketed over $1 million for making the November Nine.

He’s seventh in chips, he’s bought the BMW, he’s living the dream—but he’s doesn’t have a girlfriend at the moment and he’ll need an early double up to be in with a chance of the $7,680,021 payout for the winner. 

He's also now a sponsored player for US facing poker room Americas Cardroom.

Josh Beckley Interview

Congratulations, Josh, how did it feel when Alexander Turyansky bust out in 10th place and you knew you had made it to the November Nine?

It was the biggest relief I’ve ever had in my life, before that I was definitely, I was so caught up in the moment, and like I just really wanted to make the final table, I just knew that’s what I had to do and I got fortunate that somebody got knocked out. I was extremely happy, it’s unfortunate that I was happy at somebody else’s loss but it’s that kind of game.

I think I’ll be happy with a lot of the payouts, I think I’ve been pretty fortunate so far, just going to play my best and see what happens.

How did your girlfriend feel?

I don’t have one!

Josh, we have to say that’s not going to be a problem for long! So, when you realised that you had just won a million dollars what did you want to buy first?

I bought a new car. I was going to buy one anyway, I was just saving up for the right car.

I bought a nice new BMW. I love the brand, and I’m really happy with it.

You are one of the last generation to have played online poker before the UIGEA forced PartyPoker out of the US market, how tough has it been to develop a poker career in that environment?

It’s not that easy. I lucked out and found a really good poker tournament at Parx, in Pennsylvania and their series is really good, they get a lot of players, the structure is great, I made a couple of final tables there, so that definitely boosted my career. And since my first win in August of last year, I’ve only been doing it full time since then.

Josh took down a $1,600 buy-in event at Parx Casino, Pennsylvania in August 2014 for a payday of $98,348. That was the spur which led him to turn professional. Last week he won the Monster Stack event in West Palm Beach, Florida giving him his first WSOP Circuit Ring.

That must have boosted your confidence?

It was amazing, since I came down to West Palm Beach, I’ve been eating really healthily and working out and that was the first tournament that I’ve played down here, and I ended up winning it, so that was really awesome too.

Who’s going to be your biggest threat at the final table? I know you’ve played with Joe McKeehen before.

Joe plays pretty well, he’s not going to make too many big mistakes, and I’ve also played with Tommy [Thomas Cannuli] before and when I played with him he’s pretty aggressive so that’s a little bit scary, and anybody that’s unpredictable is pretty much a threat unless I wake up with a big hand and then it’s a great thing.

There’s a huge age range at this year’s final table with two players over 60. How do you thin this will affect the play?

It’s really cool that we have so many people from the same area too. Normally younger people can stay up longer, play longer sessions, but they played seven days, the same amount that I did, so I’m not sure if it makes a difference or not.

Do you have 100% of your action or do you have backers?

I had previous investors, and then when I got to Vegas I had somebody from back home said that he would invest 33% of all the tournaments I played, so that helped a whole lot.

He’s happy?

Yes, he’s happy!

You’re now sponsored by Americas Cardroom, why did you take up their offer?


They’re running like the biggest tournament right now, the Million Dollar Sundays $1 million guaranteed, and I played with them before, before our deal, before I made the final table.

I played for three years on their site, and they’re giving the US a site to play on and I’ve cashed out and everything is going really smoothly, so I support them for sure.

Joe is playing all four of the October Million Dollar Sundays starting this Sunday, October 4, and will be live streaming them on Twitch. If you win one of them how will you get paid?

I believe they wire the whole final table, straight into your bank account, so it’s there within a couple of days.

Does live streaming online poker on Twitch affect how you play?

It made me play petty well, I know people are watching and I don’t want to do anything stupid, so I think I played kind of concentrated a whole lot more. The downside is I can’t really play two tables at a time what with talking to the people. I was petty consumed by it.

What other online poker rooms have you played at?

I’ve played at a lot of online rooms.

Back in the day I played on PartyPoker, PokerStars, Full Tilt, Pacific Poker... I played on every site that I could, basically. Then more recently I played on New Jersey’s and Las Vegas’ sites like WSOP.com, 888 and Borgata.com.

What did you think of the state regulated sites?

There’s not enough traffic.

What advice can you offer for a new online player, maybe someone who has seen the ESPN coverage of the WSOP and wants to get into playing poker?

I think he should definitely study a lot, watch videos on YouTube, of other online players. It helped me a lot.

Definitely, control your bankroll management, don’t invest your whole bankroll at one time You can always start small and see if you’re profitable at a small level and then move up.

Given the regulatory environment in the US, have you thought about joining the poker exodus and moving abroad to play?

I definitely thought about it, I think I will do it after November. Maybe not immediately, but a couple of months afterwards. I’m not sure where the best place is, maybe Costa Rica or Mexico. But yeah, I think it would be really cool to play on PokerStars again.

Where do you think you’ll be in 10 year’s time?

I’ve no idea, my life has changed so much in the past year I’ve no idea what’s going to happen in the future.

I think it would be really cool to be shown as the best, of course that’s everybody’s dream, but I’ve been working at this for almost 10 years, since I was 16.

It would be cool to get the notoriety that I’ve worked so hard for and if I can kind of crush for the next couple of years, and show people that’s its not a fluke that I’m at the final table then that would be really cool.

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By Joss Wood Rakeback.com Content Manager

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