Because we just witnessed another stellar WSOP November Nine, we thought we’d commemorate the event by posting short bios of each players.
Joshua Beckley from Marlton, New Jersey, has made massive strides in his career since turning professional in 2014. That doesn’t mean he is new to poker by any means; he had been playing actively for eight years. He was playing on Party Poker as a 16-year-old before the UIGEA passed, in addition to $1/$2 home games with friends.
With TV coverage of poker struggling to attract newcomers to the game, sponsorship opportunities for white, mid-20’s males from the USA has dwindled, even if they make the final table of the Main Event. Beckley has, however, secured a sponsorship deal with Americas Cardroom, an offshore online poker room.
Twitch has exploded in the last year, and as part of his sponsorship deal, he live-streamed his play on Twitch from the Million Dollar Sundays at Americas Cardroom. He won’t be allowed a patch at the final table due to the rules, but everyone can appreciate both what the site and Joshua are trying to do with their relationship.
Despite a long history with the game, Beckley started playing tournaments in August 2014 and found instant success in Parx Casino, Bensalem, winning a $1650 NLHE – Big Stax 1500 for $98,348. While he was still studying Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University with just a few semesters remaining, the victory confirmed his profession as a professional poker player.
After the tournament, he continued to play NLHE and PLO cash games, but with his tournament success in recent months he has been making a shift towards tournaments full time.
The WSOP saw Joshua take home for more four-figure cashes in the series in what was a long six weeks spent in Las Vegas. He took a vacation after the series before eventually getting back into poker, and has been working on a lifestyle change with a new diet and workout regime. The lifestyle change brought in results right away with a victory in a $365 WSOP Circuit event at Palm Beach for $22,349.
Beckley goes into the November Nine final table in 7th place with 11.8 million chips, enough to make a splash if he gets a nice run of cards early.
While he has reached what is likely to be the pinnacle of his career, he is still looking forward to continuing to build his reputation as a player after the final table is over. With options including a move to Mexico or Costa Rica to focus on his online game, Joshua knows he is fortunate to be in the position he is and is taking nothing for granted.
2015 WSOP November Nine result:
Joshua Beckley finished 2nd to win $4,469,171.