2015 World Series of Poker

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The 2015 World Series of Poker is the 46th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). It was held from May 27-July 14 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Paradise, Nevada. There were 68 bracelet events, culminating in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event, which began on July 5. The November Nine concept returned for an eighth year. Instead of a $10 million guaranteed first prize for the Main Event, however, there were now be 1,000 guaranteed payouts.[1]

New tournament formats included the $565 Colossus No Limit Hold'em event, the lowest buy-in open event at the WSOP since the 1980 WSOP. The tournament featured four starting flights with a re-entry option for each flight and a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The $1,000 WSOP.com No Limit Hold'em event awarded the first WSOP bracelet in an online tournament, with the final six players playing at the Rio on July 4. A bounty tournament was also featured, with a player earning $500 for each elimination. A Super Seniors event was also added, open to players 65 or older. In addition to these new formats, the structure for lower buy-in events was also altered and featured five times the buy-in for a starting stack.[2]

Event schedule[edit]

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# Event Entrants Winner Prize Runner-up Results
1 $565 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em 688 Brandon Barnette $75,704 Greg Seiden Results
2 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 422 Michael Wang $466,120 Bryn Kenney Results
3 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 918 Robert Mizrachi $251,022 Jacob Dahl Results
4 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout 308 Nick Petrangelo $201,812 Jason Les Results
5 $565 The Colossus No Limit Hold'em 22,374 Cord Garcia $638,880 Bradley McFarland Results
6 $1,000 Hyper Hold'em 1,436 John Reading $252,068 Marc Macdonnell Results
7 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship 109 Tuan Le $322,756 Max Casal Results
8 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em 639 Paul Michaelis $189,818 Tom Marchese Results
9 $1,500 Razz 462 Max Pescatori $155,947 Ryan Miller Results
10 $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship 143 Keith Lehr $334,430 Paul Volpe Results
11 $1,500 Limit Hold'em 660 William Kakon $196,055 Daniel Needleman Results
12 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 1,651 Idan Raviv $457,007 Iaron Lightbourne Results
13 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 474 Konstantin Maslak $269,612 Hani Awad Results
14 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout 1,000 Barry Hutter $283,546 Benjamin Zamani Results
15 $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Championship 128 Shaun Deeb $318,857 Paul Volpe Results
16 $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold'em 7,275 Adrian Buckley $1,277,193 Javier Zarco Results
17 $10,000 Razz Championship 103 Phil Hellmuth $271,105 Mike Gorodinsky Results
18 $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em 1,791 John Gale $298,290 Gary Luther Results
19 $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 319 Matthew Elsby $230,799 Gabriel Nassif Results
20 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 1,844 Benjamin Zamani $460,640 Natasha Barbour Results
21 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 157 Daniel Alaei $391,097 Kyle Miaso Results
22 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em 1,915 Sam Greenwood $318,977 Cole Jackson Results
23 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball 219 Christian Pham $81,314 Daniel Ospina Results
24 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. 772 Arash Ghaneian $239,750 Robert Campbell Results
25 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 8-Handed 493 Jeff Tomlinson $567,724 Pierre Milan Results
26 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 1,293 Aaron Wallace $226,985 Marko Neumann Results
27 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship 91 Brian Hastings $239,518 Scott Clements Results
28 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack 7,192 Perry Shiao $1,286,942 Eric Place Results
29 $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship 77 Phil Galfond $224,383 Nick Schulman Results
30 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em 2,150 Ivan Luca $353,391 Artur Rudziankov Results
31 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 480 Jeff Madsen $301,413 Jean-Marc Thomas Results
32 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 550 Jason Mercier $633,357 Simon Deadman Results
33 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball 388 Benny Glaser $136,215 Brock Parker Results
34 $1,500 Split Format Hold'em 873 Andre Boyer $250,483 Erwann Pecheux Results
35 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. 376 Daniel Idema $261,774 Matt Vengrin Results
36 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 978 Corrie Wunstel $266,874 Kevin Saul Results
37 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship 259 Byron Kaverman $657,351 Doug Polk Results
38 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em 989 Thiago Nishijima $546,843 Sotirios Koutoupas Results
39 $1,500 Ten-Game Mix 380 Brian Hastings $133,403 Rostislav Tsodikov Results
40 $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Championship 4,193 Travis Baker $613,466 Carl Torelli Results
41 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 111 Max Pescatori $292,158 Stephen Chidwick Results
42 $1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold'em 1,914 Adrian Apmann $478,102 Yehoram Houri Results
43 $1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold'em 1,533 Jon Andlovec $262,220 Rodney H. Pardey Results
44 $50,000 The Poker Players Championship 84 Mike Gorodinsky $1,270,086 Jean-Robert Bellande Results
45 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 1,655 Upeshka DeSilva $424,577 Dara O'Kearney Results
46 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed 682 Vasili Firsau $437,575 Nipun Java Results
47 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 1,244 Matt O'Donnell $551,941 Timur Margolin Results
48 $1,500 Seven Card Stud 327 Eli Elezra $112,591 Benjamin Lazer Results
49 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 815 Young Ji $231,102 Mark Dube Results
50 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship 117 Ben Yu $291,456 Jesse Martin Results
51 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed 1,043 Justin Liberto $640,711 Seamus Cahill Results
52 $1,500 Dealers Choice 357 Carol Fuchs $127,735 Ilya Krupin Results
53 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 795 Jacquelyn Scott $153,876 Hope Williams Results
54 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship 387 Alexander Petersen $927,655 Jason Mercier Results
55 $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No Limit Hold'em 1,123 Brandon Wittmeyer $200,618 Derek Gomez Results
56 $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em 454 Kevin MacPhee $490,800 Igor Yaroshevskyy Results
57 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em 2,497 Takahiro Nakai $399,039 Mel Wiener Results
58 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop 135 Jonathan Duhamel $3,989,985 Bill Klein Results
59 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2,155 Alex Lindop $531,037 Aurelien Guiglini Results
60 $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 175 Anthony Zinno $1,122,196 Pakinai Lisawad Results
61 $1,111 The Little One for One Drop 4,555 Paul Hoefer $645,969 Mario Lopez Results
62 $1,500 Bounty No Limit Hold'em 2,178 Jack Duong $333,351 Vitezslav Pesta Results
63 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship 204 Andrew Barber $517,766 Viacheslav Zhukov Results
64 $1,000 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em 905 Anthony Spinella $197,743 Hunter Cichy Results
65 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 547 Gerald Ringe $180,943 Christopher Vitch Results
66 $777 Lucky Sevens No Limit Hold'em 4,422 Connor Berkowitz $487,784 John Armbrust Results
67 $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship 108 Quinn Do $319,792 Rep Porter Results
68 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event 6,420 Joe McKeehen $7,683,346 Joshua Beckley Results

Main Event[edit]

The $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event began on July 5 with the first of three starting flights. The November Nine was reached on July 14, with the finalists returning on November 8. The final table was played over three days. The first day played down to the final six players, the second was played down to three players, and finally the bracelet was awarded on November 10.[4]

The Main Event drew 6,420 players, creating a prize pool of $60,348,000. The top 1,000 players finished in the money. Each player at the final table earned over $1,000,000, with first place being $7,683,346.

Performance of past champions[edit]

Name Championship
Year(s)
Day of
Elimination
Johnny Chan 1987, 1988 2AB
Phil Hellmuth 1989 4 (417th)*
Jim Bechtel 1993 5 (121st)*
Dan Harrington 1995 2AB
Huck Seed 1996 2C
Scotty Nguyen 1998 3 (713th)*
Carlos Mortensen 2001 2AB
Robert Varkonyi 2002 2C
Chris Moneymaker 2003 2AB
Greg Raymer 2004 3
Joe Hachem 2005 4 (298th)*
Jamie Gold 2006 2C
Jerry Yang 2007 1C
Peter Eastgate 2008 2C
Joe Cada 2009 1C
Jonathan Duhamel 2010 4 (565th)*
Greg Merson 2012 1C
Ryan Riess 2013 4 (426th)*
Martin Jacobson 2014 1C

* Indicates the place of a player who finished in the money

Other notable high finishes[edit]

NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry.

Place Name Prize
11th Daniel Negreanu $526,778
25th Fedor Holz $262,574

November Nine[edit]

Name Number of chips
(percentage of total)
WSOP
Bracelets
WSOP
Cashes*
WSOP
Earnings*
United States Joe McKeehen 63,100,000 (32.8%) 0 8 $883,494
Israel Ofer Zvi Stern 29,800,000 (15.5%) 0 5 $58,384
United States Neil Blumenfield 22,000,000 (11.4%) 0 3 $44,395
Belgium Pierre Neuville 21,075,000 (10.9%) 0 19 $591,460
United States Max Steinberg 20,200,000 (10.5%) 1 11 $1,406,138
United States Thomas Cannuli 12,250,000 (6.4%) 0 2 $20,203
United States Joshua Beckley 11,800,000 (6.1%) 0 4 $19,403
United States Patrick Chan 6,225,000 (3.2%) 0 4 $113,145
Italy Federico Butteroni 6,200,000 (3.2%) 0 2 $49,255

*Career statistics prior to the beginning of the 2015 Main Event.

Final Table[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st Joe McKeehen $7,683,346
2nd Joshua Beckley $4,470,896
3rd Neil Blumenfield $3,398,298
4th Max Steinberg $2,615,361
5th Ofer Zvi Stern $1,911,423
6th Thomas Cannuli $1,426,283
7th Pierre Neuville $1,203,293
8th Federico Butteroni $1,097,056
9th Patrick Chan $1,001,020

Records[edit]

The $565 Colossus No Limit Hold'em event established a new record for largest field in a WSOP event, attracting 22,374 entrants. The previous record was set in the 2006 Main Event with 8,773. The event also set a new record as the largest live poker tournament.[5]

With his victory in the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship, Tuan Le became the first player to win the same $10,000 buy-in event in consecutive years since Johnny Chan won the Main Event in 1988. Counting all buy-in amounts, he is the first to accomplish this feat since Thang Luu won his second consecutive $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event in 2009.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palansky, Seth. "WSOP Announces 2015 Main Event Payout Change". WSOP.com. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Palansky, Seth. "2015 WORLD SERIES OF POKER SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED". WSOP.com. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "WSOP schedule". WSOP.com. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ Cypra, Dan (May 12, 2015). "WSOP Main Event Shifting to 3-Day Live Final Table". Pocketfives.com. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ Doft, Mickey. "How Does the WSOP Colossus Rank Amongst Poker's Largest Live Events?". PokerNews.com. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ Fiorvanti, Tim. "Tuan Le Goes Back to Back in $10K Deuce to Seven, Colossus Final Table Set". Bluff Magazine. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 

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