The Poker Players Championship
|Sport||Poker, 8-game mix|
|Founded||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. (2006)|
|Owner(s)||Caesars Entertainment Corporation (2006–present)|
|Most titles||Michael Mizrachi (3)|
|Official website||Official website|
The Poker Players Championship is a $50,000 buy-in event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Added in the 2010, it replaced the former $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship as the highest-stakes mixed-games event. It is considered among the most prestigious events offer at the WSOP.
In 2006, the inaugural event was called the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship and was the largest buy-in tournament at the World Series of Poker until the introduction of the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop in 2012. Chip Reese defeated Andy Bloch heads-up the in the 2006 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship to win $1,784,640 and the event's first title.
In 2007, professional poker player Freddy Deeb defeated Bruno Fitoussi after 17 hours of final table play to win $2,276,832 and his second bracelet. Chip Reese died in December 2007; efforts were made in 2008 to honor Reese by the WSOP which created the Chip Reese memorial trophy that each champion can hold for one year. Scotty Nguyen won the 2008 tournament and received the trophy. Controversy ensued when Nguyen, intoxicated during the final table of the tournament, began berating other players, notably Michael DeMichele, without receiving any penalty.
In 2010, $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship changed to the Poker Player's Championship and became the first 8-game mix version of the event. In 2015, the Poker Players Championship changed to a 10-game mix format. Unlike the previous five-game rotation of H.O.R.S.E. and the eight-game rotation that followed, the 10-game mix consisted of limit 2–7 triple draw lowball, limit Texas hold'em, limit Omaha/8B, limit razz, limit seven-card stud, limit seven card stud/8B, no-limit Texas hold'em with antes, pot-limit Omaha, badugi, and 2–7 no-limit draw lowball. The final table was played out exclusively in no-limit Texas hold'em in 2010 and 2011 to appeal to television viewers. The event has not televised since and has been played out in a mixed-game format for its entire duration. After declining turnout for the 10-game version in 2015, the tournament has reverted to the previous 8-game format and has remained there since then.
Michael Mizrachi became the first two time champion after winning the event in 2010 and 2012, earning him $1,559,046 and $1,451,527 respectively. Brian Rast became the second two time champion after winning the event in 2011 and 2016, earning him $1,720,328 and $1,296,097 respectively. At the 2018 WSOP, Mizrachi won the event for a record third time, defeating 2014 champion John Hennigan heads up and winning $1,239,126.
|Year||Event name||Mix||Entrants||Winner||Prize (US$)||Runner-up|
|2006||$50,000 H.O.R.S.E.||5-game||143||David "Chip" Reese||$1,716,000||Andy Bloch|
|2007||$50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.||5-game||148||Freddy Deeb||$2,276,832||Bruno Fitoussi|
|2008||$50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.||5-game||148||Scotty Nguyen||$1,989,120||Michael DeMichele|
|2009||$50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.||5-game||95||David Bach||$1,276,802||John Hanson|
|2010||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||116||Michael Mizrachi||$1,559,046||Vladimir Shchemelev|
|2011||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||128||Brian Rast||$1,720,328||Phil Hellmuth|
|2012||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||108||Michael Mizrachi||$1,451,527||Chris Klodnicki|
|2013||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||132||Matthew Ashton||$1,774,089||Don Nguyen|
|2014||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||102||John Hennigan||$1,517,767||Brandon Shack-Harris|
|2015||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||10-game||84||Mike Gorodinsky||$1,270,086||Jean-Robert Bellande|
|2016||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||91||Brian Rast||$1,296,097||Justin Bonomo|
|2017||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||100||Elior Sion||$1,395,767||Johannes Becker|
|2018||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||87||Michael Mizrachi||$1,239,126||John Hennigan|
|2019||$50,000 The Poker Players Championship||8-game||74||Phil Hui||$1,099,311||Josh Arieh|
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