The Poker Player's Championship

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The Poker Player's 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.[1] Up until the 2012 World Series of Poker, it was the highest-buy-in poker tournament featured at the WSOP. Unlike the previous five-game rotation of H.O.R.S.E. and the eight-game rotation that followed, The Poker Player's Championship became a 10-game mix in 2015,[2] containing 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.[1] Since then the event has not televised and played out in a mixed-game format for its duration.

The winner of the tournament receives the Chip Reese trophy for one year.


$50,000 H.O.R.S.E. / The Poker Player's Championship Winners
Year Winner Prize (US$)
2006 Chip Reese $1,784,640
2007 Freddy Deeb $2,276,832
2008 Scotty Nguyen $1,989,120
2009 David Bach $1,276,802
2010 Michael Mizrachi $1,559,046
2011 Brian Rast $1,720,328
2012 Michael Mizrachi $1,451,527
2013 Matthew Ashton $1,774,089
2014 John Hennigan $1,517,767
2015 Mike Gorodinsky $1,270,086
2016 Brian Rast $1,296,097