World Series of Poker (WSOP)

World Series of Poker

In 1970, in a calculated move to generate publicity for his Horsehoe Casino, owner Benny Binion invited a few of Las Vega’s most reputed poker aces to the casino for a series of cash games with the ultimate “champion” decided by a secret vote.

The “World” Series of Poker was born. Now, 50 editions later, the WSOP is a multi-national celebration of poker’s best professional and amateur players.

传奇sfMulti-millions are up for grabs in prize pools. Tens of thousands of hungry players pour into the Rio for 7 weeks and, as of 2019, compete in 89 live and online events that culminate in the prestigious $10,000 Main Event that the world watches rapt every summer on ESPN.

Here on our official World Series of Poker page you’ll find everything you need to know about poker’s most iconic tournament series. You’ll find:

  • Summaries of every WSOP held from 1970-2019
  • Results and feature stories from past WSOP coverage
  • Massive archive of live hand updates from WSOP Main Events 2006-2016
  • Complete reports & results for WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific
  • WSOP Player Interviews & Features
  • WSOP Special Features & Videos

World Series of Poker Year-by-Year

The greatest poker series of all, the World Series of Poker, began with just a handful of players. Just 7, in fact.

World Series of Poker 传奇sfAnd it ended with a vote to declare the “world champion.” Now 50 years on the WSOP has become the true “world” series it originally proclaimed itself to be.The history of the World Series of Poker is most easily covered by breaking it into two very distinct time periods:

  • WSOP Before 2003
  • WSOP After 2003

传奇sfWhat happened in 2003? Well, if you’re a poker fan you know that’s the year humble, amateur poker-playing accountant from Tennessee, Chris Moneymaker, beat Vegas pro Sammy Farha to win the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. Attributing the entirety of the global poker boom to follow to that one moment is *slightly* exaggerated but it isn’t far from the truth. It was a moment that changed the World Series of Poker – and the game of poker itself – irrevocably. And is still resonating around the world today.Jump to the full list of all past WSOP Main Events from 1970-present here:

  • Past WSOP Main Event Champions 1970-Present
wsop 2019

WSOP 2019


The signature event of the World Series of Poker – the $10,000 Main Event传奇sf – played out from July 3-16.

It drew a total of 8,569 entries to make it the 2nd-biggest WSOP Main Event of all time (only 2006, with 8,773, has topped it).

Germany’s Hossein Ensan won the 50th edition of the Main Event for a $10 million first-prize prize – tied for the second-largest of all-time.

传奇sfThe final three players were all from outside of the US for the first time since 2014.

Also of note:传奇sf Day 1c of the Main Event was delayed slightly by the Riverside earthquake, a 7.1 quake that occurred 150 miles away in California.

Full final-table results and payouts from the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table: Hossein Ensan$10,000,000 Dario Sammartino$6,000,000 Alex Livingston$4,000,000 Garry Gates$3,000,000 Kevin Maahs$2,200,000 Zhen Cai$1,850,000 Nick Marchington$1,525,000 Timothy Su$1,250,000 Milos Skrbic$1,000,000

Previous WSOP Player of the Year Winners

YearNameBraceletesFinal TablesCashesTournament Earnings
2019Robert Campbell259$601,776
2018Shaun Deeb2520$2,534,511
2017Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson1423$428.,423
2016Jason Mercier2411$960,424
2015Mike Gorodinsky138$1,766,796
2014George Danzer3510$878,993
2013Daniel Negreanu2410$2,214,304
2012Greg Merson224$9,755,180
2011Ben Lamb145$5,352,970
2010Frank Kassela236$1,255,314
2009Jeffrey Lisandro346$807,521
2008Erick Lindgren135$1,348,528
2007Tom Schneider233$416,829
2006Jeff Madsen244$1,467,852
2005Allen Cunningham145$1,006,935
2004Daniel Negreanu156$346,280

传奇sfHow does a player earn points? By cashing (and particularly going deep) in as many WSOP events as possible. The 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Race will include opportunities to score points in 83 events in Vegas and 10 at the WSOP Europe.

The points model is based on what was used on the WSOP Circuit for years and will have modifiers for the size of the event buy-in and number of entries. Winners of events will obviously receive the most points followed by the runner-up, 3rd place and so on.

Lower buy-ins are rated slightly higher points-wise as big buy-ins to make the system accessible to any player who might not have the bankroll of a poker superstar. You can find the full breakdown of the WSOP POY formula here.

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WSOP 2018

With 7,874 entrants the 2018 WSOP Main Event was the second-largest ever behind only the epic 2006 Main Event won by Jamie Gold for $12m. The Top 6 Main Event finishers were all from the United States and each earned over $1.8m.

2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada returned to the final table and finished fifth.

  • $10,000 Main Event Winner:  John Cynn $8.8m (Runner-Up: Tony Miles $5m)

传奇sfThe $1m Big One for One Drop returned to the WSOP schedule and drew just 27 entries.

  • $1m Big One for One Drop Winner: Justin Bonomo $10m (Runner-Up: Fedor Holz $6m)

Other Notable Moments:

  • WSOP icon and 10-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson announced his WSOP retirement; finished sixth at 2-7 final table
  • Phil Hellmuth won his 15th career WSOP bracelet

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2018

1.John Cynnus$8,800,000
2.Tony Milesus$5,000,000
3.Michael Dyerus$3,750,000
4.Nicolas Manionus$2,825,000
5.Joe Cadaus$2,150,000
6.Aram Zobianus$1,800,000
7.Alexander Lynskeyau$1,500,000
8.Artem Metalidiua$1,250,000
9.Antoine Labatfr$1,000,000

WSOP Europe 2018

The WSOP Europe was again held at the Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Ten bracelet events in total were held. Brit Jack Sinclair传奇sf won the Main Event over 534 runners for 1.1m Euros.

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WSOP 2017

Attendance in the Main Event surged again in 2017 with an extra 500 players juicing the total entrants to 7,221. All told the series hit 74 total bracelet events including 4传奇sf official online bracelet events played entirely online.

To the rejoicing of many, the four-month November Nine break to play out the final table was discontinued and the champion was crowned in July.

  • 2017 WSOP Main Event Champion: Scott Blumstein ($8.15m) Runner-Up: Dan Ott

Other Notables:

  • Former WSOP Main Event final-tablists Antoine Saout finished fifth and Ben Lamb finished ninth
  • Michael Ruane, fourth in 2016, finished in tenth
  • The 2017 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop was won by Doug Polk over runner-up Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2017

1.Scott Blumsteinus$8,150,000
2.Daniel Ottus$4,700,000
3.Benjamin Pollakfr$3,500,000
4.John Hespgb$2,600,000
5.Antoine Saoutfr$2,000,000
6.Bryan Picciolius$1,675,000
7.Damian Salasar$1,425,000
8.Jack Sinclairgb$1,200,000
9.Ben Lambus$1,000,000

WSOPE 2017

The World Series of Poker Europe moved to the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic for the first time as part of a new multi-year agreement.

A total of 11 bracelet events were played including a €111,111 Big One for One Drop event (won by 888poker pro Dominik Nitsche) and the €10,000 Main Event. Marti Roca de Torres, a former Economics teacher from Spain, defeated Gianluca Speranza heads-up to win the 2017 WSOPE Main Event crown and €1,115,207

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WSOP 2016

The 2016 World Series of Poker delivered 69传奇sf events capped, as always, by the $10,000 Main Event. A total of 6,737 players entered the Main Event making it the biggest in five years.

qui nguyen wsop main event winner

传奇sfA final table of nine players was again established in July before waiting until November to play down to to a winner.

It was the final year of the “November Nine” format; in 2017 the WSOP reverted back to playing out the final table entirely in July.

Las Vegas local Qui Nguyen ultimately triumphed over Gordon Vayo传奇sf heads-up. Nguyen won just over $8 million.

Former Counter-Strike champion Griffin Benger of Canada also made the final table and finished seventh.

  • 2018 WSOP Main Event Winner: Qui Nguyen ($8,005,310) Runner-Up: Gordon Vayo ($4,661,228)

The 2016 High Roller for One Drop was again priced at $111,111 to buy-in. This time around German wunderkind Fedor Holz传奇sf claimed the top prize for $4.9 million.

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2016

1.Qui Nguyenus$8,005,310
2.Gordon Vayous$4,661,228
3.Cliff Josephyus$3,453,035
4.Michael Ruaneus$2,567,003
5.Vojtech Ruzickacz$1,935,288
6.Kenny Hallaertbe$1,464,258
7.Griffin Bengerca$1,250,190
8.Jerry Wongus$1,100,076
9.Fernando Ponses$1,000,000
Wsop 2015

WSOP 2015

The 2015 WSOP stuck with the November Nine concept but abandoned the $10m Main Event winner guarantee in favor of guaranteeing 1,000 payouts in the ME.

Joe McKeehen wsop main event 2015

传奇sfThe response was lukewarm and the Main Event only drew 6,420 entrants.

Another lackluster November Nine in terms of star power was reached and ultimately Pennsylvanian and former Risk World Champion Joe McKeehen beat Josh Beckley heads-up.

传奇sfMcKeehen led the final table from wire-to-wire and collected $7.68 million.

  • 2015 WSOP Main Event Winner: Joe McKeehen ($7,683,346) Runner-Up: Josh Beckley ($4,470,896)

The newly established $565 WSOP Colossus did set a record for largest WSOP field ever and largest live poker tournament ever with 22,374 entrants.

$111,111 One Drop High Roller

The buy-in for the Big One for One Drop was dropped from $1 million to $111,111 and re-named the High Roller for One Drop. A smaller portion of the buy-in ($11,111) still went to charity.

The tournament drew 135 players to build a $14,249,925 prize pool. Over $750,000 was donated to the One Drop Foundation. The event was won by former Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel for $3.9 million. Businessman Bill Klein finished second for $2.4m.

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2015

1.Joseph McKeehenus$7,683,346
2.Joshua Beckleyus$4,470,896
3.Neil Blumenfieldus$3,398,298
4.Max Steinbergus$2,615,361
5.Zvi Sternil$1,911,423
6.Thomas Cannulius$1,426,283
7.Pierre Neuvillebe$1,203,293
8.Federico Butteroniit$1,097,056
9.Patrick Chanus$1,001,020

2015 WSOP Europe

The WSOP Europe resumed after a one-year break with 10 bracelet events, this time held at the Spielbank Casino in Berlin, Germany. American Kevin MacPhee won the Main Event over 313 players for €883,000.

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WSOP 2014

In 2014 the WSOP offered a $10m guarantee for the Main Event winner for the first time. There were 65 total events and the $1m Big One for One Drop was again played.

The 2nd-ever One Drop event played out just before the start of the Main Event and drew 42 entries – 6 less than the inaugural event. Far fewer business leaders and amateurs entered this time making it a very pro heavy field.

martin jacobson wsop main event winner

Young upstart Dan Colman won the title and $15m as he defeated Daniel Negreanu传奇sf heads-up. Colman drew criticism after his win by being reticent with the media and suggesting idolizing poker stars was not a particularly good idea.

2014 WSOP Main Event

The Main Event drew 6,683 entrants and again played to a final nine before breaking until November. Poker pro Mark Newhouse, who finished ninth in 2012, made the final table again in 2013.

传奇sfAfter swearing he “wouldn’t finish f’ing ninth again,” he finished ninth again.

It was an all-Scandinavian final two as Swede Martin Jacobson won the $10m title over Norway’s Felix Stephensen.

  • 2014 WSOP Main Event Winner: Martin Jacobson ($10,000,000) Runner-Up: Felix Stephensen ($5,147,911)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2014

1.Martin Jacobsonse$10,000,000
2.Felix Stephensenno$5,147,911
3.Jorryt van Hoofnl$3,807,753
4.William Tonkingus$2,849,763
5.William Pappaconstantinouus$2,143,794
6.Andoni Larrabees$1,622,471
7.Daniel Sindelarus$1,236,084
8.Bruno Politanobr$947,172
9.Mark Newhouseus$730,725

2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific

The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific returned for a second year although the WSOPE was put on hiatus until the following year. Again the series was held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne and 10 bracelet events were played.

Scott Davies won the Main Event over 329 entries for AUD $850,000. The WSOP APAC has not been held since.

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WSOP 2013

传奇sf2013 was the first and only year 3 separate World Series of Poker series – WSOP, World Series of Poker Europe and World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific – were held.

Ryan Riess Wins 2013 WSOP Main Event

It was the first year for the WSOP APAC (which only lasted 2 years) and the final year the WSOPE was held every year alongside with the regular WSOP.

The 2013 WSOP November Nine again lacked notable names although veteran live and online poker pros JC Tran, Mark Newhouse and David Benefield made the cut.

Ultimately Michigan’s Ryan Riess won the title and $8.3m defeating Jay Farber heads-up. The Main Event had a comparatively low 6,352 entries.

  • 2013 WSOP Main Event Winner: Ryan Riess ($8,361,570) Runner-Up: Jay Farber ($5,174,357)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2013

1.Ryan Riessus$8,361,570
2.Jay Farberus$5,174,357
3.Amir Lehavotil$3,727,823
4.Sylvain Looslifr$2,792,533
5.Justin Cuong Van Tranus$2,106,893
6.Marc Etienne McLaughlinca$1,601,024
7.Michiel Brummelhuisnl$1,225,356
8.David Benefieldus$944,650
9.Mark Newhouseus$733,224

2013 WSOP Europe

The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe moved to Enghien-les-Bains, France and held 8 total events. Spanish teenager Adrian Mateos won his first WSOP Main Event title and €1,000,000. The field had 375 players.

2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific

The first-ever WSOP Asia-Pacific was held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Five bracelet events in total were held. Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu won the Main Event and just over $1m AUD. Phil Ivey also won a WSOP APAC bracelet in Event #3, the $2,200 Mixed Event.

wsop 2012

WSOP 2012

The 2012 WSOP was notable for the introduction of the first-ever $1 million Big One for One Drop.

Esfandiari wins Big One

Developed by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte to raise money for his charity, the One Drop Foundation, which provides clean drinking water for developing communities, players paid a $1m buy-in with $111,111 of it going to the charity.

The field was capped at 48 players and all seats were sold out. The winner was Antonio Esfandiari, who beat England’s Sam Trickett heads-up.

Esfandiari won $18.3m, the biggest poker tournament payout ever. Trickett was paid $10m.

2012 WSOP Main Event

The 2012 WSOP Main Event was notable for being the longest WSOP Main Event final table in history (excluding the WSOPE). All told the final table lasted for 399 hands including 11 hours of play 3-handed.

Greg Merson WSOP main event winner

The field drew 6,598 players and the November Nine was again devoid of any big-name poker stars. The Nov. 9 chip lead was held by American Jesse Sylvia but it was perhaps most notable for who didn’t make the cut.

Female players Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille busted in 10th and 11th, respectively. In the end Sylvia finished runner-up to online poker pro Greg Merson. Merson won $8.5m.

Merson also was named the WSOP Player of the Year as he had won the last tournament prior to the start of the Main Event as well.

Due to the 2012 US election the final table also ran in October instead of the usual November

  • 2013 WSOP Main Event Winner: Greg Merson ($8,531,853) Runner-Up: Jesse Sylvia ($5,295,149)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2012

1.Gregory Mersonus$8,531,853
2.Jesse Sylviaus$5,295,149
3.Jacob Balsigerus$3,799,073
4.Russell Thomasus$2,851,537
5.Jeremy Ausmusus$2,155,313
6.Andras Koroknaihu$1,640,902
7.Michael Espositous$1,258,040
8.Robert Salaburuus$971,360
9.Steve Geeus$754,798

2012 WSOP Europe: Hellmuth Wins ME #2!

The 2012 WSOP Europe was again held in Cannes and again had 7 official bracelet events. In a signature performance Phil Hellmuth won the WSOPE Main Event to become the first-ever winner of both the WSOP Main Event and the WSOPE Main Event.

Hellmuth defeated 420 entrants and won over 1m GBP. It was his 13th career WSOP bracelet.

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WSOP 2011

Continuing the decade long theme of two steps forward, one step back the 2011 WSOP Main Event dipped back under 7,000 runners with 6,865 total. The preliminary events had even begun to overshadow the Main Event slightly with the first 57 events having representation from 98 countries and paying out over $127m in prize money.

Pius Heinz wsop main event winner

Another “star-free” Main Event final table was the order of the day with an international mix of relative unknowns save for maybe Ben Lamb.

German Pius Heinz went on the claim the Main Event title over Czech Martin Staszko. Heinz won $8.7m.

Heinz became the first-ever German winner of the Main Event and while he went on to fade out of the poker scene quickly it did give rise to a wave of new, young German players who took interest in poker and since have come to dominate the high-stakes poker scene.

  • 2011 WSOP Main Event Winner: Pius Heinz ($8,715,638) Runner-Up: Martin Staszko ($5,433,086)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2011

1.Pius Heinzde$8,715,368
2.Martin Staszkocz$5,433,086
3.Ben Lambus$4,021,138
4.Matt Giannettius$3,012,700
5.Phil Collinsus$2,269,599
6.Eoghan O’Deaie$1,720,831
7.Badih Bounahraus$1,314,097
8.Anton Makiievskyiua$1,010,015
9.Sam Holdengb$782,115

2011 WSOP Europe – Elio Fox Takes It All

The 2011 WSOP Europe expanded to 7 total events and was moved to Cannes, France for the first time. Held at the Majestic Barriere Cannes and Le Croisette Casino the Main Event drew 594 entrants and was won by American Elio Fox for €1,400,000.

Brit Chris Moorman, who would go one to be the winningest online poker player of all time, finished second. Fox famously was never backed by anyone in his tournaments and thereafter collected all of the prize winnings.

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WSOP 2010

As the WSOP again turned the page to a new decade, a new surge of players pushed the Main Event field back up over 7,000 again. A total of 7,319 players took to the field in the Amazon Room at the Rio and again played to a final nine that would wait until November to play things out.

duhamel jonathan bracelet

Leading the field going in was French-Canadian Jonathan Duhamel and that’s how things ended as well.

Duhamel beat Floridian John Racener heads-up to claim just under $9 million.

The most notable member of the November Nine that year was Michael “ The Grinder” Mizrachi,传奇sf who has gone on the win the WSOP Player’s Championship three times but never the Main Event.

Mizrachi finished fifth.

  • 2010 WSOP Main Event Winner: Jonathan Duhamel ($8,944,310) Runner-Up John Racener ($5,545,955)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2010

1.Jonathan Duhamelca$8,944,310
2.John Racenerus$5,545,955
3.Joseph Cheongus$4,130,049
4.Filippo Candioit$3,092,545
5.Michael Mizrachius$2,332,992
6.John Dolanus$1,772,959
7.Jason Sentius$1,356,720
8.Matthew Jarvisca$1,045,743
9.Soi Nguyenus$811,823

2010 WSOP Europe – On Bord

The World Series of Poker Europe again played out in London in September. Brit James Bord传奇sf won the Main Event for £830,401.

传奇sfAlso of note: The legendary Gus Hansen won his only career WSOP bracelet in the £10,350 Heads-Up Event for £288,409.

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WSOP 2009

WSOP Main Event attendance dipped again in 2009 back to 6,494 entrants but the full slate of 57 events saw a strong turnout overall. The November Nine as a concept returned as well with one substantial difference working in its favor – this time a certifiable poker superstar was included.


Widely considered one of, if not the greatest poker players of all-time, Phil Ivey传奇sf made significant waves when he advanced to the final table of nine in seventh place.

传奇sfHe was fairly short-stacked but that didn’t seem to diminish the poker-playing public’s enthusiasm for seeing him there.

传奇sfMuch of the talk during the 4 months leading up to the final table centered on Ivey and his chances for a run to the title.

传奇sfUnfortunately the enthusiasm didn’t survive long as Ivey went out in 7th.

Cada > Moon

The heads-up turned into a battle between Maryland logger Darvin Moon and young Internet pro Joe Cada from Michigan.

传奇sfDespite a strong fan base who cheered on the unorthodox Moon, Cada prevailed to become the youngest Main Event winner ever at just 21 years of age. Cada took home $8.5m million.

  • 2009 WSOP Main Event Winner: Joe Cada ($8,546,435) Runner-Up: Darvin Moon ($5,182,601)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2009

1.Joe Cadaus$8,546,435
2.Darvin Moonus$5,182,601
3.Antoine Saoutfr$3,479,670
4.Eric Buchmanus$2,502,890
5.Jeff Shulmanus$1,953,452
6.Steven Begleiterus$1,587,160
7.Phil Iveyus$1,404,014
8.Kevin Schaffelus$1,300,231
9.James Akenheadgb$1,263,602

2009 WSOP Europe – Barry vs. Negreanu

The 2009 WSOP Europe again took place in London and had 4 events. Barry Shulman won the title over Daniel Negreanu传奇sf heads-up, disappointing Negreanu fans the world over.

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WSOP 2008

The November Nine is Born

Still hurting from the UIGEA the 2008 WSOP rebounded to see a slight increase in Main Event entrants (6,844) but was still adjusting to not having access to online qualifiers.

peter eastgate wsop main event winner

In the hopes of drawing in even more TV viewers and creating new hype, the decision was made by WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack to delay the playing out of the Main Event final table for four months.

传奇sfOnce play hit the final table of 9 play was stopped for the summer to allow the episodes to play out weekly on ESPN until October. The players then reconvened in Vegas for what was dubbed “the November Nine.” and the event was played out live.

Again the final table was plagued with a lack of “star” power as no popular pros at the time made the final table. On the first night play went from nine to two and then the following evening the heads-up opponents, Denmark’s Peter Eastgate and Russian Ivan Demidov传奇sf, returned to play to a winner.

Eastgate became the youngest WSOP Main Event winner ever at age 22 and claim $9.1m. He would retire from professional poker just a few years later.

  • 2008 WSOP Main Event Winner: Peter Eastgate ($9,119,517) Runner-Up Ivan Demidov ($5,809,595)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2008

1.Peter Eastgatedk$9,152,416
2.Ivan Demidovru$5,809,595
3.Dennis Phillipsus$4,517,773
4.Ylon Schwartzus$3,794,974
5.Scott Montgomeryca$3,096,768
6.Darus Suhartoca$2,418,562
7.David Rheemus$1,772,650
8.Kelly Kimus$1,288,217
9.Craig Marquisus$900,670

2008 WSOP Europe – Juanda Goes the Distance

The WSOP Europe returned in 2008, again in London, with four events. Poker veteran John Juanda won the £10,000 GBP main event over Stanislav Alekhin in the longest final table in WSOP history at 19 hours, 10 minutes. Juanda earned £868,800

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WSOP 2007

After the bombastic and record-setting 2006 WSOP, the 2007 WSOP was set up for a letdown. And it was a pretty big one.

While the total tournament schedule had now expanded to 55 events, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act shoehorned onto a port security bill and passed in late 2006 took the steam right out of the US online poker market.

Jerry Yang WSOP Main Event winner

Given the uncertainty surrounding its core principles and implementation, several major online poker providers pulled out of the market entirely. Those that did stay, incluidng PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, had a decidedly reduced impact.

Just 6,358 players ultimately registered for the Main Event to make 2007 the first-year since 1992 that the Main Event field decreased the following year.

“Just” $8.25m was awarded to the eventual winner, Jerry Yang, who outlasted a comparatively lacklustre final table that included no poker “stars” of the time.

Of particular note in 2007 was the chip leader heading into the final table, Denmark’s Phillip Hilm传奇sf, came in overly aggressive and busted in 9th in just 15 hands. It’s considered the biggest “meltdown” in final-table history.

传奇sfHilm later told PokerListings that turn of events took his drive to play poker from him and he stopped playing altogether. After years selling real estate he returned to the felt only recently.

Hevad Khan传奇sf, meanwhile, who created a bit of stir with his emphatic “bulldozer” celebrations at the table, finished 5th. Khan went on to become a sponsored PokerStars pro.

  • 2007 WSOP Main Event Winner: Jerry Yang ($8,250,000) Runner-Up: Tuan Lam ($4,840,981)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2007

1.Jerry Yangus$8,250,000
2.Tuan Lamca$4,840,981
3.Raymond Rahmeza$3,048,025
4.Alexander Kravchenkoru$1,852,721
5.Jonathon Kalmargb$1,255,069
6.Hevad Khanus$956,243
7.William Childs Jrus$705,229
8.Lee Watkinsonus$585,699
9.Phillip Hilmdk$525,934

2007 WSOP Europe – Annette_15 Comes of Age

2007 did, however, see the introduction of the first-ever World Series of Poker Europe, which was held in London in the Fall. It was the first time official WSOP gold bracelets were awarded outside of the United States.

Just 3 tournaments were held and the Main Event was won for 1m GBP by Norwegian teenager Annette Obrestad.

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WSOP 2006

What can be said about the 2006 World Series of Poker? Well, a helluva lot.

Jamie Gold WSOP Main Event
  • Biggest Main Event in history (still to this day)
  • Biggest main Event prize in history ($12m, still to this day)
  • Total Main Event prize pool of $82 million
  • Over $100m in prize money across all 45 events, making it richest in sports
  • Most reviled Main Event champ in history (Jamie Gold)
  • A deal gone sour between the champ and a backer
  • A possible $10m bonus on the Main Event title
  • $730,000 in poker room swag alone
  • First-ever $50,000 Poker Players Championshop (won by Chip Reese)
  • Pamela Anderson, Charles Barkley, Shannon Elizabeth, Tobey Maguire, Ron Jeremy, Brad Garrett, Mekhi Phifer and Wil Wheaton.
  • Pillow fights

It was a wild one, to say the least. And PokerListings was there to watch it all first hand. The first year we provided wall-to-wall live coverage was a phenomenal one as Hollywood agent Jamie Gold传奇sf sweet talked (some say angle shot) his way to $12m in prize money.

传奇sfIt was astounding. And with 8,773 entrants in the Main Event it may never be topped. All events were also held at the Rio Hotel & Casino, the first time the WSOP had been held outside of Binion’s.

  • 2006 WSOP Main Event Winner: Jamie Gold ($12,000,000) Runner-Up: Paul Wasicka ($6,102,499)

2006 WSOP Main Event:

  • Total Buy-ins: 8,773
  • Total Prize Pool: $82,512,162
  • Total payouts: 873

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2006

1.Jamie Goldus$12,000,000
2.Paul Wasickaus$6,102,499
3.Mike Bingerus$4,123,310
4.Allen Cunninghamus$3,628,513
5.Rhett Butlerus$3,216,182
6.Richard Leeus$2,803,851
7.Douglas Kimus$2,391,520
8.Erik Fribergse$1,979,189
9.Dan Nassifus$1,566,858
wsop 2005

WSOP 2005

WSOP 2005

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi

Speaking of amateur poker players the world over, Australian chiropractor Joe Hachem was a complete unknown when he, like Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer, stepped up to the WSOP Main Event for the first time.

Online qualifiers again nearly doubled the Main Event field from the year before with 5,629 total Main Event entrants. Preliminary bracelet events also expanded to 45 in total.

By the time the dust settled at the Main Event final table Hachem was $7.5 million richer and had introduced the American audience to the joys of the “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” celebration.

Hachem would join Raymer and Moneymaker as a PokerStars ambassador and continue to grow the game in Australia and the Asia-Pacific market – a place where it would eventually expand to with a WSOP tournament series of its own.

    • 2005 WSOP Main Event Winner: Joe Hachem ($7,500,000) Runner-Up: Steve Dannenman ($4,250,000)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2005

1.Joe Hachemau$7,500,000
2.Steven Dannenmannus$4,250,000
3.John Barchus$2,500,000
4.Aaron Kanterus$2,000,000
5.Andy Blackie$1,750,000
6.Scott Lazarus$1,500,000
7.Daniel Bergsdorfse$1,300,000
8.Brad Kondrackius$1,150,000
9.Mike Matusowus$1,000,000
wsop 2004

WSOP 2004

Fossilman Unearthed

While everyone knew Chris Moneymaker’s amazing victory in 2003 had kicked upon a door into the poker world people were now streaming through, no one had quite an understanding of just how much things had changed.

Greg "Fossilman" Raymer

A stunning 2,576 entrants showed up for the WSOP Main Event in 2004, pushing the entire undertaking to an entirely different stratosphere. 2004 was also the last WSOP held within the confines of Binion’s casino, which had sold the brand to Harrah’s Entertainment that year.

There were 32 preliminary events alongside the marquee Main Event and the names and faces found among the field were a who’s who of the pros who would become the face of poker for years to come. Among the 2004 WSOP bracelet winners were Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Annie Duke and Antonio Esfandiari, not to mention 2004 Main Event winner Greg “Fossilman” Raymer.

Another amateur poker player, Raymer made for great TV with his fossil card protector and holographic dinosaur sunglasses. The affable attorney shortly after joined PokerStars has an ambassador and yet again spread the joy of the game to corners far and wide. His $5 million win also didn’t hurt drawing the eyes of amateurs players the world over.

  • 2004 WSOP Main Event Winner: Greg Raymer ($5,000,000) Runner-Up: David Williams ($3,500,000)

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2004

1.Greg Raymerus$5,000,000
2.David Williamsus$3,500,000
3.Josh Ariehus$2,500,000
4.Dan Harringtonus$1,500,000
5.Glenn Hughesus$1,100,000
6.Al Kruxus$800,000
7.Matt Deanus$675,000
8.Mattias Anderssonse$575,000
9.Michael McClainus$470,400

2004 WSOP Main Event runner-up David Williams传奇sf would later go on to appear on the US version of reality show Masterchef in 2017.

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WSOP 2003

Moneymaker Changes Everything

传奇sfWhen the 2003 WSOP began not many within the industry had the inkling it would turn out to be such a phenomenal, industry-altering moment in time. But what happened certainly changed the course of the game’s history in hundreds of ways still being realized.

Chris Moneymaker

The first, most notable occurrence was the surge of players who won their seats for the Main Event online. PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, among others, were riding a new wave of poker interest and ran hundreds of lower buy-in satellites to open the door to the once out-of-reach $10,000 buy-in.

传奇sfOf the record 839 Main Event entrants a large portion had now qualified online and among their number was an unknown amateur poker player and accountant from Tennessee with the perfect name for poker.

Chris Moneymaker earned his seat in the Main Event via a $45 satellite and, despite almost selling it off and never playing the event, somehow navigated his way through the minefield of poker professionals (even busting Phil Ivey along the way) to make the final table.

Once there he played with surprising confidence and ultimately ran a bluff on swashbuckling pro Sammy Farha that changed the course of poker history.

传奇sfHis $2.5m win certainly reverberated around amateur poker circles but also sent a ripple out into the non-poker playing world that has yet to be matched. Thousands and thousands of new enthusiasts flooded the online poker market and set the stage for the expansion of the World Series of Poker into the global powerhouse it is today.

Final Table Payouts WSOP Main Event 2003

1.Chris Moneymakerus$2,500,000
2.Sam Farhaus$1,300,000
3.Dan Harringtonus$650,000
4.Jason Lesterus$440,000
5.Tomer Benvenistius$320,000
6.Amir Vahediir$250,000
7.Young Pakus$200,000
8.David Greyus$160,000
9.David Singerus$120,000
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WSOP 2000-2003

Chris Ferguson WSOP Picture

The WSOP Hits Y2K

传奇sfAs the calendar turned to a new century, so too did the WSOP turn to new records. The 2000 WSOP saw the preliminary events expanded to 24 and the Main Event crossed the 500-entrant mark for the first time.

Another very notable name in poker took the crown this time as Chris “Jesus” Ferguson传奇sf, who would later become a pariah himself due to the Full Tilt scandal, methodically plodded to victory.

传奇sfFerguson’s $1.5m first-place prize was the largest in WSOP history.

传奇sfThe 2001 WSOP saw the Main Event field grow yet again to over 600 players (613) and see the first time two players received more than $1m in payouts.

Winner Carlos Mortenson matched Ferguson’s $1.5m from 2000 and runner-up Dewey Tomko earned $1,098,925. Phil Hellmuth传奇sf also made the final table looking for his second World Championship but fell short in fifth.

传奇sfThe 2002 WSOP was more of the same with 631 Main Event entrants (it was largest-ever live poker tournament at the time) but was notable more for being the first-time ESPN provided hole card cameras for its Main Event coverage.

Robert Varkonyi’s $2 million win was also the largest in WSOP history but more importantly set the stage for what would happen the following year.

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WSOP 1990-1999

The WSOP in the 1990s

As the WSOP turned the page to the 90s the opening event of the decade foretold what would become an up-and-down decade to come.

Stu Ungar2

With 194 entrants to the Main Event it was the biggest yet but on the third day Stu Ungar was found unconscious in his hotel due to a drug overdose. He’d ultimately survive but it certainly cast a somber tone over the remainder of the proceedings.

Amazingly, as Ungar was such an overwhelming chip leader at the time of his overdose, by the time his chips had blinded out he had still made the final table and finished 9th for $25,050. Brit Mansour Matloubi won the title and $835,000.

The 1991 WSOP had a record 18 bracelet events on the schedule and the 215 Main Event entrants pushed the first-place prize money to $1m for the first time. Poker pro Brad Daugherty was the winner.

In 1992 the WSOP Main Event dipped to 201 entrants, the only year prior to 2007 where the number of entrants declined from the previous year. The first-place prize maintained at $1m, though, and was won by Iranian-American Hamid Dastmalchi.

1993 was a watershed year for a couple of reasons. First, both Phil Hellmuth and Ted Forrest won three consecutive bracelet events each – the first time that had even happened. The WSOP Main Event, won by Jim Bechtel, also saw the first two women to cash in the event – Marsha Waggoner (19th) and Wendeen Eolis (20th)

传奇sfThe 25th Anniversary WSOP, in 1994, was again notable for a couple of reasons. First, of course, as the 25th anniversary not only did the winner of the Main Event receive $1 million they also received their weight in silver.

The winner in 1994 also notably was Russ Hamilton, who later became a pariah in the poker world for his role in the UltimateBet/Absolute Poker superuser scandal.

With 23 preliminary events and another 273 entrants to the Main Event the 1995 WSOP really saw the ushering in of a new character on the poker scene – the tournament professional.

传奇sfWhile most poker player up until that point were dedicated cash-game players, and there were rarely any tournaments outside of the WSOP that would qualify as professional opportunities, the idea of being a tournament specialist to target the growing prize pools at the WSOP seemed to take root.

The prime example: “Action” Dan Harrington传奇sf, who won his first-ever Main Event plus an additional bracelet in a preliminary event and go on to write one of the most influential poker strategy books ever on Hold’em tournament strategy.

Scotty Nguyen

1996 saw the WSOP Main Event prize hold steady at $1m but a much younger poker pro – Huck Seed – took the crown. Famed for his offbeat prop bets, at 37 Seed was one of the youngest players to win the Main Event in its history (Ungar was also 37).

传奇sfSpeaking of Ungar, in 1997 “The Kid” made perhaps one of the most stunning WSOP performances ever when he returned to top 312 entrants in the Main Event for $1m. The final table was played outside on Fremont Street in Las Vegas which made for a unique viewing experience.

It was Ungar’s third WSOP Main Event championship. He’s still the only player to do so. Sadly, Ungar died the following year after a long struggle with addiction.

By 1998 the Main Event field had grown to 350 entrants and one of the most memorable moments in history occurred with two players left. Speaking to his opponent Kevin McBride, eventual champ Scotty Nguyen传奇sf warned “You call it’s gonna be all over, baby.” to which McBride took the bait and called.

The final table was also notable for having only 5 players.

In 1999 the $10,000 Main Event field almost hit 400 players (393) and featured Huck Seed back at the final table trying to repeat his 1996 championship. He fell short in sixth, however, as Irishman Noel Furlong snuck in for the upset alongside fellow Irishman Padraig Parkinson传奇sf, who finished third.

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WSOP 1980-1989

The WSOP in the 1980s

Simply put, the World Series of Poker in the early 1980s belonged to Stu Ungar.

Widely considered the greatest card player to ever live Ungar stormed over the WSOP Main Event field in 1980 to win his first of 3 career WSOP crowns and $365,000.

Ungar won again in 1981, along with another victory in a $10k 2-7 Draw event and it looked as though he was set up to win every WSOP Main Event for the next decade.

Unfortunately for “The Kid,” a downward spiral of drug addiction prevented that from happening and it wasn’t until 1997 that he finally won his 3rd title.

Meanwhile the WSOP grew to 13 preliminary events and 104 entrants in the 1982 Main Event.

Jack “Treetop” Strauss传奇sf, who coined the expression “a chip and a chair” won his first title and became the first WSOP Main Event winner to collect over a half a million dollars.

Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth

In 1983, in another foreshadowing moment for the eventual poker boom, Tom McEvoy became the first satellite winner to ever go on to WSOP Main Event.

Despite playing his way into the tournament and being a decided underdog McEvoy even outlast the legendary Brunson, who finished in third.

Irishman Donnacha O’Dea became the first international player to cash in a WSOP while Ungar won another preliminary event.

1984-1986 saw a consistent 140 or so players in the Main Event with Jack Keller, Bill Smith and Berry Johnston传奇sf each winning their lone WSOP ME title.

In 1987 we reached the Johnny Chan years.

The Orient Express, as he was known back then, stormed onto the poker scene and won back-to-back WSOP Main Event championships, the second of which, over Erik Seidel heads-up, became immortalized in the movie Rounders.

The WSOP closed out the decade with yet another notable winner in 1989 – this time the now infamous Phil Hellmuth, Jr. who outlasted 178 entrants and, amazingly, Johnny Chan传奇sf heads-up, to win $755,000.

传奇sfWhile Hellmuth would go on to become a poker icon in the TV era, and is still the all-time WSOP bracelet leader with 15, Chan’s stunning back-to-back-to-back final table performances might still be the greatest poker accomplishment in history.

传奇sfHellmuth did become the youngest Main Event champ at that time at age 24.

wsop 1970-1979

WSOP 1970-1979

While 2003 is a neat and tidy dividing point for explaining WSOP history it’s not as though every event between its beginning in 1970 and the Moneymaker watershed were exactly the same, either. As we alluded to above, in fact the first couple of WSOPs were barely even attended. And a vote was held to determine the winner in Year 1.

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Johnny Moss

But, prior to 2003, the World Series of Poker at least followed a fairly linear and relatable story.

It began, in fact, with a few of the old school Texas Road Gamblers getting together in Reno in 1969 for a Texas Gamblers Reunion before it even materialized in Las Vegas.

In 1970 at Binion’s Horseshoe casino, which would house the WSOP for the next 34 years, a small group of players voted Johnny Moss传奇sf as the best player; in 1971 Moss defeated 7 players in a $5,000 Freezeout.

In 1972 Amarilo Slim outlasted 12 players to win it all. By 1973, CBS Sports had picked up on the spectacle of it all and televised its first-ever WSOP.

传奇sfThat year the WSOP also expanded to include 4 preliminary events – 7-Card Stud, Razz, 207 Draw and a smaller buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event alongside the Main Event.

Eric Drache Behind Doyle Brunson

Puggy Pearson won three of those events, including the World Championship, and claimed the title of best all-around player – even if it was an informal crown.

In 1974 Johnny Moss won his 3rd WSOP title and Brian “Sailor” Roberts won his first in 1975.

In 1976/1977 the legendary Doyle Brunson won back-to-back WSOP championships to begin his legacy as one of the great WSOP performers of all-time as the WSOP tournament lineup expanded even more.

By 1978 an extra 10 events were played prior to the $10,000 Main Event which was won by Bobby Baldwin. Also notable in 1978 was the first WSOP win for one David “Chip” Reese传奇sf who would go on to win the first-ever $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship in 2006.

传奇sfThe 1978 WSOP was also the first that introduced a shared prize pool as the winner no longer took home the entirely share and the top 5 of the 42 entrants all took home a payout.

In 1979 amateur Hal Fowler shocked the local professional poker establishment by winning the $10,000 Main Event over 53 other entrants that included all of the game’s elite.

While Fowler never went on the play another WSOP, his $270,000 prize certainly inspired more amateur poker enthusiasts and pros from all corners of the globe to put the WSOP on the radar.

传奇sfIt set the stage for the next couple of decades of WSOP expansion.

All Past WSOP Main Event Winners

传奇sfBelow find all of the Main Event Champions since 1970.

Listed are the number of players in the Main Event, the total prize pool, the winner, the second-place finisher, the final hands and final table payouts:

Result WSOP Main Event 2019

2019  8,569  $80,548,600Hossein Ensan de vs. it Dario SammartinoK K vs. 8 4 Hossein Ensan$10,000,000 Dario Sammartino$6,000,000 Alex Livingston$4,000,000 Garry Gates$3,000,000 Kevin Maahs$2,200,000 Zhen Cai$1,850,000 Nick Marchington$1,525,000 Timothy Su$1,250,000 Milos Skrbic$1,000,000

Result WSOP Main Event 2018

2018  7,874  $74,015,600John Cynn us vs. us Tony MilesK J vs. Q 8 John Cynn$8,800,000 Tony Miles$5,000,000 Michael Dyer$3,750,000 Nicolas Manion$2,825,000 Joe Cada$2,150,000 Aram Zobian$1,800,000 Alexander Lynskey$1,500,000 Artem Metalidi$1,250,000 Antoine Labat$1,000,000

Result WSOP Main Event 2017

2017  7,221  $67,877,400Scott Blumstein us vs. us Daniel OttA 2 vs. A 8 Scott Blumstein$8,150,000 Daniel Ott$4,700,000 Benjamin Pollak$3,500,000 John Hesp$2,600,000 Antoine Saout$2,000,000 Bryan Piccioli$1,675,000 Damian Salas$1,425,000 Jack Sinclair$1,200,000 Ben Lamb$1,000,000

Result WSOP Main Event 2016

2016  6,737  $63,327,800Qui Nguyen us vs. us Gordon VayoK 10 vs. J 10 Qui Nguyen$8,005,310 Gordon Vayo$4,661,228 Cliff Josephy$3,453,035 Michael Ruane$2,567,003 Vojtech Ruzicka$1,935,288 Kenny Hallaert$1,464,258 Griffin Benger$1,250,190 Jerry Wong$1,100,076 Fernando Nandit Pons$1,000,000

Result WSOP Main Event 2015

2015  6,420  $60,348,000Joe McKeehen us vs. us Joshua BeckleyA 10 vs. 4 4 Joseph McKeehen$7,683,346 Joshua Beckley$4,470,896 Neil Blumenfield$3,398,298 Max Steinberg$2,615,361 Zvi Stern$1,911,423 Thomas Cannuli$1,426,283 Pierre Neuville$1,203,293 Federico Butteroni$1,097,056 Patrick Chan$1,001,020

Result WSOP Main Event 2014

2014  6,683  $62,820,200Martin Jacobson se vs. no Felix Stephensen10 10 vs. A 9 Martin Jacobson$10,000,000 Felix Vincent Stephensen$5,147,911 Jorryt van Hoof$3,807,753 William Tonking$2,849,763 William Pappaconstantinou$2,143,794 Andoni Larrabe$1,622,471 Daniel Sindelar$1,236,084 Bruno Politano$947,172 Mark Newhouse$730,725

Result WSOP Main Event 2013

2013  6,352  $59,708,800Ryan Riess us vs. us Jay FarberA K vs. Q 5 Ryan Riess$8,361,570 Jay Farber$5,174,357 Amir Lehavot$3,727,823 Sylvain Loosli$2,792,533 Justin Cuong Van Tran$2,106,893 Marc Etienne McLaughlin$1,601,024 Michiel Brummelhuis$1,225,356 David Benefield$944,650 Mark Newhouse$733,224

Result WSOP Main Event 2012

2012  6,598  $62,021,200Greg Merson us vs. us Jesse SylviaK 5 vs. Q J Gregory Merson$8,531,853 Jesse Sylvia$5,295,149 Jacob Balsiger$3,799,073 Russell Thomas$2,851,537 Jeremy Ausmus$2,155,313 Andras Koroknai$1,640,902 Michael Esposito$1,258,040 Robert Salaburu$971,360 Steve Gee$754,798

Result WSOP Main Event 2011

2011  6,865  $64,531,000Pius Heinz de vs. cz Martin StaszkoA K vs. 10 7 Pius Heinz$8,715,368 Martin Staszko$5,433,086 Ben Lamb$4,021,138 Matt Giannetti$3,012,700 Phil Collins$2,269,599 Eoghan O’Dea$1,720,831 Badih Bounahra$1,314,097 Anton Makiievskyi$1,010,015 Sam Holden$782,115

Result WSOP Main Event 2010

2010  7,319  $68,798,600Jonathan Duhamel ca vs. us John RacenerA J vs. K 8 Jonathan Duhamel$8,944,310 John Racener$5,545,955 Joseph Cheong$4,130,049 Filippo Candio$3,092,545 Michael Mizrachi$2,332,992 John Dolan$1,772,959 Jason Senti$1,356,720 Matthew Jarvis$1,045,743 Soi Nguyen$811,823

Result WSOP Main Event 2009

2009  6,494  $61,043,600Joe Cada us vs. us Darvin Moon9 9 vs. Q J Joe Cada$8,546,435 Darvin Moon$5,182,601 Antoine Saout$3,479,670 Eric Buchman$2,502,890 Jeff Shulman$1,953,452 Steven Begleiter$1,587,160 Phil Ivey$1,404,014 Kevin Schaffel$1,300,231 James Akenhead$1,263,602

Result WSOP Main Event 2008

2008  6,844  $64,333,600Peter Eastgate dk vs. ru Ivan DemidovA 5 vs. 4 2 Peter Eastgate$9,152,416 Ivan Demidov$5,809,595 Dennis Phillips$4,517,773 Ylon Schwartz$3,794,974 Scott Montgomery$3,096,768 Darus Suharto$2,418,562 David Rheem$1,772,650 Kelly Kim$1,288,217 Craig Marquis$900,670

Result WSOP Main Event 2007

2007  6,358  $59,765,200Jerry Yang us vs. ca Tuan Lam8 8 vs. A Q Jerry Yang$8,250,000 Tuan Lam$4,840,981 Raymond Rahme$3,048,025 Alexander Kravchenko$1,852,721 Jonathon Kalmar$1,255,069 Hevad Khan$956,243 William Childs Jr$705,229 Lee Watkinson$585,699 Phillip Hilm$525,934

Result WSOP Main Event 2006

2006  8,773  $82,466,200Jamie Gold us vs. us Paul WasickaQ 9 vs. 10 10 Jamie Gold$12,000,000 Paul Wasicka$6,102,499 Mike Binger$4,123,310 Allen Cunningham$3,628,513 Rhett Butler$3,216,182 Richard Lee$2,803,851 Douglas Kim$2,391,520 Erik Friberg$1,979,189 Dan Nassif$1,566,858

Result WSOP Main Event 2005

2005  5,619  $52,818,600Joe Hachem au vs. us Steve Dannenmann7 3 vs. A 3 Joe Hachem$7,500,000 Steven Dannenmann$4,250,000 John Barch$2,500,000 Aaron Kanter$2,000,000 Andy Black$1,750,000 Scott Lazar$1,500,000 Daniel Bergsdorf$1,300,000 Brad Kondracki$1,150,000 Mike Matusow$1,000,000

Result WSOP Main Event 2004

2004  2,576  $24,214,400Greg Raymer us vs. us David Williams8 8 vs. A 4 Greg Raymer$5,000,000 David Williams$3,500,000 Josh Arieh$2,500,000 Dan Harrington$1,500,000 Glenn Hughes$1,100,000 Al Krux$800,000 Matt Dean$675,000 Mattias Andersson$575,000 Michael McClain$470,400

Result WSOP Main Event 2003

2003  839  $7,886,600Chris Moneymaker us vs. us Sam Farha5 4 vs. J 10 Chris Moneymaker$2,500,000 Sam Farha$1,300,000 Dan Harrington$650,000 Jason Lester$440,000 Tomer Benvenisti$320,000 Amir Vahedi$250,000 Young Pak$200,000 David Grey$160,000 David Singer$120,000

Result WSOP Main Event 2002

2002  631  $5,931,400Robert Varkonyi us vs. gb Julian GardnerQ 10 vs. J 8 Robert Varkonyi$2,000,000 Julian Gardner$1,100,000 Ralph Perry$550,000 Scott Gray$281,480 Harley Hall$195,000 Russell Rosenblum$150,000 John Shipley$125,000 Tam Minh Duong$100,000 Minh Ly$85,000

Result WSOP Main Event 2001

2001  613  $5,762,200Carlos Mortensen es vs. us Dewey TomkoK Q vs. A A Carlos Mortensen$1,500,000 Duane Tomko$1,098,925 Stan Schrier$699,315 Phil Gordon$399,610 Phil Hellmuth Jr$303,705 Mike Matusow$239,765 Henry Nowakowski$179,825 Steve Riehle$119,885 John Inashima$91,910

Result WSOP Main Event 2000

2000  512  $4,812,800Chris Ferguson us vs. us T. J. CloutierA 9 vs. A Q Chris Ferguson$1,500,000 Thomas John Cloutier$896,500 Steve Kaufman$570,500 Hasan Habib$326,000 James McManus$247,760 Roman Abinsay$195,600 Jeff Shulman$146,700 Tom Franklin$97,800 Mickey Appleman$74,980

Result WSOP Main Event 1999

1999  393  $3,694,200Noel Furlong ie vs. us Alan Goehring5 5 vs. 6 6 Noel Furlong$1,000,000 Alan Goehring$768,625 Padraig Parkinson$489,125 Erik Seidel$279,500 Chris Bigler$212,420 Huck Seed$167,700 George McKeever$125,775 Paul Rowe$83,850 Stanley Bayne$64,285

Result WSOP Main Event 1998

1998  350  $3,500,000Scotty Nguyen us vs. us Kevin McBrideJ 9 vs. Q 10 Scotty Nguyen$1,000,000 Kevin McBride$687,500 Thomas John Cloutier$437,500 Dewey Weum$250,000 Lee Salem$190,000 Ben Roberts$150,000 Jan Lundberg$112,500 Marc Brochard$75,000 Paul McKinney$57,500

Result WSOP Main Event 1997

1997  312  $3,120,000Stu Ungar us vs. us John StrzempA 4 vs. A 8 Stu Ungar$1,000,000 John Strzemp II$583,000 Mel Judah$371,000 Ron Stanley$212,000 Bob Walker$161,120
6.Peter Bao$127,200 Tormod Roren$95,400 David Roepke$63,600 Chris Bjorin$48,760

Result WSOP Main Event 1996

1996  295  $2,950,000Huck Seed us vs. us Bruce Van Horn9 8 vs. K 8 Huck Seed$1,000,000 Bruce Van Horn$585,000 John Bonetti$341,250 Men Nguyen$195,000 An Tran$128,700 Andre Boyer$97,500 J.P. Schmalz$78,000 Fernando Fisdel$58,500 Steven Beam$44,850

Result WSOP Main Event 1995

1995  273  $2,730,000Dan Harrington us vs. ca Howard Goldfarb9 8 vs. A 7 Dan Harrington$1,000,000 Howard Goldfarb$519,000 Brent Carter$302,750 Hamid Dastmalchi$173,000 Barbara Enright$114,180 Chuck Thompson$86,500 Tom Franklin$69,200 Henry Orenstein$51,900 Dolph Arnold$39,790

Result WSOP Main Event 1994

1994  268  $2,680,000Russ Hamilton us vs. us Hugh VincentK 8 vs. 8 5 Russ Hamilton$1,000,000 Hugh Vincent$588,000 John Spadavecchia$294,000 Vince Burgio$168,000 Al Krux$100,800 Robert Turner$50,400 John Aglialoro$43,680 Don Pittman$38,640 Steve Lott$33,600

Result WSOP Main Event 1993

1993  220  $2,200,000Jim Bechtel us vs. us Glenn CozenJ 6 vs. 7 4 Jim Bechtel$1,000,000 Glenn Cozen$420,000 John Bonetti$210,000 Mansour Matloubi$120,000 Thomas Chung$72,000 Mike Cowley$36,000 Thomas Kreilein$31,200 Al Korson$27,600 Brad Daugherty$24,000

Result WSOP Main Event 1992

1992  201  $2,010,000Hamid Dastmalchi us vs. us Tom Jacobs8 4 vs. J 7 Hamid Dastmalchi$1,000,000 Tom Jacobs$353,500 Hans Lund$176,750 Mike Alsaadi$101,000 Dave Crunkleton$60,600 Clyde Coleman$30,300 Johnny Chan$25,250 Jack Keller$20,200 Christopher Goulding$15,150

Result WSOP Main Event 1991

1991  215  $2,150,000Brad Daugherty us vs. us Don HoltK J vs. 7 3 Brad Daugherty$1,000,000 Don Holt$402,500 Bob Veltri$201,250 Don Williams$115,000 Perry Green$69,000 Ali Farsai$34,500 Hilbert Shirey$28,750 Danny Hunsucker$23,000 Donnacha O’Dea$17,250

Result WSOP Main Event 1990

1990  194  $1,940,000Mansour Matloubi gb vs. us Hans Lund6 6 vs. 4 4 Mansour Matloubi$835,000 Hans Lund$334,000 Dave Crunkleton$167,000 Jim Ward$91,850 Berry Johnston$75,150 Al Krux$58,450 Rod Peate$50,100 John Bonetti$33,400 Stu Ungar$25,050

Result WSOP Main Event 1989

1989  178  $1,780,000Phil Hellmuth us vs. us Johnny Chan9 9 vs. A 7 Phil Hellmuth Jr$755,000 Johnny Chan$302,000 Don Zewin$151,000 Steve Lott$83,050 Lyle Berman$67,950 Noel Furlong$52,850 Fernando Fisdel$45,300 Mike Picow$30,200 George Hardie$22,650

Result WSOP Main Event 1988

1988  167  $1,670,000Johnny Chan us vs. us Erik SeidelJ 9 vs. Q 7 Johnny Chan$700,000 Erik Seidel$280,000 Ron Graham$140,000 Humberto Brenes$77,000 Thomas John Cloutier$63,000 Jim Bechtel$49,000 Quinton Nixon$42,000 Mike Cox$28,000 Jesse Alto$21,000

Result WSOP Main Event 1987

1987  152  $1,520,000Johnny Chan us vs. us Frank HendersonA 9 vs. 4 4 Johnny Chan$625,000 Frank Henderson$250,000 Bob Ciaffone$125,000 James Spain$68,750 Howard Lederer$56,250 Dan Harrington$43,750 Eldon Elias$37,500 Mickey Appleman$25,000 Jack Keller$18,750

Result WSOP Main Event 1986

1986  141  $1,410,000Berry Johnston us vs. us Mike HartA 10 vs. A 8 Berry Johnston$570,000 Mike Hart$228,000 Gary Berland$114,000 Jesse Alto$62,700 Bill Smith$51,300 Roger Moore$39,900 Steve Lott$34,200 Jim Doman$22,800 Tom Jacobs$17,100

Result WSOP Main Event 1985

1985  140  $1,400,000Bill Smith us vs. us T. J. Cloutier3 3 vs. A 3 Bill Smith$700,000 Thomas John Cloutier$280,000 Berry Johnston$140,000 Scott Mayfield$70,000 Hamid Dastmalchi$70,000 Jesse Alto$42,000 Johnny Moss$42,000 Mark Rose$28,000 John Fallon$28,000

Result WSOP Main Event 1984

1984  132  $1,320,000Jack Keller us vs. us Byron Wolford10 10 vs. 6 4 Jack Keller$660,000 Byron Wolford$264,000 Jesse Alto$132,000 David Chew$66,000 Rick Hamil$66,000 Curtis Skinner$52,800 Michael Allen$26,400 Howard Andrew$26,400 Rusty Lepage$26,400

Result WSOP Main Event 1983

1983  108  $1,080,000Tom McEvoy us vs. us Rod PeateQ Q vs. K J Tom McEvoy$540,000 Rod Peate$216,000 Doyle Brunson$108,000 Carl McKelvey$54,000 Robert Geers$54,000 Donnacha O’Dea$43,200 John Jenkins III$21,600 R.R. Pennington$21,600 George Huber$21,600

Result WSOP Main Event 1982

1982  104  $1,040,000Jack Straus us vs. us Dewey TomkoA 10 vs. A 4 Jack Straus$520,000 Duane Tomko$208,000 Berry Johnston$104,000 Doyle Brunson$52,000 A.J. Myers$52,000 Dody Roach$41,060 Buster Jackson$20,800 Sailor Roberts$20,800
9.Carl Cannon$20,800

Result WSOP Main Event 1981

1981  75  $750,000Stu Ungar us vs. us Perry GreenA Q vs. 10 9 Stu Ungar$375,000 Perry Green$150,000 Gene Fisher$75,000 Ken Smith$37,500 Bill Smith$37,500 Jay Heimowitz$30,000 Robert Baldwin$15,000 Andy Moore$15,000 Sam Petrillo$15,000

Result WSOP Main Event 1980

1980  73  $730,000Stu Ungar us vs. us Doyle Brunson5 4 vs. A 7 Stu Ungar$365,000 Doyle Brunson$146,000 Jay Heimowitz$109,500 Johnny Moss$73,000 Charles Dunwoody$36,500

Result WSOP Main Event 1979

1979  54  $540,000Hal Fowler us vs. us Bobby Hoff7 6 vs. A A Hal Fowler$270,000 Bobby Hoff$108,000 George Huber$81,000 Sam Moon$54,000 Johnny Moss$27,000 Robert Baldwin$0 Crandell Addington$0 Sam Petrillo$0

Result WSOP Main Event 1978

1978  42  $420,000Bobby Baldwin us vs. us Crandall AddingtonQ Q vs. 9 9 Robert Baldwin$210,000 Crandell Addington$84,000 Louis Hunsucker$63,000 Buck Buchanan$42,000 Jesse Alto$21,000 Ken Smith$0

Result WSOP Main Event 1977

1977  34  $340,000Doyle Brunson us vs. us Gary Berland10 2 vs. 8 5 Doyle Brunson$340,000 Gary Berland$0
3.Milo Jacobson$0 Andy Moore$0

Result WSOP Main Event 1976

1976  22  $220,000Doyle Brunson us vs. us Jesse Alto10 2 vs. A J Doyle Brunson$220,000 Jesse Alto$0 Tommy Hufnagle$0 Crandell Addington$0

Result WSOP Main Event 1975

1975  21  $210,000Brian Roberts us vs. us Bob Hooks9 9 vs. A K Sailor Roberts$210,000

Result WSOP Main Event 1974

1974  16  $160,000Johnny Moss us vs. us Crandall Addington3 3 vs. A 2 Johnny Moss$160,000

Result WSOP Main Event 1973

1973  13  $130,000Walter Pearson us vs. us Johnny MossA 7 vs. K J Puggy Pearson$130,000

Result WSOP Main Event 1972

1972  8  $80,000Thomas Preston us vs. us Walter PearsonK J vs. 6 6 Amarillo Slim Preston$15,000 Puggy Pearson$32,500 Doyle Brunson$32,500

Result WSOP Main Event 1971

1971  6  $30,000Johnny Moss us vs. us Walter Pearson vs. Johnny Moss$30,000

Result WSOP Main Event 1970

1970  7  $0Johnny Moss us vs.  vs. Johnny Moss$0