Kansas City What?
Christian Pham, a Minnesota poker pro, accidentally signed up for the wrong event ($1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7) and somehow managed to win it. Pham previously won a WSOP circuit main event at Caesars Palace in 2013. Thinking he was signing up for the next day's NLHE event, Pham was stunned to learn he was playing Kansas City Lowball, a form of poker he had never played before, “they had started dealing already, so I couldn’t do anything. If they had not started dealing, I would have told the floorman and asked to be unregistered.”
Proving again he is the greatest tournament player ever, Phil Hellmuth captured his 14th bracelet at the 2015 WSOP besting a field of 103 in Event #17, the $10,000 world championship of Razz. This is the 'Poker Brat's' 2nd Razz bracelet.
Collected his 3rd bracelet in Event #3, $1,500, Omaha 8 or Better. In 2007, he captured the world championship of Pot Limit Omaha and $769,000. In 2014, he won gold in the $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed event.
Did you know? Robert's brother, Michael, owns three WSOP bracelets & two WPT titles. He won the $50k Players Championship in back-to-back years. And, one year all four Mizrachi brothers cashed in the main event.
The first ever online bracelet event drew 909 runners. Players had to be competing from an IP address in Nevada. Once the final table of six was reached play was suspended for a day so that the contestants could meet at the Rio and battle it out live for the bracelet.
After min-cashing in the Colossus, Germany's Paul Michaelis took down Event #8 for his first bracelet and close to $200,000:
"I was running insane basically. I had a straight flush against a nut flush, I had a couple sets. My bluffs worked out. Everything worked perfectly actually,"
Italy to the Max!
Max Pescatori became the first Italian to win three gold bracelets, taking down the $1,500 Razz for $156,000.
(Below) High Roller Radio spoke to Max Pescatori in 2016, great interview about his life in poker, WSOP success, thoughts of the Hall of Fame and his team, the Rome Emperors of the Global Poker League. For the Full Q&A click our interviews tab. Here, he talks about gearing up for the 2016 WSOP:
The Colossus, Exactly That!
It broke the record for the biggest live poker tournament ever by more than 150%! The prize pool? More than $11 million, more than double the advertised guarantee. Nolan Dalla, longtime poker writer and unofficial WSOP historian, compared it to Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games, Barry Bonds eclipsing Hank Aaron for career home runs, and Joe DiMaggio setting the record for consecutive games with a hit.
WSOP by the Numbers
The 2015 Main Event drew 6,420 players, creating a prize pool of $60,348,000. Thetop 1,000 players finished in the money and each player at the final table earned over $1,000,000.
Max Steinberg parlayed his $27 satellite win in an NBA fantasy sports tourney on DraftKings into more than $2.6 million.
9th place finisher Patrick Chan of Brooklyn experienced the fastest elimination in WSOP main event final table history, busting on just the 2nd hand.
Record Breaking Tourney
The first ever 'Colossus' was exactly what officials at the World Series of Poker imagined - unreal! A field of 22,373 put down the $565 entry fee, making it the largest live poker tournament ever. 20-something Cord Garcia won.
Did you know?
Ray Henson, a long-time poker pro and summer roomates with Cord Garcia, finished 3rd in the Colossus. Roomates, first and third? Wow.
“I’m still trying to process it. This is the most prestigious prize in poker. This is the best thing in the game that’s ever happened to me. It’s going to take some time for this to sink in.”
- Michael Wang, Winner Event #2
Shaun Deeb on Wins Event #15:
“This was one of the toughest final tables I’ve ever played against. This was the second time I’ve made the final in this $10K PLHE event, and to come out on top against these caliber of players was just great."
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Finished 2nd for close to $5 million in his FIRST ever main event. Wow!
Anthony Zinno won Event #60, the 25k High Roller, the richest PLO tournameny in history with a prize pool of more than $4 million.
Shocker in 5k
Jeffrey Tomlinson, a 51 year old football coach from Florida, upset a stacked field in Event #25.
“I don’t have any fear. I mean, I’m here to play my game. It doesn’t mean I’ll win ten gold bracelets, but from the moment I sat down I knew I could win.”
In Event #24, Arash Ghaneian was being cheered on by his wife, who was soon expecting twins. Good start to the family, Ghaneian won the event, his first gold bracelet and $240,000.
Seven Year Itch?
Seven years after his first gold bracelet, Phil Galfond picked up his 2nd in the world championship of Kansas City lowball single draw defeating Nick Schulman, a two-time winner of this very event, heads-up. It was his 15th career cash, bringing his WSOP earnings above the $2 million mark.
12 Years Later...
Keith Lehr needed just 24 hands to beat Paul Volpe in the final of the $10k heads-up world championship. It's his 2nd bracelet. His first? Twelve years ago in pot limit hold'em.
The actor, who co-starred in the movie Casino, made his first and second ever WSOP final tables in 2015. He is widely regarded as a pretty good poker player.
Tuan Le won the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven triple draw world championship, becoming the first player since 2009 to win the same WSOP event in consecutive years.
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2015 WSOP Bracelet Winners
Event #1: Casino Employees Championship, Brandon Barnette ($74,704)
Event #2: $5,000 NLHE, Michael Wang ($466,120)
Event #3: $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better, Robert Mizrachi ($251,022)
Event #4: $3,000 NLHE Shootout, Nick Petrangelo ($201,812)
Event #5: The Colossus, Cord Garcia ($638,880)
Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Turbo, John Reading ($252,028)
Event #7: Deuce to 7 World Championship, Taun Le ($322,756)
Event #8: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em, Paul Michaelis ($189,818)
Event #9: $1,500 Razz, Max Pescatori ($155,947)
Event #10: Heads-Up World Championship, Keith Lehr ($334,430)
Event #11: $1,500 Limit Hold'em, William Kakon ($196,055)
Event #12: $1,500 6-Handed NLHE, Idan Raviv ($455,057)
Event #13: $2,500 7-Card Stud/Omaha 8 or Better, Konstanin Maslak ($269,612)
Event #14: $1,500 NLHE Shootout, Barry Hutter ($283,546)
Event #15: Pot Limit Hold'em World Championship, Shaun Deeb ($318,857)
Event #16: Millionaire Maker
Event #17: Razz World Championship, Phil Hellmuth ($271,105)
Event #18: $1,000 Turbo NLHE, John Gale ($298,290)
Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed, Matt Elsby ($230,799)
Event #20: $1,500 NLHE, Benjamin Zamani ($460,640)
Event #21: $10,000 World Championship of Omaha 8 or Better, Daniel Alaei ($391,037)
Event #22: $1,000 NLHE, Sam Greenwood ($318,977)
Event #23: $1,500 No Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Christian Pham ($81,314)
Event #24: $1,500 HORSE, Arash Ghaneian ($239,750)
Event #25: $5,000 8-Handed NLHE, Jeffrey Tomlinson ($567,724)
Event #26: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Aaron Wallace ($226,985)
Event #27: $10k World Championship 7-Card Stud, Brian Hastings ($239,518)
Event #28: Monster Stack,
Event #29: $10k World Championship Deuce-to-7 Single Draw, Phil Galfond ($224,383)
Event #30: $1,000 NLHE, Franco Ivan Luca ($353,391)
Event #31: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better, Jeff Madsen ($301,314)
Event #32: $5,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Jason Mercier ($633,357)
Event #33: $1,500 Limit Deuce-to-7 Lowball, Benny Glaser ($136,215)
Event #34: $1,500 Split Format Hold'em, Andre Boyer ($250,243)
Event #35: $3,000 HORSE, Dan Idema ($261,774)
Event #36: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Corrie Wunstel ($266,874)
Event #37: $10,000 World Championship 6-Handed NLHE, Byron Kaverman ($657,331)
Event #38: $3,000 NLHE, Thiago Nishijima ($546,843)
Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix, Brian Hastings ($133,403)
Event #40: $1,000 Seniors Championship, Travis Baker ($613,466)
Event #41: $10,000 World Championship 7-Card Stud Hi Lo, Max Pescatori ($292,158)
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play NLHE, Adrian Apmann ($478,102)
Event #43: Super Seniors Championship, Jon Andlovic ($262,220)
Event #44: The Poker Players Championship, Mie Gorodinsky ($1,270,086)
Event #45: $1,500 NLHE, Upeshka De Silva ($424,577)
Event #46: $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha, Vasili Firsau ($437,575)
Event #47: $2,500 NLHE, Matt O'Donnell (551,941)
Event #48: $1,500 7-Card Stud, Eli Elezra ($112,591)
Event #49: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Young Ji ($231,102)
Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Limit Holdem, Ben Yu ($291,456)
Event #51: $3,000 NLHE 6-Handed, Justin Liberto (640,711)
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice, Carol Fuchs ($127,735)
Event #53: Ladies Championship, Jacquelyn Scott ($153,876)
Event #54: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha, Alexander Petersen ($927,655)
Event #55: $1,500 Draft Kings, Brandon Wittmeyer ($200,618)
Event #56: $5,000 Turbo, Kevin MacPhee ($490,800)
Event %57: $1,000 NLHE, Takahiro Nakai ($399,039)
Event #58: $111,1111 Big One for One Drop, Jonathan Duhamel ($3,989,985)
Event #59: $1,500 NLHE, Alex Lindop ($531,037)
Event #60: $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha, Anthony Zinno ($1,122,196)
Event #61: $1,111 Little One for One Drop, Paul Hoefer ($645,969)
Event #62: $1,500 Bounty, Jack Duong ($333,351)
Event #63: $10,000 World Championship of HORSE, Andrew Barber ($517,566)
Event #64: Online Bracelet Event, Anthony Spinella ($197,743)
Event #65: $1,500 7-Card Stud 8 or Better, Gerald Ringe ($180,943)
Event #66: Lucky 7's NLHE, Connor Berkowitz ($487,784)
Event #67: $10,000 World Championship Dealers Choice, Quin Do ($319,792)
Event #68: World Championshp Main Event, Joseph McKeehan ($7.7 million)
How They Finished...
1. Joe McKeehan,$7,683,346
2. Joshua Beckley, $4,470,896
3. Neil Bluemnfield, $3,398,298
4. Max Steinberb, $2,615,361
5. Zvi Stern, $1,911,424
6. Thomas Cannuli, $1,426,283
7. Pierre Nueville, $1,203,293
8. Federico Butteroni, $1,097,056
9. Patrick Chan. $1,001,020
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Poker's New World Champ
Joseph McKeehan, a 24 year old native of North Wales, PA, is $7.7 million richer after dominating the November Nine final table. He beat Joshua Beckley heads-up after his Ace 10 out ran Beckley's pocket 4's.