World Series of Poker

WSOP logoThe World Series of Poker, commonly abbreviated as the acronym WSOP, are the world championships of poker. They are held every year since 1970 in Las Vegas.

During the WSOP, several tournaments are played (68 in 2015). The entry price of a tournament is $ 565 to $ 1 million. The winner of each tournament wins money and a bracelet.

The main tournament is the Main Event, a No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament whose entry price is $ 10,000.

Winners

The winners of five bracelets and more

Bracelets Player Year(s)
14 Phil Hellmuth 1989, 1992, 1993 (3), 1997, 2001, 2003 (2), 2006, 2007, 2012, 2012 [E], 2015
10 Doyle Brunson 1976 (2), 1977 (2), 1978, 1979, 1991, 1998, 2003, 2005
10 Johnny Chan 1985, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003 (2), 2005
10 Phil Ivey 2000, 2002 (3), 2005, 2009 (2), 2010, 2013 [A], 2014
9 Johnny Moss 1970, 1971 (2), 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1988
8 Erik Seidel 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
7 Billy Baxter 1975, 1978, 1982 (2), 1987, 1993, 2002
7 Men Nguyen 1992, 1995 (2), 1996, 2003 (2), 2010
6 T.J. Cloutier 1987, 1994 (2), 1998, 2004, 2005
6 Layne Flack 1999, 2002 (2), 2003 (2), 2008
6 Ted Forrest 1993 (3), 2004 (2), 2014
6 Jay Heimowitz 1975, 1986, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2001
6 Jeff Lisandro 2007, 2009 (3), 2010 [E], 2014 [A]
6 Daniel Negreanu 1998, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2013 [A], 2013 [E]
5 Daniel Alaei 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015
5 Gary Berland 1977, 1978 (2), 1979 (2)
5 David Chiu 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2013
5 Allen Cunningham 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007
5 Chris Ferguson 2000 (2), 2001, 2003 (2)
5 Berry Johnston 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 2001
5 John Juanda 2002, 2003 (2), 2008 [E], 2011
5 Scotty Nguyen 1997, 1998, 2001 (2), 2008
5 Stu Ungar 1980, 1981 (2), 1983, 1997

5

Jason Mercier 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016 (2)

The years followed by the letter E match wins at the World Series of Poker Europe.

Main Event Awards

Here is the detailed table of winners and finalists of the WSOP Main Event:

Year Winner Winning
hand
First place prize Entrants Runner-up Losing
hand
1970 Johnny Moss N/A N/A 7 N/A N/A
1971 Johnny Moss N/A 30,000 6 Walter “Puggy” Pearson N/A
1972 Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston, Jr. K♥ J♦ 80,000 8 Walter “Puggy” Pearson 6 6 
1973 Walter “Puggy” Pearson A♠ 7♠ 130,000 13 Johnny Moss K♥ J♠
1974 Johnny Moss 3♥ 3♠ 160,000 16 Crandell Addington A♣ 2♣
1975 Brian “Sailor” Roberts J♠ J♥ 210,000 21 Bob Hooks J♣ 9♣
1976 Doyle Brunson 10♠ 2♠ 220,000 22 Jesse Alto A♠ J♦
1977 Doyle Brunson 10♠ 2♥ 340,000 34 Gary Berland 8♥ 5♣
1978 Bobby Baldwin Q♦ Q♣ 210,000 42 Crandell Addington 9♦ 9♣
1979 Hal Fowler 7♠ 6♦ 270,000 54 Bobby Hoff A♣ A♥
1980 Stu Ungar 5♠ 4♠ 385,000 73 Doyle Brunson A♥ 7♠
1981 Stu Ungar A♥ Q♥ 375,000 75 Perry Green 10♣ 9♦
1982 Jack Straus A♥ 10♠ 520,000 104 Dewey Tomko A♦ 4♦
1983 Tom McEvoy Q♦ Q♠ 540,000 108 Rod Peate K♦ J♦
1984 Jack Keller 10♥ 10♠ 660,000 132 Byron Wolford 6♥ 4♥
1985 Bill Smith 3♠ 3♥ 700,000 140 T. J. Cloutier A♦ 3♣
1986 Berry Johnston A♠ 10♥ 570,000 141 Mike Harthcock A♦ 8♦
1987 Johnny Chan A♠ 9♣ 625,000 152 Frank Henderson 4♦ 4♣
1988 Johnny Chan J♣ 9♣ 700,000 167 Erik Seidel Q♣ 7♥
1989 Phil Hellmuth, Jr. 9♠ 9♣ 755,000 178 Johnny Chan A♠ 7♠
1990 Mansour Matloubi 6♥ 6♠ 895,000 194 Hans Lund 4♦ 4♣
1991 Brad Daugherty K♠ J♠ 1,000,000 215 Don Holt 7♥ 3♥
1992 Hamid Dastmalchi 8♥ 4♣ 1,000,000 201 Tom Jacobs J♦ 7♠
1993 Jim Bechtel J♠ 6♠ 1,000,000 220 Glenn Cozen 7♦ 4♥
1994 Russ Hamilton K♠ 8♥ 1,000,000 268 Hugh Vincent 8♣ 5♥
1995 Dan Harrington 9♦ 8♦ 1,000,000 273 Howard Goldfarb A♥ 7♣
1996 Huck Seed 9♦ 8♦ 1,000,000 295 Bruce Van Horn K♣ 8♣
1997 Stu Ungar A♥ 4♣ 1,000,000 312 John Strzemp A♠ 8♣
1998 Scotty Nguyen J♦ 9♣ 1,000,000 350 Kevin McBride Q♥ 10♥
1999 Noel Furlong 5♣ 5♦ 1,000,000 393 Alan Goehring 6♥ 6♣
2000 Chris Ferguson A♠ 9♣ 1,500,000 512 T. J. Cloutier A♦ Q♣
2001 Juan Carlos Mortensen K♣ Q♣ 1,500,000 613 Dewey Tomko A♠ A♥
2002 Robert Varkonyi Q♦ 10♠ 2,000,000 631 Julian Gardner J♣ 8♣
2003 Chris Moneymaker 5♦ 4♠ 2,500,000 839 Sam Farha J♥ 10♦
2004 Greg Raymer 8♠ 8♦ 5,000,000 2,576 David Williams A♥ 4♠
2005 Joe Hachem 7♣ 3♠ 7,500,000 5,619 Steve Dannenmann A♦ 3♣
2006 Jamie Gold Q♠ 9♣ 12,000,000 8,773 Paul Wasicka 10♥ 10♠
2007 Jerry Yang 8♦ 8♣ 8,250,000 6,358 Tuan Lam A♦ Q♦
2008 Peter Eastgate A♦ 5♠ 9,152,416 6,844 Ivan Demidov 4♥ 2♥
2009 Joe Cada 9♦ 9♣ 8,547,042 6,494 Darvin Moon Q♦ J♦
2010 Jonathan Duhamel A♠ J♥ 8,944,310 7,319 John Racener K♦ 8♦
2011 Pius Heinz A♠ K♣ 8,715,638 6,865 Martin Staszko 10♣ 7♣
2012 Greg Merson K♦ 5♦ 8,531,853 6,598 Jesse Sylvia Q♠ J♠
2013 Ryan Riess A♥ K♥ 8,361,570 6,352 Jay Farber Q♠ 5♠
2014 Martin Jacobson 10♥ 10♦ 10,000,000 6,683 Felix Stephensen A♥ 9♥
2015 Joe McKeehen A♥ 10♦ 7,683,346 6,420 Joshua Beckley 4♣ 4♦
2016 8,000,000 6,737

Player of the year

Since 2004, a points system is set up for the title WSOP Player of the Year.

Year Winner Bracelets Final Tables Cashes WSOP Earnings (US$)
2004 Daniel Negreanu 1 5 6 346,280
2005 Allen Cunningham 1 4 5 1,007,115
2006 Jeff Madsen 2 4 4 1,467,852
2007 Tom Schneider 2 3 3 416,829
2008 Erick Lindgren 1 3 5 1,348,528
2009 Jeff Lisandro 3 4 6 807,521
2010 Frank Kassela 2 3 6 1,255,314
2011 Ben Lamb 1 4 5 5,352,970
2012 Greg Merson 2 2 5 9,785,354
2013 Daniel Negreanu 2 4 10 1,954,054
2014 George Danzer 3 5 10 878,933
2015 Mike Gorodinsky 1 3 8 1,766,487
2016 Jason Mercier[24] 2 4 11 960,424

Broadcast

In the US, ESPN has exclusive rights on the production and dissemination of pictures of the WSOP. They are commented by Lon McEachern and Norman Chad. On the Internet, the official chip counts and live coverage of the tournament since 2007 is provided by the Bluff magazine and the website Pokernews.com.

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