List of World Series of Poker Main Event champions

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Joe Cada won the WSOP Main Event in 2009.

The following is the list of World Series of Poker Main Event champions. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is "the oldest, largest, most prestigious, and most media-hyped gaming competition in the world".[1] It is held annually since 1970 in Las Vegas. Since 1972, the Main Event of the WSOP has been the $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold 'Em tournament. The winner of the WSOP Main Event receives a World Series of Poker bracelet, millions of dollars (with the exact amount based on the number of entrants), and the right to be considered the year's World Champion of Poker.[2] Since 2008, the nine players who make it to the final table of the Main Event are called the November Nine, a reference to the fact that the final table competes in November, months after the Main Event's preliminary rounds are completed.

Until 2005, the WSOP was held at Binion's Horseshoe. In 2005, the event moved to the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino.[3]

Contents

Milestones

Johnny Moss was the first person to win the WSOP. Since then only Moss and Stu Ungar have won the Main Event three times; Ungar is the only one to have won three times in the freeze-out format. Moss, Ungar, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan are the only people who have won the Main Event two years in a row. Johnny Chan's second victory in 1988 was featured on the 1998 film Rounders.[4] Peter Eastgate was the youngest person to win the Main Event when he won it in 2008, at 22 years of age.[5] He held that record for one year, when 21 year old Joe Cada became the youngest Main Event champion.

Key

The 2007 Main Event WSOP Bracelet
*Elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.
Denotes player who is deceased.
YearThe year of the tournament linked to the WSOP for the given year.
WinnerThe person who won the Main Event.
NicknameNickname of the player.
HandThe two hole cards the winner held on the final hand.
Prize (US$)WSOP Main Event Prize prize money.
EntrantsThis column indicates the number of players in that year's Main Event.
WinningsLifetime winnings in WSOP and WSOP Circuit events as of January 20, 2009.
BraceletsWSOP victories are counted in terms of bracelets, as of January 20, 2009.
Ref.References

World Series of Poker Main Event champions

ImageYearWinnerNicknameHandPrize (US$)Entrants[6]Total tournament
earnings (US$)
WSOP braceletsRef.
JMoss.jpg1970Moss, JohnnyJohnny Moss*†The Grand Old Man of Poker[7]N/AN/A700070000000000000077005824922000000000824,9229[8]
JMoss.jpg1971Moss, JohnnyJohnny Moss*†The Grand Old Man of Poker6  6 700430000000000000030,000700060000000000000067005824922000000000824,9229[8]
AmarilloSlim.jpg1972Preston, ThomasThomas Preston*†Amarillo Slim[9]K  J 700480000000000000080,000700080000000000000087005436055000000000436,0554[10]
PuggyPearson.jpg1973Pearson, WalterWalter Pearson*†Puggy[11]A 77005130000000000000130,0007001130000000000000137005245740000000000245,7404[12]
JMoss.jpg1974Moss, JohnnyJohnny Moss*†The Grand Old Man of Poker3 37005160000000000000160,0007001160000000000000167005824922000000000824,9229[8]
SailorRoberts.jpg1975Roberts, BrianBrian RobertsSailor[13]J J [14]7005210000000000000210,0007001210000000000000217005266650000000000266,6502[15]
Doyle Brunson.jpg1976Brunson, DoyleDoyle Brunson*Texas Dolly[16][h]10 27005220000000000000220,00070012200000000000002270062808945000000002,808,94510[17]
Doyle Brunson.jpg1977Brunson, DoyleDoyle Brunson*Texas Dolly10 27005340000000000000340,00070013400000000000003470062808945000000002,808,94510[17]
Bobby Baldwin 2010.jpg1978Baldwin, BobbyBobby Baldwin*The Owl[18]Q Q7005210000000000000210,0007001420000000000000427005604900000000000604,9004[19]
HalFowler.jpg1979Fowler, HalHal Fowler7 67005270000000000000270,0007001540000000000000547005270000000000000270,0001[20]
Stu Ungar.jpg1980Ungar, StuStu Ungar*†Stuey
or
The Kid[21]
5 47005385000000000000385,00070017300000000000007370062078838000000002,078,8385[22]
Stu Ungar.jpg1981Ungar, StuStu Ungar*†Stuey
or
The Kid
A Q7005375000000000000375,00070017500000000000007570062078838000000002,078,8385[22]
JackStraus.jpg1982Straus, JackJack Straus[b]*†Treetop[23]A 107005520000000000000520,00070021040000000000001047005555000000000000555,0002[24]
Tom McEvoy 2010.jpg1983McEvoy, TomTom McEvoyGrand Rapids TomQ Q7005540000000000000540,000700210800000000000010870061291031000000001,291,0314[25]
N/A1984Keller, JackJack Keller*†Gentleman[26]10 107005660000000000000660,000700213200000000000013270062048763000000002,048,7633[26]
N/A1985Smith, BillBill Smith3 37005700000000000000700,00070021400000000000001407005788000000000000788,0001[27]
Berry Johnston 2007 cropped.jpg1986Johnston, BerryBerry Johnston*A 107005570000000000000570,000700214100000000000014170062265523000000002,265,5235[28]
Johnny Chan.jpg1987Chan, JohnnyJohnny Chan*Orient Express[29]A 97005625000000000000625,000700215200000000000015270064148868000000004,148,86810[30]
Johnny Chan.jpg1988Chan, JohnnyJohnny Chan*Orient ExpressJ 97005700000000000000700,000700216700000000000016770064148868000000004,148,86810[30]
Phil Hellmuth.jpg1989Hellmuth, PhilPhil Hellmuth[g]*The Poker Brat[31]9 97005755000000000000755,0007002178000000000000178700712189531000000012,189,53113[32]
N/A1990Matloubi, MansourMansour Matloubi6 67005895000000000000895,000700219400000000000019470066019630000000006,019,6301[33]
Brad Daugherty.jpg1991Daugherty, BradBrad DaughertyK J70061000000000000001,000,000700221500000000000021570061165170000000001,165,1701[34]
HamidDastmalchi.jpg1992Dastmalchi, HamidHamid Dastmalchi8 470061000000000000001,000,000700220100000000000020170061642463000000001,642,4633[35]
Jim Bechtel.jpg1993Bechtel, JimJim BechtelJ 670061000000000000001,000,000700222000000000000022070061944623000000001,944,6231[36]
Russ Hamilton.jpg1994Hamilton, RussRuss HamiltonK 870061000000000000001,000,000700226800000000000026870061261940000000001,261,9401[37]
Dan-HarringtonWSOP.jpg1995Harrington, DanDan Harrington*Action Dan[38]9 870061000000000000001,000,000700227300000000000027370063491513000000003,491,5132[39]
Huck seed.jpg1996Seed, HuckHuck Seed9 870061000000000000001,000,000700229500000000000029570062426842000000002,426,8424[40]
Stu Ungar.jpg1997Ungar, StuStu Ungar*†Stuey
or
The Kid
A 470061000000000000001,000,000700231200000000000031270062078838000000002,078,8385[41]
Scotty Nguyen.jpg1998Nguyen, ScottyScotty NguyenThe Train
or
The Prince of Poker[42]
J 970061000000000000001,000,000700235000000000000035070064794817000000004,794,8175[43]
Noel Furlong.jpg1999Furlong, NoelNoel Furlong5 570061000000000000001,000,000700239300000000000039370061070785000000001,070,7851[44]
Chris Ferguson.jpg2000Ferguson, ChrisChris FergusonJesus [45]A 970061500000000000001,500,000700251200000000000051270067075300000000007,075,3005[45]
Carlos Mortensen 2007.jpg2001Mortensen, CarlosCarlos MortensenEl Matador[46]K Q70061500000000000001,500,000700261300000000000061370068457033000000008,457,0332[47]
Robert Varkonyi.jpg2002Varkonyi, RobertRobert VarkonyiQ 1070062000000000000002,000,000700263100000000000063170062110212000000002,110,2121[48]
Chris Moneymaker.jpg2003Moneymaker, ChrisChris Moneymaker[c]5 470062500000000000002,500,000700283900000000000083970062532041000000002,532,0411[49]
Greg Raymer.jpg2004Raymer, GregGreg RaymerFossil-Man8 870065000000000000005,000,00070032576000000000002,57670065712585000000005,712,5851[50]
Joe Hachem 2008.jpg2005Hachem, JoeJoe Hachem7 370067500000000000007,500,00070035619000000000005,61970068029995000000008,029,9951[51]
Jamie Gold WSOP 2006.jpg2006Gold, JamieJamie GoldQ 9700712000000000000012,000,00070038773000000000008,773700712067292000000012,067,292[i]1[52]
Jerry Yang 2008.jpg2007Yang, JerryJerry YangThe Shadow[53]8 870068250000000000008,250,00070036358000000000006,35870068250000000000008,250,0001[54]
Peter Eastgate.jpg2008Eastgate, PeterPeter EastgateIsser[5]A 570069152416000000009,152,41670036844000000000006,84470069152416000000009,152,4161[55]
Joseph Cada at the WSOP 2009 Main Event.jpg2009Cada, JoeJoe Cada[d]9 970068574649000000008,574,64970036494000000000006,49470068574649000000008,574,6491[56]
Jonathan Duhamel.jpg2010Duhamel, JonathanJonathan DuhamelA J70068944138000000008,944,13870037319000000000007,31970068944310000000008,944,3101[57]
Pius Heinz.jpg2011Heinz, PiusPius Heinz-A K70068715638000000008,715,63870036865000000000006,86570068798924000000008,798,9241[58]

World Series of Poker Europe Main Event

The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is the first expansion effort of World Series of Poker-branded poker tournaments outside the United States. Since 1970, the bracelet events have occurred every year in Las Vegas. The inaugural WSOPE, held in 2007, marked the first time that a WSOP bracelet was awarded outside Las Vegas.[59] The 2007 Main Event, a GBP 10,000 buy-in no-limit hold 'em tournament, was won by Norwegian player Annette Obrestad on the day before her 19th birthday. This made her the youngest person to win a WSOP bracelet, a record that cannot be broken in the Las Vegas WSOP under current laws because the minimum legal age for casino gaming in Nevada is 21. Obrestad could play in the WSOPE because the minimum age for casino gaming in the United Kingdom is 18. The World Series of Poker Europe has a unique identity from the Las Vegas WSOP, but according to Harrah's will remain true to the traditions and heritage.[59] The 2011 WSOP Europe main event was an 8-handed event.[60]

ImageYearWinnerNicknameHandPrizeEntrants[6]WinningsWSOP braceletsRef.
Annette Obrestad1 EPT.jpg2007Obrestad, AnnetteAnnette Obrestad [e]Annette_15[61]7 7£70061000000000000001,000,000362$70062086437000000002,086,4371[62]
John Juanda 2008.jpg2008Juanda, JohnJohn Juanda[f]K 6£7005868800000000000868,800362$70064825816000000004,825,8164[63]
Barry Shulman.jpg2009Shulman, BarryBarry Shulman10 10£7005801603000000000801,6033342
2010Bord, JamesJames Bord10 10£7005830401000000000830,4013461
2011Fox, ElioElio FoxA 1070061400000000000001,400,0005931
Phil Hellmuth.jpg2012Hellmuth, PhilPhil Hellmuth[g]*The Poker BratA 1070061022376000000001,022,3767002420000000000000420$700712189531000000012,189,53113[64]

Notes

a The first World Series of Poker was not a freeze out tournament, but rather a game with a set start and stop time. Benny Binion took a secret ballot that asked the players who the best player was. According to poker lore, everybody said that they were the best player. Binion then asked who the second-best player was, and Johnny Moss won.[65]

b Jack Strauss' 1982 WSOP tournament victory is considered to be one of the greatest comebacks in poker history. At one point, Strauss was down to one chip, and he came back to win. This victory is considered the origin of the poker saying, "A chip and a chair." A saying that means that as long as you have a chip and a chair you have a chance. Modern lore indicates that this happened at the final table, but the 1983 book The Biggest Game in Town implies this occurred on the first day of the tournament.[66]

c Chris Moneymaker won the entry into the WSOP Main Event via a $39 online satellite.[67]

d Joe Cada is the youngest person to have won the WSOP Main Event.[5]

e Annette Obrestad won the WSOPE at the age of 700118000000000000018 years, 7002364000000000000364 days, making her the youngest person to have won a WSOP bracelet. She is also the first woman to have won a Main Event tournament and in 2007 was considered to be one of the best online multi-table tournament players in the world.[61]

f The final table at the 2008 WSOPE Main Event, was the longest final table in the WSOP history. The tournament lasted 22 hours (a WSOP record) and 434 hands (a WSOP record).[68]

g At the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, Hellmuth won his record-breaking 13th bracelet.[64] Hellmuth also holds the records for most WSOP cashes (68) and most WSOP final tables (41).[69]

h Doyle Brunson obtained the nickname of Texas Dolly when Jimmy The Greek mispronounced his name.[16]

i In recent years, the prize pool for the WSOP Main Event has become so large that the winner instantly becomes one of the top money winners in tournament poker. Jamie Gold (2006) is number eight on that list, Joe Hachem (2005) is number ten, and Peter Eastgate (2008) is number eleven.[70]

j The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 curtailed online gambling in the United States.[71]

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