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World Series of Poker
Main Event Final Table
November 10-11, 2014
Live on ESPN2 at 5 pm PT Monday Live on ESPN at 6 pm PT Tuesday
Penn & Teller Theater
Rio® All-Suite Hotel & Casino
2014 WSOP NOVEMBER NINE Media Guide Documents:
Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………………………………..2
Important Notes for Media……………………………………………………………………………………3
FINAL TABLE INFORMATION
Where We Are and Where We Left Off……………………………………………………………………….4
Schedule of Events……………………………………………………………………………………………5-6
Final Table Odds Sheet………………………………………………………………………………………..7
Final Table Fact Sheet…………………………………………………………………………………………8
ESPN TV Schedule……………………………………………………………………………………………9
November Nine Chip Counts by Day…………………………………………………………………………10
Final Table Seating Chart………………………………………………………………………………………11
All You Need is a Chip and a Pair……………………………………………………………………………..13
MEET THE NOVEMBER NINE
Seat 1: Billy Pappaconstantinou………………………………………………………………………………..14
Seat 2: Felix Stephensen…………………………………………………………………………………………15
Seat 3: Jorryt van Hoof…………………………………………………………………………………………16
Seat 4: Mark Newhouse…………………………………………………………………………………………17
Seat 5: Andoni Larrabe………………………………………………………………………………………….18
Seat 6: William Tonking………………………………………………………………………………………..19
Seat 7: Dan Sindelar……………………………………………………………………………………………20
Seat 8: Martin Jacobson…………………………………………………………………………………………21
Seat 9: Bruno Politano………………………………………………………………………………………….22
FACTS, STATS & FIGURES
Key Stats – 2014 Main Event……………………………………………………………………………………23
Participant Breakdown by Country – 2014 WSOP Main Event…………………………………………………24
By the Numbers – 2014 WSOP Main Event…………………………………………………………………….25
Entrant-Survivor Breakdown – 2014 WSOP Main Event……………………………………………………….26
How $10 Million Stacks Up……………………………………………………………………………………..27
Amateurs Who Have Won the WSOP Main Event……………………………………………………………..28
Final Hand Details – WSOP Main Event (Historical)……………………………………………………………29
Famous WSOP Final Hand Details – WSOP Main Events (Historical)………………………………………30-31
Top 25 Final Table Appearances – WSOP Main Event…………………………………………………………32
Top 25 All-Time Cashes – WSOP Main Event………………………………………………………………….33
Last Woman Standing – WSOP Main Event……………………………………………………………………34
WSOP Player of the Year……………………………………………………………………………………….35
Event Snapshot – 2014 WSOP………………………………………………………………………………….36
Entrants – WSOP (Historical)…………………………………………………………………………………..37
Prize Money Awarded By Year – WSOP (Historical)……………………………………………………………38
About the WSOP………………………………………………………………………………………………..39
Important Notes for Media Covering WSOP Main Event Final Table
• Credentials can be picked-up on Monday, November 10 from 2:00-4:00 PM ONLY. Pick-up location is
in front of Penn & Teller Theater, next to Starbucks. (same as in past year’s)
• Cards go in the air on Monday, November 10 at 4:30 PM local time, with ESPN2 planning coverage
on a 30-minute delay beginning at 5:00 PM. Play on Tuesday, November 11 resumes with two players
and begins at 5:30 PM, with ESPN carrying the action until its conclusion.
• All seating for media will be allocated by WSOP staff. If you have requested credentials, but
cannot make it, please contact Seth Palansky at email@example.com and let this be known so we
can assign your seat to someone on the media waiting list.
• All bust-out interviews will take place in the Lobby of the Penn & Teller Theater and are open
to all media, who should make their own way to this area following each bust-out.
• Video is permitted to be shot of bust-out interviews with no limits/restrictions.
• Video crews will need a staff escort to shoot video inside Penn & Teller Theater. Video will be
limited to 5 minutes of b-roll per day. This footage may not include hand-for-hand play.
• No flash photography is allowed on the stage where the final table is being contested.
• Limited flash photography will be allowed when shooting the crowds/audience.
• Still photographers should bring appropriate lenses to shoot from long distances.
• Access to the stage where the final table is being contested is reserved only for those
credential-holders granted access in advance. Anyone found on the stage with a credential not
authorizing stage access, will have his or her credential revoked.
• With the event now being carried live on ESPN2 (Monday) and ESPN (Tuesday) (on a 30-minute
delay), media will be permitted to post in concert with the material being aired on television,
thus eliminating the typical one post per hour rule. We do ask that you alert your audience with a
“spoiler” notice please when using Twitter, etc., for real-time updates, to respect those watching
• Any outlets found posting any table play video will be removed from premises and lose access
rights to future WSOP events.
• Any matters requiring special attention, please contact Seth Palansky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WHERE WE ARE…AND WHERE WE LEFT OFF CURRENT BLINDS, STRUCTURES & DETAILS
The 2014 World Series of Poker $10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold’em (Main Event) reached
nine players after seven playing, and ten calendar days on Tuesday, July 16, 2014 at 12:51 a.m.
when bracelet winner Luis Velador lost his remaining 6,150,000 chips at the hands of Mark Newhouse
when Newhouse’s pocket fives prevailed over Velador’s pocket fours, which didn’t improve on the
Velador finished in 10th place, earning $565,193.
After a 118-day break, here we are with the November Nine vying for the remaining prize pool of
$28,485,683 with first place set to collect $10,000,000. Each player was paid 9th place prize money
on July 15 ($730,725), therefore only the top eight finishers will collect more prize money.
When play resumes on Monday, November 10 at 4:30 PM PT, here is where it will pick up: Level:
Time left in level 35: 1 hour, 35 minutes, 24 seconds Button: Mark
Big Blind: William Tonking
Small Blind: Antoni Larrabe
Players: 9 begin; playing down to final 3 or 2
Seat Player Name Starting chip counts
1 Billy Pappaconstantinou 17,500,000 (44 big blinds)
2 Felix Stephensen 32,725,000 (82 big blinds)
3 Jorryt van Hoof 38,375,000 (96 big blinds) – Chip Leader
4 Mark Newhouse 26,000,000 (65 big blinds)
5 Andoni Larrabe 15,050,000 (38 big blinds)
6 William Tonking 20,050,000 (50 big blinds)
7 Dan Sindelar 21,200,000 (53 big blinds)
8 Martin Jacobsen 14,900,000 (37 big blinds)
9 Bruno Politano 12,125,000 (30 big blinds) – Short Stack
Level 36 will feature blinds at 250,000-500,000 with a 50,000 ante.
Chip Denominations: There are currently four different chip denominations in use: 5,000, 25,000,
100,000 and 250,000. A 500,000 chip is also expected to be used during the final table.
Levels are 2 hours. Play commences on Tuesday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. and plays to a winner.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – WSOP MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE
Penn & Teller Theatre, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Saturday, November 8, 2014 – ESPN Interviews & Speciality Shoot
• 8 am – Penn & Teller setup continues throughout the day
• 11 am to 4 pm – ESPN interviews each player. 30-minute window (Palazzo Suites)
• 6 pm – ESPN specialty shoot – Rio VooDoo Zipline with all players
Sunday, November 9, 2014 – Poker Hall of Fame Gala
• 3:00 PM – Players watch final ESPN telecast (play down to 9) in Palazzo Suites (media welcome)
• 5:00 PM – Players in Penn & Teller Theater for on-set specialty shoot (ESPN) (closed set)
• 7:30 PM — Poker Hall of Fame Induction Reception/Dinner/Ceremony – Binion’s Gambling Hall,
Downtown Las Vegas– Media seating is available. If you have interest in attending, please contact
Monday, November 10, 2014 – Play down from 9 to 2 or 3 players
• 1:00 PM – Spectator line forms for general admission first come, first serve seating (seating
is free; seating is subject to availability after players’ family and friends are accommodated)
• 2:00 PM – Media Credentialing Pick-Up Begins – Outside Penn & Teller Theater – next to
• 3:00 PM – Friends and Family seating begins; friends and family must be in their seats by 4:15
or their ticketed seats will be put back in general admission pool.
• 3:30 PM – General admission seating opens
• 4:00 PM – Media Credential Pick-Up Ends.
• 4:20 PM – November Nine Players Introductions Begin – Penn & Teller Stage
• 4:30 PM – Taping begins.
• 4:33 PM — Tournament Director Jack Effel final instructions & Shuffle Up and Deal with
defending champion Ryan Riess. (Live on ESPN2 at 8 PM ET)
• 4:35 PM – Cards in the air, first hand dealt. (Complete Level 35: 200k-400k w/50k ante (1 hour,
35 minutes, 24 seconds remaining)
• 6:11 PM – Remaining Players take a 10 minute break
• 6:21 PM – Play resumes with Level 36: 250k-500k w/50k ante
• 8:21 PM – Remaining players take 10-minute break
• 8:31 PM – Play resumes with Level 37: 300k-600k w/75k ante
• 10:31 PM – Remaining players take a 10-minute break
• 10:41 PM — Play resumes for remaining players with Level 38: 400k-800k w/100k ante
• 12:41 AM – Remaining players take a 10-minute break (Color-up 25k chips)
• 12:51 AM* — Play resumes for remaining players with Level 39: 500k-1MM w/150k ante
*If necessary. Play ends for the day when only 2 or 3 players remain.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – Play to a Winner
• 4:00 PM – Friends and Family seating begins; friends and family must be in their seats by 4:45
or their ticketed seats will be put back in general admission pool
• 4:30 PM – General Admission Seating begins
• 5:05 PM – Players return to stage
• 5:30 PM – Taping begins (ESPN) (Telecast delayed 15 minutes, live on ESPN at 6 PM)
• 5:33 PM – Shuffle Up and Deal with Bruce Buffer; pick up where play ended on Monday, play
continues until there is a winner. (Live on ESPN at 9 PM ET)
• 5:35 PM – Cards in the air. Breaks at the end of each level. Break times 10 minutes.
• During Final Hand of Play: Media may not rush the stage, but will be permitted to move to
front of orchestra section to view and capture reaction – but not final hand. Note: Confetti, etc.,
will be utilized as part of show.
• 30-minutes following the end of play: Interviews with winner and runner-up in Lobby.
• 90 minutes following end of play – Media must clear Penn & Teller theatre, per the striking of
the equipment that must take place. Please plan accordingly in advance.
Wednesday, November 12 – Winner Interviews
• Time TBD – Depending on when play ends Tuesday, we will attempt to arrange a brief media
interview opportunity with the winner. Likely time is 1-2 PM PT. Location to meet will be the
Starbucks outside Penn & Teller Theater. Media interested should connect with Seth.
# # #
• Bust-out interviews will occur in lobby of Penn & Teller approximately 10 minutes after player
• To shoot video in theater, media is required to have a staff escort. Video is limited to 5
minutes per day and must be b-roll in nature (crowd, atmosphere, players, etc.) Absolutely no
hand-for-hand play is allowed.
• Live Updates – websites. For media covering the event, no real-time updates are allowed on a
website. However, media may post every 30 minutes, following when ESPN coverage reveals the action
2014 WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT
PLAYER TO WIN EVENT #65 – NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM MAIN EVENT
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
RIO HOTEL & CASINO – LAS VEGAS, NV
Seat Bet# Team Name Chip Count Opening Line
1 9351 BILLY PAPPACONSTANTINOU 17,500,000 13/2 5/1 2
9352 FELIX STEPHENSEN 32,775,000 3/1
7/2 3 9353 JORRYT VAN HOOF 38,375,000 5/2
3/1 4 9354 MARK NEWHOUSE 26,000,000 4/1
7/2 5 9355 ANDONI LARRABE 22,550,000
11/2 11/2 6 9356 WILLIAM TONKING 15,050,000
8/1 7/1 7 9357 DANIEL SINDELAR
21,200,000 11/2 5/1 8 9358 MARTIN JACOBSON
14,900,000 8/1 7/1 9 9359 BRUNO POLITANO
12,125,000 10/1 11/1
ODDS CURRENT AS OF NOVEMBER 5, 2014
IF PLAYER DOES NOT PLAY FOR ANY REASON, WAGER IS NOT REFUNDED. ALL HOUSE RULES APPLY.
WAGERING CLOSES 4:30 PM – MONDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2014 FINAL RESULTS POSTED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014
ALL BETS ARE ACTION
ODDS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
PLEASE CHECK ALL TICKETS FOR ACCURACY
2014 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table Fact Sheet
Seat # Player Name Age Town
1 Billy Pappaconstantinou 30 Lowell, Massachusetts,
2 Felix Stephensen 24 Oslo, Norway, now living in
London, England 32,775,000
3 Jorryt van Hoof 31 Eindhoven, Netherlands, now living in
London, England 38,375,000
4 Mark Newhouse 29 Las Vegas, NV (from Chapel Hill, North
5 Andoni Larrabe 22 Basque, Spain, now living in
London, England 22,550,000
6 William Tonking 27 Flemington, New
Jersey, USA 15,050,000
7 Daniel Sindelar 30 Columbus, Nebraska, USA, now living
in Las Vegas 21,200,000
8 Martin Jacobson 27 Stockholm, Sweden, now living in
London, England 14,900,000
9 Bruno Politano 32 Fortaleza,
Ceara, Brazil 12,125,000
WHAT: The conclusion of poker’s richest and most prestigious poker tournament, the 45th
annual World Series of Poker Main Event. Featuring the November Nine – the final nine players of
6,683 participants in the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em World Championship. These nine players are
vying for the most coveted prize in poker – the WSOP Championship Bracelet and the winner’s prize
WHERE: The Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio® All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
WHEN: Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th on ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPN3
Play on the 10th will begin with all nine participants. On November 11, the final two players face
ESPN2 will carry live coverage (30 minute delay) of the final table on Monday, November 10th at
8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT. Coverage continues until 2 players remain.
ESPN will carry coverage of the finale on Tuesday, November 11th at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT.
PRIZE The final nine will play for a total of $28,485,673 (45.3% of prize pool). The
payout schedule is as follows:
1st Place: $10,000,000 2nd Place: $5,147,911 3rd Place: $3,807,753 4th
Place: $2,849,763 5th Place: $2,143,794 6th Place: $1,622,471 7th Place:
$1,236,084 8th Place: $947,172 9th Place: $730,725
The Main Event total prize pool in 2014 is $62,825,752. A total of 693 players cashed in the event;
payout for 693rd place was $18,406. Players from 87 different countries participated in 2014.
UPON The event resumes with 1 hour, 35 minutes, 24 seconds left in Level 35, with antes
RETURN: 50,000 and blinds at 200,000 and 400,000. Newhouse has the button. The small blind will
be in Seat 5 with Larrabe and Tonking will be the big blind in Seat 6.
ESPN TV SCHEDULE FOR 2014 WSOP FINAL TABLE
ESPN’s coverage of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in
Las Vegas concludes with two special live telecasts, one on Monday, November 10 beginning at 8:00
PM ET and the finale on Tuesday, November 11 at 9:00 PM ET.
The coverage on Monday will air on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN App in North America and via
www.ESPNPlayer.com in Europe and Africa. It will be carried on a 30-minute delay beginning at 8:00
PM ET and continue until two or three players remain.
Tuesday’s coverage airs on ESPN and the WatchESPN App starting at 9:00 PM ET and via
www.ESPNPlayer.com in Europe and Africa. Coverage will air uninterrupted until we have a new
All the coverage will be on a 30-minute delay and feature hole cards.
Monday, November 10 ESPN2 8:00 pm ET (30-min delay)
9 players to 3 or 2 Tuesday, November 11 ESPN 9:00 pm
ET (30-min delay) Until winner
*TV Schedule Subject To Change The on-air talent for the event features the following:
Lon McEachern – Play by Play Norman Chad – Color Commentary Antonio Esfandiari – Analyst
Kara Scott – Sideline Reporter (and Host for Break Segments)
Phil Hellmuth – Analyst (Breaks)
Daniel Negreanu – Analyst (Breaks)
The executive in charge of poker coverage on ESPN is Dan Ochs, the Senior Director of Programming
Production of the final table and all of the 2014 World Series of Poker television coverage is
produced by Poker Productions, headed by Mori Eskandani and Dan Gati.
For all ESPN media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Jay Jay Neshiem and Jennifer
Cingari in the ESPN Communications department.
# # #
2014 WSOP Main Event – November Nine Chip Counts by Day
Player Day 1 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Day 6 Day 7
Jorryt van Hoof B 77,925 65,700 197,500 131,000 3,900,000
Felix Stephensen C 39,350 120,800 362,000 739,000 1,355,000
Mark Newhouse C 29,675 220,400 423,500 1,301,000 7,400,000
Andoni Larrabe B 86,125 289,300 923,000 2,195,000 5,470,000
Dan Sindelar B 40,850 152,900 421,500 1,621,000 5,240,000
Pappaconstantinou B 68,775 104,900 100,500 757,000 3,370,000
William Tonking C 45,275 158,200 179,000 740,000 1,295,000
Martin Jacobson A 200,100 342,700 721,500 1,594,000 3,925,000
Bruno Politano C 66,800 72,400 110,000 2,289,000 5,475,000
November Nine Average 72,764 169,700 382,056 1,263,000 4,158,889
Tournament Average 44,510 107,551 268,733 688,918 2,537,658
Players Remaining 4,504 1,864 746 291
79 27 9
*Red denotes that day’s chip leader
Mark Newhouse, 29 Las Vegas, Nevada Chip Count: 26,000,000
Andoni Larrabe, 22 Spain (lives in London) Chip Count: 15,050,000
William Tonking, 27 Flemington, New Jersey Chip Count: 20,050,000
Jorryt van Hoof, 31 Eindhoven, Netherlands Chip Count: 38,375,000
Felix Stephensen, 24
2014 WSOP Event #65
$10,000 Main Event No-Limit Hold’em
Dan Sindelar, 30 Columbus, Nebraska (lives Vegas
Chip Count: 21,200,000
Martin Jacobson, 27
Oslo, Norway (lives in London) Chip Count: 32,725,000
Stockholm, Sweden (lives London) Chip Count: 14,900,000
Billy Pappaconstantinou, 30 Lowell, Massachusetts Chip Count: 17,500,000
Bruno Politano, 32 Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil Chip Count: 12,125,000
2014 WSOP Even\t #65: Main Event Entries: 6,683 Prize Pool: $62,825,752 1st: $10,000,000
Places Paid: 693
On July 15, 2014 the nine remaining players each were paid ninth place prize money ($730,725) from
the initial $28,480,121 that was slotted for the first nine places in the tournament. The
remaining amount ($21,903,596) for spots 1-8 were placed into a Fidelity Investments Money Market
account on July 16, 2014. The fund’s objective seeks to maximize current income to the extent
consistent with the preservation of capital and the maintenance of liquidity. That $21,903,596
accrued $5,552 in interest, which when added to the prize pool will pay out the following:
1st Place $10,000,000
2nd Place $5,147,911
3rd Place $3,807,753
4th Place $2,849,763
5th Place $2,143,794
6th Place $1,622,471
7th Place $1,236,084
8th Place $947,172
• Note $6,576,525 was paid out already (9 places x $733,224)
• Updated Total Prize Pool for this Final Table = $28,485,673
• Updated Total Prize Pool for 2014 WSOP Main Event = $62,825,752
Computing the Math
Below shows the original figures and the added interest dollar amounts and payout percentages to
achieve the above revised payouts.
Place Original Amount Added Interest Percentage
1st Place $10,000,000 No change 0%
2nd Place $5,145,968 $1943
3rd Place $3,806,402 $1351
4th Place $2,848,833 $930
5th Place $2,143,174 $620
6th Place $1,622,080 $391
7th Place $1,235,862 $222
8th Place $947,077 $95
9th Place $730,725 No change
• Since each of the nine players received ninth place money, the person who finishes in ninth
place will receive no additional cash. With the adjusted first place prize of $10 million, no
additional interest was added to first this year.
• The Main Event paid out 693 places and each of those places was slotted a percentage of the prize
pool totaling 100%. When redistributing the interest, 686 of the 693 slots were removed, with the
percentages redistributed amongst slots 2-8 in a sliding scale percentage consistent with the
original payout structure.
• The $21,903,596 was put into a Money Market Account at Fidelity Investments (Fund Name: FIMM
FUNDS: MONEY MARKET PORT INST CL, Fund #2013, Symbol: FNSXX) on July 16, 2014 and removed on
November 3, 2014 with a balance of $21,909,148.
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SEAT 1 – BILLY PAPPACONSTANTINOU – 17,500,000
Name: Billy Pappaconstantinou
Twitter: @MasTaPaPz Age: 30
Hometown: Lowell, MA
Occupation: Pro foosball player/part-time poker dealer Marital Status: Single
Years entered Main Event: 1 WSOP Earnings: $0
WSOP Cashes: 0
Best Main Event Finish: None prior to 2014
WSOP: You’re one of the only amateurs at this final table. Will you do any sort of preparation
these next for months? Pappaconstantinou: No. Honestly, I just heard that Newhouse was at the final
table last year, that’s how unknown I am. I have no idea who any of the guys are, so that makes me
a little bit less intimidated by them. Even when someone was telling me about someone, I’m like, “I
don’t want to know,” because then I’m gonna freak out at how much better they are than me at this
WSOP: Was it crazy to you when you found out Newhouse had made the final table two years in a row?
Pappaconstantinou: Yeah, I asked him and he told me he made the final table last year. That’s the
best feat in World Series of Poker history, right? I don’t even think anything’s close. I’m like
way back in the Harrington days and he did that…and Raymer…That’s the last time I’ve watched, but
this has to be the biggest feat ever.
WSOP: If you don’t want to know much about your competitors, are you planning to avoid the TV
coverage this fall? Pappaconstantinou: No that I guess I will, since I have played with them. I
don’t think I’ll be as intimidated now, but I don’t know how much it will help. They’re going to
watch it to and probably change their games a little bit. I’ll watch it just ‘cause it is a cool
experience. I don’t know if I’ll watch it too much to learn because they’re gonna watch it and know
what we’re looking at, so they might change it up.
WSOP: A lot of people get coaches or consult friends who play a lot. Is that something you would
consider? Pappaconstantinou: No, I would just rather have the support of my close friends. I don’t
want…we call them groupies…come out. I had someone today write me and say, “Hey, I’m a coach and
I’ve been under the spotlight and know what it takes, would you want help?” I don’t want to get
involved with someone and get that close with a person I don’t know. I don’t want to be taken
advantage of, pretty much.
WSOP: How does your Main Event experience compare to the World Championship of foosball?
Pappaconstantinou: This is just a whole new world. This is just still unrealistic. In foosball, I
can control what’s going on,
but this is just foolish [laughs]. This is a dream, you know? I’m not ready for this whole media
thing coming up, I’m pretty shy.
WSOP: Your story has an interesting angle because we don’t often have people who compete seriously
in something else besides poker.
Pappaconstantinou: That’s the good thing, I probably won’t have to answer too many questions about
poker and more about foosball. That’s much easier and that part I don’t mind.
WSOP: Prior to the Main Event, you’d never played a buy-in over $500. You’ve just played seven days
of serious poker. How much has your game grown over the course of this tournament?
Pappaconstantinou: I think it has grown a lot, it has. Yesterday, I was telling someone, I did
something totally different than I’ve done before in poker, and yesterday I really dominated as
best as I could. I didn’t lose a big pot, so this new strategy seemed to work. Today I came back
and said I would do it again, and I kind of pansied out a little bit. I didn’t play as good today,
but I was fortunate enough to pick up a big hand when another person got a big hand and that helped
get me here.
WSOP: At what point in the tournament did you start thinking the final table was in reach?
Pappaconstantinou: I was setting small goals. The first was to get through Day 1. Then, try to
cash. Top 100, top 50, top 27. When I won the big pot last night, I said, ‘okay it is realistic
SEAT 2 – FELIX STEPHENSEN – 32,775,000
Name: Felix Stephensen Twitter: @felixstephensen Age: 24
Born: Oslo, Norway Resides: London, England Occupation: Poker Pro
Education: University de Sherbrooke Marital Status: Single
Years entered Main Event: 2 WSOP Earnings: $0
WSOP Cashes: 0 WSOP Final Tables: 0
Best Main Event Finish: None prior to 2014
WSOP: Is this your first event this year?
Stephensen: Yes, this is my first event this year, second all-time.
WSOP: What made you decide to come out and play the Main Event?
Stephensen: It’s actually kind of a funny story. I have been stuck in London for a while now and me
and a friend bet about
$1,000 each on the Netherlands to beat Australia 3-2 (World Cup) and we got 60-1. They beat them 3
to 2 and we made a lot of money there. So, I just decided let’s go, let’s get out of town, let’s do
something fun and the Main Event was right around the corner and here I am.
WSOP: How long have you been playing poker?
Stephensen: About three or four years professionally.
WSOP: Day 7 was pretty crazy for you as far as chips go. How were you feeling?
Stephensen: I started out a pretty short stacked, then I got up to about half average. Then I got
doubled up with Ace-King vs. Ace-Nine, got up to 15 million. No, I wasn’t short stacked? That was
yesterday I was short stacked. I was pretty average a good part of today. I got in a good spot
where I 3-bet Ace-King from the big blind and doubled. I grinded away a little bit, then
I got a pretty good squeeze spot with Ace-King suited and a guy was sort of steaming and re-raised
and it was a pretty committing size with King-Queen. I went with it and nailed the flop.
WSOP: How big of a sweat is it for you when the chips are in and the cards are flipped over?
Stephensen: It is pretty intense, there is a lot of equity there. It is pretty stressful. With the
Ace-King, I flopped top pair with the nut flush draw and was feeling pretty good at the time. After
that, I was playing small ball and nothing major. Winning a little bit here and there. Now I’m back
in November, I guess.
WSOP: How did you get your start in poker?
Stephensen: I am not really sure. It’s been a while. I guess it was through friends, random home
games. I kind of enjoyed it more than everybody else and when I get into things, I really put my
head and heart into it and try to become the best I can be.
WSOP: What would you do with $10 million?
Stephensen: Probably piss away half of it and try to be smart with the rest of it. Give some to my
family, maybe someone else who needs it, I don’t know. We will see. It’s a long way to go to $10
million. It’s obviously life changing money. Try to divide some to people close that need it and
stuff like that. Try to be smart with some of it and have some fun with the other part.
WSOP: What’s in store for you the next three months before the November Nine?
Stephensen: I guess I have to get good at playing live tournaments because I am virtually
inexperienced. I guess I’ll hire a coach or something like that and try to figure out what to jam
under the gun with 10 big blinds.
Name: Jorryt Van Hoof Twitter: @Jorryt_Van_Hoof Age: 31
SEAT 3 – JORRYT VAN HOOF – 38,375,000
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands Years entered Main Event: 4 WSOP Earnings: $27,956
WSOP Cashes: 3 WSOP Final Tables: 0
Best Main Event Finish: None prior to 2014 Residence: London, England
Occupation: Poker Pro Marital Status: Girlfriend
WSOP: Congratulations on making the November Nine! How do you feel at the moment?
Van Hoof: I’m happier than I can possibly express right now. This is just amazing.
WSOP: What do you expect the reaction will be to all this back in The Netherlands?
Van Hoof: I think they will be very happy. We will see.
WSOP: You are now the second Dutch player to make the November Nine in consecutive years after
Michiel Brummelhuis accomplished the feat in 2013. Do you know him?
Van Hoof: Michiel and I are good friends. We started playing together at about the same time, which
was like 11 years ago. We used to play in lots of the 50 Euro [buy-in] tournaments back then. I
would hang out with him a lot and now I am humbled to follow in his footsteps.
WSOP: What do you plan to do during the down time, especially preparing for the final table?
Van Hoof: I will probably get some coaching from some really good tournament players. I haven’t
been playing a lot of tournaments lately. I can definitely use some help to improve.
WSOP: What would you do with the $10 million top prize?
Van Hoof: Before the WSOP, I was expecting to buy a nice house. Now, I will definitely buy a house
for sure. I will also play in some higher-limit poker games.
WSOP: Tell us what happened on the final day of the summer session and how you got here.
Van Hoof: Everything went right. I can’t find anything that didn’t go right for me today. It was a
real roller coaster a few days ago, and that made it more exciting. But today was calm for me. I
felt more focused.
WSOP: What’s your occupation?
Van Hoof: I own two businesses on the side and am a professional poker player. I have been doing
this for more than 10 year
WSOP: What are the businesses you own?
Van Hoof: The first is an online poker training site called “nederpoker.com”. The other is a small
start-up company I founded that supplies personal trainers and yoga to people who do workouts and
that sort of thing. I am really involved in that. It helps me, especially in poker.
WSOP: What got you interested in poker?
Van Hoof: I used to own a small store in Eindhoven that specialized in board games and magic.
Customers and then friends started coming in and asking about poker when it first became popular in
Holland, and pretty soon I began playing with them. I made many friends. I loved the game from the
start. I also saw it was becoming popular on television and I realized this was something that had
WSOP: What’s your daily life like back in Holland?
Van Hoof: I spend most of my time playing online in Pot Limit Omaha cash games. Aside from poker, I
work out a lot and am involved in personal training full time. I also have my businesses too that I
must tend to.
Name: Mark Newhouse Twitter: @mark_hizzle Age: 29
Birthplace: Chapel Hill, NC Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: Poker Pro Marital Status:
Girlfriend Years playing poker: 10 Years entered Main Event: 9 WSOP Earnings: $906,093 WSOP
WSOP Final Tables: 2
SEAT 4 – MARK NEWHOUSE – 26,000,000
Best Main Event Finish: Ninth in 2013 for $733,244
WSOP: How does it feel to be standing here two years in a row?
Newhouse: Truly amazing. I don’t want this to sound wrong, but I’m much calmer this year about it.
I’m more focused now than I was before.
WSOP: When Luis Velador busted out in tenth place, you were the first player to rush across the
stage to console him. Can you say what was said between you two?
Newhouse: I just know the disappointment he must feel. It’s never a good feeling to bust out but
especially when you go out in ninth or tenth. When I busted last year after all that time off, I
was sick about it. So, I know how he feels. I wanted to share that with him and let him know he
WSOP: You did go out ninth in last year’s Main Event. Can you explain more about why that’s so
Newhouse: That’s the worst place to finish in the tournament, with all the hype leading up to it.
Anything but ninth, that was my goal this year.
WSOP: How have the experiences of 2013 and 2014 been different?
Newhouse: Last year, I was more nervous. This year, I was much more relaxed and was just playing
poker. Even though getting in [to the November Nine] was a bigger deal than it was last year, I was
just having fun all the time. There wasn’t too much pressure. I wasn’t thinking that much about it,
and here I am – I made it.
WSOP: This will be talked about as one of the great feats in poker history. Where do you think this
ranks historically? Newhouse: It’s a great accomplishment, but I can’t comment on the greatest. I
don’t want to say that about myself. Yeah, I know it’s amazing, but I’m never going to say
‘greatest’ about anything with my name in it.
WSOP: What about if you win in November?
Newhouse: Okay, maybe then I’ll say it.
WSOP: What got you interested in poker?
Newhouse: I started playing when attending college. I worked part-time at Staples. We used to play
WSOP: What made you decide to play the Main Event for the first time?
Newhouse: When I was 21, I won major tournament in Atlantic City at the Borgata. After that, I took
break from school, and have been playing ever since.
WSOP: What’s your daily life like away from the WSOP?
Newhouse: I’m mostly a cash game player. I don’t play that many tournaments and don’t travel the
poker circuit. Most of the time I’m in live action at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
WSOP: What was the turning point for you in this year’s Main Event?
Newhouse: A few days ago, just two spots out of the money, I was dealt quad-fives and knocked out a
player with a huge stack who had queens-full. That hand gave me a big stack for the first time and
put me near the chip lead.
SEAT 5 – ANDONI LARRABE – 22,550,000
Name: Andoni Larrabe Twitter: @andonilarrabe Age: 22
Current place of residence: London Occupation: Poker Pro
Marital Status: Single
Years entered Main Event: 2 WSOP Earnings: $20,068 WSOP Final Tables: 0
Best Previous Main Event Finish: None prior to 2014
WSOP: What does this achievement mean to you?
Larrabe: It means a lot, I guess. It’s just one tournament. I am aware of the luck to get here. At
any point, I play the final table, I could go out.
WSOP: It’s been 13 years since we had a Spanish player at the final table. Do you take national
pride in what you do in representing Spain?
Larrabe: I’m proud of being the first Spanish guy in this huge crowd, and it’s not like being
French or the USA would be the same. It’s always nice to be the first one to do something for your
WSOP: You’re also the youngest at this final table. You’re 22, how did you get into poker?
Larrabe: Yeah, I have never had a job. I’ve been playing poker for the last 4 years or so; it’s the
way I pay everything for myself and the way I spend most of my time.
WSOP: You divide your time in Vegas and London?
Larrabe: Yeah, the last year I’ve been doing Vegas and London. I play online in London, and I play
live in Vegas. I like to switch with those two cities.
WSOP: So you don’t spend much time in Spain anymore?
Larrabe: Not much, honestly. Maybe like two or three times a year I go to visit my family or my
friends, but I’m not very attached to Spain either even though I love Spain.
WSOP: When you return in November, will your family come with you and cheer you on?
Larrabe: Yeah, I guess they will come. If my family didn’t come, I would kill myself. It’s going to
be tough with the Brazilian crowds and with Scooby Doo coming too. I don’t know if I will have a
big family come here. I will try to bring as many people as possible, I guess. It’s good to have
someone support you.
WSOP: During the down time, are you going to change what you’re doing?
Larrabe: I would like to play more poker obviously to improve my game even more, if it possible
before the final table, so I come back strong. But it’s not going to change much, not like I’m
going to do anything that I haven’t been doing until now.
WSOP: What was going through your head on the bubble when you moved all-in with pocket aces and you
were waiting for [Luis Velador] to call you?
Larrabe: I was waiting so much and he looked like he wasn’t going to call me, and I was like,
‘please call.’ Even if the king came on the flop with the two out there. I doubled up and I have
the strongest hand now for the final table.
WSOP: Once that hand happened, did you feel like your chances of making the final table were pretty
Larrabe: Once that happened, I felt like my chances of getting the final table were really, really
high unless something really big happened or something very unlucky. I was going to be there
because I had enough to compare it with the shortest stacks.
WSOP: How do feel about your November Niners?
Larrabe: I feel they are really, really good players. The couple of players that I didn’t think
were good are already out in the last day. It’s a really tough field with these kind of players. I
don’t know many of their names right now. I have played with some of them for three or four days in
a row and it’s going to be tough.
SEAT 6 – WILLIAM TONKING – 15,050,000
Name: William Tonking
Twitter: @willtonk21 Age: 27
Birthplace: Flemington, NJ Occupation: Poker Pro
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from University of South Carolina
Marital Status: Single
Years entered Main Event: 3 WSOP Earnings: $13,421 WSOP Cashes: 2
WSOP Final Tables: 0
Best Previous Main Event Finish: none prior to 2014
WSOP: How does it feel right now?
Tonking: It still hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s pretty, well, it’s a lot at once. Tomorrow, I’ll be able
to answer that question better.
WSOP: Talk about what it means to be just on this stage, and in this moment.
Tonking: Well, that whole time during this, I was trying not to think of this moment, and just
focus on playing poker. You know, I kept making myself refer back to the scene in “Hoosiers”, when
Gene Hackman took them in to the big stadium, small town team, put the tape measure up to the rim,
down to the floor, and said, ‘still ten feet, gentlemen.’ You know, it’s still poker, and I was
just playing the hand in front of me and not trying to think about anything else. The game is hard
enough, the field was tough enough without letting that stuff bother me. That was half the battle,
and the rest was just playing poker.
WSOP: How much did that bubble weigh on your mind?
Tonking: By the time I got here, I had kind of been at peace with whatever happened. I just wanted
to play well and have no regrets. Whatever was left up in the air, whichever way it went, I was
ready to deal with it.
WSOP: What would ten million dollars mean to you? What would you spend it on?
Tonking: You know, I’m not really prepared…I hope I’m not really prepared, to answer that. There
would be a lot of thought that would go in to that. Whatever I did with it, I’d hope I would handle
WSOP: What was it like on the rail with your two friends? How’s it going to feel to have everyone
in attendance here to cheer you on?
Tonking: Get ready, I’m bringing them out. There’s not going to be two of them in November, that’s
all I’ll tell you.
WSOP: What made you decide to play the Main Event?
Tonking: This is the third time I’ve played. I don’t play a lot of tournaments, but this is one you
just have to play in case something like this happens.
WSOP: Is this the only tournament you’ve played this year?
Tonking: No, I played the $1,500 Mixed Max and I actually cashed. I think I got like 77th or so. It
was fun, nothing like this though. This is the second tournament. I played, and kind of had some
fun with my friends out in between, and over the last week, been doing this.
WSOP: What originally sparked your interest in poker? How did you get in to it?
Tonking: Playing with friends in high school, seeing it on TV, and then I got to college and it was
2005. Just like everyone else, the boom hit and I was intrigued by it. I thought it appealed to me,
what I like and what I’m good at, and it just kind of took off from there.
WSOP: Now you got three months off, what are your plans?
Tonking: I haven’t thought that far, for three months. But, I’m definitely looking forward to going
home and spending time with my family and my close friends, and starting to let the moment sink in.
Name: Dan Sindelar
Birthplace: Columbus, Nebraska Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada Occupation: Poker Pro
SEAT 7 – DAN SINDELAR – 21,200,000
Education: Attended University of Nebraska, Lincoln Marital Status: Single
Years entered Main Event: 6 WSOP Earnings: $149,991 WSOP Cashes: 17
WSOP Final Tables: 0
Best Main Event Finish: No in-the-money finishes before 2014
WSOP: How do you feel right now?
Sindelar: It’s nothing like I have ever felt before. I’m going to cherish this moment for a long
WSOP: What did it feel like to watch the last card turn over?
Sindelar: The turn was the best part of it all because there were no chop outs, so it was quite the
WSOP: You play golf, you play poker, what matches this?
Sindelar: There’s nothing that matches this. I have never, ever felt like this before. It’s really
something special and to have everybody out here rooting and cheering for me. I love it.
WSOP: How many Main Events have you played in?
Sindelar: This is my seventh and first cash.
WSOP: Was that frustrating the first six years…coming up short?
Sindelar: Well, now that you say that, yeah, I am pretty frustrated. This definitely makes up for
it. I am not even going to think about it…keeping that behind me.
WSOP: You got a great group of friends behind you, what are you going to do to get yourself to
November? Sindelar: Well, I am already there. I don’t know I am just going to have a lot of fun. I
have more people coming from Nebraska. I want to get a big cheering section.
WSOP: Bigger than the Brazilian rail?
Sindelar: [Laughs] No, never happening. I love the chants though, they’re good.
WSOP: You have played with all of these guys for a while. What do you think of the final table?
Sindelar: Yeah, it’s a tough field. Just play my own game and not get out of my element. Just feel
comfortable out there.
WSOP: What was the turning point for you in the Main Event?
Sindelar: Probably on Day 4 right when we got into the money. I think the cameras were around for
it. I had queen-five of clubs, I flopped top two and got it all-in against pocket sevens. It was
really a big pot at the time, and I never looked back.
WSOP: You said you moved here six years ago to play poker. What were you doing before?
Sindelar: I went to University of Nebraska Lincoln for 3 ½ years. I dropped out my junior year to
pursue poker full time. I was doing well online and playing a little live, but more online.
WSOP: If you could play only one, golf or poker, which one would it be?
Sindelar: That’s really tough, actually. Professionally… If I had to choose one and I was good
enough and could make it on tour I would choose golf.
WSOP: What is your handicap?
Sindelar: Like a five–long way to go there.
SEAT 8 – MARTIN JACOBSON – 14,900,000
Name: Martin Jacobson Twitter: @Martin_Jacobson Age: 27
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Current place of residence: London, England Occupation: Poker Pro
Marital Status: Single WSOP Earnings: $1,223,987 WSOP Cashes:15
WSOP Final Tables: 4
Best Main Event Finish: None prior to 2014
WSOP: How many years have you played the Main Event?
Jacobson: This was my seventh, I think.
WSOP: What is your daily life is like when you’re not at the World Series?
Jacobson: Mostly traveling the European Circuit.
WSOP: Any non-poker plans between now and November?
WSOP: How was the pressure of this versus any other tournament you’ve ever experienced?
Jacobson: There’s a lot of pressure, but I’m trying to not fully feel all of my feelings. I tried
to not get emotional about it.
WSOP: Are you feeling emotional right now?
Jacobson: Not really, I feel kind of calm, I think I’m, I still haven’t realized what happened.
WSOP: What would you do if you were to win $10 million dollars?
Jacobson: I don’t know, I’ll figure something out.
WSOP: Do you think you’re going to invest a lot of it back into poker?
Jacobson: Yeah, I mean, if there’s another One Drop next year.
WSOP: What was your thought process in regard to ICM implications and stuff going into this? I
mean, it must be going through your head all the time.
Jacobson: The final table bubble was huge, so to make it to the November 9 means a lot. It’s almost
comparable to, like, a satellite. Now, I lost a few chips so I’m like seventh or eighth in chips
WSOP: Are you going to do any preparation for November? Will you get coaching?
Jacobson: I’m definitely going to do some preparation. I don’t know about coaching, but I’m
definitely going to discuss a lot with my friends.
WSOP: Are there any specific people you’re going to go to discuss hands with?
Jacobson: Maybe, a few of my friends that made a deep run here.
SEAT 9 – BRUNO POLITANO – 12,125,000
Name: Bruno Politano Twitter: @brunofoster Age: 32
Birthplace: Sao Paolo, Brazil
Current place of residence: Fortaleza, Brazil Occupation: Businessman
Employer/Company Name: Self-employed leather goods Marital Status: Girlfriend
WSOP Earnings: $45,032 WSOP Cashes: 5
WSOP Final Tables: 0
Best Main Event Finish: None prior to 2014
WSOP: How many (people) are going to be on your rail in November?
Politano: I promise, more than 200. My Words: more than 200.
WSOP: What does it mean for Brazil?
Politano: I don’t know…[laughs] really…I don’t know.
WSOP: What are your plans for the next 4 months?
Politano: My plan is to get coaching. I have a coach, Ariel Bahia…and to relax, it’s time to
WSOP: Are you going to travel around and do any tournaments?
Politano: Maybe WSOP APAC, maybe, but now I don’t have to plan. Now only poker, beer, my friends…
WSOP: You’ve had a lot of momentum since yesterday. It seems like you’ve just been building and
building. At any point, did you feel nervous that you wouldn’t make it?
Politano: Yeah, but only today, because at the final table with Newhouse had me two times…one I had
top set, top kicker (Ace-Queen) and another I had top pair, King Jack, and Queen kicker…It’s very
big money for him but I was nervous because I lost half my stack…but my support, is everything…I’m
WSOP: Would you consider yourself a professional poker player?
WSOP: What’s your job?
Politano: I have a store, I work as an administrator, but poker is my hobby for 10 years, and I
love poker…but now, maybe poker is my first profession.
WSOP: What’s the first thing you buy [if you win]?
Politano: The first thing I buy is something nice for my girlfriend…then travel, relax,
MAIN EVENT KEY STATS – 2014 WORLD SERIES OF POKER
WHEN: July 5 – July 14, 2014; November 10-11 –
WHERE: Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
EVENT #: 65
BUY IN AMOUNT: $10,000
PRIZE POOL: $62,825,752
FIRST PLACE PRIZE: $10,000,000
NUMBER OF ENTRANTS: 6,683 (Main Event)
PLACES PAID: 693 (Pay Range: $18,405-$10,000,000)
VALUE OF CHIPS IN PLAY: 200,490,000 (Players start with 30,000 in chips)
PHYSICAL # CHIPS IN PLAY: 210,000
# OF DEALERS UTILIZED: 1,165
# OF DECKS OF CARDS: 1,624
UNIQUE COUNTRIES: 87
AVERAGE AGE: 39.28
OLDEST PLAYER: William Wachter, Carmel, NY, USA – 93 years old
(Flight 1B) YOUNGEST PLAYER: Zachary Zaffos, Weston, FL, USA – 21 years, 1
day (Flight 1C) MALE PARTICIPANTS: 6,401
FEMALE PARTICIPANTS: 282
NOTABLE 2014 CELEBRITIES: UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer, Movie director (Notebook) Nick
Cassavetes, French actor and singer Patrick Bruel, actor Justin Henry (Kramer vs. Kramer), Model
Triana Iglesias, NBA star Paul Pierce, Spain World Cup/FC Barcelona soccer player and singer
Shakira’s boyfriend Gerard Pique, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak, Curb Your Enthusiasm producer
Gavin Polone, professional soccer player John Arne Riise, actor and comedian Ray Romano, former NFL
defensive star Richard Seymour, actress Jennifer Tilly, cricket superstar Shane Warne, NASCAR
driver Jason White, actor James Woods.
U.S. TELECAST PARTNER: ESPN
WSOP FIRST YEAR: 1970
OWNERSHIP: Caesars Interactive Entertainment
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ryan Riess, Michigan, USA
OFFICIAL CHARITY: One Drop (www.ONEDROP.org)
2014 WSOP MAIN EVENT – LIST OF PARTICIPANTS BY COUNTRY
Of the 6,683 unique players in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, 87 different nations were represented.
Below details the list of countries, plus how many players from each country participated.
Bosnia & Herzegovina 1 Brazil 78
Costa Rica 3
Czech Republic 7
Dominican Republic 2
Hong Kong 6
Isle of Man 1
New Zealand 9
Puerto Rico 1
Saint Helena 1
Saudi Arabia 1
South Africa 6
South Korea 8
Trinidad & Tobago 1
United Kingdom 302
Virgin Islands 1
Total: 6,683 players
2014 Main Event – By the Numbers – 45th Annual World Series of Poker
Total # of Entries: 6,683
Game: No Limit Texas Hold’em
Entry Fee: $10,000
Net Prize Pool: $62,825,752
Entries by Day: 1A: 771 1B: 2,144
Total Day 2 Players: 4,504 (505 + 1,428 + 2,571)
Total Day 3 Players: 1,871 (215+607+1,049)
Total Day 4 Players: 746
Total Day 5 Players: 291
Total Day 6 Players: 79
Total Day 7 Players: 27
Total Day 8 Players: 9 Players in the Money: 693
1st Place Prize: $10,000,000
2nd Place Prize: $5,147,911
3rd Place Prize: $3,807,753
4th Place Prize: $2,849,763
5th Place Prize: $2,143,794
6th Place Prize: $1,622,471
7th Place Prize: $1,236,084
8th Place Prize: $947,172
9th Place Prize: $730,725
*Note: Final 9 players received ninth place prize money on July 16 and the rest of the money was
placed in an interest-bearing account to be added to the prize pool on a percentage basis for the
final 8 finishers.
693rd place paid (last place): $18,406
Last Year’s Key Stats
Defending Champion: Ryan Riess 2013 1st Place Prize: $8,361,570 2013 Net Prize Pool:
$59,714,169 2013 No. of Entries: 6,352
2014 WSOP Main Event Entrant/Survivor Breakdown
• Day 1A – 771 entrants
• Day 1A – 505 survivors (65.5%)
• Day 1B – 2,144 entrants
• Day 1B – 1,428 survivors (66.6%)
• Day 1C – 3,768 entrants
• Day 1C – 2,571 survivors (68.2%)
Day 2 starters – 4,504 (505+1,428+2,571)
• Day 2A – 505 entrants
• Day 2A – 215 survivors (42.5%)
• DAY 2B – 2,144 entrants
• DAY 2B – 607 survivors (28.33%)
• Day 2C – 2,571 entrants
• Day 2C – 1,049 survivors (40.8%)
• Day 3 – 1,871 entrants — 215(A) + 607 (B) + 1,049 (C)
• Day 3 – 746 survivors (40%) (Stopped play with 53 minutes left, Level 15)
• Day 4 – 746 entrants
Day 4 – 291 survivors (39%) (Stopped at end of Level 19)
• Day 5 – 291entrants
• Day 5 – 79 survivors (27.1%) (Stopped ½ way through Level 25)
• Day 6 – 79 entrants
• Day 6 – 27 survivors (34.1%) (Stopped with 43 minutes, 1 second left in Level 30)
• Day 7 – 27 entrants
• Day 7 – 9 survivors (Stopped with 1 hour, 35 minutes, 24 seconds left in Level 35)
HOW $10 MILLION STACKS UP
VERSUS OTHER PROFESSIONAL SPORTS SALARIES
The winner of the 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event will walk away with $10,000,000, plus the
WSOP gold bracelet valued at $500,000.
Here is how the WSOP Main Event winner purse compares to other pro sports salaries: NBA Basketball
Average Salary: $5.15 million
MLB Baseball Average Salary: $3.2 million
NHL Hockey Average Salary: $2.4 million NFL Football Average Salary: $1.9 million MLS
Soccer Average Salary: $160,000
PGA Average Salary: $628,079
Thus, the 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion will take about the same as the average NFL, NBA and MLB
player does combined!
SALARY by SPORT
MLS PGA Golf NFL NHL MLB
NBA WSOP MAIN
AMATEURS WHO HAVE WON THE WSOP MAIN EVENT
The champion of the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship Main Event has been won 15 times by
an amateur (a poker player who, at the time of his or her win, had supported him-or-herself in a
vocation other than poker) – and seven of the last dozen years.
Joe Cada, who won the 2009 WSOP Main Event, broke the streak of seven consecutive years of an
amateur winning the WSOP Main Event, and the past four champions (Jonathan Duhamel, Pius Heinz,
Greg Merson and Ryan Riess), are all young professional players too, making it a streak of five in
a row for the pros.
But Billy Pappaconstantinou can change all that. The world foosball champion and part-time poker
dealer would be the first amateur winner since 2008’s Peter Eastgate, who was a student in Denmark
at the time of his victory.
In 44 years of Main Event champions, a professional has won 29 times, or 66% of the time.
Here’s a look at the amateurs who have won the Main Event and their occupations at the time of
their historic victory:
YEAR NAME OCCUPATION
1979 Hal Fowler Advertising Executive 1983 Tom McEvoy
1989 Phil Hellmuth Student
1990 Mansour Matloubi Hotel Investor/Manager 1992 Hamid Dastmalchi Real
Estate Investor 1993 Jim Bechtel Farmer
1995 Dan Harrington Attorney
1999 Noel Furlong Carpet Company Owner 2002 Robert Varkonyi
2003 Chris Moneymaker Accountant 2004 Greg Raymer Corporate
Attorney 2005 Joe Hachem Chiropractor
2006 Jamie Gold Talent Agent
2007 Jerry Yang Psychologist/Social Worker 2008 Peter Eastgate
FINAL HANDS DETAILS OF WSOP MAIN EVENT
YEAR WINNER WINNING PRIZE ENTRIES
RUNNER UP LOSING
1970 Johnny Moss Silver Cup
7 Winner by vote of peers
1971 Johnny Moss $30,000
6 W.C. “Puggy” Pearson
1972 Amarillo Slim K J $80,000
8 W.C “Puggy” Pearson 6 6 1973 W.C. “Puggy” Pearson
A♠ 7♠ $130,000 13 Johnny Moss
K♥ J♠ 1974 Johnny Moss 3♥ 3♠
$160,000 16 Crandall 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
Crandall 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 9♠ 9♣ $755,000
178 Johnny Chan A♠ 7♠ 1990 Mansour Matloubi
6♥ 6♠ $895,000 194 Hans “Tuna” 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 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♣ $8,547,044 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 Stazko 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♠
FAMOUS WSOP MAIN EVENT FINAL HANDS
During the first 41 WSOP Main Events, never had the winning player held Ace-King as his starting
hand and never had Ace- King been on the losing end of the final hand either. But, two of the past
three WSOP Main Event champions have won their crown after holding Ace-King. 2013 champion Ryan
Riess used Ace-King to beat Jay Farber’s starting hand of Queen-Five, and 2011 champion Pius Heinz
used the Ace-King starting hand to outduel Martin Staszko’s 10-7 suited.
This has been the winning hand twice in the 44-year history of the WSOP Main Event as well. It also
was the losing hand once.
In 1989, Phil Hellmuth became the then-youngest Main Event champion when he rode his two black
pocket nines to victory over Johnny Chan and his Ace-Seven. Chan was the two-time defending Main
Event champion, but Hellmuth made WSOP history at age 24 with this famous hand.
1989 Phil Hellmuth, Jr. 9♠ 9♣ $755,000 Johnny Chan A♠ 7♠
In 2009, Joe Cada dethroned Peter Eastgate to became the youngest-ever Main Event Champion at age
21. Cada earned $8.547 million for the victory and made the most remarkable comeback in final table
history. After having just 2 million of the 195 million chips in play at one point, Cada took them
all, completing his run to the record books with this historic hand.
2009 Joe Cada 9♦ 9♣ $8,547,044 Darvin Moon Q♦ J♦
The cards made famous by “Texas Dolly” Doyle Brunson, who won his back-to-back WSOP Main Event
Championships in 1976 and 1977 holding these identical hole cards on his final hand. In 1976, he
bested Jesse Alto’s Ace-Jack to capture his first WSOP Main Event bracelet, and the next year Gary
“Bones” Berland’s 8-5 fell victim to the 10-2 Brunson held in winning his second consecutive WSOP
Pair of Queens
1976 Doyle Brunson 10♠ 2♠ $220,000 Jesse Alto A♠ J♦ 1977 Doyle Brunson 10♠ 2♥ $340,000 Gary Berland
In a dramatic conclusion to the 1978 WSOP Main Event, Bobby Baldwin captured the title when his
pocket queens bested Crandall Addington’s pocket nines. These future Poker Hall of Famers both
flopped a set on the hand, but it was the Queens of Baldwin that maintained the lead to give him
his first WSOP Main Event and his third WSOP bracelet.
1978 Bobby Baldwin Q♦ Q♣ 210,000 Crandall Addington 9♦ 9♣
After carrying out a bluff in the late stages of the 2003 WSOP Main Event, the aptly-named Chris
Moneymaker completed his remarkable run on this memorable hand. With 5-4 off-suit, Moneymaker and
runner-up Sam Farha saw a flop of J-5-4, with Farha holding J-10. Moneymaker was ahead with two
pair against Farha’s top pair after the flop, then all of the chips went in the middle. With a
river 5, Moneymaker improved to a full house and won history’s most memorable WSOP Main Event
2003 Chris Moneymaker 5♦ 4♠ $2,500,000 Sam Farha J♥ 10♦
Chris “Jesus” Ferguson won the 2000 WSOP Main Event when he bested T.J. Cloutier. Ferguson had a
10 to 1 chip advantage when heads-up play began, and after a see-saw battle, Ferguson called
Cloutier’s all-in. Cloutier had Ace-Queen.
Ferguson looked in trouble holding Ace-Nine, but a miraculous nine on the river gave Ferguson a
pair of nines, and the 2000 WSOP Main Event victory.
2000 Chris Ferguson A♠ 9♣ $1,500,000 T.J. Cloutier A♦ Q♣
Stu Ungar won his third and final WSOP Main Event in 1997 after his Ace-Four beat John Strzemp’s
Ace-Eight, when a river deuce gave Ungar the wheel straight and the victory, but the remarkable
thing about Ungar’s feat was the fact he almost didn’t get in the tournament to begin with. After
spending 24 hours trying to raise enough money for the buy-in, Ungar was the last person who bought
into the event, just before registration closed. He went on to complete the Main Event trifecta,
winning his final Main Event title 16 years after he last accomplished the feat for a record-tying
third World Championship title.
1997 Stu Ungar A♥ 4♣ $1,000,000 John Strzemp A♠ 8♣
This famous hand was immortalized in the movie Rounders, in which Johnny Chan had a cameo and Erik
Seidel became infamous. Chan won his second of back-to-back WSOP Main Events in 1988, and he would
have become the only player to do it three times in a row if it wasn’t for a kid named Hellmuth.
Chan’s Jack-Nine of Clubs bested Seidel’s Queen-Seven in the 1988 WSOP Main Event. The flop came
Q-8-10, with Chan flopping a straight and Seidel grabbing top pair. Chan raised, Seidel re-raised
and Chan called. After a harmless 2 on the turn, both players checked. With a 6 on the river,
Seidel shoved all- in, and Chan quickly called after successfully trapped Seidel.
1988 Johnny Chan J♣ 9♣ $700,000 Erik Seidel Q♣ 7♥
The best starting hand – pocket Aces – has only been involved in two WSOP Main Event final hands in
history. And both times, the Aces were cracked! In the 1979 Main Event, Hal Fowler’s seven-six
off-suit cracked the Pocket Aces of Bobby Hoff when he hit a gut shot straight. Fowler is
considered the first amateur to ever win the WSOP Main Event.
1979 Hal Fowler 7♠ 6♦ $270,000 Bobby Hoff A♣ A♥
In 2001, Hall-of-Famer Dewey Tomko suffered the same fate in the final hand of the Main Event when
Juan Carlos Mortensen’s King-Queen of clubs bested Tomko’s pocket rockets, rivering a King-high
straight. For Tomko, it was the second time he had finished runner-up in the Main Event, joining
T.J. Cloutier, Crandall Addington and Puggy Pearson as the only players to accomplish that feat.
2001 Juan Carlos Mortensen K♣ Q♣ $1,500,000 Dewey Tomko A♠ A♥
The second best starting hand in Texas Hold’em has never been achieved in the final hand in the
43-year history of the World Series of Poker Main Event. No player has either won or lost the Main
Event holding pocket kings. In fact, only four times in WSOP Main Event history has a player
holding even one king went on to win the Main Event! (1972, 1994, 2001 and in 2012. In 2012, Greg
Merson’s King-Five of diamonds bested Jesse Sylvia’s Queen-Jack of spades).
Give Me a Nine, Any Nine
There have been 44 WSOP Main Events in history, and remarkably, the winner in 22.7% of them (10)
has held a nine in his final hand – the second most common starting card of them all for WSOP Main
Event winners. (A player was holding an ace in 25% of the winning hands (11), including Ryan Riess
in the 2013 Main Event.
MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLES – TOP 25 – WORLD SERIES OF POKER
Below is the list of players who have made multiple Main Event final table appearances. Mark
Newhouse has become the first player in the “November Nine” era to make back-to-back final tables,
an incredible feat. In 2009, Jeff Shulman made his second Main Event final table in a decade.
Following is a list of players who have made the big one multiple times during the WSOP’s 45-year
NAME MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLES RANK
Jesse Alto 5
Doyle Brunson ”
Johnny Moss ” ”
T. J. Cloutier 4
Dan Harrington “
Berry Johnston “
Johnny Chan “ “
Stu Ungar “ “
John Bonetti 3
Hamid Dastmalchi “
Jack Keller “
Al Krux “ “
Steve Lott “
Bill Smith “
Mickey Appleman 2
Bobby Baldwin “
Jim Bechtel “
Dave Crunkleton “
Brad Daugherty “
Fernando Fisdel “
“Captain” Tom Franklin “
Noel Furlong “
Perry Green “
Jay Heimowitz “
Phil Hellmuth “
George Huber “ “
Tom Jacobs “ “
Hans “Tuna” Lund “
Mansour Matloubi “
Mike Matasow “ “
Donnacha O’Dea “ “
Rod Peate “
Brian “Sailor” Roberts “
Huck Seed “ “
Erik Seidel “
Jeffrey Shulman ”
Dewey Tomko ” ”
Mark Newhouse “ “
MAIN EVENT CASHES – TOP 25 – WORLD SERIES OF POKER
The World Series of Poker Main Event is clearly the granddaddy of all poker tournaments. Everyone
knows how hard it is to win it. Getting into the top 10% multiple times is an impressive feat.
These players have cashed the most times in the 45-year history of the WSOP Main Event. Humberto
Brenes, with his cash in 2013, moved into second place all-time, with his 9th Main Event cash, one
behind the leader, Berry Johnston.
NAME CASHES RANK
Berry Johnston 10 1st
Humberto Brenes 9 2nd
Doyle Brunson 8 3rd
Bobby Baldwin 8 ”
John Esposito 7 5th
Chris Bjorin 7 ”
Phil Hellmuth 7 ”
Jay Heimowitz 7 ”
Jason Lester 7 ”
Mike Sexton 7 ”
Johnny Moss 7 ”
Donnacha O’Dea 6 12th John Bonetti
Dan Harrington 6 ”
Johnny Chan 6 ”
Steven Lott 6 ”
Allen Cunningham 6 ”
Mickey Appleman 5 18th Rod Peate
Peter Hedlund 5 ”
Mel Judah 5 ”
Andrew Brokos 5 ”
Hamid Dastmalchi 5 ” Jesse Alto
Jack Keller 5 ”
Hans “Tuna” Lund 5 ” Mark Wilds
Dewey Tomko 5 ”
Jim Bechtel 5 ”
Thor Hansen 5 ”
Robert Turner 5 ”
George McKeever 5 ”
Ronnie Bardah 5 ”
Through 2014 WSOP. Only WSOP results count towards this tabulation.
LAST WOMAN STANDING – WSOP MAIN EVENT
While every poker player enters the World Series of Poker Main Event with the goal of being the
last person standing, it is always a point of interest which woman advanced the farthest in the
biggest poker tournament of the year. In 2014, Maria Ho joined Marsha Waggoner and Annie Duke with
the distinction of doing this twice. Here is the list of the “Last Woman Standing” each year in the
YEAR NAME FINISH
1970-1985 No women cashed N/A
1986 Wendeen Eolis 25
place (out of 141) $10,000
1987-1988 No women cashed N/A
1989 Carmen Valenti 13
place (out of 176) $12,500
1990-1192 No women cashed N/A
1993 Marsha Waggoner 19
1994 Barbara Samuelson th
place (out of 231) $12,000
place (out of 268) $26,880
1995 Barbara Enright 5th place (out of 273)
1996 Lucy Rokach 26
1997 Marsha Wagonner th
1998 Susie Isaacs th
place (out of 295) $19,500
place (out of 312) $33,920
place (out of 350) $40,000
1999 No women cashed N/A
2000 Annie Duke 10
place (out of 512) $52,160
2001-2002 No women cashed N/A
2003 Annie Duke 47
2004 Rose Richie th
2005 Tiffany Williamson th
2006 Sabyl Cohen-Landrum th
2007 Maria Ho th
2008 Tiffany Michelle th
2009 Leo Margets th
2010 Breeze Zuckerman st
2011 Erika Moutinho th
2012 Gaelle Baumann th
place (out of 839) $20,000
place (out of 2,576) $20,000
place (out of 5,619) $400,000
place (out of 8,773) $123,699
place (out of 6,358) $237,865
place (out of 6,844) $334,534
place (out of 6,494) $352,832
place (out of 7,319) $57,102
place (out of 6,865) $242,636
place (out of 6,598) $590,442
2013 Jackie Glazier 31st place (out of 6,352)
2014 Maria Ho 77th place (out of 6,683)
• Gaelle Baumann and 2012 11th place finisher Elisabeth Hille are tied for biggest Main Event
payday awarded to a woman with $590,442 earned by each in 2012.
• Barbara Enright is the only woman to ever make the WSOP Main Event Final Table.
• In terms of straight numbers, Sabyl Cohen-Landrum has beaten more people than any other
woman, outlasting 8,717 players during her 2006 run.
• By percentages, Gaelle Baumann has the best record, finishing in the top .15% of the field.
• Marsha Waggoner, Annie Duke and now Maria Ho are the only three to have lasted the longest
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The system awards points based on finish for all open bracelet events. Anyone who cashes in an open
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Adding the WSOP Player of the Year to your resume is one of the highest honors a poker player can
Typically, the individual who wins this award has multiple in-the-money finishes and a WSOP gold
bracelet among those cashes. In fact, no player has won the award without at least capturing a
The WSOP Player of the Year contest includes all open bracelet events in a calendar year. The 2013
winner, Daniel Negreanu, had 71 events to compete in to qualify for the WSOP Player of the Year.
In 2014, with the ten WSOP gold bracelets being awarded in October at WSOP Asia-Pacific in
Melbourne, Australia, a total of 72 open bracelet events determined the 2014 WSOP Player of the
Year. 62 open events at WSOP, with WSOP Asia-Pacific’s 10 events that were played in October, 2014.
Germany’s George Danzer, by virtue of his ten cashes, five final tables and three victories claimed
the 2014 crown.
Daniel Negreanu became the first player in WSOP history to capture the WSOP Player of the Year
title twice and did it by virtue of strong showings at all three WSOP events – WSOP Europe, WSOP in
Las Vegas and WSOP Asia-Pacific.
Below is a list of WSOP Player of the Year winners, along with their accomplishments in their
WSOP PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS (Historical)
YEAR NAME BRACELETS
TABLES CASHES MONEY WON
2004 Daniel Negreanu 1 5
2005 Allen Cunningham 1 4 5
2006 Jeff Madsen 2 4
2007 Tom Schneider 2 3
2008 Erick Lindgren 1 3
2009 Jeffrey Lisandro 3 4
2010 Frank Kassela 2 3
2011 Ben Lamb 1 4
2012 Greg Merson 2 2
2013 Daniel Negreanu 2 4
2014 George Danzer 3 5
EVENT SNAPSHOT – 2014 WORLD SERIES OF POKER
Bracelet Events: 65
Total Prize Pool: $227,718,475 (Most ever)
# of Total Entries: 82,360 (Most ever)
# of Total Cashers: 8,730 (Most ever)
# of Main Event Entries: 6,683
Largest Non-Main Event Field: 7,977 (Event #8)
Largest Prize Pool: $62,825,752 (Event #65)
Largest 1st Place Prize: $15,306,668 (Event #57)
Average 1st Place Prize: $792,507
# of Participating Countries: 110
Bracelet Winners From: United States (52) Germany (4)
United Kingdom (1)
Multiple Bracelet Winners: One (George Danzer)
Event Dates: May 27, 2014 – July 14, 2014
November 10-11, 2014; Main Event Final Table
Event Location: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
PARTICIPATION & EVENTS – HISTORICAL — WORLD SERIES OF POKER
The chart below gives you the participation of the World Series of Poker historically. People
wrongly assume that more events water down the value of the bracelet. But the data shows the event
average is near record highs. In fact, take out the Big One event and 2014 was the second-best
average ever. Meaning it is harder than ever to win one.
YEAR TOTAL ENTRANTS # OF BRACELET EVENTS AVG. # OF
ENTRANTS MAIN EVENT ENTRANTS
1970 7 1
1971 46 5
1972 10 2
1973 65 7
1974 106 6
1975 121 5
1976 290 8
1977 369 13
1978 447 11
1979 552 13
1980 846 13
1981 952 14
1982 1,253 15
1983 1,506 17
1984 1,537 14
1985 1,797 15
1986 1,609 13
1987 2,141 12
1988 2,080 12
1989 2,611 14
1990 2,824 15
1991 3,096 18
1992 3,162 20
1993 3,204 21
1994 3,951 21
1995 4,166 24
1996 4,267 24
1997 4,053 21
1998 4,145 21
1999 3,456 16
2000 4,780 24
2001 5,960 26
2002 7,593 35
2003 7,572 36
2004 14,054 33
2005 32,341 42
2006 48,366 46
2007 54,288 55
2008 58,720 55
2009 60,875 57
2010 72,966 57
2011 75,672 58
2012 74,766 61
2013 79,471 62
2014 82,360 65
TOTAL PRIZE MONEY AWARDED BY YEAR
In 2014, the WSOP broke its all-time record by awarding $227,718, 475 in one WSOP. In its 45-year
history, the WSOP has now awarded in excess of two billion dollars — $2,067,890,481 to be exact!
Year Total Prize
ABOUT THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER (WSOP)
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the longest-running, largest, richest and most prestigious
gaming event in the world, dating back 44 years to 1970, and has paid more than $2 billion in total
prize money to date. In 2014, the WSOP in Las Vegas featured 65 different poker events over 50
At the 45th Annual WSOP, the event attracted a record 82,360 participants from 110 countries around
the globe to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas – all competing for the game’s most
coveted prize…a WSOP bracelet and a share of more than $227 million in total prize money.
Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s
longest running set of tournaments. The World Series of Poker culminates with the $10,000 No-Limit
Hold’em Championship, commonly referred to as the Main Event.
The winner of each event gets a World Series of Poker gold bracelet – recognized globally as the
game’s highest honor – and a cash prize based on the number of entrants and the amount of the event
buy-in. The prize pool for the past eight years ($1.5 billion) is triple the total prize pool of
the first 37 years of the WSOP combined ($530 million).
Buy-ins for the different events range from $500 to $1,000,000 depending on the event and, unlike
other sporting events, anyone 21 years of age or older can enter, and anyone can win. Winning a
WSOP tournament is a life-changing event, making instant stars and often instant millionaires out
of those with a dream and the determination to outmaneuver and outlast the competition.
Caesars Entertainment acquired the WSOP in 2004, and participation in the event has grown
exponentially under its tenure.
Year # of Entrants Total Prize Money Awarded
2003 7,572 $21,789,060
2004 14,054 $45,973,770
2005 32,341 $106,055,907
2006 48,366 $159,616,588
2007 54,288 $159,796,918
2008 58,720 $180,774,427
2009 60,875 $174,013,215
2010 72,966 $187,109,850
2011 75,672 $192,008,868
2012 74,766 $222,045,377
2013 79,471 $197,041,468
2014 82,360 $227,718,475
The WSOP team has forged groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media, corporate
sponsorship, social media
applications and licensing while successfully extending the brand internationally, with the advent
of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 and WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013. ESPN is the exclusive
U.S. telecast partner of the WSOP. WSOP programming airs in 84 countries on five continents and is
available to 300 million households.