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2015 World Series of Poker

2015 WSOP Overview
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The 2015 World Series of Poker started on May 27 with the $565 Casino Employees Event. The Main Event was scheduled to run for ten days starting on July 5 (with a break for the November Nine), the 68th event of the festival, an increase of three from 2014.

The schedule included the first Super Seniors Championship (minimum age 65), the first online bracelet event, and the return of team events with the new 2- to 4-player Tag Team tournament. The Main Event's payouts assured that 1,000 players would make the money while each final table player would receive at least a million dollars.

The World Series of Poker Europe was held in October with ten events: seven in No-Limit Hold 'Em, two in Pot-Limit Omaha, and one 8-Game mix.

WSOP Schedule
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After the 68-event WSOP in Las Vegas from May to July, WSOP Europe moves to Germany's Spielbank Berlin for ten events in October.


15/27$565Casino Employees No-Limit Hold 'Em
25/27$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
35/28$1,500Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or Better
45/28$3,000Shootout No-Limit Hold 'Em
55/29$565The Colossus No-Limit Hold 'Em
65/31$1,000Hyper Hold 'Em (No-Limit)
75/31$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship
86/1$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'Em
96/1$1,500Seven-Card Razz
106/2$10,000Heads Up No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
116/2$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
126/3$1,500Six-Handed No-Limit Hold 'Em
136/3$2,500Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low 8-or Better
146/4$1,500Shootout No-Limit Hold 'Em
156/4$10,000Pot-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
166/5$1,500Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold 'Em
176/5$10,000Seven-Card Razz Championship
186/7$1,000Turbo No-Limit Hold 'Em
196/7$3,000Six-Handed Limit Hold 'Em
206/8$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
216/8$10,000Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or Better Championship
226/9$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
236/9$1,500Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball (No-Limit)
256/10$5,000Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold 'Em
266/11$1,000Pot-Limit Omaha
276/11$10,000Seven-Card Stud Championship
286/12$1,500Monster Stack No-Limit Hold 'Em
296/12$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)
306/14$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
316/14$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or Better
326/15$5,000Six-Handed No-Limit Hold 'Em
336/15$1,500Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
346/16$1,500Split Format No-Limit Hold 'Em
366/17$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
376/17$10,000Six-Handed No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
386/18$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
396/18$1,500Ten-Game Mix/Six-Handed
406/19$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
416/19$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low Split-8 or Better Championship
426/20$1,500Extended Play No-Limit Hold 'Em
436/21$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em
446/21$50,000The Poker Players Championship / Six Handed
456/22$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
466/22$3,000Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha
476/23$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
486/23$1,500Seven-Card Stud
496/24$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or Better
506/24$10,000Limit Hold 'Em Championship
516/25$3,000Six-Handed No-Limit Hold 'Em
526/25$1,500Dealers Choice/Six-Handed
536/26$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold 'Em Championship
546/26$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Championship (8-Handed)
556/27$1,500DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold 'Em
566/27$5,000Turbo No-Limit Hold 'Em
576/28$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
586/28$111,111High Roller for One Drop (No-Limit Hold 'Em)
596/29$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
606/29$25,000High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)
616/30$1,111The Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold 'Em
627/1$1,500Bounty No-Limit Hold 'Em
637/1$10,000H.O.R.S.E. Championship
647/2$1, Online No-Limit Hold 'Em
657/2$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low-8 or Better
667/3$777Lucky 7's No-Limit Hold 'Em
677/3$10,000Dealers Choice/Six-Handed
687/5$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

WSOP Europe

110/8€2,200No-Limit Hold 'Em - Six Max
210/9€550No-Limit Hold 'Em - The Oktoberfest
310/11€3,250Pot-Limit Omaha - 8 Handed
410/12€1,650No-Limit Hold 'Em - Monster Stack
510/13€2,2008-Game Mixed Event
610/14€3,250No-Limit Hold 'Em
710/15€550Pot-Limit Omaha
810/16€1,100Turbo - No-Limit Hold 'Em
910/18€10,450No-Limit Hold 'Em - Main Event
1010/21€25,600No-Limit Hold 'Em - High Roller

Main Event Final Table
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Conservative play dominated the 2015 WSOP Main Event final table, but that wasn't Patrick Chan's fault. The New Yorker busted on the second hand when he decided K♠Q♣ was good enough to call for all of his chips preflop. He couldn't catch Joe McKeehen's small Ace and exited in ninth place.

The other short stack, Federico Butteroni, tried to sit back and move up, but the Italian exited in eighth.

Coincidentally, Butteroni, Pierre Neuville (7th), Zvi Stern (5th), and Max Steinberg (4th) all busted holding Ace-Jack. Butteroni, Stern, and Steinberg couldn't catch up to bigger Aces,1 while Neuville got very unlucky when Joe McKeehen backdoored a flush with the dominated J♥6♥.

The sixth-place finisher was even unluckier than Neuville.2 Thomas Cannuli's A♠A♣ were sent to the rail when Steinberg's T♥T♦ flopped a set of Tens.

Once it got to three-way, McKeehen had such a big chip lead with about two-thirds of the chips, that the real battle was between Josh Beckley and Neil Blumenfield for second.

Beckley won that battle for an extra $1.07 million but had under a fifth of the chips. He lasted only twelve hands in heads-up play before his Fours were outraced by Ace-Ten offsuit with a Ten landing on the flop.

McKeehen made it look easy, claiming the title and the $7,683,346 first prize.


November Nine Final Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
1stJoe McKeehen$7,683,346163,100,000
2ndJosh Beckley$4,470,896711,800,000
3rdNeil Blumenfield$3,398,298322,000,000
4thMax Steinberg$2,615,361520,200,000
5thZvi Stern$1,911,423229,800,000
6thThomas Cannuli$1,426,283612,250,000
7thPierre Neuville$1,203,293421,075,000
8thFederico Butteroni$1,097,05696,200,000
9thPatrick Chan$1,001,02086,225,000

Main Event Final Hand
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Pennsylvania pro Joe McKeehen is the November Nine chip leader, with more than twice as many chips as anyone else, while New Jersey pro Josh Beckley starts in seventh, with just 6.1% of the chips. While McKeehen is never seriously challenged as the chip leader, going wire to wire, Beckley picks his spots well and moves steadily up the pay ladder.

On the last hand, Beckley moves in with his small stack, and McKeehen makes an easy call with his good Ace. When the Ten hits on the flop, Beckley needs but does not get one of the two remaining Fours in the deck. McKeehen earns the title and $7,683,346, while Beckley settles for $4,470,896.

Joe McKeehen
Josh Beckley

Main Event Summary
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DatesJuly 5 to November 10
Players6,420 (1,000 cashed)
WinnerJoe McKeehen ($7,683,346, U.S.)
Runner-UpJosh Beckley ($4,470,896)
Final Table Bubble BoyAlexander Turyansky (10th, $756,897)
Money Bubble BoyRoy Daoud (1,001st)
Last Champ StandingJim Bechtel (121st, $46,890)
Last Woman StandingKelly Minkin (29th, $211,821)
Last Celebrity StandingFatima Moreira de Melo (286th, $34,157)
In 50 CharactersMcKeehen wins big; WSOP expands to pay top 15%.

WSOP Wrapup
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Brian Hastings ($10,000 Seven-Card Stud and $1,500 Ten-Game Mix) and Max Pescatori ($1,500 Razz and $10,000 Seven-Card Stud 8 Championship) both won two U.S. bracelets, while Jonathan Duhamel ($111,111 High Roller for One Drop and €25,600 High Roller No-Limit Hold 'Em) and Kevin MacPhee ($5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold 'Em and WSOP Europe Main Event) each won a bracelet on both sides of the pond.

Phil Hellmuth won his second Razz bracelet and 14th overall in the $10,000 Razz Championship.

Loni Harwood won the WSOP Circuit National Championship for her second open bracelet, while Carol Fuchs took home the $1,500 Dealers Choice Six Handed bracelet.

Four players won the first WSOP bracelets for their respective countries:

Mike Gorodinsky cashed eight times, with three final tables and a bracelet, to sneak by Duhamel for WSOP Player of the Year honors.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$565Casino Employees - No-Limit Hold 'EmBrandon Barnette$75,704698Hendon Link
2$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmMichael Wang$466,120422Hendon Link
3$1,500Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or BetterRobert Mizrachi$251,022918Hendon Link
4$3,000Shootout No-Limit Hold 'EmNick Petrangelo$201,812308Hendon Link
5$565The Colossus - No-Limit Hold 'EmLance Garcia$638,88022,374Hendon Link
6$1,000Hyper Hold 'Em (No-Limit)John Reading$252,0681,435Hendon Link
7$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) ChampionshipTuan Bui Le$322,756109Hendon Link
8$1,500Pot-Limit Hold 'EmPaul Michaelis$189,818639Hendon Link
9$1,500Seven-Card RazzMax Pescatori$155,947462Hendon Link
10$10,000Heads Up No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipCharles Keith Lehr$334,430143Hendon Link
11$1,500Limit Hold 'EmWilliam Kakon$196,055660Hendon Link
12$1,500Six-Handed No-Limit Hold 'EmIdan Raviv$457,0071,651Hendon Link
13$2,500Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low 8-or BetterKonstantin Maslak$269,612474Hendon Link
14$1,500Shootout No-Limit Hold 'EmBarry Hutter$283,5461,000Hendon Link
15$10,000Pot-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipShaun Deeb$318,857128Hendon Link
16$1,500Millionaire Maker - No-Limit Hold 'EmAdrian Buckley$1,277,1937,275Hendon Link
17$10,000Seven-Card Razz ChampionshipPhil Hellmuth$271,105103Hendon Link
18$1,000Turbo No-Limit Hold 'EmJohn Gale$298,2901,791Hendon Link
19$3,000Six-Handed Limit Hold 'EmMatthew Elsby$230,799319Hendon Link
20$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmBenjamin Zamani$460,6401,844Hendon Link
21$10,000Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or Better ChampionshipDaniel Alaei$391,097157Hendon Link
22$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmSam Greenwood$318,9771,951Hendon Link
23$1,500Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball (No-Limit)Christian Pham$81,314219Hendon Link
24$1,500H.O.R.S.E.Arash Ghaneian$239,750772Hendon Link
25$5,000Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold 'EmJeffrey Tomlinson$567,724493Hendon Link
26$1,000Pot-Limit OmahaAaron Wallace$226,9851,293Hendon Link
27$10,000Seven-Card Stud ChampionshipBrian Hastings$239,51891Hendon Link
28$1,500Monster Stack - No-Limit Hold 'EmPerry Shiao$1,286,9427,192Hendon Link
29$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)Phil Galfond$224,38377Hendon Link
30$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmIvan Luca$353,3912,150Hendon Link
31$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or BetterJeff Madsen$301,413480Hendon Link
32$5,000Six-Handed No-Limit Hold 'EmJason Mercier$633,357550Hendon Link
33$1,500Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)Benny Glaser$136,215388Hendon Link
34$1,500Split Format No-Limit Hold 'EmAndre Boyer$250,483873Hendon Link
35$3,000H.O.R.S.E.Daniel Idema$261,774376Hendon Link
36$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaCorrie Wunstel$266,874978Hendon Link
37$10,000Six-Handed No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipByron Kaverman$657,351259Hendon Link
38$3,000No-Limit Hold 'EmThiago Nishijima$546,843989Hendon Link
39$1,500Ten-Game Mix/Six-HandedBrian Hastings$133,403380Hendon Link
40$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipTravis Baker$613,4664,193Hendon Link
41$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low Split-8 or Better ChampionshipMax Pescatori$292,158111Hendon Link
42$1,500Extended Play No-Limit Hold 'EmAdrian Apmann$478,1021,914Hendon Link
43$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold 'EmJohn Andlovec$262,2201,533Hendon Link
44$50,000The Poker Players Championship / Six HandedMike Gorodinsky$1,270,08684Hendon Link
45$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmUpeshka De Silva$424,5771,655Hendon Link
46$3,000Six-Handed Pot-Limit OmahaVasili Firsau$437,575682Hendon Link
47$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmMatthew O'Donnell$551,9411,244Hendon Link
48$1,500Seven-Card StudEli Elezra$112,591327Hendon Link
49$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split-8 or BetterYoung Ji$231,102815Hendon Link
50$10,000Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipBenjamin Yu$291,456117Hendon Link
51$3,000Six-Handed No-Limit Hold 'EmJustin Liberto$640,7111,043Hendon Link
52$1,500Dealers Choice/Six-HandedCarol Fuchs$127,735357Hendon Link
53$1,000Ladies No-Limit Hold 'Em ChampionshipJacquelyn Scott$153,876795Hendon Link
54$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Championship (8-Handed)Alexander Petersen$927,655387Hendon Link
55$1,500DraftKings 50/50 No-Limit Hold 'EmBrandon Wittmeyer$200,6181,123Hendon Link
56$5,000Turbo No-Limit Hold 'EmKevin MacPhee$490,800454Hendon Link
57$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmTakahiro Nakai$399,0392,497Hendon Link
58$111,111High Roller for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'EmJonathan Duhamel$3,989,985135Hendon Link
59$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmAlex Lindop$531,0372,155Hendon Link
60$25,000High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)Anthony Zinno$1,122,196175Hendon Link
61$1,111The Little One for One Drop - No-Limit Hold 'EmPaul Hofer$645,9694,555Hendon Link
62$1,500Bounty No-Limit Hold 'EmJack Duong$333,3512,178Hendon Link
63$10,000H.O.R.S.E. ChampionshipAndrew Barber$517,766204Hendon Link
64$1, Online No-Limit Hold 'EmAnthony Spinella$197,743905Hendon Link
65$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low-8 or BetterGerald Ringe$180,943547Hendon Link
66$777Lucky 7's No-Limit Hold 'EmConnor Berkowitz$487,7844,422Hendon Link
67$10,000Dealers Choice/Six-HandedQuinn Do$319,792108Hendon Link
68$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmJoseph McKeehen$7,683,3466,420Hendon Link

WSOP Europe Results
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