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2016 World Series of Poker

2016 WSOP Overview
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The 2016 World Series of Poker started on June 1 with the $565 Casino Employees Event. The Main Event was scheduled to run for ten days starting on July 9 (with a break for the November Nine). The final event to start (on July 12) was the $1,111 No-Limit Hold 'Em for One Drop, the 69th event, an increase of one from 2015.

Payouts in almost all tournaments were increased to 15% of the field instead of 10%.

Updating previous plans, neither the WSOP Europe nor the WSOP Asia-Pacific was held as the latter was put on indefinite hiatus.

WSOP Schedule
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16/1$565No-Limit Hold 'Em Casino Employees
26/2$565No-Limit Hold 'Em $7 Million Guaranteed
36/4$10,000Seven-Card Stud
46/5$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Top Up Event
56/5$1,500Dealer's Choice Six Max
66/6$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
76/6$1,500No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball
96/7$10,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Heads-Up
106/8$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Six Max
116/8$10,000Dealer's Choice Six Max
126/9$1,500Seven-Card Razz
136/9$565Pot-Limit Omaha
146/10$1,500Eight-Game Mix Six Max
156/10$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
166/11$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball
176/12$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
196/13$1,000Pot-Limit Omaha
206/13$10,000Seven-Card Razz
216/14$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
226/14$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Six Max
236/15$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
266/16$1,500Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OB
256/16$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
276/17$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Seniors
286/17$10,000Limit Hold 'Em
296/18$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
306/18$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha Six Max
316/19$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Super Seniors
326/19$10,000Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OB
346/20$1,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball
336/20$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
366/21$2,500Mixed Omaha / Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low 8/OB
356/21$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Six Max
376/22$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
386/22$3,000Limit Hold 'Em Six Max
396/23$10,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Six Max
406/23$2,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
416/24$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
426/24$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
436/25$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low Split 8/OB
446/26$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
456/26$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em / Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max
466/27$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Bounty
476/27$10,000Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball
496/28$1,500Seven-Card Stud
486/28$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
506/29$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout
516/29$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max
536/30$1,500Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha 8/OB / Omaha 8/OB / Big O
526/30$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
547/1$888No-Limit Hold 'Em Eight Max
557/2$50,000Poker Players Championship Six Max
567/3$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
577/3$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OB
587/4$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
607/5$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low 8/OB
597/5$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
617/6$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Tag Team (2-4 players)
627/6$25,000Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max
637/7$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
647/7$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OB
657/8$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Ladies
667/8$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Online Event
677/8$111,111No-Limit Hold 'Em for One Drop
687/9$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em
697/12$1,111No-Limit Hold 'Em for One Drop

Main Event Final Table
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The final November Nines was probably the best. Qui Nguyen kept things exciting, and he certainly deserved his victory.

The pace of play was excellent. The action moved along steadily once the controversial William Kassouf, the human rain delay, busted in 17th place.1

This was the first November Nine where the ninth, eighth, and seventh place players going in busted out in order. Belgian Kenny Hallaert ended the run by exiting in sixth from his original fourth place. Although the table started with only five Americans, when Vojtech Rozicka left in fifth place, the remaining four were all Americans. At that point Michael Ruane was short-stacked, and his strategy of waiting for someone else to bust out so he could move up one place failed. The initial chip leader Cliff Josephy was then undone by losing a massive pot with a set of Twos to Gordon Vayo's set of Threes, which vaulted Vayo into the chip lead.

After Josephy exited a few hands later, Nguyen simply dominated the heads-up action even though it lasted a November Nine-record 182 hands. Nguyen was the aggressor on almost every hand, picking up almost every small and medium pot. Vayo's lead disappeared quickly, but he won a couple of big pots to get it back twice. Ultimately though, his wins became too small to stop the bleeding. He survived one all-in by backdooring a flush, but on the final hand, his suited connectors were taken down by Nguyen's dominating cards.

Nguyen was the most aggressive player at the table, and he pulled off more than a few good bluffs, which was great poker.

Surprisingly, he became the first November Niner to win after starting second in chips.

November Nine Winners by Starting Position

Starting PositionWinners
1stJonathan Duhamel (2010), Joe McKeehen (2015)
2ndQui Nguyen (2016)
3rdGreg Merson (2012)
4thPeter Eastgate (2008)
5thJoe Cada (2009), Ryan Riess (2013)
7thPius Heinz (2011)
8thMartin Jacobson (2014)

Amazingly, Nguyen was also the first winner of the November Nine era who wasn't 20-something years old. At 39, he's the same age as Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, and Jerry Yang, who won in 2004, 2005, and 2007. Robert Varkonyi remains the last 40-year-old to win (2002).

And of course, he became the second Nguyen to win the Main Event after Scotty Nguyen in 1998.

November Nine Final Results

FinishPlayerPrizeStartStart Chips
1stQui Nguyen$8,005,310267,925,000
2ndGordon Vayo$4,661,228349,375,000
3rdCliff Josephy$3,453,035174,600,000
4thMichael Ruane$2,576,003531,600,000
5thVojtech Ruzicka$1,935,288627,300,000
6thKenny Hallaert$1,464,258443,325,000
7thGriffin Benger$1,250,190726,175,000
8thJerry Wong$1,100,076810,175,000
9thFernando Pons$1,000,00096,150,000

Main Event Final Hand
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Main Event rookie Qui Nguyen begins the November Nine just a little behind chip leader Cliff Josephy but enters heads up against Gordon Vayo with only 40% of the chips. With relentless aggression, Nguyen quickly takes the lead only to give it back a couple of times before grabbing it for good.

On the 298th final table hand, Vayo survives an all-in with a backdoor flush to get back to one third of the chips. Nguyen whittles his stack away again until Vayo shoves with his Jack-Ten dominated by Nguyen's King-Ten. Nguyen survives an 8-out straight draw for a well-deserved Main Event bracelet and $8,005,310. Vayo gets $4,661,228.

Qui Nguyen
Gordon Vayo

Main Event Summary
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DatesJuly 9 to November 2
Players6,737 (1,011 cashed)
WinnerQui Nguyen ($8,005,310, U.S.)
Runner-UpGordon Vayo ($4,661,228)
Final Table Bubble BoyJosh Weiss (10th, $650,000)
Money Bubble BoyAdam Furgatch (1,012th)
Last Champ StandingGreg Raymer (122nd, $49,108)
Last Woman StandingGaelle Baumann (102nd, $49,108)
Last Celebrity StandingJohn Arne Riise (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersNguyen controls final table; Kassouf annoys.

WSOP Wrapup
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Benny Glaser ($1,500 Omaha 8 and $10,000 Omaha 8 Championship), Ian Johns ($1,500 H.O.R.S.E. and $10,000 Limit Hold 'Em Championship), and Jason Mercier ($10,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Championship and $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship) each won two bracelets, but Mercier cashed eleven times with two other final tables to take home the WSOP Player of the Year award.

Two women captured open events: Kristen Bicknell ($1,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em), and Safiya Umerova ($1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em Shootout).

After taking thirty years to award a billion dollars in bracelet event prizes, the World Series of Poker gave out the second billion dollars in just five years.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$565Casino Employees - No-Limit Hold 'EmChristopher Sand$75,157731Hendon Link
2$565No-Limit Hold 'EmBenjamin Keeline$1,000,00021,613Hendon Link
3$10,000Seven-Card StudRobert Mizrachi$242,66287Hendon Link
4$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Top Up EventKyle Julius$142,972667Hendon Link
5$1,500Dealer's Choice Six MaxLawrence Berg$125,466389Hendon Link
6$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmPeter Eichhardt$438,4172,016Hendon Link
7$1,500No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw LowballRyan D'Angelo$92,338279Hendon Link
8$1,500H.O.R.S.E.Ian Johns$212,604778Hendon Link
9$10,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Heads-UpAlan Percal$320,574153Hendon Link
10$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em Six MaxMike Cordell$346,0881,477Hendon Link
11$10,000Dealer's Choice Six MaxJean Gaspard$306,621118Hendon Link
12$1,500Seven-Card RazzRalph Porter$142,624461Hendon Link
13$565Pot-Limit OmahaRyan Laplante$190,3282,483Hendon Link
14$1,500Eight-Game Mix Six MaxPaul Volpe$149,943491Hendon Link
15$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmJason DeWitt$1,065,4037,190Hendon Link
16$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw LowballJason Mercier$273,335100Hendon Link
17$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmChase Bianchi$316,9202,242Hendon Link
18$3,000H.O.R.S.E.Marco Johnson$259,730400Hendon Link
19$1,000Pot-Limit OmahaSam Soverel$185,3171,106Hendon Link
20$10,000Seven-Card RazzRay Dehkharghani$273,338100Hendon Link
21$1,500Limit Hold 'EmDanny Le$188,815665Hendon Link
22$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Six MaxCalvin Lee$531,5771,029Hendon Link
24$10,000H.O.R.S.E.Jason Mercier$422,874171Hendon Link
23$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmCesar Garcia$447,7391,419Hendon Link
26$1,500Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OBBenny Glaser$244,103934Hendon Link
25$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmMichael Gagliano$448,4631,045Hendon Link
27$1,000Seniors No-Limit Hold 'EmJohnnie Craig$538,2044,499Hendon Link
28$10,000Limit Hold 'EmIan Johns$290,635110Hendon Link
29$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmAlexander Ziskin$401,4941,796Hendon Link
30$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha Six MaxViatcheslav Ortynskiy$344,327580Hendon Link
31$1,000Super Seniors No-Limit Hold 'EmJames Moore$230,6261,476Hendon Link
32$10,000Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OBBenny Glaser$407,194163Hendon Link
34$1,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw LowballAndrey Zaichenko$117,947358Hendon Link
33$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmAdrian Mateos$409,1711,840Hendon Link
36$2,500Mixed Omaha / Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low 8/OBHani Awad$213,186394Hendon Link
35$5,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Six MaxMichael Gathy$560,843541Hendon Link
37$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaJiaqi Xu$212,128776Hendon Link
38$3,000Limit Hold 'Em Six MaxRafael Lebron$169,337245Hendon Link
39$10,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Six MaxMartin Kozlov$665,709294Hendon Link
40$2,500Limit Deuce-to-Seven Mixed Triple Draw LowballChristopher Vitch$136,854236Hendon Link
41$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmMitchell Towner$1,120,1966,927Hendon Link
42$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutPhillip McAllister$267,720400Hendon Link
43$10,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low Split 8/OBGeorge Danzer$338,646136Hendon Link
44$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmSteven Wolansky$298,8492,076Hendon Link
45$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em / Pot-Limit Omaha Eight MaxLoren Klein$241,427919Hendon Link
46$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em BountyKristen Bicknell$290,7682,158Hendon Link
47$10,000Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw LowballJohn Hennigan$320,103125Hendon Link
49$1,500Seven-Card StudShaun Deeb$111,101331Hendon Link
48$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmAnkush Mandavia$548,139524Hendon Link
50$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em ShootoutSafiya Umerova$264,0461,050Hendon Link
51$10,000Pot-Limit Omaha Eight MaxBrandon Shack-Harris$894,300400Hendon Link
53$1,500Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha 8/OB / Omaha 8/OB / Big OAllan Le$189,223668Hendon Link
52$3,000No-Limit Hold 'EmAndrew Lichtenberger$569,1581,125Hendon Link
54$888No-Limit Hold 'Em Eight MaxHung "OH" Le$888,8886,761Hendon Link
55$50,000Poker Players Championship Six MaxBrian Rast$1,296,09791Hendon Link
56$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmDavid "NV" Peters$412,5571,860Hendon Link
57$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OBDavid Nowakowski$203,113732Hendon Link
58$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmCorey Thompson$221,1631,397Hendon Link
60$1,500Seven-Card Stud Hi/Low 8/OBDavid Prociak$156,546521Hendon Link
59$5,000No-Limit Hold 'EmYue Du$800,586863Hendon Link
61$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Tag Team (2-4 players)Doug Polk & Ryan Fee$153,358863Hendon Link
62$25,000Pot-Limit Omaha Eight MaxJens Kyllonen$1,127,035184Hendon Link
63$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmTony Dunst$339,2542,452Hendon Link
64$3,000Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OBKyle Bowker$294,960473Hendon Link
65$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em LadiesCourtney Kennedy$149,108819Hendon Link
66$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Online EventClayton Maguire$210,2791,247Hendon Link
67$111,111No-Limit Hold 'Em for One DropFedor Holz$4,981,775183Hendon Link
68$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmQui Nguyen$8,000,0006,737Hendon Link
69$1,111No-Limit Hold 'Em for One DropMichael Tureniec$525,5204,360Hendon Link

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