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2015 WSOP Main Event Final Table Approaching

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

The 2015 WSOP Main Event final table will begin in three weeks. In order of chip stacks, the November Nine are:

Player Chips Country Age Previous
Joe McKeehen 63,100,100 USA 24 8
Zvi Stern 29,800,000 Israel 36 1
Neil Blumenfield 22,000,100 USA 61 2
Pierre Neuville 21,075,100 Belgium 72 19
Max Steinberg 20,200,000 USA 27 11
Thomas Cannuli 12,250,100 USA 23 2
Josh Beckley 11,800,000 USA 24 4
Patrick Chan 6,225,100 USA 26 4
Federico Butteroni 6,200,000 Italy 25 2

Of note…

  • The chip leader, Joe McKeehen, has a little over double the chips of the closest competitor
  • Only one of the nine, Max Steinberg, has previously won a WSOP bracelet
  • 66% of the November Nine players are in their 20s
  • Two November Niners are the oldest players ever to make a Main Event final table; 61 year old Neil Blumenfield and 72 year old Pierre Neuville. Prior to this event, Steve Gee, age 57 at the 2012 WSOP, was the oldest poker player to make a prestigious Main Event final table.
  • 66% of the November Nine players are from the USA. No other country repeats.

So, who do you think is going to win? Let us know by voting in the poll on the sidebar.

Main Event Day 7 Final 27

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Tuesday marks the 7th day of play for the 2015 WSOP Main Event. The 6,420 field of hopeful bracelet winners has been played down to the final 27. Among those are one of the most popular and outspoken poker players, Daniel Negreanu. He has worked his way into 9th place. If Negreanu goes on to win the Main Event, it would be his 7th win in the WSOP.

Countries: There are 18 poker players from the U.S., 4 from Germany, and 1 from Israel, Canada, Belgium, Italy, and the U.K.

 Here’s the chip counts prior to the start of play on Day 7.

# Player Chip Count Country
1 Thomas Kearney 14,400,000 United States
2 Mozheng Guan 14,230,000 United States
3 Erasmus Morfe 12,085,000 United States
4 Joseph McKeehen 11,975,000 United States
5 Mario Sequeira 11,685,000 United States
6 David Stefanski 11,485,000 United States
7 Alexander Turyansky 10,785,000 Germany
8 Zvi Stern 9,940,000 Israel
9 Daniel Negreanu 8,495,000 Canada
10 Justin Schwartz 7,510,000 United States
11 Patrick Chan 7,400,000 United States
12 Anton Morgenstern 6,955,000 Germany
13 Thomas Cannuli 6,220,000 United States
14 John Hinds 6,210,000 United States
15 Pierre Neuville 6,000,000 Belgium
16 Chad Power 5,300,000 United States
17 Blake Bohn 5,000,000 United States
18 Federico Butteroni 4,980,000 Italy
19 Fedor Holz 4,645,000 Germany
20 Neil Blumenfield 4,315,000 United States
21 Christoph Brand 4,120,000 United States
22 Joshua Beckley 3,745,000 United States
23 James Magner 3,500,000 United States
24 Max Steinberg 3,290,000 United States
25 Kilian Kramer 3,175,000 Germany
26 George McDonald 2,875,000 United Kingdom
27 David Peters (CA) 2,100,000 United States

2015 Main Event Progress after Day 1

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Today is the start of Day 2s for the 2015 WSOP Main Event. I was reviewing the updates to see what had happened on Day 1C, and learned that:

  • A record number of entrants started Day 1C – over 3900
  • A total of 6,420 players entered the event, down from a 6,683 entrants last year
  • 4,389 players remain in this year’s Main Event
  • For ten years straight, the WSOP Main Event has drawn over 6300 entrants.
  • Phil Ivey is in the field. He arrived at the WSOP about a week ago to play the Hi Rollers’ ONE DROP tournament.
  • Phil Hellmuth arrived late (to starting Day 1C) as usual, at dinner time last night, with no frills as in previous years
  • Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey ended up at the same table. PokerNews has a great photo of them yacking it up.

Fun stat for those of us from Massachusetts:  2.5% of the Top 200 in the remaining field are from Massachusetts.

  1. Sean Hegarty – 133,825
  2. Jonathan Jaffe – 116,400
  3. Theodore Driscoll – 93,975
  4. Eugene Roemischer – 93,375
  5. Lokesh Garg – 92,850

More coverage and stats at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

2015 WSOP Main Event Starts

Monday, July 6th, 2015

After 39 days of poker event after poker event at the Rio, the 2015 WSOP Main Event started with Day 1A Sunday, July 5. Day 1A drew 741 players, of which 480 remain.

This year there are:

  • 3 Day 1s – Sunday (1A), Monday (1B) and Tuesday (1C)
  • 2 Day 2s – Wednesday (2A) and Thursday (2B). Players from 1A and 1B play Wed. and players from 1C play Thurs.

Friday, July 10th, all remaining players will play together.

Play starts at 3:00 PM EST each day.

Payout structure provides for paying out the top 1,000 places. Each final tabler is guaranteed at least $1 million IF the total number of 2015 Main Event entrants meets or exceeds the 2014 number (6,683).

The Main Event will not be streamed as ESPN will be filming. ESPN will air the Main Event in a series of programs leading up to the final table play which will occur in November. ESPN usually airs the final table live with a 30-minute delay.

Good luck to all the Main Event runner. Hope to join in the upcoming years!

Congrats to Haixia Zhang

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Congrats to Haixia Zhang who is returning with the final 4 to complete WSOP event #59, a $1500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Zhang will be returning as the chip leader with over ½ million more chips than the second place chip holder.

Haixia Zhang 4,800,000
Alex Lindop 4,200,000
Aurelien Guiglini 3,655,000
Yorane Kerignard 3,490,000

If she wins, she will be the first female to have won the Ladies Championship who then goes on to win a bracelet in an open event.

Keep an eye on Twitter for announcement of when the live stream of the final 4 will begin. The players return at 1:00 PM PST. Live streaming is on a 30-minute delay, so, around 4:30 EST, streaming of event #59 should begin.

Catch up with this event:  Updates of this Event on

First Female Bracelet Winner of 2015!

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Congratulations to Carol Fuchs who won Event #52, the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice event last night! She beat a field of 356 other runners, including Robert Mizrachi, the 2014 winner, who finished 3rd this year.

Carol Fuchs is a Hollywood screnwriter/producer. She is an amateur poker player with one previous WSOP cash (<$4K in 2014) who plays cash games in Los Angeles. According to an article at, Ms. Fuchs is “…as blown away by this as everybody else is”.

The 2015 WSOP will crown its second female bracelet winner today, when the 10 remaining players of the Ladies NLHE Championship meet this afternoon to play down to a winner.  The 10 include 6 from USA, 3 from Canada and 1 from Russia.

2015 WSOP Seniors Event Day 3

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Today is Day 3 of Event#40, the Seniors tournament. Day 3 is supposed to be Final Table day. It is listed on the Live Streaming schedule at least, but, 65 players are returning today, so, I’m guessing there will be a delay. Play starts at 2:00 PM EST. In theory, they’ll play down to the winner… We’ll see. BOLO 4 updates on Twitter.

UPDATE: 6:10 PM EST Down to 25 senior NLHE players

Talent-Loaded FT for WSOP Event#29

Monday, June 15th, 2015

As you know, I’m strictly, straight ole No Limit Texas Hold’Em…but this final table, I cannot ignore. At 5:00 PM EST, the final table for the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball will start streaming, and I’ll be watchin! Why? Cause it is loaded with poker talent. Here’s the line up of the final 6 players:

This is the kind of final table you wait for all season!

Call your legislatures! This type of final table is proof positive that poker is a game of skill and not a game of luck.


Erik Seidel’s Tweet


WSOP’s & Dan Smith’s Tweets


2015 WSOP Live Streams are linked to here.

Phil Hellmuth Makes it 14!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Congratulations to Phil Hellmuth who won his 14th World Series of Poker event, the $10K RAZZ Championship early this morning! Fifty years of living has made Phil Hellmuth stronger and more determined. Once again, he proved that he has it!

I didn’t watch the whole final table, but, each time I checked in, Phil was quiet and focused. Totally into the play.

The action is covered on the WSOP Updates page (make sure you select #17 in the drop down list at the top).


Suspected Cheating in 2015 WSOP Heads Up Event

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

While catching up on the 2015 WSOP stories for the week, I ran across this story on, “Cheating Allegations in WSOP $10,000 Heads-Up Championship Spark Investigation“. It reports on allegations of cheating during the 2015 10K Heads Up event that completed a couple of days ago. Several players who faced the accused player in the heads-up play acknowledged that the accused exhibited “unusual” behavior throughout their match. The accused’s opponents talked with each other and shared experiences that were eerily, and oddly similar.

According to the article,

“…suspected an opponent of cheating his way to a fifth-place finish in the event and both a Prague reporter and former casino manager said the player in question has a history of marking cards that has seen him banned from casinos across the Czech Republic.”

The player suspected of cheating has been banned from casinos for cheating prior to this.  Are this year’s HU players doubly vigilant because of his past or was his behavior just that “off”, that made his opponents believe that for sure “somethin” was up?

WSOP officials have stated that an investigation is underway.

Naturally, the 2015 WSOP HU fifth-place finisher who is accused denies it all. His story, also on, is here.

Isn’t the Golf model Viable for the Poker World?

My dream for the poker world is that it moves closer to the “golf” model; clean play, highly-respected players, and an organization that contributes large amounts of money to charity. Not without its own knuckleheads – but so much more respected than the poker profession.

Cheating in poker gives fodder to those who want to ban online poker and/or not have a casino built in their area. They have one more degenerate to point to in order to bolster their “those people” stereotypes and entrench their boots more firmly in their holier-than-thou stance. Let’s choose to not give them that opportunity.



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