JOE MCKEEHEN | Earnings: $7,683,346
PREVIOUS WSOP CASHES 8
PREVIOUS WSOP BRACELETS 0
He’s no ordinary Joe any longer. Philadelphia’s Joe McKeehen
, 24, became poker’s world champion on Tuesday, leading wire to wire at the final table to capture his very first World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet and the top prize of $7,683,346 in gaming’s richest and most prestigious event. McKeehen used his chip advantage throughout, constantly putting pressure on his opponents and having a hand in their demise time and time again. He ended play in July by knocking out the noted professional Daniel Negreanu
in 11th place, and then proceeded to knock out the 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd place finishers too, on his way to poker’s top crown. With the victory, McKeehen, despite his young age, has now won nearly $11 million playing poker
for a living.