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2016 WSOP Main Event Winner

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QUI NGUYEN | Earnings: $8,005,310

AGE 39
PREVIOUS WSOP CASHES 1
PREVIOUS WSOP BRACELETS 0
PREVIOUS EARNINGS $9,029
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At the end of a grueling eight-hour heads up match, Qui Nguyen has written his name into poker's history books. Nguyen won the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event early Wednesday morning, earning his first WSOP bracelet and $8,005,310 for his victory. And for the next year, he will be poker's reigning world champion.
Nguyen in many ways seems an unlikely champion. He lacked the experience of some of his competitors at the final table, most notably Josephy, who already has two WSOP bracelets and numerous other accomplishments. Nguyen, in contrast, had only one previous WSOP cash, and his biggest live tournament cash prior to this tournament was for $9,029. His victory today earned him near 900 times that amount.
Here are some 2016 Main Event Key Statistics:
2016 The 2016 World Series of Poker attracted 107,844 entrants from 107 WSOP: different nations competing for $221,211,336 in prize pools over the 69-event, 51- day extravaganza.
WHEN: July 9 – July 18, 2016; Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Final Nine
WHERE: Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
EVENT #: 68
BUY IN AMOUNT: $10,000
PRIZE POOL: $63,327,800
FIRST PLACE PRIZE: $8,000,000
NUMBER OF ENTRANTS: 6,737 (Main Event) (5th most ever, highest in five years)
PLACES PAID: 1,011 (Earns $15,000) (Most ever in history)
VALUE OF CHIPS IN PLAY: 336,850,000 (Players start with 50,000 in chips)
PHYSICAL NUMBER CHIPS IN PLAY: 229,058 (Each player started with 34 individual poker chips)
NUMBER OF DEALERS UTILISED: 866
NUMBER OF DECKS OF CARDS: 1,522
UNIQUE COUNTRIES: 79
AVERAGE AGE: 40.08
OLDEST PLAYER: William Wachter, Mahopac, New York, USA – 95 years old
YOUNGEST PLAYER: Evan House-Hull, Sandoval, Illinois, USA – 21 years, 19 days old (survived Flight B with 92,300 in chips)
MALE PARTICIPANTS: 6,469
FEMALE PARTICIPANTS: 268

2016 Bracelet Winners


Event #1
Christopher Sand
Won: $75,157
Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Christopher Sand won the very first gold bracelet of 2016. He topped a higher than expected turnout of 731 entrants, and in the process collected poker’s most coveted prize to go along with $75,157 in prize money. This marked the Chicago native’s first WSOP-related victory and the biggest cash of his tournament career as a player.
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Event #2
Benjamin Keeline
Won: $1,000,000
Event #2: $565 Colossus II No-Limit Hold'em
Benjamin Keeline won the $565 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, a.k.a. “Colossus II,” which was played over six days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. In what was just his fifth career cash at the WSOP, Keeline collected $1,000,000 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career. It should also be noted that Keeline posted some impressive results on the WSOP Circuit in recent years, earning $323,132 in prize money alone in tourneys played on the national circuit. He also won a gold ring in 2011.
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Event #3
Robert Mizrachi
Won: $242,662
Event #3: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Noted poker pro Robert Mizrachi has just won his fourth World Series of Poker gold bracelet victory. The 37-year-old South Florida native won the $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas. Mizrachi collected $242,662 in prize money, making this yet another sizable cash win for his illustrious poker career. He now has 40 cashes, 13 final table appearances, and more than $2.6 million in career WSOP earnings.
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Event #4
Kyle Julius
Won: $142,972
Event #4: $1000 Top Up Turbo No-Limit Hold'em
Kyle Julius is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club. Four years after finishing as the runner up in a WSOP gold bracelet event, this time the 29-year-old professional poker player from Naperville, IL won poker’s ultimate title. Julius’ victory came in the $1,000 buy-in Top Up No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over a lightning-fast two days and concluded on a Monday afternoon. The final table was played out upon the refurbished ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas and lasted slightly more than two hours, one of the shortest durations of any event in recent memory. Julius collected $142,972 in prize money, making this one of the biggest wins of his poker career. In fact, it marked his first live tournament victory of any kind.
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Event #5
Lawrence Berg
Won: $125,466
Event #5: $1500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed
Lawrence Berg is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club at the World Series of Poker. The former casino dealer-turned-poker pro who bounces back and forth between homes in Irvine, CA and Las Vegas, NV won the $1,500 buy-in Dealers Choice Six-Handed tournament, which was played at the Rio in Las Vegas over three consecutive days and nights June 7-9. Berg collected $125,466 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career.
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Event #6
Peter Eichhardt
Won: $438,417
Event #6: $1500 No-Limit Hold'em
Peter Eichhardt is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club. However, it took him nearly 25 years to get here. The 50-year-old poker pro and part-time fiction writer from Stockholm, Sweden won the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over four days and three nights and concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Eichhardt collected a whopping $438,417 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his poker career.
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Event #7
Ryan D'Angelo
Won: $92,338
Event #7: $1500 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit)
Ryan D'Angelo, from Binghamton, NY has won the $1,500 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball (No-Limit) tournament at the 2016 World Series of Poker. This highly-specialized poker variant, rarely played anywhere outside of very high-limit mixed cash game circles and the WSOP each year since 1973, was held over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas. The final table was completed in a rocket-fast time of slightly more than three hours, and took place on the ESPN Main Stage.
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Event #8
Ian Johns
Won: $212,604
Event #8: $1500 H. O. R. S. E.
Ian Johns is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club. This marked his second career victory following his debut victory ten years ago. That came in a Limit Hold’em event at the 2006 WSOP. Ten years later, the poker pro originally from Newcastle, WA won the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas. Johns collected $212,604 in prize money, making this one of the biggest wins of his career. Amazingly, he was dead last in chips at the end of Day One – ranked 201st out of 201 survivors.
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Event #9
Alan Percal
Won: $320,574
Event #9: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Alan Percal, a 23-year-old actuary from Westin, FL with the Humana health care provider, won the $10,000 buy-in Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The competition was played over three days and nights and concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. Percal collected $320,574 in prize money in what was – incredibly – his very first time to cash in a WSOP event after two previous in-the-money finishes on the WSOP Circuit.
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Event #10
Mike Cordell
Won: $346,088
Event #10: $1500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
Mike Cordell won his victory by outlasting yet another big field and conquering a final table which included some formidable opponents, including three strong European notables – Pierre Neuville (Belgium), Lutz Klinkhammer (Austria), and Javier Garcirreynaldos (Spain).
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Event #11
Jean Gaspard
Won: $306,621
Event #11: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship
The 44-year-old longtime poker player and gambler who once played professional basketball and attended a training camp with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls won one of the 2016 World Series’ most thrilling victories. He won the $10,000 buy-in Dealers Choice (Six-Handed) tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas. Gaspard collected $306,621 in prize money along with the coveted gold bracelet, making this one of the most satisfying wins of his career.
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Event #12
Ryan Laplante
Won: $190,328
Event #12: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha
Of the dozen gold bracelets awarded at this year’s World Series of Poker thus far, Ryan LaPlante attracted the largest and most loyal following. The 26-year-old poker pro from Brainerd, MN was energized by the large crowd and ended up rewarding his throngs of supporters with a thrilling tournament victory in the most recent championship event at the WSOP.
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Event #13
Rep Porter
Won: $142,624
Event #13: $1500 Seven Card Razz
The good-natured poker pro from Woodinville, WA won the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Razz tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas, June 9-11. Porter collected $142,624 in prize money. This marked his third time to win a gold bracelet following previous victories in 2008 and 2011. His previous wins came for Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em and Seven-Card Razz. Hence, he’s one of a small number of players with multiple wins in this unique form of lowball poker. Porter can also play other forms of poker well, too – as evidenced by his 12th-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event Championship.
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Event #14
Jason DeWitt
Won: $1,065,403
Event #14: $1500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em
The professional poker player from San Diego, CA won the $1,500 buy-in “Millionaire Maker” No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over five days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #15
Paul Volpe
Won: $149,943
Event #15: $1500 Eight Game Mix (6-Handed)
Two years after his first victory at the World Series of Poker, the poker pro from Philadelphia won the $1,500 buy-in Eight-Game Mix (Six-Handed) tournament, which concluded on Sunday night. Volpe won his debut victory in the $10K No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball competition. He’s since made six additional final tables, and even came in second twice, falling just short of a second win to Shaun Deeb ($10K Pot-Limit Omaha) and Keith Lehr ($10K Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em).
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Event #16
Jason Mercier
Won: $273,335
Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)
Jason Mercier is the newest member of poker’s elite four-gold bracelet club. He became only the 39th player in history with four or more WSOP titles to his name. The four-gold bracelet club includes an illustrious list of legendary player, both past and present, including Bill Boyd, Puggy Pearson, Amarillo Slim Preston, Mike Matusow, Huck Seed, and others. Now, add Mercier to that list.
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Event #17
Chase Bianchi
Won: $316,920
Event #17: $1000 No-Limit Hold'em
The poker player from Columbia, MD topped the $1,000 buy-in, No-Limit Hold’em event, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. After four cashes in Circuit events, Bianchi recorded his premier WSOP cash, claiming $316,920 in prize money and a coveted gold bracelet to go along with it.
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Event #18
Marco Johnson
Won: $259,730
Event #18: $3000 H .O. R. S. E.
The poker player from Walnut Creek, CA won the $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Johnson collected $259,730 in prize money, making this one of the biggest wins of his career.
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Event #19
Sam Soverel
Won: $185,317
Event #19: $1000 Pot-Limit Omaha
The professional poker player from West Palm Beach, FL won the $1,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Soverel collected $185,317 in prize money, making this the biggest tournament win of his career. This was only the third time he’s cashed in a WSOP event.
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Event #20
Ray Dehkharghani
Won: $273,338
Event #20: $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship
Dehkharghani collected $273,338 in prize money, making this the biggest tournament win of his career. Perhaps just as interesting as the thrilling heads-up finale was the story behindDehkharghani’s long journey to get here.
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Event #21
Calvin Lee
Won: $531,577
Event #21: $3000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
The 28-year-old high-stakes professional poker player won the $3,000 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over four days and three nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. An extra playing day was needed given the large field size and the grinding pace of action, which was the most cautious of any final table yet at this year’s series.
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Event #22
Danny Le
Won: $188,815
Event #22: $1500 Limit Hold'em
The 49-year-old Vietnamese-born poker player and businessman from Westminster, CA won the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Le collected $188,815 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career.
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Event #23
Cesar Garcia
Won: $447,739
Event #23: $2000 No-Limit Hold'em
As for the victor, Garcia is 27 years old. He was born in the Canary Islands, which are located in the Atlantic Ocean. They are under the protection of Spain, which is where Garcia’s family originated. After growing up on the islands, Garcia attended a prestigious university in Madrid – which was the law school at Carlos III. After graduation, he decided to move to Cardiff, Wales where he currently resides. Garcia has been playing online poker for the last few years. This was his second time to play at the WSOP. Four years ago, he min-cashed a few times, but had never come close to a victory of this magnitude.
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Event #24
Jason Mercier
Won: $422,874
Event #24: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
The 29-year-old South Florida poker star won the $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. Championship, which was played over three long days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas at around 3:30 am, while the blurry-eyed poker world reacted with shock and awe.
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Event #25
Michael Gagliano
Won: $448,463
Event #25: $2500 No-Limit Hold'em
The 31-year-old poker pro from Rockaway, NJ won the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. For this most impressive come-from-behind victory. Gagliano collected $448,463 in prize money, making this the biggest live win of his career.
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Event #26
Benny Glaser
Won: $244,103
Event #26: $1500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
The poker pro from Southampton, UK won the $1,500 buy-in Omaha High-Low Split tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Glaser collected $244,103 in prize money, making this one of the biggest wins of his career. His previous WSOP victory took place last year in the $1,500 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball event. He’s now cashed five times at the series, which includes three final table appearances, and two wins.
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Event #27
Johnnie Craig
Won: $538,204
Event #27: $1000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Craig is a business owner from Baytown, TX near Houston. He owns and operates a restaurant and also does catering, including running a few snow-cone stands. Prior to working at his own business, Craig served 25 years in the U.S. military. He did multiple tours of Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Event #28
Ian Johns
Won: $290,635
Event #28: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
The high-stakes poker pro who splits time between the Pacific Northwest, from where he originates, and Las Vegas where he plays regularly, won the $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’emtournament. The competition took place over three days and nights was concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. Johns collected $290,635 in prize money, along with his third career gold bracelet.
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Event #29
Alexander Ziskin
Won: $401,494
Event #29: $1500 No-Limit Hold'em
The 30-year-old professional poker player from Chicago, IL won the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over four days and three nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #30
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy
Won: $344,327
Event #30: $3000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha
The 36-year-old poker pro from Krasnoyarsk, Russia won the $3,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #31
James Moore
Won: $230,626
Event #31: $1000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
The medical physician and radiologist from New Hope, Pennsylvania won the $1,000 buy-in Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Moore lives about five miles from Washington Crossing, which is where George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River during the American Revolution.
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Event #32
Benny Glaser
Won: $407,194
Event #32: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Benny Glaser, a poker pro from Southampton, UK managed to overshadow all the Mercier fanfare, particularly since this was his second victory at this year’s series. Remarkably, he became the third player with two wins already in 2016, joining Mercier and Ian Johns in the duel bracelet club.
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Event #33
Adrian Mateos
Won: $409,171
Event #33: $1500 Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold'em
The 21-year-old poker pro from Madrid, Spain just won the $1,500 buy-in Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over five days and four nights. The lengthy marathon just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #34
Andrey Zaichenko
Won: $117,947
Event #34: $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
The 38-year-old sales and marketing executive from Moscow, Russia won the $1,500 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Triple-Draw Limit Lowball tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #35
Michael Gathy
Won: $560,843
Event #35: $5000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
This time, the poker pro from Brussels, Belgium won the $5,000 buy-in Six-Handed No-LimitHold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #36
Hani Awad
Won: $213,186
Event #36: $2500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
The high stakes recreational poker player now residing in Las Vegas won the $2,500 buy-in Mixed Omaha/Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament. The competition was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #37
Jiaqi Xu
Won: $212,128
Event #37: $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha
The amateur poker player from Columbia, MD in the northern Washington, DC suburbs won the $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Xu collected $212,128 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career.
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Event #38
Rafael Lebron
Won: $169,337
Event #38: $3000 6-Handed Limit Hold'em
Lebron, a poker pro from Puyallup, WA won the $3,000 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #39
Martin Kozlov
Won: $665,709
Event #39: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship
The professional poker player from Melbourne, Australia won the $10,000 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #40
Christopher Vitch
Won: $136,854
Event #40: $2500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
The 33-year-old professional poker player from Phoenix, AZ won the $2,500 buy-in Mixed Triple-Draw Lowball (Limit) tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #41
Mitchell Towner
Won: $1,120,196
Event #41: $1500 MONSTER Stack No-Limit Hold'em
Four days ago, the University of Arizona college professor and self-admitted novice poker player would have seemed like the least likely candidate to wind up as the only player left sitting at a poker table where nearly 7,000 others hoped to be victorious, and the ultimate beneficiary of one of the largest cash prizes of the summer series. He was one of the players many pros and veterans mentally target as “not standing a chance.”
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Event #42
Phillip McAllister
Won: $267,720
Event #42: $3000 Shootout No-Limit Hold'em
The 22-year-old professional poker player from Winchester, UK won the $3,000 buy-in No-LimitHold’em Shootout tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #43
George Danzer
Won: $338,646
Event #43: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship
The Brazilian-born poker pro of German decent now living in Vienna, Austria won the $10,000 buy-inSeven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament. The competition was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. Danzer won this prestigious title for the second time.
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Event #44
Steven Wolansky
Won: $298,849
Event #44: $1000 No-Limit Hold'em
Wolansky collected $298,849 in prize money, making this one of the biggest wins of his career. He’s now posted 19 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP, dating back to 2013. He won his first gold bracelet in 2014 in the $1,500 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event. Wolansky also finished second the previous year in the Eight-Game mix event.
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Event #45
Loren Klein
Won: $241,427
Event #45: $1500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha
Loren Klein is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club. The victory was made all the more satisfying by the long journey to reach this moment, which included several prior cashes in World Series of Poker events, and a mixed emotional reaction to a second place finish in a gold bracelet event back in 2010.
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Event #46
Kristen Bicknell
Won: $290,768
Event #46: $1500 BOUNTY No-Limit Hold'em
Kristen Bicknell became the first female to win a gold bracelet at the 2016 World Series of Poker. After 46 completed events, the student and part-time poker player shattered the gender gap and solidified her position as someone to look out for in future tournaments.
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Event #47
John Hennigan
Won: $320,103
Event #47: $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship
The longtime professional poker player from Las Vegas won the $10,000 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #48
Ankush Mandavia
Won: $548,139
Event #48: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels)
The 29-year-old professional poker player from Kennesaw, GA won the $5,000 buy-in Turbo No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over two days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #49
Shaun Deeb
Won: $111,101
Event #49: $1500 Seven Card Stud
Deeb won the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud tournament, which was played over three days and nights and concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. Deeb collected $111,101 in prize money, which is but one of several six-figure wins of his career, or in other words – about what he makes in a typical session of Open-Face Chinese Poker, a game for which he’s developed a reputation as one of the world’s best.
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Event #50
Safiya Umerova
Won: $264,046
Event #50: $1500 Shootout No-Limit Hold'em
The 28-year-old aspiring professional poker player from Los Angeles won the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Shootout tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #51
Brandon Shack-Harris
Won: $894,300
Event #51: $10,000 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
The professional poker player from Chicago won the $10,000 buy-in 8-Handed Pot-Limit Omahatournament, which was played over four days and three nights and concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #52
Andrew Lichtenberger
Won: $569,158
Event #52: $3000 No-Limit Hold'em
It couldn’t be true that Lichtenberger, one of poker’s most-talented tournament grinders who has been playing at the WSOP since 2009, didn’t yet have a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. That simply couldn’t have been true.
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Event #53
Allan Le
Won: $189,223
Event #53: $1500 Mixed PLO/8; Omaha 8/8; and Big O
The professional poker player from Huntington Beach, CA won the $1,500 buy-in Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low Split/Omaha High-Low Split/Big O tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #54
Hung Le
Won: $888,888
Event #54: $888 Crazy Eights 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
The 53-year-old recreational poker player who has never been close to the bright lights of Las Vegas before won the $888 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em “Crazy Eights” 8-Handed tournament, which was played over four days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #55
Brian Rast
Won: $1,296,097
Event #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed)
The 34-year-old professional poker player now residing in Las Vegas, NV added his name to an elite legacy of icons which currently includes Freddy Deeb, Scotty Nguyen, David Bach, Michael Mizrachi,Matthew Ashton, Johnny Hennigan, Mike Gorodinsky, and the late Chip Reese, who has become the tournament’s revered patriarch. However, after tonight, he’s now even done one better than those on that list -- except for one player.
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Event #56
David Peters
Won: $412,557
Event #56: $1500 No-Limit Hold'em
The 29-year-old veteran professional poker player from Toledo, OH won the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #57
David Nowakowski
Won: $203,113
Event #57: $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better
Nowakowski collected $203,113 in prize money, making this the biggest live win of his career. However, the online player who has spent considerable time out of the United States to pursue his profession has made considerable profits and even acquired “Super Nova” status at one of the world’s largest online sites.
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Event #58
Corey Thompson
Won: $221,163
Event #58: $1000 No-Limit Hold'em (30-minute levels)
The 27-year-old poker pro from Winter Park, Florida won the $1,000 buy-in Turbo No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over a lightning-quick two days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. The turbo-structured format meant that the tournament incorporated 30-minute levels, instead of the usual hour-long duration.
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Event #59
Yue Du
Won: $800,586
Event #59: $5000 No-Limit Hold'em
The 48-year-old venture capitalist and investor without much of a tournament resume prior to this day won one of the toughest tournaments in all of poker -- the $5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tourney. The competition was played over four days and three nights and concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas
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Event #60
David Prociak
Won: $156,546
Event #60: $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
The small business owner from Kissimmee, FL won the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament, which was played over three days and nights and concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #61
Ryan Fee & Doug Polk
Won: $76,679
Event #61: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em
The winning team was comprised of Doug Polk, 27, from Las Vegas and Ryan Fee, 28, from Philadelphia. Both are professional poker players. Interestingly, they entered as a duo to promote a new poker site they own and operate.
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Event #62
Jens Kyllonen
Won: $1,127,035
Event #62: $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed)
The 26-year-old professional poker player from Helsinki, Finland won the $25,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha High-Roller tournament, which was played over four days and three nights and concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. Due in large measure to a fierce back and forth battle during the later stages of the competition, the tournament extended longer than expected.
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Event #63
Tony Dunst
Won: $339,254
Event #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
The 31-year-old poker pro based in Las Vegas, who is perhaps just as well known for his regular appearances as a popular commentator on the World Poker Tour television series, thundered his way to his first career victory in a World Series of Poker event.
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Event #64
Kyle Bowker
Won: $294,960
Event #64: $3000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better
The highly-respected poker veteran from Walton, NY won the $3,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low Split tournament, which was played over three days and nights and concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. The final day was played in front of a big crowd and a festive atmosphere on the same day the 2016 Main Event Championship started inside the same venue.
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Event #65
Courtney Kennedy
Won: $149,108
Event #65: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Kennedy won her well-deserved victory by coming out on top at a final table which included quite a challenging lineup. Amanda Musumeci, a WSOP Circuit gold bracelet winner and runner up in a 2012 WSOP gold bracelet event was present. So too was Wendy Freedman, another talented poker pro and WSOP Circuit winner. However, Amanda Baker, another gold ring winner from the Circuit would outlast them both and ultimately pose the biggest threat to Kennedy.
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Event #66
Clayton Maguire
Won: $210,279
Event #66: $1000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em
The poker player originally from Brighton, Colorado who now resides in Las Vegas won the $1,000 buy-in tournament, which was played both online and live at the Rio in Las Vegas. The first stage of the tournament took place online at WSOP.com. Once the final table of six players was determined, those finalists traveled to Las Vegas to play the finale in a live setting. All players had to be positioned in Nevada to be eligible to participate.
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Event #67
Fedor Holz
Won: $4,981,775
Event #67: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em
The widely-respected 22-year-old poker prodigy and online sensation, a high-stakes poker pro from Germany, won the $111,111 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas.
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Event #69
Michael Tureniec
Won: $525,520
Event #69: $1000 +111 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em
The professional poker player from Stockholm Sweden won the $1,000 +$111 buy-in “Little One for One Drop tournament, which was played over five days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas. The 69th and final gold bracelet competition was played concurrently with the $10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship, which will conclude in November.
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