No-Limit Hold’em World Championship
Number of Entries: 7,319
Number of Players Starting Day Six: 205
Total Players Remaining: 78
Total Net Prize Pool: $68,798,600
Number of Places Paid: 747
First Place Prize: $8,944,138
July 5th to November 9th, 2010
Day Six Ends
Down to 78: All Remaining Players Guaranteed at Least $94,942
2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship Continues
Theo Jorgensen Holds Chip Lead at End of Day Six
Poker Legend Johnny Chan Hits the Rail
205 Players Begin Day Six – Only 78 Survive
Survivors Return on Friday, July 16th for Day Seven
Out of 7,319 Total Starters – 78 Dreams Remain Alive
Canada, Denmark, Italy, Russia, Sweden, and United States Represented in Top Twenty
Note: For the tournament portal page for this event, including the day’s chip counts, click HERE.
The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event continued on Thursday with the play and conclusion of Day Six. This was the sixth full day of competition for all players who remain alive in the tournament. The Main Event actually began 11 days ago. However, earlier sessions were divided into multiple starting days.
Day Six began with 205 players. After 4.5 levels of play lasting nine hours, only 78 players survived. The surviving players will return Friday for Day Seven.
The end of Day Six chip leader is Theo Jorgensen, from Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a 38-year-old professional poker player who has been competing in tournaments for about ten years, mostly in Europe. Jorgensen currently has 9,300,000 in chips, which gives him 1.7 million more in his stack than his closest rival.
The runner up is Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi who, true to his name, has patiently come back from near extinction just two days ago, when he was under 100,000 in chips. Mizrachi currently has 7,535,000 in his stack, and is clearly playing as well as (if not better than) anyone in the world at the moment. Mizrachi also still has an outside chance to tie Frank Kassela in this year's WSOP Player of the Year race.
Among those who did not fare as well on Day Six was back-to-back world champion Johnny Chan, who was eliminated in 156th place. Chan experienced a nightmare scenario early in the day when he was dealt pocket kings. The big hand came at the worst possible time, since Robert Pisano was dealt pocket aces. Chan lost the hand and became short-stacked for the first time in the tournament. He was eliminated about an hour later. Other notable names who played Day Six, but will not return for Day Seven include -- Todd Witteles (89th), Jesper Hougaard (106th), J.P. Kelly (108th), Robert Mizrachi (116th), Tomer Berda (120th), Phil Galfond (144th), John May (164th), Russell Rosenblum (177th) and Matt Keikoan (196th).
The next stage of play is expected to trim the 78 remaining competitors down to 27 survivors, or three full tables, when the next session begins. The Main Event continues through July 17th when the final table players will ultimately be determined, otherwise known as the “November Nine.”
There are 78 players remaining.
The current chip leader is Theo Jorgensen (Copenhagen, Denmark).
There are no women remaining in the Main Event. The last survivor was Breeze Zuckerman (Moorpark, CA), who finished in 121st place.
There are no former world champions remaining. Johnny Chan (Las Vegas, NV) was this year’s top finisher, finishing in 156th place.
There are seven former gold bracelet winners still alive in the Main Event. They are – Theo Jorgenesen, Michael Mizrachi, Eric Baldwin, Hasan Habib, Scott Clements, Pascal LeFrancois, and David Benyamine.
There are 45 Americans remaining in the Main Event.
There are 33 non-American (international) players remaining in the Main Event.
There are 15 different nations with players still alive in the Main Event.
Two-time world champion Johnny Chan had been ranked among the top 30 players since Day Three began. He held the chip lead for a brief time during that session. Chan had been the only player ranked within the top 20 during each of the past three days. However, Chan ran into serious trouble on Day Six and was eliminated in 156th place.
Pocket aces were not kind to Chan. On the first of two horrific hands, Chan experienced every Hold’em player’s nightmare scenario. The first blow to Chan’s stack came when the former champ was dealt pocket Kings. The big pocket pair came at the worst possible moment. His opponent, Robert Pisano (Las Vegas, NV) had a big stack as well, and was dealt pocket Aces. Chan lost the critical hand and became short-stacked for the first time in the tournament.
The second beat sealed Chan’s fate. He was eliminated about an hour later when dealt pocket Jacks. Chan ran into pocket Aces yet again, held this time by Jonathan Driscoll (Blainville, Quebec). Chan failed to improve and was given a warm ovation from the crowd as the last former champion to survive this year’s tournament.
This was Chan’s deepest run in the Main Event since his seventh-place finish in the 1992 championship. He won the Main Event back-to-back in 1987 and 1988. For another year at least, Chan remains tied in second place with Doyle Brunson for most career WSOP wins, with ten.
Here is a final summary of this year's performances of all former WSOP Main Event Champions:
1975/1976: Doyle Brunson – Eliminated Day 2-B
1978: Bobby “the Owl” Baldwin – Eliminated Day 2-A
1983: Tom McEvoy – Eliminated Day 2-A
1986: Berry Johnston – Eliminated Day 2-A
1987/1988: Johnny Chan – CASHED – 156th PLACE
1989: Phil Hellmuth – Eliminated Day 1-C
1993: Jim Bechtel – Eliminated Day 3
1995: Dan Harrington – Eliminated Day 4
1996: Huck Seed – Eliminated Day 1-C
1998: Scotty Nguyen – CASHED -- 209th PLACE
2000: Chris “Jesus” Ferguson – Eliminated Day 2-B
2001: Carlos Mortensen – Eliminated Day 2-A
2002: Robert Varkonyi – Eliminated Day 4
2003: Chris Moneymaker – Eliminated Day 3
2004: Greg “Fossilman” Raymer – Eliminated Day 1-A
2005: Joe Hachem – Eliminated Day 1-D
2006: Jamie Gold – Eliminated Day 1-B
2007: Jerry Yang – Eliminated Day 1-C
2009: Joe Cada – Eliminated Day 3
Hence, only two of 19 former champions cashed in the Main Event. The top finisher of the group was Johnny Chan.
Here is a final summary of performances by last year’s November Nine:
Joe Cada – Eliminated Day 3
Darvin Moon – Eliminated Day 2-B
Antoine Saout – Eliminated Day 2-B
Eric Buchman – CASHED -- 554th PLACE
Jeff Shulman – Eliminated Day 2-B
Steven Begleiter – Eliminated on Day 1-C
Phil Ivey – Eliminated Day 2-B
Kevin Schaffel – Eliminated Day 1-B
James Akenhead – Eliminated Day 2-A
Hence, only one of nine former final table participants from 2009 cashed in the Main Event. The top finisher of the group was Eric Buchman.
Here is a summary of former WSOP Players of the Year:
Daniel Negreanu – Eliminated Day 3
Allen Cunningham – CASHED – 581st PLACE
Jeff Madsen – Eliminated Day 1-C
Tom Schneider – Eliminated Day 2-B
Erick Lindgren – Eliminated Day 1-B
Jeffrey Lisandro – Eliminated Day 1-D
Hence, only one of six former Players of the Year cashed in the Main Event. The top finisher of the group was Allen Cunningham.
This year's Player of the Year will be either Frank Kassela (Las Vegas, NV) as the sole champion, or Kassela sharing the title with Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi (Miramar, FL). Since Mizrachi remains alive in the Main Event, he stays in contention for the win. Kassela busted out on Day Four and is now guaranteed no worse than a tie for first-place in the point race. The only way Mizrachi can catch Kassela (for a tie) is if he wins the Main Event.
2010 GOLD BRACELET WINNERS (STATUS)
There were 56 WSOP gold bracelet winners this year coming into the Main Event. Here are the players who either cashed, or who remain alive going into Day Seven, along with their current status:
Michael Mizrachi -- STILL ALIVE, currently in 30th place
Pascal LeFrancois -- STILL ALIVE, currently in 43rd place
Tomer Berda – Cashed – 134th place
Matt Keikoan – Cashed – 196th place
Praz Bansi – Cashed – 240th place
Jason DeWitt – Cashed – 274th place
Simon Watt – Cashed – 397th place
Carter Phillips – Cashed – 483rd place
Eric Buchman – Cashed – 554th place
Frank Kassela -- Cashed – 674th place
Gavin Smith -- Cashed – 730th place
OTHER NOTABLE ELIMINATIONS
Todd Witteles (Las Vegas, NV) was eliminated in 89th place. Witteles won his gold bracelet in 2005 playing Limit Hold'em.
Two-time gold bracelet winner Jesper Hougaard (Hassengrade, Denmark) ended up in 106th place. Hougaard is one of only three players to win gold bracelets both at the WSOP and WSOP Europe.
John-Paul Kelly, a.k.a. J.P. Kelly (Aylesbury, UK) finished in 108th place. Kelly won his first WSOP victory last year playing Pot-Limit Hold'em and followed that up with a victory at WSOP Europe the same year.
Robert Mizrachi (Las Vegas, NV) was eliminated in 116th place. Mizrachi enjoyed a profitable WSOP with six cashes. His best showing was fifth place in the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, won by his brother Michael. Robert Mizrachi's gold bracelet came in 2007 playing Pot-Limit Omaha.
Tomer Berda (Arsus, Isreal) won the last tournament held just before the start of the Main Event. He then continued on to finish 134th in this tournament. Berda earned more than $950,000 in his three cashes this year.
Phil Galfond (New York, NY) ended up finishing in 141th place. His gold bracelet took place in 2008 playing Pot-Limit Omaha.
John May, from Newington, CT was still alive when play began on Day Six. He was the youngest player to enter this year’s championship. In fact, May could have been the youngest Main Event winner in history had he won first place. May, at age 21 years and 1 day at the time of his registration, was eliminated in 164th place. Hence, May becomes the youngest player history to finish in the Top 200 of the Main Event.
Tommy Vinas (Houston, TX) enjoyed his best Main Event finish -- 172nd place. Vinas was the senior among the group. He has been coming to the WSOP since 1978.
Russell Rosenblum (Las Vegas, NV) began Day Six with the shortest stack. He catapulted 28 spots higher on the list and ended up finishing in 177th place. Rosenblum final-tabled the 2002 Main Event, finishing in sixth.
Two-time gold bracelet winner Matt Keikoan (San Rafael, CA) finished 196th. He won his second WSOP earlier this year in Limit Hold'em.
AN INTERVIEW WITH THEO JORGENSEN (CURRENT CHIP LEADER)
Theo Jorgensen is a 38-year-old professional poker player from Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been playing poker seriously for about ten years. He has numerous achievements in major poker tournaments, mostly over in Europe, including winning his only WSOP gold bracelet in 2008 at WSOP Europe in London when he captured the £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha championship. He has $562,682 in WSOP earnings to date. He has also made two European Poker Tour final tables. His overall career tournament winnings total nearly $1.5 million.
With an in-the-money finish now guaranteed in the Main Event, Jorgensen now has six WSOP cashes. His best previous showing here in Las Vegas was a fifth-place finish in the $5,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud championship, which paid $46,530.
Jorgensen is currently making the run of his life. He appears primed to be a major force in the next day or two, as the very best will play down to the November Nine.
Question: How did things go today?
Jorgensen: I think I did well. I don’t think I made any big mistakes today. I got it all-in with a very lucky situation with king-suited on a (king-high) flush board. He had A-K which is a hand he could not get away from and that boomed me up from 3 million up to 8 million. I’ve been very pleased with my play -- like staying away from the worse guys and squeezing the weakest spots to play for their stacks. Normally when you do that, they eventually fold.
Question: Tell us a secret about your game that you think really helps you.
Jorgensen: Showing the big bluffs. I came to the conclusion that I almost go on instant tilt when I get (bluffed). In big tournaments like this, it has to influence your game when you get shown big bluffs. I do it because I know it will shock them. In these situations, it’s about making them call for their whole stacks so that eventually they feel like they can only play Aces. However, it can go really bad for you if you are the bluffer. And, it did go bad once today. But, that’s part of it.
Question: There were number of players with big stacks early, who have since busted out. But you survived. Were there any big lay downs for you today?
Jorgensen: It’s difficult for those deep stacks. I laid down A-K pre-flop against a very aggressive guy and for me that’s as big as it gets. Whenever I’ve been up against a big stack with A-Q, I’ve laid it down, instead of getting tangled.
Question: Are you making any plans for tomorrow, or simply playing it hand by hand?
Jorgensen: I’m going to take it hand by hand. There are so many players that I don’t know. There’s such a big difference in the level of play. I’m going to Google some of the rest of the players and see what I can learn about them.
Question: Have you ever dreamed about winning the WSOP Main Event?
Jorgensen: Yes! Big time! In the beginning, when you go from playing cash and you win and win, it’s tough because you have to accept that you will repeatedly bust out in tournaments. The first Main Event I played was down at Binion’s when Moneymaker won. That was clearly the biggest bust out. I could remember the table, the hand, I could feel my arms getting longer walking out of Binion’s Downtown, and getting into the cab. So, as soon as you double up in this tournament, if the stars are aligned you can actually win this one. I’ve been playing for ten years, so I know you can’t get your hopes up too high. But at this point, it’s hard to keep up the pessimism.
AN INTERVIEW WITH GUALTER SALLES SANTOS (BRAZIL)
The story of former world champion Jack Straus coming back in the 1982 Main Event has become one of poker’s most enduring memories. At one point, Straus was down to a single chip in the championship that year and managed to not only survive a while longer, but went on to win the Main Event.
This year’s WSOP had a similar story, albeit with a far different conclusion. During the middle of Day Five, with several hundred players still remaining in the tournament, a professional racecar driver from Rio de Janeiro named Gualter Salles Santos lost a heartbreaking pot and was left with a single 1,000-denomination chip. It was poker’s equivalent of a spinout. Incredibly, Santos jumped back into the race and ran that single chip back up to nearly 1,000,000. While there was no fairytale ending to Santos’ comeback or a checkered flag finish, his feat was one of this year’s most endearing accomplishments.
Santos, who was competing in his first WSOP Main Event, was interviewed during a break on Day Six. Note: A few hours later, he was eliminated in 118th place.
Question: Tell us your chip and a chair story from Day Five.
Salles: It was an incredible story. I started the hand with 160,000. I raised with jacks under the gun. The big blind called. The flop came K-9-9. He led out with a bet and I called. The turn was a blank. He asked how many chips I still had. I counted my chips and I said '106,000.' So, he declared 106,000 was the bet. Instead of declaring all-in, he said 106,000. But what we missed was that one chip (1,000) was on top of my cards as a protector. I had called and we showed our hands. I lost the hand and was standing up to leave. The dealer told me I still had one chip left.
Question: What happened after that?
Salles: From that one chip, the next hand I went up to 9,000. A couple of hands later, I went up to 25,000. Then, to 106,000. To 250,000. And so on. That's how it happened.
Question: You’re a professional race car driver. Discuss the similarities between auto racing and poker.
Zuckerman: They are actually very similar. The level of concentration is the same. It takes a lot of discipline. But the difference in racing is that when you make an error you can get hurt. If something goes wrong here, it's 'good game,' and you walk away. That's the biggest difference. But the rest of the things that I use in racing, I can also use in poker. It's really not possible for me to go on tilt because I have to always be very calm all the time inside the race car. I try to prepare myself for those difficult moments when I will be under pressure.
Question: A few years ago, the WSOP crowned its first Brazilian gold bracelet champion. What would it mean for a Brazilian to win the Main Event?
Zuckerman: There is another Brazilian player still alive (Eduardo Parras). Poker is getting to be huge in Brazil. It is growing a lot every year. We have the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) now in South America. So, poker is really big. But if a Brazilian wins the Main Event, or even if we make a final table, it is going to be an incredible achievement.
All players began this tournament with 30,000 in chips. The average stack size when play began on this day was about 1,070,000 in chips.
Play was nine-handed. This format is expected to remain in effect until play reaches the final ten players, which then combines temporarily to a ten-handed table. After one player is eliminated, the “November Nine” will be set and the tournament will take a three-month hiatus.
Day Six played four full levels. Each level is two hours long. Play began at noon and ended at 11:50 pm.
The average stack size is currently 2,815,000 in chips.
The 1,000 chips were raced off. The lowest-denomination chip at the start of Day Seven will be 5,000.
When players return for Day Seven, blinds will be 25,000-50,000 with a 5,000 ante.
Day Six began with 205 players. There were 78 survivors. This means 38 percent of Day Six starters survived the session.
With this day now complete, there are 78 total players still alive in the Main Event.
Players who survived Day Six will return to continue their quest for the 2010 world poker championship on Friday, July 16th, at 12 noon.
Payouts increase at various intervals. Every player still alive in the tournament is currently guaranteed at least $94,942 in prize money. The next jump comes when 72nd place is reached, which will pay $114,205 in the next increment.
This end of day chip leader is Theo Jorgensen, from Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a 38-year-old professional poker player who has been competing in tournaments for about ten years, mostly in Europe. Jorgensen currently has 9,300,000 in chips, which gives him 1.7 million more in his stack than his closest rival.
Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi, from Miramar, FL is currently in second place with 7,535,000 in his stack.
The chip leader from the previous day was Evan Lamprea, from Woodstock, Ontario (Canada). He fell back towards an average-sized stack and currently ranks in 28th place.
No player has yet hit the 10-million chip mark.
Only three players have in excess of 7,000,000 in chips.
Only six players have in excess of 6,000,000 in chips.
Only 14 players have in excess of 5,000,000 in chips
There are nine players (about 15 percent of the field) who have 1,000,000 in chips, or less.
Here is how the chip leaders from each day (of this year’s Main Event) have fared, thus far:
1-A: Corwin Cole, from Las Vegas, NV – Did Not Cash
1-B: James Danielson, from LaPlata, MD – Did Not Cash
1-C: Mathieu Sauriol, from Laval, Quebec (Canada) – CASHED in 532nd place
1-D: Steve Billirakis, from Bourbonnais, IL – CASHED, in 257th place
2-A: Boulos Estafanous, from Darien, IL – CASHED in 733rd place
2-B: David Assouline from Hampstead, Quebec (Canada) – STILL ALIVE in 47th place
3: James Carroll, from Henderson, NV – CASHED, in 96th place
4: Tony Dunst, Las Vegas, NV -- STILL ALIVE, in 54th place
5: Evan Lamprea, Woodstock, Ontario (Canada) – STILL ALIVE in 28th place
6: Theo Jorgensen, Copenhagen, Denmark – STILL ALIVE – Chip Leader
The following nations (15) still have players alive in the Main Event:
United States – 45 players
Canada – 9 players
Russia – 5 players
France – 4 players
Denmark – 3 players
Italy -- 2 players
Sweden -- 2 players
Brazil – 1 player
Germany – 1 player
Great Britain – 1 player
Ireland -- 1 player
Netherlands – 1 player
Norway – 1 player
Oman – 1 player
Slovakia – 1 player
Here are the metro areas with the largest numbers of remaining players:
Las Vegas, NV -- 7 players
Los Angeles, CA -- 6 players
Moscow, Russia -- 4 players
Paris, France -- 3 players
Toronto, ON (Canada) --3 players
Copenhagen, Denmark -- 2 players
Houston, TX -- 2 players
There are 92 nations and territories represented among all players who entered this year’s WSOP Main Event. (The entire 2010 WSOP attracted participants from 117 different locales).
This year’s Main Event is comprised of 67.9 percent Americans. In other words, 32.1 percent of all participants are from other nations and territories.
The top-ten nations by participation in the Main Event are:
United States – 4,973 players
Canada – 482
Great Britain – 292
France – 176
Germany – 176
Australia – 110
Sweden – 99
Russia – 89
Italy – 81
Netherlands – 78
The remaining nations and the amount of players who participated from them include:
Brazil -- 56
Ireland -- 55
Spain -- 53
Denmark -- 52
Canada -- 42
Norway -- 41
Finland -- 39
Switzerland -- 37
Hungary -- 30
England -- 29
Argentina -- 27
Mexico -- 27
Portugal -- 26
Austria -- 25
Belgium -- 23
Israel -- 19
Japan -- 18
Romania -- 11
Poland -- 10
Venezuela -- 10
Lithuania -- 9
South Africa -- 9
Czech Republic -- 8
Lebanon -- 8
Guatemala -- 7
New Zealand -- 6
Slovakia -- 6
Ukraine -- 6
Belarus -- 5
China -- 5
Costa Rica -- 5
Cyprus -- 5
Greece -- 5
Hong Kong -- 5
Kazakhstan -- 5
Latvia -- 5
Singapore -- 5
Slovenia -- 5
Chile -- 4
U.A.E. -- 3
Bolivia -- 3
Estonia -- 3
Croatia -- 3
Turkey -- 3
Uruguay -- 3
Bahrain -- 2
Belize -- 2
Colombia -- 2
Gibraltar -- 2
Guadeloupe -- 2
Iceland -- 2
South Korea -- 2
Peru -- 2
Philippines -- 2
Serbia -- 2
Angola -- 1
Azerbaijan -- 1
Bosnia -- 1
Benin -- 1
Bermuda -- 1
Bahamas -- 1
Botswana -- 1
Dominican Republic -- 1
Gabon -- 1
Guam -- 1
Honduras -- 1
Haiti -- 1
India -- 1
Cayman Islands -- 1
Liechtenstein -- 1
Monaco -- 1
Macedonia -- 1
Mongolia -- 1
Northern Mariana Islands -- 1
Malta -- 1
Oman -- 1
Panama -- 1
French Polynesia -- 1
Paraguay -- 1
Qatar -- 1
Senegal -- 1
Turks and Caicos Islands -- 1
Taiwan -- 1
ODDS AND ENDS
Based on the birthdates of all 7,319 players, the average age of all participants in the Main Event is 37 years and 4 months.
Only one of the four Mizrachi Brothers (Michael) remains alive in the Main Event. All four brothers cashed -- a WSOP first. But three brothers have now been eliminated, as Eric Mizrachi Daniel Mizrachi, and Robert Mizrachi went out in 718th, 345th, and 116th places, respectively.
Another set of brothers cashed this year as well. Matt Keikoan and Todd Keikoan both made it into the money. Two-time gold bracelet winner Matt Keikoan took 196th. His brother, Todd Keikoan finished in 421st place.
This is the 57th and final event on the 2010 WSOP schedule which is played in Las Vegas. Five more gold bracelet events will take place in London, England at the Empire Casino, to be held in September 14 through 28th as part of the Fourth Annual World Series of Poker Europe.
This marks the sixth consecutive year the WSOP has been held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Prior to 2005, the WSOP was held at Binion’s Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas. As a testament to the expansion of the WSOP since Harrah’s Entertainment assumed ownership and control of the world most prestigious poker event, more than three quarters of the $1.2 billion in prize money has been awarded to winners within the Rio – three times the amount awarded during the entire 35-year period at the Horseshoe.
This is the 885th gold bracelet event in World Series of Poker history. Note: This figure includes every official WSOP event played, including tournaments during the early years when there were no actual gold bracelets awarded. It also includes the 11 gold bracelets awarded to date at WSOP Europe.
In the 41-year history of the WSOP, the total combined amount of prize money that has been awarded amounts to $1,228,375,121.
The total number of entrants in the WSOP Main Event (all years combined) is 50,756.
The WSOP title sponsor the last two years has been Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. As part of a fun promotion, Jack Links gives away large quantities of their product to Main Event players who make big hands. This year’s key hand is four jacks. 60 players have made the hand thus far.
WOMEN IN THE MAIN EVENT
Special Note: The WSOP recognizes that player characteristics such as gender, race, etc. do not typically warrant special mention. However, since many members of the media wish to know details about female participation and status, the staff is providing this information for media use.
All women have been eliminated. Breeze Zuckerman was the top female finisher -- in 121st place.
The unofficial total number of females who participated in this year’s Main Event was 216. There is no official record since entrants are not designated by their gender. However, it has been customary to count every player at the start of Day One and take an unofficial head-count of female players. This figure represents about 3 percent of the field.
Here are the highest-female finishers (by year) in the WSOP Main Event (Note: Only players who finished in-the-money were recorded):
No female cashed in the Main Event between the years 1970-1985.
1986 – Wendeen Eolis (25th)
1987 – None
1988 – None
1989 – None
1990 – None
1991 – None
1992 – None
1993 – Marsha Waggoner (19th)
1994 – Barbara Samuelson (10th)
1995 – Barbara Enright (5th)
1996 – Lucy Rokach (26th)
1997 – Marsha Waggoner (12th)
1998 – Susie Isaacs (10th)
1999 – None
2000 – Annie Duke (10th)
2001 – None
2002 – None
2003 – Annie Duke (47th)
2004 – Rose Richie (98th)
2005 – Tiffany Williamson (15th)
2006 – Sabyl Cohen-Landrum (56th)
2007 – Maria Ho (38th)
2008 – Tiffany Michelle (17th)
2009 – Leo Margets, a.k.a. Leonor Margets (27th)
2010 – Breeze Zuckerman (121st)
WSOP MAIN EVENT ALL-TIME RECORDS
Although there is no official record for most consecutive days of playing in WSOP events without busting out, such a record would indeed belong to Tomer Berda from Israel. Berda won Event #56, which was played over four days. Since he won that event, he began a streak of four days without a bust. Berda entered the Main Event (the next tournament listed on the schedule) and finally busted out on Day Six. This means Berda played more than nine consecutive days at the WSOP without a single bust. This is a WSOP first.
Most Main Event Wins (Career):
3 – Johnny Moss (*first win was by vote)
3 – Stu Ungar
2 – Doyle Brunson
2 – Johnny Chan
Most Main Event Cashes (Career):
10 – Berry Johnston
8 – Humberto Brenes -- CASHED THIS YEAR (Now 8)
7 – Bobby Baldwin
7 – Doyle Brunson
7 – Jay Heimowitz
7 – Phil Hellmuth
7 – Mike Sexton
6 – John Bonetti
6 – Johnny Moss
6 – Jason Lester
6 – Steve Lott
5 – 14 players tied with 5 cashes each
Most Main Event Final Tables (Career):
5 – Doyle Brunson
5 – Jesse Alto
4 – Johnny Chan
4 – T.J. Cloutier
4 – Dan Harrington
4 – Berry Johnston
4 – Johnny Moss
4 – Stu Ungar
3 – 6 players tied with 3 final tables each
Joe Cada (2009) -- 21 years, 11 months, 22 days
Johnny Moss (1974) – 66 years, 11 months, 24 days
97 years -- Jack Ury (2010)
Most Consecutive Years Played
37 – Howard “Tahoe” Andrew (1974 to present)
Most Main Events Played (Career)
38 – Doyle Brunson (did not play 1999 through 2001)
Most Consecutive Years to Cash (Main Event)
4 – Theodore Park (2005 – 2008)
4 – Bo Sehlstedt (2004 – 2007)
4 – Robert Turner (1991 – 1994)
2010 WSOP STATISTICS (INCLUDING MAIN EVENT)
Tournament attendance is up significantly from last year when there were 60,875 entries (then, a record). This year, there were 72,966 total entries -- an increase of 20 percent. Hence, this is the biggest WSOP of all time, measured by total participation.
Prize money increased from 2008, when the total money awarded was a record $180,774,427. This year, the total amount of prize money awarded was $187,109,850 – an increase of 3.5 percent.
This year, there were 57 gold bracelet events – which is the same number as last year.
Through the conclusion of Event #56, the nationalities of gold bracelet winners have been:
United States (38)
Great Britain (5)
New Zealand (1)
Through the conclusion of Event #56, the national origin (birthplace) of winners has been:
United States (31)
Great Britain (5)
New Zealand (1)
Through the conclusion of Event #56, the breakdown of professional poker players to semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets is as follows:
Professional Players (39): Michael Chow, Michael Mizrachi, Praz Bansi, Josh Tieman, Peter Gelencser, James Dempsey, Men “the Master” Nguyen, Matt Matros, Yan R. Chen, Steve Gee, Carter Phillips, Jason DeWitt; Eric Buchman, David Baker, Richard Ashby, Dutch Boyd, Sammy Farha, David Warga, Will Haydon, Matt Keikoan, Mike Ellis, Luis Velador, Ayaz Mahmood, Phil Ivey, Luigi Kwaysser, Scott Montgomery, Steven Kelly, Steve Jelinek, Dean Hamrick, Ian Gordon, Gavin Smith, Jesse Rockowitz, Chris Bell, Shawn Busse, Sigurd Eskeland, Chance Kornuth, Ryan Welch, Brendan Taylor, Daniel Alaei
Semi-Pros (8): Frank Kassela, Tex Barch, Miguel Proulx, Jeffrey Papola, Frank Kassela, Mike Linn, Dan Kelly, Tomer Berda
Amateurs (9): Duc Pham, Aadam Daya, Pascal LeFrancois, Simon Watt, Vanessa Hellebuyck, Jeff Tebben, Konstantin Puchkov, Harold Angle, Marcel Vonk
Through the conclusion of Event #56, here is the list of repeat WSOP gold bracelet winners:
Men “the Master” Nguyen
Russ “Dutch” Boyd
David Warga (* his first WSOP win was in a non-open event)
Frank Kassela (two wins this year)
Through the conclusion of 2010 World Series of Poker -- Event #56:
Youngest Winner – Steven Kelly (21), Dan Kelly (21)
Oldest Winner – Harold Angle (78)
Female Winners (open events) – None
Multiple-Event Winners (this year) – Frank Kassela