The 46th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) was held from May 27 to July 14, 2015, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The final event of the series was the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship that featured three starting flights beginning on July 5. A total of 6,420 entrants took part in the Main Event to create a prize pool of over $60.3 million that paid the top 1,000 players.
After a runner-up finish in the Monster Stack the previous year, Joe McKeehen of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, would break through to win his first WSOP bracelet when he defeated Joshua Beckley, of Marlton, New Jersey, to win the Main Event and $7,683,346 in prize money. Both McKeehen and Beckley lead off the 2015 WSOP Main Event Top 5 Hands video on PokerGO with the eventual champion all-in on Day 6 before spiking his gutshot on the river.
This would be the catapult that McKeehen needed to dominate the latter stages of the tournament before the final table was reached. First there was a huge pot with Daniel Negreanu, of Toronto, Canada, with 11 players remaining that saw McKeehen find another favorable river. The top hand in the countdown would also occur late on Day 7 when McKeehen flopped a cooler against 14th-place finisher Justin Schwartz, of Milford, Connecticut.
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About the World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. All WSOP events are subject to the then-current and applicable WSOP tournament rules. For more information, please visit www.wsop.com.