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2015 World Series of Poker

The 2015 World Series of Poker is the 46th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). It was held from May 27-July 14 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Paradise, Nevada. There were 68 bracelet events, culminating in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event, which began on July 5. The November Nine concept returned for an eighth year. Instead of a $10 million guaranteed first prize for the Main Event, however, there were now be 1,000 guaranteed payouts.

New tournament formats included the $565 Colossus No Limit Hold’em event, the lowest buy-in open event at the WSOP since the 1980 WSOP. The tournament featured four starting flights with a re-entry option for each flight and a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The $1,000 WSOP.com No Limit Hold’em event awarded the first WSOP bracelet in an online tournament, with the final six players playing at the Rio on July 4. A bounty tournament was also featured, with a player earning $500 for each elimination. A Super Seniors event was also added, open to players 65 or older. In addition to these new formats, the structure for lower buy-in events was also altered and featured five times the buy-in for a starting stack.

2015 World Series of Poker
Location Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Dates May 27-July 14, 2015
Champion
United States Joe McKeehen
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Event schedule

# Event Entrants Winner Prize Runner-up Results
1 $565 Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em 688 Brandon Barnette $75,704 Greg Seiden Results
2 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 422 Michael Wang $466,120 Bryn Kenney Results
3 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 918 Robert Mizrachi $251,022 Jacob Dahl Results
4 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout 308 Nick Petrangelo $201,812 Jason Les Results
5 $565 The Colossus No Limit Hold’em 22,374 Cord Garcia $638,880 Bradley McFarland Results
6 $1,000 Hyper Hold’em 1,436 John Reading $252,068 Marc Macdonnell Results
7 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship 109 Tuan Le $322,756 Max Casal Results
8 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em 639 Paul Michaelis $189,818 Tom Marchese Results
9 $1,500 Razz 462 Max Pescatori $155,947 Ryan Miller Results
10 $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship 143 Keith Lehr $334,430 Paul Volpe Results
11 $1,500 Limit Hold’em 660 William Kakon $196,055 Daniel Needleman Results
12 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 1,651 Idan Raviv $457,007 Iaron Lightbourne Results
13 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 474 Konstantin Maslak $269,612 Hani Awad Results
14 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout 1,000 Barry Hutter $283,546 Benjamin Zamani Results
15 $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship 128 Shaun Deeb $318,857 Paul Volpe Results
16 $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold’em 7,275 Adrian Buckley $1,277,193 Javier Zarco Results
17 $10,000 Razz Championship 103 Phil Hellmuth $271,105 Mike Gorodinsky Results
18 $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em 1,791 John Gale $298,290 Gary Luther Results
19 $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 319 Matthew Elsby $230,799 Gabriel Nassif Results
20 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 1,844 Benjamin Zamani $460,640 Natasha Barbour Results
21 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 157 Daniel Alaei $391,097 Kyle Miaso Results
22 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 1,915 Sam Greenwood $318,977 Cole Jackson Results
23 $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball 219 Christian Pham $81,314 Daniel Ospina Results
24 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. 772 Arash Ghaneian $239,750 Robert Campbell Results
25 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed 493 Jeff Tomlinson $567,724 Pierre Milan Results
26 $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha 1,293 Aaron Wallace $226,985 Marko Neumann Results
27 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship 91 Brian Hastings $239,518 Scott Clements Results
28 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack 7,192 Perry Shiao $1,286,942 Eric Place Results
29 $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship 77 Phil Galfond $224,383 Nick Schulman Results
30 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 2,150 Ivan Luca $353,391 Artur Rudziankov Results
31 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 480 Jeff Madsen $301,413 Jean-Marc Thomas Results
32 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 550 Jason Mercier $633,357 Simon Deadman Results
33 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball 388 Benny Glaser $136,215 Brock Parker Results
34 $1,500 Split Format Hold’em 873 Andre Boyer $250,483 Erwann Pecheux Results
35 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. 376 Daniel Idema $261,774 Matt Vengrin Results
36 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 978 Corrie Wunstel $266,874 Kevin Saul Results
37 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship 259 Byron Kaverman $657,351 Doug Polk Results
38 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 989 Thiago Nishijima $546,843 Sotirios Koutoupas Results
39 $1,500 Ten-Game Mix 380 Brian Hastings $133,403 Rostislav Tsodikov Results
40 $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em Championship 4,193 Travis Baker $613,466 Carl Torelli Results
41 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 111 Max Pescatori $292,158 Stephen Chidwick Results
42 $1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold’em 1,914 Adrian Apmann $478,102 Yehoram Houri Results
43 $1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold’em 1,533 Jon Andlovec $262,220 Rodney H. Pardey Results
44 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 84 Mike Gorodinsky $1,270,086 Jean-Robert Bellande Results
45 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 1,655 Upeshka DeSilva $424,577 Dara O’Kearney Results
46 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Handed 682 Vasili Firsau $437,575 Nipun Java Results
47 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em 1,244 Matt O’Donnell $551,941 Timur Margolin Results
48 $1,500 Seven Card Stud 327 Eli Elezra $112,591 Benjamin Lazer Results
49 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better 815 Young Ji $231,102 Mark Dube Results
50 $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship 117 Ben Yu $291,456 Jesse Martin Results
51 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed 1,043 Justin Liberto $640,711 Seamus Cahill Results
52 $1,500 Dealers Choice 357 Carol Fuchs $127,735 Ilya Krupin Results
53 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship 795 Jacquelyn Scott $153,876 Hope Williams Results
54 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship 387 Alexander Petersen $927,655 Jason Mercier Results
55 $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No Limit Hold’em 1,123 Brandon Wittmeyer $200,618 Derek Gomez Results
56 $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em 454 Kevin MacPhee $490,800 Igor Yaroshevskyy Results
57 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 2,497 Takahiro Nakai $399,039 Mel Wiener Results
58 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop 135 Jonathan Duhamel $3,989,985 Bill Klein Results
59 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 2,155 Alex Lindop $531,037 Aurelien Guiglini Results
60 $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha 175 Anthony Zinno $1,122,196 Pakinai Lisawad Results
61 $1,111 The Little One for One Drop 4,555 Paul Hoefer $645,969 Mario Lopez Results
62 $1,500 Bounty No Limit Hold’em 2,178 Jack Duong $333,351 Vitezslav Pesta Results
63 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship 204 Andrew Barber $517,766 Viacheslav Zhukov Results
64 $1,000 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold’em 905 Anthony Spinella $197,743 Hunter Cichy Results
65 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 547 Gerald Ringe $180,943 Christopher Vitch Results
66 $777 Lucky Sevens No Limit Hold’em 4,422 Connor Berkowitz $487,784 John Armbrust Results
67 $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship 108 Quinn Do $319,792 Rep Porter Results
68 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event 6,420 Joe McKeehen $7,683,346 Joshua Beckley Results

Player of the Year

Rank Name Points Bracelets
1 Russia Mike Gorodinsky 2,251.81 1
2 Canada Jonathan Duhamel 2,174.64 2
3 United States Kevin MacPhee 2,168.98 2
4 United States Brian Hastings 2,122.53 2
5 United States Shaun Deeb 2,056.40 1
6 United States Anthony Zinno 1,942.72 1
7 United States Paul Volpe 1,889.46 0
8 Germany Ismael Bojang 1,808.40 0
9 United Kingdom Stephen Chidwick 1,764.68 0
10 Canada Mike Leah 1,710.95 0

Performance of past champions

Name Championship
Year(s)
Day of
Elimination
Johnny Chan 1987, 1988 2AB
Phil Hellmuth 1989 4 (417th)*
Jim Bechtel 1993 5 (121st)*
Dan Harrington 1995 2AB
Huck Seed 1996 2C
Scotty Nguyen 1998 3 (713th)*
Carlos Mortensen 2001 2AB
Robert Varkonyi 2002 2C
Chris Moneymaker 2003 2AB
Greg Raymer 2004 3
Joe Hachem 2005 4 (298th)*
Jamie Gold 2006 2C
Jerry Yang 2007 1C
Peter Eastgate 2008 2C
Joe Cada 2009 1C
Jonathan Duhamel 2010 4 (565th)*
Greg Merson 2012 1C
Ryan Riess 2013 4 (426th)*
Martin Jacobson 2014 1C

Other notable high finishes

Place Name Prize
11th Daniel Negreanu $526,778
25th Fedor Holz $262,574

November Nine

Name Number of chips
(percentage of total)
WSOP
Bracelets
WSOP
Cashes
WSOP
Earnings
United States Joe McKeehen 63,100,000 (32.8%) 0 8 $883,494
Israel Ofer Zvi Stern 29,800,000 (15.5%) 0 5 $58,384
United States Neil Blumenfield 22,000,000 (11.4%) 0 3 $44,395
Belgium Pierre Neuville 21,075,000 (10.9%) 0 19 $591,460
United States Max Steinberg 20,200,000 (10.5%) 1 11 $1,406,138
United States Thomas Cannuli 12,250,000 (6.4%) 0 2 $20,203
United States Joshua Beckley 11,800,000 (6.1%) 0 4 $19,403
United States Patrick Chan 6,225,000 (3.2%) 0 4 $113,145
Italy Federico Butteroni 6,200,000 (3.2%) 0 2 $49,255

Final Table

 

Place Name Prize
1st Joe McKeehen $7,683,346
2nd Joshua Beckley $4,470,896
3rd Neil Blumenfield $3,398,298
4th Max Steinberg $2,615,361
5th Ofer Zvi Stern $1,911,423
6th Thomas Cannuli $1,426,283
7th Pierre Neuville $1,203,293
8th Federico Butteroni $1,097,056
9th Patrick Chan $1,001,020