WSOP Results Year by Year – Legendary Poker Champs
The World Series of Poker is held annually at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. When it comes to professional poker, this is the year’s main event. The competition attracts the game’s heavy hitters, including legends like Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu, who compete every year in the hope of adding a coveted WSOP championship bracelet to their wardrobes.
A World Series of Poker bracelet is nothing to sneeze at. Created by Minneapolis-based Jostens, the bracelets are nothing less than miniature works of art. When the dust clears and the WSOP results are announced, the Main Event winner will receive a bracelet made from 427 grams of yellow and white gold, 365 white diamonds (a total of 25.5 carats), and 194 rubies (3.8 carats). That’s some pretty flashy bling. Each bracelet is worth at least $500,000.
But that’s not the main thing. The main thing is the bragging rights.
Oh, and the multi-million dollar prize. That’s nice too.
Launched in 1970 as a promotional gimmick by a casino owner, the WSOP now enjoys an undisputed place as the greatest of all poker series. It attracts the best players, celebrity poker fans, and a devoted television audience numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Television coverage has made celebrities of winning poker players, boosting their careers beyond card-playing. The tournament has helped make poker big business.
Here is a quick overview of poker’s main event, including lists of winners since 2003. We identify the top players and tell you just what it will cost you to get a chair at a WSOP table. We’ve got a lot to cover, so ante up and let’s get started.
A Brief History of the World Series of Poker
Poker’s biggest tournament was founded by legendary Las Vegas casino owner Benny Binion. In 1970, Binion brought six players to his world-famous Horseshoe Casino to identify the greatest poker player on the planet.
Although the first world champion was determined by vote, the champion has been the winner of a winner-takes-all no-limit hold ’em tournament since 1972. By the mid-80s, the annual tournament was attracting more than 2,000 hopeful players. The numbers started growing quickly after 2006 when American Jamie Gold took home $12 million along with his World Series of Poker bracelet.
After 51 years of growth for the WSOP, poker now has a widely recognized legitimate championship, a multiple-round contest that pits the world’s best players against each other.
A crucial turning point came in 2003. That’s the year aptly named amateur Chris Moneymaker cleaned out successive tables of professionals and walked away with the bracelet and a $2.5 million prize.
After 2003, the WSOP was more than a chance to watch the game’s best professionals play against each other. It was a chance for amateurs and fans to ante up in qualification rounds and get a shot at the prize.
This was a turning point for the tournament and for poker.
World Series of Poker Goes International
WSOP Europe was launched in 2007 as the first WSOP tournament event outside the US. Before WSOPE, all of WSOP’s main tournaments – the ones that award bracelets – were exclusively in Sin City. Players from 19 countries have now won WSOPE bracelets.
WSOP Africa events were held in 2010, 2012, and 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. WSOP Asia Pacific championships were held in 2013 and 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
World Series of Poker has announced various plans for international competitions over the years. It appears now that WSOPA and WSOP APAC events will continue as part of the WSOP Circuit, with winners qualifying for eventual advancement to the finals in Las Vegas. WSOP Europe is the only WSOP bracelet tournament outside the United States.
The World Series of Poker Circuit
Launched in 2005, the WSOP Circuit is a series of poker tournaments held every year in American casinos, culminating in the WSOP Circuit Championship. While the Las Vegas-based World Series of Poker Main Event tournament is based on no-limit Texas hold ’em, contestants in circuit matches can play several different kinds of poker.
The WSOP International Circuit was launched in 2015. Winners from America’s WSOP Circuit and the WSOP International Circuit compete in the WSOP Global Casino Championship. The 2019 championship was held August 6-8 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have gone online in the most recent versions of the WSOP 2020 schedule.
WSOP Winners Year by Year
The World Series of Poker is a series of 74 events, each featuring different poker formats and buy-ins. It is the most prestigious tournament in the game, and everyone’s taste in poker is taken into account. Each event follows the tournament format, and all players start with equal chip counts.
The winner is the last person who has chips left. Winners receive not just prize money, but the WSOP bracelet as well. The Main Event is usually televised, but since it is to be played online in 2020, it’s not clear how or whether ESPN will broadcast it.
WSOP 2019 Results
Let’s take a look at the results and payouts of the 2019 WSOP Main Event final.
- Hossein Ensan (Germany): $10 million
- Dario Sammartino (Italy): $6 million
- Alex Livingstone (Canada): $4 million
- Garry Gates (US): $3 million
- Kevin Maahs (US): $2.2 million
- Zhen Cai (US): $1.85 million
- Nick Marchington (Great Britain): $1.525 million
- Timothy Su (US): $1.25 million
- Milos Skrbic (Serbia): $1 million
WSOP 2018 Results
The results and payouts for 2018 WSOP Main Event final.
- John Cynn (US): $8.8 million
- Tony Miles (US): $5 million
- Michael Dyer (US): $3.75 million
- Nicolas Manion (US): $2.825 million
- Joe Cada (US): $2.15 million
- Aram Zobian (US): $1.8 million
- Alexander Lynskey (Australia): $1.5 million
- Artem Metalidi (Ukraine): $1.25 million
- Antoine Labat (France): $1 million
WSOP Europe 2018
The WSOPE was hosted at the King Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The winner of the Main Event was Jack Sinclair of Great Britain, who won €1.1 million. The 2018 WSOPE hosted 10 bracelet events.
WSOP 2017 Results
Here is the list of 2017 WSOP Main Events results:
- Scott Blumstein (US): $8.15 million
- Daniel Otto (US): $4.7 million
- Benjamin Pollak (France): $3.5 million
- John Hesp (Great Britain): $2.6 million
- Antoine Saout (France): $2 million
- Bryan Piccioli (US): $1.675 million
- Damian Salas (Argentina): $1.425 million
- Jack Sinclair (Great Britain): $1.2 million
- Ben Lamb (US): $1 million
WSOP Europe 2017
The WSOPE was held in the Czech Republic for the first time. The Main Event in 2017 was won by Marti Roca de Torres, an economics teacher from Spain, and he took home €1,115,207 euros in cash. A total of 11 bracelet events were played in the series.
WSOP 2016 Results
The 2016 WSOP Main Event results and payouts for the final table were:
- Qui Nguyen (US): $8,005,310
- Gordon Vayo (US): $4,661,228
- Cliff Josephy (US): $3,453,035
- Michael Ruane (US): $2,567,003
- Vojtech Ruzicka (Czech Republic): $1,935,288
- Kenny Hallaert (Belgium): $1,464,258
- Griffin Benger (Canada): $1,250,190
- Jerry Wong (US): $1,100,076
- Fernando Pons (Spain): $1 million
WSOP 2015 Results
Here are the WSOP results for 2015:
- Joseph McKeehen (US): $7,683,346
- Joshua Beckley (US): $4,470,000
- Neil Blumenfield (US): $3,398,298
- Max Steinberg (US): $2,615,361
- Zvi Stern (Israel): $1,911,423
- Thomas Cannuli (US): $1,426,283
- Pierre Neuville (Belgium): $1,203,293
- Federico Butteroni (Italy): $1,097,056
- Patrick Chan (US): $1,001,020
WSOP Europe 2015
WSOP Europe was held at Spielbank Casino in Berlin, Germany, and the winner of the Main Event was Kevin MacPhee from the US, who took home $883,000. There were 10 bracelet events during the series.
WSOP 2014 Results
Here is the list of 2014 WSOP Main Event results:
- Martin Jacobson (Sweden): $10 million
- Felix Stephensen (Norway): $5,147,911
- Jorryt van Hoof (Netherlands): $3,807,753
- William Tonking (US): $2,849,763
- William Pappaconstantinou (US): $2,143,794
- Andoni Larrabe (Spain): $1,622,471
- Daniel Sindelar (US): $1,236,084
- Bruno Politano (Brazil): $947,172
- Mark Newhouse (US): $730,725
WSOP Asia-Pacific 2014
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific came back after skipping one year and was held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The series hosted 10 bracelet events and the winner of the Main Event was Scott Davies of the United States who took home AUD$850,000.
2014 was the last year WSOP Asia Pacific was held.
WSOP 2013 Results
2013 WSOP Main Event results are:
- Ryan Riess (US): $8,361,570
- Jay Farber (US): $5,174,357
- Amir Lehavot (Israel): $3,727,823
- Sylvain Loosli (France): $2,792,533
- Justin Cuong Van Tran (US): $2,106,893
- Marc Etienne McLaughlin (Canada): $1,601,024
- Michiel Brummelhuis (Netherlands): $1,225,356
- David Benefield (US): $944,650
- Mark Newhouse (US): $733,224
WSOP Europe 2013
The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe was hosted at Enghien-Les-Bains, France, and held a total of eight bracelet events. The Main Event tournament was won by teenager Adrian Mateos of Spain, who took home €1 million.
WSOP Asia Pacific 2013
The first-ever Asia Pacific event was held in 2013 at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. It featured five bracelet events and the Main Event was won by poker star Daniel Negreanu, who won just over AUD$1 million.
WSOP 2012 Results
Here is the list of 2012 WSOP Main Event results:
- Gregory Merson (US): $8,531,853
- Jesse Sylvia (US): $5,295,149
- Jacob Balsiger (US): $3,799,073
- Russell Thomas (US): $2,851,537
- Jeremy Ausmus (US): $2,155,313
- Andras Koroknai (Hungary): $1,640,902
- Michael Esposito (US): $1,258,040
- Robert Salaburu (US): $971,360
- Steve Gee (US): $754,798
WSOP Europe 2012
The 2012 WSOPE was held in Cannes and featured 7 bracelet events. The Main Event was won by Phil Hellmuth, who took home over £1 million and his 13th bracelet. The victory made Hellmuth the first player to win both the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event.
WSOP 2011 Results
The 2011 WSOP Main Event results and payouts are:
- Pius Heinz (Germany): $8,715,368
- Martin Staszko (Czech Republic): $5,433,086
- Ben Lamb (US): $4,021,138
- Matt Giannetti (US): $3,012,700
- Phil Collins (US): $2,269,599
- Eoghan O’Dea (Ireland): $1,720,831
- Badih Bounahra (US): $1,314,097
- Anton Makiievskyi (Ukraine): $1,010,015
- Sam Holden (Great Britain): $782,115
WSOP Europe 2011
The 2011 WSOPE was moved to Cannes and featured seven bracelet events. The tournament was held at the Majestic Barriere Cannes and Le Croisette Casino, and the Main Event was won by Elio Fox of the United States, who took home €1.4 million.
WSOP 2010 Results
The results and payout for 2010 WSOP Main Event final table were:
- Jonathan Duhamel (Canada): $8,944,310
- John Racener (US): $5,545,955
- Joseph Cheong (US): $4,130,049
- Filippo Candio (Italy): $3,092,545
- Michael Mizrachi (US): $2,332,992
- John Dolan (US): $1,772,959
- Jason Senti (US): $1,356,720
- Matthew Jarvis (Canada): $1,045,743
- Soi Nguyen (US): $811,823
WSOP Europe 2010
The WSOPE played out in London and the Main Event was won by James Bord of Great Britain, who took home the prize money of £830,401.
WSOP 2009 Results
Here is the list of 2009 WSOP Main Event results:
- Joe Cada (US): $8,546,435
- Darvin Moon (US): $5,182,601
- Antoine Saout (Italy): $3,479,670
- Eric Buchman (US): $2,502,890
- Jeff Shulman (US): $1,953,452
- Steven Begleiter (US): $1,587,160
- Phil Ivey (US): $1,404,014
- Kevin Schaffel (US): $1,300,231
- James Akenhead (Great Britain): $1,263,602
WSOP Europe 2009
Then 2009 WSOPE was held in London and had four bracelet events. The Main Event was won by Barry Shulman, who won the title in an upset by defeating the world-renowned Daniel Negreanu.
WSOP 2008 Results
Here is the list of 2008 WSOP Main Event results:
- Peter Eastgate (Denmark): $9,152,416
- Ivan Demidov (Russia): $5,809,595
- Dennis Phillips (US): $4,517,773
- Ylon Schwartz (US): $3,794,974
- Scott Montgomery (Canada): $3,096,768
- Darus Suharto (Canada): $2,418,562
- David Rheem (US): $1,772,650
- Kelly Kim (US): $1,288,217
- Craig Marquis (US): $900,670
WSOP Europe 2008
WSOP Europe was hosted again in London with four bracelet events. The Main Event was won by John Juanda, who took home £868,800. The match earned a record as the longest final table in WSOP history: 19 hours and 10 minutes.
WSOP 2007 Results
The results and payouts of the 2007 WSOP Main Event final table:
- Jerry Yang (US): $8.25 million
- Tuan Lam (Canada): $4,840,981
- Raymond Rahme (S. Africa): $3,048,025
- Alexander Kravchenko (Russia): $1,852,721
- Jonathon Kalmar (Great Britain): $1,255,069
- Hevad Khan (US): $956,243
- William Childs Jr (US): $705,229
- Lee Watkinson (US): $585,699
- Phillip Hilm (Denmark): $525,934
WSOP Europe 2007
The first-ever WSOP Europe was held in London. It was the first time WSOP bracelets were awarded outside of the United States. Just three tournaments were held in the first WSOPE, and the Main Event was won by teenager Annette Obrestad of Norway, who took home a cool £1 million.
WSOP 2006 Results
Here is the list of 2006 WSOP Main Event results:
- Jamie Gold (US): $12 million
- Paul Wasicka (US): $6,102,499
- Mike Binger (US): $4,123,310
- Allen Cunningham (US): $3,628,513
- Rhett Butler (US): $3,216,182
- Richard Lee (US): $2,803,851
- Douglas Kim (US): $2,391,520
- Erik Friberg (Sweden): $1,979,189
- Dan Nassif (US): $1,566,858
WSOP 2005 Results
Here is the list of 2005 WSOP Main Event results:
- Joe Hachem (Australia): $7.5 million
- Steven Dannenmann (US): $4.25 million
- John Barch (US): $2.5 million
- Aaron Kanter (US): $2 million
- Andy Black (Ireland): $1.75 million
- Scott Lazar (US): $1.5 million
- Daniel Bergsdorf (Sweden): $1.3 million
- Brad Kondracki (US): $1.15 million
- Mike Matusow (US): $1 million
WSOP 2004 Results
The results and payouts of the 2004 WSOP Main Event final table:
- Greg Raymer (US): $5 million
- David Williams (US): $3.5 million
- Josh Arieh (US): $2.5 million
- Dan Harrington (US): $1.5 million
- Glenn Hughes (US): $1.1 million
- Al Krux (US): $800,000
- Matt Dean (US): $675,000
- Mattias Andersson (Sweden): $575,000
- Michael McClain (US): $470,400
2003 WSOP Results
The results and payouts of the 2003 Main Event final table:
- Chris Moneymaker (US): $2.5 million
- Sam Farha (US): $1.3 million
- Dan Harrington (US): $650,000
- Jason Lester (US): $440,000
- Tomer Benvenisti (US): $320,000
- Amir Vahedi (Iran): $250,000
- Young Pak (US): $200,000
- David Grey (US): $160,000
- David Singer (US): $120,000
Top 10 Winners of the WSOP Bracelet
World Series of Poker bracelets are awarded to poker players who win at a tournament each year. Since the tournament features different categories, it is possible for one person to win multiple bracelets at the same WSOP.
Here are the top 10 poker stars who have won the most WSOP bracelets:
- Phil Hellmuth: 15 bracelets
- Phil Ivey: 10 bracelets
- Johnny Chan: 10 bracelets
- Doyle Brunson: 10 bracelets
- Johnny Moss: 10 bracelets
- Erik Seidel: 8 bracelets
- Men Nguyen: 7 bracelets
- Billy Baxter: 7 bracelets
- Daniel Negreanu: 6 bracelets
- Chris Ferguson: 6 bracelets
Buy-in for the World Series of Poker
The World of Series of Poker is not a single event; it is a series of tournaments, and they all have their own buy-ins. If you want to enter the Main Event, which is the highlight of the series, you will need to have a buy-in of $10,000. This amount is intended to make sure that the game is played by only the most serious players and helps ensure that there is a high quality of gameplay.
An alternative is to perform well in qualifying poker tournaments that have buy-ins as low as $400. It is also possible to qualify via online satellite tournaments, which have very low buy-ins.
One idea for spending some of your Main Event winnings: Pay the buy-in for the Big One for One Drop poker tournament: $1 million.
Maybe the best thing about this annual world championship is that anyone can play and anyone can win. All you need is proof that you’re at least 21 years old and sufficient cash to buy into the game. This is one of the reasons the series is so exciting. The final table may become a duel between a total amateur and a seasoned professional poker player. Anything can happen and it often does.
The easiest way to gain entry to the WSOP is through satellite qualifying tournaments. If you can get yourself qualified by winning one of the categories, you’ll have a chance to win the $500,000 WSOP Main Event bracelet and all that goes with it.
Has anyone won the WSOP Main Event twice?
During the WSOP’s 51-year history, five players have won the WSOP Main Event more than once.
- Phil Hellmuth won the tournament in 1989 and 2012.
- Doyle Brunson won the tournament in 1976 and 1977.
- Johnny Chan won the tournament in 1987 and 1988.
- Johnny Moss won the tournament in 1970, 1971, and 1974.
- Stu Ungar won the tournament in 1980, 1981, and 1997.
Who has won the most Main Events?
Two people who have won the WSOP Main Event three times. Their names are Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar.
Johnny Moss won in 1970, 1971, and 1974. His total Main Event winnings were $190,000. Moss left a trailblazing legacy in the world of poker.
Stu Ungar may be the greatest of all Main Event champions. The Main Event winner in 1980, 1981, and 1997, Ungar is the only person to win three times in the freeze-out format. Ungar accumulated total winnings of $1.76 million. Unfortunately, the poker star struggled with addiction all his life and died alone and flat broke in a hotel room, just a year after his $1 million 1997 win. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest poker players of all time.
Who is the most successful poker player of all time?
The answer depends on your point of view. Some may say that Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar were the most successful because they each won three Main Events. Others name Phil Hellmuth, whose WSOP results show 15 bracelets from winning the highest number of tournaments. Phil Ivey and Sam Farah are contenders too, because they have accumulated the most prize money – more than $100 million in poker earnings.