2014 WSOP Wrap’em Up

'14 WSOP Wrap Up

The 2014 World Series of Poker is all wrapped up – at least until November. The 64 bracelets awarded over the course of 49 days produced a number of first-time winners, a 10th bracelet for the player considered to be the best in the world and a WSOP POY race to be followed all the way to WSOP APAC in October. Here’s the rundown of what was truly an amazing summer.

Event No. 1
$500 Casino Employees Event

Roland Reparejo won the opening event for $82,835, beating out a field of 876 of the hardest working people in the poker industry.

Event No. 2
$25,000 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em

Vanessa Selbst won her third WSOP bracelet, beating a field of 131 players, including the outspoken Jason Mo heads-up. The win earned her $871,148 right out of the gate and put her in the early lead for WSOP POY. Other notables who cashed in the event include J.C. Tran, Matt Giannetti and Calvin Anderson.

Event No. 3
$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha

Relative unknown Brandon Shack-Harris began his WSOP Player of the Year pursuit by coming out on top of the largest Omaha field ever. The 1,128 entrants generated a prizepool of $1.01 million with Shack-Harris earning $205,634.

Event No. 4
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

WSOP Circuit standout Kyle Cartwright got his first taste of wrist jewelry after collecting five WSOP Circuit rings over the last four years. He won $360,278 in the first of several massive weekend fields with 2,223 entrants that built a $2,001,600 prizepool.

Event No. 5
$10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

The first of the $10,000 championship events on the schedule drew 120 players with Tuan Le winning the first bracelet of his career while denying Justin Bonomo the same. The final table also included Eli Elezra, Phil Galfond and the first 2014 WSOP cash for George Danzer.

Event No. 6
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout

After 26 career WSOP cashes and over $1 million in earnings, Alex Bolotin won his first bracelet and $259,211 by conquering a field of 948 players.

Event No. 7
$1,500 Razz

It didn’t take long for Phil Hellmuth to get his first shot at bracelet No. 14. Ted Forrest had other ideas though and beat Hellmuth heads-up to win his sixth bracelet and $121,196. The final table included Brandon Cantu, David Bach, and Brock Parker.

Event No. 8
$1,500 Millionaire Maker

One of the more anticipated events of the Series delivered with nearly 8,000 entrants and a prizepool of $10,768,950. Jonathan Dimmig grinded for four days to overcome the massive field for his first bracelet and the $1.3 million first-place prize.

Event No. 9
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Jeff Smith became the seventh first-time bracelet winner when he worked his way through a 1,940-player field to pocket $323,125. Former November Niner Bob Bounahra finished 17th for his first cash since making that Main Event final table.

Event No. 10
$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo

Brock Parker, who won two bracelets in one week in 2009, added a third to his bracelet total and $443,407 against a highly competitive field of 178 players. Melissa Burr finished seventh for the first of five cashes over the summer that saw the New Jersey grinder break out in a big way.

Event No. 11
$1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

Less than a week after being denied a bracelet heads-up for the third time in his career, Justin Bonomo finally managed to break through, beating Mike Sowers to win his first bracelet and $449,980 in a field of 1,587 players.

Event No. 12
$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em

The first Pot Limit Hold’em event of the Series drew 557 players with Greg Kolo coming out on top, winning $169,225 from the total prizepool of $751,950.

Event No. 13
$10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven

Paul Volpe beat a star-studded final table, including outlasting reigning WSOP POY Daniel Negreanu heads-up, to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career and $253,524. Jason Mercier finished third for his first cash of the 2014 WSOP.

Event No. 14
$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo

Nick Kost won the third four-card event on the schedule, winning $283,275 along with his first bracelet. Former Main Event winner Greg Raymer finished seventh for the first of his two cashes at the 2014 WSOP.

Event No. 15
$3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

Davidi Kitai became the third multi-bracelet winner of 2014, adding his third career WSOP win and over $500,000 to his resume. The field had 810 players, including Phil Hellmuth who finished eighth at his second final table of the summer.

Event No. 16
$1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

Todd Bui, who regularly plays cash games in California, made the most of his first tournament win, beating a field of 348 to snag the bracelet and $124,510. Tom Franklin finished runner-up.

Event No. 17
$1,000 Seniors Championship

The 2014 WSOP set another record with the largest Seniors event in history at 4,425 entrants. Experienced pro Dan Heimiller earned the largest cash of his career, $627,462 and a second bracelet a dozen years after his first.

Event No. 18
$10,000 Razz

George Danzer added a WSOP bracelet to his resume, besting a tough field of 112 players to win $294,792. Danzer defeated Shack-Harris heads-up in a match-up that proved to be foreshadowing the WSOP Player of the Year race.

Event No. 19
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Ted Gillis grabbed the first bracelet of his career, outlasting John Hennigan heads-up in yet another field of 2,000-plus. Along with the bracelet, Gillis earned $514,027 while Hennigan pocketed $319,993 for what turn out to be the second biggest score of his Series.

Event No. 20
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout

At a final table that included Taylor Paur, Eric Wasserson and Phil Galfond, it was Kory Kilpatrick that survived to win the $254,891 and the gold bracelet. Wasserson finished runner-up for $157,490.

Event No. 21
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Just weeks after winning the WSOP Circuit National Championship for his first bracelet, Dominik Nitsche bagged his second by topping a field of 2,043 players to earn $335,659.

Event No. 22
$10,000 HORSE

An even 200 players chanced the five-game format to create a $1.8 million prizepool. BLUFF columnist Chris Wallace won $507,614 and his first bracelet after battling Calvin Anderson, Bill Chen and Richard Ashby at the final table.

Event No. 23
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo

Online poker phenom Doug Polk worked for just two days to win his first gold bracelet in beating out a field of 1,473 to win $251,969. Tony Gregg, who won the $111,111 One Drop High Roller in 2013, finished sixth.

Event No. 24
$5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

Kevin Eyster beat out 540 other players to win $622,998 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. Greg Merson, who won the $10,000 Six Max event in 2013 before winning the Main Event, finished 13th.

Event No. 25
$2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Mix

John Kabbaj began writing his own redemption story with the second bracelet win of his career and a $267,327 score. Tom Schneider, Erik Seidel and Mike Leah were also at the final table.

Event No. 26
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Seattle native Andrew Rennhack earned $408,953 for his first bracelet win, beating a field of 1,594. Dan Smith finished ninth for $28,986.

Event No. 27
$1,500 HORSE

Tommy Hang beat Jim Collopy heads-up in the lowest buy-in HORSE event of the summer to win his first bracelet and $230,744. A total of 743 players entered, pushing the prizepool past $1 million.

Event No. 28
$10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em

Russia’s Alex Bilokur beat 159 other players to win $398,567 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. The final table included Chino Rheem and Todd Brunson. Also cashing in the event were Erik Seidel, Scott Seiver and Humberto Brenes.

Event No. 29
$2,500 No Limit Hold’em

Pierre Milan earned $536,768 for the first bracelet win of his career and the first for France in 2014. The event had 1,165 entrants and a $2.65 million prizepool. Former November Niner David Benefield bubbled the final table.

Event No. 30
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Less than a week after final tabling the $10,000 HORSE event, Calvin Anderson completed his turn from online superstar to legitimate live pro with his $190,548 bracelet win in a field of 588 players. Just weeks after winning his sixth WSOP bracelet, Ted Forrest bubbled the final table.

Event No. 31
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

The weekend warriors were out in full force for another $1,500 buy-in event with Brett Shaffer, who won a $1,500 buy-in event in 2013, outlasting 1,630 other players to take down his first bracelet and $418,435.

Event No. 32
$10,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

Joe Cada became the first former Main Event champ in the post-Moneymaker Boom era to win a second bracelet, beating a field of 264 players, including a final table that included runner-up Jeremy Ausmus, J.C. Tran and Erick Lindgren.

Event No. 33
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Dutch Boyd beat a field of 1,688 players to win the third bracelet of his career and $288,744. Love him or hate him, Boyd now has over $1.7 million in lifetime WSOP earnings.

Event No. 34
$1,500 Seven Card Stud

Eric Buchman beat Alex Kravchenko heads-up to add a second bracelet to his trophy case and $118,785 to his career earnings. Others from the 345-player field who cashed included Steve Sung, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Laak.

Event No. 35
$5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em

Brian Yoon, who won the Little One for One Drop in 2013, beat Josh Arieh heads-up to win $633,341 and his second career bracelet. The final table also included Mustapha Kanit, Dan Smith and WSOP-cashing machine Tony Cousineau.

Event No. 36
$1,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven

Steve Wolansky had seven cashes at the Series, but none more memorable than this one. Wolansky outlasted a field of 241 players to earn the title and $89,483. Joseph Cheong finished runner-up.

Event No. 37
$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha


Brandon Paster, a Pot Limit Omaha specialist, beat out the second biggest PLO field of the summer (967 players) to win his first bracelet and pocket $264,400.

Event No. 38
$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

George Danzer amped up his WSOP POY pursuit after he found gold a second time, this time up against a final table loaded with talent, to win $352,696. John Racener, Calvin Anderson and John Monnette also made the final table.

Event No. 39
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em

Sean Dempsey topped a field of 992 players to win his first WSOP bracelet and $548,460. Bruno Politano, who made some noise later in the summer, finished 17th for $20,148.

Event No. 40
$10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em

One of the premiere events on the schedule attracted 136 players, pushing the prizepool to $1,190,000. Davide Suriano beat Daniel Colman in the semifinal and then Sam Stein in the final for the first bracelet win of his career.

Event No. 41
$1,500 Six Max Dealer’s Choice

A new addition to the WSOP schedule for 2014 proved popular with 419 stepping up. Robert Mizrachi outlasted all of them to win his second bracelet and $147,092. Former WSOP POY Frank Kassela finished sixth for the first of his two cashes this summer.

Event No. 42
$5,000 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha

Michael Drummond, who once graced the cover of BLUFF, won $541,747 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career by reigning supreme over the other 451 entrants, including runner-up Darius Studdard.

Event No. 43

$1,500 Limit Hold’em

Dan Kelly grabbed his second WSOP bracelet and a $195,167 score, beating out a field of 657 players to do so. Brandon Shack-Harris added another final table to his summer, finishing third.

Event No. 44
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Jordan Morgan’s first cash of the 2014 WSOP was a big one. Morgan beat out a 1,914-player field to win $478,102 for the first bracelet of his career.

Event No. 45
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Exactly one week after finishing fourth in a $1,000 NLHE event, Will Givens beat out 1,841 players to finish first and pocket $306,604. Angela Prada-Moed finished second for the best of her five cashes.

Event No. 46
$50,000 Poker Players Championship

John Hennigan, who finished third in this event in 2013, defeated Brandon Shack-Harris heads-up for the prestigious title and $1.5 million first-place prize. The win gave Hennigan a third bracelet while the runner-up finish gave Shack-Harris a huge boost in the POY race.

Event No. 47
$1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold’em

Weeks before the WSOP began Jesse McEuen was living in his car. That changed after he beat 713 other players to win $212,093 and his first bracelet in the Ante Only event. Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth both cashed in this event.

Event No. 48
$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Tyler Patterson continued the trend of first-time bracelet winners, beating 990 players to win $270,992 first-place prize. Scott Clements, who has two bracelets in Omaha events, finished second.

Event No. 49
$5,000 No Limit Hold’em

David Miscikowski overcame a final table that included John Dolan, Manig Loeser and Kevin McPhee to take home his first bracelet and $719,707. The event had 696 total players.

Event No. 50
$1,500 Eight Game Mix

Phil Ivey beat old Atlantic City foe Bruce Yamron heads-up to tie Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for second all-time with his 10th bracelet. He also made a winner out of himself and Daniel Negreanu on some huge prop bets.

Event No. 51
$1,500 Monster Stack No Limit Hold’em

Even WSOP staff were unprepared for the monster field in this one. A total of 7,862 entrants, the largest single-starting-day event in WSOP, helped push the prizepool to $10,613,700. After five days of play Hugo Pinray defeated Joe McKeehan heads-up to win $1.3 million and his first bracelet.

Event No. 52
$10,000 Limit Hold’em

David Olson won $303,909 and the first bracelet of his career in the Limit Hold’em Championship 9 beating out 121 players.

Event No. 53
$10,000 Ladies Championship

Haixia Zhang beat out 792 other women — no men entered for the second consecutive year — to win $153,470 and the Ladies Championship bracelet. Patty Landies, Daniel Negreanu’s personal assistant, managed a fifth-place finish for $33,279.

Event No. 54
$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Florian Langmann won another bracelet for the Germans — they won four total — and earned $297,650 in the process. He topped a field of 474 entrants including a final table with Paul Volpe, Fabrice Soulier and Eoghan O’Dea.

Event No. 55
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Asi Moshe beat a massive 2,396-player field to win a cool $582,321 for his first WSOP bracelet and the only one for Israel in 2014. Aaron Massey finished third for a $255,209 score.

Event No. 56
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em

After a marathon of a final table, Mike Kachan won $403,483 along with the first bracelet of his career. Former WPT Player of the Year Matt Salsberg bubbled the final table.

Event No. 57
$1,000,000 Big One for One Drop

Only 42 players, down from the 48 that played in 2012, raised enough capital to put up the $1 million buy-in. Daniel Colman defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up to win $15 million. Negreanu’s runner-up score put him atop the all-time money list, passing Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of the 2012 Big One for One Drop.

Event No. 58
$1,500 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em

Jared Jaffee beat Mike Watson heads-up for his first WSOP bracelet and a $405,428 score. In the semifinals (Day 1 was played nine-handed, Day 2 was six-handed, Day 3 was four-handed, and the final four players played heads-up) Jaffee beat Brandon Cantu.

Event No. 59
$3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo

Last year Phillip Hui watched as his girlfriend Loni Harwood scored a late bracelet to break through from WSOP Circuit grinder to legit superstar. This year Hui beat a 457-player field to win his first bracelet and $286,976.

Event No. 60
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em

Amateur Salman Jaddi navigated his way through the 2,653-player field and defeated Brandon Hall heads-up to win $614,248 and his first WSOP bracelet.

Event No. 61
$10,000 Seven Card Stud

At a final table that included Phil Hellmuth, Ben Yu, James Obst and Henry Orestein, Todd Brunson had his legendary father Doyle on his rail but was unable to overcome Matt Graphenthein heads-up. The bracelet was the first of Graphenthein’s career and the $268,473 score was by far the largest of his career.

Event No. 62
$1,111 Little One for One Drop

Igor Dubinskyy outlasted 4,496 players to win the only bracelet of the year for the Ukraine. The win was the first of his career. Eric Baldwin, BLUFF POY runner-up in 2009, finished fifth for $156,352 in the event that included two starting days and needed a fourth day.

Event No. 63
$1,500 Ten Game Six Max

Bryn Kenney came out on top of a 445-player field to win the first bracelet of his career, earning $153,220 in the process. Brandon Shack-Harris finished 21st to score $4,775 and a few extra WSOP POY points.

Event No. 64
$10,000 Pot Limit Omaha

Pat Walsh pocketed $923,379 and the first WSOP win of his career by beating out 417 other players in one of the most popular $10,000 buy-in events of the Series. Alex Kravchenko, Sam Trickett, David Williams and Leif Force also cashed in the event.

Event No. 65
$10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event

A total of 6,683 players — 331 more than last year — put up the $10,000 for a shot at poker’s most prestigious title. After three starting days, two separate Day 2s and an additional five days of play only the 2014 November Nine were left standing.

Mark Newhouse made history by becoming the first player in history to make back-to-back November Nine appearances. Newhouse was the shortest stack in 2013 but will enter the 2014 final table with the third largest stack.


  1.  Jorryt van Hoof — 38,375,000
  2.  Felix Stephensen — 32,775,000
  3.  Mark Newhouse — 26,000,000
  4.  Andoni Larrabe — 22,550,000
  5.  Dan Sindelar — 21,200,000
  6.  William Pappaconstantinou — 17,500,000
  7.  William Tonking — 15,050,000
  8.  Martin Jacobson — 14,900,000
  9.  Bruno Politano — 12,125,000

Notable finishes: Dan Smith finished 20th for $286,900 … Russian pro and former $50,000 Players Championship winner Vitaly Lunkin finished 57th … for the second time in her career Maria Ho was the last remaining female in the field, finishing 77th in the process … Ronnie Bardah became the only player to cash in five straight WSOP Main Events, busting in 475th place.

August 2014