The World Poker Series is a whole series of annual poker tournaments. They are held in Las Vegas, and have been sponsored by Caesars Entertainment since 2005. The series first started out in 1970, when Benny Binion invited seven of the world’s best poker players to the Horseshoe Casino to partake in one tournament, with a stop time and a set start.
The winner was picked using a secret ballot. Each winner of an event will receive a World Poker Series bracelet, as well as a monetary prize based after the amount of entrants and buy-ins made in the game. Through the decades, the World Poker Series has developed in terms of the number of participants, as well as the number of held events. Each year, the WSOP ends the series with a “Main Event”, a no-limit Hold ‘Em tournament with a $10,000 reward. Since 2004, this culminating activity has attracted viewers in the thousands. The winner of this tournament will get a multi-million dollar cash prize and a bracelet, which has come the most prized award that a poker player can acquire. Aside from that, the winner of this main event will also be declared the World Champion of Poker.
A total number of 6,420 players have put up the $10,000 buy-in for the 2015 World Poker series main event, which makes the prize pool a total of $60,348,000. After more than a week of long, grueling days at the poker tables, the yearly summer series reaches the final table of its marquee event, also called the November Nine.
The November Nine includes a top prize of $7,680,021 but the last nine contestants will have to wait until November 8, to figure out who will be the lucky person to take that entire prize home. In the meantime, all of their players will be rewarded a guaranteed ninth-place payday of around $1,001,020.
The usual World Poker Series main event player in 2015 happened between an American and a 40-year-old, yet this year’s final table will consist a broad variety of ages between 72 and 23. These players will not only come from the US, but also from other locations such as Israel, Belgium, and Italy.
Leading the way into November will be Joe McKeehan from Pennsylvania, who fought off some nerves to take over the late stages of the World Poker Series tournament, and score in one-third of the total amount of chips in play.
Meanwhile, the only World Poker Series bracelet winner at the table is Max Steinberg, who has joined the last table in the middle of the pack. He will be accompanied by two other players, Pierre Neuville and Neil Blumenfield. These two want to prove that poker isn’t just made for the younger set.
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During the 2015 World Poker Series Europe Main Event, the field of players went down from 65 to 21. The tournament then heads on to the penultimate contest on Thursday. This is the day that the six-handed final table will be determined. With the championship at hand, Kevin MacPhee is currently the man to beat, with 1.5 million chips on hand, the only player to break the million chip mark.
MacPhee isn’t a stranger to making it all the way this far when it comes to a huge poker tournament. He has over $7 million in live tournament earnings, and has also made his fair share on the final tables. In fact, just this summer, MacPhee has already scored almost half a million dollars as he won his very first World Poker Series bracelet inside the no-limit Hold ‘Em turbo event, which has a jackpot of $5,000. He has also thrown in a fourth place finish as one of his major cash-ins all summer long. The largest cash of MacPhee’s career returned in 2010 when he managed to score the European Poker Tour Main Event for a huge $1,356,429. By coincidence, that certain event was held inside Spielbank Berlin, which is the same casino that will be hosting the upcoming World Series of Poker Tournament in Europe.
As mentioned earlier, the money bubble exploded during Day 3 of the series. Of course, this means that someone had to become the bubble boy. Unfortunately, that position went to Tobias Ziegler. The official World Poker Series Website has stated that after Kilian Kramer opened the betting pre-flop, Andrew Lichtenberger got called, then followed by Ziegler. Ziegler shoved from the small blind at 210,000. Kramer then folded, and Lichtenberger called with A-K of spades, up against Ziegler’s J-J. The flop was revealed to be Q-8-9, alongside two spades. This kept Ziegler in the lead for the win, but gave Lichtenberg an extra spade out. One of these spades was made on the turn, handing Lichtenberger with the flush and the prize pot. Afterwards, Ziegler was forced to the rail in 33rd place, just one spot away from the minimum cash amount of €20,000.
Lichtenberger moved his stack to around 700,000 on this hand, and finished the day with 718,000 – Settling in third place overall. One of the main winners of the game is Erik Seidel, who placed in fourth with 665,000 chips. Seidel has actually had one good year, acquiring a decent six-figure or better cash rewards. Amongst the different highlights are a win in the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller Event for €2,015,000, as well as a seventh place finish in the Super High Roller Bowl, which has a prize of around $860,000.
Niall Farrell, who’s in first place after Day 1, and one of the top-notchers during Day 2, was actually eliminated when he went down to 34th place.
Berlin’s Spielbank will serve as the host of the World Poker Series Europe Main Event. During this occasion, the cards will be dealt until only six players are left standing. They will then get some rest on Friday, before coming back on Saturday to learn who the World Poker Series European champion is.