Stan’s Lists – Most Cashes in One WSOP


[SS] “Records were made to be broken”, Stan the Stat began.

[LL] “I think Bill Veeck and Steve Dahl might disagree with you”, Leroy the Lion interrupted.

[SS] “Okay, Disco Demolition Night notwithstanding, people keep getting taller, stronger, and faster; the world population keeps growing; and of course, the World Series of Poker keeps adding new events, so expect records to get broken almost every year.”

[LL] “Okay, I’ll bite. Which one do you think will fall next?”

[SS] “In terms of individual records, the most WSOP cashes in one year. Every year about midway through the World Series of Poker, some player on a hot run1 is on pace to break the record. Somehow the record has stayed intact despite the number of events growing by over ten percent since 20122, but it’s inevitable.

Official WSOP records for cashes only seem to go back to 2006, so this required more than a little digging on my part and may not be quite as accurate as most of my lists…”

History of the Most Cashes in One WSOP

Cashes Player Year
2 Johnny Moss 1971
3 Puggy Pearson 1973
4 Jack Keller 1986
5 Phil Hellmuth 1992
6 Mike Sexton 1995
7 Phil Hellmuth 2001
8 Chris Ferguson 2003
10 Nikolay Evdakov 2008
11 Konstantin Puchkov 2012

Notes:

  • Moss also won the 1970 championship vote, but there was no tournament to “cash” in that year. All of the 1971 events were winner-take-all, so he became the first to cash twice by winning two of the five events.
  • Pearson won three events for his three 1973 cashes. Gary Berland tied the record in 1978 and Jesse Alto in 1984.
  • Humberto Brenes, Phil Hellmuth, and Richard Tatalovich tied Ferguson’s record of eight in 2006; Chad Brown and Michael Binger tied it in 2007.
  • Because of the almost continual increase in the number of events each year, the percentage of available events in which each record holder has cashed has gone almost straight down. Keller cashed in one third of the events in 1986, while Puchkov only cashed in 15.9% (18.0% if you ignore WSOP Europe and Asia Pacific). Only Hellmuth’s record represented a higher percentage of events than the previous record-holder’s.
  • Puchkov had all of his cashes in the WSOP in the U.S., but this table can be split in two if someone breaks his record with cashes at the WSOP Europe or WSOP Asia Pacific. Puchkov also holds the EPT career record for cashes.
  • As of today there are seven other members of the ten-cash club: Terrence Chan, Jason Mercier, and Phil Hellmuth in 2012; Daniel Negreanu in 2013; and George Danzer, Humberto Brenes, and Roman Israelashivili in 2014.

[LL] “Have you also compiled the records for the women?”

[SS] “Yes, a little more definitively since women didn’t play much in the early years when the data is sketchier. There are some very familiar names here as well.”

History of the Most Cashes in One WSOP, Women

Cashes Player Year
1 Bonnie Baez 1974
3 Marsha Waggoner 1993
4 Annie Duke 1995
5 Jennifer Harman 2005
7 Cyndy Violette 2006
8 Maria Ho 2014

Notes:

  • One of Waggoner’s cashes was in the Ladies Limit 7-Card Stud tournament. None of the other record-setters included a Ladies event. Annie Duke tied Waggoner’s record with three cashes in 1994.
  • Ho’s cashes included Hold ‘Em, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, and Dealer’s Choice events.
  • Other big years for women include six cashes each for Cherish Andrews and Vanessa Selbst in 2012 and Loni Harwood and Melanie Weisner in 2013.

[LL] “I don’t think Maria Ho has gotten nearly as much recognition for her record as she deserves. I didn’t realize she played so many varieties of poker so well.”

[SS] “Well, I hope I can help spread the news to the whole world.”

Footnotes:

  1. The on-pace-to-break-the-record candidates were Terrance Chan in 2012, Dan Kelly in 2013, Humberto Brenes in 2014, and Joe Kuether this year (already passed by Mark Radoja).
  2. The number of WSOP events has increased from 69 in 2012 to 78 this year (61 to 68 in the U.S. part of the WSOP).

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Stan’s Lists – Women in Poker Hall of Fame


[LL] “Wasn’t there an induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame last year around this time of year?” Leroy the Lion wondered. “I haven’t heard anything about this year’s inductees at all.”

[SS] “I was thinking the same thing”, Stan the Stat responded. “So I went to the web site, but there’s no new news since before the 2014 ceremony.”

[LL] “Uh oh, that doesn’t sound promising.”

[SS] “Yeah, that worried me. There are only two women1 in the other Poker Hall of Fame, so it’s definitely good for poker to have more women honored for their play or work behind the scenes. I emailed the contact2 for the web site, but it bounced.”

[LL] “Trouble.”

[SS] “Fortunately, they also listed the Board Chair, Lupe Soto, and she responded!”

[LL] “Cool.”

[SS] “The bad news is that there won’t be an induction ceremony in 2015. The good news is that they’ve been on an every-other-year schedule since 2012 and are already thinking about 2016.”

[LL] “Good to hear. Who do you think should get in next?”

[SS] “Well, for starters, here’s who’s already in:”

Women in Poker Hall of Fame Inductees

Year Inductee Claim to Fame
2008 Barbara Enright Only woman to reach the WSOP Main Event final table (5th place in 1995); won WSOP Ladies Championship 1986 and 1994
2008 Susie Isaacs Won consecutive WSOP Ladies Championships (1996-97); 10th in 1998 WSOP Main Event
2008 Linda Johnson Won the 1997 WSOP $1,500 Seven-Card Razz event
2008 Marsha Waggoner Over $900,000 in career tournament winnings; Last Woman Standing in the WSOP Main Event in 1993 and 1997
2009 Jan Fisher Co-founder of the Tournament Directors Association
2009 Cyndy Violette Won 2004 WSOP $2,000 Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournament
2009 June Field Won 1982 WSOP Ladies Seven-Card Stud; founded Card Player magazine in 1988
2010 Jennifer Harman Won 2000 WSOP $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw and 2002 WSOP $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em events
2010 Kathy Liebert Won 2004 WSOP $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout; over $6,000,000 in career winnings
2010 Billie Brown Marketing Director of Ocean’s Eleven Casino in Oceanside, California
2011 Margie Heintz First female WSOP dealer in 1977, including the Main Event final table that aired on CBS
2011 Kristy Gazes Won 2007 WPT Ladies Invitational and $20k NLHE FullTiltPoker.Net Championship
2011 Phyllis Caro Director of Poker Operations at the Hollywood Park Casino
2012 Kathy Raymond Director of Poker Operations at the Venetian Resort and Hotel
2012 J.J. Liu 2nd place in 2007 WPT Bay 101 $9,600 Championship Event (highest female WPT Main Event finish)
2014 Deborah Giardina Vice President of Poker Operations at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida
2014 Allyn Shulman Won 2012 WSOP $1,000 No Limit Hold ‘Em Seniors Championship

[LL] “A little heavy on non-players, I’d say. I’m a huge fan of poker, and I’ve never heard of a bunch of them.”

[SS] “Same here.”

[LL] “So, a couple players for 2016 would make sense… Vanessa Selbst is an obvious choice. She’s the only woman to win three WSOP bracelets in open events.”

[SS] “Although I think she’ll just qualify for ‘ten years’ in the poker world, she won’t reach the age minimum of 35 until 2019 or 2020, depending on when the inductions are.

Nani Dollison, the other female with three bracelets, albeit two in women’s events, wouldn’t be a bad choice either, but outside of those three bracelets, her resume is pretty empty.”

[LL] “How about the EPT star you told us about, Victoria Coren Mitchell?”

[SS] “Sure, the only player, male or female, to win two EPT Main Events certainly has the credentials. Besides her great results at the table, she had a long-running poker column in The Guardian and The Observer and is a commentator on TV.”

[LL] “I’d also nominate Annie Duke. As polarizing a figure as she is, she’s certainly left a mark on the game.”

[SS] “Sure, an NBC Heads-Up title, the interesting but ill-fated Epic Poker League, Last Woman Standing in the WSOP Main Event twice,…”

[LL] “And I’m sure she helped popularize poker with her provocative appearance on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice.

[SS] “I think Coren Mitchell and Duke would be great additions, but I don’t know if either of them passes the ‘must be a proponent of women in poker’ test. Duke once said, ‘Poker is one of the only sports where a woman can compete on totally equal footing with a man, so I don’t understand why there’s a ladies-only tournament.'”3

[LL] “I don’t know if that makes her a ‘proponent’ or not.”

[SS] “Her 2005 book, How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed and Won Millions has worse, like, ‘To emphasize your femininity, giggle girlishly when you win pots. Check-raise them at every opportunity. Show them your bluffs. They already don’t like you. Why not completely piss them off?… It worked for me.'”

[LL] “Okay, that may not help her cause much.”

[SS] “On the other hand, Duke trumpets herself as a Trailblazer for Women in Poker on her web site, saying all the right things.”

[LL] “Such as?”

[SS] “‘I truly believe that we have a responsibility as women who have successfully found their place in this game to mentor young women. To provide them with the same confidence and belief that your intellect is your greatest weapon that my mother gave to me.'”

[LL] “That’s exactly what the committee wants to hear.

What about Coren Mitchell?”

[SS] “She’s probably in better shape on this condition. She’s said stuff like, ‘Stuart Wheeler says women are no good at poker?! If he fancies playing a bit of heads up, he knows where to find me.'”4

and ‘A big part of winning at poker is psychology and detective work – things that women tend to be quite good at. Why is that person doing this or that? You are looking at someone’s face and working out if they are nervous or confident. You need a good understanding of people.'”5

Footnotes:

  1. Barbara Enright was inducted in 2007 and Linda Johnson in 2011.
  2. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame website lists inquiries@womenspokerhalloffame.com as the contact email address.
  3. From Toby Leah Bochan’s 2005 book, The Badass Girl’s Guide to Poker.
  4. From an interview in the August 16, 2013 Evening Standard.
  5. From an interview in The Jewish Chronicle Online, September 17, 2009.

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Stan’s Lists – Phil Hellmuth Wins 14th / WSOP Bracelet Spans


[RR] “Phil Hellmuth just won his 14th WSOP bracelet!” Roderick the Rock announced.

[LL] “What did he win it in?” Leroy the Lion asked.

[RR] “Razz, the only game he’s won a bracelet in besides Hold ‘Em. I’ve been rooting for Phil Ivey to catch up, but he’s not even in Las Vegas.”

[LL] “I heard he’s off milking the cash Macau”, Leroy the Lion commented. “He and Negreanu didn’t make a bracelet bet this year, but maybe this news will get him to reschedule his return flight earlier.”

[SS] “Especially since that’s Hellmuth’s third bracelet of the 2010s, pulling him into a tie with Ivey, Matt Matros, Michael Mizrachi, and Dominik Nitsche for the most in the decade”,1 Stan the Stat remarked. “He already had the most in the 1990s (5), and he tied for second most in the 2000s (5, two behind Ivey and tied with Johnny Chan, Layne Flack, Allen Cunningham, and Chris Ferguson).

Not surprisingly, it makes Hellmuth the first player with at least three bracelets in three different decades. Only Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan have won even two in three decades,2 while only Ivey and Erik Seidel3 have won three in two decades.

Surprisingly, Hellmuth isn’t far off from another record: most years between his first and last bracelets. Brunson won in 1976 and 2005, a range of 29 years. Hellmuth’s bracelets have now spanned 26 years!”

Longest Gap Between First and Last WSOP Bracelets

Rank Player First Last Years
1 Doyle Brunson 1976 2005 29
2 Chip Reese4 1978 2006 28
3 Billy Baxter 1975 2002 27
4 Jay Heimowitz5 1975 2001 26
Phil Hellmuth5 1989 2015
6 Mickey Appleman 1980 2003 23
7 Ted Forrest 1993 2014 21
8 Johnny Chan 1985 2005 20
9 Johnny Moss 1970 1988 18
Amarillo Slim Preston 1972 1990
Hans Lund 1978 1996
Berry Johnston 1983 2001
T.J. Cloutier 1987 2005
Men Nguyen 1992 2010

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel Idema added his third WSOP bracelet of the 2010s on June 18, 2015 by winning the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Brian Hastings captured his third on June 20, 2015 by winning the $1,500 10-Game Mix tournament.
  2. Men Nguyen, Ted Forrest, and David Chiu can join the triple double list with another bracelet by 2019.
  3. Seidel won four bracelets in two decades (one behind Hellmuth’s record). Ivey could match that this year when he finally shows up in Las Vegas.
  4. Reese had by far the longest gap, 24 years, between consecutive WSOP bracelets. Lund went 18 years between his only two bracelets and Starla Brodie 16 between hers.
  5. Hellmuth’s gap is 26 years and 11 days, while Heimowitz’s is somewhere under 26 years and 7 days, but the years of the WSOPs are all that really matter, so consider them even.

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Triple Crown Winners


[RR] “Are you guys excited about American Pharoah’s1 possible Triple Crown at the the Belmont Stakes tomorrow?” Roderick the Rock polled.

[LL] “Nay, horse racing is right up there with boxing on my list of sports that don’t need to exist”, Leroy the Lion opined. “It isn’t really any better for the animals than greyhound racing.”

[RR] “I’m not really into it either, but this year is interesting because no horse has won the Triple Crown for a record 37 years.”2

[SS] “I don’t know why everyone says that”, Stan the Stat argued. “Sure, it was only a quarter century between Citation in 1948 and Secretariat in 1973, but the longest drought was actually the first one. The Kentucky Derby became the last of the three races to debut in 1875,3 and the first Triple Crown was Sir Barton in 1919, which meant there were 44 straight years without a Triple Crown. That’s seven years longer than the current gap since Affirmed accomplished the feat.”

[FF] “How could a horse miss winning the Triple Crown if it didn’t exist yet?” Figaro the Fish wondered.

[SS] “The term did already exist and was used for horse racing in England. But if you mean that it wasn’t really bandied about to refer to the Kentucky Derby/Preakness/Belmont Stakes Triple Crown, you’re technically correct. Gallant Fox’s 1930 sweep was the first to get called a Triple Crown in the press.”

[LL] “I prefer the Triple Crown in Major League Baseball, where you get two for the price of one, one for hitting and one for pitching.”

[RR] “I’d prefer a Triple Crown of Poker… Does that exist?”

[SS] “Indeed it does. The Poker Triple Crown consists of winning World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and European Poker Tour tournaments. It’s currently rarer than the horse racing Triple Crown, with just five holders compared to eleven, but since it’s a career accomplishment, the numbers are bound to grow rapidly over the next few years.4

Triple Crown of Poker Winners

Player EPT WPT WSOP Age
Gavin Griffin 2007 2008 2004 26
Roland de Wolfe 2006 2005 2009 29
Jake Cody 2010 2010 2011 22
Bertrand Grospellier 2008 2008 2011 30
Davidi Kitai 2012 2011 2008 32

All of the Triple Crown winners except Kitai have no other titles on the three tours; Kitai earned a second WSOP bracelet in 2014.”

[LL] “How many players are just one title short of the Triple Crown?”

[SS] “55, which is just three more than the number of horses who wound up one leg short. Most of the players are missing an EPT title, not surprising since that’s the newest and least prestigious of the three tours.

Just four players are only missing a WSOP bracelet: Mohsin Charania, Moritz Kranich, Andrey Pateychuk, and Roberto Romanello. The same number are only lacking a WPT bracelet: Rob Hollink, Maxim Lykov, Jason Mercier, and Ram Vaswani.”

[LL] “So it’s a real horse race to see which poker player joins the Triple Crown club next.”

{ June 6, 2015 update: American Pharoah became the twelfth winner of the Triple Crown in a wire-to-wire, five and a half length romp. }

Footnotes:

  1. Both owner Ahmed Zayat and the Jockey Club claim the other party was responsible for the misspelling (should be “pharaoh” for the Egyptian kings). { June 6, 2015: Better explanation of the misspelling. }
  2. E.g., Wikipedia echoes this claim.
  3. The Preakness started in 1873 and the Belmont Stakes in 1867.
  4. That is, as long as the three tours, especially the European Poker Tour, stay healthy.

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Stan’s Lists – Youngest and Oldest WSOP Winners


[LL] “Stan, I know you told us about the youngest and oldest players to win the World Series of Poker Main Event. What about any WSOP bracelet?” Leroy the Lion prodded.

[SS] “I don’t know how I missed that last year”, Stan the Stat apologized. “But I did some research and came up with what I think is the definitive history of the youngest bracelet winner going back to 1998:1

History of the Youngest WSOP Bracelet Winner

Player Born Date Age
Daniel Negreanu 1974/07/26 1998/04/29 23
Gavin Griffin 1981/08/28 2004/05/15 22
Eric Froehlich 1984/02/09 2005/06/05 21
Jeff Madsen 1985/06/07 2006/07/03 21
Steve Billirakis 1986/05/25 2007/06/04 21
Annette Obrestad 1988/09/18 2007/09/17 18

Notes:

  • Obrestad was one day shy of her 19th birthday when she won the first WSOP Europe Main Event. This record can’t be broken in Nevada, where the legal gambling age is 21.2
  • Billirakis was ten days past his 21st birthday, Madsen 26 days, and Froehlich 117 days.”

[RR] “So, if you count just the WSOP in the U.S., the record is Billirakis’s, and it would take some lucky timing to be a younger 21.”

[SS] “Whereas Obrestad left almost a full year of margin for someone to lower her world record.”

[LL] “But eighteen is awfully young. My car is older than that.”

[RR] “The T-shirt I’m wearing is older than that.”

[SS] “Well, you guys can look forward to trying to break the oldest record instead. But first, I’m sure you were about to ask, ‘Who’s the youngest player to N bracelets, where N currently goes up to 13?’ Two Phils currently dominate the upper end of the list, but their records don’t look very safe over the next decade:

Youngest to Win Given Number of Bracelets

# Player Born Date Age
1 Annette Obrestad 1988/09/18 2007/09/17 18
2 Jeff Madsen 1985/06/07 2006/07/14 21
3 Dominik Nitsche 1992/10/11 2014/06/10 21
4 Phil Ivey 1976/02/01 2002/05/11 26
5 Phil Hellmuth 1964/07/16 1993/05/08 28
6 Phil Hellmuth 1964/07/16 1997/05/06 32
7 Phil Ivey 1976/02/01 2009/06/11 33
8 Phil Ivey 1976/02/01 2010/06/22 34
9 Phil Ivey 1976/02/01 2013/04/11 37
10 Phil Ivey 1976/02/01 2014/06/27 38
11 Phil Hellmuth 1964/07/16 2007/06/11 42
12 Phil Hellmuth 1964/07/16 2012/06/10 47
13 Phil Hellmuth 1964/07/16 2012/10/04 48
14 Phil Hellmuth 1964/07/16 2015/06/08 50

Notes:

  • Madsen was 37 days past his 21st birthday, while Nitsche was almost eight months past.
  • Ivey has until December 26, 2018 to break Hellmuth’s record for eleven bracelets. He missed the marks for five and six by just over half a year.
  • Nitsche has until January 20, 2019 to break Ivey’s record for four bracelets.”
  • { June 8, 2015 update: Phil Hellmuth, who now qualifies for the Seniors event, took down the $10,000 Razz Championship for his second non-Hold ‘Em bracelet. }

[LL] “Darn, I’m too old now to break Hellmuth’s record for thirteen bracelets.”

[SS] “I think you need to worry about the first twelve first.”

Oldest Bracelet Winners

[SS] “On the other hand, if you wait long enough, you can become the oldest player to win your first bracelet. Currently, that’s Paul “Cigar” McKinney, who captured the 2007 WSOP Seniors Event at 80.”

[RR] “But who was the oldest to win an open event?”3

[SS] “That would be Johnny Moss, the Grand Old Man of Poker himself, who won the 1988 $1,500 Limit Ace to Five Draw on his 81st birthday, half a year older than McKinney was.”

[LL] “I hope I’m still playing poker when I’m 81.”

[RR] “I hope I’m still alive.”

Footnotes:

  1. The previous record holder may have been Phil Hellmuth, who was 24, a year older than Negreanu, when he won the WSOP Main Event in 1989.
  2. If the WSOP is willing though, there are other U.S. states that have a lower legal gambling age.
  3. Unfortunately, I couldn’t definitively determine who was the oldest player to win his first open WSOP bracelet. My best guess: Joe Bernstein, who was 74 when he won the $3,000 Limit Ace to 5 Draw event in 1973 (he was born in 1899, which broke my spreadsheet formula).

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2015 WSOP Schedule

[RR] “The NBA and NHL playoffs go on forever. Pretty soon they’ll be playing ice hockey in the summer!” Roderick the Rock complained.

[SS] “Actually, the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals ended on June 24, three days after summer began”, Stan the Stat corrected. “And that was only a six-game series.”

[RR] “Regardless, I’m ready for the World Series!”

[FF] “But that’s not until October!” Figaro the Fish objected.

[RR] “Not the baseball World Series, the World Series of Poker!”

[SS] “You don’t have long to wait. It starts on Wednesday.”

[RR] “That seems early. Did they add even more events?” Roderick the Rock inquired.

[SS] “No, it’s exactly the same day it started last year. But they did pack in three more events. The main addition is a couple of new low buy-in events. 2013 and 2014 both had one event under $1,000, and that was the Casino Employee-only event. This year’s schedule has that plus two open Hold ‘Em tournaments,1 one at $5652 and one at $777.”

[SS] “The high end of the buy-in scale is about the same though. The One Drop continues to alternate buy-ins so after last year’s million-dollar event, we’re back to $111,111 this time. And after last year’s explosion of $10,000 events (from 4 to 13) there’s just one more this year.”

[LL] “What’s this I heard about some strange mash-up of online and live poker???” Leroy the Lion asked.

[SS] “Well, the hybrid WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em event was supposed to start as an online tournament but finish with heads-up play at the casino in classic fashion.”

[RR] “So that’s not true anymore? They’re just going to play it all out online?”

[SS] “No, actually they expanded the live part to the entire final table but added a travel day to give the last six players plenty of time to get to the Rio.”3

[RR] “Good idea; you don’t want them rushing to the casino with no rest. The ends of poker tournaments can drag out longer than the last few minutes of a NBA game.”

[LL] “Or even a six-overtime NHL game.”

Footnotes:

  1. The number of Texas Hold ‘Em events increased by four, bouncing back to 2013’s total but still accounting for a lower percentage of the events (60.3% vs. 66.1%).
  2. The Colossus will likely break the record for most total entries in a live re-entry poker tournament. Last year’s $1,500 Millionaire Maker had 5,044 players, some of whom rebought for a total of 7,977 entries. The Colossus will allow two more re-entries per player (four total entries), and players will be more likely to rebuy as the entry fee is only 37.7% as high. {Update: May 31, 2015: The Colossus drew a record 22,374 entries.}
  3. Players need to be in Nevada even for the online portion.
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European Poker Tour Career Leaders

[SS] “Here are the career leaders in earnings, cashes, final tables, and titles at the end of the European Poker Tour’s eleventh complete season.

EPT Career Earnings

Rank Player Earnings
1 Bertrand Grospellier $5,794,666
2 Jason Mercier $5,792,782
3 Scott Seiver $5,681,622
4 Steve O’Dwyer $5,455,589
5 Mike McDonald $5,177,101
6 Igor Kurganov $4,881,439
7 Tobias Reinkemeier $4,406,326
8 Philipp Gruissem $4,100,541
9 Martin Finger $4,087,326
10 Olivier Busquet $4,065,442

Notes:

  • Other notable players in the top 20: Eugene Katchalov (12th: $3,874,218), Daniel Negreanu (14th: $3,703,145), Erik Seidel (17th: $3,555,153), and Daniel Colman (19th: $3,469,849).
  • The top three women are Vanessa Selbst (11th: $3,959,891), Victoria Coren Mitchell (55th: $2,062,619) and Liv Boeree (59th: $1,995,160).

EPT Career Cashes

Rank Player Cashes
1 Konstantin Puchkov 72
2 Marcin Horecki 47
3 Pierre Neuville 45
4 Jan Bendik 43
5 Roberto Romanello 40
Bertrand Grospellier
7 Mihails Morozovs 39
8 Rumen Nanev 38
9 Ole Schemion 37
10 Andrew Chen 36
Alexander Orlov

Notes:

  • Romanello and Grospellier are the only players on this list who have won an EPT title.
  • Ana Laura Marquez Esteban leads all women with 24 Cashes (tied for 72nd). Florence Allera has 22 (tied for 89th).

EPT Career Final Tables

Rank Player Final Tables
1 Konstantin Puchkov 31
2 Ole Schemion 25
3 Marcin Horecki 23
Juha Helppi
5 Jan Bendik 21
6 Mihails Morozovs 20
Mike McDonald
Alexander Orlov
Bryn Kenney
10 Anton Wigg 19
Andrew Chen
Steve O’Dwyer
Dario Alioto
Marcel Luske

Notes:

  • EPT final tables consist of eight players.
  • Despite leading in both Cashes and Final Tables, Konstantin Puchkov ranks only 164nd in Earnings ($1,173,368).
  • McDonald, Wigg, and O’Dwyer are the only players on this list who have won an EPT title.
  • Vanessa Selbst leads all women with 13 Final Tables (tied for 47th). Victoria Coren Mitchell has 10 (tied for 79th).
  • The United States has reached the final table the most times, followed by the United Kingdom and France.

EPT Career Titles

Victoria Coren Mitchell is the only player with two EPT titles, having taken down the EPT London Main Event on September 24, 2006 and the EPT Sanremo Main Event on April 20, 2014.

Notes:

  • Sandra Naujoks (2009 EPT German Open) and Liv Boeree (2010 EPT Sanremo) are the only other women to win an EPT main event.
  • The United States and United Kingdom are currently tied with 16 winners each, three ahead of Germany.”

[LL] “Epic Poker Tables, Stan!” Leroy the Lion admired.

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European Poker Tour Grand Final


[SS] “The EPT Grand Final1 has always had a 10,000-euro buy-in, but its rake has slowly crept up from 0 to 300 to 600 euros”, Stan the Stat continued. “The tournament originally ended the EPT season in March, but that has been in late April or early May since 2009.

European Poker Tour Grand Final Champions

Year Winner Prize Players Cashed Runner Up
2005 Rob Hollink $845,190 211 27 Brandon Schaefer
2006 Jeff Williams $1,084,037 298 27 Arshad Hussain
2007 Gavin Griffin $2,434,060 706 64 Marc Karam
2008 Glen Chorny $3,196,354 842 64 Denes Kalo
2009 Pieter De-Korver $3,024,167 935 88 Matt Woodward
2010 Nicolas Chouity $2,263,166 848 128 Josef Klinger
2011 Ivan Freitez-Rosales $2,226,345 686 104 Torsten Brinkmann
2012 Mohsin Charania $1,782,343 665 96 Lucille Cailly
2013 Steve O’Dwyer $1,604,972 531 80 Andrew Pantling
2014 Antonio Buonanno $1,715,526 650 95 Jack Salter
2015 Adrian Mateos2 $1,211,836 564 79 Muhyedine Fares

Notes:

  • Three Americans have won the EPT Grand Final — Williams, Griffin, and Charania — but you could also include O’Dwyer, who moved to Ireland after the major online poker sites shut down in the U.S. on Black Friday. No other country has won more than twice; Hollink and De-Korver both hail from the Netherlands.
  • 2007 runner-up Marc Karam is the only player who has reached the final table multiple times, finishing 4th the year before. Ben Grundy almost matched him, finishing 7th in 2005 and bubbling (9th) the following year.3
  • 2012 runner-up Frenchwoman Lucille Cailly is the only female to make the final table.
  • The 2008 event featured the largest first prize in EPT history ($3,196,354), but the following year had the most players (935).
  • After paying fewer than 10% of the players from 2006 to 2009, including a low of 7.6% in 2008, the EPT has rewarded about 15% of the field since 2010.

European Poker Tour Grand Final Final Hands

Year Winner Hand Value Runner Up Hand Value Board
2005 Rob Hollink J♠8♠ Two Pairs,
Jacks and 8s
Brandon Schaefer K♦7♠ Pair of Kings K♣9♦5♥8♣J♣
2006 Jeff Williams A♦T♣ Pair of 7s,
Ace Ten-kicker
Arshad Hussain A♥8♦ Pair of 7s,
Ace 9-kicker
5♥9♥7♠7♦3♣
2007 Gavin Griffin K♦5♣ Two Pairs,
Kings and 3s
Marc Karam 7♠4♠ Two Pairs,
4s and 3s
4♦3♣2♠3♥K♥
2008 Glen Chorny A♥5♥ Two Pairs,
Aces and 6s
Denes Kalo K♥Q♦ Two Pairs,
Queens and 6s
A♠Q♠6♠6♣T♦
2009 Pieter De-Korver 9♠6♠ Pair of 6s,
Queen Ten 9-kicker
Matt Woodward 6♦4♥ Pair of 6s,
Queen Ten 7-kicker
5♥T♥6♥Q♠7♠
2010 Nicolas Chouity A♦A♣ Pair of Aces Josef Klinger 8♦8♣ Pair of 8s K♦T♠9♥4♠Q♣
2011 Ivan Freitez-Rosales T♦9♦ Pair of 9s Torsten Brinkmann A♥K♦ Ace-high 9♠2♠5♥6♦8♣
2012 Mohsin Charania Q♠Q♥ Two Pairs,
Queens and 2s
Lucille Cailly A♦K♣ Pair of 2s 9♣3♥2♣7♠2♥
2013 Steve O’Dwyer T♣8♥ Four 8s Andrew Pantling K♠5♠ Flush,
King-high
J♠8♠8♦4♠8♣
2014 Antonio Buonanno A♠4♥ Ace-high Jack Salter K♦7♦ King-high J♥9♠2♥Q♦3♠
2015 Adrian Mateos2 A♥8♠ Two Pairs,
Queens and 8s
Muhyedine Fares A♠6♠ Pair of Queens 9♥8♥2♦Q♠Q♣

Notes:

  • The chips went all-in preflop every year except 2005 (river), 2007 (flop), 2009 (flop), and 2013 (turn).
  • The eventual winner got his money in good every time except 2007 (45%), 2011 (40%), and 2013 (23%, hitting a 10-outer on the river). In 2009, De-Korver was ahead on the flop, but Woodward actually had a better chance of winning (44% to 32% with a 24% chance of a push) because of his nine flush outs.”

Footnotes:

  1. The season-ending EPT championship was officially called the European Poker Tour Grand Final from 2004 to 2011 but has been referred to as the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final since 2012.
  2. Adrian Mateos took down the 2015 title just hours after this article was posted.
  3. Johnny Lodden joined Karam with a third place finish in 2014 and a fourth in 2015.

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European Poker Tour History

[RR] “Welcome back, Stan”, Roderick the Rock greeted.

[SS] “Thanks, sorry I couldn’t make the last couple tournaments”, Stan the Stat responded. “Always super busy during tax season.”

[FF] “At least you make money on it! Everyone pays taxes”, Figaro the Fish lamented.

[LL] “Especially Professional Technologists”, Leroy the Lion lamented.

[RR] “Even Poor Teachers.”

[SS] “Eminent Physics Theoreticians.”

[FF] “Emergency Parachute Testers.”

[LL] “Elephant Prosthesis Trainers.”

[SS] “In poker, what do you guys think of when I say ‘EPT’?” Stan the Stat segued.

[RR] “The Eastern Poker Tour,1 of course. Some of our regulars play there, especially Elias the Eagle, who’s usually among the league leaders.”

[SS] “What if someone from outside of New England said ‘EPT’ though?”

[LL] “You must be referring to the European Poker Tour then.”

[SS] “Yes, that’s the one. The European Poker Tour debuted in Barcelona over a decade ago in September 2004 as poker was reaching its peak of popularity just 16 months after Chris Moneymaker had won the World Series of Poker Main Event. Founder John Duthie was a television director who also happened to be pretty good at poker. In November 2000, he took down the debut Poker Million I2 shootout for a cool million pounds ($1,426,330).

With the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour then almost entirely based in the U.S., Duthie wanted to create a poker tour for Europe3 with lower buy-ins4 for a regular television series that he would produce. He signed on casinos all across Europe to provide card rooms, PokerStars to sponsor the tournaments, and multi-country Eurosport and the U.K.’s Channel 5 and Challenge TV to broadcast the events.”

[RR] “And the EPT is still around, so it worked out pretty well?”

[SS] “Mostly. The EPT began with seven tour stops in 2004-05, and like the WSOP and WPT, grew as poker did, nearly doubling to 13 stops for three seasons from 2009-10 to 2011-12 before shrinking back to seven events in 2014-15. Similarly, the season-ending Grand Final’s field grew from 211 players in 2005 to 935 in 2009 then dropped back down to 531 in 2013 before recovering some since.

Barcelona and London have hosted events every season, while Monte Carlo has only missed one year and Deauville two. Prague and Paradise Island (Bahamas) have been regular tour stops since Season 4. The EPT season usually kicks off in Barcelona5 and ends in Monte Carlo,6 where Season 11 is currently wrapping up. The EPT Grand Final begins tomorrow.”

{ To be continued… }

Footnotes:

  1. The Eastern Poker Tour runs weekly Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments at dozens of locations in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The tour manages pub events, charity events, and a points ladder used for qualifying for monthly, seasonal, and annual championship tournaments.
  2. The Poker Million event took a three-year break then ran annually from 2003 to 2010.
  3. Only the Bahamas event (the EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in Paradise Island, which began in 2008) isn’t in Europe.
  4. EPT buy-ins were initially about half of the World Poker Tour’s, but field sizes grew so large that the entry fees were raised in Season 4.
  5. The exceptions were Season 6, which started in Kiev and Seasons 7 and 8, which started in Tallinn.
  6. The only exception was Season 7, which ended in Madrid.

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Jacob on Jeopardy

[RR] “Do you guys remember the Forrest bounce?” Roderick the Rock inquired.

[FF] “Was that when Ted Forrest lost fifty pounds in two months to win a two million dollar bet with Mike Matusow, then gained most of the weight back?” Figaro the Fish answered by way of a question.

[LL] “No, Rod must be referring to Chuck Forrest of Jeopardy! fame.”

[RR] “That’s right. Last year, we got to see a poker version of the show. This year we got to see a poker pro1 on the real show. Alex Jacob’s impressive Jeopardy! run ended on Monday.”

[FF] “I’ve never heard of him.”

[SS] “Jacob won the 2006 U.S Poker Championship2 and has amassed over $2.6 million in career tournament earnings.

[FF] “Not too shabby.”

[RR] “Like Arthur Chu3 did last year on the show, Jacob used the Forrest bounce, randomly jumping around the board to hunt for Daily Doubles and throw off his opponents. He also went all-in most of the time when he hit a Daily Double, as the chance of answering correctly is roughly two in three.”4

[LL] “Just the kind of strategy you’d expect from a successful poker player.”

[RR] “He ended up winning $151,802 and six games, finally getting dethroned when he missed a Final Jeopardy answer about Instagram.5 Expect him back on the show for the 15-player Tournament of Champions in November.”

Footnotes:

  1. Technically, a former poker pro. Jacobs still plays poker occasionally, cashing in a tournament as recently as September 2014, but the last time he won over $10,000 was in 2010, and the last time he broke $100,000 was in 2009.
  2. Jacob survived a field of 261 players to win $878,500.
  3. Chu tweeted that he was an “amateur wannabe poker player” as he congratulated Jacob.
  4. The success rate on Daily Doubles usually runs between 65% and 70%, but a good player can do much better. During his record streak, Ken Jennings got 83% of them correct (see his Slate article on Arthur Chu).
  5. The stumper was, “This social media company launched in October 2010; in 2012, with about a dozen employees and no revenue, it sold for $1 billion”. Jacobs guessed Twitter instead of Instagram. Twitter launched in July 2006 and went public in November 2013.

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