[SS] “Last year was the debut of the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific,” Stan the Stat began, “but it looks like it will be the only year with both a WSOP Europe and a WSOP Asia Pacific.1 Starting this year, the Asia Pacific event will take place only in even-numbered years, taking turns with the European event in odd-numbered years.”
[LL] “Sort of like how the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year from 1924 to 1992 before the International Olympic Committee offset the Winter games in 1994?” Leroy the Lion analogized.
[SS] “Yep. It make sense for those infrequent quadrennial games, but I don’t agree with the decision here.2 I’m not the one flying all over the world to play poker though.”
[LL] “I’d certainly like poker to grow, but the Big One for One Drop is a bit of a precedent. And that field shrunk despite the every-other-year schedule.”
[SS] “On the positive side, this justifies combining the short lists of the Europe and Asia Pacific Main Event winners into one:”
WSOP Europe and Asia Pacific Main Event Champions3
|2007||E||Annette Obrestad||$2,013,733||362||36||John Tabatabai|
|2008||E||John Juanda||$1,580,096||363||36||Stanislav Alekhin|
|2009||E||Barry Shulman||$1,321,534||334||36||Daniel Negreanu|
|2010||E||James Bord||$1,281,048||346||36||Fabrizio Baldassari|
|2011||E||Elio Fox||$1,870,208||593||64||Chris Moorman|
|2012||E||Phil Hellmuth||$1,333,841||420||48||Sergii Baranov|
|2013||A||Daniel Negreanu||$1,087,160||405||40||Daniel Marton|
|2013||E||Adrian Mateos||$1,351,661||375||40||Fabrice Soulier|
|2014||A||Scott Davies||$737,907||324||36||Jack Salter|
|2015||E||Kevin MacPhee||$1,001,577||313||32||David Lopez|
[SS] “Some interesting tidbits:
- Daniel Negreanu owns these Main Events. Three final tables in a span of six tournaments (5th place in 2008) is beyond impressive. Only Dan Harrington’s three final tables in ten WSOP Main Events from 1995 to 2004 can compare (his win was out of a slightly smaller field, while the back-to-back final tables were from much bigger fields).
- Three other players have reached multiple final tables:5 Jason Mercier (4th in 2009 and 8th in 2012), Daniel Steinberg (6th in 2010 and 9th in 2013 Europe), and Benjamin Spindler (6th in both 2013 tourneys).
- Norwegian Annette Obrestad was the youngest winner at 18 (one day shy of her 19th birthday and well under the legal age limit of 21 for Las Vegas) and the only woman to reach a final table until 2014, when Ang Italiano finished sixth.
- Spaniard Adrian Mateos was the second youngest winner at 19 (just three and a half months older than Obrestad).
- Barry Shulman was the oldest winner at age 63, while Phil Hellmuth was the second oldest at 48.”
- In 2013 the WSOP Asia Pacific event was held in April and the Europe event in October, in early fall (or late summer) like every other event.
- WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart explained that alternating years “allows for better organization and more marketing in each region. We also want to do right by the players, and provide more value for their travel dollar. There is a glut of poker tournaments around the world, and our vision is to each year put on a single global showcase that can’t be missed.”
- Updated on March 16, 2016 to include the 2015 event. Updated on October 18, 2014 to include the 2014 event.
- Prizes are in approximate U.S. dollars (converted from the original pounds, euros, and Australian dollars). The 2007 first prize looks disproportionately large partly because the pound was worth over two dollars then (it has hovered around 1.6 dollars most of the time since).
- The “final table” is defined here as the last nine players, but the official final table is just six (by which definition only Negreanu and Spindler have reached multiple final tables).