Stan’s Lists – WSOP Team Events


[RR] “I heard the new team event at the WSOP was a huge success!” Roderick the Rock announced.

[SS] “By sheer numbers alone, it was awesome!” Stan the Stat confirmed. “The old Mixed Doubles event never topped 52 pairs:”

WSOP Mixed Doubles Champions

Year Teams Winners Notes
1979 25 Starla Brodie & Doyle Brunson Even though this is one of Brunson’s ten bracelets, everyone still considers him tied with Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey.
1980 41 Lynn Harvey & A.J. Myers Event was contested in No Limit Hold ‘Em (every other year was 7-Card Stud, in which Myers won a solo $5,000 Limit event the next year!).
1981 52 Juanda Matthews & Frank Cardone Neither player ever cashed in any other WSOP event (or any tournament the Hendon Mob Database tracks).
1982 44 Dani Kelly & David Sklansky Kelly never had another WSOP cash, while Sklansky has won over $1.3 million at the WSOP.
1983 25 Donna Doman & Jim Doman They were the first husband and wife to win WSOP bracelets.

This Tag Team tournament crushed that with 863 teams and around 2,100 players!”

[LL] “Sounds like people had a lot of fun, too”, Leroy the Lion added.

[RR] “Poker is usually such an individual sport that I can see people really getting into being on a team for a change.”

[FF] “It’s always nice to have someone else to blame when things go wrong”, Figaro the Fish noted.

[RR] “But you also let at least one other person down if you make the mistake.”

[FF] “I’m used to that.”

[SS] “The low entry fee also helped — just $250 each for a team of four.”

[RR] “Were there a lot of larger teams though?”

[SS] “I haven’t seen a breakdown of all the team sizes, but among the 130 teams that cashed, 11 had four players (14.3%), 24 had three players (23.5%), and 95 had two players (62.1%).

The winning team was a pair of pros, Doug Polk and Ryan Fee ($153,358 for the team), while second place was a trio, Adam Greenberg, Niel Mittelman, and Gabriel Paul ($94,748). The top quad squad, finishing sixth, was Owais Ahmed, Bart Lybaert, Adam Owen, and Benny Glaser ($24,982).

The top all-in-the-family team, finishing ninth, was Jonathan Little and his parents, Rita and Larry ($10,724). They were also the top mixed-gender team and the top team that included a married couple.

The top all-female team, finishing 33rd, was Fatima Moreira de Melo (the Dutch field hockey player who was the last celebrity standing at last year’s Main Event) and Leo Margets (the last woman standing at the 2009 Main Event).

Some other notable cashes included:

  • 22nd Place: Ryan Laplante and Leo Wolpert, earning Laplante his record 12th cash of this year’s WSOP.
  • 26th Place: The four Mizrachi brothers (Robert, Michael, Eric, and Donny) quadrupled their buyin.
  • 28th Place: Brian Rast, Antonio Esfandiari, Jeff Gross added negligibly to their $47+ million in combined career winnings.

A few of the higher-profile teams that went home empty-handed included:

  • David Williams, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, and Maria Ho
  • Niall Farrell and Safia Umerova, who teamed up a week after Umerova beat Farrell heads up for the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout bracelet
  • Andrew Brokos and Nate Meyvis, the founders of Thinking Poker.”

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