Hey High Rollers, did you watch the final table? Did you like it? The 2015 WSOP Main Event has concluded and it’s the 25 year old from North Wales, Pennsylvania who claims the $7.7 million first place prize, richest prize in sports, and bragging rights as poker’s new world champ. Now, he has two world titles, he also won the world Risk title in 2010. Joshua Beckley finished 2nd, Neil Blumenfield 3rd.
Things Learned Watching the November Nine:
- The Italian, Frederico Butteroni, once worked on a watermelon farm in Australia.
- Frederico Butteroni and Joshua Beckley made the final table in their first ever WSOP main event.
- Patrick Chan was eliminated on just the 2nd hand of the final table, a November Nine record.
- #WSOP started to trend on twitter, as did #WSOPMainEvent
- Israeli Zvi Stern’s slow play and ‘tanking’ on night one prompted Daniel Negreanu, poker’s all-time winningest player, to take to twitter calling for rule changes i.e. shot clock.
- The $7.7 million McKeehan won is more than Johnny Chan made after three straight WSOP main event final tables, in which two of them he won.
- The 2015 WSOP gold bracelet is big enough to fit the two winning cards in it for posterity and is worth $250,000.
- There were 192 million chips in play in the 2015 main event.
- This is the 8th straight year a 20-something won the event.
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McKeehan ran well to say the least! Played well too. It was the most dominating win since 2006 when Jamie Gold went crazy.
The November Nine saw some slow play, especially from the Israeli Zvi Stern and twister attacked. Daniel Negreanu, poker’s winningest all-time money leader and the game’s bets ambassador took to social media calling for a shot clock. WSOP TD Jack Eiffel had this to say to Card Player magazine:
“[Stern] was super cool when I talked to him about it. He was like, ‘Man, I didn’t realize I was taking too much time.’ He got it. I think sometimes players just have to be told. As officials, it’s our job to talk to guys and try to explain that to them and explain it from the other players’ perspective. The first thing that scares me when I think about the shot clock is that if you put someone on a shot clock, and everybody is on that same shot clock, then everybody is going to use that same amount of time before they act every single hand. So that guy who may have folded in five or 10 seconds are now taking 30, and that might pose a problem. I don’t know how it would play out naturally. It would need some more R and D and some trial to see whether or not it would be good.”
- Jack Effel
Note: We did great interview with Bart Hanson of Crush Live Poker a few years ago and he commented on a shot clock in poker. www.highrollerradio.net INTERVIEWS tab.
The 2015 World Series of Poker final table finished this week in Las Vegas, with the final nine playing for a combined $24.8 million. According to analysis of tax liabilities of the November Nine by taxabletalk.com the IRS collected nearly $8.5 million of the prize money.
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