With the memories of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker fresh in our mind, let’s take a look at those moments that defined this seven-week poker extravaganza!
Chris Moneymaker inducted to the Poker Hall of Fame
The man who changed the game, the man responsible for the current state of poker, it was high time! The 2003 WSOP Main Event champion has been one of the game’s top ambassadors for the past 16 years. 2019 will be special as Chris was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. Joining him is also David Oppenheim in the class of 2019.
John Hennigan Defeats Daniel Negreanu in Never-Ending Heads-Up Match
Hennigan was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame last year, and he proved himself with a sixth bracelet this year. He earned every penny as he defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up in a grueling four-hour battle!
Daniel Negreanu’s Daily Vlogs
Every summer, poker fans look forward to Negreanu’s daily vlogs as they get a glimpse of the world of WSOP. This year was no different and the vlogs were even better!
Jeopardy James Holzhauer Competes in WSOP Events
After Jeopardy G.O.A.T. James Holzhauer finally lost, he needed something else to do and decided to give poker a shot! And that’s what he did this summer!
Big 50 Sets Live Tournament World Record
That’s right, it’s a whopping 28,371 entries in the Big 50!
Dying Man Competes in Main Event as Last Wish
Roster made a true impression on the poker world this summer. The poker enthusiast was suffering from Sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that occurs in bones and tissues, and was given just a short time to live.
Instead of letting the disease bring him down, Kevin decided he would make the most of his final days. On the top of his bucket list was to compete in the World Series of Poker and so he did! That is the power of the World Series of Poker and its people! Kudos to Kevin Roster who used this platform to spread awareness for his disease and for bringing a positive vibe to the 2019 WSOP.
Hossein Ensan Wins 2019 WSOP Main Event
The winner of the WSOP tournament is always going to be the biggest story of the summer and this year is no different. Germany’s Hossein Ensan is the 2019 world champion! He won $10 million, the largest prize of the series and became the 50th poker world champion. He was the only player who resides in Germany to win a bracelet this year and also the second German to win the Main Event (Piuz Heins was the first in 2011).
‘The Closer’ – Abhinav Iyer wins his first WSOP bracelet!
The Closer – $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em with unlimited re-entries across all three starting flights clocked 2,800 entries generating $3,780,000 prize pool. At the end of a mammoth final day it was India’s Abhinav Iyer who clinched the $565,346 prize and more importantly his first ever WSOP bracelet!
Planting the Indian tricolor in the international circuit Iyer has certainly proven that Indian Poker has finally arrived! Indeed a moment of pride for the Indian subcontinent and its poker community!
To etching memories and creating legends!