This year I’m approaching the WSOP 2019 in different way. I’m commenting after the tournaments and going over the highlights including interest players. I would previously just report tournaments and winners. That will still be included but with added insights.
The WSOP 2019 had 8,568 players playing for $10,000,000 in prize money. That means the Main Event took in $85,680,000 with a prize pool of $80,548,604. As compared to online tournaments the payout is much smaller but lets see.
WSOP 2019 Prize Money
First place gets $10,000,000
This is $30,825,000 and there were smaller cashes between $15,000 for the early cashes at the 1063-1286 players left in the game mark and up to $800,000 for those lucky enough to finish at the 10-11 left in the game mark. The winner this years takes home $10,000,000 up from last years’ $8,800,000.
Highlights of the game include Richard Seymour, ex-Patriots football player who walked away with almost $60,000.
Germany’s Hossein Ensan took the first place prize and $10,000,00. The other winners in winning order were: Dario Sammartino, Alex Livingston, garry Gates, Kevin Maahs, Zhen Cai, Nick Marchington, Timothy Su, and Milos Skrbic.
Hossein Ensan’s victory is amazing in that he is 55. He’s the oldest WSOP winner in a long time. They say poker is a game for the young but his victory is proving that wrong. He started playing poker professionally later in his forties. His live cashes are now near $13 million.
It’s so amazing that few players come back year after year. I’m always looking for Phil Ivey or Negreanu, or Fedor to come back again and again. Antonio Esfandiari busted early and took home a little over $80,000. Negreanu did manage to cash with $1,725,838 in the $100,000 High Roller tourney though. If you look at his cashes for the WSOP, he came out with around $2,000,000 for the several weeks tourney. I guess this is what makes him a champ.
$100,000 High Roller No Limit Holdem Tourney
Here’s where the top poker pros have gathered, Negreanu, Kurganov, Nitsche, Vogelsang, and other top players. 99 players played the event. For Negreanu even though he didn’t win first place, the second place prize payed $1,725,838 which is almost 5% of his total career earnings. The winners were:
Keith Tilston $2,792,406
Nick Schulman $1,187,802
Igor Kurganov $840,183
Brandon Adams $611,258
Dominik Nitsche $457,772
Sergi Reixach $353,202
Christoph Vogelsang $281,025.