World Series of Poker Main Event Winners
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World Series of Poker. The original World Series of Poker was started by Tom Morehead of the Riverside casino in Reno and was an invitational event. The set of tournaments the World Series of Poker (WSOP) would evolve to was the brainchild of Las Vegas legend, casino owner, and poker player Benny Binion as well as his two sons Jack and Ted.¹ Of course, with the advent of the Internet, casino games such as blackjack, slots, poker and roulette can now all be played online, but it was the WSOP that got the ball rolling by initiating changes to the poker landscape.

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2015 WSOP Main Event Winner Joe McKeehen

Heading into the final day of the competition with a stack of 128.8 million, Pennsylvania poker pro Joe McKeehen made short work of Neil Blumenfield and runner up Josh Beckley to become the 2015 World Series of Poker main event champion and earn the $7.68 million prize. McKeehen displayed fine playing and was the recipient of a fantastic run of cards. He won with a pair of tens when Beckley went all in with a pair of fours. Beckley received no help while McKeehen caught a second ten on the flop.

The World Series of Poker tournament events began in May and continued for 51 days with 68 events, culminating with the annual Main Event. The grueling multi-day marathon whittled down the competition from 6,420 entries at $10,000 each to nine players, all already guaranteed a minimum of $1 million.

McKeehen, a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, learned to play poker right around the 2003 poker boom. Though not legally old enough to play, he still honed his skills online before heading for the Turning Stone Resort Casino when he turned 18. At 20, he won his first six-figure prize when he won the No-Limit Hold'em Turbo side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $116,230.

Past World Series of Poker Winners - Main Event
    Year/Winner/Prize - US$
  • 2015: Joe McKeehen, $7.68 million
  • 2014: Martin Jacobson, $10 million
  • 2013: Ryan Riess, $8.36 million
  • 2012: Greg Merson, $8.53 million
  • 2011: Pius Heinz, $8.72 million
  • 2010: Jonathan Duhamel, $8.9 million
  • 2009: Joe Cada, $8.547 million
  • 2008: Peter Eastgate, $9.15 million
  • 2007: Jerry Yang, $8,250,000
  • 2006: Jamie Gold, $12 million
  • 2005: Joseph Hachem, 7.5 million
  • 2004: Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, 5 million
  • 2003: Chris Moneymaker, 2.5 million
  • 2002: Robert Varkyoni, 2 million
  • 2001: Carlos Mortensen, 1.5 million
  • 2000: Chris Ferguson, 1.5 million
  • 1999: Noel Furlong, 1 million
  • 1998: Scotty Nguyen, 1 million
  • 1997: Stu Unger, 1 million
  • 1996: Huck Seed, 1 million
  • 1995: Dan Harrington, 1 million
  • 1994: Russ Hamilton, 1 million
  • 1993: Jim Bechtel, 1 million
  • 1992: Hamid Datsmalchi, 1 million
  • 1991: Brad Daugherty, 1 million
  • 1990: Mansour Matloubi, 895 thousand
  • 1989: Phil Hellmuth, 755 thousand
  • 1988: Johnny Chan, 700 thousand
  • 1987: Johnny Chan, 625 thousand
  • 1986: Berry Johnston, 570 thousand
  • 1985: Bill Smith, 700 thousand
  • 1984: Jack Keller, 660 thousand
  • 1983: Tom McEvoy, 580 thousand
  • 1982: Jack Straus, 520 thousand
  • 1981: Stu Ungar, 375 thousand
  • 1980: Stu Ungar, 385 thousand
  • 1979: Hal Fowler, 270 thousand
  • 1978: Bobby Baldwin, 210 thousand
  • 1977: Doyle Brunson, 340 thousand
  • 1976: Doyle Brunson, 220 thousand
  • 1975: Sailor Roberts, 210 thousand
  • 1974: Johnny Moss, 160 thousand
  • 1973: Puggy Pearson, 130 thousand
  • 1972: Amarillo "Slim" Preston, 80 thousand
  • 1971: Johnny Moss, 30 thousand
  • 1970: Johnny Moss, n/a (silver cup)
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