Chris Ferguson, John Racener Set World Series Of Poker Cashes Record

Chris Ferguson, John Racener Set World Series Of Poker Cashes Record

The record for in-the-money finishes at World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was broken earlier this month by two players, just one year after the record was set at 13.

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and John Racener both finished with a record 17 cashes. The former didn’t capture a bracelet, while Racener was able to turn one of his deep runs into a win. Ferguson’s results this summer bring his lifetime cashes at the WSOP to 88, which is fourth all-time. Phil Hellmuth leads with 126. Racener now has 58 WSOP scores.

Ferguson’s cashes amounted to $380,200 in prize money, while Racener was paid out $359,497. There’s no data on how much money they invested into buy-ins, so it’s unclear how much was profit. Neither player cashed in the two most expensive events on the schedule.

Roland Israelashvili was the previous record-holder. He had 13 in 2016, which beat the 12 that Konstantin Puchkov had in 2012.

It should be noted that the WSOP had an all-time high 74 bracelet events on the schedule this year, and since 2016 the WSOP has paid out 15 percent of players in an event, up from 10 percent of the field in the past. With that said, the average field size in the 74-event bracelet schedule was 1,635 entries, the highest average in the WSOP’s 48-year history, surpassing last year’s 1,563 average.

There were 16,814 “cashers” between all the events.

Poker pro Ryan Hughes had a great summer with 16 cashes, as well as Mike Leah, John Monnette and Alex Foxen, who all had 14. Barry Greenstein had 13, and there were five players with 12. Tony Cousineau had four WSOP cashes this summer to bring his lifetime total to 78. He has the most without a bracelet.

Chris Ferguson, John Racener Set World Series Of Poker Cashes Record

As most people in poker know, Ferguson is a highly controversial figure in the poker world. About six years ago the U.S. government said that Ferguson was one of a handful of men behind a “global Ponzi scheme” run through Full Tilt Poker. About $300 million in player funds were gone when the site went defunct, according to the government. The process of compensating victims was completed just this summer.

Ferguson settled his civil case in 2013. He handed over an undisclosed amount from an account at Citibank, as well as an additional $2.35 million. The government was seeking $42 million from Ferguson. He has never talked publicly about the case or the allegations. There was plenty of criticism directed toward him during his 2017 WSOP.

Here’s a look at Ferguson’s cashes:

$1,111 Little One for One Drop — 96th for $3,997
$10,000 Seven Card Stud — 2nd for $151,700
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em — 241st for $2,494
$888 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Max — 277th for $3,611
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em — 96th for $3,410
$10,000 PLO Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better — 4th for $150,929
$1,500 Monster Stack — 855th for $2,496
$10,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better — 12th for $22,396
$10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max — 43rd for $15,516
$1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better — 49th for $2,795
$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo — 135th for $1,374
$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em — 118th for $4,068
$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max — 117th for $4,594
$565 Pot-Limit Omaha — 87th for $3,458
$1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tag Team — 81st for $898
$1,500 Dealer’s Choice Six Max — 44th for $2,335
$565 No-Limit Hold’em Colossus — 449th for $4,129

Racener’s Cashes:

$365 No-Limit Hold’em Giant — 799th for $1,115
$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em — 191st for $4,496
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em — 195th for $2,679
$888 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Max — 762nd for $1,669
$3,333 Online No-Limit Hold’em — 48th for $6,277
$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Max — 17th for $26,167
$3,000 Limit Hold’em Six Max — 13th for $7,821
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack — 662nd for $2,873
$3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six Max — 92nd for $4,499
$1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better — 46th for $3,117
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max — 62nd for $8,031
$1,500 Omaha Mix — 29th for $4,752
$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker — 880th for $2,493
$1,500 Limit Hold’em — 66th for $2,537
$10,000 Dealer’s Choice Six Max — 1st for $273,962
$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout — 21st for $6,407
$333 Online No-Limit Hold’em — 279th for $602