Throughout its 50th anniversary collection on June 29, the WSOP is hosting a First Fifty Honors as well as Dinner, a ceremony commemorating casino poker greatness. Long-time online poker commentators Norman Chad and also Lon McEachearn will certainly hold the special occasion.
The occasion is open to past bracelet victors and also select VIP’s. Fans can elect on the 7 awards categories on the WSOP internet site. It takes just a number of mins to submit your votes. We’ve made our picks and will certainly share those with you in a little bit. However do not let our selections influence your point of views. They are purely our selections.
Anyone in the United States or Canada who casts a vote is instantly entered into an arbitrary drawing to win a prize, that includes cost-free entries into gold bracelet events such as the brand-new $1,000 MIni Main Event on July 1.
The categories for the First Fifty along with our picks are as follows:
Most Memorable WSOP TV Hand
Some unforgettable hands here, consisting of the ill poor beat in the 2010 Main Event in between Matt Affleck and the eventual champ Jonathan Duhamel. Affleck’s aces got fractured on the river by the champ’s jacks– he struck a straight– in what was the biggest pot of the tournament up to that factor. However, by far, Chris Moneymaker’s bluff heads-up versus Sammy Farha in the 2003 Main Event was the most iconic aired poker hand, perhaps ever.
Best Overall WSOP Performance (Single Year)
We’ll select Phil Ivey in 2002 here. He won 3 bracelets as well as made seven last tables. What makes this perforance so unbelievable was he did it prior to the casino poker boom where most gamers in each event was a pro. There weren’t as lots of fish to indulge off.
Most Likely to Succeed (Player currently 35 or Under to Win the Most Gold Bracelets between 2020-2070)
The candidates in this classification are a little out of order despite the fact that the players are all excellent. However Jason Mercier and also Fedor Holz are primarily relinquished texas hold’em. Shaun Deeb, Justin Bonomo, as well as Dominik Nitsche are unbelievable gamers that have bright futures. Yet we’ll choose Joe Cada as a result of his expertise in large-field tournaments.
Fan Favorite Player
We’ll refrain from picking a winner here as we strive to be objective and root for the success of everyone. The choices are, however, exceptional: Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Maria Ho, and Phil Ivey.
WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy
It’s hard to go against Phil Hellmuth in this category. He’s a 15-time bracelet winner and despite his crude table demeanor at times, he’s quite friendly away from the table. Plus, he’s one of the greatest poker players ever.
Most Impressive Main Event Win
Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 world title was the most impressive, no doubt. We say that because he was an amateur in a field of professionals, in a year where no one thought an Average Joe could win.
Four Most Important Players in WSOP History
Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, and Phil Hellmuth. No player in history has brought more people to the game than these four individuals.