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By the Numbers: 17 Years of the World Sequence of Poker (WSOP) on the Rio

Jon Sofen


The poker world has reached the atomize of an generation with the World Sequence of Poker (WSOP) concluding its remaining bracelet tournament on the Rio All-Suite Resort & Casino.

Next summer, the series will switch down the boulevard to the Las Vegas Strip, the predominant time the WSOP will occur wherever however the Rio since 2004, when it became once hosted at Binion’s downtown.

On June 3, 2005, Anthony Nguyen shipped the $500 Casino Workers No-Restrict Possess’em tournament, the predominant bracelet ever obtained on the Rio, owned on the time by Harrah’s Entertainment, which later grew to turn out to be Caesars Entertainment. Allen Cunningham became once the predominant participant to acquire an launch bracelet tournament on the near-Strip property, having taken down a $1,500 NLH tournament two days after Nguyen’s obtain.

The final bracelet obtained on the Rio, out of the 1,030 total awarded, occurred on Tuesday, with Boris Kolev winning Occasion #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Restrict Possess’em, precisely 6,019 days for the reason that off-Strip on line casino first opened its doorways to the World Sequence of Poker.

In between the predominant champion and the remainder winner there had been more memorable moments than we can depend. But we did dig up some attention-grabbing stats on the WSOP in some unspecified time in the future of the Rio generation, starting with the G.O.A.T. of the WSOP, Phil Hellmuth, who’s unsurprisingly the very best participant to acquire more than 5 bracelets on the Caesars-owned resort.

Hellmuth, who obtained his 16th bracelet remaining month in Occasion #31: $1,500 No-Restrict 2-7 Lowball Arrangement, smooth six fast-witted gold bracelets on the Rio. Four others obtained 5, and they’re listed as follows:

Participant Rio Bracelets Final Rio Bracelet
Phil Hellmuth 6 2021
Shaun Deeb 5 2021
Brian Rast 5 2021
Brian Hastings 5 2021
Jason Mercier 5 2016
Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan‘s best accomplishments had been within the motivate of them by the purpose the WSOP left Binion’s following the 2004 series. But they every made historic past on the mega resort.

All the design by design of the predominant month the series took field on the Rio in 2005, Chan grew to turn out to be the predominant participant ever to achieve 10 bracelets when he shipped a $2,500 pot-restrict abet’em tournament. Four days later, Brunson reached the double-digit bracelet plateau by taking down a $5,000 no-restrict abet’em tournament. Neither participant has since obtained a WSOP title, although they every peaceable compete within the occasional bracelet tournament.

Hellmuth would purchase up the following summer in a $1,000 no-restrict abet’em tournament, and then obtain his 11th in 2007, a myth nobody else has since carried out. Phil Ivey is the very best diversified participant to acquire 10 bracelets, but simplest four occurred on the Rio. The Poker Hall of Famer obtained his 10th in 2014 when he took down a $1,500 8-sport mix tournament.

Negreanu’s Blended Safe of Results

Daniel Negreanu

There are two ideas to analyze Daniel Negreanu‘s performance in bracelet events on the Rio. The considerable is for those that secret agent at championships as the measuring stick for participant success. And the diversified appears to be like on the final body of labor (titles, remaining table appearances, cashes, awards, and plenty others.).

Since 2008, Negreanu hasn’t obtained a single bracelet on the Rio, although he obtained two distant places in 2013. But he’s reached 26 remaining tables — two within the past few days — on the Las Vegas on line casino over that span, which is impressive in itself. The GGPoker ambassador obtained his lone bracelet on the Rio in 2008, and has since long past 0-7 when heads-up for a bracelet.

Daniel Negreanu’s Most Thoughts-Boggling WSOP Stat on the Rio

Master of the Min-Cash

Roland Israelashvili

Roland Israelashvili has produced one in all the most spirited poker careers ever. With 304 cashes in WSOP and WSOP Circuit events, he holds the all-time myth, but he’s by no manner obtained a bracelet, although he does fetch eight circuit rings.

At the Rio, Israelashvili racked up 131 cashes, more than anyone in historic past. But he did so without winning a bracelet, by no manner reaching heads-up for a bracelet, and simplest reaching three remaining tables. He’s the consummate min-casher, in all likelihood even more so than Allen Kessler.

Distinguished Occasion Champions and A hit Bracelets

Chippy the WSOP Mascot with 2017 Main Event Winner Scott Blumstein

A hit poker’s most prestigious annual tournament would not necessarily point out you would perchance well well maybe also very properly be a colossal participant. Since 2005, the WSOP has crowned 17 diversified world champions, and simplest four of those winners fetch just a few bracelets — Joe Cada (4), Joe McKeehen (3), Jonathan Duhamel (3), and Greg Merson (2).

In total, the WSOP champs within the Rio generation fetch obtained fantastic eight bracelets exterior of the Distinguished Occasion. Going motivate even additional, not one in all the champs from 2002-2004 — Robert Varkonyi, Chris Moneymaker, or Greg Raymer — fetch obtained a 2nd bracelet. Events certain fetch changed for the reason that 1990s and earlier when Distinguished Occasion champs had been in general just a few-time bracelet winners.

The Rio generation of the WSOP has with regards to a discontinuance, however the poker world simplest must wait six months till a recent chapter begins at Bally’s and Paris as the 2022 WSOP will bustle Would possibly presumably presumably 31–July 19.