The 2016 World Series of Poker Winners

The 2016 World Series of Poker Winners

- August 04, 2016

The 2016 World Series of Poker is coming to a close. There is only one final table left, where nine of the most skilled poker players will battle for the US$8 million prize.

The World Series of Poker tournament officially kicked off last May 31, 2016 in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Thousands of the best poker players from around the world participated in 69 separate poker events. The Main Event final table was reached on July 18, with the November Nine returning to play from October 30 to November 1.

The 2016 WSOP November Nine

The 68th event of WSOP is the $10,000 Main Event No Limit Hold'em Championship, considered as one of the biggest poker events of 2016. It attracted a whopping 6,737 players from 79 different countries. Now, the final table is set as nine players from five nations prepare to battle for some of the biggest prizes in history, and the coveted World Champion of Poker title.

All the players are guaranteed seven figures for making it to the last table. Here are the amounts being played for by the November Nine:

  • 1st – US$8,000,000
  • 2nd – US$4,658,452
  • 3rd – US$3,451,175
  • 4th – US$2,574,808
  • 5th – US$1,934,579
  • 6th – US$1,463,906
  • 7th – US$1,250,000
  • 8th – US$1,100,000
  • 9th – US$1,000,000

According to the World Series of Poker site, this year’s lineup will be one of the more interesting lineups in years. The players have been described as animated, talkative, and all seem to be really enjoying themselves at the table.

Let’s take a closer look at the final nine players:

1) Cliff Josephy

Cliff Josephy really knows how to get out of a short stack in poker. He is the only player among the November Nine that has won a WSOP bracelet before. In fact, he’s already got two. Josephy also has a total of 17 WSOP cashes. Josephy’s chip count is 74,600,000, which makes 22.2% of the total chip count. This professional poker player from New York has lifetime earnings of US$2,641,620. His biggest poker prize so far came from the 2006 Aruba Poker Classic, where he finished in second place for US$446,975.

2) Qui Nguyen

Also fighting for the US$8,000,000 first prize is Qui Nguyen. He is going to start off at the final table with a chip count of 67,925,000 (around 20.2% of the total). This 39-year-old player from Las Vegas has lifetime poker earnings of US$52,986. His biggest win so far was winning first place at the 2013 Aria $125 Nightly for US$3,220.

3) Gordon Vayo

Gordon Vayo is the youngest player at the final table, but has the most WSOP cashes out of the group – a total of 26. This 27-year-old from California delivered some of the best tournament poker hands, and is going to start the last table with a chip count of 49,375,000 (around 14.7% of the total). His lifetime earnings in poker amount to US$974,714 – a third of this came from his winnings at the 2014 WSOP $3,000 NLH where he finished in second place.

4) Kenny Hallaert

Kenny Hallaert is going to play on November with 12.9% of the total chip count – 43,325,000 chips. He has earned 22 WSOP cashes. This poker pro from Hansbeke, Belgium has a total of US$1,714,610 in poker earnings. His biggest poker score to date is US$210,962 which he won when he finished in sixth place at the 2011 EPT Deauville Main Event.

5) Michael Ruane

A seat at the final table is reserved for Michael Ruane. Ruane will play with a stack of 31,600,000 chips (9.4% of the total). This 28-year-old poker player from New Jersey has three WSOP cashes to his name and lifetime earnings of US$44,962. His highest score came from playing at the 2012 EPT Campione Main Event, where he finished in 30th place for US$17,244.

6) Vojtech Ruzicka

Vojtech Ruzicka is a professional poker player from Prague who has earned 17 WSOP cashes in the past. He is also known to play at poker sites online. Ruzicka will play the final table with 27,300,000 chips (8.1% of the total). He is no stranger to major events and has total life earnings of US$1,149,027. His biggest prize to date is US$426,907 from finishing in third place at the 2013 EPT Deauville High Roller.

7) Griffin Benger

Griffin Benger is starting the final table with a chip count of 26,175,000 (making up 7.8% of the total). Benger is a pro from Toronto who has 13 WSOP cashes. He has earned a total of US$1,386,295 in poker tournaments. So far, his biggest poker win came from the 2013 EPT Berlin High Roller, where he finished in first place for US$562,343.

8) Jerry Wong

Jerry Wong has been seen playing at WSOP tables before, and has 19 cashes to his name. Wong will be playing with 6,150,000 chips at the final table, making up 3.0% of the total. Wong has US$1,317,539 in lifetime poker earnings. He won his biggest prize at the 2013 PCA Main Event when he finished third for US$725,000.

9) Fernando Pons

The last player who made it to the Final Nine table is Fernando Pons, who is considered to be the rookie of the lot. Pons has never cashed in from the WSOP tables before, because the 2016 Main Event was the very first time he played at WSOP!

Pons is not a poker player by profession. He is a full-time account manager from Palma, Spain. His lifetime poker earnings amount to US$20,653. He has only participated in two live poker tournaments so far, and the rest are cashes from playing online poker sites.

Pons qualified for the 2016 WSOP Main Event through a €30 satellite on 888poker. Pons is the first Spanish player since Andoni Larrabe in 2014 to make the WSOP Main Event final table. He will start a chip count of 6,150,000 (1.8% of the total). He is already guaranteed at least US$1 million just for making the final table, and it will be exciting to see him play against some veterans on October 30 to November 1.

2016 WSOP Winners

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was packed with players and fans who wanted a piece of WSOP action. 68 out of the 69 events have officially ended, and there were several stand-out performances this year. You may have missed the live action, but you can aways sign up at WSOP online for rounds of poker games.

Old and New Faces Win at WSOP 2016

WSOP regular Jason Mercier has new bracelets to add to his collection. Mercier won the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for the first prize of US$273,335 and the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for US$422,874. To learn more abut him, check out our Jason Mercier player profile page.

After winning his last WSOP bracelet in 2010, Jason DeWitt claims another gold chain for defeating 7,190 players at the $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold'em for US$1,065,403.

Another familiar face at the tables was Brian Rast, who has won his third WSOP bracelet for winning the $50,000 Poker Players Championship this year. Rast went home US$1,296,097 richer.

The biggest event outside of the Main Event was the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No Limit Hold'em that promised a whopping US$4,981,775 for the winner. 22-year-old Fedor Holz defeated 183 players – including runner-up Dan Smith – to win his first bracelet and the WSOP One Drop High Roller title.

Holz’s win has placed him at the very top of the Global Poker Index ranking, and the GPI Player of the Year ranking.

Other notable winners were Jens Kyllönen and Mitchell Towner – both were new faces at WSOP. Jens Kyllönen won the $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha for US$1,127,035 and Mitchell Towner beat 6,927 players at the $1,500 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em for US$1,120,196.

List of 2016 WSOP Winners

Here is the complete list of winners of the 2016 World Series of Poker.

DateEventEntrantsWinner1st Prize (in USD)Runner-up
June 1-2
$565 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em
Christopher Sand
Kerryjane Craigie
June 2-7
$565 Colossus II No Limit Hold'em
Ben Keeline
Jiri Horak
June 4-6
$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
87Robert Mizrachi
Matt Grapenthien
June 5-6
$1,000 Top Up Turbo No Limit Hold'em
Kyle Julius
Bart Lybaert
June 5-7
$1,500 Dealers Choice Six-Handed
Lawrence Berg
Yueqi Zhu
June 6-9
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Peter Eichhardt
Davis Aalvik
June 6-8
$1,500 2-7 No Limit Draw Lowball
Ryan D'Angelo
John Monnette
June 7-9
$1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Ian Johns
Justin Bonomo
June 7-9
$10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship
Alan Percal
John Smith
June 8-10
$1,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em
Mike Cordell
Pierre Neuville
June 8-10
$10,000 Dealers Choice Six-Handed Championship
Jean Gaspard
William O'Neil
June 9-11
$565 Pot Limit Omaha
Ryan Laplante
Sean Shah
June 9-11
$1,500 Seven Card Razz
Rep Porter
Michael Gathy
June 10-14
$1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold'em
Jason DeWitt
Garrett Greer
June 10-12
$1,500 Eight Game Mix
Paul Volpe
Jason Stockfish
June 11-13
$10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
Jason Mercier
Mike Watson
June 12-14
$1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Chase Bianchi
Erik Silberman
June 12-14
$3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Marco Johnson
Jared Talarico
June 13-15
$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Sam Soverel
Kirby Lowery
June 13-15
$10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship
Ray Dehkharghani
Jason Mercier
June 14-17
$3,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em
Calvin Lee
Steven Thompson
June 14-16
$1,500 Limit Hold'em
Danny Le
Scott Farnsworth
June 15-18
$2,000 No Limit Hold'em
Cesar Garcia
Viliyan Petleshkov
June 15-17
$10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
Jason Mercier
James Obst
June 16-18
$2,500 No Limit Hold'em
Michael Gagliano
Daniel Cooke
June 16-18
$1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
Benny Glaser
Benjamin Gold
June 17-20
$1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Championship
Johnnie Craig
Jamshid Lotfi
June 17-19
$10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Ian Johns
Sean Berrios
June 18-21
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Alexander Ziskin
Jens Grieme
June 18-20
$3,000 Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy
Rafael Lebron
June 19-21
$1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold'em
James Moore
Charles Barker
June 19-22
$10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
Benny Glaser
Doug Lorgeree
June 20-24
$1,500 Summer Solstice No Limit Hold'em
Adrian Mateos
Koray Aldemir
June 20-22$1,500 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Lowball
Andrey Zaichenko
Jameson Painter
June 21-23
$5,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em
541Michael Gathy$560,843
Adrien Allain
June 21-23
$2,500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Hani Awad
Fabrice Soulier
June 22-24
$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Jiaqi Xu
Jeffrey Duvall
June 22-24
$3,000 Six-Handed Limit Hold'em
Rafael Lebron
Georgios Zisimopoulos
June 23-25
$10,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em Championship
Martin Kozlov
Davidi Kitai
June 23-25
$2,500 Mixed Limit Triple Draw Lowball
Christopher Vitch
Sigi Stockinger
June 24-28
$1,500 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em
Mitchell Towner
Dorian Rios
June 24-26
$3,000 Shootout No Limit Hold'em
Phillip McAllister
Kyle Montgomery
June 25-27
$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship
George Danzer
Randy Ohel
June 26-29
$1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Steven Wolansky
Wenlong Jin
June 26-28
$1,500 Mixed No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha
Loren Klein
Dmitry Savelyev
June 27-30
$1,500 Bounty No Limit Hold'em
Kristen Bicknell
Norbert Szecsi
June 27-29
$10,000 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Lowball Championship
John Hennigan
Michael Gathy
June 28-29
$5,000 No Limit Hold'em
Ankush Mandavia
Daniel Strelitz
June 28-30
$1,500 Seven Card Stud
Shaun Deeb
Adam Friedman
June 29 – July 1
$1,500 Shootout No Limit Hold'em
Safiya Umerova
Niall Farrell
June 29 – July 2
$10,000 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha Championship
Brandon Shack-Harris
Loren Klein
June 30 – July 3
$3,000 No Limit Hold'em
Andrew Lichtenberger
Craig Blight
June 30 – July 3
$1,500 Mixed Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better & Big O
Allan Le
Philipp Eirisch
July 1-4
$888 Crazy Eights Eight-Handed No Limit Hold'em
Hung Le
Michael Lech
July 2-6
$50,000 Poker Players Championship
Brian Rast
Justin Bonomo
July 3-5
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em
David Peters
Cathal Shine
July 3-5
$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better
David Nowakowski
Timothy Vukson
July 4-5
$1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Corey Thompson
Enrico Rudelitz
July 5-8
$5,000 No Limit Hold'em
Yue Du
Michael Gentili
July 5-7
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
David Prociak
Brandon Shack-Harris
July 6-8
$1,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em
Ryan Fee and Doug Polk
Adam Greenberg, Niel Mittelman and Gabriel Paul
July 6-9
$25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha
Jens Kyllönen
Tommy Le
July 7-9
$1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Tony Dunst
Jason Rivkin
July 7-9
$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better
Kyle Bowker
Kate Hoang
July 8-10
$10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship
Courtney Kennedy
Amanda Baker
July 8
$1,000 Online No Limit Hold'em
Clayton Maguire
Simeon Naydenov
July 8-10
$111,111 High Roller for One Drop No Limit Hold'em
Fedor Holz
Dan Smith
July 9-18
$10,000 Main Event No Limit Hold'em Championship
TBA on November 1
TBA on November 1
July 12-17
$1,000 + 111 Little One for One Drop No Limit Hold'em
Michael Tureniec
Calvin Anderson
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