WSOP 2019 Main Event Won by Hossein Ensan

Germany’s Hossein Ensan took the first place prize and $10,000,00. The other winners in winning order were: Dario Sammartino, Alex Livingston, Garry Gates, Kevin Maahs, Zhen Cai, Nick Marchington, Timothy Su, and Milos Skrbic.
Hossein Ensan’s victory is amazing in that he is 55. He’s the oldest WSOP winner in 20 years. They say poker is a game for the young but his victory is proving that wrong. He started playing poker professionally later in his forties. His live cashes are now near $13 million.

The WSOP 2019 had 8,568 players playing for $10,000,000 in prize money. That means the Main Event took in $85,680,000 with a prize pool of $80,548,604. As compared to online tournaments the payout is much smaller but lets see.
WSOP 2019 Prize Money
First place gets $10,000,000
Second $6,000,000
Third $4,000,000
Fourth $3,000,000
Fifth $2,200,000
Sixth $1,850,000
Seventh $1,525,000
Eighth $1,125,000
Ninth $1,000,000
This is $30,825,000 and there were smaller cashes between $15,000 for the early cashes at the 1063-1286 players left in the game mark and up to $800,000 for those lucky enough to finish at the 10-11 left in the game mark. The winner this years takes home $10,000,000 up from last years’ $8,800,000.
Highlights of the game include Richard Seymour, ex-Patriots football player who walked away with almost $60,000.
It’s so amazing that few players come back year after year. I’m always looking for Phil Ivey or Negreanu, or Fedor to come back again and again. Antonio Esfandiari busted early and took home a little over $80,000. Negreanu did manage to cash with $1,725,838 in the $100,000 High Roller tourney though. If you look at his cashes for the WSOP, he came out with around $2,000,000 for the several weeks tourney. I guess this is what makes him a champ.

$100,000 High Roller No Limit Holdem Tourney
Here’s where the top poker pros have gathered, Negreanu, Kurganov, Nitsche, Vogelsang, and other top players. 99 players played the event. For Negreanu even though he didn’t win first place, the second place prize payed $1,725,838 which is almost 5% of his total career earnings. The winners were:
Keith Tilston $2,792,406
Daniel Negreanu $1,725,838
Nick Schulman $1,187,802
Igor Kurganov $840,183
Brandon Adams $611,258
Dominik Nitsche $457,772
Sergi Reixach $353,202
Christoph Vogelsang $281,025

Justin Bonomo Wins the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl

A limited playing field should mean limited winnings? Not quite. The 2018 Super High Roller Bowl is one of the most lucrative poker events in the poker world with a buy-in of $300,000 . Last year Christoph Vogelsang took home $6 million at the event. This year Justin Bonomo was the man who slayed the donkeys and took home $5 million defeating Dan Negreanu in the process.
The poker tournaments was a who’s who of the poker world. Players and personalities like Bill Perkins, Antonio Esfandiari, Fedor Holz, Brian Rast. In fact, anyone with $300,000 to play a poker should be pretty good. It was a collection of the world’s top poker players.
The structure is somewhat different. The top seven players are the only ones who cash. For every 20 paid entries, there are two satellite seats available. The tournament is a four day event.
For Bonomo, the win was a drop in the bucket for an otherwise stellar year.
The top finishers for the event were:
Justin Bonomo
Daniel Negreanu
Jason Koon
Mikita Badziakouski
Christoph Vogelsang
Nick Petrangelo