The 2016 World Series of Poker registered the largest number of entrants since its first event was played 47 years ago. Over one hundred thousand players from more than a hundred countries participated on the 69 events of the summer schedule, and this generated a massive pool prize of $221.2 million. 6,737 players from 78 countries were drawn for the 2016 Main Event, where Evan House-Hall was the youngest participant, aged 21, and Williams Wachter was the oldest entrant at the age of 95.
Fedor Holz, the online sensation and poker prodigy has made a sensational debut in the public poker scene by winning the largest prize of summer $4.9m and bagging his first WSOP gold bracelet. The widely respected 22 year old poker professional from Germany, won event #69, which is the One Drop charity themed $111,111 Buy In No-Limit Hold’em tournament. This was played over three days and nights at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where Dan Smith, the poker pro from Las Vegas came up as the runner up.
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Brian Rast has added his name to the elite legacy of top poker pro such as Scotty Nguyen, Freddy Deeb, and Michael Ashton by winning 6 hands $50,000 Poker Players Championship, where he received the prize of £1,296,097. Mitchell Towner is the University of Arizona professor who defeated nearly 7,000 other poker pros at the poker table of $1,500 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’Em to win a million dollar. And guess what, he admitted being a novice player who has only played in two events with buy-ins of more than a 100 dollars. Second place in this event was won by Dorian Rios from Anquo, in Venezuela.
Another great story is certainly that of Benjamin Keeline who admitted being broke just a few months before the WSOP. He got a job as an Uber driver to gather enough cash for the buy-in of the $565 Colossus II No-Limit Hold’em and won a million dollar! On the first day of play, he was left hanging by a thread after being down with just a single chip of $500. But he realised the virtually impossible feat and everyone knows how it ended!
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