In a recent article on Gaming Today, marketing expert and poker player Robert Turner says that the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 could turn out to be a historical event.
The event began with female poker pro Vanessa Selbst winning her third WSOP gold bracelet and collecting a prize of $871,148 in the $25k Mixed Max NL Hold’em tournament. Her latest victory makes her the world’s top-earned female poker pro as she has earned a total of $10.5 million so far.
WSOP 2014’s $1,500 buy-in Seven Card Razz tournament attracted a lot of attention, especially when it ended with Phil Hellmuth playing heads-up against Ted Forrest. Hellmuth was determined to grab his 14th WSOP gold bracelet, but ultimately it was Forrest who emerged as the champion, winning a prize of $121,196 and his sixth WSOP bracelet. It also turned out to be the 101st time Hellmuth finished in the cash and the 50th time he ended up as a WSOP finalist.
The Seniors NL Hold’em tournament also turned out to be a record breaker. Senior poker player Dan Heimiller beat an impressive player field of 4,425 to win his second bracelet and the first-place prize of $627,462. Heimillar has finished in the WSOP cash 53 times, far surpassing Johnny Chan’s figure of 45.
This year’s Millionaire Maker tournament attracted 7,977 participants, a fact that made it the second biggest poker tournament in the game’s history. A 31-year-old budding novelist called Jonathan Dimmig won a $1.3 million prize and a WSOP bracelet.
The Monster Stack, which attracted 7,864 players, turned out to be third biggest WSOP tournament. It had a $1,500 buy-in and generated a prize pool of $10,613,700. The champion will win a huge prize of $1.3 million.
This year, Costa Rica’s Humberto Brenes finished in the cash in four WSOP events during its first six days. Along with Hellmuth, Brenes had finished in the cash the largest number of times during WSOP 2006.
Former pool player John Hennigan won the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players’ Championship, for which he got his third bracelet and a first-place prize of $1,517,767. In addition, Melissa Burr turned out to be the first female poker pro not only to finish in the cash, but also reach the finals of the Poker Players’ Championship.
This year, Vanessa Selbst will become the first female poker player to take part in the Big One for One Drop, WSOP’s charity tournament.