A big congratulations to Joe McKeehen, the winner of the 46th annual World Series of Poker Main Event! The 24-year-old poker pro dominated this year's final table, which was played over three days, to claim a staggering $7,683,346 in prize money and the gold and diamond coveted bracelet!
"This is definitely the greatest accomplishment anyone can have in this game," McKeehen said during the press conference. "I was always confident I could make money playing the game professionally, but to get this really proves something."
"It still hasn't hit me just yet, but I suppose sometime it will. Sharing this with my family and friends - for me, that's the best part," McKeehen said when asked how he would spend his winnings.
This is what WSOP.com writer Nolan Dalla had to say about McKeehen's incredible run on this year's final table, "Not since Jamie Gold's magical run nine seemingly long years ago when he crushed the 2006 championship has a player overwhelmed his competitors in such convincing fashion at the later stages of a tourney of this magnitude. McKeehen's command of the finale was so absolute and unwavering, his performance even drew rave comparisons to the late great three-time champion Stu Ungar, the iconic legend of unequalled stature who won his last victory in 1997."
Final table results:
1 - Joe McKeehen - $7,683,346
2 - Josh Beckley - $4,470,896
3 - Neil Blumenfield - $3,398,298
4 - Max Steinberg - $2,615,361
5 - Ofer Zvi Stern - $1,911,423
6 - Tom Cannuli - $1,426,283
7 - Pierre Neuville - $1,203,293
8 - Federico Butteroni - $1,097,056
9 - Patrick Chan - $1,001,020
Main Event info:
The Main event started four months ago in July, with 6,420 players representing 80 different nations. It took almost two weeks to play down to a final table of nine, known as the "November Nine". For the first time in history, the final table was devided into three days this year: Day 1 on November 8th (6 survivors), Day 2 on November 9th (3 survivors), and the third and final day on November 10th. McKeehen started the final table with the chip lead and remained out in front every single day until he had all the chips in play!
Click here for information on the 2015 November Nine line up.