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WSOP launches ‘First Fifty Honors’ Poll with Prizes to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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Posted on 20 May 2019 by "K".

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), and to celebrate this incredible milestone, they will be honoring players who have helped make the yearly poker festival the most prestigious and longest-running poker tournament that we all know today.

What are the best things you have seen or remember so far about the WSOP? Vote to win prizes!

The WSOP First Fifty Honors celebration is composed of 7 categories that everyone can vote on. By completing their survey, participants will be entered into a drawing to win a cool prize!

Awards you can Vote on

Residents in America and Canada can vote on the awards here

International fans can vote on the awards here.

All awards have the option that allows you to submit a write-in candidate.

Most Memorable WSOP TV Hand

  • Matt Affleck vs. Jonathan Duhamel – 2010 WSOP Main Event – Heartbroken
  • Sammy Farha vs. Chris Moneymaker – 2003 WSOP Main Event – Bluff of the Century?
  • Johnny Chan vs. Erik Seidel – 1988 WSOP Main Event Final Hand – Rounders Hand
  • Connor Drinan vs. Cary Katz – 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop – Aces vs. Aces
  • Chris Moneymaker vs. Phil Ivey – 2003 WSOP Main Event – Full vs. Fuller House
  • Scotty Nguyen vs. Kevin McBride – 1998 WSOP Main Event Final Hand – It’s Going to be All over Baby

Best Overall WSOP Performance (Single Year)

  • George Danzer, 2014 — 3 bracelets, 5 final tables, 11 cashes, $960,424 winnings
  • Shaun Deeb, 2018 — 2 bracelets, 4 final tables, 20 cashes, $2,545,478 winnings
  • Phil Hellmuth, 1993 – 3 bracelets, 4 final tables, 4 cashes, $544,900 in winnings
  • Phil Ivey, 2002 – 3 bracelets, 7 final tables, 7 cashes, $415,200 winnings
  • Jeff Lisandro, 2009 – 3 bracelets, 4 final tables, 6 cashes, $807,521
  • Daniel Negreanu, 2013 – 2 bracelets, 4 final tables, 10 cashes, $2,214,304 winnings

Most Likely to Succeed (Most WSOP Gold Bracelets 2020-2070)

Player under 35 projected to have most success in next 50 years.

  • Justin Bonomo (33)
  • Joe Cada (31)
  • Shaun Deeb (33)
  • Fedor Holz (25)
  • Jason Mercier (32)
  • Dominik Nitsche (28)

Fan Favorite

  • Doyle Brunson
  • Antonio Esfandiari
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Maria Ho
  • Phil Ivey
  • Daniel Negreanu

WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy

  • Jamie Gold
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Will Kassouf
  • Mike Matusow
  • Shawn Shiekhan
  • David “Devilfish” Ulliott

Most Impressive Main Event Win (Single Year)

  • Johnny Chan – 1988
  • Jamie Gold – 2006
  • Phil Hellmuth – 1989
  • Martin Jacobson – 2014
  • Chris Moneymaker – 2003
  • Jack Strauss – 1982
  • Stu Ungar – 1997

The 4 Most Important Players in WSOP History

  • Billy Baxter
  • Doyle Brunson
  • Johnny Chan
  • TJ Cloutier
  • Chris Ferguson
  • Ted Forrest
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • John Hennigan
  • Phil Ivey
  • Chris Moneymaker
  • Michael Mizrachi
  • Johnny Moss
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Scotty Nguyen
  • Puggy Pearson
  • Amarillo Slim
  • Chip Reese
  • Erik Seidel
  • Vanessa Selbst
  • Stu Ungar

Prizes you can win

If you are from Canada or the United States, you are eligible to win one of four of the following prizes:

$1,000 Mini Main Event Seat – 2019 WSOP Event #69 

$500 Summer Saver Online Seat – 2019 WSOP Event #88 

(2) VIP tickets to the First Fifty Honors Gala (estimated value of $300)

WSOP merchandise (estimated value of $75)

Another honor shall be bestowed in the same evening – the “50 Greatest Poker Players” will be announced, courtesy of a panel of poker industry and media members. Stated in the WSOP’s press release, “The only criteria to determine the 50 Greatest Poker Players is they must have played at least once at the WSOP. This list can be made up of cash game players, mixed games players, online players or tournament players.”

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “From its founding by the Binion family in 1970, no one could have foreseen what the modern-day World Series of Poker has become. It’s only fitting we take an evening out from poker playing to celebrate the great game of poker and all the characters who have made a mark on the WSOP over the past five decades.”

Voting is open until June 15th and winners shall be announced at their inaugural First Fifty Honors Gala on June 29th, Saturday, 8pm in the Brasilia Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

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10 comments on "WSOP launches ‘First Fifty Honors’ Poll with Prizes to Celebrate 50th Anniversary"

 dule-vu20/05/2019 10:46:41 GMT
this is another great story for WSOP and its nice that they will choose best hands,moves and everything in 50 years of WSOP!it nice that they give lot of prizes for votes,but would nice that they give for players outside of america and canada!some gift for other people would be good also!
 Mober20/05/2019 11:08:30 GMT
Something new that we see here.
What i liked the most was this voting : Most Likely to Succeed (Most WSOP Gold Bracelets 2020-2070) Smile
What kind of vote is this ? For real. Who even thought about it Smile
The prizes are good, so go ahead and cast your vote. You never know...
 CALICUL20/05/2019 17:52:17 GMT
It's an extremely rare anniversary. 5 decades it's a lot of years and this should come with extra money from my point of view. This can only happen twice in a man's life. A young player can catch the next anniversary for over 50 years when the WSOP celebrates the centenary. Need more money for these games to make it a nice anniversary.
 victor09621/05/2019 03:18:45 GMT
WOW Visiting Las Vegas to play the WSOP Main Event is the dream of every poker player. On Saturday, June 29, a gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the WSOP is scheduled, in which prizes will be awarded to players and VIPs. the industry. I would like to be part of that event and you? jajajja would be great
 greatgame321/05/2019 10:46:58 GMT
It will not be easy to choose in the different categories but I think that without any doubt there are three according to my criteria they should win their respective categories that are:
- Most Impressive Main Event Win
Chris Moneymaker: he managed to give the mediatic impulse to poker at the time I think that in poker we can talk about a before and after 2003 with the victory of Moneymaker.

Most Impressive Main Event Win (Single Year):

- Chris Moneymaker: for the same reason explained above.

Most Memorable WSOP TV Hand:
- Connor Drinan vs. Cary Katz: this hand impressed me when it was completed on the river the flush was AA against AA and then two hearts on the flop, another one on the turn and another one on the river for me was the worst bad beat in the history of the WSOP.

Greetings and please excuse my English
 dule-vu21/05/2019 11:11:03 GMT
I made my votes from this link and didnt take long time,maybe 30 seconds!on end you need to put your first and last name and mail address and that all!they will contact you if you win something!you must choose right link,first is for people from USA and canada,second for rest of world!
 pajalnick21/05/2019 12:20:43 GMT
in connection with the anniversary this is a wonderful offer for all players for the whole world ... who can get a prize just by choosing the correct link .... this is quite an interesting offer that I certainly use ... everything happens in life so I hope that I lucky .... good luck to all BRM members
 CALICUL21/05/2019 17:12:47 GMT
I would like to look better at the votes, but honestly i am not documented so well, as to offer the vote of the players. I do not want to make mistakes and to vote for a poker player who does not deserve this. If i do, then i will have to see their performance.
 Gerimantas23/05/2019 09:38:16 GMT
It is interesting to read this article and see so many situation where to vote, not all i knoe for example in most memorable poker hand in wsop history, so need to watch on YouTube and look what best. 50 years for tournament is good numbers
 CALICUL23/05/2019 17:35:59 GMT
I can not vote because i'm in stand by when i want to vote. I'm not decided and i have to think and to offer something right from me. I do not want to play with the vote, even if my vote does not matter too much. It's a 50-year celebration and i have to respect it.

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