By the Numbers: 17 Years of the World Collection of Poker (WSOP) on the Rio
Subsequent summer time, the sequence will transfer down the highway to the Las Vegas Strip, the primary time the WSOP will happen wherever however the Rio since 2004, when it was hosted at Binion’s downtown.
On June 3, 2005, Anthony Nguyen shipped the $500 On line casino Workers No-Restrict Maintain’em event, the primary bracelet ever received on the Rio, owned on the time by Harrah’s Leisure, which later grew to become Caesars Leisure. Allen Cunningham was the primary participant to win an open bracelet occasion on the near-Strip property, having taken down a $1,500 NLH event two days after Nguyen’s win.
The ultimate bracelet received on the Rio, out of the 1,030 complete awarded, occurred on Tuesday, with Boris Kolev successful Occasion #88: $5,000 8-Handed No-Restrict Maintain’em, precisely 6,019 days for the reason that off-Strip on line casino first opened its doorways to the World Collection of Poker.
In between the primary champion and the final winner there have been extra memorable moments than we are able to rely. However we did dig up some fascinating stats on the WSOP in the course of the Rio period, beginning with the G.O.A.T. of the WSOP, Phil Hellmuth, who’s unsurprisingly the one participant to win greater than 5 bracelets on the Caesars-owned resort.
Hellmuth, who received his sixteenth bracelet final month in Occasion #31: $1,500 No-Restrict 2-7 Lowball Draw, collected six shiny gold bracelets on the Rio. 4 others received 5, and they’re listed as follows:
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Legends Make Historical past on the Rio
Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan‘s best accomplishments have been behind them by the point the WSOP left Binion’s following the 2004 sequence. However they every made historical past on the mega resort.
In the course of the first month the sequence befell on the Rio in 2005, Chan grew to become the primary participant ever to achieve 10 bracelets when he shipped a $2,500 pot-limit maintain’em event. 4 days later, Brunson reached the double-digit bracelet plateau by taking down a $5,000 no-limit maintain’em occasion. Neither participant has since received a WSOP title, though they each nonetheless compete within the occasional bracelet occasion.
Hellmuth would catch up the next summer time in a $1,000 no-limit maintain’em event, after which win his eleventh in 2007, a report nobody else has since achieved. Phil Ivey is the one different participant to win 10 bracelets, however solely 4 occurred on the Rio. The Poker Corridor of Famer received his tenth in 2014 when he took down a $1,500 8-game combine event.
Negreanu’s Blended Bag of Outcomes
There are two methods to research Daniel Negreanu‘s efficiency in bracelet occasions on the Rio. The primary is for individuals who take a look at championships because the measuring stick for participant success. And the opposite seems to be on the general physique of labor (titles, remaining desk appearances, cashes, awards, and so forth.).
Since 2008, Negreanu hasn’t received a single bracelet on the Rio, though he received two abroad in 2013. However he is reached 26 remaining tables — two up to now few days — on the Las Vegas on line casino over that span, which is spectacular in itself. The GGPoker ambassador received his lone bracelet on the Rio in 2008, and has since gone 0-7 when heads-up for a bracelet.
Grasp of the Min-Money
Roland Israelashvili has produced one of the vital intriguing poker careers ever. With 304 cashes in WSOP and WSOP Circuit occasions, he holds the all-time report, however he is by no means received a bracelet, though he does have eight circuit rings.
On the Rio, Israelashvili racked up 131 cashes, greater than anybody in historical past. However he did so with out successful a bracelet, by no means reaching heads-up for a bracelet, and solely reaching three remaining tables. He is the consummate min-casher, maybe much more so than Allen Kessler.
Principal Occasion Champions and Successful Bracelets
Successful poker’s most prestigious annual occasion does not essentially imply you are an amazing participant. Since 2005, the WSOP has topped 17 completely different world champions, and solely 4 of these winners have a number of bracelets — Joe Cada (4), Joe McKeehen (3), Jonathan Duhamel (3), and Greg Merson (2).
In complete, the WSOP champs within the Rio period have received simply eight bracelets exterior of the Principal Occasion. Going again even additional, not one of the champs from 2002-2004 — Robert Varkonyi, Chris Moneymaker, or Greg Raymer — have received a second bracelet. Occasions certain have modified for the reason that Nineties and earlier when Principal Occasion champs have been typically multiple-time bracelet winners.