The 2014 World Series of Poker is all wrapped up – at least until November. The 64 bracelets awarded over the course of 49 days produced a number of first-time winners, a 10th bracelet for the player considered to be the best in the world and a WSOP POY race to be followed all the way to WSOP APAC in October. Here’s the rundown of what was truly an amazing summer.
Event No. 1
$500 Casino Employees Event
Roland Reparejo won the opening event for $82,835, beating out a field of 876 of the hardest working people in the poker industry.
Event No. 2
$25,000 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em
Vanessa Selbst won her third WSOP bracelet, beating a field of 131 players, including the outspoken Jason Mo heads-up. The win earned her $871,148 right out of the gate and put her in the early lead for WSOP POY. Other notables who cashed in the event include J.C. Tran, Matt Giannetti and Calvin Anderson.
Event No. 3
$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Relative unknown Brandon Shack-Harris began his WSOP Player of the Year pursuit by coming out on top of the largest Omaha field ever. The 1,128 entrants generated a prizepool of $1.01 million with Shack-Harris earning $205,634.
Event No. 4
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
WSOP Circuit standout Kyle Cartwright got his first taste of wrist jewelry after collecting five WSOP Circuit rings over the last four years. He won $360,278 in the first of several massive weekend fields with 2,223 entrants that built a $2,001,600 prizepool.
Event No. 5
$10,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw
The first of the $10,000 championship events on the schedule drew 120 players with Tuan Le winning the first bracelet of his career while denying Justin Bonomo the same. The final table also included Eli Elezra, Phil Galfond and the first 2014 WSOP cash for George Danzer.
Event No. 6
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
After 26 career WSOP cashes and over $1 million in earnings, Alex Bolotin won his first bracelet and $259,211 by conquering a field of 948 players.
Event No. 7
It didn’t take long for Phil Hellmuth to get his first shot at bracelet No. 14. Ted Forrest had other ideas though and beat Hellmuth heads-up to win his sixth bracelet and $121,196. The final table included Brandon Cantu, David Bach, and Brock Parker.
Event No. 8
$1,500 Millionaire Maker
One of the more anticipated events of the Series delivered with nearly 8,000 entrants and a prizepool of $10,768,950. Jonathan Dimmig grinded for four days to overcome the massive field for his first bracelet and the $1.3 million first-place prize.
Event No. 9
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Jeff Smith became the seventh first-time bracelet winner when he worked his way through a 1,940-player field to pocket $323,125. Former November Niner Bob Bounahra finished 17th for his first cash since making that Main Event final table.
Event No. 10
$10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo
Brock Parker, who won two bracelets in one week in 2009, added a third to his bracelet total and $443,407 against a highly competitive field of 178 players. Melissa Burr finished seventh for the first of five cashes over the summer that saw the New Jersey grinder break out in a big way.
Event No. 11
$1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em
Less than a week after being denied a bracelet heads-up for the third time in his career, Justin Bonomo finally managed to break through, beating Mike Sowers to win his first bracelet and $449,980 in a field of 1,587 players.
Event No. 12
$1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em
The first Pot Limit Hold’em event of the Series drew 557 players with Greg Kolo coming out on top, winning $169,225 from the total prizepool of $751,950.
Event No. 13
$10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven
Paul Volpe beat a star-studded final table, including outlasting reigning WSOP POY Daniel Negreanu heads-up, to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career and $253,524. Jason Mercier finished third for his first cash of the 2014 WSOP.
Event No. 14
$1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo
Nick Kost won the third four-card event on the schedule, winning $283,275 along with his first bracelet. Former Main Event winner Greg Raymer finished seventh for the first of his two cashes at the 2014 WSOP.
Event No. 15
$3,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em
Davidi Kitai became the third multi-bracelet winner of 2014, adding his third career WSOP win and over $500,000 to his resume. The field had 810 players, including Phil Hellmuth who finished eighth at his second final table of the summer.
Event No. 16
$1,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw
Todd Bui, who regularly plays cash games in California, made the most of his first tournament win, beating a field of 348 to snag the bracelet and $124,510. Tom Franklin finished runner-up.
Event No. 17
$1,000 Seniors Championship
The 2014 WSOP set another record with the largest Seniors event in history at 4,425 entrants. Experienced pro Dan Heimiller earned the largest cash of his career, $627,462 and a second bracelet a dozen years after his first.
Event No. 18
George Danzer added a WSOP bracelet to his resume, besting a tough field of 112 players to win $294,792. Danzer defeated Shack-Harris heads-up in a match-up that proved to be foreshadowing the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Event No. 19
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
Ted Gillis grabbed the first bracelet of his career, outlasting John Hennigan heads-up in yet another field of 2,000-plus. Along with the bracelet, Gillis earned $514,027 while Hennigan pocketed $319,993 for what turn out to be the second biggest score of his Series.
Event No. 20
$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout
At a final table that included Taylor Paur, Eric Wasserson and Phil Galfond, it was Kory Kilpatrick that survived to win the $254,891 and the gold bracelet. Wasserson finished runner-up for $157,490.
Event No. 21
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Just weeks after winning the WSOP Circuit National Championship for his first bracelet, Dominik Nitsche bagged his second by topping a field of 2,043 players to earn $335,659.
Event No. 22
An even 200 players chanced the five-gam