The 2018 World Series of Poker awarded cash prizes of $1 million or more to 28 different players. That figure is the highest number of players ever to win seven digits at the annual series.
Several million-dollar winners made their biggest scores ever
Eleven of the 28 WSOP winners are new poker millionaires. Seven of those players made their big cash at the final table of the Main Event, including champion John Cynn.
In fact, the following final tablists moved into seven figures all-time by virtue of their finish:
- John Cynn
- Tony Miles
- Michael Dyer
- Nicolas Manion
- Aram Zobian
- Artem Metalidi
- Antoine Labat
The other four new millionaires deserve their own recognition. They are:
Aymon Hata is a German player who lives in London. His $1,297,221 in cashes at this year’s series pushed his lifetime earnings to over $1.6 million.
He earned the lion’s share of his winnings by placing third in the $100,000 High Roller event. The finish was good for $1,247,230 at the pay window.
Hata also cashed in three other WSOP events this year, including a 236th finish in the Main Event.
Arne Kern hails from Klivery, Germany. He has lifetime winnings in excess of $1.2 million.
The vast portion of those earnings is from Kern’s triumphant victory in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker event. He cashed for $1,173,223 in that event.
He also scored a modest cash in the PLO version of The Giant. Kern is an example of a player who finally broke through, and who gives hope to all who come to the WSOP.
Canadian Tommy Nguyen probably had no idea where his WSOP road would lead him. The Mississauga, Ontario native had already cashed in the WSOP twice already when he entered the $1,500 Monster Stack event.
His past two cashes had netted him just over $7,000, which was a decent profit for $4,120 in buyins. However, his third cash was a whopper – a first-place finish for a bracelet and $1,037,451 in winnings.
Not too bad for a $1,500 investment.
Roberly Felicio seems like the kind of player who just wants to have a good time. Prior to his major score, the Brazilian player had less than $100,000 in WSOP cashes to his name.
A smart $565 buy-in to the Colossus resulted in a $1,000,000 payday and a WSOP bracelet.
It was his only cash of the series.
The WSOP had a superlative year overall
The million-dollar wins by a whopping 28 players epitomize the kind of jaw-dropping series seen this year. The total prize pool for the entire series totaled $266,889,193.
That figure represents a 15.1 percent increase from 2017’s series. It was also the first time the total awarded exceeded $250 million.
18,105 players from 104 different nations shared in the record-breaking prize pot. The WSOP has awarded nearly $3 billion to players in its 49-year history.
This year’s Main Event was also the second-largest in history. Only the 2006 event’s 8,773 entries can top this year’s 7,874.
Nevertheless, the size of this year’s event is a good omen for the overall health of poker. Despite rumors to the contrary, poker is very much alive in America.