Negreanu and Hellmuth Among Legends of the WSOP Honoured in First Fifty Gala

The WSOPs First Fifty Gala last night saw Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Doyle Brunson and Justin Bonomo all receive awards as 50 years of the World Series of Poker was commemorated in a special ceremony.

By: Andrew Burnett

The Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio hosted the awards evening with legendary WSOP broadcasters Lon McEachern and Norman Chad at the helm, rewarding the winners of seven categories.

Phil Hellmuth landed the WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy title – although the Poker Brat is currently off on an adventure in Peru!

The online voting didn’t produce any huge surprises, but Chris Moneymaker’s triple whammy was a huge nod to his popularising of the game over the last decade and a half.

Moneymaker’s 2003 title win was named Most Impressive WSOP Main Event victory, and the Bluff of the Century hand heads-up for the bracelet versus Sammy Farha was named Most Memorable TV Hand.

In addition, Moneymaker was named alongside Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth as the Four Most Important Players in WSOP History.

It wasn’t all old-school legends who were rewarded, however, Justin Bonomo named as Most Likely to Succeed – the all-time tournament moneywinner expected to lift the most bracelets over the next 50 years of the WSOP.

Daniel Negreanu was named as the Fan Favorite as well as lifting the Best Overall WSOP Performance in a single year for his excellent 2013 run of 2 bracelets and 4 final tables.

WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart stated: “We are appreciative for all who came out tonight to help us mark this special milestone and pay homage to the founders of the WSOP and all those who played a role in blazing a trail to where we are today.”

He added: “It was a tremendous evening and we congratulate all the winners and for all those that came out to support them.”


Other Poker news

Leave a Reply

To post comments you need to Login or register your free HighstakesDB account.


No comments have been posted yet.