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Joe McKeehen Wins 2015 WSOP Main Event and $7.7 million
Joe McKeehen held on to his lead throughout the entire final table and won the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event and $7.7 million.
McKeehen started the final table with the largest lead in November Nine history and never lost it on his way to victory.
“It was just my day for three days,” McKeehen said. “I was never really at risk.
“Even if I’d lost the big pots I’d still have a huge lead.”
It was the McKeehen show from start to finish.
"It hasn't really hit me," the Philadelphia native said. "But it feels good."
Starting Out Strong
The first day, McKeehen eliminated all three players.
The first casualty was Patrick Chan, who fell in the second hand of the day.
McKeehen started that hand on the button and moved all-in when action folded to him.
Both short stacks were on the blinds and Chan called with K♣ Q♠.
McKeehen showed A♥ 4♥ and took down the pot with ace-high.
Then McKeehen took out the other short stack.
Federico Butteroni made his final move with A♥ J♣ and McKeehen called with a dominating A♠ K♠.
The board missed both players and McKeehen’s kicker kicked Butteroni out of the tournament.
After that, McKeehen hit a runner-runner flush to knock out Pierre Neuville in 7th.
Another Day of Domination
They day ended and McKeehen had accumulated nearly half of the chips in play.
McKeehen dealt only one elimination the next day.
Max Steinberg dealt the first after he cracked Thomas Cannuli’s pocket aces with T♦ T♥.
Steinberg hit a 10 on the flop and Cannuli was eliminated on the second hand of the day.
Then Neil Blumenfield did some eliminating.
Zvi Stern moved all-in with A♣ J♥ and Blumenfield called with a dominating A♠ K♣.
But McKeehen decided enough time had passed and put an end to the day.
Steinberg moved all-in with A♥ J♦ and McKeehen called with A♦ Q♣.
Once again, the dominating hand won and Steinberg was eliminated in 4th place.
The day ended and McKeehen had two-thirds of the chips in play.
In just a few hours, McKeehen had all of them.
Taking Down the Title
First McKeehen took out Neil Blumenfield.
Blumenfield started the day second in chips but lost a few big pots to McKeehen.
Then he lost the rest of his chips to him when he moved all-in with 2♦ 2♥.
McKeehen called with Q♥ Q♠ and Blumenfield couldn’t hit a deuce.
When play got heads-up, McKeehen had a nearly 4-to-1 lead and they only played a dozen hands.
Most of the hands ended preflop and the last one ended with Josh Beckley moving all-in with 4♣ 4♦.
McKeehen called with A♥ T♦ and hit a ten on a flop because that’s just how he rolls.
The former Risk world champion added another world championship to his resume.
“This is just a little more exciting [than the Risk world championship],” McKeehen said.
It also came with a slightly larger payday.
Aside from the title of 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, McKeehen won $7,683,346.
1. Joe McKeehen -- $7,683,346
2. Josh Beckley -- $4,470,896
3. Neil Blumenfield -- $3,398,298
4. Max Steinberg -- $2,615,361
5. Zvi Stern -- $1,911,423
6. Thomas Cannuli -- $1,426,283
7. Pierre Neuville -- $1,203,293
8. Federico Butteroni -- $1,097,056
9. Patrick Chan -- $1,001,020