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Best WSOP players were awarded

On 29 June, the ceremony was held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the World Series of Poker where the awards were presented for the most significant poker players for series. It took place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where WSOP is also currently taking place. The evening has become known as “First Fifty Honors”.

The list of the seven nominations was made at WSOP, and the winner in each nomination was determined by means of online voting from 15 May to 15 June. Thousands of people left their votes on the site. Here is the full list of awards:

  1. The most memorable TV hand: Sam Farha vs. Chris Moneymaker “Bluff of the Century” WSOP 2003.
  2. Best performance at WSOP (in one year): Daniel Negreanu in 2013: 2 bracelets/ 4 final tables.
  3. The most promising player (the one who is likely to win the majority of bracelets in 2020-2070): Justin Bonomo.
  4. Fan favorite: Daniel Negreanu.
  5. Favorite “bad guy” at WSOP: Phil Hellmuth.
  6. The most impressive win at WSOP Main Event: Chris Moneymaker, WSOP Main Event 2003.

7. The four most important players in the history of WSOP:

  • Doyle Brunson
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Chris Moneymaker
  • Daniel Negreanu

The last four players were also nominated for the honor of decorating the WSOP version of Mount Rushmore (it is a world-known sculpture inside the mountain with the portraits of four US presidents).

Negreanu came to the ceremony with his wife Amanda, and “bad guy” Hellmuth missed an award ceremony. Many other famous pros and poker fans visited this event.

On the eve of ceremony, WSOP also published the list of Top 50 Greatest Poker Players. The list of names is as follows:

  1. Patrik Antonius
  2. Bobby Baldwin
  3. Billy Baxter
  4. Chris Bjorin
  5. Justin Bonomo
  6. Doyle Brunson
  7. Joe Cada
  8. Johnny Chan
  9. Stephen Chidwick
  10. T.J. Cloutier
  11. Allen Cunningham
  12. Shaun Deeb
  13. Tom Dwan
  14. Eli Elezra
  15. Antonio Esfandiari
  16. Chris Ferguson
  17. Ted Forrest
  18. Phil Galfond
  19. Barry Greenstein
  20. Gus Hansen
  21. Jennifer Harman
  22. Dan Harrington
  23. Isaac Haxton
  24. Phil Hellmuth
  25. John Hennigan
  26. Fedor Holz
  27. Phil Ivey
  28. Berry Johnston
  29. John Juanda
  30. Bryn Kenney
  31. Jeff Lisandro
  32. Adrian Mateos
  33. Jason Mercier
  34. Michael Mizrachi
  35. Chris Moorman
  36. Carlos Mortensen
  37. Johnny Moss
  38. Daniel Negreanu
  39. Scotty Nguyen
  40. Dominik Nietzsche
  41. Steve O'Dwyer
  42. Puggy Pearson
  43. Amarillo Slim Preston
  44. Brian Rast
  45. Chip Reese
  46. Huck Seed
  47. Eric Seidel
  48. Vanessa Selbst
  49. Dewey Tomko
  50. Stew Ungar

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