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The latest $1,000 buy-in no-limit no-limit hold’em event at the 2017 World Series of Poker wrapped up Wednesday night, ending a three-day event that drew a field of 1,750 and created a prize pool of $1,575,000.
In the end, the title, the bracelet and the $262,501 first-place prize went to 34-year-old North Las Vegas resident Rulah Divine. It was only Divine’s second of the year and third overall in the summer series. The Albuquerque, New Mexico native and father of twins won his seat in an online qualifier for just $60.
“It solidifies everything,” he said. “My family, my wife, they’ve supported me forever.”
The final table also featured high-stakes poker pro John Monnette, who is having a great summer with 11 recorded cashes including his third WSOP bracelet win. He added another $46,758 to his resume with his sixth-place finish, bringing his lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $2.7 million.
Ryan Hughes, who finished one spot better for a $62,785 payday, notched his record-tying 14 cash of the summer. He has two other final-table appearances, as well as a tie for fifth in the $10,000 heads-up championship. As a result, both Monnette and Hughes are in the running for WSOP Player of the Year honors.
Other notables with a deep run in this event included Eddy Sabat (8th), Andy Frankenberger (10th), Michael Rocco (13th), Dylan Wilkerson (37th), Michael Telker (44th), Richard Tatalovich (47th), Jack Duong (52nd), Dimitar Danchev (57th) and Marc Convey (58th).
For the first time in the 48-year history of the World Series of Poker there will be live* video coverage of the world’s richest annual poker tournament every day (*30-minute delay per gaming regulations) (Photo credit: Drew Amato).
Starting with the opening flight on Saturday, July 8, and continuing daily through the event’s conclusion on Saturday, July 22, ESPN, ESPN2 and PokerGO will provide the most comprehensive video account the event has ever seen, as players vie for a first place prize of around $8 million, while competing for approximately $60 million in prize money.
ESPN/ESPN2 will carry an estimated 40+ hours of live WSOP Main Event coverage this year starting with four hours of opening day action on July 8 as well as providing every-hand coverage of the final table during a three-night primetime finale at 9pm ET July 20, 21 and 22. A final table preview special will air the night prior to the Main Event final table, on July 19 at 10pm on ESPN2.
The World Series of Poker summer circuit can be a grind, but, hey, at least it’s air-conditioned in the All-Suite Rio Hotel and Casino.
And that’s no small thing, given the 115-degree temperatures on the Las Vegas strip in July.
“I just got into my car,” said Jordan Young, a poker pro from Muskegon, “and I literally burnt myself on my seat belt.”
The WSOP is a marathon schedule of 74 tournaments packed into a sprinter’s time frame of not even two months.
But what keeps so many poker grinders going, through all the highs and lows that come with trying to make a living at a game that can provide so much stress and heartache, is the WSOP Main Event, the mother of all poker tournaments.
It’s $10,000 to enter, with a first prize of more than $8 million.
The odds are so long, but the dreams are fantastic.
“The Main Event is five times more exciting than Christmas, Christmas as an 8-year-old,” Young said, laughing but deadly serious. “The feeling I had when I was 8 doesn’t even compare to how I feel at 30 years old when I’m gonna go play the Main Event.”
PokerGO, the world’s only live poker subscription service, will cover the WSOP Main Event in tandem with ESPN/ESPN2 to provide an anticipated 60 hours of additional coverage.
“This is poker’s Olympics and we are thrilled that ESPN and PokerGO have joined forces to bring viewers around the globe inside access to our game’s most prestigious event, the WSOP Main Event and the spectacle that it is,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “We can’t wait to get started on July 8 and look forward to sharing this event with a massive audience.”
Norman Chad, Lon McEachern and Kara Scott anchor all the coverage from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and will be joined by a rotating cast of player analysts throughout poker’s longest-structured event.
Additionally, ESPN will air original packaged shows starting in September, bringing the total of hours shown on the network to 130 hours annually—live and taped. The edited shows will take the best live action of the 2017 WSOP Main Event combined with additional unaired footage to tell the full and complete story of how the eventual champion was crowned.
PokerGO, the ultimate source for live poker programming, is the exclusive provider of the 2017 WSOP gold bracelet event final table archives now available for streaming on demand, and will also provide WSOP Main Event live coverage on demand within 24-hours after their initial airing.
The WSOP Main Event, originally featuring seven participants in 1970, has grown exponentially and in 2016 featured 6,737 entrants, each paying the $10,000 entry fee and competing for more than $60 million in prize money doled out to the top 15 percent of finishers. Recreational player Qui Nguyen won the event, pocketing $8,005,310, the richest trophy in all of sports, the $500,000 diamond-encrusted champion’s bracelet and the title of world champion of poker.