Warning: this post contains the ultimate spoiler for this event
The WSOP main event is over and, not surprisingly, Jamie Gold won it. Well, that would have been a surprise at the beginning of the tournament, but not over the last few days. Gold seized the lead several days ago and never let it go, continually building his chip stack until he came to the final table with over 30% of all the chips in play. Throughout the tournament he was being coached by his friend Johnny Chan. And if you’re gonna have a friend helping you with your poker game, you’d be hard pressed to find a better teacher than that. Chan is undoubtedly in the top 10 of anyone’s list of the greatest poker players in history.
The only pro left in the field, Allen Cunningham, never got anything going at the final table and finished 4th. For that, he won over $3.6 million, the 7th largest payout in poker history. Jamie Gold won a cool $12 million for winning it all. Perhaps most impressive was Michael Binger, who came to the final table with the 2nd smallest stack, just over 3 million in chips, and managed to finish in 3rd place. In doing so, he doubled his expected winnings to over $4 million. So that’s it, the WSOP is over for another year. Congratulations to Jamie Gold.