WSOP Main Event Winners

We thought it would be nice to take a look at the (World Series of Poker) WSOP Main Event Winners from the past, the year they won and the amount of prize money they collected from winning the WSOP Main Event.

As you can see from the table below, in the past 30-odd years that the WSOP has been running the Main Event Winners have seen a massive change in the amount of prize monies awarded for first place in the largest poker tournament in the World, the WSOP Main Event.

The main event takes place over a number of days. The 2007 Main Event, as an example, was contested over a total of 12 days.

The buy-in is hefty as well, it costs $10,000 to take part in the World’s Largest Poker Tournament but players often qualify through a series of Satellite tournaments through card rooms, both on and offline.

WSOP Main Event Winners List

1970 Johnny Moss  $ N/A
1971 Johnny Moss  $30,000
1972 Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston  $80,000
1973 Walter “Puggy” Pearson  $130,000
1974 Johnny Moss  $160,000
1975 Brian “Sailor” Roberts  $210,000
1976 Doyle Brunson  $220,000
1977 Doyle Brunson  $340,000
1978 Bobby Baldwin  $210,000
1979 Hal Fowler  $270,000
1980 Stu Ungar  $385,000
1981 Stu Ungar  $375,000
1982 Jack Straus  $520,000
1983 Tom McEvoy  $540,000
1984 Jack Keller  $660,000
1985 Bill Smith  $700,000
1986 Berry Johnston  $570,000
1987 Johnny Chan  $625,000
1988 Johnny Chan  $700,000
1989 Phil Hellmuth Jr  $755,000
1990 Mansour Matloubi  $895,000
1991 Brad Daugherty  $1,000,000
1992 Hamid Dastmalchi  $1,000,000
1993 Jim Bechtel  $1,000,000
1994 Russ Hamilton  $1,000,000
1995 Dan Harrington  $1,000,000
1996 Huck Seed  $1,000,000
1997 Stu Ungar  $1,000,000
1998 Scotty Nguyen  $1,000,000
1999 Noel Furlong  $1,000,000
2000 Chris Ferguson  $1,500,000
2001 Juan Carlos Mortensen  $1,500,000
2002 Robert Varkonyi  $2,000,000
2003 Chris Moneymaker  $2,500,000
2004 Greg Raymer  $5,000,000
2005 Joe Hachem  $7,500,000
2006 Jamie Gold  $12,000,000
2007 Jerry Yang  $8,250,000
2008 Peter Eastgate  $9,152,416
2009 Joe Cada  $8,546,435
2010 Jonathan Duhamel  $8,944,310
2011 Pius Heinz  $8,711,956
2012 Greg Merson  $8,531,853
2013 Ryan Riess  $8,359,531
2014 Martin Jacobson  $10,000,000
2015 Joe McKeehen  $7,683,346
2016 Qui Nguyen  $8,005,310
2017 Scott Blumstein  $8,150,000

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