Poker Player Paradise: The Celebrity Element Uncovered

The World Series of Poker is arguably the most prestigious poker contest in the world. Hosted at the Rio Hotel and Casino in fabulous Las Vegas Nevada, this iconic event brings together the greatest players in the world for the ultimate poker showdown. The 2015 WSOP marks the 46th annual World Series of Poker. The first place prize is a whopping $7,680,021, the second place prize is $4,469,171, the third-place prize is $3,397,103, the fourth place prize is $2,614,558 and the fifth-place prize is $1,910,971. In total, the prize pool exceeds $60 million, with 6,420 entries and a buy-in of $10,000.

2014 WSOP (Photo courtesy Caesars)

Perhaps one of the most surprising departures from this contest is that of poker ace Phil Ivey. During the second day of play, this poker legend crashed out of the main event Texas Hold'em No Limit alongside actors Jennifer Tilly and James Woods. Ivey was holding a pair of nines, but they simply weren't good enough in the showdown against another players pair of Kings. Ivey is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest poker players in the world, and his departure will certainly pave the way for other players to enjoy poker glory. He has won a total of 10 bracelets in the WSOP, with 55 in the money finishes. According to celebrity net worth, Phil Ivey is worth a whopping $100 million. James Woods weighs in with $20 million, and Jennifer Tilly at $25 million. This contest resulted in multiple celebrity crash and burns, with Chris Moneymaker the 2003 winner also being knocked out of the contest. Fans will remember that Chris Moneymaker was the first amateur poker player to win a seat to the WSOP via an online poker game back in 2003. He won a $10,000 buy-in and an all-expenses paid stay in Las Vegas. He made history when he ended up winning the prestigious tournament. Back in 2003, he cashed for $2.5 million when he won Event #36 on May 19.

Ferguson and Lederer are Bullish on Poker Prospects Moving Forward

Poker legends, Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer may not be features at the 46th annual WSOP, but they have already made big inroads at the contest. Howard Lederer last played in 2010 where he won 2 WSOP bracelets with total earnings of $1,587,702. Ferguson has won $5,427,820 at the tournament, with 5 bracelets, and 63 cashes. Last time he played was also in 2010 at the 41st Annual World Series of Poker where he won a total of $23,000. Now, he and Lederer the prior owners of Full Tilt Poker are pinning their hopes on players forgiving them for the fiasco back in 2011. Back then Lederer forfeited assets worth $2.5 million to the DOJ. But the question is when will they be back at the WSOP tables playing for the big money?

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