World Series of Poker Main Event - Final Table Down to Final Three

World Series of Poker Main Event - Final Table Down to Final Three 


LAS VEGAS (Nov. 9, 2015) – After more than 76 hours of competition in this event, the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Final Table is down to just three players who will vie for the most prestigious title in poker and a top prize of $7,683,346.


Beckley/McKeehen/Blumenfield * Photo credit: Jayne Furman/WSOP


Play resumes at 6:00pm Pacific Tuesday in Las Vegas from the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and continues until a winner is determined. ESPN’s cameras will carry all of Tuesday’s final table action on a 30-minute delay at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT. The three remaining players are all guaranteed a multi-million dollar payday, with second place paying $4,470,896 and third place worth $3,398,298. Of course there can only be one world champion, who in addition to the $7.68 million in prize money, wins the their first WSOP gold bracelet and etches their name in the history books.


Meet the remaining combatants: Joe McKeehen – 128,825,000 – Seat 6 The chip leader remains 24-year-old poker professional Joe McKeehen from North Wales, Pennsylvania. He has total tournament earnings of $3,514,982, including $883,494 in eight previous WSOP cashes. McKeehen has won two WSOP Circuit Rings, and his biggest cash before this final table was for $820,863 when he finished runner-up in the inaugural Monster Stack event at the WSOP in 2014 that featured another huge field – 7,862 players. Joe played 22 events during the 2015 WSOP, cashing in four, including the Main Event. His previous best finish in this event came in 2013 when he finished in 489th place. McKeehen entered the final table as the chip leader with nearly 33% of the chips in play, and it was he himself who eliminated the 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th place finishers in succession. He went into Monday’s play with six players holding 47% of the chips in play. Though he had a somewhat uneven day for him, he eliminated Max Steinberg on the final hand of the night to end with 67% of the chips in play – 128,825,000 and a commanding lead heading into the final day of play.


Neil Blumenfield – 40,125,000 – Seat 9 Blumenfield, 61, from San Francisco, California (born in Chicago), looks to become the first 61-year-old winner of the WSOP Main Event since Noel Furlong in 1999. In fact, Blumenfield, at 61 years, 5 months and 2 days, would surpass Furlong’s age by two weeks, and make him the eldest Main Event winner since Johnny Moss was 67 in 1974. Blumenfield plays poker as a hobby and looks to become the first amateur winner of the event since Jerry Yang in 2007. Just prior to entering this year’s Main Event he was laid off his software job, and wasn’t even sure if he should spend the $10,000 to enter given his uncertain job status. He’s a UC Berkeley graduate and a former High School Debate Champion. Blumenfield has $44,395 in earnings via two previous cashes at the WSOP and has a total of one tournament victory and $130,468 in poker tournament winnings. This was the fifth-consecutive year Neil played the WSOP Main Event, and he had one prior cash when he finished in 285th in 2012. He sits in second place with 21% of the chips in play.


Joshua Beckley – 23,700,000 – Seat 3 Beckley is a 25-year-old poker professional from Marton, just outside Philadelphia. He has cashed four previous times at the WSOP – all coming this year – for $19,403 and his total lifetime live tournament winnings are $219,526. He played 14 events during the 2015 WSOP, finishing five of 14 in the money, with this being his first ever final table at the WSOP. He started this final table seventh in chips, but remained patient throughout, carefully picking his spots to put chips at risk, and managed to reach the final day of the event in third place, with 12% of the chips.


Photo Courtesy WSOP


When play resumes, players will return to Level 39 of the structure. Players will be forced to ante 150,000 each hand, with blinds at 500,000-1,000,000. So for every three hands, players will put into the pot 1.95 million chips each at minimum. Each player began this tournament with 30,000 in chips. Final Table play began Sunday afternoon at 5:00 pm with nine players. It concluded at 10:45 pm, following 72 hands of play and the elimination of three players.


The event’s total prize pool was $60,355,857, with nearly $25 million going to the final nine players. A record total of 1,000 entrants cashed in the event. As has become tradition in recent years, Main Event play was suspended in July when the tournament reached its final nine players. It resumed with the “November Nine” taking to the felt Monday with 57 minutes and 36 seconds remaining in Level 35, with antes of 50,000 and blinds at 200,000 and 400,000.


Play lasted nearly 5 hours and 45 minutes in real time, but consumed 4 hours, 10 minutes of tournament clock play on Sunday. Monday’s play lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes in duration. The 2015 WSOP attracted a record 103,512 players from 111 countries to its 68 events, generating a total prize pool of more than $210 million.



The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $2.2 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2015, the event attracted 103,512 entrants from 111 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and awarded more than $210 million in prize money.


In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of the World Series of Poker Circuit Tour in 2005, the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific in 2013. For more information on the World Series of Poker, visit

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