Word Series of Poker(WSOP) First Fifty Honors Gala
The WSOP First Fifty Honors Gala was a breathtaking event, and it was done in conjunction with the World Series of Poker’s special 50th annual celebration in 2019. This remarkable event also involved giving the award to great poker players that made a great impact and were successful in WSOP over the years. Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moneymaker, and Daniel Negreanu Nominated the Most Important Players WSOP History
Furthermore, WSOP First Fifty Honors Gala garnered lots of poker legends and bracelet winners, and other notable poker enthusiasts. Norman Chad and Lon McEachern anchored the award night.
About seven categories of the award were voted on by the public from the May 15 to June 15. In this time-frame, lots of people gave their votes and no doubts, there were familiar faces who won some of the categories. WSOP also released the list “Top 50 Greatest Poker Players” in history before the honors gala.
WSOP First Fifty Honors Awards
|Most Memorable TV Hand||Sammy Farha vs. Chris Moneymaker “Bluff of the Century” 2003 WSOP|
|Best Overall WSOP Performance (Single Year)||Daniel Negreanu (2013: 2 bracelets and four final tables)|
|Most Likely to Succeed (Most Bracelets 2020-2070)||Justin Bonomo|
|Fan Favorite||Daniel Negreanu|
|WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy||Phil Hellmuth|
|Most Impressive WSOP Main Event Win||Chris Moneymaker (2003 WSOP Main Event)|
|Four Most Important Players in WSOP History||Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu|
Fan Favorite: Daniel Negreanu
A great player honored at the gala with three awards was Daniel Negreanu. He has been a player winning almost all WSOP series every summer. It is necessary to know that Negreanu is now second only to Justin Bonomo on Poker’s all-time money list with more than $40 million in live tournament earnings to his credit. Negreanu also got an award for the “Best Overall WSOP Performance (Single Year)” for the two bracelets he won and the four final tables he reached in 2013.
That didn’t stop there. Daniel Negreanu was also nominated as the “Fan Favorite.” He continues his quest for more victories this summer and to add more to his $17.4 million in WSOP total earnings.
Phil Hellmuth Wins Two Awards
One of the most entertain poker players of all time is Phil Hellmuth. He also included in the award category: “Four Most Important Players in WSOP History.” Hellmuth also took the honors of being “WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy.”
Hellumth is an all-time winner in WSOP events, with a total of $14.6 million in WSOP earnings.
Chris MoneyMaker and Doyle Brunson Also Wins Big
The name “Chris MoneyMaker” always rings a bell anytime the poker boom that followed the 2003 WSOP Event is mentioned. MoneyMaker is one of the most prominent players in the history of WSOP. MoneyMaker won the award for “Most Impressive WSOP Main Event Win” and was among the “Four Most Important Players in WSOP History,” plus Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, and Daniel Negreanu.
Doyle Brunson, often regarded as “The Godfather of Poker,” who also won the award of “Four Most Important Players in WSOP History,” graced the event. It is also necessary to note that the ten-time bracelet winner was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988, with a total of $3 million in WSOP earnings in his poker career.
In the closing of the event, Ty Stewart, the Executive Director of WSOP stated: “We are appreciative for all who came out tonight to help us mark this special milestone and pay homage to the founders of the WSOP and all those who played a role in blazing a trail to where we are today. It was a tremendous evening, and we congratulate all the winners and for all those that came out to support them.”