Joe McKeehen Wins in Clash of Main Event Champions For $60,000

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Joe McKeehen Wins in Clash of Main Event Champions For $60,000
02 Mar

It was without doubt the most impressive Sit and Go line-up poker has ever seen with 5 Main Event champions at the $10k per head buy-in table, and it was 2015 bracelet winner Joe McKeehen who emerged victorious and $60,000 richer after seeing off last year’s champion Scott Blumstein heads-up.

McKeehen and Blumstein were joined at the Live at the Bike champions special by the legendary Johnny Chan, back-to-back winner in 1987 and 1988, Jonathan Duhamel who fought off the thousands to lift the coveted jewellery in 2010, and Ryan Riess, who picked up $8,361,570 in 2013 for his epic title win.

Sitting alongside the WSOP Main Event winners – the first time 5 champions had shared the same table, were three other hopefuls, although Gil the Plumber, Francisco and Eli could barely hope to scratch the surface of the $60,686,823 in tournament earnings the five champs have between them.

Some of the early action showed that Chan could smell a rat just as well today as he could in his 1980’s heyday, avoiding a clash with Blumstein’s pocket kings as the livestream and Twitter updates revealed…

Blumstein would make it all the way to the clash of the titans heads-up, last year’s champ facing off with Joe McKeehen who has turned his WSOP success into a longer-lasting legacy than many of his predecessors, although present company – especially Chan – could be excluded from that group.

Of course it was more about bragging rights than the cash at stake, although the $60k for winning and $20k for runner-up might prove useful for the $25/50 cash game due to kick-off today, featuring four of the fabulous five –only Riess taking a break from the action.

When it came down to it, McKeehen proved unstoppable, the A3 of clubs this time the winning hand – and poker fans might recall the A♥ 10♦ final hand which brought him the title against Josh Beckley in 2015.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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