The 2016 WSOP broke all previous attendance records. Overall attendace was up 5% with many tournaments breaking previous records. It seems more people are playing poker than ever! More players means it is harder to cash as well. So, all players who cashed should really congratulate themselves. There was $221 million in prize money on the table.

Michael Tureniec Wins WSOP Little One for One Drop Tournament
The final event of the summer WSOP series has finished. Michael Tureniec wins the Little One for One Drop Poker Tournament. The 31 year old professional poker player top a field of 4,360 entries. The total prize pool was $3,924,000. For the win, Tureniec collects $525,520. Previously, he’s had 9 other WSOP cashes, but this is his first bracelet and final table.
He rallied from a low chip stack to power over his fellow players and take first place.
The One Drop For Water Poker tournaments are the events one percent of all players’ winnings go to establishing water in areas where water isn’t common. Rural areas of third world countries are the beneficiaries of One Drop major support.
The top finishers in the Little One for One Drop poker tournament were:
Michael Tureniec $525,520
Calvin Anderson $324,597
Ryan D’Angelo $177,695
Thai Tolly $133,028
Lucas Blanco $100,380
Samer Al-Shurieki $76,351
Shai Zurr $58,543
Guillame Diaz $45,254
As said before, this was the last of tournaments of the first part of the WSOP. The 2016 WSOP Main Event starts in October!!
Player Highlights of the WSOP 2016
Player of the Year
Players of the Year goes to the top point earners. This year Jason Mercier topped the chart with the most points. Jason Mercier cashed alot. He had a total of 11 cashes ranging from $2000 to over $400,000. He got a total of five bracelets at this event!
Paul Volpe ranks second. His cashes ranged from $5000 to over $200,000. Ryan Laplante hit the jackpot with twelve cashes It was a record amount of cashes, though most were less than $10,000. One of his cashes was for nearly $200,000. He brought a moment of pride to the tournament declaring he’s gay and showing off his leading man. This was right after the Orlando killings.
The top players of the tournament were:
Jason Mercier
Paul Volpe
Max Silver
James Obst
John Monnette
Martin Kozlov
Justin Bonomo
Michael Gathy
David Vamplew
Benny Glaser

In an amazing show of skill, 34 year old Brian Rast has become the second player in WSOP history to win the $50,000 Poker Players Championship twice. It’s called a poker players championship perhaps because it’s a mixed game event with eight types of poker variants. Skill and knowledge is needed for eight types of poker variants. Brian Rast won previously in 2011. The event had 91 players with a total prize pool of $4,176,000. Rast wins $1,296,097 and a gold bracelet.
For the win, Rast stated “It’s not jus the win, but a place in poker history”. The poker variants in the event are:Razz, Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha High Low Split, Seven Card Stud High Low Split, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, No Limit Holdem, and Seven Card Stud. For poker players, this is one of the most prestigious tournaments. Winning it demonstrates the player’s overall excellence in the game of poker. It is one of the factors as players get nominated or elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.
The heads up tourney put Rast against Justin Bonomo. Though Bonomo started with a chip lead, Rast chipped away at it. The lead then changed several times as they battled it out for hours. The final hand was in the no limit holdem game. The flop was ace, ten, and five. Bonomo raised while Rast check-called. Another ace came out with Bonomo making another huge raise. Bonomo held a queen, jack unsuited, while Rast held the ace, ten unsuited. The king appeared on the river. Bonomo thought he was the winner with a straight but was defeated with full house from Rast.
Runner up Bonomo took home $801,048. He’s had quite a year at the WSOP. He is in a top position for WSOP Player of the Year. This event also marks his sixth cash at this years WSOP and puts him over the million dollar earnings amount so far in the series. He now has 40 WSOP cashes in total.
The top finishers in the event were:
Brian Rast $!,296,097
Justin Bonomo $801,048
Eric Wasserson $545,772
Michael Mizrachi $380,942
Wil Wilkinson $272,558
Ray Dehkharghani $200,027
Tommy Hang $150,672
Daniel Alaei $150,672
Elior Sion $116,571

Video: WSOP 2016 Brian Rast wins Event #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,296,097

 

This is the heads up match between Brian Rast and Justin Bonomo at the World Series of Poker $50000 Poker Players Championship