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First Fifty Honors winners announced

29 June 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Seven awards were doled out tonight to some of poker’s biggest names during a special evening hosted by the World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The “First Fifty Honors” was a memorable night put together by the WSOP to honor and celebrate the WSOP’s fiftieth year and those that have left an indelible mark on it.

The WSOP came up with the list of seven categories and the public used an online voting mechanism to cast votes and determine who their favorites were across the categories. Here are the results:

1. Most Memorable TV Hand: Sammy Farha vs. Chris Moneymaker “Bluff of the Century” 2003 WSOP

2. Best Overall WSOP Performance: (Single Year) Daniel Negreanu: 2013 2 bracelets/4 final tables

3. Most Likely to Succeed: (Most Bracelets 2020-2070) – Justin Bonomo

4. Fan Favorite: Daniel Negreanu

5. WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy: Phil Hellmuth

6. Most Impressive WSOP Main Event Win: Chris Moneymaker, 2003 WSOP Main Event

7. Four Most Important Players in WSOP History:
  • Doyle Brunson
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Chris Moneymaker
  • Daniel Negreanu
The WSOP received thousands of electronic votes from the public from 15 May to 15 June, and those tabulated votes reflected the above winners in the First Fifty Honors.

The Saturday night special evening was attended by WSOP gold bracelet winners and other VIP’s who showed up to the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, with the evening hosted by legendary WSOP broadcasters Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.

“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,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “It was a tremendous evening and we congratulate all the winners and for all those that came out to support them.”

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