In 2010, Sam Holden entered the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, along with 6,865 other hopefuls, and finished in 9th place for a $782,115 payday.
Fast-forward twelve months, and Sam Holden decided to have another punt. It was still $10,000 to play, and this time he had the slightly easier task of trying to navigate his way through 6,598 players.
Amazingly, Holden finished in 55th place, earning himself $128,384. Although Holden didn’t make it back-to-back November Nine appearances, it was still a truly remarkable achievement.
Here are some more gems from the WSOP archives.
The WSOP Main Event was created in 1970, and it only consisted of seven players. Johnny Moss won that sit n go, and went on to successfully defend his title, one year later, when he defeated six people.
Not impressed? What about Doyle ‘Texas Dolly’ Brunson? In the 1976 WSOP Main Event, Brunson defeated 22 players to win the title, before following it up with a successful defence the following year, when he crushed the dreams of 34 players.
Field sizes grew, as we entered the 1980s, and, in 1980 & 1981, Stu Ungar raised the bar even higher, when he defeated 73 players and 75 players in consecutive years. Still not impressed?
Okay; maybe the greatest WSOP back-to-back achievement belongs to ten-time WSOP bracelet owner, Johnny Chan, who defeated 152 players and 167 players to win the 1987 & 1988 WSOP Main Events.
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