WSOP Major Occasion Champ Joe McKeehen Wins First Philadelphia Poker Championship
The 2015 World Collection of Poker Major Occasion champion is $94K richer after profitable the inaugural Philadelphia Poker Championship at Rivers On line casino this weekend. Joe McKeehen, who grew up simply exterior of Philadelphia, gained the $2,200 $250K assured occasion, which was the most important buy-in event within the on line casino’s brief historical past.
The headliner introduced in 187 entries, a few of which got here from 5 $240 satellites that awarded packages. McKeehen hasn’t slowed down since he gained $7.6 million within the Major Occasion in 2015, and can almost definitely surpass the $20 million in lifetime tournament winning’s mark this yr.
He continued his scorching January by cashing in back-to-back occasions on the Fortunate Hearts Poker Open at Seminole Arduous Rock On line casino in Florida for practically $90K — a $67K payday for sixth place within the $25K high-rollers occasion, and $25K for a twenty fifth place completed in a $3,500 occasion the subsequent day.
The self-described skilled mind-sports participant began the yr together with his largest money since 2021, a $440K payday for ending third at $5,300 buy-in occasion at The Return: Borgata in January. He gained his fourth ring on-line final Might, and alongside together with his Major Occasion bracelet, owns two extra: His second was gained within the $10K restrict championship in 2017 ($311K), and his third got here on-line in a $3,200 in 2020 held internationally on GGPoker ($353K).
In WSOP occasions, he has cashed 77 occasions for greater than $11 million. He’s made 22 ultimate tables since 2012.
The Philadelphia Poker Championship Collection ultimate occasion, a $560 buy-in thriller bounty with a $200K assured prize pool, begins tomorrow (March 8) with the primary of 5 beginning days. Day 2 begins March 2. See the schedule for more details.
East value event poker slowly waking up
The sequence on the Borgata in January marked a return for giant buy-in occasions that might be simply accessed by gamers dwelling within the Northeast United States. It’s a pattern gamers dwelling within the space hope to see proceed. A minimum of they need to anticipate to see extra huge buy-in occasions at Rivers casinos in Philadelphia and Maryland.
The WSOP brings it’s circus to Turning Stone On line casino and Resort in upstate New York subsequent week, the primary time it’s been in that neck of the woods since pre-COVID. A $25K assured $400 buy-in occasion kicks-off the sequence March 16.
The primary of three beginning days of the $1,700 fundamental begins March 23. Day 2 is March 26. A $1,100 buy-in $50K assured occasion takes place the identical day, and the sequence closes with a $400 occasion a day later.
However exterior of on-line sequence in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, there isn’t a lot in the best way of stay occasions within the Northeast apart from the weekly schedules within the casinos in Philly, Baltimore, and upstate New York.