2005 World Series of Poker

The 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) offered, at the time of its completion, the largest winner’s prize in the history of sport: a staggering $7.5 million!

All events at the 2005 World Series of Poker were held at the Rio All-Suite Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, except for the final table of the $10 000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event, which was played at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino.

This was the last time this, as from 2006 tournament sponsors Harrah’s Entertainment decided that the final table would also be held at the Rio.

A number of top players won bracelets at the 2005 World Series, including Doyle Brunson, Erik Seidel and T.J. Cloutier.

WSOP Player of the Year 2005

Allen Cunningham won the World Series of Poker Player of the Year award at the 2005 World Series of Poker, picking up a bracelet in the $1 500 No-Limit Hold’em event.

The Player of the Year award was introduced in 2004 and Cunningham proved to be a worthy successor to the inaugural World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Daniel Negreanu.

WSOP Main Event 2005

The Main Event at the 2005 World Series of Poker saw Joe Hachem walk off with the title after outlasting over 5 600 players.

All 9 players who made the 2005 final table claimed seven figure payouts and runner-up Steve Dannenmann pocketed a cool $4.25 million.

Defending Main Event champion Greg Raymer finished 25th at the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event, earning just over $300 000.

The first day of the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event saw the fall of a number of World Champions, including the likes of legends Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth, as well as Scotty Nguyen, Chris Ferguson and Carlos Mortensen, while Day 2 waved goodbye to 2003 champion Chris Moneymaker.

A number of celebrity players took part in the 2005 WSOP Main Event, including golfer Rocco Mediate and actors Tobey Maguire, James Woods, Shannon Elizabeth and Jennifer Tilly (who also won her first WSOP bracelet in the $1 000 Ladies’ No-Limit Hold’em event).