TThe WSOPs First Fifty Gala last night saw many poker legends honored for their overall presence in the poker world. Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Doyle Brunson and Justin Bonomo all receive awards as 50 years of the World Series of Poker was commemorated in a special ceremony.
The Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio hosted the awards evening with legendary WSOP broadcasters Lon McEachern and Norman Chad at the helm, rewarding the winners of seven categories.
Phil Hellmuth was the one who landed the WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy title.
When it comes to online voting -Chris Moneymaker’s triple trophy was a huge honor to him popularising of the game over the last decade and a half.
Moneymaker’s 2003 title win was named Most Impressive WSOP Main Event victory, and the Bluff of the Century hand heads-up for the bracelet versus Sammy Farha was named Most Memorable TV Hand.
In addition, Chris Moneymaker was named alongside Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth as the Four Most Important Players in WSOP History.
There is also one new age player, Justin Bonomo, who was named as Most Likely to Succeed – the all-time tournament moneywinner expected to lift the most bracelets over the next 50 years of the WSOP.
Daniel Negreanu was named as the Fan Favorite as well as lifting the Best Overall WSOP Performance in a single year for his excellent 2013 run of 2 bracelets and 4 final tables.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart stated: “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.”