Level 2 (Blinds 50/100)
Joe McKeehen (North Wales, PA) is making his first appearance at Borgata since the Borgata Spring Poker Open, now a household name in the poker community (if he wasn’t already before). McKeehen left for Las Vegas with just under $900,000 in career tournament earnings, and returned with a number double that amount.
McKeehen’s summer started with a six-digit score right off the bat, as he won the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em (Event #26) event at Venetian during the DeepStack Extravaganza III. The first place finish would earn him just over $101,000, but that wasn’t even close to the highlight of his summer.
Last year it was the Millionaire Maker that took the WSOP by storm, attracting an enormous field. This year it was the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack that would make waves, boasting a field totaling 7,862 entries, and a prize pool of $10,613,000. Joe managed to navigate the field over a span of a few days, reaching the final table and getting heads up with Hugo Pingray (Matigmy, France). First place was over $1,300,000, and although McKeehen fell short of his first ever WSOP bracelet, he did earn himself a life changing score of $820,863 for his runner-up finish. Joe took his seat in the field just moments ago, and currently sits with the starting stack.