The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event was his tournament to lose coming into the final table on Sunday, Nov. 8, and Joe McKeehen put on a commanding performance that backed up all expectations of him running away with the title.
It took 184 hands of final-table play for McKeehen to seal the deal, and after the Jc hit the river on the final hand, $7.7 million and ultimate poker glory was all his.
To say McKeehen ran away with the victory would be an understatement. He entered the final table with over double the chips of his next closest competitor, advanced to six-handed play with 2.81 times second place, and then entered the three-handed finale with 3.21 times more than second place in his arsenal. Not only that, but when anyone tried to play back at McKeehen, he either had the goods or made very strong decisions that allowed him to keep up his dominance.
When asked if he ever started to worry about his position at the table, McKeehen said the last time he got a little worried in the event was back on Day 6. That seems like forever ago, and now it’s McKeehen’s name that will forever live in the poker history books as the 2015 WSOP Main Event champion.