Rank & File: Josephy and Benger Steal Show to Close out 2016 WSOP

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Cliff Josephy is the 2016 November Nine chip leader.

This was supposed to be the final installment of Rank & File for the 2016 World Series of Poker. It was supposed to show the final tally for how the former #1-ranked players on PocketFives did this summer but it turns out there’s going to be at least one more Rank & File needed after two members of this elite fraternity, Cliff ‘JohnnyBax’ Josephy and Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger, made the final table of the Main Event.

Josephy and Griffin were actually two of 10 former #1-ranked players to cash in the Main Event this year. While both will have to wait until November to find out their final payout, they are each guaranteed at least $1,000,000. Paul Volpe had the next biggest Main Event score, walking away with $216,211 for finishing 29th. All told the ten players walked away with at least $2,498,657.

Former #1-ranked Players in the WSOP Main Event

While the Main Event was clearly the focus of the final days of the WSOP, there was one other event on the schedule and a former #1-ranked player almost walked away with the bracelet. Calvin ‘Cal42688’ Anderson finished runner-up to Michael Tureniec in the $1,111 Little One for One Drop event, earning $324,597 in the process.

Bracelet Winners

Three former #1-ranked players managed to win bracelets this summer – with Josephy and Benger still having a shot at adding fourth in November. Paul Volpe won the $1,500 Eight Game Mix in early June to grab the second WSOP bracelet of his career. It was a little over two weeks later when Shaun Deeb won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event for his second career bracelet.

It was a first-time winner that stole the headlines just as the Main Event was getting underway. Fedor Holz beat Dan Smith heads up for his first ever WSOP bracelet in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event. It was the fourth cash of his summer and earned him $4,981,775. The 22 year old German poker pro is just the 10th former #1-ranked player to win a WSOP bracelet. Holz surprised many by announcing he was taking a long-term break from poker immediately following the Main Event.

Biggest Scores

Obviously Josephy and Benger already have a seven-figure score, but there were a few other players that put up big numbers in individual events. So far Holz’s win in the One Drop High Roller is the single biggest score by a former #1-ranked player this summer and the only way it gets surpassed is if either Josephy or Benger goes on to win the Main Event.

Volpe actually owns the two next biggest scores. He won $149,943 for his bracelet win and $216,211 for his deep Main Event run. Deeb’s bracelet win earned him $111,101. There were no other six-figure cashes but there was 27 cashes of between $10,000 and $100,000.

Most Cashes

While Dan Kelly had the smallest Main Event cash of this group, he did have the most 2016 WSOP cashes of any former #1-ranked player. Kelly finished with 12 cashes – one off the record set this year by Ronald Israelashivil – for a total of $89,639 earned this summer. Kelly now has 47 career WSOP cashes and two WSOP bracelets.

The next highest number of cashes was nine from Volpe. Along with his win and deep Main Event run, Volpe cashed in seven other events and posted top-20 finishes in four of them.

Just one cash behind Volpe was Jordan ‘Jymaster0011’ Young with eight. While the closest Young got to a final table was a 16th place finish in a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em, the eight total cashes double his previous best WSOP performance. He finished up his summer by holding true to his online poker roots with a 138th place finish in the Online Bracelet event for $2,013.

The (not quite) Final Numbers

While the poker world waits to see just where Josephy and Benger finish in the Main Event, the numbers put up by the group of former #1-ranked players is impressive on its own.

Total Cashes: 110

Total Bracelets: 3*

Total Earnings: $9,025,917*

*includes only $1,000,000 each from Cliff Josephy and Griffin Benger (ninth place pay out).

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    • Bergerand somehow Holz grinding for 2 months straight and saying he is going to take a few months off is surprising