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Five Biggest Poker Winners From Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania isn’t the first U.S. state you consider when thinking about big poker winners. You should because The Keystone State produces some excellent talent.
PokerStars recently launched in Pennsylvania, giving poker players in the state the chance to shine. We expect plenty more players from Pennsylvania to climb the ranks of the poker world.
The top five live poker tournament winners from Pennsylvania have won $61,976,139 between them. They have won eight World Series of Poker bracelets, including the Main Event. But who are they and how much have they won? Let’s find out!
Jake Schindler: Number One In Pennsylvania
Jake Schindler tops MTT winnings chart for Pennsylvania with a staggering $25,070,014. This gargantuan sum is enough to put him in 18th place in the all-time money listings.
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Schindler now resides in Hollywood, Florida, and why shouldn’t he?
Schindler is yet to win a WSOP bracelet, but it is only a matter of time before he rectifies that. He’s probably the best poker player without a bracelet after Stephen Chidwick won one in 2019.
He’s enjoyed no fewer than 52 cashes weighing in at six-figures. Schindler also has four seven-figure scores on his resume. The largest of these is worth $3,600,000, his reward for finishing second in the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl.
Schindler will win more massive prizes as he’s a regular in Super High Roller tournaments around the world.
Joseph McKeehen: The WSOP Main Event Champion From Pennsylvania
Joseph McKeehan won the 2015 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas and returned to Pennsylvania with $7,683,346. This is the biggest prize anyone from the state has won, quite an achievement. McKeehen even managed to secure a second piece of poker gold in 2017. He triumphed in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship for $311.817.
Born raised and still living in North Wales, Pennsylvania, McKeehan is now a regular in tournaments around the United States. It was The Bahamas, however, where he banked his second million dollar prize. McKeehan finished second in a $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2016 PCA for a cool $1,220,840. Now his lifetime winnings stand at $8,472,252.
John “World” Hennigan
Philadelphia’s John “World” Hennigan is one of the most complete all-round poker players. Hennigan is both feared and respected in equal measure, and it’s easy to see why. Hennigan has accumulated six WSOP bracelets and has 18 WSOP final table appearances! Only one of his bracelet victories came in a no-limit hold’em event, showing his mixed game prowess.
His first bracelet came in 2002 when he won the $2,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. Bracelet number two followed two years later. Hennigan waited 10 years for his third bracelet, but it was worth the wait. The Pennsylvania native won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,517,767. This tournament is considered to be the toughest of any other event in the world, so winning it is extremely prestigious.
He actually finished second in the same tournament in 2018, losing out to Michael Mizrachi. Hennigan did collect $765,837, however, and now has $8,472,252 in winnings.
It is only a matter of time before Matt Glantz adds a WSOP bracelet to his wrist. The Lafayette Hill-born pro plays dozens of events each year, yet the gold still eludes him.
Glantz has racked up $7,170,611 in cashes to date, the largest for $862,837. Like Hennighan mentioned above, Glantz is something of a mixed game specialist, one that’s equally adept at all poker variants. Glantz is a force whether he plays PLO, Stud, or Lowball. It doesn’t matter, he simply excels.
He’s navigated his way to 11 WSOP final tables, including the 2019 $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship.
Daniel Ott: Almost Another Pennsylvania WSOP Main Event Winner
Daniel Ott isn’t a name you’re likely familiar with but he put Altoona, Pennsylvania on the map. His first live tournament cash came in 2017 when he reached the money of the $1,000 Tag Team at the WSOP. Ott cashed in a $1,500 NLHE event 19 days later, taking his total winnings to $3,656.
Then something magic happened. Ott bought into the $10,000 Main Event alongside 7,220 other hopefuls. Lady Luck was shining down on Ott and he eventually finished second to Scott Blaumstein. His prize? A massive $4,700,000.
Ott didn’t let his new fortune go to his head and continues to practise solid bankroll management. His next cash came in a $365 buy-in online WSOP event! His live winnings now total $4,726,701, with the bulk coming from that bridesmaid finish.