Full episodes from the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event debuted on PokerGO last week, giving fans a chance to look back at Daniel Negreanu’s storied run towards the November Nine for the first time. Over the course of six days of coverage, starting with Day 4, the field dwindles from hundreds, to nine, to a champion. There are tons of characters and personalities on display throughout the ESPN coverage, but four players from deep in the 2015 Main Event stick out and are featured in Poker Central’s first Where Are They Now? feature.
The fact that Fedor Holz may not have been a household name during the 2015 Main Event shows how meteoric his rise to the top of the poker world was. When Holz busted in 25th place, he had never recorded a live cash for more than $400,000. In the time since, the German High Roller has ten scores worth more than $500,000, six seven-figure scores, and over $24 million in earnings. In 2016 alone, Holz earned more than $16 million, including an insane summer stretch that featured a runner-up finish in the Super High Roller Bowl and a victory in the $111,111 buy-in High Roller for One Drop at the World Series. While Holz has been semi-retired since the middle of 2016, he has continued to churn out results in the world’s biggest events and now sits inside the all-time money list’s top-five.
After his 11th place finish in 2015, Daniel Negreanu cashed for less than $1 million in a calendar year for the first time since 2010. In fact, Negreanu’s 2016 total was his lowest since the turn of the century, with only 10 cashes and $300,000 in earnings recorded in 2016. Despite those low figures, Negreanu has recorded six final table finishes in WSOP events since coming close to the November Nine. Negreanu has also remained atop poker’s all-time money list and after a quick start to 2018, “Kid Poker” is over $36.5 million and over $2 million clear of Erik Seidel on that leaderboard.
Prior to his final table run, Tom Cannuli was known as a hyper-aggressive online player. Fittingly, Cannuli’s biggest post-Main Event score came in last summer’s $3,333 buy-in WSOP.com Online High Roller. The New Jersey native took home just over $320,000 and his first-career WSOP bracelet, but outside of his 2017 online victory and another cash in the Main Event, Cannuli has been relatively quiet since his 6th place finish.
After a dominating title run in 2015, Joe McKeehen’s 2016 was filled with close calls. The reigning Main Event champion opened the year with a runner-up finish in the $100K Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and a World Poker Tour final table appearance during the Borgata Winter Poker Open. He also final tabled the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop at the WSOP and cumulatively earned just over $3 million the year after his Main Event triumph. 2017 didn’t feature as many close calls, but did feature a significant breakthrough. McKeehen became the first Main Event champion to win another WSOP bracelet since Jonathan Duhamel, when McKeehen took down the 2017 $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship.