Winning the World Series of Poker Main Event is the dream for every poker player. And in 2015, a kid from Pennsylvania navigated his way through a 6,420-player field to capture the coveted WSOP bracelet and $7,683,346 first-place prize.

That kid was Joe McKeehen who had already amassed just shy of $2 million in lifetime tournament earnings before winning the big one in 2015.

It wasn’t McKeehen’s first time under the bright lights of a WSOP final table, because in the previous year he finished runner-up to Hugo Pingray in the $1,500 Monster Stack for $820,863. It was winning the 2015 WSOP Main Event that sent his poker career on a completely different trajectory as he now sits with over $16.65 million in live tournament earnings – which puts him 39th on the All Time Money List.

Every episode from the 2015 WSOP Main Event is now available on PokerGO.

Although McKeehen will always be remembered for his 2015 WSOP Main Event victory, he has since added two more WSOP bracelets after winning the 2017 WSOP Limit Hold’em Championship and the 2020 WSOP Online High Roller.

On today’s Run it Back show, Remko Rinkema sat down with McKeehen to discuss his 2015 WSOP Main Event victory, the strategy behind some of the key hands, and also his personal growth since becoming the 2015 World Champion. Watch Run it Back with Joe McKeehen | 2015 Main Event now on Poker Central’s YouTube channel.

World Series of Poker Main Event coverage is available right now on PokerGO. Check out the WSOP Classic collection and watch the best moments from past Main Events including Johnny Chan’s quest for a third title, the meteoric rise of Chris Moneymaker, and Joe Cada setting the record as youngest champion.

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