More than a third of the tournaments at the 2014 World Series of Poker are in the books, and so far poker players from the United States have been dominating the action at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Twenty-three WSOP bracelets have been awarded with 42 more yet to come, and players from the United States have won 20 of them — good for 87 percent.
It doesn't come as a surprise that players representing the United States are in the bracelet lead since the tournament series is held in Las Vegas. However, it is surprising that only two other countries are represented by bracelet winners - Germany with two and Belgium with one.
Another sign of domination is that according to the country rankings page at WSOP.com, American players are well out in front with $38,059,289 in total earnings and 2,720 total cashes. Canada is currently in second place on the country leaderboard with $1,531,605 over 270 cashes.
Here's a look at the top ten in the county top cashes leaderboard:
To put this into perspective, when American poker player Jonathan Dimmig won the WSOP Millionaire Maker Event #8, he took home $1,319,587. This one finish alone was almost good enough to have more cashes than the entire country of Canada without any help from any other American players.
Canada and every other country was left in the dust after Americans Jeffrey Coburn and James Duke finished second and third in the Millionaire Maker for $815,963 and $614,368, respectfully.
While other countries are struggling to find the winner's circle, individual poker players are doing more than their part to try to curtail the domination by American poker players. Germany's Dominic Nitsche just won WSOP Event #21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $335,659 and a couple of days ago Germany's George Danzer won his first WSOP bracelet in Event #18: $10,000 Razz Championship taking home $294,792. Nitsche and Danzer combined for $630,451 with their bracelet wins which represents 65% of the $972,205 German players have won so far.
Belgium's only bracelet was recently awarded to Davidi Kitai. His win in the 2014 World Series of Poker Event #15: $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em was not only his third bracelet, but also made him $508,604 richer. Kitai's bracelet win alone accounts for 77 percent of the $660,793 won so far by Belgian players.
Even though the United States has almost clinched the country bracelet title, there is still time for other countries to bridge the gap in total earnings. The two events rewarding the biggest amount of cash have yet to be played as the WSOP Main Event and the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop are still several weeks away.
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