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John Racener and Chris Ferguson Set WSOP Cash Records

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John Racener and Chris Ferguson Set WSOP Cash Records

The 2017 WSOP saw its previous cash finish record shattered by both John Racener and Chris Ferguson

The record for in the money finishes has once again been broke at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The previous 2016 record of 13 cash finishes has been shattered by two players this year.

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and John Racener both ended their summer run with 17 cashes. Ferguson was not able to take home a bracelet, but Racener managed to turn one of the 17 finishes into a fish place.

In Ferguson’s case, this puts him in fourth place for the most in the money finishes of all time, with 88. Racener added to his number but still only holds 58 cash finishes total in his career. However, the highest ranking on that list is none other than Phil Hellmuth with 126 in the money results.

Ferguson also managed to take home the most amount of prize money with a total of $380,200 for the season. Racener was close behind but only accumulated $359,497. There is no information on how much the players paid in buy-ins, but neither one managed to cash in the two most expensive events of the WSOP.

In total, the 2017 WSOP had 74 bracelet events, the most in its history, and is now paying the top 15 percent of players at an event. This means that with average field sizes of 1,635 players per event there were 16,814 poker players in the cash for 2017.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.