Jorstad wins WSOP Championship, $10M



After nine days of intense main-event play, Norway’s Espen Jorstad solidified his place in poker history as the first World Series of Poker champion to be crowned on the Las Vegas Strip. Defeating 8,662 players from around the world, Jorstad took home $10M in earnings and was presented with the bracelet.

On Saturday afternoon, Jorstad outlasted Adrian Attenborough and Michael Duek at the final table. 23-year-old Duek took home third place for $4M. Attenborough called Jorstad in the intense heads-up, setting Jorstad up for a dramatic victory once he revealed his winning hand – a full house. Espen’s win cements the international dominance – marking the fourth consecutive WSOP main event win by an international player. Following his life-changing win, Jorstad immediately called his mom. “It was a very emotional call,” he said. “She could barely speak. She is my biggest fan, so to be able to share that moment with her was very special.”

“This year’s historic WSOP was special for the poker community,” said World Series of Poker Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Ty Stewart. “Against all odds, poker made its way back in a big way and for the first time to the Las Vegas Strip. To see Espen persevere through 8,662 Main Event entrants, the second most in WSOP history, was incredible. We’re looking forward to raising Espen’s banner and coming back bigger than ever in the new Horseshoe Las Vegas next summer.”

Chris Cosenza

Chris Cosenza