The WSOP Main Event final table payouts after taxes

Several players will be walking home with more money than the player who finished after them, once the Tax Man has taken his share.

Every year Russ Fox of Taxable Talk compiles the estimates for how much tax will be paid by everyone at the WSOP Main Event final table, and as is often the case, there are winners and losers depending on where they reside. 

As always the Brits have the most to smile about in this regard, both John Hesp and Jack Sinclair go home with every cent of their seven-figure scores because the UK currently makes gambling winnings exempt from taxation, because tax has already been paid on the earnings used to wager money. Benjamin Pollak and Antoine Saout also will be delighted because, although they are French, they both live in London, no doubt for this reason, and thus should pay no tax on their winnings. 

Which brings into sharp focus the tax rate for US players, which varies from State to State but for the most part is close to 50%. Indeed, third place finisher Benjamin Pollak walked away with more than $900,000 more than runner-up Dan Ott. 7th place Damian Salas of Argentina took home more than 6th place Byran Piccioli, but 8th place Jack Sinclair took more money home than both of them.

WSOP 2017 final table
The 2017 WSOP Main Event final table

This is what the final table may be taking home after taxation:

WSOP Main Event Final Table
Position Player Prize Prize after tax
1st Scott Blumstein $8,150,000 $4,310,571
2nd Dan Ott $4,700,000 $2,600,194
3rd Benjamin Pollak $3,500,000 $3,500,000
4th John Hesp  $2,600,000 $2,600,000
5th Antoine Saout  $2,000,000 $2,000,000
6th Bryan Piccioli $1,675,000 $791,023
7th Damian Salas $1,425,000 $997,500
8th Jack Sinclair $1,200,000 $1,200,000
9th Ben Lamb $1,000,000 $591,517


In total, $7,566,241 will be taxed at the final table, with $6,390,860 going to the US Internal Revenue Service. More than any single player will be putting in their bankroll. 

Barry Carter

Barry Carter

is the editor of and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2.

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