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Old 11-16-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

I will rate them.

1. Johnny Chan - 1987/1988, 1st/1st
Yes I know the fields were not large back then and the quality of play wasn't as deep but still to win a the championship in 2 straight years is still very hard to do. To best a field of 150+ consecutively is still a feet that very few if any could do.

2.Dan Harrington - 2003/2004, 3rd/4th
Fields of 800+ and then 2000+. Right at the inception of the poker boom an old veteran mastered two straight gigantic fields to come very close to the bracelet each time. Incredible

3. Mark Newhouse - 2013/2014, 9th/9th
These days making the November Nine is seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Besting fields of 6000+ with all of the best players in the world, requires luck, skill and great timing multiple times. Doing it twice?? Insane. Even though his 9th place finish in 2014 was a disappointment considering his entering stack, it was still remarkable to make back to back November Nines.

4. Greg Raymer - 2004/2005, 1st/25th
Most recent Main Event Champions fade away a bit after they take home the big prize. But Raymer followed up his championship with another deep deep run in a field that was nearly twice as big as the year before. He had a serious chance to return to the final table in 2005 as well if not for some rotten luck in a few spots.

5. Peter Eastgate - 2008/2009, 1st/88th
Like Raymer, Eastgate followed up his title with an impressive deep run the very next year.

6. Steve Gee - 2012/2013, 9th/24th


any that I am missing?
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:58 PM   #2
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Re: Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

1. Chan
2.Newhouse
3.Harrington
4a. Eastgate
4b.Raymer
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Old 11-17-2016, 04:25 PM   #3
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Re: Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

Not that he belongs in the top 6 but didn't Dennis Phillips have a pretty nice back-to-back?
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Old 11-17-2016, 05:40 PM   #4
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Not that he belongs in the top 6 but didn't Dennis Phillips have a pretty nice back-to-back?
yes he did. 3rd in 2008 to 45th in 2009
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Old 11-18-2016, 01:37 AM   #5
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Re: Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

back then johnny chan was the best

well timed bets and super aggressive
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Old 11-18-2016, 02:28 AM   #6
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Crazy... just crazy.
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Old 11-21-2016, 02:26 AM   #7
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Re: Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

Marcel Luske
2003/2004 = 14th/10th, same years as Harrington, a bit overshadowed.
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:19 PM   #8
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Re: Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

Doyle Brunson 1976-77 back to back wins
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Old 11-28-2016, 01:33 AM   #9
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Don't forget Chan not only went 1st 1st but also 2nd the following year.

Definitely best Main Event performance of all time.
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Old 11-30-2016, 04:14 PM   #10
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Doyle Brunson 1976-77 back to back wins
that's back when it was one table. Not so impressive
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:17 AM   #11
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Re: Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

If Chan is #1 Ungar is maybe top 5 for back to back wins.
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:34 PM   #12
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Didnt Hachem have a deep run the year after he won it?
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:47 PM   #13
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Didnt Hachem have a deep run the year after he won it?
Not super deep. 238th.
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Old 12-07-2016, 06:35 PM   #14
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I think it's a toss up between Greg/Mark cuz field sizes, obv. Leaning Greg though.
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Old 12-08-2016, 11:38 PM   #15
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Newhouse and it's not close.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:07 AM   #16
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Newhouse and it's not close.
^ This
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:23 PM   #17
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Don't forget Chan not only went 1st 1st but also 2nd the following year.

Definitely best Main Event performance of all time.
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Old 12-19-2016, 05:12 AM   #18
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:34 AM   #19
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Re: Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

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I will rate them.

1. Johnny Chan - 1987/1988, 1st/1st - 152, 167 & 178 entrants (seeing as some people were including the 2nd the next year)
Yes I know the fields were not large back then and the quality of play wasn't as deep but still to win a the championship in 2 straight years is still very hard to do. To best a field of 150+ consecutively is still a feet that very few if any could do.

2.Dan Harrington - 2003/2004, 3rd/4th - 839 & 2576 entrants
Fields of 800+ and then 2000+. Right at the inception of the poker boom an old veteran mastered two straight gigantic fields to come very close to the bracelet each time. Incredible

3. Mark Newhouse - 2013/2014, 9th/9th - 6352 & 6683 entrants
These days making the November Nine is seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Besting fields of 6000+ with all of the best players in the world, requires luck, skill and great timing multiple times. Doing it twice?? Insane. Even though his 9th place finish in 2014 was a disappointment considering his entering stack, it was still remarkable to make back to back November Nines.

4. Greg Raymer - 2004/2005, 1st/25th - 2,576 & 5,619 entrants
Most recent Main Event Champions fade away a bit after they take home the big prize. But Raymer followed up his championship with another deep deep run in a field that was nearly twice as big as the year before. He had a serious chance to return to the final table in 2005 as well if not for some rotten luck in a few spots.

5. Peter Eastgate - 2008/2009, 1st/88th - 6,844 & 6,494 entrants
Like Raymer, Eastgate followed up his title with an impressive deep run the very next year.

6. Steve Gee - 2012/2013, 9th/24th - 6,598 & 6,352 entrants


any that I am missing?
I've added the amount of entries to your post. And to me it's clear that Newhouse is the winner of this.

Chan's wins are impressive but odds are he played pretty much the exact same people + a handful of newcomers. Whilst it's incredibly impressive it's no more impressive than Fedor etc absolutely crushing SHR's.

I think it's Newhouse, Raymer, Chan, Eastgate, Harrington, Gee.

Raymer just edges out Chan due to the massive minefield that the main event became after his win
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:34 PM   #20
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Re: Most impressive back-to-back main event runs ever

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1. Johnny Chan - 1987/1988, 1st/1st - 152, 167 & 178 entrants (seeing as some people were including the 2nd the next year)
Yes I know the fields were not large back then and the quality of play wasn't as deep but still to win a the championship in 2 straight years is still very hard to do. To best a field of 150+ consecutively is still a feet that very few if any could do.

2.Dan Harrington - 2003/2004, 3rd/4th - 839 & 2576 entrants
Fields of 800+ and then 2000+. Right at the inception of the poker boom an old veteran mastered two straight gigantic fields to come very close to the bracelet each time. Incredible

3. Mark Newhouse - 2013/2014, 9th/9th - 6352 & 6683 entrants
These days making the November Nine is seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Besting fields of 6000+ with all of the best players in the world, requires luck, skill and great timing multiple times. Doing it twice?? Insane. Even though his 9th place finish in 2014 was a disappointment considering his entering stack, it was still remarkable to make back to back November Nines.

4. Greg Raymer - 2004/2005, 1st/25th - 2,576 & 5,619 entrants
Most recent Main Event Champions fade away a bit after they take home the big prize. But Raymer followed up his championship with another deep deep run in a field that was nearly twice as big as the year before. He had a serious chance to return to the final table in 2005 as well if not for some rotten luck in a few spots.

5. Peter Eastgate - 2008/2009, 1st/88th - 6,844 & 6,494 entrants
Like Raymer, Eastgate followed up his title with an impressive deep run the very next year.

6. Steve Gee - 2012/2013, 9th/24th - 6,598 & 6,352 entrants

I've added the amount of entries to your post. And to me it's clear that Newhouse is the winner of this.

Chan's wins are impressive but odds are he played pretty much the exact same people + a handful of newcomers. Whilst it's incredibly impressive it's no more impressive than Fedor etc absolutely crushing SHR's.

I think it's Newhouse, Raymer, Chan, Eastgate, Harrington, Gee.

Raymer just edges out Chan due to the massive minefield that the main event became after his win
Here's the math for each:

1. Johnny Chan: 152 x 167 x 178/2 = 2.26 x 10^6

2. Dan Harrington: 839/3 x 2576/4 = 1.80 x 10^5

3. Mark Newhouse: 6352/9 x 6683/9 = 5.24 x 10^5

4. Greg Raymer: 2,576 x 5,619/25 = 5.79 x 10^5

5. Peter Eastgate: 6,844 x 6,494/88 = 5.05 x 10^5

6. Steve Gee: 6,598/9 x 6,352/24 = 1.94 x 10^5

Johnny "****in" Chan wins. Plus, 1st-1st-2nd is so much cooler than what anybody else has done in consecutive years.

Cheers, Greg Raymer (FossilMan)
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:35 AM   #21
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^Well this guy obviously doesn't know what he's talking about. Kappa.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:41 PM   #22
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Nothing pre-Moneymaker is even in the ballpark. The field sizes and evolution of the game make the recent performances far more impressive.
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