We know that a lot of you love to play poker in local games and tournaments or with friends at your dining room table but don’t know that much about the WSOP. So, here are a few interesting facts the Texas Poker Store found out.
The World Series of Poker began in 1970, when a guy named Benny Binion invited six well-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament, with a set start and stop time, and a winner determined by secret ballot. (BTW, Binion came to Vegas with his family from Dallas, Texas to become a poker legend and owner of the Horseshoe).
At any rate, from that humble beginning the World Series of Poker grew, both in the number of events and the number of participants, until what we have today is a phenomenal Vegas spectacle that no one could have anticipated. The WSOP is now a world-renowned series of poker tournaments, with more than 70,000 entrants competing for more than $180,000,000 in prize money with their every move televised and analyzed by ESPN, along with thousands of online bloggers, podcasters and poker news sites.
Each year the WSOP culminates with the $10,000 no-limit hold’em “Main Event.” The victor receives a multi-million dollar prize and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, considered the most coveted non-monetary prize a poker player can win. It’s like a Super Bowl ring, or the World Cup. The winner of the WSOP Main Event is considered the World Champion of Poker for that year. Poker players have become superstars.
2011 marks the 42nd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP), a collection now of 58 distinct tournaments in all variations of poker, with buy-ins ranging from $500 to $50,000 per event. Three hundred and eighty poker tables are set up in 100,000 square feet of ballroom space at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where poker players from more than 115 different nations converge. Most major poker variants are played; though in recent years over half of the events have been variants of Texas hold em. Events traditionally take place during one day or over several consecutive days during the series in June and July. However, starting in 2008, the Main Event final table has been delayed until November.
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