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As of , the WSOP consists of 74 events, with most major poker variants featured. However, 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 , the Main Event final table was delayed until November. The and Main Event final tables commenced in October because of the United States presidential election. In , the first WSOP at Binion's Horseshoe took place as a series of cash games that included five-card stud , deuce to seven low-ball draw , razz , seven-card stud , and Texas hold 'em. The winner in , Johnny Moss , was elected by his peers as the first "World Champion of Poker" and received a silver cup as a prize.
The winner of each event receives a World Series of Poker bracelet and a monetary prize based on the number of entrants and buy-in amounts. Over the years, the tournament has grown in both the number of events and in the number of participants. The victor receives a multi-million dollar cash prize and a bracelet, which has become the most coveted award a poker player can win.
Since , all WSOP events have been tournaments with cash prizes. In , a five-card stud event was added. Since then, new events have been added and removed. Since , [ citation needed ] a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual WSOP; later on, [ when? The tournament grew slowly for over a decade, reaching 52 participants in In the early s, satellite tournaments were introduced, allowing people to win their way into the various events.
By , there were over 2, entrants in the entire series. Participation in the Main Event peaked that year, with 8, players. The number of participants in the WSOP grew every year from until Following , new online gambling legislation restricted the number of online qualifiers to the event. In , there were 4, entrants in the various events, but in , the number rose to over 23, players.
In the main event alone, the number of participants grew from in to 8, in , and has hovered between 6, and 7, entrants in the eleven years since. Crandell Addington is the only player to place in the top ten of the World Series of Poker Main Event eight times, albeit in earlier years with small fields compared to modern times. Four players have won the Main Event multiple times: Currently, Texas hold 'em, Omaha hold 'em and Seven-card stud and their lowball variants are played.
Other events played in the past include Chinese poker , Five card stud, and many others. At the time of the original announcement, 15 of the maximum 48 seats had been taken. By early December , the field size had increased to 22, the minimum required for an official bracelet tournament. Winners of the event not only get the largest prize of the tournament and a gold bracelet, but additionally their picture is placed in the Gallery of Champions at Binion's.
The winner of the Main Event has traditionally been given the unofficial title of World Champion. However, some believe that no-limit hold 'em is not the optimal structure for determining a champion poker player. In , Daniel Negreanu argued that the Main Event should switch to pot-limit hold 'em, believing that pot-limit required a more complete set of poker skills than no-limit, although he admitted that such a change would likely never be made. The end of the main event was featured in the movie Rounders.
Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer , the winners in and , both qualified for the main event through satellite tournaments at the PokerStars online card room. Jerry Yang , the winner in , had only been playing poker for two years prior to his victory.
For non-players, selection is based on positive and lasting contributions to the overall growth and success of poker. As of , nine different players have won the ten awards, with Daniel Negreanu as the only two-time winner. Only "open" events in which all players can participate count in the standings; this eliminates the Seniors, Ladies, and Casino Employee events.
Since , all open events, including the Main Event, count towards Player of the Year. The WSOP Player of the Year organized by Bluff Magazine used a different scoring system which took into account field sizes and buy-in amounts when calculating points earned.
However, Moss's first victory came in a different format, as he was elected winner by vote of his fellow players at the conclusion of what was then a timed event. Moss if the first time win by vote is counted , Ungar, Doyle Brunson , and Johnny Chan are the only people who have won the Main Event in consecutive years.
Chan's second victory in was featured in the film Rounders. Before July , the top seven players on the all-time WSOP Earnings list were Main Event champions from to , among whom Jamie Gold topped those seven, he won the Main Event, which had then the biggest first prize for a single tournament, and still is the largest poker tournament by prize pool in history.
She repeated this accomplishment in , when she came in 77th place out of 6, players. She also finished in the money of the Main Event in Barbara is also the first woman to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame , the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, and the Senior Poker Hall of Fame, making her the only poker player to be in all three poker halls of fame.
Jackie McDaniels won that event to become the first Ladies Champion. The Ladies played Seven Card Stud for the event's first two decades, but have been playing Texas hold 'em since During a break in the final table of the Main Event on July 16, Harrah's announced that eleven properties — including the recently added Bally's and Caesar's properties — would host —06 WSOP Circuit events that started on August 11 in Tunica , Mississippi.
One event that was scheduled for Biloxi , Mississippi, was canceled after the Grand Casino Biloxi , which was scheduled to host the event, suffered major damage from Hurricane Katrina.
The Rio also hosted the World Series of Poker , which began on June 25 with satellite events and formally began the day after with the annual Casino Employee event, won in by Chris Gros. Various events led up to the Main Event, which was held from July 28 until August The main event, a GBP 10, buy-in no-limit hold 'em tournament, was won by Norwegian online prodigy Annette Obrestad on the day before her 19th birthday.
At that time, the buy-ins and payouts changed from being fixed in pounds to euros. The first edition of the event was held at Crown's Melbourne Casino from April 4—15, and featured five bracelet events in the series.
CBS began covering the World Series in the late s. In the early s, the event was again broadcast as specials. Initially, coverage only consisted of just a single one-hour taped-delay broadcast of the Main Event.
ESPN Classic currently airs many of the old broadcasts from the mids and beyond. Since no "pocket cam" existed, very few hole cards were actually shown to television viewers.
Unlike today's coverage, ESPN featured no pre-taped interviews or profiles on the players. In addition, the commentators were generally on the casino floor itself. The tournament director announces that Hugh Vincent needed two running spades to win.
These hour-long programs presented more of an overview or recap of the WSOP as opposed to broadcasting an actual live event with play-by-play analysis and color commentary.
The Discovery Channel's broadcast also featured final table players interviews interlaced throughout the show. ESPN would resume coverage the following year. ESPN's coverage in was typical of their coverage in the s recorded in video, little or no post-production commentary or player profiles, no card cams. However, the final table broadcast was expanded over two one-hour episodes. The WSOP was the first with the "sneak peek" later called the pocket cam, or hole cam.
They included coverage of the entire tournament, with a "Featured Table". At this table, the viewers could see the player's hole cards and subsequent strategy. The action was also broadcast as if live, though on tape-delay. Also, their coverage of the main event now typically includes at least one hour program on each day. ESPN's coverage now includes many of the trappings of sports coverage, such as lighter segments called "The Nuts" and interviews.
Coverage would increase in and to include preliminary events from the WSOP, in addition to the "Main Event". ESPN has expanded poker to all-new levels, especially with their coverage of the WSOP, including providing the entire final table of the Main Event via pay-per-view airing. In , ESPN experimented with the idea of a delayed final table.
This idea presented greater sponsorship opportunities and notoriety, culminating in a recap of the Main Event and the conclusion of the Main Event final table. The WSOP also decided there would be no rebuy events in Choose your currency carefully so that you can easily deposit and withdraw money.
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