World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker , or WSOP for short , is a series of poker tournaments that take place in Las Vegas once a year over a period of a good month . The main tournament , a No Limit Hold'em variant with a buy-in of US $ 10,000 , is considered the most prestigious poker tournament ever, so the winner is known as the poker world champion. You can play from 21 years of age.
The Binion's Horseshoe in Las Vegas was 1970-2004 scene of the WSOP. Since 2005, all tournaments have been held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino . In honor of 35 years of WSOP history, the 2005 Main Event final table was held at Horseshoe.
In 2008 the WSOP was pushed forward by a few weeks due to the summer heat in Las Vegas. Another major change was the postponement of the main event final table to November. This change was made due to considerations of the broadcasting television station ESPN .
- The idea dates back to 1949 when Benny Binion hosted a five-month poker marathon between Nicholas “Nick the Greek” Dandolos and Johnny Moss .
- Benny Binion came up with the idea of organizing further poker tournaments with great audience interest.
- In 1970 seven players took part in the first World Series of Poker . At that time, the winner was voted world champion by his teammates.
- Since 1971 the world champion has been determined in the so-called freeze-out mode.
- 1979 won with Hal Fowler for the first time an amateur the main event. It was not until 1999 that Noel Furlong achieved such an amateur victory again.
- In 2003 839 players took part in the main event and with Chris Moneymaker another amateur won the tournament. He qualified on PokerStars , triggering a poker boom that made the game increasingly socially acceptable.
- In 2004 , 2576 players paid the $ 10,000 buy-in to enter the tournament. Greg Raymer won and took home $ 5 million.
- Circuittournaments have been taking place since the beginning of 2005 , which also promise high prize money, but are not part of the actual WSOP in the summer.
- In 2005 there were 45 different tournaments. The main tournament had 5619 participants and the winner Joe Hachem won $ 7.5 million.
- In 2006 , three years after the surprise success of Chris Moneymaker , the number of participants was 8773, more than ten times as high. The winner, Jamie Gold , won the fourth most cash ever at a sporting event for $ 12 million.
- In 2007 , 6358 participants took part in the main event. The record from the previous year was therefore not broken.
- At the 43rd World Series of Poker in 2012 , Antonio Esfandiari won more than $ 18 million in a $ 1 million buy-in tournament called The Big One for One Drop .
- The 50th World Series of Poker was played from May to July 2019 . Based on a vote by poker journalists, a list of the 50 best players in poker history was published (in alphabetical order):
Main tournament series
Any player who wins during the WSOP either the Main Event or any of the tournaments gets paid not only the respective winnings, but also receive a valuable bracelet from gold . This bracelet, which is called a bracelet in English , has the shape of a wristwatch , but instead of a dial it bears a gold emblem of the World Series of Poker . The bracelets are very popular among players because of this for many gem not the material but the ideal value counts. The ideal value is, among other things, that such a bracelet says that the player who wears it was able to prevail among several hundred or even thousands of participants in a tournament.
How coveted the bracelets really are is shown by the record hunt that has been going on for years between some of the most famous players. This record is about which player has won the most bracelets in their career to date. This record currently stands at 15 bracelets and is held by Phil Hellmuth (see also: List of multiple bracelet winners ). The youngest ever winner of a bracelet was Steve Billirakis at 21 years and 12 days.
While the Horseshoe Casino used in-house tournament chips from 1970 to 2003, a series exclusively produced for the WSOP was used for the first time in 2004. This was made by the chip manufacturer Bud Jones and started with the values 25, 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000 and 25,000. After the WSOP moved to the Rio in 2005, the design of the chips from the Horseshoe was largely adopted, but not the chips themselves, which resulted in a new series being produced and expanded again in the following two years (including a secondary set) or . has been adjusted (coloring, redundant values). The highest value in this series was the 100,000 chip last. In 2007, the chip producer Paulson was commissioned with the production of the new series and thus brought a completely new primary set into play, including a secondary set for side events and in case the main events ran out of primary chips. The use of primary and secondary sets does not always follow a consistent logic. Chips from the Bud Jones series were also occasionally used. Due to the increasing number of participants, ever higher values had to be introduced. The current highest value is the 5,000,000 chip. The denominations and colors used for individual values change again and again due to decisions made by the tournament management or feedback from the players. In 2017, 245,514 chips were in circulation during the main event.
|year||Attendees||paid places||Prize money (in $ )||winner||origin||Second||origin||Final hands||Best woman|
|1970||7th||1||Silver cup||Johnny Moss *||-||-||-||-|
|1971||6th||1||30,000||Johnny Moss||Walter Pearson||unknown||-|
|1972||8th||1||80,000||Thomas Preston||Walter Pearson||K ♥ J ♦ vs. 6 6||-|
|1973||13||1||130,000||Walter Pearson||Johnny Moss||A ♠ 7 ♠ vs. K ♥ J ♠||-|
|1974||16||1||160,000||Johnny Moss||Crandall Addington||3 ♥ 3 ♠ vs. A ♣ 2 ♣||-|
|1975||21st||1||210,000||Brian Roberts||Bob Hooks||9 ♠ 9 ♥ vs. A ♣ K ♦||-|
|1976||22nd||1||220,000||Doyle Brunson||Jesse Alto||10 ♠ 2 ♠ vs. A ♠ J ♦||-|
|1977||34||1||340,000||Doyle Brunson||Gary Berland||10 ♠ 2 ♥ vs. 8 ♥ 5 ♣||-|
|1978||42||5||210,000||Bobby Baldwin||Crandall Addington||Q ♦ Q ♣ vs. 9 ♦ 9 ♣||-|
|1979||54||5||270,000||Hal Fowler||Bobby Hoff||7 ♠ 6 ♦ vs. A ♣ A ♥||-|
|1980||73||5||385,000||Stu Hungarian||Doyle Brunson||5 ♠ 4 ♠ vs. A ♥ 7 ♠||-|
|1981||75||9||375,000||Stu Hungarian||Perry Green||A ♥ Q ♥ vs. 10 ♠ 9 ♦||-|
|1982||104||9||520,000||Jack Straus||Dewey Tomko||A ♥ 10 ♠ vs. A ♦ 4 ♦||-|
|1983||108||10||540,000||Tom McEvoy||Rod Peate||Q ♦ Q ♠ vs. K ♦ J ♦||-|
|1984||132||9||660,000||Jack Keller||Byron Wolford||10 ♥ 10 ♠ vs. 6 ♥ 4 ♥||-|
|1985||140||9||700,000||Bill Smith||TJ Cloutier||3 ♠ 3 ♥ vs. A ♦ 3 ♣||-|
|1986||141||36||570,000||Berry Johnston||Mike Hart||A ♠ 10 ♥ vs. A ♦ 8 ♦||Wendeen Eolis (25.)|
|1987||152||36||625,000||Johnny Chan||Frank Henderson||A ♠ 9 ♣ vs. 4 ♦ 4 ♣||-|
|1988||167||36||700,000||Johnny Chan||Erik Seidel||J ♣ 9 ♣ vs. Q ♣ 7 ♥||-|
|1989||178||36||755,000||Phil Hellmuth||Johnny Chan||9 ♠ 9 ♣ vs. A ♠ 7 ♠||-|
|1990||194||36||835,000||Mansour Matloubi||Hans Lund||6 ♥ 6 ♠ vs. 4 ♦ 4 ♣||-|
|1991||215||36||1,000,000||Brad Daugherty||Don Holt||K ♠ J ♠ vs. 7 ♥ 3 ♥||-|
|1992||201||36||1,000,000||Hamid Dastmalchi||Tom Jacobs||8 ♥ 4 ♣ vs. J ♦ 7 ♠||-|
|1993||220||27||1,000,000||Jim Bechtel||Glenn Cozen||J ♣ 6 ♥ vs. 7 ♠ 4 ♦||Marsha Wagoner (19.)|
|1994||268||27||1,000,000||Russ Hamilton||Hugh Vincent||K ♠ 8 ♥ vs. 8 ♣ 5 ♥||Barbara Samuelson (10.)|
|1995||273||27||1,000,000||Dan Harrington||Howard Goldfarb||9 ♦ 8 ♦ vs. A ♥ 7 ♣||Barbara Enright (5th)|
|1996||295||27||1,000,000||Huck Seed||Bruce Van Horn||9 ♦ 8 ♦ vs. K ♣ 8 ♣||Lucy Rokach (26.)|
|1997||312||27||1,000,000||Stu Hungarian||John Strzemp||A ♥ 4 ♣ vs. A ♠ 8 ♣||Marsha Wagoner (12.)|
|1998||350||27||1,000,000||Scotty Nguyen||Kevin McBride||J ♦ 9 ♣ vs. Q ♥ 10 ♥||Susie Isaacs (10th)|
|1999||393||36||1,000,000||Noel Furlong||Alan Goehring||5 ♣ 5 ♦ vs. 6 ♥ 6 ♣||-|
|2000||512||45||1,500,000||Chris Ferguson||TJ Cloutier||A ♠ 9 ♣ vs. A ♦ Q ♣||Annie Duke (10.)|
|2001||613||45||1,500,000||Carlos Mortensen||Dewey Tomko||K ♣ Q ♣ vs. A ♠ A ♥||-|
|2002||631||45||2,000,000||Robert Varkonyi||Julian Gardner||Q ♦ 10 ♠ vs. J ♣ 8 ♣||-|
|2003||839||63||2,500,000||Chris Moneymaker||Sam Farha||5 ♦ 4 ♠ vs. J ♥ 10 ♦||Annie Duke (47th)|
|2004||2576||226||5,000,000||Greg Raymer||David Williams||8 ♠ 8 ♦ vs. A ♥ 4 ♠||Rose Richie (98th)|
|2005||5619||560||7,500,000||Joe Hachem||Steve Dannenmann||7 ♣ 3 ♠ vs. A ♦ 3 ♣||Tiffany Williamson (15th)|
|2006||8773||873||12,000,000||Jamie Gold||Paul Wasicka||Q ♠ 9 ♣ vs. 10 ♥ 10 ♠||Sabyl Cohen-Landrum (56th)|
|2007||6358||621||8,250,000||Jerry Yang||Tuan Lam||8 ♣ 8 ♦ vs. A ♦ Q ♦||Maria Ho (38.)|
|2008||6844||666||9,152,416||Peter Eastgate||Ivan Demidov||A ♦ 5 ♠ vs. 4 ♥ 2 ♥||Tiffany Michelle (17.)|
|2009||6494||648||8,546,435||Joe Cada||Darvin Moon||9 ♦ 9 ♣ vs. Q ♦ J ♦||Leo Margets (27.)|
|2010||7319||747||8,944,310||Jonathan Duhamel||John Racener||A ♠ J ♥ vs. K ♦ 8 ♦||Breeze Zuckerman (121.)|
|2011||6865||693||8,715,368||Pius Heinz||Martin Staszko||A ♠ K ♣ vs. 10 ♣ 7 ♣||Erika Moutinho (29.)|
|2012||6598||666||8,531,853||Greg Merson||Jesse Sylvia||K ♦ 5 ♦ vs. Q ♠ J ♠||Gaëlle Baumann (10.)|
|2013||6352||648||8,361,570||Ryan Riess||Jay Farber||A ♥ K ♥ vs. Q ♠ 5 ♠||Jackie Glazier (31st)|
|2014||6683||693||10,000,000||Martin Jacobson||Felix Stephensen||10 ♥ 10 ♦ vs. A ♥ 9 ♥||Maria Ho (77.)|
|2015||6420||1000||7,683,346||Joe McKeehen||Joshua Beckley||A ♥ 10 ♦ vs. 4 ♦ 4 ♣||Kelly Minkin (29.)|
|2016||6737||1011||8.005.310||Qui Nguyen||Gordon Vayo||K ♣ 10 ♣ vs. J ♠ 10 ♠||Gaëlle Baumann (102.)|
|2017||7221||1084||8,150,000||Scott Blumstein||Daniel Ott||A ♥ 2 ♦ vs. A ♦ 8 ♦||Yuan Li (105th)|
|2018||7874||1182||8,800,000||John Cynn||Tony Miles||K ♣ J ♣ vs. Q ♣ 8 ♥||Kelly Minkin (50th)|
|2019||8569||1286||10,000,000||Hossein Ensan||Dario Sammartino||K ♥ K ♣ vs. 8 ♠ 4 ♠||Jill Bryant (116th)|
|2020||because COVID-19 pandemic postponed|
Player of the Year
Since 2004, the tournament management has also given a Player of the Year Award to the player who has collected the most points across all tournaments of the annual event. The calculation of the scores varies from year to year and also includes the results of the expansions .
|year||player||origin||Bracelets||Final tables||Cashes||Prize money (in $ )|
|1||2007||London||3||362||Annette Obrestad||£ 1,000,000|
|2||2008||London||4th||363||John Juanda||£ 868,800|
|3||2009||London||4th||334||Barry Shulman||£ 801,603|
|4th||2010||London||5||346||James board||£ 830,401|
|5||2011||Cannes||7th||593||Elio Fox||€ 1,400,000|
|6th||2012||Cannes||7th||420||Phil Hellmuth||€ 1,022,376|
|7th||2013||Enghien-les-Bains||8th||375||Adrian Mateos||€ 1,000,000|
|8th||2015||Berlin||10||313||Kevin MacPhee||€ 883,000|
|9||2017||Rozvadov||11||529||Martí Roca de Torres||€ 1,115,207|
|10||2018||Rozvadov||10||534||Jack Sinclair||€ 1,122,239|
|11||2019||Rozvadov||15th||541||Alexandros Kolonias||€ 1,133,678|
WSOP Asia Pacific
|Attendees||winner||origin||Prize money (in A $ )|
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the World Series of Poker Online will take place for the first time from July to September 2020 on the WSOP.com and GGPoker platforms, a complete online tournament with 85 events.
- Official website (English)
- World Series of Poker Main Event Curiosities and Facts , pokerolymp.com, accessed June 2, 2019
- WSOP Reveals List of 50 Greatest Players in Poker History , pokernews.com, accessed July 1, 2019
- WSOP Chip Usage History - Main Events , pokerchipforum.com, accessed July 16, 2019
- I bet you I can guess how many physical chips are in play ... , pokerstars.com, accessed on July 16, 2019
- GGPoker: 85 WSOP bracelets are waiting for the World Series of Poker Online! on pokerfirma.com on June 8, 2020, accessed July 2, 2020.