PokerNews is proud to serve as your primary source of information and news for the World Series of Poker. The WSOP has been the world’s largest poker tournament for four decades. The first WSOP took place in 1970 at the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas and was an invitational where Benny Binion invited six of the best known poker players to compete. However, the winner of the first WSOP was not the one to win the tournament, the first WSOP Champion was decided in a secret ballot.
The early years of the WSOP were nothing like the current two-month poker series. They were much smaller, but it all changed with the introduction of satellite tournaments in the early 80's. Players were now able to take part in small live poker tournaments and win their seats to the WSOP.
In 2003 the first online qualifier, Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event which was televised all over the US by ESPN. This encouraged millions of people to start playing online poker, causing the “Moneymaker effect” – a sudden growth of the online poker industry.
Today the World Series of Poker is the largest and the most popular poker event in the world. Each year thousands of poker players come to Las Vegas in hopes of winning a WSOP bracelet.
Check PokerNews for the latest WSOP news, videos and live reports straight from Las Vegas. Also be sure to visit our extensive archives for all the reports and results from previous WSOP events and much more.
|Upcoming||2013 World Series of Poker|
|Tournament||Winner||Winning Hand||Prize||Runner-up||Losing Hand|
|2012 World Series of Poker||Greg Merson||k ♦5 ♦||$8,531,853||Jesse Sylvia||q ♠j ♠|
|2011 World Series of Poker||Pius Heinz||a ♠k ♣||$8,715,638||Martin Staszko||10 ♣7 ♣|
|2010 World Series of Poker||Jonathan Duhamel||a ♠j ♥||$8,944,310||John Racener||k ♦8 ♦|
|2009 WSOP Main Event - The Final Table||Joe Cada||9 ♣9 ♦||$8,547,042||Darvin Moon||q ♦j ♦|
|2009 World Series of Poker|
|2008 WSOP Main Event - The Final Table||Peter Eastgate||a ♦5 ♠||$9,152,416||Ivan Demidov||4 ♥2 ♥|
|2008 World Series of Poker|
|2007 World Series of Poker||Jerry Yang||8 ♣8 ♦||$8,250,000||Tuan Lam||a ♦q ♦|
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