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What is the World Series of Poker (WSOP)?
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a live poker festival held every year in Las Vegas. The first WSOP took place in 1970, and it continues to attract some of the best poker players in the world.
It remains one of the largest and most popular poker events in the world.
When is the WSOP 2021?
The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) takes place from Thursday, September 30 until Tuesday, November 23 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
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History of the WSOP Main Event
The first WSOP took place in 1970 and featured no tournaments at all. A group of players gathered to play a selection of cash games at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino, and after a week-and-a-half they voted Johnny Moss the “Best All Around Player” and awarded him a silver cup.
The following year, the tournament saw its first buy-in of $5,000 and this was increased to $10,000 in 1972. The 70s featured some of the most iconic names in WSOP history, with Moss and Doyle Brunson winning five Main Events between them.
The start of the 1980s was heralded by back-to-back wins for Stu Ungar and the following year, the field surpassed 100 for the first time. The end of the decade saw another back-to-back winner, with Johnny Chan winning in both 1987 and 1988.
Outside of the Main Event, the WSOP schedule would also continue to grow, with 15 events scheduled in 1990. That year saw the first non-American win the Main Event as Mansour Matloubi triumphed, and 1991 saw the first prize reach $1,000,000 for the first time.
More famous players added their names to WSOP history, as Dan Harrington, Huck Seed and Scotty Nguyen all won Main Events. Barbara Enright became the only woman to make the Main Event final table with her fifth-place finish in 1995.
There was also still time for another legend to write himself into the record books. Stu Ungar was 44 in 1997, but won a record-equalling WSOP Main Event only one year before his death.
No decade shook up the WSOP like the 2000s. Chris Moneymaker’s fairytale triumph in 2003 over a field of 839 was the catalyst that saw the field balloon to 8,773 just three years later as Jamie Gold won the biggest first prize in WSOP Main Event history of $12,000,000.
In fact, 2006 was the first time that the top nine players received a one-million-dollar payout.
In 2008, the WSOP introduced the November Nine where the Main Event plays down to a final table of nine in July, before resuming in November.
This concept continued until 2016, by which point the Main Event was continuing to attract over 6,000 entries. However, from 2017 entries in the Main Event increased year-on-year, with the 8,569 players in the 2019 WSOP Main Event the second-highest ever, just short of the record of 8,773 set in 2006.
Following the cancellation of the 2020 WSOP in Las Vegas, the WSOP went online for the first time, crowning Damian Salas the winner of a hybrid online-live 2020 WSOP Main Event, with the heads-up taking place in Las Vegas.
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When is the WSOP Main Event?
The $10,000 buy-in 2021 WSOP Main Event starts on Thursday, November 4, 2021 and runs until Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
There will be four starting flights from November 4-7. Like previous years, players from Day 1a and 1b will play their Day 2 on Monday, November 8, 2021. Players from Day 1c and 1d will play their Day 2 on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.
The field will combine for the first time on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
Where is the WSOP held?
The WSOP is held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. From 1970-2004, the WSOP took place at Binion’s Horsehoe before moving to its present location at the Rio.
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How much does it cost to enter the World Series of Poker?
Buy-ins at the World Series of Poker range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. In 2021, the lowest buy-in event is $400 (The Colossus) and the biggest buy-in event is $250,000 (Super High Roller).
The biggest buy-in event in WSOP history is the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop, held in 2012, 2014 and 2018.
How many players are there at the WSOP?
In 2019, there were total of 187,298 entries across 90 events. A total of $293,183,345 in prize money was awarded.
What is a WSOP bracelet?
Each winner of a WSOP event is awarded a bracelet, considered the highest achievement any poker player can achieve. Bracelets have been awarded to the winner of every Main Event champion since 1976.
Phil Hellmuth has the most bracelets of all-time, having won 15 between 1989 and 2018. Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey (10) are the only players with double digit bracelet wins.
The WSOP Europe took place at the Empire Casino from 2008 until 2011, when it was moved to Le Croisette Casino Barrière in Cannes, France. The number of bracelet events increased from three in 2007 to eight in 2011.
Since 2017, the WSOP Europe has been held at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
|2007||London, England||362||Annette Obrestad||Norway||£1,000,000|
|2008||London, England||362||John Juanda||Indonesia||£868,800|
|2009||London, England||334||Barry Shulman||United States||£801,603|
|2010||London, England||346||James Bord||United Kingdom||£830,401|
|2011||Cannes, France||593||Elio Fox||United States||€1,400,000|
|2012||Cannes, France||420||Phil Hellmuth||United States||€1,058,403|
|2013||Enghien-les-Bains, France||375||Adrian Mateos||Spain||€1,000,000|
|2015||Berlin, Germany||313||Kevin MacPhee||United States||€883,000|
|2017||Rozvadov, Czech Republic||529||Marti Roca de Torres||Spain||€1,115,207|
|2018||Rozvadov, Czech Republic||534||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||€1,122,239|
|2019||Rozvadov, Czech Republic||541||Alexandros Kolonias||Greece||€1,133,678|
In 2012, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced a second expansion effort with the creation of the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (APAC).
To date, there have only ever been two WSOP APAC festivals, in 2013 and 2014, both taking place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.
|2013||Melbourne, Australia||405||Daniel Negreanu||Canada||A$1,038,825|
|2014||Melbourne, Australia||329||Scott Davies||United States||A$850,136|
The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) debuted in 2005.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the World Series of Poker for the first time in its history. In its place, a summer schedule of online bracelet events were establish, with separate schedules for WSOP.com and GGPoker bracelets.
WSOP Main Event Champions 1970-2020
Here is a list of the past WSOP Main Event champions:
|2018||7,874||John Cynn||United States||$8,800,000|
|2017||7,221||Scott Blumstein||United States||$8,150,000|
|2016||6,737||Qui Nguyen||United States||$8,005,310|
|2015||6,420||Joe McKeehen||United States||$7,683,346|
|2013||6,352||Ryan Riess||United States||$8,361,570|
|2012||6,598||Greg Merson||United States||$8,531,853|
|2009||6,494||Joe Cada||United States||$8,547,042|
|2007||6,358||Jerry Yang||United States||$8,250,000|
|2006||8,773||Jamie Gold||United States||$12,000,000|
|2004||2,576||Greg Raymer||United States||$5,000,000|
|2003||839||Chris Moneymaker||United States||$2,500,000|
|2002||631||Robert Varkonyi||United States||$2,000,000|
|2000||512||Chris Ferguson||United States||$1,500,000|
|1997||312||Stu Ungar||United States||$1,000,000|
|1996||295||Huck Seed||United States||$1,000,000|
|1995||273||Dan Harrington||United States||$1,000,000|
|1994||268||Russ Hamilton||United States||$1,000,000|
|1993||220||Jim Bechtel||United States||$1,000,000|
|1991||215||Brad Daugherty||United States||$1,000,000|
|1989||178||Phil Hellmuth||United States||$755,000|
|1988||167||Johnny Chan||United States||$700,000|
|1987||152||Johnny Chan||United States||$625,000|
|1986||141||Berry Johnston||United States||$570,000|
|1985||140||Bill Smith||United States||$700,000|
|1984||132||Jack Keller||United States||$660,000|
|1983||108||Tom McEvoy||United States||$540,000|
|1982||104||Jack Straus||United States||$520,000|
|1981||75||Stu Ungar||United States||$375,000|
|1980||73||Stu Ungar||United States||$385,000|
|1979||54||Hal Fowler||United States||$270,000|
|1978||42||Bobby Baldwin||United States||$210,000|
|1977||34||Doyle Brunson||United States||$340,000|
|1976||22||Doyle Brunson||United States||$220,000|
|1975||21||Brian Roberts||United States||$210,000|
|1974||16||Johnny Moss||United States||$160,000|
|1973||13||Walter Pearson||United States||$130,000|
|1972||8||Thomas Preston||United States||$80,000|
|1971||6||Johnny Moss||United States||$30,000|
|1970||7||Johnny Moss||United States||N/A|
WSOP Player of the Year 2004-2019
|Year||Name||Bracelet||Final Tables||Cashes||Tournament Earnings|