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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, attracting recreational players and poker pros alike.
When is the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022?
The 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will take place from Tuesday, May 31 through Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in, Nevada
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History of the World Series of Poker Main Event
The first World Series took place in 1970 and featured no tournaments at all. A group of players gathered to play a selection of cash games including draw and seven card stud 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 World Series of Poker 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 World Series 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.
In 2015, the WSOP awarded their first online poker gold bracelet, with Anthony ‘casedismised’ Spinella winning the inaugural event. This was the first time poker players were able to win a WSOP bracelet online, with the final six playing down at the Rio to crown the winner.
The November Nine 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 Main Event 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.
When the World Series of Poker returned in 2021, it was Germany's Koray Aldemir who won the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event taking home $8,000,000. He topped a field of 6,550 players to win after battling it out at the final table at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino.
Where is the WSOP held?
From 2022, the World Series will be held at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. From 2004-2021, the WSOP was held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Before that, from 1970-2004, the WSOP took place at Binion’s Horseshoe.
Where is the WSOP Schedule 2022?
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 was $400 (The Colossus) and the biggest buy-in event was $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 gold bracelet, considered the highest achievement any poker player can achieve. A WSOP bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every Main Event champion since 1976.
Phil Hellmuth has the most bracelets of all-time, having won 16 between 1989 and 2021. Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey (10) are the only players with double digit WSOP bracelet wins.
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|
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. Instead of bracelets, the WSOP Circuit awards rings. Maurice Hawkins holds the record for most circuit rings with 14.
In 2015, the WSOP International Circuit was launched.
The WSOP Circuit began its 17th season in 2022 with stops in North Carolina, Los Angeles, Florida, Louisiana and Canada, culminating in the WSOP Tournament of Champions. This replaced the Global Casino Championship and will be held during the 2022 World Series of Poker.
The WSOP Europe was the first expansion of the World Series of Poker, making its debut in 2007. The WSOP Europe is currently held every year at King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
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 Player of the Year 2004-2019
|Year||Name||Bracelet||Final Tables||Cashes||Tournament Earnings|