Poker’s Biggest Spectacle – World Series of Poker

By Austin Green

While Vegas is normally a busy tourist Mecca, for three months every year Sin City sees an influx of Poker hopefully who’ve come to play in the World Series of Poker. The main event of this televised extravaganza is a $10 000 buy-in No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament. The winner of this walks away with more than $8 million and the title of WSOP number 1.

The idea for a Poker competition began in 1969 and the very first WSOP tournament was won a year later by Johnny Moss. There were only 7 entrants and very little interest from the public or press. The event slowly grew in stature although it was still regarded as more of an American competition. Today the Main Event attracts more than 6 000 entries from around the world and it offWorld Series of Pokerers millions in prize money.

There are a number of impressive records through WSOP tournaments and the winner of most overall bracelets belongs to Phil Hellmuth who has 13. Antonio Esfandiari has earned the most after winning The Big One for One Drop, which pushed his earning to $19 300 000. The youngest Main Event winner is Joe Cada who was 21 years and 357 days old when he won.

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