Published on June 10, 2019 in News

De Wsop started last Wednesday in Las Vegas. The World Series of Poker is the largest poker tournament in the world. Gamblers from all possible countries therefore travel to the undisputed gambling capital to try their luck. 2019 is an anniversary year, because this year it is the 50you are Times the tournament is organized. A record number of events are organized in honor of this occasion. In total there are no fewer than 86 tournaments, in a period of 7 weeks, where you can participate. The winner of every event receives the coveted WSOP bracelet. Let's look back on the history of the tournament. We also go over what players await this year when they travel to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.

First edition in 1970

Poker is a game of chance that has been around for a very long time. Over the time that many parts of America were still known as the wild west, the card game was already played by cowboys in saloons. Just like in old Western films, it was regularly chopped in this time by shrewd poker players. Better was not caught by this, because you could cost your life. For a long time, Poker was played illegally in this way. Until the state of Nevada gambling made gambling and large casinos settled in Las Vegas. Casino owner Jack Binion came up with the idea of inviting the best poker players in the world to play in his casino to find out who actually was the best. The first edition of the World Series of Poker was born. Then no tournament, but a cash game where a total of seven players participated.

Johnny Moss wins twice

After the first edition of the WSOP, the players decided who was the best. Johnny Moss was elected to winner that year. The year on it found the tournament again. This time really like a tournament involving gamblers in 5 events. Every event was played a different kind of poker. 7 Card Stud, Razz, 5 Card Stud, ACE to 5 Draw and No-Limit Hold 'em. Every tournament had an entrance fee of $ 1000 and the so-called Main Event $ 5000. Again Johnny Moss knew to pull the longest end and with that he immediately became one of the poker players who managed to win the tournament twice in a row. Later only Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar have yet to know this same trick.

Moneymaker effect for poker

Although Poker is a very old game of chance, the card game was not played through a lot of gamblers in the world. That poker is now being played by millions of people worldwide is due to the WSOP. In 2003 an amateur player from Tennessee, with the applicable name Chris Moneymaker, won the Main Event. The first time that not one of the professional gamblers went home with the grand prize. The story spoke to the imagination that the number of poker players multiplied in the same year many times. This is also called the 'MoneyMaker effect' for poker. Throughout the following years, hundreds of people participated in the main event that all 10,000 dollars to have a chance to win a grand prize that suddenly consisted of many millions.

New events this year

In honor of the fifty-year existence, various new events are organized this year. The number of tournaments that you can participate in the 7 weeks, this results in 86. Below is a summary of the new events this year.

  • The Big 50 - a $ 500 re-entry for which the organization guarantees a prize pool of $ 5 million and a grand prize of 1 million.
  • $ 50,000 Anniversary Event - With a buy-in of $ 50,000, this tournament will not be reserved for everyone on the occasion of the anniversary.
  • Bracelet Winners Only - In the 50 years since 1970 there have been a lot of people who have won a bracelet. Only they can participate in this tournament.
  • Short deck - a form of poker that is very popular in Asia. This year for the first time at the WSOP.
  • Mini Main Event - as a warm-up for the real Main Event, a tournament with 1000 dollar buy-in instead of $ 10,000.
  • Salute to Warriors - a $ 500 buy-in event that revenues go to soldiers and veterans organization in the United States.