The history of the WSOP (World Series of Poker) By 1990 to 2010.
WSOP 2011 is just a few days away and while looking forward and getting ready to the new series, we want to remember the history of this great event and to see how it grew into the most coveted and iconic live poker tournament has become. After the events 1970-1989 we will look at the history of wearing away.
Benny Binion founder of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in1970 died on Christmas Day in 1989.
Jack Binion, his son, took over the kingdom, and continued to grow at the WSOP by attracting a lot of attention from the public, media interest around the world and improve the gaming experience. Around the world worth his PR work, and won in 1990 Matloubi Mansour, an Iranian-born players from the UK, the title. This was also the year that attracted the highest number of women and international players since the beginning of the series. It was also the first time WSOP was a four-week event for the first time.
1991 was the first year when the WSOP awarded Top winner of the first prize of $ 1,000,000 and it was also the first time in history, when the Main Event attracted more than 200 players. Brad Doherty, a professional poker player from Reno, Nevada won the first prize and the bracelet.
1992 main event anything less number of players than the previous year, 201 compared to 215 the previous year. The winner this year was Dastmalchi Hamid, an Iranian-born American player who has won $ 1 million grand prize.
In 1993, participation in the Main Event was back on, with 220 players participating. One of the most interesting facts of the year was that for the first time more than half of the players qualified through various satellite events. Jim Betchell was the winner of $ 1 million first prize.
1994 was a special year for the WSOP, which celebrated its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this Jack Binion offered the winner in silver weight in addition to the $ 1 million grand prize. When the final table was gathered from not so bad for Binion than most players were slim, apart from Ross Hamilton, who weighed over 330 pounds and enjoy hamburgers and chips conducted through the day. At the end of his efforts were generously rewarded with $ 30,000 worth of silver bullion in the first place.
WSOP 1995 had a record 273 Main Event entrants and Dan Harrington took the $ 1,000,000 prize. The following year it was Huck Seed, the first with exactly the same hand of 9d, 8d as Harrington came in the year before.
WSOP 1997 was the only time when the main event was held outdoors on a big stage on Fremont Street, as Horseshoe Casino could not fit a massive increase in the number of players. Stu Ungar was the winner this year and as Johny Moss was three times world champion. Scotty Nguyen first came the following year.
After a decline of Horseshoe casino operations and a break in the family Binion, Jack Binion WSOP left operation and the series seemed their attractiveness for many professional players who remained to lose between 1999 and 2002. However WSOP 2001 a record 512 players in the Main Event for the first time a $ 1,500,000 grand prize. Chris Ferguson was the champion this year. Coincidentally, he was the last professional poker players to win the series for many years.
2002 Championship began again with record numbers braking when 631 participants joined the Main Event with $ 2 million grand prize and $ 1 million for the runners-up. Robert Varkonye, an amateur newcomer from New York, was an expected winner that Phill Helmuth said that he would shave his head if won Varkonye.
In 2003, the critics began to think that the series were at their end and were no longer in a position to win the poker players since the World Poker Tour (WPT) was a competitor. But they were eating their words when 839 players in the Main Event took part. And when Chris Moneymaker won a record $ 2.5 million first prize, it changed everything for the future. Poker To start with it was the first WSOP winner, who won his seat by live poker tournaments online qualification. This fact alone shows people around the world, the $ 10,000 buy-in was no longer an issue and ticket won in an online poker room through a series of online poker offers. Chris was also a very likeable guy with ordinary life, the poker player was in his place and look around. He was the perfect face for the new poker era.
In 2004, both the number of participants 2,576 players, of which the most qualified struck by the number of online poker promotions and prize money through the roof. If only one year ahead of the grand prize was a record at the time, 2.5 million U.S. dollars, the main prize this year was a staggering $ 5,000,000, and the five finalists over $ 1 million each eared. The second place was paid 3.5 million dollars. Greg Raymer, a patent attorney, won the championship this year. Once again he got by online poker promotions its place in the series. 2004 was also the year, sold as WSOP and Harrah’s Operating Entertainments secured the property rights to the WSOP.
In 2005, the series moved to their new home Rio All-suits Casino and Hotel. The figures rose again and was really astronomical. The Main Event attracted only 5619 players! As in the previous year, that most players joined the series through various online poker offers an online poker room held throughout the year. The prize pool was amazing with the top nine places earn over $ 1 million. The winner, Joe Hachem, pocketed $ 7.5 million and the runner-up, Steve Dannemann, won $ 4,250,000.
Again in 2006 broke all previous records. 8733 participants $ 12 million top prize in the main event, which is higher than Wimbledon, The Masters and The Kentucky Derby top prices together, and $ 82 million prize pool. The winner this year was Jamie Gold, a television producer from Australia, once an unknown amateur player who decided at the last minute to play. This was also the first year, a $ 50,000 buy-in High Roller event has been introduced.
With the introduction of UIEGA in 2006, there were universal concerns about the future of the big live poker tournaments such as many online poker rooms, now the main source of players for live poker events, pulled from the U.S. market and those spaces that remained had to find the ways, means player in the sites. In a way, such concerns were justified in 2007 was the only year in the history of the decline of “only” 6,358 players participating and $ 8,250,000 grand prize, won by Jerry Yang.
In 2008, the numbers on the rise with 6,844 players in the Main Event and $ 9,152,416 top prize of Peter Eastgate had won. 2009 Main Event saw 6,494 participants and $ 8,547,042 grand prize for Joe Cada, an online poker player from Michigan. In 2010, the numbers will continue to 7,319 entrants in the main event to raise $ 68,798,600 and total prize pool of $ 8,944,138 grand prize for Jonathan Duhamel, the first Canadian player to win the title.
If you have not secured your place in Las Vegas this year, do not worry, there is still time to qualify online poker to live events of the 2011 WSOP with Unleashed Poker and lots of other online poker deals now is running. And maybe, who knows, it will be crowned as champion and thus be in the story in 2011.