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In 1970 the World Series of Poker (WSOP) officially launched. It was first held at Binion's Horseshoe and only had 7 players this year. Johnny Moss won the 1970 WSOP and took home a silver cup for the prize. Since 1971 WSOP the winner has always took home a cash prize. Throughout the years there have been several games that been added to the WSOP but most of them have been either replaced or subtracted off the schedule, but the 3 main events are Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hold'em, and Seven Card Stud. These three games are played in 42 separate events. Bought now a days the winners get a cash prize and a gold bracelet. The gold bracelet is just as big as getting a SuperBowl NFL ring, if not bigger.

The WSOP poker legends throughout the years have been Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. They both have won 10 bracelets each over the years. Phil Hellmuth is closely in second place with 9 bracelets. Todd Brunson, Doyle Brunsonís son, won the golden bracelet in a Omaha event during the 2005 WSOP, this makes them the only father and son to win as a team. There have been quite a few amount of celebrities flocking to Poker Tournaments and the WSOP, just to name a few who have won over the years are Patrick Bruel, Jennifer Tilly, and Jan Sorensen.

The World Series of Poker started out very small, but this has changed dramatically. Actually, there had a be a cap of only 8,000 players for the 2006 WSOP poker year because it was growing too fast to keep up with. The cause was the coverage that Poker received through ESPN and other channels, not to mention the popularity the celebrities brought. To get into the World Series of Poker there is a buy in of $10,000. But with all the Online Poker rooms offering the 2008 WSOP satellites it is possible to get in for free. The poker players must also qualify through the lower poker events. These games can not only be played as WSOP satellites but as actual events held in Las Vegas.

Past winners have also included Joseph Hachem, Greg Raymer, and Chris Moneymaker. In 2003, the year that Chris Moneymaker won, there were only 839 entrants. This jumped the following year to over 2500, a little more than three times the previous year. And as the number of players expands so does the top prize. Of course, the hosting casino takes a percentage, usually 6-10%, of the total buy-in amount.

Year Winner Prize US$
2007 Jerry Yang 8,250,000
2006 Jamie Gold 12,161,719
2005 Joseph Hachem (Australia) 7,500,000
2004 Greg "Fossilman" Raymer 5,000,000
2003 Chris Moneymaker 2,500,000
2002 Robert Varkonyi 2,000,000
2001 Juan Carlos "The Matador" Mortensen (Spain) 1,500,000
2000 Chris "Jesus" Ferguson 1,500,000
1999 Noel Furlong (Ireland) 1,000,000
1998 Scotty Nguyen 1,000,000
1997 Stu Ungar 1,000,000
1996 Huck Seed 1,000,000
1995 Dan Harrington 1,000,000
1994 Russ Hamilton 1,000,000
1993 Jim Bechtel 1,000,000
1992 Hamid Dastmalchi 1,000,000
1991 Brad Daugherty 1,000,000
1990 Mansour Matloubi (Welsh) 895,000
1989 Phil Hellmuth, Jr. 755,000
1988 Johnny Chan 700,000
1987 Johnny Chan 625,000
1986 Berry Johnston 570,000
1985 Bill Smith 700,000
1984 Jack Keller 660,000
1983 Tom McEvoy 580,000
1982 Jack "Treetop" Straus 520,000
1981 Stu Ungar 375,000
1980 Stu Ungar 385,000
1979 Hal Fowler 270,000
1978 Bobby Baldwin 210,000
1977 Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson 340,000
1976 Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson 220,000
1975 Brian "Sailor" Roberts 210,000
1974 Johnny Moss 160,000
1973 Walter "Puggy" Pearson 130,000
1972 "Amarillo Slim" Preston 80,000
1971 Johnny Moss 30,000
1970 Johnny Moss Silver Cup

 

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