Have you been keeping up with the action in this year’s World Series of Poker? It’s been running since 28 May and will have action underway all the way through until 16 July.
If you don’t know about the WSOP, then you’ve got a lot to learn. And if you’re already a poker fan, you’re going to love soaking it all in.
Take a look at our cheat’s guide to the WSOP so you can impress your fellow poker players with all your knowledge.
World Series of Poker: origin story
Originally an invite-only event held in the Binion’s Horseshoe Casino, the WSOP first took place in 1970.
However, this first event was a series of cash games. It wasn’t until the following year that they had a freezeout hold’em tournament as the main event. And that’s more like the WSOP we know and love today.
WSOP Main Event prize money
The 1971 main event had a $30,000 prize for the winner Johnny Moss. But that pales in significance to the biggest ever WSOP Main Event win, which was in 2012 when Jamie Gold walked away with an awesome $12 million.
The last Main Event top prize, in 2018, was a little less at $8.8 million. But we’re sure John Cynn was happy to take it home with him none the less.
Who are the most successful WSOP players of all time?
With a series that has been running for decades, it’s no surprise that there’s a long list of bracelet winners. However, the most successful WSOP players have multiple bracelets.
Because the World Series of Poker is designed for the very best players, it can be said that the most successful WSOP players are also the best players of all time.
And the great part is that most of them are still playing now. Let’s meet them and see their legendary results.
Nicknamed the Poker Brat, this hot headed player is easily one of the most successful WSOP players. He’s got the most bracelets to his name anyway, with a total of 15 won between 1989 and 2018.
And yes, Hellmuth is playing this year too. He’s had seven cashes in the tournament so far. The biggest was his first, when he came in fifth in Event 7 to take down $39,460.
Perhaps one of the most recognisable men in poker, cowboy-hat wearing Doyle Brunson is truly one of the old guard. He retired from poker last year, after taking in a $43,000 cash at a WSOP event.
With 10 WSOP bracelets, starting with an early win in 1976, this man is a true journeyman of poker. He’s now 85 years old and we’re sure he’s paying close attention to the felt, even if he’s hung up his poker hat.
Well known even outside the poker world for his cameo in Rounders, the Orient Express steamrolls his way to win events. So far he has 10 WSOP bracelets to his name, which he picked up over the course of three decades starting from 1985.
Between 2000 and 2014, Phil Ivey claimed 10 WSOP bracelets. He is an expert in non-hold’em poker, so for this reason he tends to play mixed events. His nickname is The Phenom and he’s widely regarded as one of the most successful WSOP players.
He’s cashed in four 2019 WSOP events so far, including Event 58 that costs $50,000 to buy in to and rewarded Ivey $124,410 for an 8th-place finish.
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