The World Series Of Poker
The World Series of Poker, WSOP in short, is the most prestigious poker tournament event in the world.
WSOP is a series of more than fifty poker tournaments running every June in Las Vegas. All pros participate (each pro joins a few events) and all amateurs who are serious about poker dream of attending.
After all, this is the opportunity to meet hundreds of poker friends, get a chance to sit at the same table as Phil Ivey or Tina Wallmann, and simply participate in one of the greatest events in poker and gambling with all its fun and side attractions. Oh, also a chance to win a lot of money of course.
World Series of poker facts
The WSOP was started in 1970 by Benny Binion owner of the HorseShoe Casino as a way to promote the card game of poker, which was still new to the Sin City by then.
Initially limited to a small crowd of poker enthusiasts, the WSOP has gained popularity over the years and it now attracts thousands of players from all over the world. Now played at the Rio Hotel and Casino, it includes events in all poker variations, from NLHE to HORSE, short-handed, with rebuy, PLO, Razz, etc, you name it and they have it.
The largest ever prize was won in 2006 by Jamie Gold who defeated 8,772 players to win $12,000,000 at the Main Event. This is a lot of money, but note that the entry fee is $10,000.
The good news about online poker is that they offer plenty of satellite tournaments to win seats to the WSOP main event and other events.
Full Tilt Poker is the best online poker site for WSOP qualifiers, which they organize as satellites at the beginning of every year.
Full Tilt offers a chance to win a $12,000 package to the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, which includes one seat plus air and accommodation.
They have daily satellites running from March to June. Entry fees are between $200 and $1000, with super-satellites even cheaper.
The two gorgeous women pictured on the right are Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle, respectively the last woman standing at the in 2007 and 2008. Both poker pros, they play at the WSOP every year.