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The Biggest WSOP Just Got Even Better

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Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2016 by "T".

They call it the greatest poker tournament in the world and it lives up to this billing in every way imaginable. Held in Las Vegas over the early summer every year since 1970, the World Series of Poker not only brings together the greatest exponents of the game, it's also open for anyone to enter, either by winning any of the many qualifying tournaments held in the run-up or simply by buying themselves in with the requisite $10,000.

The biggest prize of the tournament is called the Main Event and in previous years this has been won by many of the all-time greats including Johnny Moss, Joe Cada and the aptly named Chris Moneymaker.

The venue for this year's WSOP, sponsored by 888Poker, was the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas where it ran from May 31st till July 18th. It was a big year in a whole lot of ways from the total number of entrants - an incredible 107,833 - to the biggest prize pot ever at $221,211,336.

This year in particular the WSOP also attracted more than its fair share of celebrity participants including, from the world of sport, Neymar and Max Kluse as well as ex-cricketer Shane Warne. Hollywood has always loved poker and tinsel-town was represented by director Nick Cassavetes and the actors James Woods and Ray Romano.

Many players also enjoyed great results at this year's record-breaking tournament including Roland Israelashvili with 13 wins and Ben Keeline who won a $1 million first prize in the Colossus II event. Four players also hit significant milestones in Las Vegas. Brian Rast, Fedor Holz and and Dan Smith all reached $5 million WSOP winnings this year and Joe Cada became only the 10th ever player to reach $10 million in World Series winnings.

Of the many titanic struggles that took place over the weeks of the WSOP many observers agree that the one that really stood out was between one of the $5 million winners, Brian Rast, and Justin Bonomo. Bonomo went into the game with four times as many chips as Rast but over a gruelling three hours of play Rast wore him down to take away the prize of $1,296,097 with a winning hand of a full house.

The Main Event was also one of the biggest ever with a total entry of 6,737 and this is why the first prize, which will be contested at the same venue in late October, is the highest ever at $8 million. Just nine players remain in the event, led by New Yorker Cliff Josephy who goes into it with 74,600,000 in chips and who must be the favourite to win it at this stage - but only time will tell.

So, all in all, WSOP 2016 has been hailed as a great success with big winners, healthy competition and more than a few surprises. So do you think you've got what it takes to be there in 2017?

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7 comments for "The Biggest WSOP Just Got Even Better"

 pochui8/4/2016 9:50:15 AM GMT
i am so glad to hear that the biggest wsop just got even better that i will drink a bottle of vodka just for that, now it would be a totally different scenario if the biggest wsop wouldn't get better at all- that would not give me a single reason to drink a bottle of vodka and that wouldn't make my day.
 DaCapo718/4/2016 6:04:06 PM GMT
I like the november nine main event from the WSOP, because we can see new player every year not ever the same pros. And for the most pro´s it was not easy to reach the final table and this tourney was the worl Championship of poker.
 pinotte8/4/2016 7:12:06 PM GMT
Instead of spending big money being sponsor of this big WSOP tournament IMO they should put this money in getting a poker software without all the bugs they have right now.

Every day in the Blast off tournament when there is around 4,500 players left they go hand for hand and then they congratulate players being ITM which is not true because ITM is 3,280 players.

I am trying to see my tournament tickets and since a few days i just see a blank page. Waiting an answer from customer service. Aww crap! Aww crap!
 doubletop7778/5/2016 8:18:27 AM GMT
It really is staggering at just how massive this event actually is. For there to be over one hundred thousand entrants is quite phenomenal and i think that is only going to get bigger and bigger
 Tony_MON7ANA8/5/2016 8:25:22 AM GMT
. . . The Main Event was also one of the biggest ever with a total entry of 6,737 and this is why the first prize, which will be contested at the same venue in late October, is the highest ever at $8 million. . .

$8 million is a lot of money!
Yet, if I am not mistaken, the largest first prize was $12,000,000, with a total prize pool of $82,512,162 (8,773 entrants) in 2006 main event when Jamie Gold won the championship. Did I misread something here?
 Mober8/5/2016 7:36:17 PM GMT
Imagine being in it for the first time and winning the first prize.
It can be a life changing for many of the entrants.
Cause for the big pros it must be something typical in terms of money.
Winning the bracelet must be more important for them Smile
 bowie19848/6/2016 1:09:05 PM GMT
Posted by doubletop777:
It really is staggering at just how massive this event actually is. For there to be over one hundred thousand entrants is quite phenomenal and i think that is only going to get bigger and bigger

I guess all of the USA's poker community participated in some ways to be quite honest.

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