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Interesting Facts about the WSOP

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Posted on 20 May 2024 by "T".

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a prestigious annual poker tournament series that attracts players from all over the world.

Here are some interesting facts about the WSOP:

The WSOP was first held in 1970 at Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was initially a small gathering of seven players competing in a single tournament, but it has since grown into the largest and most prestigious poker event worldwide.

Main Event Bracelet
The most coveted prize in the WSOP is the gold bracelet awarded to the winner of the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em Main Event. It has become a symbol of poker excellence and is highly recognized in the poker community.


Over the years, the WSOP has seen a tremendous increase in participation. In recent years, thousands of players from dozens of countries have entered various WSOP events. In 2023, the Main Event drew a record-breaking field of 10,043 players. The second largest attendance occurred in the year 2006, when 8,773 people joined the summer event.

Phil Hellmuth's Bracelets
Phil Hellmuth holds the record for the most WSOP bracelets won by a single player. As of July 2023, he had won 17 bracelets.

The "November Nine"
From 2008 to 2016, the final table of the WSOP Main Event was delayed for several months. This delay was called the "November Nine" because the final nine players would return to Las Vegas in November to compete for the championship. From 2017 onwards, Main Event players will still have a short delay, but only just a couple of days though and not several months, to prepare for the final table.

Online WSOP Events
In recent years, the WSOP has included online events in addition to the traditional live tournaments. These online events allow players from around the world to compete for WSOP bracelets from the comfort of their homes.

Total Prize Money

The WSOP has awarded billions of dollars in prize money since its inception. The Main Event prize pool alone has reached tens of millions of dollars in recent years. The largest Main Event prize pool was in 2023 when Daniel Weinman won $12.1 million.

Multiple Bracelet Winners
Several players have achieved the remarkable feat of winning multiple WSOP bracelets. Notable multiple bracelet winners include Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Johnny Moss.

WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific
In addition to the flagship WSOP held in Las Vegas, the tournament series expanded to Europe and Asia-Pacific. These events provide players from different regions with the opportunity to compete for WSOP bracelets in their respective areas.

Charity and Legacy
The WSOP has a strong tradition of charitable contributions. Many players donate a portion of their winnings to various causes, and the WSOP itself supports charitable organizations through initiatives like the WSOP's One Drop Foundation.
These interesting facts provide a glimpse into the rich history and allure of the World Series of Poker, a tournament series that continues to captivate poker enthusiasts and players worldwide.

2024 World Series of Poker (WSOP)

The 55th edition of the WSOP, a yearly series of poker tournaments
Schedule: May 28 (Tuesday) to July 17 (Wednesday)
Venue: Horseshoe and Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

The series features 99 bracelet events. New tournament formats this 2024 include:

  • $800 Independence Day Celebration
  • $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Mystery Bounty
  • $3,000 Mid-Stakes Championship
  • $10,000 Big O Championship
  • two Seniors events: $1,000 Championship and $5,000 Seniors High Roller event
  • $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha Double Bomb Pot event

Ty Stewart, SVP and Executive Director of the WSOP, said:
"There's not much more that can be said about what a special year 2023 was for the WSOP and the game of poker, but it's time to turn the page and begin the countdown to 2024. Records are made to be broken. We're busy on improvements to make sure 2024 is both the biggest and best event in poker history. Mark your calendars and bank those vacation days. We'll see you in Vegas."


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 CALICUL03/06/2024 18:19:23 GMT
if you are looking for details about the WSOP, you will find a lot on the internet. I think that in your country there is a right to information and you have enough about this WSOP. You have something to see, you can understand a lot. Good luck.
 geseco1204/06/2024 16:55:37 GMT
I have been investigating the possibility that if a Peruvian goes to the wsop to play and is lucky enough to win or reach the final table and win large amounts of money, they have to pay 30% in taxes, maybe that will never change because it suits the state, but that is very abusive, and when they lose, does the state give you something??
 dule-vu04/06/2024 16:55:51 GMT
They give you finger, ha, ha Big Smile ! What a silly question from our pro poker player!
 geseco1205/06/2024 18:07:36 GMT
It is a topic that for some is something closed, that nothing can be done with it, but when you have the opportunity to win something big and have almost half of your earnings taken away from you, then you will take the topic seriously,
 dule-vu05/06/2024 18:08:24 GMT
Another funny posts! They will back you something if you lose, ha, ha!
 geseco1206/06/2024 20:14:57 GMT
Many events are present in the wsop, many high-level players are already installed in that country to enjoy a historic event that occurs every year, I always hope that a new record is set, which can surely occur.
 dule-vu06/06/2024 20:32:44 GMT
Oh god!
 geseco1207/06/2024 22:53:43 GMT
New news is already coming out about the wsop, great players are already playing the events in this country, Latin players stood out in Event #17 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack of the WSOP 2024 and achieved 17 cashes. The tournament had 4,732 entries of US$800 and a prize pool of US$3,331,328 with 710 awarded positions.
 dule-vu07/06/2024 22:54:40 GMT
Nice tournament and nice prize pool!
 Mardibg08/06/2024 07:12:32 GMT
Some more interesting things could have been written, such as two wins by Doyle Bronson with T2, Jack Straus came back from one chip and won, Joe Kada with 4bb managed to come back and win the event, etc. But for me, the story of Cris Moneymaker is the best. Someone wrote that it is not an event for amateurs, but even amateurs can win a bracelet there
 dule-vu08/06/2024 07:23:34 GMT
Probably there are much more interesting facts, but then it would be very long news!
 geseco1210/06/2024 11:11:00 GMT
There is a lot of news related to the wsop, it is an event that unites the entire poker community, we are waiting for the main event where the top prizes are actually millionaires at a final table.
 dule-vu10/06/2024 11:11:44 GMT
In one month it will come!
 geseco1211/06/2024 11:25:33 GMT
The main event is the one that we all like, I love seeing my favorite players at the tables and of course one of them wins at the final table, I hope Adrian Mateos goes far in this tournament, a great player, I admire him a lot.
 dule-vu11/06/2024 12:05:17 GMT
Great for you!
 geseco1212/06/2024 15:55:30 GMT
The last wsop was very good and interesting, many players entered the main event, also the final table was great, a lot of action from the beginning, very good bluffs that put many in trouble and even the chip leader, hopefully this will become to repeat with action from the beginning.
 dule-vu12/06/2024 15:59:34 GMT
 Diabolic19312/06/2024 21:01:38 GMT
 dule-vu12/06/2024 21:07:15 GMT
Big Smile Cool
 geseco1213/06/2024 17:30:50 GMT
The final table of the wsop main event are always magnificent, the tension that is felt at that table is incredible, a lot of money at stake, you have to be well prepared to assimilate that, it is an experience that you will never forget.
 CALICUL13/06/2024 17:59:19 GMT
every year the WSOP became more and more popular and made a sensation among many mature players or dreamers who want to become very good at poker. It's hard, but some will become and the WSOP may be their chance for celebrity...
 Gedemonas14/06/2024 02:03:11 GMT
The WSOP has become an iconic event in the worldofpoker, and its continued success and growth show no signs of slowing down. The 2024 promises another thrilling and unforgettable series of tournaments, and fans of the game are eagerly anticipating the action and drama that will unfold at the tables in Las Vegas. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
 dule-vu14/06/2024 06:04:11 GMT
till then we have weeks, so we cant know how it will look like!
 geseco1216/06/2024 03:02:28 GMT
That's right, there's still a long way to go until that happens, but so far these are everyone's opinions on what could happen, it's impressive to see this happening, the wsop is the biggest event in the entire poker community.
 dule-vu16/06/2024 04:14:12 GMT
There is nothing new to say here!

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