True Facts about the WSOP
With the World Series coming up, there’s going to be a lot of players looking to sharpen up their game ahead of the upcoming tournament. From major online sites like Betfair Online Casino to smaller time places like your mate Dan’s kitchen table, cards are going to be held tight, bluffs are going to be called and bracelets are going to be won! If you aren’t a massive fan of poker, there’s a pretty good chance you aren’t going to know a great deal about the WSOP which is why we have this excellent infographic to help walk you through some of the cool facts that surround the tournament. Held in Vegas since 1970 and with a prize-pool that’s been in the millions since 1979 and in the tens of millions since 2005, the exponential rise in the prize pool reflects the explosion in attendees too- from 6 in 1970 to 846 in 1980 and a gob-smacking 107,850 last year - it’s clear that the WSOP is only growing in popularity.
Over the years we’ve seen many impressive players hitting the felt at the World Series, Phil Hellmuth is undoubtedly one of the most well known with the most bracelet event wins of anyone to attend the WSOP and an impressive rep in Poker as a skilled player (albeit one with a bad attitude). While Hellmuth is without a doubt one of the most skilled Hold’em players to ever play at the WSOP, there are definitely strong contenders who are less talked about. For example, before 1974, the tournament included a 5 Card Stud game each year, which was won by Bill Boyd every single time! While 5 card stud hasn’t been played since then, it’s worth noting that the WSOP offers a lot of different poker games that aren’t just Texas Hold’em. From Omaha Poker to 5-Card Draw and even HORSE, the World Series is far from just a test of who’s the best at Texas Hold ‘em.
This year there’s a total of 78 bracelet events to enter and there are even events being held after the main event! If you’re an up and coming player with a healthy bankroll, 2018 could be your year! You can still apply to compete, just head on over to the WSOP website to find out more. In the meantime, why not look at some more cool facts about the events!