World Series of Poker

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World Series of Poker
SportPoker
FoundedLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S. (1970)
FounderBenny Binion
Owner(s)Binion's Horseshoe (1970–2004)
Harrah's Entertainment (2004–2020)
Caesars Entertainment (2020–present)
Most recent
champion(s)
United States Josh Arieh
(Player of the Year);
Germany Koray Aldemir
(Main Event winner)
Most titlesUnited States Phil Hellmuth
(most bracelets, 16);
United States Johnny Moss,
United States Stu Ungar
(most Main Event wins, 3)
Official websiteOfficial website

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a series of poker tournaments. [1] The tournaments are held each year in Las Vegas, Since 2004, the tournaments have been sponsored by Caesars Entertainment. The WSOP started in 1970. Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament/ The winner was chosen by a secret ballot of the seven players.[2]

As of 2020, there are 101 events in the WSOP. Most major poker variants are included. recently, most of the events have been variants of Texas hold 'em. Events take place during one day or over several days during June and July. Starting in 2008, the Main Event final table was not played until November. The 2012 and 2016 Main Event final tables were played in October because of the United States presidential election.[3][4] As of May 2017, the World Series of Poker has gone back to the Main Event winner in being played in July.[5] A hybrid online format was used in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Series of Poker changed back to -person play when it started back on September 30, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[6]


References[change | change source]

  1. "World Series of Poker History". ESPN. July 28, 2006. Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  2. "A History of the WSOP: The Champions". PokerRoom.com. Ongame Network Ltd. June 13, 2007. Archived from the original on November 10, 2007. Retrieved July 17, 2007.
  3. Fast, Erik (February 1, 2012). "2012 World Series of Poker Final Table Moved To October". CardPlayer. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  4. "It's Here! 2012 World Series of Poker Tournament Schedule Announced". WSOP. February 27, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  5. "World Series of Poker News Update: November Nine Nixed for 2017 Tournament". Bleacher Report, Inc. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  6. "World Series of Poker sets dates for in-person play in Vegas". ABC News. Retrieved April 5, 2021.

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