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Lesser Known Facts About WSOP Poker
Smit Trivedi
Posted on 16 Jun, 2023
By Smit Trivedi
On 16 Jun, 2023
By Smit Trivedi
On 16 Jun, 2023

Lesser Known Facts About WSOP

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is one of the biggest poker competitions in the world! Players from all across the globe are seen taking part in this tourney to test their skills against the best. This poker tournament series is undoubtedly the best and has a lot of interesting trivia around it. So, Let’s have a look at a few interesting facts on this thrilling poker championship.

Lesser Known WSOP Facts

All WSOP Venues

The WSOP has been held at three venues since its inception. Between 1970 to 2004, all the events took place at Binion’s Horseshoe. Later on, in 2005, the event was shifted to Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. It returned to the strip in 2022, with WSOP now held at Bally’s, which has been renamed as Horseshoe Las Vegas.

The First WSOP

While the WSOP is now known as a mega series, many people don’t know that the first WSOP wasn’t even a tournament. Yes, the biggest poker series started off as regular poker games that ultimately ended when the players decided and voted who the best player was!

First WSOP prize

The first prize for winning the WSOP in 1970 was just $30,000. Yes, you read it correctly; the first winner of the WSOP was Johnny Moss, who managed to beat his competition. He also walked home away with the Main Event win in 1971. It is worth noting that while $30,000 doesn’t sound like much money right now, it was considered to be quite a big some back in the day when it was given away as prize money.

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WSOP bracelets

An iconic part of the WSOP experience for a player is their dream to walk away with the coveted bracelet. While receiving their honorary bracelet is a dream of many, quite a few people know that the bracelet was only introduced in 1976. Previously, other items were offered in events as recognition of a player’s victory.

WSOP bracelets replaced!

While this may be hard to believe, quite a few players were unhappy when they received a bracelet for winning a WSOP event. It is believed that the poker pros considered these items of jewelry as ‘too feminine’ and expressed concerns over them in 1982. So a decision was made to replace the bracelet with a gold wristwatch. However, the watches were even less favoured, resulting in the organisers bringing back the bracelet in 1983.

Jaw Dropping WSOP Facts

  • The entire city of Las Vegas had less than 50 poker tables in 1970.
  • Jamie Gold holds the record of winning the largest tournament prize pool in WSOP’s Main Event history. He walked away with $12 million in 2006.
  • Brad Daugherty won the first-ever million-dollar cash prize in this tournament back in 1991.
  • New York’s Wendeen H. Eolis is the first woman to cash at an WSOP Main Event in 1986. 
  • Farhintaj Bonyadi is the first mother of a bracelet winner to also win a bracelet. She won in 2018,  while her son Farzad Bonyadi has been a three-time bracelet winner.

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