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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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