The World Series of Poker, an Overview

The World Series
of Poker is the largest and most popular of all the international poker tournaments and has played a major part in the evolution of poker as one of the most
admired card games of the modern gaming age. William Hill poker rooms are amongst the most reputable and established in the world of online poker.

Poker is no longer banished to the smokey basements or casinos of gangsters and swindlers. With the introduction of the World Series of Poker in the 1970s and it’s wide television coverage, stepped up security and locations such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Reno, poker tournaments have drawn audiences that would rival most sporting events. Some poker fans and pros would argue that professional poker itself should be seen as a sport rather than a pastime!

WSOP and Online Poker Boom

With the introduction of satellite poker tournaments, players are able to qualify for the main events of the WSOP without having to fork out the high buy-in amounts. With the large influx of amateur poker players entering these coveted tournaments, the WSOP has been one of the most successful promoters in the exponential growth of online and casino poker gaming industry, allowing talented poker players the chance to compete in over 50 events at the WSOP location in Las Vegas.

These three amateurs have claimed millions of dollars and the WSOP bracelet since
the beginning of the World Series of Poker forty years ago:

  • Chris Moneymaker (surprisingly, this is his real name by birth), qualified for the main event at the WSOP 2003 via an online poker room. Moneymaker caused a major stir when he outplayed some of the famous poker pros of the event, claiming $2.5 million in prize money!
  • Greg Raymer pocketed $5,000,000 at the 2004 World Series of Poker main event.
  • Jerry Yang cashed in $8.25 million in prize money at the WSOP in 2007, Yang had qualified for entrance to the WSOP via a satellite tournament by Pechanga Resort and Casino with an entrance fee of just $200!

WSOP Poker World Champion Title

The introduction of the $50 000 H.O.R.S.E
at the WSOP came as a result of the large amounts of amateur poker players entering and winning the main events – walking away with the unofficial title of “World Champion”. This did not take to lightly with poker professionals who argued that the main event did not appropriately test the ability of the players in poker variations.

H.O.R.S.E, a combination of 5 poker variations: holdem, Omaha, razz, seven-card stud
and eights or better, is more likely to test a players all round poker ability in order to produce a player worthy of being titled as World Champion of Poker! In efforts to deter rookies, the H.O.R.S.E event has an expensive buy-in, ensuring that the numbers are kept low and that professionals are amongst the main contenders.