The Biggest Poker Series In The World Brings Fame And Fortune
Dating back to 1970, the World Series of Poker has brought untold attention and fame to the sport and the players who have been able to rise to the top. This championship league is the longest running series in the world, seeing it`s comparatively humble beginnings in Las Vegas, Nevada and spreading around the world, drawing crowds, excitement, and prize pools that seem to get bigger and bigger every year.
The series spawned from a San Antonio, Texas invitational known as the Texas Gambling Reunion, part of a set of tournaments that took shape into the phenomenon that we know today. The first event was hosted at Binion's Horseshoe, owned by Benny Binion who himself was a well known poker player, and featured Texas Hold 'Em, Five and Seven Card Stud, Razz, and Deuce to Seven Low Ball Draw as the core of games that were played.
From these rather small beginnings, the WSoP now draws in thousands of players and has been growing every year, with a small dip in attendance in the mid 2000s, followed closely by the explosion of the tournament into the European, Asia Pacific, and African markets. The seemingly endless growth in popularity that the game enjoys comes from increased viewership thanks to broader television coverage as well as the accessibility of the internet.
The latter of those two draws not only more eyes to see sponsored commercials and ads placed around the players whoa re being seen but also serves as a source of entry for hopefuls. Thanks to the addition of players from the internet winning seats and taking in enough money to buy in to tournaments, the numbers only continue to grow, bringing the global poker explosion to new heights with every event.
It's easy to see the draw of poker for players that are looking to get in on the ground level and become world class champions as many before them have done. The base of the game is easy enough to pick up, but only those that can overcome the human element and play the social game are able to compete. Every one of the players involved in WSoP has the drive to win and inspire others to challenge them as well. It also helps that the series has handed out more than $1.6 billion in prize money so far.