The elite in the world of Poker have all converged in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker no-limit Hold em Main Event.
Several thousand players, ranging from amateurs to avid gamers, professionals and even celebrities will risk $10,000 to stand a chance at bagging a purse worth several millions, one of the tournament’s prized gold bracelet as well as the bragging rights of being named Poker’s kingpin.
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The event started on Sunday 5 July 2015 and is considered to be the Olympics Games of Poker. It will continue for eight days until there are nine players’ remaining.
Each of the final competitors will receive a $1 million and return in November 2015 from the 8th till the 10th for the final table which will be televised.
The 2014 edition of the World Series of Poker had 6.6883 entrants all vying for the $10 million, however this year things have changed!
The event no longer guarantees a $10 million top prize to the winner, but will pay awards to the top 1,000 finishers. This change comes about a direct request from players to the organisers to ‘spread’ the wealth among entrants.
This alteration should not deter competitors as the top winner could still bag an $8 million prize and one of the tournament’s 68 gold bracelets valued at $500,000, handed out to the winners.
The World Series of Poker has been crowning a card-playing champion since 1970 with Johnny Moss being among the original winners of the event.
Winners have trended younger and European with players playing online to train.
Sweden’s Martin Jacobsen, a young 20-something pro player who got his start playing online poker, won the $10 million top prize in 2014 and is expected to try again this year.