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Top 10 Historic Events In WSOP History

by Erik Fast |  Published: May 28, 2014


In many ways the history of the World Series of Poker is the history of tournament poker itself. First run in 1970 as a cash game whose participants elected an eventual “best all-around player,” the 1971 WSOP marked the first time the event featured the freezeout, winner take all format organizer Benny Binion felt would attract more participants. And that it has. Thirty-five years after Moss won the first freezeout main event, topping a field of seven entrants, Jamie Gold beat out a field of 8,773 entrants in the largest live poker tournament in history. Over the past four and a half decades, the WSOP has lead the industry, not just in growing fields, but also in innovation. By adding the bracelet in 1976, the Series rewarded its champions and created a tangible representation of victory. Through the creativity and hard work of numerous individuals and companies, the WSOP has ...

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