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World Series of Poker Announces 'First 50 Honors' Awards Ceremony

The Public Will Vote On Honors Categories, While A Poker Industry Panel Will Name The 50 Greatest Players


2019 will mark the 50th annual running of the World Series of Poker, taking place from May 28 through July 16. The special anniversary was already set to be commemorated with a number of special poker events, including the Big 50 event and a $50,000 high roller tournament.

On Thursday, May 16 the WSOP announced plans for another exciting event celebrating the historic milestone: the ‘First Fifty Honors & Dinner.’ The special evening will take place on Saturday, June 29. The event will feature a dinner open to WSOP bracelet winner and other VIP guests, to be followed by the First Fifty Honors, which will be hosted by ESPN’s WSOP commentators Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.

“From its founding by the Binion family in 1970, no one could have foreseen what the modern-day World Series of Poker has become,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “It’s only fitting we take an evening out from poker playing to celebrate the great game of poker and all the characters who have made a mark on the WSOP over the past five decades.”

The event will feature seven different awards categories voted on by the public and poker players. The online vote kicks off on May 16 and will run through June 15.

Those interested can click the following links to cast their votes can click here.

International voters shopuld use this link, instead.

American and Canadian who voters will be entered into a random drawing, with potential prizes including seats to WSOP gold bracelet events like the $1,000 ‘Mini Main Event’ and the $500 online no-limit hold’em ‘Summer Saver’. You could also win your way to the First Fifty gala, or receive official WSOP merchandise.

The seven categories up for vote are as follows:

1. Most Memorable WSOP TV Hand
2. Best Overall WSOP Performance (Single Year)
3. Most Likely to Succeed (Player currently 35 or Under to Win the Most Gold Bracelets between 2020-2070)
4. Fan Favorite Player
5. WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy
6. Most Impressive Main Event Win
7. Four Most Important Players in WSOP History

Another honor will also be bestowed during the evening. The ‘50 Greatest Poker Players’ will be announced, as determined by a panel of poker industry and media members. According to the WSOP’s press release, “The only criteria to determine the 50 Greatest Poker Players is they must have played at least once at the WSOP. This list can be made up of cash game players, mixed games players, online players or tournament players.”

WSOP gold bracelet winners acquire their tickets to this event on Thursday, June 27 or Friday, June 28 between 2 and 6 p.m. local time at the VIP desk at the Rio, across from the El Burro Borracho restaurant.

Check out a video from the WSOP regarding the ‘Most Memorable WSOP hands In History’ category: