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The largest poker event

Any big live event is a place where you can make a name for yourself. These poker tournaments are for the most part the place where any player can go from here to zero. Moreover, the largest of the live poker tournaments change the history of poker especially when we get to see such incredible stories of people like Chris Moneymaker which came as an amateur but left WSOP 2003 Main Event as a Champion. What are the largest and most significant poker events always worth keeping an eye for? There are lots of them but probably the most significant ones are World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. Let's look at the most prestigious, the best live poker tournament – World Series of Poker.

World Series of Poker: History

The most prestigious live poker tournament on the planet is offering chances to win multimillion prizes. Every year the poker tournament event attracts tens of thousands of participants and millions of viewers live and online with such popular sports channels like ESPN broadcasting the whole show and all the online poker news sites covering every event held. Each World Series of Poker tournament consists of 40 to 60 games of all sorts of poker types, stakes and eligibility.
But it was not all like that as the now largest live poker tournament once started as a one man's dream about an ultimate poker championship in 1969.

As WSOP official site claims, the first NL Holdem Championship of Poker was set by Horseshoe Casino owner Benny Binion who came-up with the Championship format after 1969 live poker tournament Texas Gamblers Reunion where several of the best well known poker tournament players and cash game players came to compete for the name of the player of the year. Back then the games included what we now know as poker legends such as Amarillo Slim and Doyle Brunson.

The Biggest Poker Tournament Changes

In long years of development, changes and improvements the tournament now has grown into a multimillion dollar tournament. The biggest changes of the game:

  • In 1973 the best poker tournament was broadcasted for the first time
  • Also, in 1973 four games were added: Seven-card Stud, Razz, Deuce-to-seven Draw and a lower buy-in No Limit Hold’em event.
  • In 1979 the biggest poker tournament of the series was first won by an amateur Hal Fowler which resulted in more attention to the game from overseas.
  • 1982 the event grew to 11-event poker series including Ladies Event and largest poker tournament of the series - $10,000 buy-in Main Event
  • 1989 now 12 Gold Bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth won the Main Event being 24 years old and became the youngest player to ever win the WSOP Main Event. This record had held for almost 20 years.

Since those years the poker tournaments grew with incredible speed but as we get to see now it was nothing compared to what happened to the biggest live poker tournament when online poker hit the world. In 2003 and 2004 both Main Events were won by amateur poker players Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer which made a snowball effect to poker where as in 2004 tens of the now biggest online poker rooms were opened, World Series of Poker boomed even more.

The most recent addition to the game were live poker tournament series in Europe in 2007 and in 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific was added to the tour. The upcoming schedule of the poker tournament in set for 4-15 April, 2013 for 5 Gold Bracelet Events. The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific 2013 will be held in Melbourne and is planned to become the biggest poker tournament of the area or at least compete largely with Aussie Millions.

Largest Poker events of the year attract the biggest names in the business as well as new players that may have just won a free package to it or bought-in directly from their internet poker earnings which was not possible less than 10 years ago. Poker nowadays is getting more and more attention as poker players now become true celebrities such as football stars and entertainers and social networks help to promote online poker even more.

All of this results in more promotion to the game itself and the championship where the best of the best are determined. Plus, with thousands of players that get to join WSOP and other biggest live poker events almost for free viua package giveaways from promotions in online poker. Now every WSOP Event becomes the biggest poker tournament of the year with the $10.000 Main Event final table even having its own name – October Nine where the 1st place prize recently has grown to almost $10 million. Some may say that this is the highest WSOP popularity goes, but it seems that with game of poker you can never know.