This inaugural event was won by Crandell Addington. to an "8-game" format, adding no-limit hold 'em, pot-limit Omaha, and 2–7 triple draw to the mix, and was rechristened The Poker Player's Championship, There have been many memorable moments during the main events, including Jack Straus's 1982 comeback win after discovering he had one 0 chip left when he thought he was out of the tournament.The set of tournaments that the World Series of Poker (WSOP) would evolve into was the brainchild of Las Vegas casino owner and poker player Benny Binion. The end of the 1988 main event was featured in the movie Rounders.
Crandell Addington is the only player to place in the top ten of the World Series of Poker Main Event eight times, albeit in earlier years with small fields compared to modern times.
Four players have won the Main Event multiple times: Johnny Moss (1970, 1971, and 1974), Doyle Brunson (19), Stu Ungar (1980, 1981, and 1997) and Johnny Chan (19).
The winner in 1970, Johnny Moss, was elected by his peers as the first "World Champion of Poker" and received a silver cup as a prize. He won his seat at a $225 satellite tournament at Pechanga Resort & Casino, in California.
In 2004, Harrah's Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment) purchased Binion's Horseshoe, retained the rights to the Horseshoe and World Series of Poker brands, sold the hotel and casino to MTR Gaming Group, and announced that the 2005 Series events would be held at the Harrah's-owned Rio Hotel and Casino, located just off the Las Vegas Strip. With passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 online poker sites have been barred from purchasing entrance directly for their users.
Bracelet winners who first achieved fame in other fields include French actor/singer Patrick Bruel (in 1998), Danish soccer player Jan Vang Sørensen (in 2002) and American actress Jennifer Tilly (in 2005).
In recent years, there have been non-bracelet events at the WSOP; two of the most notable are the "World Series of Rock Paper Scissors" and "Ante Up for Africa." The idea of a World Series of Poker began in 1969 with an event called the Texas Gambling Reunion.
Each year, the WSOP culminates with the ,000 no-limit hold'em "Main Event," which, since 2004, has attracted entrants numbering in the thousands.
The victor receives a multi-million dollar cash prize and a bracelet, which has become the most coveted award a poker player can win.
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