2012 WSOP Tournament Celebrates a Proud History of Poker

2012 World Series of PokerThis year, a multitude of players and spectators will make the trek to Las Vegas for the 2012 World Series of Poker, or as it’s commonly known as, the 2012 WSOP. Sadly, most of these fans and even some participants don’t know the rich history behind this exciting tournament. It actually dates all the way back to 1970. That was when a man named Benny Binion brought together seven top poker players for a tournament. The tournament’s winner was chosen by a secret ballot, and it was held at the Horseshoe Casino. Nowadays, the tournament is actually a series of tournaments and is held in Las Vegas. It is sponsored by Caesars Entertainment.

In the 2012 World Series of Poker, as in previous year’s events, the winner will take home a special bracelet and a cash prize. The value of the cash prize is dependent on how many entrants there are in the 2012 WSOP and on how many events. As of last year, there are 58 events, a huge growth from earlier years! The tournament takes place over the course of a few days, and in recent years, the focus has been primarily on Texas Hold’em, however other poker styles are becoming popular.

The 2012 World Series of Poker will end with a main event, which is a $10,000 no limit Hold’em game. Thousands of participants are expected to participate in the 2012 WSOP main event, for which the entrants have been steadily increasing since 2004! The winner is declared the “World Champion of Poker,” a tremendous honor and achievement that champions carry proudly for their entire lives.

If you’re thinking of participating and wondering what kind of a legacy you’re about to enter into take a look at some of these legendary players who hold records from the tournament. Phil Hellmuth, for example, holds the record for the most bracelets, having won 11 in his prodigious career! This legendary player has also taken the most final tables, 45 in total. Jamie Gold boasts the most ever earnings with a whopping $12,073,694 in profits. Don’t ever think you’re too young or old to participate in the tournament either, providing that you are an adult. The youngest bracelet winner ever is 2007’s Annette Obrestad, who was a mere 18 at the time, while the oldest is 2005’s Paul McKinney, an impressive 80 years old! As you can see, anyone with the right combination of skill and luck can succeed at this exciting tournament.


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