A Brief History
For many people poker is their main game, and no wonder as this game of skill now boasts to be the richest and most prestigious gaming event throughout the world paying in the region of $1.6 billion in prize money!
For the winners is the acclaim of beating the best of the best, wearing the coveted, gold, WSOP bracelet plus a share of that wonderful prize pot!
As mentioned the World Series of Poker is the largest event of its kind and it is also the longest-running dating back 43 years to 1970, with anyone over 21 being allowed to enter. Buy-ins for the different events range from $500 to $111,111 obviously depending on the event, with the winners being catapulted into instant stardom as well as instant millionaires!
The WSOP team has been no less than ground-breaking with broadcasting, corporate sponsorship, digital media, and social media applications as well as licensing successfully extending this brand internationally.
A Point of Interest
Although anyone out there who has an interest in poker is surely following this years WSOP competition with eagerness there are many of us who also enjoy playing the game online, in fact the challenge of playing online poker matches to some degree playing at a live table, even though we have to adapt our skills mainly as there is no eye contact online.
Finding a good online casino is essential if you are to enjoy playing your games and there is no shame in using a good quality comparison. Live games are at many of the top sites and they really do bring in the feel of the competition as they take place in a real casino, in real time with a real human dealer! These games are about as near as you can get to a bricks and mortar experience but from the comfort of your own home via the casinos web streaming.
Back to WSOP day 19
As of 16/06/2015 we are at day 19 out of 50 with in the region of 61 different poker events being played over those 50 days.
- There were 272 players made it through to the 3rd day of the Monster Stack and today Hoyt Corkins is leading the final 120 players
- The No-Limit Hold'em even is being led by Chris Hinchcliffe over the other 161 players with the field being 5% stronger than last year with £353.391 waiting for the person who wins this bracelet
- Out of 480 players who entered the $3.000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better there are only 134 left at time of writing with the former WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Madsen leading the field.
There is another stacked final table to report on and that is the £10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship with CalvinAyre.con stating that any of the final six players could be a worthy headline hogger!
At present Dan Smith leads with 661,00 chips. Smith has in excess of $9.2m in live tournament earnings, yet he has never accomplished winning the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet.
- In 2nd place is Nick Schulman with 554,000 chips
- In 3rd place is Jon turner with 439,000 chips
- In 4th place is Erik Seidel with 265,000 chips
- In 5th place is Phil Galfond with 255,000 chips
- In 6th place is Eli Elezra with 160,000 chips