The Foot Shooting her Super Bowl, the Eishocker players their Stanley Cup – the friends of their art poker World Series of Poker! Hardly a tournament describes the changing times so well: associated Were poker players a few decades ago with smoky back rooms and the infamous “ace in the hole”, it comes at the final table today by several million dollars, which were compiled by players around the world. Anyone still looking for the start of the poker boom, has found him with the World Series of Poker!
A modest beginning
The actual history of poker can not be fully understood. Similarly, it looks out to the start of the tournament era. The first steps of today’s WSOP took place in the mid-20th century, when the game of poker in the casinos could be regarded only as a small step-brother himself. The resourceful Ben Binion had a vision and set them consistently. The result: Johnny Moss and Nicholas “Nick The Greek” Dandolos fought a five-month poker marathon, were allowed to attend at any time viewers. The first World Series of Poker finally took place in 1970 and was won by Johnny Moss once again, as voted it the players as the winner. As early as next year, the controversial selection criterion was dropped. Since 1971 correctly wins the player who at the end still has chips.
Chris Moneymaker and the main prize
No less modest were the steps that Chris Moneymaker in 2003 undertook. With a deposit of $ 39, he took on PokerStars an internet casino on a rise tournament – and was sitting just a few weeks later at the final table of the entire WSOP. With a full house in the luggage he defeated Sam Farha heads up and thus landed the prize money of 2.5 million U.S. dollars. The success of the amateur player broke immediately from a huge online poker boom that continues today. The main profits rose dramatically in the coming years to an average of $ 9,000,000.
For many card players, the WSOP continues to be the only true epitome of poker. The fact that the poker face would ever prevail as a fixed vocabulary of pop culture, was completely unthinkable even a few decades ago. And yet the poker is an important step succeeded: it has arrived in the middle of society!