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World Series Of Poker 2020

World Series of Poker 2020

The World Series of Poker faces a major challenge in 2020 due to the COVID-19 ‘caronavirus’ which has brought the world to a standstill and has closed land based casinos and poker rooms for many months.  Circumstances have forced Caesars Entertainment, owner of WSOP brand, to announce that all events including the $10,000 main event played at the Rio casino in Las Vegas will be postponed until further notice, but with a hope that certain events can be resumed in Fall of 2020, although no details are available.

With most players in lockdown and unable to visit any casinos, this has created a massive boom in online poker activity and huge interest in the online WSOP circuit events which are being offered by online poker sites. Historically WSOP circuit events were played at land based casinos around the United States as a lead up to the Las Vegas World Series events.

2020 World Series of Poker Online

The WSOP is running 85 bracelet events this summer – ONLINE – for the first time. Full info:
WSOP Online Schedule 2020 at GGPoker

The WSOP Main Event

The main event of the WSOP is a $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Holdem tournament, first played at Binions Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas downtown, with Johnny Moss winning the inaugural event in 1970.  The event is now played at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino owned by Caesars Entertainment.  WSOP main event winners receive a platinum & diamond bracelet along with the largest cash prize in tournament poker.

World Series of Poker Champions 1970 to 2019

Year WSOP Main Event Champ Prize Won Entries WSOP Lifetime Bracelets Won
1970 Johnny Moss $0 7 $824,922 9
1971 Johnny Moss $30,000 6 $824,922 9
1972 Thomas Preston $80,000 8 $436,055 4
1973 Walter Pearson $130,000 13 $245,740 4
1974 Johnny Moss $160,000 16 $824,922 9
1975 Brian Roberts $210,000 21 $266,650 2
1976 Doyle Brunson $220,000 22 $2,808,945 10
1977 Doyle Brunson $340,000 34 $2,808,945 10
1978 Bobby Baldwin $210,000 42 $604,900 4
1979 Hal Fowler $270,000 54 $270,000 1
1980 Stu Ungar $385,000 73 $2,078,838 5
1981 Stu Ungar $375,000 75 $2,078,838 5
1982 Jack Straus $520,000 104 $555,000 2
1983 Tom McEvoy $540,000 108 $1,291,031 4
1984 Jack Keller $660,000 132 $2,048,763 3
1985 Bill Smith $700,000 140 $788,000 1
1986 Berry Johnston $570,000 141 $2,265,523 5
1987 Johnny Chan $625,000 152 $4,397,749 10
1988 Johnny Chan $700,000 167 $4,397,749 10
1989 Phil Hellmuth $755,000 178 $14,612,213 15
1990 Mansour Matloubi $895,000 194 $6,019,630 1
1991 Brad Daugherty $1,000,000 215 $1,165,170 1
1992 Hamid Dastmalchi $1,000,000 201 $1,642,463 3
1993 Jim Bechtel $1,000,000 220 $1,944,623 2
1994 Russ Hamilton $1,000,000 268 $1,261,940 1
1995 Dan Harrington $1,000,000 273 $3,491,513 2
1996 Huck Seed $1,000,000 295 $2,426,842 4
1997 Stu Ungar $1,000,000 312 $2,078,838 5
1998 Scotty Nguyen $1,000,000 350 $5,895,732 5
1999 Noel Furlong $1,000,000 393 $1,070,785 1
2000 Chris Ferguson $1,500,000 512 $5,033,593 6
2001 Carlos Mortensen $1,500,000 613 $3,168,216 2
2002 Robert Varkonyi $2,000,000 631 $2,110,212 1
2003 Chris Moneymaker $2,500,000 839 $2,532,041 1
2004 Greg Raymer $5,000,000 2,576 $6,669,417 1
2005 Joe Hachem $7,500,000 5,619 $8,261,859 1
2006 Jamie Gold $12,000,000 8,773 $12,067,292 1
2007 Jerry Yang $8,250,000 6,358 $8,280,913 1
2008 Peter Eastgate $9,152,416 6,844 $9,430,506 1
2009 Joe Cada $8,574,649 6,494 $10,339,448 4
2010 Jonathan Duhamel $8,944,138 7,319 $14,612,213 3
2011 Pius Heinz $8,715,638 6,865 $8,821,056 1
2012 Greg Merson $8,531,853 6,598 $10,174,029 2
2013 Ryan Riess $8,359,531 6,352 $8,920,672 1
2014 Martin Jacobson $10,000,000 6,683 $12,102,232 1
2015 Joe McKeehen $7,683,346 6,420 $10,480,861 2
2016 Qui Nguyen $8,005,310 6,737 $8,022,287 1
2017 Scott Blumstein $8,150,000 7,221 $8,155,227 1
2018 John Cynn $8,800,000 7,874 $9,513,071 1
2019 Hossein Ensan $10,000,000 8,569 $10,233,973 1

 

WSOP Circuit Events

Harrahs owned casinos run a series of low buyin poker tournaments, known as WSOP circuit events. The winner of each circuit event main event wins a WSOP main event seat. So far the circuit events have enjoyed moderate success, often due to direct competition from the more successful World Poker Tour or European Poker Tour events held at the same times.

WSOP Europe

Harrahs first announced the introduction of the WSOP-Europe in 2007. Click here for more about the WSOP Europe.

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