The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is an annual poker tournament that traces its roots back to 1970. Since then, it has grown exponentially in both size and prize money. Today, the WSOP is the world’s largest and most prestigious tournament, with over $100 million in prizes up for grabs.
Caesars Entertainment sponsors the WSOP, which typically takes place in Paradise, Nevada, USA. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 tournament was canceled. The 52nd annual WSOP took place in 2021. It was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 30th September to 23rd November. There was a full calendar of 88 live events.
The 53rd WSOP, which took place from 31st May to 20th July, was held in 2022. The tournament was held at Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas for the first time. There was a full calendar of 100 live events.
To enter the WSOP, players must first win a satellite tournament or buy-in directly. The buy-in for the main event is around $10,000.
The WSOP features several different tournaments, each with its own unique format. The No-Limit Hold’em events are the most popular tournaments, which attract the largest fields and generate the biggest prize pools.
The WSOP also hosts other events, such as Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud, and Razz. In recent years, the WSOP has also introduced several new tournaments, such as the Colossus (a $400 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million) and the Giant (a $365 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million).
The winner of the WSOP main event is typically crowned the “World Champion of Poker” and receives a gold bracelet, which has become synonymous with the WSOP. In addition to the main event, a number of other events award bracelets, including the Colossus, the Giant, and the Millionaire Maker.
The WSOP is televised on ESPN in the United States and various other networks worldwide. In recent years, the WSOP has also been streamed live on PokerGO. PokerGO and CBS Sports Network collaborated to make CBS Sports Network the official broadcast home of the WSOP beginning in 2021.
In addition to the main tournament, several side events take place during the WSOP. These include the Seniors Event (for players aged 50 and over), the Ladies Event (open to female players only), and the Super Seniors Event (for players aged 65 and over).
The WSOP also features several online tournaments open to players from all over the world, where players can earn WSOP codes. These tournaments typically have much smaller buy-ins than live events and often offer larger prize pools.