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postheadericon The Greatest Poker Tournament In The World

The World Series of Poker, or WSOP, is the world’s largest poker tournament, comprised of 55 separate events. The bracelet is a highly coveted prize among the best poker players in the world, almost more so than the prize money itself.

The series has garnered a cult-following since ESPN began to broadcast the event, and as many as nine thousand entrants flock to the Horseshoe Casino every year to try their luck and skill in the main event. Many smaller satellite tournaments feed into the main event, buying their respective winners the ten thousand dollar seat at one of many tables.

The tournament runs by “freeze out.” When a player looses his ten thousand dollar entry, he is eliminated from the tournament. Once a certain number of entrants are eliminated from the tournament, prize money is awarded in greater and greater amounts to the players who are eliminated after the cut off. Holding onto a small amount of money until later rounds is difficult to achieve, as the blinds and the chip counts of the players around you are continually rising.

The tournament regularly proves undeniably that the game of poker is one of skill as well as luck. Phil Hellmuth, who holds the records for most bracelets with eleven, finishes in the money with 75, and final table appearances with 41, proves that winning in poker can be absolutely consistent. Hellmuth can also be considered the greatest poker player ever to be dealt a hand based on his consistent dominance in the field. At the same time, Hellmuth has never been able to win a main event, also proving that even the best players need a certain amount of luck on their side to win the top prize.

The coverage and popularization of the World Series of Poker is a testament to the appeal of the game. The no limit sense that at any moment, millions of dollars may be riding on the turn of a single card is powerfully exciting. You can even win an entry fee to the tournaments through online WSOP poker qualifiers for pennies on the dollar. Understanding how the game can be played to win by different strategies and techniques is also a significant part of its global appeal. Poker is undeniably an American game.

Rich Vial is a webmaster for WSOP qualifiers & Online Poker USA.

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