The World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the longest-running, largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, dating back 47 years to 1970, and has paid more than $2.4 billion in total prize money to date. In 2017, the WSOP in Las Vegas features 74 different poker events over 49 consecutive days.
In 2016 at the 47th Annual WSOP, the event attracted a record 107,833 participants from 107 countries around the globe to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas – all competing for the game’s most coveted prize…a WSOP bracelet and a share of more than $221 million in total prize money.
Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest running set of tournaments. The World Series of Poker culminates with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship, commonly referred to as the Main Event, this year to be contested July 8-17 in the famed Amazon Room at the Rio in Las Vegas and nationally on ESPN television.
The winner of each event gets a World Series of Poker gold bracelet – recognized globally as the game’s highest honor – and a cash prize based on the number of entrants and the amount of the event buy-in. The prize pool for the past ten WSOP’s ($1.9 billion) is nearly quadruple the total prize pool of the first 37 years of the WSOP combined ($530 million).
Buy-ins for the different events range from $333 to $111,111 depending on the event and, unlike other sporting events, anyone 21 years of age or older can enter, and anyone can win. Winning a WSOP tournament is a life-changing event, defining poker résumés and often creating instant millionaires out of those with a dream and the determination to outmaneuver and outlast the competition.
Caesars acquired the WSOP in 2004, and participation in the event has grown exponentially under its tenure.
The WSOP team has forged groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media, corporate sponsorship, social media applications and licensing while successfully extending the brand internationally, with the advent of the World Series of Poker Circuit Tour in 2005, WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP International Circuit in 2014. ESPN is the exclusive U.S. telecast partner of the WSOP. WSOP programming airs in 84 countries on five continents and is available to 300 million households.