Hey High Rollers, we’re on the eve of the World Series of Poker…where good players become great players and great players become legends. To get you in the mood, we have some WSOP Did you know?’s for you. Enjoy.
In 1987, the ‘Oriental Express’ became the first forign born player to win the world championship, proving the WSOP was a global affair. He beat 152 players and pocketed $625,000 for his efforts.
In 1988, Johnny Chan went back-to-back in the main event defeating 167 players. All the while, Chan kept an orange on his chips to combat the smell of smoke in the room. He would bite into the orange to release its fresh aroma.
The late Jerry Buss, a poker fanatic and owner of the LA Lakers, promised Johnny Chan an NBA championship ring if he could win three in a row. Incredibly, in 1989, Chan navigated a field of 178 players to find himself heads-up with Phil Hellmuth, a 24 year old from Wisconsin. Hellmuth won! While Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar have also won two world champions in a row, Chan is the last person to do it. The Hall of Famer has won 10 bracelets, tied for seond on the all-time list with Doyle Brunson.
True legend. On June 11th, 2007 “The Poker Brat” became the only player to win 11 WSOP bracelets, topping a huge field of 2,628 in a $1500 buy-in event. Five years later Hellmuth beat Don Zewin, who finished third in the main event the year the ‘Poker Brat’ won, to capture barcelet #12 in a $2,500 razz event. Then, in the fall that same year, 2012, Hellmuth secured his dominance by taking down the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe main event for #13. He is the only player to win both the flagship WSOP championship in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe main event.
1972 world champion Amarillo Slim Preston parlayed his title and charismatic personality into national publicity tour that led to 11 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Slim was also featured on 60 Minutes. Thanks to Preston CBS ensured a camera would be at the main event the following year to a total of 11 appearances on The Tonight Show and also a feature on 60 Minutes. In 1973, a CBS camera crew was on hand to film a documentary about poker’s marquis event.
In 1983, McEvoy became the first to parlay a satellite entry into a world championship. It was also the first year amateurs outnumbered professionals in mian event.
Tom McEvoy Q&A
The idea of a ‘satellite’ was dreamed up by WSOP poker manager Eric Drache, who spied a group of players in a cash game playing with just about $1,000 each. He suggested they play a single-table freezeout for a main event buy-in. So, they did and just like that one of them was in the big dance and the satellite was born.
To this day, she is still the youngest bracelet winnerat 18 years and 364 days old, despite a total of 38 bracelets being awarded at the WSOP Europe and five more at the WSOP Asia Pacific, with all 43 events being open to players 18 or older. She won
£1,000,000 and a place in WSOP history as the first player under the age of 21 to win a gold bracelet.