The World Series of Poker are absolutely the biggest poker series in the World. The Winner of the Main event of the WSOP will be the official world champion of poker. Poker players who have won at the World series will be in the hall of fame for life and will go home with the most wanted prize in the Poker world, besides the huge amount of money, the WSOP Bracelet.
Winning a WSOP Bracelet is a dream for all the poker players all over the world. Most of the professional players are living for their yearly trip to Las Vegas to participate in as many events as they can afford. They is also a lot of media around the events. Almost every country has their own team of reporters who follow the representatives of their country and they will broadcast their performances at the national television or on the internet. The world series always start with the side events in all types of poker, like Texas Hold'em and Omaha. For every event there is one bracelet to win, so it can happen that one players wins more then one bracelet during the World Series of Poker in one year.
The World series of Poker started once with only one event, but at this time there are already 57 events. All the event are played in the exclusive casino of the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. The first event is always the event for casino employees, which have become a very popular event in the past years. But the most impressive event, besides the main event is at the second day. It's the "Player's world Championship" which has a buy-in of $50.000!! This is only for the very big players. This tournaments requires some very good poker skills in a variety of poker games. There will be played 8 different styles of poker in the same event: Limit Hold'em, No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.
Of course the most popular event is the Main-event that has a buy-in of $10.000, which is very high for a regular poker player. So most of the players are sponsored by big companies who want to market themselves in the poker scene or by the big online poker sites, like Pokerstars, Full Tilt, Everest Poker or the Dutch Poker website Pokerhuis. The sponsors are paying the buy-in for the event and they will share the winnings.
The strange part of the World series of Poker is that they are played in May and June every year, but the final table of the main event is played in November. So the players have to wait for 5 months before they will know who will win the Title of "World Champion" and who wins the last Bracelet. Some recent winners of the main event of the WSOP are, 2005: Joe Hachem, 2006: Jamie GOld, 2007: Jerry Yang, 2008: Peter Eastgate and 2009: Joseph Cada. From these recent winners, Jamie Gold won the biggest amount of money in the history of the World Series of Poker. He won an amount of $12.000.000 which made him one of the richest poker players in the world.
Winning the World Series of Poker is dream for every poker player and for almost all of them it will stay a dream forever. But without dreams you life would be boring, so let's live the dream!