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World Series of Poker explained

The World Series of Poker, more commonly referred to as WSOP, is one of the most prestigious and largest poker tournament series in the world. Entrants come from all over the world, with many of the strongest players hailing from the United States and a few from Canada, and the event itself is held annually in Las Vegas at various casinos.

The first such tournament was held in 1970 and grew very slowly in popularity over the following decade, from six players the first year to 52 in 1982. Shortly thereafter, it became possible to win one’s way into WSOP events via satellite tournaments, which led to an explosion in participants, peaking at almost nine thousand for the main event in 2006.

Around 2006, online poker rooms had become insanely popular, which led to a lot of government regulation that resulted in many poker players no longer being able to qualify for the WSOP via online poker rooms, causing a drop in the number of applicants. Online poker continues to draw huge crowds, of course, but things aren’t as simple as they used to be.

The event most popular and celebrated event at the WSOP is without a doubt the Main Event, a $10,000 no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament in which the victors win millions. In 2010 Canada has two players who will face off against seven other opponents at the final table in November, with Jonathan Duhamel of Montreal ranked first and Matt Jarvis of Vancouver ranked fifth.

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