World Series of Poker

World Series of Poker is the biggest annual live poker tournament in the world, which started in 1970. It is held in Las Vegas and it consists of 57 events. The winner of any of these events is awarded a bracelet. Currently the player with most bracelets (11) is Phil Hellmuth Jr. Most of the attention goes to the Championship Event, which has a buy-in of $10,000 and the biggest number of entrees. The winner is awarded a multi-million dollar prize money and is considered to be the unofficial World Poker Champion of the year.

Poker Champions
Year Entrants Champion Prize
2009 6,494 $8,546,435
2008 6,844 Peter Eastgate $9,152,416
2007 6,358 Jerry Yang $8,250,000
2006 8,773 Jamie Gold $12,000,000
2005 5,619 Joe Hachem $7,500,000
2004 2,576 Greg Raymer $5,000,000
2003 839 Chris Moneymaker $2,500,000
2002 631 Robert Varkonyi $2,000,000
2001 613 Juan Carlos Mortensen $1,500,000
2000 512 Chris Ferguson $1,500,000
1999 393 Noel Furlong $1,000,000
1998 350 Scotty Nguyen $1,000,000
1997 312 Stu Ungar $1,000,000
1996 295 Huck Seed $1,000,000
1995 273 Dan Harrington $1,000,000
1994 268 Russ Hamilton $1,000,000
1993 220 Jim Bechtel $1,000,000
1992 201 Hamid Dastmalchi $1,000,000
1991 215 Brad Daugherty $1,000,000
1990 194 Mansour Matloubi $895,000
1989 178 Phil Hellmuth, Jr. $755,000
1988 167 Johnny Chan $700,000
1987 152 Johnny Chan $625,000
1986 141 Berry Johnston $570,000
1985 140 Bill Smith $700,000
1984 132 Jack Keller $660,000
1983 108 Tom McEvoy $540,000
1982 104 Jack Straus $520,000
1981 75 Stu Ungar $375,000
1980 73 Stu Ungar $385,000
1979 54 Hal Fowler $270,000
1978 42 Bobby Baldwin $210,000
1977 34 Doyle Brunson $340,000
1976 22 Doyle Brunson $220,000
1975 21 Brian “Sailor” Roberts $210,000
1974 16 Johnny Moss $160,000
1973 13 Walter “Puggy” Pearson $130,000
1972 8 “Amarillo Slim” Preston $80,000
1971 6 Johnny Moss $30,000
1970 7 Johnny Moss