As we have said before – there are several worldwide poker tournaments that replace the official World Poker Championship such as Word Series of Poker and Word Poker Tour, which makes our task even more difficult. Some say Word Series of Poker is the unofficial World Championship of Poker, which is unfair and most importantly – untrue. Why should we grant a title of World Poker Champion of the year to a person winning one tournament and not to the winner of the other? Of course we could expect a person to win all the worldwide events throughout the year, but that would make no sense as winning two or more major events in a row is extremely difficult due to luck needed to win even one tournament. In fact we are yet to see a player who wins more than one global poker tournament during the same year.
Not only do we have multiple big poker tournaments, we also have several poker games. The term “poker” is much broader than you might think. There are many different poker games – Texas Holdem, Omaha, 7-Card Stud, Badugi, Razz just to name a few. Most popular of these is of course Texas Holdem, but even for that game alone there are countless variations – No Limit Texas Holdem, Limit Texas Holdem, Pot Limit Texas Holdem, Heads-Up No Limit Texas Holdem, Live Short-Handed Limit Texas Holdem … the list is endless.
Taking all the above mentioned things into consideration, it is rather difficult to announce who is The World Poker Champion for any given year. In fact anyone of us can become famous as an unofficial poker champion by winning one of the major poker tournaments held annually. You would not be the first one whose life would turn around after winning a major tournament and taking home millions of dollars as prize money. It is quite common to see relatively new poker players reach the final table, who will then take some poker lessons before the finals are played out. Many of these players become professional poker players sponsored by various online poker rooms after the event.
A prime example of an amateur winning Word Series of Poker are Peter Eastgate, the 2008 World Series of Poker Championship Event winner and Chris Moneymaker, who made his way to the tournament by playing at one of the $39 poker satellite tournaments at the PokerStars online poker room. Believe it or not, Chris Moneymaker took home $2.5 million the day he won the event – not a bad investment, was it? To make a long story short, he was offered a sponsorship by the Pokerstars, he quit his job and became a professional poker player and spokesman for WSOP. Chris Moneymaker wasn’t a very skillful player in 2003, when his life was changed after winning the World Series of Poker. It was his first live tournament and he managed to win it merely because the luck was on his side. There is no doubt, that there were a lot more talented players at the event and even though Chris Moneymaker is far from being a World Poker Champion skill wise, we can definitely call him a poker celebrity and the new player of the year 2003.