by Joseph Smith Sr.
Anyone out there remember when there were no poker tournaments, even for the high end player? Can you remember the very first time you played in a poker tournament? Did you win, anything? How about the first time you heard of satellites. What was this? You play in a tournament and if you win you get a seat in a bigger tournament. Who would want to do that? Anyone remember Satellite Sam?
Did you know the first WSOP $10,000 Championship event won by a player that won a satellite seat was Tom McEvoy. If you know that then you probably also know that McEvoy is the most prolific author of poker books.
Now for some more fun facts from the 2014 World Series of Poker. The Big Poker Show dates back to 1970 when the World Poker Champion was decided by a ballot vote of the few players that gathered at Benny Binion's Horseshoe. The 2014 summer event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino attracted 82,360 entrants representing 107 different countries all vying for some of the $225 million in prize money.
United States poker players won the most WSOP gold champion bracelets taking home 52 of the 64 bracelets offered this summer. The usual second place country, Canada, was shutout of the 2014 meet.
All fifty states of the U.S were represented at the 2014 WSOP while 10 Canadian Provinces sent players. To date 8,730 players cashed during the summer tournaments.
Now's the best time to start planning your journey to poker stardom so get busy and schedule your trip to the 2015 WSOP. Remember, you can't win if you don't play.