The 50th World Series of Poker is now well and truly underway, with the 2019 Main Event airing on PokerGO and ESPN from Wednesday 3rd – Tuesday 16th July. And to celebrate, the guys from bgo.com have decided to look back at the biggest winners to date.
Held annually in Las Vegas since 1970, WSOP is the longest-running and most prestigious series of poker tournaments on the planet. A record 123,865 players entered last year, creating over $266 million in prize money.
Each WSOP ends with a $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, known as the Main Event. As well as a coveted gold bracelet, the Main Event winner walks away with a huge multi-million-dollar prize.
Previous big winners include Peter Eastgate, who made history as the youngest WSOP champion in 2008 when he won $9,152,416 aged 22. Martin Jacobson proved himself Sweden’s first WSOP winner in 2014, when who won $10 million.
But it’s Jamie Gold who holds the current Main Event record. In 2006, he won a whopping $12 million from his first ever Main Event. No doubt poker fans are excited to see if 2019’s winner will steal his title, as the biggest Main Event winner in WSOP history.