WSOP Facts You Didn’t Know

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Gamers from all over the world flock to Las Vegas The 54th Annual World Series of Poker begins here. Everything points to this being the record-breaking event in its 50-year history.

Guaranteed tournaments, lots of cheap events, hundreds of packages to play online – all of which will attract thousands of poker players in search of their next bracelet and jackpot.

Pokerfuse has compiled 54 interesting facts about the WSOP – including statistics and more unique facts that many players may not know. offers some of the most interesting content:

  • Since 1970, the WSOP has awarded over $3,800,000,000 in prize money, with a total prize pool of over $350,000,000 by 2022.
  • The WSOP has changed venues three times since its inception: the Horseshoe in Binion, then moved to Rio, and last year returned to the Horseshoe in Las Vegas.
  • Chris Manimaker is not the first man to win the Main Event via satellite. The debut was made by Tom McAvoy, who did it all the way back in 1993.
  • The first online bracelet was drawn in 2015. The tournament attracted 905 entrants with a prize pool of $859,750.
  • The cheapest bracelets cost $50 for two winners – a tournament with this buy-in was held at PokerOK in 2020 and 2021.
  • In 2022, most wristbands will be distributed via delivery services. Of the 198 awards, only 88 players won in person in Las Vegas.
  • The Big 50 Tournament holds the record number of participants ever. In 2019, it attracted 28,497 players and $13.5 million in prize money.
  • WSOP bracelet holders can be found all over the world – players from 68 countries have received them. American poker players receive the most awards of this type.
  • The first Women’s Championship was held in 1977 with a $100 buy-in. Notably, it is held in stud format.
  • In 54 years, only one woman has reached the final table of the WSOP Main Event – Barbara Enright in 1995.
  • The WSOP champion is determined by voting. Contestants battle it out for money, with Johnny Moss being named the best contestant.
  • Everyone knows that Phil Helmut has won 16 gold bracelets. In percentage terms, however, it looks stronger – almost 1% of all awards.
  • Phil Helmut holds another record as he is the only person to win the main event of the WSOP and the European version of the main event of the WSOPE.
  • Phil Ivey has 10 gold bracelets, but they’ve all been won in mixed or Omaha events. Ivey has yet to win a Hold’em event.
  • The gold bracelet was introduced in 1976. The only year not released is 1982. Subsequently, they were replaced by gold wristwatches.

The upcoming collection is sure to impress and is sure to bring new facts and records. For those who can’t make it to Vegas, PokerGO streams the funniest tournaments. All World Series of Poker news can also be read on

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