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There is no fun in any game until there is no competition, applause and reward. Today we have tournaments and world cups, for every sport one could think of. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a world-renowned series of poker championship that hold poker tournaments every year in Las Vegas, since 2005. Among many sponsors, Harrah’s Entertainment is one of the prominent ones.


Its origins dates back to 1970, when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players of United States to the Horseshoe Casino for a one tournament, within a limited time frame and winner was determined by a secret balloting.

The winner of each event receives a World Series of Poker bracelet and a cash prize based on the finances gained by the tournament sponsors and ticketing. Over the course of all these years the tournament has grown, both in the number of events, level of promotions and the number of participants. Each year the WSOP organize the “Main Event”, which since 2004 has attracted entrants from all over, numbering in the thousands. The winner receives a multi-million dollar prize and a bracelet as winning award, which has become the most coveted award a poker player can win. The winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event is basically the World Champion of Poker.

Starting in 2011, the WSOP consists of 58 events, with most major poker variants featured, though in recent years, over 50% of all the events have been variants of Texas hold ‘em. Events take place during one day or over several consecutive days during the series in June and July. However, since 2008, the Main Event final table has been delayed until November.


The 2011 World Series of Poker was held at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It was started on May 31 and ran through July 19, with the final table of the Main Event returning in November. Pius Heinz became the first German to win the main event, winning US$8.72 million.

The biggest event of the year in the WSOP is known as the Main Event. In 2011, 6,865 players from around the world participated in the WSOP Main Event, which started on July 7th in the Rio Western union agent All Suite Hotel and Casino. The entry fee was $10,000. After eight days and more than half a million hands, the final nine players were reached.

2011 WSOP Main Event Champion

In 2011, the winner of this prestigious award was Pius Heinz of PokerStars from Cologne, Germany. Pius is only 22 years old and has the honor of being the first German to win the title. He won $8,715,638 as his prize money, after his outstanding performance during two days of Finals. This amount is the third highest prize money ever paid in the history of poker to any winner. He also received gold and diamond WSOP bracelet as an emblem of his outstanding performance at WSOP. This is how the tremendous game goes on!