WSOP is the most popular live event with tens of thousands of players at the tables. They compete for large prize money, often in the millions of dollars. Triumphators receive gold bracelets for their huge winnings. That is why many players dream of being among the participants in the legendary series. There are several ways to get to it.
Payment of buy-ins
To play poker for money in the WSOP series, you can go the simple way — pay buy-ins. The grid of the World Series of Poker includes about 70 events. Accordingly, you need to choose the most suitable tournaments for yourself and familiarize yourself with the size of the entry fees. Buy-ins start from several hundred dollars and reach $ 10,000. There is also a special event where the cost of participation is $ 1 million. It is better to pay for buy-ins in advance, especially when it comes to events with high guarantees. However, some events provide for the possibility of late registration — which is mentioned separately in their terms. The main thing to remember about the age limit is that the player must be at least 21 years old.
Selection via satellites
Not everyone has the opportunity to pay for the buy-ins. Especially when it comes to major events in the series. But if you play poker online, you probably know about satellites — qualifiers. They are held by the largest poker rooms especially for the great events in the poker world. A few months before the start of the WSOP, rooms are launching separate satellites to the most expensive events in the series.
In 2003 Chris Moneymaker won a ticket to the WSOP in a $ 86 online satellite hosted by PokerStars. Since he did not have enough money to get to Las Vegas, his father and friend had to pay for the trip. Chris had little faith in his victory — his main goal was not to fly out of the tournament on the very first day. But the fewer the number of participants, the more they began to pay attention to the “dark horse” from Tennessee. As a result, Chris made it to the final table and was left heads-up against the famous poker PRO Sammy Farha. Despite the larger stack, Chris offered his opponent to split the money in half. Sammy refused, which Chris took as disrespect for his game. Moneymaker’s bold bluff in one of the key hands allowed him to take a significant portion of his opponent’s chips and win the tournament. For the first place, he received $ 2.5 million. The victory instantly turned him from an unknown amateur into a world-famous player. In addition, this event caused a significant rise in interest in poker around the world (the so-called “Moneymaker effect”).
Qualifying through special events at WSOP.com
The organizers of the series launched WSOP.com a few years ago. It hosts qualifying events with buy-ins from $ 2 a few weeks before the start of live events. Tickets for tournament bracelets and the Main Event are raffled off there.
Las Vegas Card Room Tournaments
In Las Vegas, you can play poker for money in special card rooms. There you can also try your luck in qualifying live events for the WSOP. Some of them are held jointly with the organizers of the poker series, while others are launched exclusively with the support of gambling establishments. In any case, customers have the opportunity to win a ticket to one of the upcoming live tournaments.
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