World Series of Poker action includes a variety of events with the most popular being Texas Holdem. World Series Poker tournament action gets underway with tournaments in May and concludes with the main event in July. Recently, the World Series Poker tournament final table action was moved to November.
World Series Poker tournament action revolves around the main event which has a $10,000 buy-in. Many top professional players have won World Series poker tournament events throughout the years. Each winner of the World Series Poker tournament receives a gold bracelet. The player with the most bracelets in history is Phil Hellmuth who has won 11. Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan have won 10 bracelets each.
The number of players in World Series Poker tournament action grew every year until 2007 when the number dropped. In 2000 there were 4,780 players in the many different World Series Poker tournament games and by 2005 the number rose to over 23,000 players. In 2006 the number of players in the World Series of Poker main event was a record 8,773. That number dropped to just over 6,000 in 2007. It used to be that the World Series of Poker tournament with the highest buy-in was the main event but that changed in 2006 when a $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event was added. The professional poker players believe the title of best player in the world should go to the winner of that World Series Poker tournament. The late Chip Reese won that World Series Poker tournament in 2006 while Freddy Deeb won it in 2007.
World Series Poker tournament action is so popular that a Circuit was introduced similar to the World Poker Tour. The World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) was also introduced in 2007. That main event also has a $10,000 buy-in. The first WSOPE main event was won by Annette Obrestad, an online poker player that was only 18 years old at the time. The minimum age for casino gaming in the UK is 18 where as the minimum age in Nevada is 21.