All eyes will be on the card table from now until Tuesday 16th July 2019, as the Main Event of the 50th World Series of Poker (or WSOP) airs on PokerGO and ESPN.
The most prestigious annual series of poker tournaments on the globe, WSOP has been held in Las Vegas since 1970. Last year, a record-breaking 123,865 poker players signed up, generating over $266 million in prize money.
Each year, the Main Event marks the final tournament of the series. It takes the form of a $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em game. The winner leaves the table not only with a coveted WSOP gold bracelet, but also a multi-million-dollar cash prize.
In 2008, Peter Eastgate become the youngest Main Event winner in history, when he won $9,152,416 at the age of 22. Swedish champion Martin Jacobson won even bigger in 2014, walking away with $10 million.
Though Eastgate and Jacobson both won big, it’s Jamie Gold who holds the record for the biggest win in WSOP history. Gold took home $12 million in 2006, when he entered and won his first ever Main Event.
For more about previous Main Event winners, check out the guide below brought to you by bgo.com.