By 1987, there were over 2,100 entrants in the entire series. Among those who committed early to the event were Johnny Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, Tom Dwan, Laliberté, billionaire businessman Phil Ruffin and Erik Seidel.
As of 2014, the WSOP consists of 65 events, with most major poker variants featured. Like most tournaments, the sponsoring casino takes an entry fee (a percentage between 6% and 10%, depending on the buy-in) and distributes the rest, hence the prize money increasing with more players.However, in recent years, over half of the events have been variants of Texas hold 'em. In the 2005 Main Event, US,818,610 in prize money was distributed among 560 players, with US.5 million as the first prize.Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual WSOP; later on, The tournament grew slowly for over a decade, reaching 52 participants in 1982. At the time of the original announcement, 15 of the maximum 48 seats had been taken.In the early 1980s, satellite tournaments were introduced, allowing people to win their way into the various events. By early December 2011, the field size had increased to 22, the minimum required for an official bracelet tournament.
held annually in Las Vegas and, since 2005, sponsored by Caesars Entertainment (known as Harrah's Entertainment until 2010).It dates its origins to 1970, when Benny Binion invited seven of the best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament, with a set start and stop time, and a winner determined by secret ballot.