World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker is a series of poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas and, since 2004, sponsored by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. 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, a winner determined by a secret ballot of the seven players; as of 2017, the WSOP consists of 74 events. However, in recent years, over half of the events have been variants of Texas hold'em. Events traditionally take place during one day or over several consecutive days during the series in June and July. However, starting in 2008, the Main Event final table was delayed until November; the 2012 and 2016 Main Event final tables commenced in October because of the United States presidential election. As of May 2017, the World Series of Poker has done away with the November Nine concept and instead gone back to the old format of crowning the Main Event winner in July; the idea of a World Series of Poker began in 1969 with an event called the Texas Gambling Reunion.
It was an invitational event sponsored by Tom Moore of San Antonio and held at the Holiday Hotel and Casino in Reno. This inaugural event was won by Crandell Addington; the set of tournaments that the World Series of Poker would evolve into was the brainchild of Las Vegas casino owner and poker player Benny Binion. In 1970, the first WSOP at Binion's Horseshoe took place as a series of cash games that included five-card stud, deuce to seven low-ball draw, seven-card stud, Texas hold'em; the format for the Main Event as a freeze-out Texas hold'em game came the next year. The winner in 1970, Johnny Moss, was elected by his peers as the first "World Champion of Poker" and received a silver cup as a prize. In 2004, Harrah's Entertainment purchased Binion's Horseshoe, retained the rights to the Horseshoe and World Series of Poker brands, sold the hotel and casino to MTR Gaming Group, announced that the 2005 Series events would be held at the Harrah's-owned Rio Hotel and Casino, located just off the Las Vegas Strip.
The final two days of the main event in 2005 were held downtown at what is now the MTR-operated "Binion's" in celebration of the centennial of the founding of Las Vegas. The WSOP added a made-for-television $2 million "freeroll" invitational Tournament of Champions event first won by Annie Duke as a "winner-take-all" event; the winner of each event receives a World Series of Poker bracelet and a monetary prize based on the number of entrants and buy-in amounts. Over the years, the tournament has grown in both the number of events and in the number of participants; each year, the WSOP culminates with the $10,000 no-limit hold'em "Main Event," which, since 2004, has attracted entrants numbering in the thousands. The victor receives a multi-million dollar cash prize and a bracelet, which has become the most coveted award a poker player can win; the winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event is considered to be the World Champion of Poker. Since 1971, all WSOP events have been tournaments with cash prizes.
In 1973, a five-card stud event was added. Since new events have been added and removed. Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual WSOP; the tournament grew for over a decade, reaching 52 participants in 1982. In the early 1980s, satellite tournaments were introduced, allowing people to win their way into the various events. By 1987, there were over 2,100 entrants in the entire series. At the 2006 World Series of Poker, there were 45 events. Participation in the Main Event peaked that year, with 8,773 players; the number of participants in the WSOP grew every year from 2000 until 2006. Following 2006, new online gambling legislation restricted the number of online qualifiers to the event. 2007 was the first dip in numbers in the 21st century while in 2008 more people participated than the previous year. In 2000, there were 4,780 entrants in the various events, but in 2005, the number rose to over 23,000 players. In the main event alone, the number of participants grew from 839 in 2003 to 8,773 in 2006, has hovered between 6,300 and 7,200 entrants in the eleven years since.
Phil Hellmuth has won the most bracelets with 15 followed by Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey with ten bracelets each. Crandell Addington is the only player to place in the top ten of the World Series of Poker Main Event eight times, albeit in earlier years with small fields compared to modern times. Four players have won the Main Event multiple times: Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan. Bracelet winners who first achieved fame in other fields include French actor/singer Patrick Bruel, Danish soccer player Jan Vang Sørensen, American actress Jennifer Tilly, American musician/record producer Steve Albini. In recent years, there have been non-bracelet events at the WSOP. Texas hold'em, Omaha hold'em and Seven-card stud and their lowball variants are played. H. O. R. S. E. has been played in the past and returned in 2006. S. H. O. E. has been played in the past, returned in 2007. Other events played in the past include Chinese poker, Five card stud, many others. Like most tournaments, the sponsoring casino takes an entry fee and distributes the rest, hence the prize money
Jacob Carl Schindler is an American professional poker player from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania known for his accomplishments in live and online poker tournaments. Schindler was raised in Pennsylvania. Schindler began playing live tournaments in 2009. Schindler plays online on PokerStars poker under the alias CaLLitARUSH. In September 2013, he won the World Championship of Online Poker earning nearly $150,000, his first success at the World Series of Poker was in 2011 where he cashed in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed and the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em events. In August 2018, Schindler won the SHRPO High Roller for $800,758; that year Schindler WPT Five Diamond 100k event, winning $1,332,000 in the process. In the 2018 year, he made 31 final tables, the record for the year, beating Stephen Chidwick who made 26, his success in 2018 earned him the Card Player Player of the Year Award. As of 2018, Schindler has won over $23,000,000 from live poker tournaments, he is the all-time money leader in Pennsylvania.
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Men "The Master" Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player. In 1967, he became a bus driver to help support his family. In early 1978, a staunch anti-Communist, he escaped from the Communist regime of Vietnam by boat and sailed with 87 compatriots to Pulau Besar in Malaysia. In 1978, he settled in Los Angeles, California. In 1986, he became an American citizen. In 1984 he played poker for the first time in his life, he continued to go every weekend and lose hundreds of dollars, earning him the nickname "Money Machine". However, he mastered the game, winning his first tournament in 1987. With his poker earnings, he opened a dry cleaning business and furniture store, but sold them in 1990 because they took too much of his time and didn't make enough money. Through these businesses he would, however and work with many Vietnamese people who would fall under his tutelage. Nguyen met Van, in Vietnam, he brought her to the United States, where they settled in Bell Gardens, California. Men and Van have three children.
Van Nguyen learned poker from her husband. She won the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in March 2008, becoming the first woman to win a WPT mixed event. Nguyen has over 475 finishes in the money, has won more than 95 tournaments. Nguyen is known for tutoring players, many of whom go on to be successful in their own right, including his cousins David Pham, Minh Nguyen, his wife Van Nguyen. Men receives a portion of some of his students' winnings. In 1991 one of his students gave him the nickname "The Master," and now he is known as "Men the Master." He donates a portion of the money he earns through tournaments and tutoring to charities in Vietnam, in 1996, with the earnings from his final-table finish in the World Series of Poker, built a kindergarten in Vietnam. Nguyen won the Card Player Magazine Player of the Year award in 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2005 and is regarded as one of the most accomplished tournament players in the world. While allegations have been made regarding Nguyen's possible involvement with tournament cheating, nothing has been proven and Nguyen has denied any such actions.
As of 2018, his total live tournament winnings exceed $10,500,000. His cashes at the WSOP account for over $3,200,000 of those winnings
Card players are those participating in a card game. Various names are given to card players based on their position. In games played in English-speaking countries, age refers to the order of priority in which players make the first lead, bid or bet, based on their position at the table; this changes as the dealer rotates either clockwise or anticlockwise around the table. They are traditionally referred to as follows: Eldest hand or elder hand: the player who enjoys greatest priority and e.g. is the first to receive cards in the dealYoungest hand or younger hand: the player who has the lowest priority and who e.g. is the last to bid or play at the start of a game. In games originating in Europe, the players' priority is indicated as follows: Forehand: the player who leads to the first trick. Same as eldest hand. Middlehand: the player between forehand and rearhand in a 3 or 4-person game. In Skat, the second player in turn to bid. Rearhand: in a 3-player game, the player with least priority, e.g. the last to bid or play, in practice the dealer.
In a 4-player game, the player following middlehand and, the third to bid or play. Players may be referred to by their roles as follows: Cutter: the player whose is entitled to cut the cards. Dealer: the person who distributes or deals the cards to players in a card game. Declarer: the highest bidder, who declares and strives to make good the stated contract. Defender: a player who plays against the declarer with other defenders. Partner: a player who plays co-operatively in a team and who shares the winnings or losses. Partnerships may vary from deal to deal. Soloist: a player who plays a Solo game, i.e. plays alone, as the declarer, against 2 or more other defenders. In most card games, the role of dealer clockwise or anticlockwise; the first dealer may be decided in one of several ways: The youngest player is invited to deal first The first dealer is chosen by lot i.e. players draw cards from a shuffled pack and the player with the highest card deals first The first dealer is chosen by lot i.e. players draw cards from a shuffled pack and the player with the lowest card deals first In casinos, the dealer is always the house banker for obvious reasons.
The distribution of the cards is conducted by the dealer in accordance with the game rules. The dealer may deal the cards one in groups or packets, as indicated by the rules. In some games, all cards are dealt, while in other versions, some cards are left undistributed and are placed – or stacked – in the centre of the table as a talon or widow; the cards distributed to a player are known as the player's "hand". The dealer shuffles the cards and hands the pack to a player to cut it, who lifts at least three cards from the pack. In games where the deal is clockwise, this player will be on the right of the dealer; the dealer distributes cards to each player individually or in packets in the direction of play, beginning with eldest hand known as forehand. The cards are dealt face-down in front of the players, the dealer places any left-over cards face-down in the centre of the table; the duties of a dealer differ from game to game. Their job involves distributing cards for games such as poker, contract bridge, roulette or skat but may involve other duties, for example: Contract bridge: the dealer is an opener who opens the auction and makes the first call, after which the auction progresses clockwise.
In poker, the dealer manages the pot. In blackjack, a player plays against a dealer, or "house". If the hand of a player is closer to 21 than the dealer's, without going over, the player wins. In a three-player skat game, the dealer takes on the role of rearhand; the player sitting on the left of the dealer is called the'forehand', the player sitting to the dealer's right is called middlehand. Casino dealers must have a accurate knowledge of the games for which they deal, they should know the rules of the different card games, understand the odds of winning in various situations, they must be able to communicate this information to all levels of players. It is the responsibility of the dealer to watch the play and check to make sure that no one is cheating
Michael David Mizrachi is an American professional poker player who won the 2010, 2012 and 2018 World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship. Mizrachi has two World Poker Tour titles, he finished 5th in the Main Event of the 2010 World Series of Poker. In January 2013, Mizrachi signed on as a team pro with Lock Poker. Mizrachi was born in Florida, he is the younger brother of Robert Mizrachi who has numerous World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour finishes to his own name. He has a twin brother Eric Mizrachi and a younger brother, Daniel Jay Mizrachi, a professional DJ known as DJ Mizrachi. Mizrachi is fluent in Hebrew. Growing up, Mizrachi dropped out of college to play poker full-time. Mizrachi has three children: Paul William, Julie Malka, Joseph Mizrachi, he lives in Florida. He purchased a motor home out of his poker winnings which he used to keep his family near him when he was on the road, but sold it as it was depreciating in value. In early 2010, a federal tax lien in the amount of $339,711 was filed against Mizrachi for unpaid taxes related to his earnings from 2005 to 2007.
Mizrachi had two residential properties in Florida foreclosed on including a condominium he owned with his brother, Robert. In 2016, Aidiliy Mizrachi, his wife, divorced Michael for irreconcilable differences. In 2006, Mizrachi won CardPlayer Magazine's Player of the Year Award; as of April 2019, Mizrachi's live tournament winnings exceed $17 million. His 64 cashes at the WSOP account for $9,169,857 of those winnings. In the 2005 World Series of Poker, Mizrachi tied the record of seven money finishes in a single year. In the 2008 World Series of Poker, he finished third in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship. In 2010, Mizrachi won his first bracelet in The Poker Player's Championship, defeating Vladimir Shchemelev heads-up and winning $1,559,046, his brother Robert Mizrachi finished 5th in the same event. That year, Mizrachi made the November Nine in the Main Event, he would go on to finish 5th, earning $2,332,992, was eliminated by eventual winner Jonathan Duhamel. Despite his strong performance at the 2010 WSOP, Frank Kassela was awarded the Player of the Year award based on the pre-existing scoring system.
This was controversial because some felt that Mizrachi's year was better, which resulted in a refinement of the scoring system. Mizrachi's success in 2010 led to ESPN poker announcer Norman Chad labelling it "The Year of The Grinder". In 2011, Mizrachi just missed winning another WSOP title when he took 2nd in the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Eight or Better event for $158,148. At the 2011 WSOPE, Mizrachi won his second bracelet in the €10,400 No Limit Hold'em by defeating Shawn Buchanan in heads up play, earning €336,008. Mizrachi made three final tables At the 2012 World Series of Poker and won his second $50,000 Poker Player's Championship title, earning $1,451,527, becoming the event's first 2 time champion in the process; the 2013 WSOP Africa saw Mizrachi win $3,300 Main Event for $101,267. In 2018, Mizrachi won the Poker Player's Championship for a record setting 3rd time, earning $1,239,126. An "E" following a year denotes bracelet won at the World Series of Poker Europe In January 2005, Mizrachi finished fifth in the World Poker Tour World Poker Open at a table featuring Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nguyen.
The next month, he won a first prize of $1,859,909 at the L. A. Poker Classic, defeating a final table including Erick Lindgren, he finished 11th place in the $25,000 WPT Championship. Mizrachi played during the second season of High Stakes Poker. ALL IN Magazine 2010 Poker Player of the Year Official site InsidePoker magazine interview
Tony Ma is an American professional poker player. Born Hieu Ngoc Ma, an ethnic Hoa, he moved to Southern California in 1985 and became a regular fixture on the poker circuit. At the 1996 World Series of Poker, he collected a bracelet and $236,000 for winning the $5,000 limit hold'em event, he won a second bracelet in 2000 for the $2,000 limit hold'em event. In 1999, Ma won Card Players' Player of the Year Award. Ma made the final table of the World Poker Tour Season 1 Pro-Celebrity Invitational Tournament, finishing in 5th place; as of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,100,000. His 22 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,157,987 of those winnings. Ma now resides in South El Monte with two children. World Poker Tour Profile Hendon Mob tournament results
David Peters (poker player)
David Peters is an American professional poker player from Toledo, Ohio. David Peters declared that he started playing after seeing Chris Moneymaker win the 2003 WSOP Main Event, he looked for some online freerolls, ended up winning one of them for $600. That is. Since 2006, Peters has been an active and successful participant in the major poker tournament circuit both in the United States and overseas. On the circuit, his nickname is "silent assassin". At the World Series of Poker, Peters has won one bracelet, which came in the a 2016 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. Peters won $412,557 as a result of his victory. In addition to his bracelet win, Peters has cashed at the WSOP a total of 47 times, he has made eight final tables in his WSOP career. At the World Poker Tour, Peters has career earnings of over $2,800,000, his earnings come from three final tables. His best finish on the WPT came in the 2016 WPT National - Philippines $200,000 buy-in event, he finished runner-up in that tournament for a cash of $2,309,000, his largest cash to date.
At the European Poker Tour, Peters has five career cashes for over $600,000. He has made one final table on the EPT. On July 4, 2015, Peters scored his first career cash of at least $1 million in the $500,000 No-Limit Hold'em Eight Max tournament held at the 2015 Poker Central Super High Roller Bowl, he finished fifth in the tournament. As of 2017, Peters's live tournament winnings exceed $14,900,000