The pressure has finished and the cards have been folded for another year. WSOP may be over but the memories will stay with us a lifetime, and there have been some great ones this year. At the start of July, thousands of challengers took a break from playing poker online and descended on Vegas, ready for a big win.
The WSOP is the largest live poker tournament in history, and the 45th one was no exception as massive crowds of nearly 8,000 players all descended on various casinos in Las Vega.
1) People have won it big
Winner takes all, but there are so many poker games taking place at the WSOP
that there always have been many, many winners. Over the past near half a century, there is very little change in the general WSOP format, but there have been quite a few millionaires made from this tournament. And let me tell you – this weekend was no exception.
2) Risky business
Poker is all about the big risks, and of course the WSOP where the biggest perils lie. Many of these players may have started out on free online poker
, but the money they use is very real.
The sweat and tears of the game are now in the past, and the main event is over. The winners have been decided, and the losers have folded their last cards. Until next year – when we will gladly do it all over again.
3) The overall winner refused to answer press questions
There was drama as one of the big winners of the WSOP, Daniel Colman, refused to answer any press questions and completely disappeared from the stage after his $15million win. As the press hungrily wanted photos and interviews, the 24 year old hastily made his exit from the stage and refused to speak to anyone. ESPN were said to be furious, after paying huge sums for the rights to exclusive interviews with the winners.
He later slammed the gambling industry as “ugly” and said “I would never in a million years recommend for someone to try and make it as a poker pro”.
As he returns to his home state of Massachusetts with several more zeroes on his bank account, it really fair to deny fans and sponsors a few words? Let us know what you think in the comment below.
4) Final woman standing
The one remaining woman left in the tournament is Maria Ho, who outlasted all of the other females to be down for the final poker match. Sadly, she didn’t make it much further, but
After all of the dramas and battle of the sexes, Taiwanese Maria has risen to the top of the female set to be crowned glorious winner of the title; Last Woman Standing .
Although Ho didn’t end up winning, she was the highest ranking woman and came 77th out of 6,683. She, however, felt like she could’ve gone all of the way.
“I’m super disappointed,” she said. “Right now it doesn’t feel super great, but I know I will take a lot of awesome things away from this experience.”
5) Big charity win
And the WSOP is also a great way for charities to earn money, no more so than the Cirque du Solei’s creators personal charity Big One for One Stop. The WSOP’s official charity partner gained a massive $4,666,662.
The charity itself said they innovative water access and management projects which promote self-reliance in disadvantaged, rural and semi-rural regions America, West Africa and Asia.
The program aims to change the lives of 1 million impoverished people worldwide.
As the competition draws to a close, the WSOP cards are almost at a rest once again for the year. There have been arguments, big losses, even bigger wins and drama - all we can say is join us here in Glorious Las Vegas for the WSOP next year!