Poker players head to Las Vegas looking to hit WSOP jackpot
Every Summer the poker world collectively stops for six weeks. Poker tours go on hold, online poker rooms see a traffic slowdown, and all of this happens for one simple reason: The World Series of Poker.
The WSOP is the pinnacle of poker achievement, with the WSOP Main Event champion instantly elevated to legendary status while 60+ other players who have won gold bracelets during the six-week tournament series find themselves being talked about on the forums, asked for interview requests, and written about in major poker publications.
When you succeed at the WSOP you gain instant credibility as a poker player and are henceforth referred to as a “World Series of Poker bracelet winner.”
Winning a WSOP bracelet not only means a six or seven figure payday, but it also comes with some other advantages, and is considered the ultimate poker resume booster. Because of this, winning a World Series of poker bracelet is a lot like hitting the jackpot at your local casino or an online jackpot like the Mega Fortune Dreams Jackpot.
Unfortunately not everyone can hit the jackpot, at the World Series of Poker the VIP room is limited to about 60 players, and with over 75,000 entries each year that puts your odds of winning a coveted WSOP bracelet in the extreme long shot realm; although it’s still a much better proposition than playing the lottery.
Chris Moneymaker hit the ultimate jackpot in 2003
One person who hit the poker equivalent of a 10-figure Powerball jackpot was Chris Moneymaker, whose win in 2003 kicked off what would become known as the Poker Boom.
Chris walked away from the tournament with a $2.5 million payday, but that wasn’t the real jackpot he hit.
As the face of the Poker Boom Chris landed one of the sweetest sponsorships deals in poker history (a deal he still reaps the benefits of to this day) when PokerStars signed him to represent their brand.
Had he not won the 2003 Main Event things would have been a whole lot different for the accountant from Tennessee.
Without his sponsorship deal (which was entirely based on his WSOP victory) Chris would have likely been a mere blip on the poker radar, just a guy with a funny name who busted out in 8th place in the 2003 WSOP Main Event.
Instead, Chris has basically made his living playing poker for the past 10+ years, and it’s not because of his prowess at the tables, it’s all because he won the lottery when he won the 2003 Main Event and landed his PokerStars sponsorship.
Other WSOP success stories
Moneymaker isn’t the only player who parlayed a bit of WSOP into a career, and he certainly won’t be the last, but that is all part of the dream the WSOP offers unknown and amateur players. It offers them the chance to instantly make it in the poker world. To win hundreds of thousands of dollars and the respect of the entire poker community.
No other poker tournament offers such a chance; when it comes to poker dreams the WSOP is where most of them are made.
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