World Series of Poker History
The World Series of Poker began in 1970 under the management of Benny Binion, the legendary poker player. He noticed the rise in popularity of poker among the public and thought that it’s time to coronate the best poker player of that year. The first two years of the WSOP were ecstatic years for poker fans as Johnny Moses, another legendary poker player, won the competition.
In 1972 the crown moved to Thomas Preston, and WSOP gained more popularity. Soon all professional poker players in the country decided that they want to have a shot as well. That’s why satellite competitions were held before the final month of WSOP. In these contests, the last player with chips was selected to move on the next stage. In 1982 more than 2,000 players tried to win the title, and by 2002 the figure was five times larger and the prize was 19,500,000 USD!!
By May 29, 2007, 8 poker professionals have given their consent to join the International Players Advisory Council (IPAC) that will talk with World Series Of Poker (WSOP) officials about ways to attract poker participants from outside of North America.
Among the players who have accepted slots on the committee is former WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Hachem, Andrew Black, Ben Roberts, Donnacha O’Dea, Gus Hansen, Isabelle Mercier, Marcel Luske, and Willie Tann. Well-known poker player and business executive Wendeen Eolis has agreed to lead the council as its chairwoman.
The Commissioner of the World Series of Poker, Jeffrey Pollack is the executive chairman of the council. Mr. Pollack said that the number of poker players outside the United States is increasing and the WSOP is expanding to different Poker Tournaments all over the world.
The new council would be able to help meet the needs of the international players of the Game Of Poker. Pollack also said that their main goal is to have a clear and open communication channel and give all poker players new options to consider.
Eolis said that the members of the IPAC welcome the challenge to act as a go-between for the WSOP, the board, and the players.