Poker is becoming increasingly popular around the world. A World Series of Poker is held every year, with the final event being held in Las Vegas, where the winner can win millions of dollars. The televising of Poker has raised it to a quasi-sporting event.
Scott Blumstein, from New Jersey, clinched the 2017 World Series of Poker main event and became the 2017 wSOP Poker Champion. He picking up a cool $8.15 million in the process.
Blumstein came through a field of 7,221 players to make the final (third-largest ever). Those involved in the tournament each paid a buy-in of $10,000. The total prize pool was $67,877,400. Dan Ott earned $4.7 million as the runner-up.
The winners of the World Series of Poker over the years from 2000 to 2017 are shown below.
|Year||No. of Entrants||Champion||Top Prize, $|
|2001||613||Juan Carlos Mortensen||1,500,000|
WSOP circuit events are held at Harrah's and Caesars.