Poker is a brainchild of China. From the very beginning, this game involved making bets and it was played with coins, which were called dominoes. Everyone enjoyed the game. Primero (the Spanish name for the game), a game created by the Spanish, is considered to be an ancestor of poker. It is believed to be a forbear of modern poker. The initial poker world series was organized by Tom Morehead at the Riverside Casino. This event was an inventional one at that time. Later, the first poker world championship was held in 1970. Before that, many casinos didn't organize poker games. Analysts say that the main reason for this is difficulties with keeping out the cheaters. That's why poker became more popular after security techniques have been developed.
In 1970, only seven players participated in the championship, which was held at Binion's Horseshoe. Johnny Moss was the winner of that poker world series and received an outstanding and valuable prize - a silver cup! His peers elected him the first Champion of poker world . World poker tour is usually hard but it is definitely worth playing. The main reason is terrific prizes! There is no doubt that any professional poker player has the aim of winning the poker world championship. That's the reason why everyone was so excited about the poker world championship in 2004. This event took place at Binion's Horseshoe. The purchaser of this casino was Harrah's Entertainment. As a rule, professional poker players contribute particular sums of money to further participation in the poker world series.
For example, 2 576 players made outstanding contributions to the poker world championship held in 2004. What was the entry fee? 10 thousand dollars! Each of the participants paid the entry fee. That's why many analysts consider the 2004 poker world championship to be the sacrifice of many poker players' success. The 2004 poker world series was named as the largest championship ever played in a mortar and brick casino in the world.
Greg "Fossilman" Raymer was the winner of the poker world championship in 2004. His prize amounted to 5 thousand US dollars. The second one in that series was David Williams, who won 3, 5 thousand US dollars, and the third one - Josh Arieh (2,5 thousand US dollars). In 2005, the poker world series had forty two events, among which there were some for women and some for seniors. They attracted more visitors and participants than ever before. What distinguished these events is that their winners received not only cash prizes, but also coveted golden bracelets. Both Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan won ten bracelets of the kind; Phil Hellmuth got nine. The overall money prize distributed among participants in 2005, which amounted to 52 818 610 US dollars, 7,5 million of which got the winner.
Every year the number of poker world championship participants is growing. 23 thousand players took part in various poker events in 2005. It's almost five times as much as in 2000. This growth is mostly provided by showing the poker world series on television, for example Travel channel, and through cable networks.