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.
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Contestants resulting from a series of WSOP qualifying poker tournaments held throughout the year
participated in the WSOP main events. These were held during the summer at the RIO
All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. At the main events the number of contestants were reduced
from 6,737 to
the final 9. Final table play to
determine the winner was held at the Rio starting
on Oct. 30, 2016.
The 2016 Final 9 are shown below.
2016 World Series of Poker Final 9
Griffin Benger (Canada), Vajtech Ruzica (Czech Republic), Fermando Pons (Spain), Qui Nguyen (USA), Cliff Josephy (USA), Michael Ruane (USA), Gordon Vayo (USA), Kenny Hallert (Belgium), Jerry Wang (USA)
2016 WSOP Champion
Qui Nguyen won the no-limit Texas Hold'em main event and became the 2016 WSOP champion. Qui won $8 million. Gordon Vayo finished second and won $4.6 million. Third place winner, Cliff Josephy walked away with $3.5 million.
In 2016 the World Series of Poker final event was broadcast live with a 15 second delay, by ESPN.
Both the WSOP and the RIO All Suites Hotel & Casino are owned by Harrah's Entertainment Inc. Harrah's obtained the rights to the Word Series of Poker when they purchased the Binion's Horeshoe Casino in 2004.
The winners of the World Series of Poker over the years from 2000 to 2015 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.