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In 1971 event changed. It became a freezeout tournament in which players bought in with a set sum and play continued until all but one player lost their money. Again Johnny Moss won event and with it top prize of $30,000. ďAmarillo SlimĒ won event and $80,000 in 1972 and helped popularize tournament by going on talk-show circuit. The WSOP was starting to come into its own.
The 2005 WSOP promises to be biggest poker event in history. It has been estimated this yearís top prize could hit $10,000,000. Unlike other World Series this dream of being a world champion is accessible to anyone over age of 21. You donít have to be a professional poker player to play or win.
Two years ago Chris Moneymaker (real name), an accountant, won tournament and $2,500,000. He didnít even pay $10,000 buy-in. He won it playing an on-line poker satellite with an investment of $40. Last year patent attorney Greg Raymer (also not a professional poker player at time) walked away with $5,000,000 first prize. Greg too, didn't pay $10,000 buy-in as he won his entry to tournament through an on-line satellite.
So dream of being best poker player in world can come true for anyone. You donít have to be a professional poker player and you donít have to pay $10,000 buy-in to tournament.
Believe it or not you can win your way to WSOP on-line for as little as $1.10. Thatís right, for less than a Starbuckís coffee you could be on your way to fame and fortune.
Itís fun to play and dream can be a reality. Check out on-line poker sites for ways to enter and maybe I'll be writing about you next year.
Peter Berlin is a TV Game Show Producer/Writer and an avid online poker player. He has a poker newsletter reviewing the best sites, sign-up bonuses, tournaments, satellites, and events going on in the world of online poker. Sign up for the newsletter and receive a Free Guide to online World Series Of Poker Satellites.
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