Definitions for "World Series of Poker"
A series of several different poker games with relatively large buy-ins culminating in a Hold'em tournament with a buy-in of $10,000, the winner crowned the World Poker Champion. Held every May sponsored by Binion's Horseshoe Club in Las Vegas.
The World Series of Poker is one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world. First played in 1970, the World Series of Poker has grown in popularity ever since. The original World Series of Poker was started by Tom Morehead of the Riverside casino in Reno and was an invitational event. The set of tournaments the World Series of Poker (WSOP) would evolve to was the brainchild of Las Vegas legend, casino owner, and poker player Benny Binion as well as his two sons Jack and Ted. In 2004, the final Championship WSOP event, no limit Texas Hold'em, had 2,576 entries and a record setting first place prize of $5 million. Starting in 2005, the WSOP began a tournament "circuit" at Harrah's-owned properties in the United States. Sometimes rendered as the acronym WSOP.
A highly publicized poker tournament held in Las Vegas in the spring.