1987 World Series of Poker

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 01:57

1987 World Series of Poker

A summary of 1987 world series of poker.


The World Series of Poker is the greatest tournament that every poker passionate individual dreams of joining. Winning a WSOP title can do so much in actually making a person's professional poker image. That's just what happened to Johnny Chan when he bested like-minded people towards pursing the $625,000 grand prize at the 1987 WSOP tournament's Main Event.

It was not long ago in the 1985 WSOP, when Chan lifted eyebrows by courageously joining the elite club of world players for the very first time - a club which was then exclusively joined by Caucasian-Americans. Poker fans doubted the talent and skills of this China-native at the table. Good thing Chan was out to impress, eventually bagging the $171,000 cash prize from the $1,000 Limit Holdem game. His lucky break did not end there as proven by his glaring 1987 WSOP title that diminished the likes of other poker greats such as Frank Henderson, Humberto Brenes, Puggy Pearson, Johnny Moss, and a host of other players. But 1987's WSOP proved to be not only a milestone for Chan but also for the tournament as it became a popular venue of the world's greatest players.

The glamorous event of 1987 that brought together poker players of all shapes, sizes, ages, skills, and wealth took place at the Binions Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. It was composed of twelve exciting events. The Main Event was joined by 152 entrants who paid $10,000 each just to get the eligibility to play. The one remarkable thing that made the 1987 event monumental was the impressive number of players, which ballooned to 2,141 from a mere 52 five years before.

The WSOP has been around for quite some time but it was only in 1987 when substantial improvement in the number of participating players and the events available for playing was made. It was also during this time when the poker world got a little help from satellite networks, increasing the popularity of the interesting tournament among people from all over. Satellite entries were then accepted, which made it possible for the wider public to take part in the highly entertaining and wit-bending game. It was also the television coverage that shifted poker from a simple table game to an exciting spectator sport. As anything that grows, such achievement created a domino effect in the poker world more than anyone could ever imagine.

The way the 1987 WSOP tournament went, from soliciting entrants to the total cash pot, is a far cry from the very first WSOP event held in 1969 when it was still an invitational thing handled by Tony Moore. Benny Binion of the Binions Horseshoe was the one responsible for the tournament's major development. It was Binion, together with his sons Ted and Jack, who encouraged casinos to hold games of poker. It was also the Binion family who developed the worldwide craze for this currently, very popular game. Through handling WSOP from 1970 to 2004, the Binions made important transformations on the 'rules' of the game, soliciting television coverage, and internet use in the process.