In the first Main Event of the World Series of Poker, the World Champion was chosen by a vote. In those days, the predominant player was Johnny Moss. When Doyle Brunson won his back-to-back World Championships later in the 70’s, he actually played to win the title. The number of players he had to work through to get to it was minimal, however, to the number that Johnny Chan had to take out to win his repeat titles.
The last three World Series Main Event winners were all considered “dead money” going into the tournament, with each year setting records for the number of combatants involved. Robert Varkonyi (2002), Chris Moneymaker (2003) and Greg Raymer (2004), while playing great poker and deserving of their championships, were not considered threats to the Harringtons, Hellmuths, and Lederers of the game. All, however, have shown that their wins were not a fluke by continuing to play the game and display the same skills that allowed them to reach the pinnacle of the poker world.
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Poker, it seems, has become the new lottery. For anyone who wants to plop down the buy-in, they can sit elbow to elbow and compete with Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey or Chris Ferguson. With the amount of satellite tournaments available at casinos and online, people can win their way into major tournaments with a minimal expenditure. …