The popularity of poker has soared in recent years. Several years ago, it was highly unlikely that you could turn on the television and watch a game of poker. Nowadays it seems like every time I click by ESPN, the World Series Of Poker is being televised. It has become a national sport and high-profile sponsorship has come in to play. Harrah’s, which is a large casino gambling destination, has become the primary sponsor for the World Series Of Poker.
Because of this poker craze, fans everywhere flock to the TV to watch those events. ESPN televised the World Series Of Poker every Tuesday from July 19th to November 15th. It all started of with the Circuit Championships, which were held up until August 16. On August 23rd they played the No Limit Hold ‘Em. From August 23rd until October 4th, they rotated between No Limit Hold ‘Em, Pot Limit Hold ‘Em, and Seven Card Stud. What they consider the Main Event started October 11th and last until November 15th.
The World Series Of Poker was not aired live. The competitors actually started playing back on January 16th up until July 15th. Most of the events were held at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The Harrah’s Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ held the event, which was aired on July 26th. The Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort in San Diego held the event, which aired on August 2nd. Harvey’s Lake Tahoe held the event, which aired on August 9th. The final Circuit Championship event was held at Harrah’s New Orleans, which aired on August 16th. The World Series Of Poker proved that not only is the game itself addicting, but watching on television can be addicting as well.
In the World Series Of Poker Final Main Event Standings, Joseph Hachem owns bragging rights as the number one poker player. His total winning reached a total of $7,500,000. In fact, a total of nine competitors surpassed $1,000,000 in total winnings. So for those of you who did not consider the World Series Of Poker a professional sport, how about now! This isn’t just another hobby for these competitors. This is poker’s version of the Super Bowl, World Series, Daytona 500, or Indianapolis 500.
ESPN seems to have struck gold by televising the World Series Of Poker. On the official website, www.worldseriesofpoker.com, you can actually purchase World Series Of Poker memorabilia. You can shop for baseball caps, visors, and even the World Series Of Poker Premium Cards Collectors tin. With the holidays approaching, these items could make great gifts for the hardcore poker fans.
Because of the popularity of the World Series Of Poker, more and more people have gained an interest in becoming a poker player themselves. That is one reason why online poker has become increasingly popular among people of all ages. There are a plethora of online poker game rooms all over the Internet. Some play for money, some play for fun, but they all play for the love of the game.