The Story of the 1989 WSOP Main Event For two years, Johnny Chan had been the world champion. In 1987, ‘The Orient Express’ claimed his first-ever Main Event victory earning $625,000. Incredibly, the very next year, he repeated the feat, becoming the fourth and probably final person to do so, winning a record-equalling $700,000. In […]

When one thinks of poker, it’s hard not to conjure up images of Texas Hold’em almost immediately. Known as the “Cadillac of Poker,” Texas Hold’em has become the most popular variant of poker worldwide. Its journey from the dark backrooms of hidden dusty towns of Texas to the glitzy casinos of Las Vegas and finally […]

The Story of the 1986 WSOP Main Event In 1986, poker hit differently. Sixteen long years after the origin story of the World Series of Poker being formed, yet still several years before the ‘poker boom’, the 1986 event was a unique experience, standing alone in poker history. Like a beacon of how poker used […]

The Story of the 1985 WSOP Main Event In 1985, one of the most charismatic characters in the history of poker became world champion. A neat fortnight of 14 events, concluding in the by now world-famous World Series of Poker Main Event, saw Bill Smith win his one and only World Championship and an incredible […]