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 […]

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 […]

The Story of the 1984 WSOP Main Event In 1984, one year on from Tom McEvoy’s slow and methodical takedown of Rod Peate heads-up, a far more aggressive player became world champion. Slaying a field of 132 players – a significant increase of 24 entries from 1983 – was ‘Gentleman Jack’ Keller. A former U.S. […]

Oh, the creative pulse of Grand Rapids, Michigan! This city, known for its thriving arts scene, is also where one of poker’s most distinguished players, Tom McEvoy, first saw the light of day in November, 1944. Tom was predestined to etch his name in poker’s hall of fame. But what exactly cemented Tom McEvoy’s status […]

Oh, the vibrant world of poker, where legends are born and tales are spun around green felt tables under the glint of dimmed lights. In this world, one name resonates with a melody of success, resilience, and sheer talent – Layne Flack. The man, the myth, the legend, who graced the poker tables with an […]

Sam Soverel Wins Online Event #13: High Roller Championship Finale The climax of Online Event #13, the $5,300 No-Limit Hold ’em High Roller Championship, unfolded in the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. The strong competition from 408 participants was narrowed down to just six players on July 3rd, and these six final players completed the […]