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World Series of Poker. The original World Series of Poker was started by Tom Morehead of the Riverside casino in Reno and was an invitational event. The set of tournaments the World Series of Poker (WSOP) would evolve to was the brainchild of Las Vegas legend, casino owner, and poker player Benny Binion as well as his two sons Jack and Ted.¹ Of course, with the advent of the Internet, casino games such as blackjack, slots, poker and roulette can now all be played online, but it was the WSOP that got the ball rolling by initiating changes to the poker landscape.

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2014 WSOP Main Event Winner Martin Jacobson
Martin Jacobson Like several recent champions, Sweden's Martin Jacobson got his start playing online poker. He played late at night after working long hours while he trained to be a chef. On November 11, 2014, his three tens beat Norway's Felix Stephensen's pair of nines to earn him top prize in the World Series of Poker's main event.

Jacobson showed a calm stillness through the final two days of of the tournament. Unlike some other players, he didn’t wear sunglasses, a hoodie, or baseball cap to hide tells. He often stared at opponents, blinking through black-rimmed glasses.

"There's no such thing as a perfect tournament, but this was close to perfect, maybe," Jacobson said after the confetti blasts signaled his win and friends and family ran to embrace him.

He was the only player of the final nine to have earned more than $1 million in World Series of Poker career earnings at tournaments. But he had never won the top spot, coming in second in some cases, until Tuesday when he won the most watched contest in the tournament.

Felix Stephensen, 24, took home a $5.1 million prize for second place.

Past World Series of Poker Winners - Main Event
    Year/Winner/Prize - US$
  • 2014: Martin Jacobson, $10 million
  • 2013: Ryan Riess, $8.36 million
  • 2012: Greg Merson, $8.53 million
  • 2011: Pius Heinz, $8.72 million
  • 2010: Jonathan Duhamel, $8.9 million
  • 2009: Joe Cada, $8.547 million
  • 2008: Peter Eastgate, $9.15 million
  • 2007: Jerry Yang, $8,250,000
  • 2006: Jamie Gold, $12 million
  • 2005: Joseph Hachem, 7.5 million
  • 2004: Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, 5 million
  • 2003: Chris Moneymaker, 2.5 million
  • 2002: Robert Varkyoni, 2 million
  • 2001: Carlos Mortensen, 1.5 million
  • 2000: Chris Ferguson, 1.5 million
  • 1999: Noel Furlong, 1 million
  • 1998: Scotty Nguyen, 1 million
  • 1997: Stu Unger, 1 million
  • 1996: Huck Seed, 1 million
  • 1995: Dan Harrington, 1 million
  • 1994: Russ Hamilton, 1 million
  • 1993: Jim Bechtel, 1 million
  • 1992: Hamid Datsmalchi, 1 million
  • 1991: Brad Daugherty, 1 million
  • 1990: Mansour Matloubi, 895 thousand
  • 1989: Phil Hellmuth, 755 thousand
  • 1988: Johnny Chan, 700 thousand
  • 1987: Johnny Chan, 625 thousand
  • 1986: Berry Johnston, 570 thousand
  • 1985: Bill Smith, 700 thousand
  • 1984: Jack Keller, 660 thousand
  • 1983: Tom McEvoy, 580 thousand
  • 1982: Jack Straus, 520 thousand
  • 1981: Stu Ungar, 375 thousand
  • 1980: Stu Ungar, 385 thousand
  • 1979: Hal Fowler, 270 thousand
  • 1978: Bobby Baldwin, 210 thousand
  • 1977: Doyle Brunson, 340 thousand
  • 1976: Doyle Brunson, 220 thousand
  • 1975: Sailor Roberts, 210 thousand
  • 1974: Johnny Moss, 160 thousand
  • 1973: Puggy Pearson, 130 thousand
  • 1972: Amarillo "Slim" Preston, 80 thousand
  • 1971: Johnny Moss, 30 thousand
  • 1970: Johnny Moss, n/a (silver cup)
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