The World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions
is an invitational freeroll poker
event. Wins in this event do not count as official WSOP bracelets
, but the winner receives a large trophy in the shape of the official World Series of Poker
logo. In 2010, the WSOP Tournament of Champions returned with a new format more akin to a typical sports league All-Star Event format. 27 players vied for $1 million, with 20 of those players selected by the fans via online vote at the WSOP's website.
The first event took place on 1 September 2004 with invitations only being extended to ten of the most well-known names on the poker tournament
circuit. The winner took home a $2,000,000 prize. No other participants received prize money.
The 2005 event took place between November 6 and November 8 at Caesars Palace
in Las Vegas
.Prior to the event, Harrah's advertised that to qualify a player would need to win any World Series of Poker circuit events or by reaching the final table of the 2005 WSOP
$10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em
championship event. Controversy erupted however when Pepsi
, the event's sponsor, insisted that Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, and Johnny Chan be granted Sponsor Exemptions. Despite public protests from other players that they were lied to as the event was billed as one that one had to qualify for, ESPN
newly hired Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Jeffrey Pollack
allowed the three to participate. Hellmuth finished... Read More