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Crandell Addington is the only player to place in the top ten of the World Series of Poker Main Event eight times, albeit in earlier years with small fields compared to modern times.
Four players have won the Main Event multiple times: Johnny Moss (1970, 1971, and 1974), Doyle Brunson (19), Stu Ungar (1980, 1981, and 1997) and Johnny Chan (19).
Bracelet winners who first achieved fame in other fields include French actor/singer Patrick Bruel (in 1998), Danish soccer player Jan Vang Sørensen (in 2002) and American actress Jennifer Tilly (in 2005).
In recent years, there have been non-bracelet events at the WSOP; two of the most notable are the "World Series of Rock Paper Scissors" and "Ante Up for Africa." The idea of a World Series of Poker began in 1969 with an event called the Texas Gambling Reunion.
Since 1972, the Main Event of the WSOP has been the ,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold 'em (NLHE) tournament (in 1971 the buy-in was ,000 and the inaugural 1970 event was an invitational with winner determined by a vote from the players). Moss (if the first time win by vote is counted), Ungar, Doyle Brunson, and Johnny Chan are the only people who have won the Main Event in consecutive years.
In the end, all 48 seats were filled, resulting in a first prize of .3 million.The winner in 1970, Johnny Moss, was elected by his peers as the first "World Champion of Poker" and received a silver cup as a prize. He won his seat at a 5 satellite tournament at Pechanga Resort & Casino, in California.In 2004, Harrah's Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment) purchased Binion's Horseshoe, retained the rights to the Horseshoe and World Series of Poker brands, sold the hotel and casino to MTR Gaming Group, and announced that the 2005 Series events would be held at the Harrah's-owned Rio Hotel and Casino, located just off the Las Vegas Strip. With passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 online poker sites have been barred from purchasing entrance directly for their users.In 1970, the first WSOP at Binion's Horseshoe took place as a series of cash games that included five-card stud, deuce to seven low-ball draw, razz, seven-card stud, and Texas hold 'em. Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer, the winners in 20, both qualified for the main event through satellite tournaments at the Poker Stars online card room.The format for the Main Event as a freeze-out Texas hold 'em game came the next year. Jerry Yang, the winner in 2007, had only been playing poker for two years prior to his victory.