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How you can win the World Series of Poker


The 2019 World Series of Poker starts in just a few weeks. The world’s best card players will be battling it out to take their share of the $200 million prize money, but what does it take to get to the WSOP in the first place?

How can you go from playing poker in your bedroom to winning the WSOP? Read on for our fool proof (not quite) guide to becoming the next Chris Moneymaker and taking the 2020 WSOP by storm.


Every year thousands of players attempt to enter the WSOP main event but only a handful of that number actually qualify. That’s because the route to qualification is hard-fought and expensive. There are two main ways to qualify for the WSOP main event.


If you don’t want to go through the effort of qualifying for the WSOP main event through skill and hard work, you can always directly buy-in. The cost of entering the WSOP is a whopping $10,000.

To enter this way you either have to have a lot of spare cash or real confidence in your abilities to recoup your money at the tournament. Often players that buy-in this way are financially backed by some form of investment group.

Players can seek sponsorship for the buy-in by offering investors a percentage of their future winnings – this is a popular method for low-end professional players. Alternatively poker leagues nominate one of their better players for the event and all chip in to meet the $10,000 fee.

Once you’re there

After you’ve bought yourself in or qualified through a licensed satellite you’ll be faced with the daunting task of actually playing in the WSOP main event. This year’s tournament starts on May 28th at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Official participation figures for this year’s tournament have yet to be released but they are expected to surpass 2018’s record-breaking amount of 123,865 with just under 8,000 of those playing in the main event.

Over the course of a month and a half that number will be whittled down to 9 for the final table showdown. To reach that point you’ll have to have beaten thousands of other players in a set of gruelling and demanding games.

If you don’t fancy your chances of getting to this stage then there are a number of other tournaments open to play over the event including; Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack and Crazy Eights.

But who wants to go to the WSOP and chicken out of the main event?

So what does it take to win the WSOP?

Where better to look for inspiration than Chris Moneymaker? In 2003 the then accountant entered his very first WSOP main event after only ever playing high-stakes poker online before. At the final table he pulled off the bluff of the century to defeat seasoned card shark Sammy Farha and cement his name in poker legend.

As one of the best players in the world right now, Moneymaker is quite the authority on what makes a good poker star. According to the man himself all good poker players need three things, balance, knowledge and bravery.

Balance – Poker is a psychological game and balance is the one trait that will put you ahead of the competition. When you watch poker on TV it’s only natural to get excited by big wagers and rash play.

Whilst these moments are exciting to watch they can be your downfall when you play. Chris Moneymaker is a big believer in balance and doesn’t like to show too much emotion at the table. Playing with caution and reserve makes you harder to read and ultimately harder to beat.

Knowledge – This one’s obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many players spurn the opportunity to learn more about poker. Poker has so many different variations so to put yourself in a position of power you’ll have to know the perfect play in every situation.

Once you’re equipped with this knowledge you won’t be surprised by anything at the table and you’ll be able to tweak your game to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses’.

Bravery – Playing cautiously will only get you so far, if you want to win at the final table of the WSOP main event you’ll need to be brave. Chris Moneymaker was brave when he bluffed his way past Sammy Farha, but that bravery came from a position of confidence.

As your wins stack up you’ll grow in confidence, not just in your ability but in your knowledge too. When you’re sure that you can’t be beaten, be brave and put it to the test, that’s where you’ll make big money.


The first thing on your agenda has to be qualifying for next year’s WSOP and the easiest way of doing that is online. If you get practicing now and put into place our tips you’ll be in a good position to grab one of those 888 entry prizes.

Once you’re at the WSOP main event, put everything from this article into practice and you’ll be doing just fine. Oh there is one thing we forgot to mention… You’re gonna’ need an element of luck to win the main event so…good luck with that!


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