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The final two days of the main event in 2005 were held downtown at what is now the MTR-operated "Binion's" in celebration of the centennial of the founding of Las Vegas.
The 2005 TOC, made up of the top twenty qualifying players at each circuit event, along with the final table from the 2005 Main Event and the winners of nine or more bracelets (Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Hellmuth) would participate in the revamped TOC at Caesars Palace.In the early 1980s, satellite tournaments were introduced, allowing people to win their way into the various events. By early December 2011, the field size had increased to 22, the minimum required for an official bracelet tournament.By 1987, there were over 2,100 entrants in the entire series. Among those who committed early to the event were Johnny Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, Tom Dwan, Laliberté, billionaire businessman Phil Ruffin and Erik Seidel.2007 was the first dip in numbers in the 21st century while in 2008 more people participated than the previous year.In 2000, there were 4,780 entrants in the various events, but in 2005, the number rose to over 23,000 players.Currently, Texas hold 'em, Omaha hold 'em and Seven-card stud and their lowball variants are played. On April 12, 2012, the WSOP announced that 30 players had committed to the tournament, which brought the first prize to $12.3 million, exceeding the record amount won by Jamie Gold.
In the end, all 48 seats were filled, resulting in a first prize of $18.3 million.
In the main event alone, the number of participants grew from 839 in 2003 to 8,773 in 2006.
Phil Hellmuth has won the most bracelets with 14 followed by Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey with ten bracelets each.
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.
The format for the Main Event as a freeze-out Texas hold 'em game came the next year.
As of 2017, the WSOP consists of 74 events, with most major poker variants featured. Other events played in the past include Chinese poker, Five card stud, and many others.