World Series was ‘best ever!’

May 27, 2003 12:37 AM

By all accounts, the recently concluded World Series of Poker held at Binion’s Horseshoe may have been one of the best tournaments ever.

Now in its 34th year, the month-long tourney culminated with last week’s Championship Event, which saw a first-time WSOP player capture the title, gold bracelet and $2.5 million in cash.

Adding to the incredible nature of the finals, Chris Moneymaker — no kidding, that’s his name! — had qualified by playing in an online poker tourney that had an entry fee of $40. That’s quite a parlay!

Prior to the grand finale, the WSOP offered plenty of poker excitement in the 34 other poker events. Some of the highlights include Phil Hellmuth winning his eighth gold bracelet, Johnny Chan winning his eighth and ninth gold bracelets, and Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson winning his ninth gold bracelet.

It was also great to see other former champs, such as Men "The Master" Nguyen, Carlos Mortenson, Daniel Negreanu and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson win bracelets, proving that their skill as a poker player hadn’t left them.

Here, in a few photos, are some of poker’s favorite players. Our apologies to those who were left out, only because we don’t have an extra 20 pages to fill.