Well, the number of poker tournaments on TV has finally started to recede, but now's the time to enjoy the best, as ESPN continues to show feature tables from this year's WSOP. The history of the World Series of Poker is really quite amazing. In the early stages, during the 1970's, there were just a table or two of players. Let's face it, how many people back then had $10,000 to blow on a poker tournament?
I'm not taking anything away from the early winners, because I know how hard it is to even win a single-table tournament, but you really have to admire anyone that can last through several days of play and knock out thousands of players. It's amazing. The World Poker Tour is still popular too, and season 10 is upon us. Check you local listing on FSN to watch the latest event. In Reno, Adam Cress picked-up $30,000 for his win in the WPT Regional Nevada: Western Poker Challenge. Congratulations to him!
The 2010-2011 season of the WPT included a regional tournament at Harvey's Lake Tahoe. In that event, Stanley Quinn took down first place money of $87,000, but that's not the first big-money tournament held at the lake. In the 1980's, the Super Bowl of Poker was hosted by "Amarillo" Slim and featured a $5,000 buy-in tournament with first place money of over $200,000.
Lake Tahoe has always been a popular place to relax, enjoy the sights, and play some poker. Even the 1930's State Line country club had a poker table in back! These days, the games are still reasonable, but tournaments for the big bucks won't happen unless a WSOP Regional or a WPT Regional comes back to the lake.