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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.However, in recent years, over half of the events have been variants of Texas hold 'em. Like most tournaments, the sponsoring casino takes an entry fee (a percentage between 6% and 10%, depending on the buy-in) and distributes the rest, hence the prize money increasing with more players.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).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 WSOP also added a made-for-television million "freeroll" invitational Tournament of Champions (TOC) event first won by Annie Duke as a "winner-take-all" event.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.

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.Mike Matusow won the first prize of

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.

Mike Matusow won the first prize of $1 million (US), and all the players at the final table were guaranteed a minimum of $25,000 for the eighth and ninth-place finishers.

During a break in the final table of the 2005 Main Event on July 16, Harrah's announced that eleven properties — including the recently added Bally's and Caesar's properties — would host 2005–06 WSOP Circuit events that started on August 11 in Tunica, Mississippi. to an "8-game" format, adding no-limit hold 'em, pot-limit Omaha, and 2–7 triple draw to the mix, and was rechristened The Poker Player's Championship, There have been many memorable moments during the main events, including Jack Straus's 1982 comeback win after discovering he had one $500 chip left when he thought he was out of the tournament.

The number of participants in the WSOP grew every year from 2000 until 2006.

Following 2006, new online gambling legislation restricted the number of online qualifiers to the event.

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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.Mike Matusow won the first prize of $1 million (US), and all the players at the final table were guaranteed a minimum of $25,000 for the eighth and ninth-place finishers.During a break in the final table of the 2005 Main Event on July 16, Harrah's announced that eleven properties — including the recently added Bally's and Caesar's properties — would host 2005–06 WSOP Circuit events that started on August 11 in Tunica, Mississippi. to an "8-game" format, adding no-limit hold 'em, pot-limit Omaha, and 2–7 triple draw to the mix, and was rechristened The Poker Player's Championship, There have been many memorable moments during the main events, including Jack Straus's 1982 comeback win after discovering he had one $500 chip left when he thought he was out of the tournament.The number of participants in the WSOP grew every year from 2000 until 2006.Following 2006, new online gambling legislation restricted the number of online qualifiers to the event.

million (US), and all the players at the final table were guaranteed a minimum of ,000 for the eighth and ninth-place finishers.During a break in the final table of the 2005 Main Event on July 16, Harrah's announced that eleven properties — including the recently added Bally's and Caesar's properties — would host 2005–06 WSOP Circuit events that started on August 11 in Tunica, Mississippi. to an "8-game" format, adding no-limit hold 'em, pot-limit Omaha, and 2–7 triple draw to the mix, and was rechristened The Poker Player's Championship, There have been many memorable moments during the main events, including Jack Straus's 1982 comeback win after discovering he had one 0 chip left when he thought he was out of the tournament.The number of participants in the WSOP grew every year from 2000 until 2006.Following 2006, new online gambling legislation restricted the number of online qualifiers to the event.