LAS VEGAS (May 16, 2019) This year marks the 50th running of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and to help celebrate its milestone, the WSOP will host a special night, dubbed “First Fifty Honors” with a dinner, Honors and a VIP poker event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the 50th World Series of Poker.

While several special poker tournaments have been added to this year’s WSOP, including the Big 50 opening weekend (May 30-June 2) rake-free event, there will be a brief pause in the poker playing during the evening of Saturday, June 29 in the Brasilia Ballroom at the Rio to pay homage to those who have left an indelible mark on the WSOP since 1970.  Doors open at 8pm.

The Saturday night special evening will begin with a dinner open to WSOP gold bracelet winners and other VIP’s, followed by the First Fifty Honors, hosted by legendary WSOP broadcasters Lon McEachern and Norman Chad

“From its founding by the Binion family in 1970, no one could have foreseen what the modern-day World Series of Poker has become,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.  “It’s only fitting we take an evening out from poker playing to celebrate the great game of poker and all the characters who have made a mark on the WSOP over the past five decades.”

First Fifty Honors will include an awards presentation, where individuals across seven categories will be recognized, voted on by the public and players themselves.  WSOP gold bracelet winners can pick up their event tickets from 2-6pm on Thursday, June 27 or Friday, June 28 at the VIP desk at the Rio across from the take-out window of El Burro Borracho restaurant.

An online vote commences today, where fans around the globe can select who is most deserving in seven different categories.  In addition, players who participated in the 2018 WSOP will receive an email with the categories, with an opportunity to cast a vote as well.  To cast a vote, visit: (U.S./Canadian residents).  For international consumers, please visit to vote.

In addition to the dinner and Honors program, a special exclusive VIP poker event will be held afterwards capping off an evening of celebrations for the WSOP’s fiftieth.

Anyone in U.S./Canada who casts a vote for the First Fifty Honors gets entered into a random drawing to win a prize, including seats to WSOP gold bracelet events. Seats for Event #69, the $1,000 Mini Main Event, along with Event #88, the $500 Online No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver will be among the prizes.  Additional prizes include invites to the First Fifty gala and WSOP merchandise.

The categories for the First Fifty Honors are as follows:

1. Most Memorable WSOP TV Hand
2. Best Overall WSOP Performance (Single Year)
3. Most Likely to Succeed (Player currently 35 or Under to Win the Most Gold Bracelets between 2020-2070)
4. Fan Favorite Player
5. WSOP’s Favorite Bad Boy
6. Most Impressive Main Event Win
7. Four Most Important Players in WSOP History

Voting will remain open through June 15, 2019.

Additionally, a special panel made up of poker industry stalwarts and media members has been selected to determine an eighth category – the 50 Greatest Poker Players.  The panelists will consider all players from the past 50 years and vote on who makes the final 50.  The WSOP will publish this list following the conclusion of the voting and tabulation.  The only criteria to determine the 50 Greatest Poker Players is they must have played at least once at the WSOP.  This list can be made up of primarily cash game players, mixed games players, online players or tournament players.

The WSOP – the longest-running, richest and most prestigious tournament series – opens its doors on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Rio in Las Vegas. This marks the 50th running of the famed poker festival. 

A record 123,865 entries participated in the 2018 WSOP, creating a 49-year high of $266,889,193 in prize money. The average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2018 had a $3,421,656 prize pool with $655,337 going to the winner. 

Buy-ins for tournaments at the Rio start as low as $70.  Single table satellites and all your favorite live poker games: low, medium and high limit will begin on May 28 and run 24 hours a day throughout the seven-week series taking place in the spacious Rio Convention Center for the 15th consecutive year. More than 500 poker tables will be set up across more than 100,000 square-feet of ballroom space to accommodate the thousands of players from around the world who attend poker’s annual Woodstock.

Room reservations are being accepted across Caesars’ Las Vegas properties with special rates for existing Caesars Rewards members.  Visit Las Vegas - WSOP to make your room reservations for the 2019 WSOP.  Individual event online pre-registration is also open.  Visit to learn more and get registered.

About the World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $2.99 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.  In 2018, the event attracted 123,865 entrants from 104 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and awarded more than $266 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of the World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 and the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. For more information on the World Series of Poker, please visit