World Series of Poker bracelet

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet is considered the most coveted non-monetary prize a poker player can win. Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual WSOP. Even if the victory occurred before 1976, WSOP championships are now counted as "bracelets". During the first years of the WSOP only a handful of bracelets were awarded each year. In 1990, there were only 14 bracelet events. By 2000, that number increased to 24. As the popularity of poker has increased during the 2000s, the number of events has likewise increased. In 2011, 58 bracelets were awarded at the WSOP, seven at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), and one to the WSOP National Circuit Champion.[1] This brought the total number of bracelets awarded up to 959.[1] Beginning in 2013, five additional bracelets will be awarded at the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) in Melbourne, Australia.[2] After the conclusion of the 2012 World Series of Poker, there have been 1003 bracelets awarded, 458 of which won by 140 players that have won at least two braclets, and all of the other bracelets have been won by one-time winners. This includes (up to this point) 17 Main Event winners: Hal Fowler, Bill Smith, Mansour Matloubi, Brad Daugherty, Jim Bechtel, Russ Hamilton, Noel Furlong, Robert Varkonyi, Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Jamie Gold, Jerry Yang, Peter Eastgate, Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel and Pius Heinz. Melbourne /?m?lb?rn/ is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia.[2] The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2011, the greater geographical area had a po

ulation of 4.1 million.[3] Inhabitants of Melbourne are called Melburnians or Melbournians.[4] The metropolis is located on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre positioned on the estuary of the Yarra River (at the northernmost point of the bay).[5] The metropolitan area then extends south from the city centre, along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip, and expands into the hinterland. The city centre is situated in the municipality known as the City of Melbourne. The metropolitan area consists of a further 30 municipalities.[6] Melbourne was founded in 1835 (47 years after the European settlement of Australia) by settlers from Launceston in Van Diemen's Land.[7] It was named by Governor of New South Wales Sir Richard Bourke in 1837, in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.[7] Melbourne was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847.[8] In 1851, it became the capital city of the newly created colony of Victoria.[8] During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world's largest and wealthiest cities.[9] After the federation of Australia in 1901, it served as the interim seat of government of the newly created nation of Australia until 1927.[10] Often referred to as the "Garden City" and "cultural capital of Australia",[11] Melbourne is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the world's first feature film),[12][13] Australian television,[14] Australian rules football,[15] the Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School)[16] and Australian dance styles such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle.[17][18] It is also a major centre for contemporary and traditional Australian music.[17]