Poker is thrilling card game that is filled with excitement. Thanks to the online casino industry this game that has been played foe centuries, have undergone a metamorphosis and is now undoubtedly one the most preferred games in the world.
It has many different variations but the main goal of the game in any of these different poker types is to to win the golden pot. Poker players make millions at tables across the world but which tournaments are topping the list?
World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker Circuit event in New Orleans is something that must be marked on your calendar. It is a fantastic poker arena and allows players to get a seat in the most coveted tournament in the world – The World Series of Poker.
The WSOP main event is undoubtedly the highlight of the year for any poker enthusiast. Last year (2017), 7221 players put down a $10 000 entry fee to take part in this prestigious event.
Almost $68 million was up for grabs but there could only be one champion and it was Scott Blumstein. Not only did he walk away with the respected world champion title but he also won a whopping $8,150,000.
This year promises to be even more exciting. PokerGo and ESPN will make sure that fans across the globe will be able to view the live video coverage of the Main Event. Players will not only have the opportunity to win millions but they will win fame as well.
The WSOP Main Event will run from 2 – 14 July 2018 and will host 78 official gold bracelet events.
Every year the Bahamas hosts one of the most exciting tournament in the world. The tournament is held around January every year and offers players the thrills of the exotic location in the Caribbean.
In 2018 Maria Lampropulos walked away with the title for $1,081,100 and a $30,000 Platinum Pass. The Main Event began with 582 players and after 6 days, it was only the Argentinian that remained.
It was the first time a woman won the title in the tournament’s history but it was not the first time that the 36-year-old made headlines. She won the party poker Millions Live for $1,255,004 in 2017 and her lifetime earnings is now set at $2,794,574, which is not bad considering that she started her poker career in 2014.
This win puts her third on the all-time money list in Argentina, just behind her long time boyfriend Ivan Luca. Interestingly enough, the couple played head to head in the Eureka Poker Tour Season 6 King’s Casino Event #8. Luca won the title and $115,649 but Lampropulos was not to far behind with earnings of $103,907. This is a power poker couple.
European Poker Tournament
The tournament that is owned by PokerStars is the worlds most exciting poker tour with events held in different locations in Europe. Any player can qualify online for a seat to the Main Event, just like the WSOP.
The top players will go head to head at the EPT Grand Final that is held in the exclusive Monte Carlo Casino in Manaco. The tour usually runs from August to April.
In 2017 Raffaele Sorrentino won the title of this prestigious event, pocketing €446,714. It was well deserved because the 37-year-old player from Italy lived out of a suitcase for the past few years. His official home is Malta but like many other professional poker players, he is rarely at home. If you look at his earnings, it all seems with it.
World Poker Tour
The tournament is well known across the globe, maybe because of the final table is broadcasted. Steven Lipscomb is the force behind the successful tournament and has gone from attorney, to producer to CEO of WPTE.
It was only in 2008 when bracelets were being awarded to players but they did give previous winners this coveted honour. In 2009 WPTE was purchased by PartyGaming for $12,300,00.
Although you mostly hear about poker tournaments in Europe and the USA, it is actually incredibly popular down under. The biggest tournament held in Australia is the Crown Australian Poker Championship, better known as the Aussie Millions.
The final take place at the Crown Casino in Melbourne which has been the location since 1998. The prize pool is AUS 1.65 million so the winner of this tournament always walks away a millionaire.
In 2017 the winner of the crown was Shoran Vijayaram. Incredibly he won a seat to the tournament a week before by entering a $130-rebuy tournament at the Crown Casino. It was the best investment of his life because that $130 turned into a whopping AUS 1.6 million only a week later.
Prior to this miraculous win, he had never before made money in any of the events that he played. He beat the repeated Fedor Holz and Jeff Rossiter and that is impressive stuff.