The main Live Poker Tournaments
There are many Live Poker tournaments that take place all around the world, but some of the main ones include:
- World Series of Poker (WSOP): This is the most prestigious and well-known poker tournament in the world. It takes place annually in Las Vegas and attracts thousands of players from around the world. The Main Event, also known as the WSOP Championship, is the most prestigious event of the series and has the largest prize pool.
- World Poker Tour (WPT): This is another major international poker tournament series that takes place in various locations around the world. The WPT Main Event is the most prestigious event of the series and features a large prize pool.
- European Poker Tour (EPT): This is one of the most popular and well-respected poker tournament series in Europe. It takes place in various locations around the continent and attracts top players from all over the world.
- Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT): This is one of the most popular and well-respected poker tournament series in Asia. It takes place in various locations around the continent and attracts top players from all over the world.
- Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT): This is one of the most popular and well-respected poker tournament series in Latin America. It takes place in various locations around the continent and attracts top players from all over the world.
- Triton Poker Series: These high-stakes poker tournaments, featuring No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, and Short-Deck events, takes place in exotic locations and attract the most wealthy and prominent players of the world
- Aussie Millions: This is one of the most prestigious and well-respected poker tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region. It is held annually at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, and attracts top players from around the world.
With Holdem being so popular around the world, it is no surprise that some of the biggest Live Poker Events around are played in this format. There are thousands of events taking place each year, but these six are definitely the biggest, most popular, and most rewarding, offering huge prize pools and big cash for the winners.
World Series of Poker – Main Event
Taking place during the summer of every year in Las Vegas, the WSOP Main Event is considered by most players the world championship of poker. The tournament features a buy-in of USD 10,000, which is definitely not a small amount, but that doesn’t prevent players from all over the world to come and try their luck. Growing year after year, modern Main Events attract thousands of players and create huge prize pools, with winners regularly taking home large seven and even eight-figure amounts. The most recent Main Event (2019) gathered 8,569 players and the eventual winner, Dario Sammartino, took home USD 10,000,000.
European Poker Tour (EPT)
Although it is a series of tournaments taking place every year all over Europe, EPT is definitely one of the biggest poker tours, right after WSOP. Tournaments take place over the year in Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK, and many other countries. Every stop features a number of different events, with the EPT Main Event usually featuring a buy-in of EUR 5,300 and winners walking away with big six and even seven-figure scores. Players can earn their seats in these tournaments even by playing Texas Hold’em online for free.
World Poker Tour (WPT)
The World Poker Tour (WPT) is the American equivalent of the EPT. Taking place all over the United States, the WPT offers players a chance to compete in big events and fight for huge cash prizes. Buy-ins for the Main Event are usually between USD 5,000 and USD 10,000, depending on the location, and the number of players. Each season culminates with the WPT World Championship, featuring a buy-in of USD 25,000.
Aussie Millions is a legendary poker event taking place in Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The entire event spans over three weeks, with numerous different tournaments taking place during this time. Of course, the main focus is on the Aussie Millions Main Event with a buy-in of AUD 10,600. The event attracts thousands of players from all over the world every year and Gus Hansen is probably one of the most notable winners, having published a book describing his run in the tournament in 2007, where he ended up winning and taking home AUD 1.2 million. The book is called “Every Hand Revealed.”
The Big One for One Drop
The Big One for One Drop was the largest-ever poker tournament in terms of buy-in when it was announced in 2012. Players had to put in a staggering USD 1,000,000 for their right to participate, which was particularly insane a few years ago. The tournament was a part of the WSOP schedule and the winner, Antonio Esfandiari, was awarded a special bracelet alongside the USD 18.3 million prizes. Although it doesn’t happen every year, this is one of the most anticipated tournaments around for players and poker fans alike.
WCOOP Main Event
Online poker is certainly as popular as its live counterpart so the Main Event of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is definitely one of the biggest Holdem tournaments around. Taking place on PokerStars, the event regularly attracts several thousand players, each putting up USD 5,200 to fight for the prestigious title. Over the years, WCOOP winners have taken home prizes well in excess of USD 1,000,000.