The biggest poker tournaments in the world
Poker is an exciting game and you will find the tournaments absolutely engrossing whether you are playing or just watching. The complexity of some variants of the game makes players worthy of admiration.
Although poker has been around for a long time, it hasn’t had the visibility it deserves. However, all of that is changing as poker tournaments become more popular and begin to bring the joys of poker to the masses. Celebrities such as Shannon Elizabeth and Tobey Maguire, through their own love of the game, also helped make poker more popular.
A unique online operator for organizing poker games is 888 poker, which offers newcomers a variety of different exclusive game modes and affordable buy-ins, whether you’re looking to relax slowly or challenge the best of which the online platform has to offer. If you want to test yourself, try their multi-table tournaments such as daily big shot, Rumble, Dash, Voyage and all the other big ones. poker tournaments they have to offer.
Below is an overview of some of the biggest tournaments in the world and some of the cash prizes that players can, or have, walked away with.
World Series of Poker (WSOP)
When it comes to poker tournaments, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is probably the most famous of them all. The WSOP is in its 53rd series and takes place in the gambling kingdom, Las Vegas. For 17 years, the tournament has been successfully held at the Rio All Suite & Casino, but now moves to Bally’s, the future Horseshoe, and Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Buy-ins for events can range from as little as $0 for the Tournament of Champions to $250,000 for a High Roller event. As you’d expect, the prize money is huge. Some players left the Las Vegas tournament with up to $10 million bettered, not to mention the world championship bracelet.
The series has seen incredibly prolific players, who enjoyed some serious tournament winnings. Canadian Daniel Negreanu is a player who has racked up huge winnings, having won $21,109,553 playing in tournaments.
Just like the WSOP, Triton Poker is a franchise that organizes poker tournaments around the world. In the past, super high roller events have taken place in London, Montenegro and Jeju (South Korea). This year, events will take place at the Merit Royal Hotel and Casino, Cyprus; Casino Sochii, Russia; and the Bali International Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia.
Although not as big as the WSOP, it is still immensely popular as the prize pools are staggering. In the Super High Roller series, up to $65 million was wagered. Some players walked away with up to $23,100,000 for winning the tournament.
The Triton Poker tournament takes place in several locations around the world.
WSOP Montreal and Vancouver
One of the reasons WOSP is popular is that it’s not just a tournament for elites. Anyone with a good idea of the way around a poker table and feel lucky are welcome to try their luck as long as they can afford the buy-ins.
Montreal and Vancouver are two stops on the tour and some of the buy-ins are under C$500, so tournaments in these cities are more than accessible to Canadians looking for a chance at the tables. These low buy-ins, combined with high prize pools of, in some cases, C$1 or 2 million will certainly make some players feel more than worth the investment.
World Poker Tour Montreal
The World Poker Tour (WPT) has been around for about two decades now and is televised internationally, such is its popularity, making it easily one of the biggest tournaments in poker right now. A cash prize of approximately $1 million is up for grabs.
Winners of official WPT Main Tour events become members of the WPT Champions Club. The winners of the WTP Main Events will be able to get their hands on the Champions Cup, on which their name will also be engraved.
Since 2012, Montreal has hosted two World Poker Tour (WPT) events per year. The city has become something close to an unofficial home of the WPT. As for Montreal, the tournament takes place at the Playground Poker Casino, although in recent years it has had to move online.
The tournament is a good time to play if you want to rub shoulders with big name players such as Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Evelyn Ng or others. However, you will have to pay a buy-in of around C$3,500 to have this honor.
In 2021, Britain’s Jack Hardcastle won the WPT $3,200 Main Event online. The victory was his biggest tournament win to date at that time. He pocketed $447,859 for his labors at the tables. Although Hardcastle may have been the winner, Canada had representatives there who brought the nation’s pride to the tables. Rayan Chamas finished second and won $308,703. Fellow Canadian Daniel Shak finished just behind in third and took home $212,459.
This victory, however, had not been Hardcastle’s first major success. Less than a month earlier, he had finished fourth when he accepted a four-way deal at the final table of the Poker Stars Blowout Series: $109 NLHE – The Big Blowout. It was a smart move that earned him $270,764 and, prior to his victory in Montreal, had been his highest score.
Poker tournaments are getting bigger and bigger. It’s hard for players not to be enticed by some of the huge sums up for grabs when in some cases the buy-ins are such a small investment in comparison. It’s also hard for observers not to watch fascinated as players battle it out at the table for that big money. Poker is in an amazing place right now.