Top poker tournaments with large prizes attract millions of players from all over the world. At different live events or online tournaments, both amateur and professional players can compete against others for cash prizes.
World Poker Tour (WPT)
The World Poker Tour is an annual event. When it was first held at the Wynn in Las Vegas in 2022, it broke all previous records. Eliot Hudson from Canada won the title and took away a prize of $4.1 million. At the very first WPT in 2003, the winner took home $1 million. This isn’t to be sneezed at but the large prize in 2022 showed just how popular the WPT has become. The starting field usually consists of about 2,500 players – both professionals and amateurs.
Parx Casino in Pennsylvania helped to kick off the 11th season of the WPT. The casino has made a name for itself by offering a lucrative poker series. It has a busy poker room and keeps building its brand by running poker tournaments. Poker players can also use a gambling app to play poker tournaments online from their mobile phones.
World Series of Poker (WSOP)
This series of events that take place in Las Vegas is like the World Cup of Poker. It happens in May and June, but there are online spin-offs throughout the year. There are over 80 events, and the main event often attracts more than 7,000 entrants. The world champion can win a prize of more than $10 million.
In 2003, accountant Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event and this caught the imagination of the public. Online poker began to flourish and the rise of gaming came in part from unexpected wins like this. Today, WSOP also hosts a series of online tournaments that take place throughout the year and attract players from all over the world.
PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC)
The PSPC is part of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. It’s a no-limit Hold’em Championship that costs $25,000 to enter. It attracts professional players worldwide to play in exotic locations. PokerStars offers many qualifiers and promotions so there are also amateurs as part of the playing field. It runs from January to February and typically attracts more than 1,000 players. Those who want to be rich fast may be impressed by the fact that the winner of the 2023 PSPC won $3.1 million.
Triton Super High Roller Series
This is a newer poker series that attracts established professionals. The average entry fee is about $10,000 or more, and it takes place in desirable locations all over the world. These high roller events usually attract fewer players than other tournaments and there may be anything from 40 to 200 players. Prizes can go up to $20 million or more, depending on the number of entrants and the entry fee.
European Poker Tour (EPT)
The EPT runs throughout the year and has been running since 2004. The main event can attract over 1,000 players. Many of them qualify online by taking part in satellite tournaments on PokerStars. The top prize for the main event is over $1 million.