World most important poker tournaments
Some historians believe that the origins of poker dates back 2000 years. Whether true or not, the truth is that poker has evolved over time and continues to do so; becoming nowadays, one of the most played card games around the world. Both traditional poker and online poker are world-famous games that attract gamblers from every corner of the planet.
Currently, there are several live poker tournaments around the world. Just as there are tons of competitions and leagues for different sports, there are also a wide variety of events where poker lovers can gamble against each other and have the opportunity to win great prizes, recognition and show their skills to the world through TV or internet.
Poker tournaments are classified in different ways, they can be formulated by the number of participants among other aspects. However, the combination of all these elements is what makes a poker tournament considered the best.
Most important world poker championships
– The World Series of Poker (WSOP): This is the most important and prestigious set of poker tournaments in the world. It was created in 1970 and it is made up of 55 tournaments (or events) around the world throughout most of the year, which are played in different types of poker and variable registration prices. It involves tens of thousands of players hoping to win a major prize. The variants of this tournament are Las Vegas, Online Poker, U.S. Circuit, Europe Circuit and International Circuit. Among the 55 events, the one with the greatest worldwide recognition and whose winner is said to be the World Poker Champion is known as the Main Event, which is played in the mode of Texas Hold’em
This tournament has been the leader for more than 50 years, and it is considered the largest tournament in history. Its popularity continues to grow year by year.
In this competition, there are no fixed figures. The winnings that the champions receive depend on the bets placed by the participants themselves. In 2020, the winner of this tournament was Joe Hebert, a 38-year-old American player.
– World Online Poker Championship (WCOOP): This tournament was organized for the first time in 2002. It is the equivalent to the World Series of Poker, but online and it is available worldwide, as it represents online poker. It takes place in September of each year and, due to its popularity, prizes of up to more than 10 million dollars have been awarded.
Because this tournament is on the web it has the ability to serve participants, providing them with an excellent poker experience. The most famous variant of poker played in this tournament is Texas Hold’em.
– The Triton Super High Roller Series (Triton Poker): Also composed of several events in the world, all conducted by Triton Poker. All events have different size and purchase requirements, however, not everyone can participate in such events, since they are usually somewhat expensive (between six to seven figures). Even though this tournament is less known than the World Series of Poker, it is very famous because it has big prize events that the entire poker community loves. The winner receives a millionaire prize.
– World Poker Tour: This competition was created in 2002 and many of the most popular professional poker players around the world participate in it. Its format is similar to the World Series of Poker but players travel around the world, since the events are organized in popular casinos.
The WPT is available on TV channels to be enjoyed by viewers everywhere. Additionally, winners are awarded points based on their rankings in order to position the participants in a ranking to show who is the best.
– European Poker Tour: It was created in 2004, and it is the newest of all recognized poker tournaments, and it takes place in Europe. Each competition is handled as a season, as if it were a series, and they are available to watch on TV channels all over Europe.
Probably one of the most significant differences between the WPT, the WSOP and the EPT is that their final tables are made up of 6, 9 and 8 participants, respectively.
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