Biggest Poker Tournaments

Every poker player's dream is to play in any of the year's biggest poker tournaments because how often we get to see final tables broadcasted where the winner takes down a massive prize such as $8.7 million won by Pius Heinz in 2011 WSOP Main Event. These events do change your life forever and even if you do not win, you get to play among the best poker players in the world and gain valuable experience. Plus, if you win a package online you get to travel around the world for free. To win a package online you do not need hundreds in your poker account. You can find some satellites to any of the biggest tournaments and win a package even for free. But before you go, let us tell you more about the biggest live poker tournaments that you should pay attention if any of the satellites at the online poker rooms start.

World Series of Poker

World Series of Poker
World Series of Poker

Started out in 1970 as one table invitational tournament for the best players of that time World Series of Poker has gotten significantly larger in all aspects. In terms of prizes it now has hundreds of millions of dollars in combined prizepools, in terms of players – tens of thousands of players come to play every year. Moreover, up to 2007 the biggest poker tournament was held once a year in Las Vegas, but as the popularity grew WSOP was launched in Europe, Africa (WSOP Circuit) and in Australia (WSOP Asia Pacific in 2013)

World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour is also a seasonal series of poker tournaments and the main competitor of WSOP. The biggest international poker tournament is usually stretched for the most of the year. It started in 2002 and in 2012/2013 there will be already Season XI of the World Poker Tour. Along with every Poker Tournament of the Season, there is also a Leaderboard that is conquered by the overall biggest winner of the whole poker tournament season. So far, the record for the largest wins in WPT is held by Marvin Rettenmaier

In 2008 there was a special WPT tour dedicated to the woman players. All 5 events were held throughout USA. Since it's WPT Ladies is still one of the largest live poker events for women.

European Poker Tour

European Poker Tour
European Poker Tour

European Poker Tour is a tournament managed by the largest online poker room – Pokerstars. It goes along with similar tournaments to Asia Pacific Poker Tour, UK & Ireland Poker Tour and others largest poker tournaments of the area. EPT is a seasonal poker series with around 7 to13 stops in all parts of the Europe. The prizes in these events are some of the largest in poker tournament history worldwide including $$3.196.354 won by Glen Chorny and $3.056.255 won by Pieter de Korver. The buy-ins range from €5000 to €10.000 for the entry to the biggest tournament of the season but it is always worth it with prizepools exceeding €10.000.000 almost every time.

Biggest Poker Tournaments Online

This would not be fair to the online poker which has played a big part in boosting the popularity of poker if we would not mentions some of the largest poker tournaments held online. Even though you may be in your living room sitting in your robe, at the same time you may be playing at the final table of a poker tournament with the likes of Daniel Negreanu for the main prize exceeding $1 million.

So, here are some of the largest poker tournaments online:

  • WCOOP, SCOOP, Micro Millions – largest poker tournament series online held at Pokerstars. Prizepools exceed $200.000.000 with at least $1 Million Main Events.
  • Sunday Millions – the largest poker tournament in Pokerstars set for every Sunday Evening
  • Million Tournament – the largest poker tournament at Party Poker held four times a year
  • $200.000 GTD – the biggest online poker tournament in iPoker Network
  • Sunday $100.000 – the biggest online poker tournament in 888 Network