Poker officially began in the United States of America back in the 19th century and ever since then has taken the world by storm because of its popularity. The card game which is a perfect mixture of skill, strategy and gambling has been a personal favorite of youth, but primarily the middle-aged men – not only as an avenue for making big bucks but also to enhance their strategic skill set. As a member of the card game family, poker is one of the few that has not been completely eradicated by the digitized versions; the physical presence of poker games and poker tournaments is popular among the masses and is expected to increase exponentially with the caliber and level maintained. Although it began in the USA, enthusiasts of poker and professional players are spread across the globe that unites at various global tournaments and showcases their skills, alongside filing up their pockets.
1)World Poker Tour Championships
The World Poker Tour Championship is one of the largest and most renowned tournaments that take place. It is relatively older to its counterparts due to the fact that it was inaugurated in 2002 by a renowned personality which further aided the journey of success for the WPT. Steven Lipscomb is an attorney and television producer who stepped on this venture. During that time, Steven was also performing as the CEO of WPT Enterprise. It fancies various types of poker games, therefore, the buy-ins vary from $3000-$25000. The tournament now enters its 16th year and like always, will be broadcasted in 150 countries via Fox Sports Regional Network.
2)European Poker Tour
The European Poker Tour can be considered as a subsidiary of the World Poker Tour. Not only does it work in lines similar to that of the WPT, but the sponsors of both tournaments also happen to be the same. The series of tournaments are almost identical. John Duthie, the founder, started this venture in 2004. His background with poker is also studded with laurels. The wave that took most games by storm was that of Texas Hold’em and this tournament was a brainchild of that too. The viewership for this tournament spans to almost 974 million people – a reflection of its popularity. When the tournament was held in Berlin in 2010, huge chaos erupted when four armed, masked men entered the premises of the tournament and robbed people. Some parts of the scenario were broadcasted until the cameras were cut.
3)World Championship of Online Poker
It is no news that a lot of our day to day lifestyle has been digitized so are our recreational activities. With that, poker also fashions a lot of online presence, therefore it makes the most sense to have a tournament of a great level on the internet too. World Championship of Online Poker came into being in 2002 by PokerStars. One of its kind tournaments has a series of events with varied prizes and buy-in levels.
4)PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Co-sponsors of the event are PokerStars and WPT. Since 2004, the event schedules 50 games over the span of 10 days with a prize pool of over 20 million dollars. Amplifying the exoticism, the event is held on the Atlantic Paradise Island.
5)World Series of Poker
World Series Poker came into being in 2004 with the help of Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation. The event takes place annually in Las Vegas and ever since the inaugural, has experienced massive waves of expansion, helping it to achieve increased popularity over the years. By the end of 2017, it consisted of 74 events featured the most famous poker variants. The event attracts thousands from across the world out of which the winner of the main event is awarded the title of poker champion.