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The Best Poker Tournaments Around the World & India

When it comes to playing poker, tournaments are now the most popular method of doing so. Players in poker tournaments pay an entrance fee and then fight for a share of the prize pool, which sets them apart from those in cash games. For the competition, the blind levels will rise and fall predictably. A tournament officially concludes only when a player has all of their chips.

Popular Poker Tournaments around the world

1. World Series Of Poker ( WSOP)

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is your best bet if you’re looking for a big poker event. The competition attracts tens of thousands of participants. In 1970, Benny Binion summoned seven best-known poker players to the Horseshoe Casino for a single tournament, with a defined start and end time and a winner decided by a secret vote of the seven participants. It continued to grow in popularity yearly, with more and more people participating.

Since its inception in 1970, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been regarded as the pinnacle of professional poker success. In the end, the world’s greatest poker player will be crowned.

$80,548,600 was the prize pool at the 2019 World Series of Poker Las Vegas, and the winner took home $10 million in cash. A bracelet for the winner’s house is an extra prize. With this bracelet, the world champion and best in the world player may be identified.

It’s not only the United States that hosts the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The WSOP variants are as follows:

  • WSOP Las Vegas
  • WSOP Online Poker
  • WSOP U.S Circuit
  • WSOP Europe Circuit
  • WSOP International Circuit

2. World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) 

An online poker event that attracts participants from all corners of the globe is happening now. Poker Stars is the official tournament sponsor. Every September, PokerStars hosts the World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament.

The World Series Of Poker Online (WCOOP) began in 2002 and is the online version of the tournament. The WCOOP has a wide selection of Poker games, with Texas Hold’em being the most popular. Buy-ins and prize pools vary by game type, so players should shop around.

All three major poker variants are available: Limit, Pot-Limit poker, and No Limit. H.O.R.S.E. is an eight-player no-limit Texas Hold’em variant based on the H.O.R.S.E. card game. Poker Stars hosted 186 separate events during the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker. There were 2,044 participants in the main event of the 2018 WCOOP, and the winner took home $1,352,967,97. This year’s Main Event has a prize pool of millions of dollars. The main event’s buy-in was $5,200 in No-Limit Texas Hold’em.

3. Triton Super High Roller Series 

A number of the largest poker events are held by Triton Poker throughout the globe, including in the United States. There are various poker tournaments offered by Triton Poker, just as there are on PokerStars.

The Triton Million poker event this year had a prize pool of $65,660,000. $33,100,000 was awarded to the winner. This is a high-stakes event attended mostly by corporate executives and seasoned telestakes participants. It’s not for everyone.

Millions of poker fans tune in each year to see the top players go head-to-head to see who can emerge victorious.

4. Big One for One Drop

A $1,000,000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em event is held during the World Series of Poker, known as the “Big One for One Drop” (WSOP). It was launched in 2012 and quickly became the most expensive poker event in history and the richest single prize. One of the world’s largest poker tournaments may be attributed to the fact that the buy-in price is so high.

It’s well-known that the One Drop Foundation, founded by Cirque du Soleil creator Guy Laliberté and dedicated to water projects, receives a large portion of each Player’s buy-in during this event.

The buy-in for this particular event is one million dollars. Thus it is not for everyone. However, the competition raised substantial money for the charity One Drop-in only four years ago. It takes place between June and July as a three- or four-day event. With more than $40 million in prizes, the tournament’s champion often takes home more than $10 million.

5. World Poker Tour Championships (WPT)

WPT is a worldwide televised gaming and entertainment brand. The World Poker Tour has hosted international poker tournaments and a television series, including playdowns and final tables since it began in 2002. In terms of poker tournaments, this is by far the largest.

This year’s WPT Champions Club is open to the champions of legitimate WPT Main Tour events, which have a buy-in between $3,500 and $25,000. As a result of winning WPT Main Tour events, victors get the WPT Champions Cup, which includes their engraved names.

Winners receive prize money above $1 million. Fans across the globe tune in to watch the action unfold from their living rooms and on television. Poker tournaments for women exclusively began in 2008 with the establishment of the Women’s Professional Tour (WPT). Prize money ranges from $300 to $1500, and the average buy-in is between these two extremes.

Biggest Poker Tournaments in India

1. Indian Poker Championship

The Indian Poker Championship (IPC) is an annual poker event hosted in Goa, India, since 2010. It is organized by Spartan Poker, a company that also offers online poker games. The ‘Main Event’, which takes place once a year, is the centerpiece of IPC activities.

This year’s International Poker Championship (IPC) in Goa had a prize pool of 5 crores, an increase from the previous year’s total of 4 crores. Also in attendance was one of the world’s most prominent poker players, Dan Bilzerian.

The IPC has been offering Player of the Year honors since 2011 to the finest players, who get free entry to all IPC tournaments for the full year. The Indian Online Poker Championship has also been created by Spartan Poker, with a prize pool of 28 crores in the 2021 edition.

2. Deltin Poker Tournament

In 2016, the Deltin Group, one of India’s largest casino operators, and Adda52, a famous online poker platform, launched the DPT. The first tournament was a financial success with a total prize fund of Rs. 1 crore. There were three more events that year with larger prize pools because of the extraordinary popularity.

The Deltin Denzong in Sikkim hosted the DPTX or PPT Xpress, a new series of poker tournaments for lower-stakes players. DPTX has a comparatively low buy-in of 15,000, and the prize pools are likewise lower, with the winners taking home anything from 3 to 10 lakhs. The DPT Colossus Super High Roller series, which includes a buy-in of $200,000 and prize pools frequently exceeding $1 million, is open to anyone who wants to wager more.

3. Baazi Poker Tour

PokerBaazi, one of India’s largest online poker sites, started BPT in 2016. The PokerBaazi Live room of the Majestic Pride Casino, an offshore casino in Goa, hosts the tournament yearly. A total of over 5 crores in cash and prizes were awarded to the winners of the tournament’s 2019 edition, which attracted over 1300 participants. Future editions are expected to be larger and better, with four to six annual events planned for the next several years. For the premier High Roller event, the buy-ins at the BPT range from 35-50 thousand to 1 lakh.

Conclusion

Thousands of people participate in these tournaments. The main reason people widely join is because of the huge amount of cash. But some people love to participate because of the adrenalin rush. 

FAQs

1. How to win poker tournaments?

To win a poker tournament, you must practice and have a strategic approach. Read books, blogs, and forums, watch videos to understand tournament tactics, and play mindfully.

2. Which one is better: WSOP or WPT?

Anyone who can afford the WSOP’s $1,500-$50,000 buy-in range and the WPT’s $2,500-$25,000 buy-in level is eligible to participate. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) winner is known as the World Champion of Poker.

3. Does tipping the dealer in WSOP help?

To show your appreciation, it is customary to give the dealer a little tip after winning large in a real-world poker game. When playing online poker games like the World Series of Poker, you can honor this long-standing tradition by enabling this feature.

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