Poker remains as one of the most popular card games around.
Despite the number of variations, poker players aim for a common goal: to win the pot.
The best hand gets the pot.
It can be tricky at most times but that is what makes poker an addicting and popular game.
Poker tournaments often offer the best venue to test a player’s aptitude and skills.
So which poker tournaments should players attend at least in their life?
There are a few worth checking out.
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World Series of Poker Circuit New Orleans
The winner gets a spot at the biggest and most popular poking tournament around: The World Series of Poker.
A seat in the WSOP is most coveted among poker players and WSOP Circuit New Orleans offers you a ticket to that seat.
In 2013, the event gathered 762 entries in the $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event. This was the largest turnout in the tournament’s history.
The prize pool also reached up to $1,143,000. The 2013 winner was Luke Graham with total earnings of $228,600 and 912 POY Points.
New Orleans offers a good weather and a community of friendly people to make your stay worthwhile.
Latin American Poker Tour Brazil
There are many Latin American Poker Tour events.
But if there is one tournament you should check out, it should be the Brazil stop. Around 90 percent of the players are Brazilians.
Brazil has one of the best groups of players around so poker enthusiasts should find the event a great challenge.
Last 2013, the event played host to 750 players.
Renowned Team PokerStars Pro like Andre Akkari and Leo Fernandez were among the participants. Victor Sbrissa took home the final pot. He won in the $4,000 buy-in event collecting up to $255,400 in prize.
Brazil offers some of the best carnivals and festivals around. You can be treated to an excellent line of parties.
Carnival swings from February to March. Most LAPT events turn up near the date so you can enjoy parties for a few weeks out.
If you want some Down Under experience then Aussie Millions should do the trick.
The event takes place in January in the middle of Melbourne’s summertime.
You can come across some of poker’s most popular stars.
Ivey won the final table for LK Boutique $250k Aussie Millions Challenge. He took home $4 million in prize.
You can also check out the line of Yarra for some good food joints.
The World Series of Poker
What better way to play poker than in the heart of world’s largest betting capital?
The event stayed in Las Vegas starting 2005. As the name implies, it is the tournament for the world’s best including the biggest pots.
As a winner you get a World Series of Poker bracelet including a monetary prize depending on buy-in amounts and number of entrants.
Every year, the tournament concludes with the $10,000 no-limit hold’em “Main Event.” The bracelet and cash prize is considered as the most coveted among poker players today.
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA)
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is an annual televised poker tournament that was first held in 2004.
The event has always taken place in the Bahamas, which has always been known for its stellar beaches and breath taking islands.
In addition to the abundant natural resources of the Bahamas, the locals are also very friendly.
Poker fans will surely enjoy their visit to the PCA. The poker games are unlike any other plus the excellent environment.
European Poker Tournament
The Pokerstars European Poker Tour (EPT) is similar to the World Poker Tour (WPT).
It is a series of games under John Duthie – best known for being man who won the inaugural Poker Million tournament.
You can watch the tournament via Sunset + Vine across Europe. You may have to find a different broadcast channel if you are somewhere else.
For the first initial three seasons, people can see the difference among the competing poker tours through the prize pool effect and the buy-ins. The EPT has a lower buy-in compared to the WPT which is at 50 percent lower.
World Poker Tour
The World Poker Tour or (WPT) is another series of global poker games.
The tournament is best known for its television association where the final table is broadcasted.
The tournament is the brainchild of Steven Lipscomb. He is best known as an attorney and television producer who became the CEO of WPT Enterprises (WPTE).
It is the same company that managed the World Poker Tour until November 2009. It was in 2008 when the tournament began providing bracelets to its winners.
Those who took home the final pots in the prior events were provided with bracelets retroactively. PartyGaming declared in 2009 that it purchased WPTE with $12,300,000 deal.
If you are a poker enthusiast then you should attend these spectacular Poker-related events. They offer you a one of a kind experience you will definitely remember.
You can see many places and interact with a lot of interesting people with these poker tournaments. They are not just about poker but the experience of playing it.
If you want to know how the best are doing it then these are the best venue. While you may not win pots as other players, the techniques you can learn are definitely worth it. You can work on them to win your pots in the future.
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