Are you a big fan of video poker and considering playing in a poker tournament? Or maybe you are watching or planning to watch one of these awesome tournaments?
In any case, you might want to know a little more about this type of competition. If you’re considering taking part in a competition, you should of course know the basic rules and variations of this strategic table game.
Already a great player? Before making your buy-in at your favourite online casino, you should know that the longest continuous poker tournament lasted over 48 hours – and was listed as a Guinness World Record. But don’t worry too much about it; they usually last for about 5 to 7 hours.
Concerning the variations, some tournaments such as H.O.R.S.E. combine different types such as Hold’em Omaha, Stud and Stud Eight or Better, Razz and Dealer’s Choice. Most tournaments, however, commit to one type of game, usually stud or community card poker, Omaha Hold’em or Texas Hold’em.
How do Poker Tournaments work?
Let’s do a little recap and review some of the rules of poker tournaments, including online ones. Whenever it is possible, online competitions apply the same rules as live events.
Seating: determined by draw or by assignment. Changes of seats are not allowed after the game begins
A set amount of chips are placed on the table for each player, whether the person is present or not. If a paid entrant is absent at the start of an event, efforts will be made to contact him/her
Limits and blinds are raised at scheduled intervals
Players must be at their seat or within reach of it at the beginning of each hand or will be given a dead hand
What are the biggest poker tournaments in 2019?
Since their beginning in 1970, poker tournaments have become increasingly popular in casinos worldwide, because of both massive TV coverage (CBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN) and online casinos. Nowadays, the event gathers hundreds of thousands of viewers: in 2017, an average of 615 000 viewers followed the event on the small screen.
Given their incredible popularity, many tournaments spruced up over the years. In 2019, the biggest annual poker tournaments are:
World Series of Poker (WOSP): considered a global meeting point for the industry, its main event is a $10 000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament
World Poker Tour Championships (WPT): since its creation in 2002, this event has become one of the biggest poker tournaments. The main event is a 25 000 buy-in championship
World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP): this online tournament was created in 2002 and aimed to be the online equivalent of the WOSP. Facing the booming industry of online poker, the event slightly lacks the excitement of a live event but is still very well-known within the community
Who are the richest poker players in the world?
Do you want to know how much the richest poker players are worth? Here’s a top 3:
Erik Seidel: $40 millions – although a lot of his assets come from stock investment
Antonio Esfandiari: $23 millions
Sam Trickett: $17 millions
What are the biggest poker wins ever?
If you enjoy video poker and live poker, you’ve probably heard of the colossal wins scored by some players. Here are history’s biggest live poker wins:
$35 millions: in the 2012 WOSP edition, Antonio Esfandiari was the grand winner of the highest single poker tournament payout ever made. The last hand was filled with excitement as the crowd waited for the last card to be dropped, only to start cheering when Esfandiari won over the last hand
$15.3 millions: won by Don Coleman at the 2014 edition of WOSP. Played against Daniel Negreanu, Coleman played beautifully, winning a huge pot from his adversary only a few hands before the end
$10 millions: by beating Fedor Holz at the 2018 WOSP edition, Justin Bonomo not only brought home the big prize, he also earned his second bracelet of the series and became n°1 on the All Time Money List. In the last moments of the finale, Bonomo was able to recover from a dire situation and finally won with an AJ against an A4
How to win at online poker?
Are you ready to try your hand? Here are a few tips to win at online poker:
Get familiar with online poker
Start by playing low-stakes poker
Play in a distraction-free zone
Learn about software, they can help you learn more about players, take note, color-coding your adversaries by strength…