The World Series of Poker is the premier poker tournament in the world due to the fact that it attracts most of the players and it has been around for almost half a century.
Meanwhile, other flagship competitions have been introduced and since 2000 to the World Poker Tour is keeping players at the edge of their seats.
Overall, it has the most stops in the world and brings together tens of thousands of players, with some of the most important tournaments taking place in the United States.
World Poker Tour information
Unlike other poker series that present poker fans with a chance of shifting from one genre to the other, this one focuses exclusively on Texas hold‘em no limit. This is not an inconvenient at all, because this type of poker is in by far the most popular worldwide both in land-based venues and over the Internet.
In fact, many online gambling operators are running satellites and qualifiers, which serve the purpose of sending winners to live tables without paying the buy ins.
World Poker Tour is made of several events and each of them takes place in another city, so those who are truly committed travel from place to the other. The gaming experience is enhanced by this constant movement and with a nice selection of main events and side events, both beginners and veterans have good reasons to stick around.
Those who suffer an untimely elimination from the poker tournaments also have the option of sitting down at cash game tables, which are organized at each stop.
How to attend the World Poker Tour
The most straightforward way of participating is by traveling to the city where the next stop takes place and buy in for the full amount. The least expensive tournament will set you back $3000 while the most expensive ones will require a buy-in of $25,000.
These are of course the main events, because there are side tournament that have reasonable buy-ins that are not prohibitive even for beginners.
The other way of becoming a part of this competition is by participating in qualifiers and satellites over the Internet or at the premises. These cost only a fraction of the buy-in and depending on how much you are willing to commit you will have to go through one or more qualifiers.
The side events don’t have such satellites, but the sheer buy-in is affordable for players from all the walks of life
The winners will receive a lot of money and also a bracelet which explains the popularity of the World Poker Tour in the United States and Europe alike.
The best attendance yet is the one recorded in May 2010 in Paris, when 247 players spend €10,000 to participate in the main event.
More information about World Poker Tour : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Poker_Tour