Poker is still seen as being a glamorous gambling past time. The wins can be huge and the game itself requires skill and patience. And of course the ultimate poker face. A game of lies and bluff, it has a long history and still retains an intense popularity to this day.
Along the love of the game, it has now become huge in poker tournaments where the best of the best play against each other, pitting wits, straight faces and nerves of steel against each other in an effort to win the converted best poker player in the world title.
Over the last eight years, the World Series of Poker Main Event has been seen as the largest poker tournament in terms of the prize money. A buy-in of $10,000 to this prestigious event the prize money can be huge. In fact in 2006 the prize pool was a huge $82,512,162. This one is still seen as the most prestigious of all events and attracts professionals and amateurs alike, all eager to test their card skills.
Some other high pool games on offer were the Macau High Stakes Challenge with a decent pot of $23, 511, 128 in 2012 and the Super High Roller Bowl with $21,500,000 in 2015. With prizes and incentives this big, it is no wonder that these tournaments are so popular and growing every year.
For the more discerning connoisseur of the sport, there is the World Poker Tour World Championship. A huge buy-in of $25,000 ensures that the field is the best of the best. If you want to test your skills, this is where to do it. The top players are all right here making this one of the most challenging poker fields out there.For an online option nothing beats the PokerStars Sunday Million. For an easy $215 buy-in and the ability to sit in comfort at home, regular quarter of a million payouts are exceptional and not something to miss out on. Plus this one happens on a weekly basis.
When talking about the tops in poker then the obvious is Daniel Negreanu. He has been named Global Poker Index player of the decade simply because of his consistent form and excellent game play in live play. He has also won World Series bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe and Australia. A feat, that no one else has managed to achieve. And with a cool $30, 469,551 in winnings to his name, what more proof could you need?
Running a close second and a highly popular player is Antonio Esfandiari. Playing for over a decade he has made 6 figures wins every single year since 2004! With such glamour and cash around, poker tournaments are here to stay.