Most online poker sites today are now hosting live poker tournaments for their amateur and experienced poker players. These tournaments involve a number of competing players from all over the world vying their spot to the finals and win huge jackpot amounts at stake. It usually happen in small live poker rooms of some online gaming sites or large tourneys usually streamed worldwide to its huge poker audience. There are also free online poker tournaments which can assist players hone their skills and strategies before participating in live events which require real money wagers and registration.
There are variations of live poker events hosted in different online poker platforms today. Some of these are exclusive tournaments for a specific game development company, regional dependent events, and worldwide poker championships. These events vary on the type of poker game they use in the tournaments, as well as their jackpots at stake. Nevertheless, they are all rewarding and exciting events for poker players out there to participate in.
Here are some of the biggest live poker tournaments and events being hosted worldwide:
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is considered as the largest world poker event ever developed and hosted for the huge gaming community. It is currently organized and owned by Caesars Entertainment which hosts the said event at the Rio Hotel and Casino annually. WSOP has constantly attracted more players and increased its audience reach, as the tournament grows and improve every year. It has truly reached its prestige as the most sought live poker event in the industry today.
The first ever WSOP tournament was managed by Benny Binion who chose the Horseshoe Casino as its debut location. It only hosted seven of the top poker players back then who were just invited to be part of the inaugural WSOP event. From there, WSOP has evolved through the years and has enticed more tournament players to participate and compete with each other.
Due to its prominence, present-day WSOP events are now being broadcasted live and streamed online through various streaming applications and platforms.
On the other hand, the World Poker Tour hosts series of poker events and tournaments happening in different parts of the world. These include regional hosting in Holland, Canada, United Kingdom, Korea, and the United States. The tour usually lasts for around 15 to 20 tournaments on the said regions - with the United States hosting most of the tourney events.
These tournaments will determine the final participants for the WPT World Championship who will compete for each other to win huge prizes and jackpot values at stake. The World Poker Tour usually last for several months until the champions event.
As mentioned, there are also regional poker tours and events exclusively hosted for select regions around the globe. These include the European Poker Tour, Latin America Poker Tour, Aussie Millions, Irish Open, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, and Ireland Poker Tour. These region-based tourneys give importance to their local players who want to develop their gaming skills before competing with some of the bests in worldwide poker events.
There are also exclusive poker tournaments hosted in the UK region. These include live pokie events like the Genting Poker Series Mini, Grosvenor UK Poker Tour, PokerStars Live London Series, and the APAT Championship. Each event has varying tournament details and gameplay which will be discussed below.
The Genting Poker Series (GPS) is one of the smallest yet well-regarded regional poker tournament hosted in the United Kingdom. It is currently hosted by Genting Casinos, a renowned gaming chain managed by the Genting Group. It started hosting pocket poker events in 2012 until 2015 and has produced numerous champions through the years.
Meanwhile, the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) is considered as the longest running local poker tournament in the UK. It made its debut in 2007 and since then has hosted various poker tours within the UK until 2015. It had also produced renowned poker players like James Mitchell, Sam Trickett, Neil Channing, and Jeff Kimber who were just podium finishers in GUKPT events they have participated on. GUKPT was managed by Grosvenor Casinos which is operated by the UK-based game developer, The Rank Group.
PokerStars Live London Series is a rebrand of the regular poker tournament hosted by the UK and Ireland Poker Tour and Hippodrome Classics. This series will have five standard poker events which will highlight four exclusive flights per event. It will include a special Saturday night turbo with the introduction of an entry per flight every event. PokerStars Live London will commence in mid-2017.
Lastly, the Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT) is a renowned organization of poker players in Europe which was introduced in 2006. It currently houses more than 20,000 members who are also active poker players in the industry.
APAT has two distinct roles in the regional poker community. First is its involvement in improving their players' experiences through various rules standardization, event sponsorships, and easy-to-understand gaming structures. Next is its management and production of live poker events and tournaments which are governed by various gaming bodies in the United Kingdom and the whole of Europe.
These include prominent poker tournaments like APAT World Championship, APAT Amateur Poker Championship, APAT World Team Championship, and many others.
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