If you have been monitoring the gambling world for the past few years, you will know that Texas Hold'em Poker has become one of the most popular card games on the planet. Using knowledge, skill, bluffing tactics and a tiny dash of luck, players have raked in the chips and walked away with astonishing prize money. All one needs to get involved is the willingness to learn and some time to practice.
Of course, with the rise in popularity, the online world has also benefited. You now have an array of options when it comes to online poker options, allowing you to test your skills against players from around the globe. Of course, the transition between online guru and pro poker player is possible, just ask Chris Moneymaker. Once you have mastered the art online, we want to show you just which tournaments you should be trying to get your name on the list for:
This annual tournament in Las Vegas attracted the biggest names in the sport and has become the most prestigious event around. This is where online player Chris Moneymaker made history, while many other poker pro's have also received the crown (as well as the prize money) since the contests inception in 1970.
- Aussie Millions:
Held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, the prize money has steadily increased since the series started in 1998 and the last two winners have pocketed a tidy $2 million for their efforts. The main event is the top paying tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Irish Poker Open:
Started in 1980, this is the longest running No Limit Texas hold'em tournament in Europe, and is only second on a global scale behind the World Series of Poker. In the 2010 event, James Mitchell (20) earned the title along with a bank-busting €600 000 profit.
- Asian Poker Tour:
Bringing poker to the Asia-Pacific region, this event holds tournaments in cities such as Manila and Macau. It was the first tournament to emerge in the region and has remained the biggest. Prize money has ranged between $150 000 and $600 000.
Run by the Partouche group, which owns and operates a number of casinos in France, started up in 2008, offering the winner a chance to walk away with €1 million. The last winner, Vanessa Selbst of the USA, earned a million Euros for her effort.