Charles Lamb once defined poker as cards are war, in disguise of a sport. Poker is possibly the most competitive and sparking card game of our times. It has a history, a present and a future. Be it in a casino or in a house, you will come across players playing poker along with the buzz that comes with the game. It can be played in a live casino, at home or even at internet as well.
Basics of poker include betting on a particular card combination the game has many variants. It start from the player on the right side and proceed to the left most player. Now the rest of the players must match the maximum bet or fold as simple as that. The player who matches the bet may raise the bet it depends on him whether he want to or not.
The striking feature associated with poker is that it has become a casino game where people seek a future. Yes, in the present times we use the term “professional poker player” and they are making big bucks out of the game. Players like Joe Cada, Phill Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Nagerau, Tom Durrr, Doyle Brunsun, Chris Furgursun can be seen while participating on various poker tournaments on ESPN and other sports channel. These tournaments feature big prize money and are held by the world’s best casino. These poker tournaments are some very serious events with some real serious money.
The poker tournament venues are different, be a land based casino.
The top poker tournaments:
World Series Of Poker: This poker tournament was first played in Las Vegas ( Nevada) in 1970’s. WSOP was the brainchild of Jack Binion and Jeffrey Pollack. Mainly three games are played in WSOP which are Texas Hold’em(limit/no limit), Omaha and Razz. Being a very prestigious poker tournament, it has witnessed some glorious moments in the history of poker. Last year saw, Joe Cada, age 21 winning a whopping $ 8.5 M. It can be open or invitational and mostly holdin’ Las Vegas.
Although some online poker companies allow its players the chance to qualify for it. A World Series of Poker bracelet is given to the winner of an event. The total prize money of this tournament is a huge one which will grow as the number of players entering the tournament is increasing. This years WSOP will start from 27 may to July 17 (2010).
The winners of WSOP for last five years are:
Joe Cada in 2009
Peter Eastgate in 2008
Jerry Yang in 2007
Jamie Gold in 2006
Joe Hachem in 2005
World Poker Tour: World poker tour involve world’s best professional poker players competing with each other to reach the ultimate spot. Games which are played in WPT are Texas Hold’em but Omaha(hi/lo) and 7 card stud has witnessed huge player turnouts from the past many years. The way it is different from other tournaments is that its a series of poker tournaments rather than a single tournament. WPT was started in USA in 2002 and is based on WPT points systems offered to the players with winner getting the highest 1000 pts and 700 pts to runner up. Faraz Jaka is the player of the year for season 2009-2010.
Steven Lipscomb is the present working commissioner of WPO. The winners of the last five seasons involve:
J. C. Tran
European Poker Tour: It is the main reason behind the popularity of Texas Hold’em poker. EPT is owned by pokerstars.com and is broadcasted on television by Sunset + vine.. It is very similar to WPT because it also has championship matches just like WPT. Players from USA has won maximum times in this event followed by UK and Germany. In European poker tour 8 players constitutes the final table while in WPT the number of players that constitutes the table is 6. Top 5 prizes of EPT are won by the players that follows:
Pieter de Korver