Poker saw its big boom at the hands of publicized poker tournaments. Poker tournaments had been around for years, since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that the games started to be filmed and broadcast widely. The introduction of hole-card cameras made poker a spectator sport allowing viewers to follow along and join in the drama. Two of the biggest tournaments, World Series of Poker (WSOP) and World Poker Tour (WPT) were broadcast bringing an ever-widening coverage of the game.
There are many tournaments for poker but none more sought after than the Big Three. This includes WSOP, the Aussie Millions and the recent PokerStars Championship. WSOP (World Series of Poker) is held every year in Las Vegas. Starting with just seven top players in 1970, it is now host to thousands of players of all levels each year. With 65 different events covering a wide range of poker variants, WSOP caters specifically to those who prefer Texas Hold’em with the vast majority of the tournament catering to this version.
The Aussie Millions is a more recent addition to poker as it only began in 1997. Held in Melbourne, Australia it is considered to be the biggest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. This tournament caters to the super high rollers and holds the record for some of the biggest buy-ins in history with a Super High Roller buy in at $250,000 and it is not even the main event!
The final tournament in the Big Three is the very new PokerStars Championship. In fact, so new that 2017 will mark its first year. Held in the Bahamas, Panama and Macau it continued through Monaco and will finish up in Barcelona this August. Mixing gaming with beautiful sites and amazing cities, PokerStars Championship is the place to be.
With so many tournaments on offer, any level of poker player can have a go and potential get that big win.