The Biggest Poker Tournaments in 20242 weeks ago
Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world, reflected in the thousands of poker tournaments held across the globe each year. Here are a few of the biggest tournaments taking place in 2024.
A Look Back at 2023
Before looking into 2024, we should look back at a few of 2023’s biggest poker tournaments.
European Poker Tour, Paris
The European Poker Tour held its first event in Paris last year. With a field of 1606 entrants, it was the sixth-largest tournament in European Poker Tour history and had a prize pool of nearly €8 million.
An unknown qualifier named Razvan Belea cruised to victory, taking home the most significant portion of the prize pool, which meant he pocketed a cool €1.1 million.
Eureka Poker Tour, Rozvadov
The Eureka Poker Tour (EPT) event held in Rozvadov was scheduled to have a prize pool of €1 million, but that was quickly surpassed, with the final prize pool standing closer to €2 million. With nearly 2000 participants, you had to be on your A-game to reach the final table.
German Jorg Schneegass stood above the rest and took home €187,000 in prize money. EPT Rozvadov 2023 was one of the biggest and most successful tournaments in EPT history.
54th World Series of Poker
You can’t speak about the biggest poker tournaments in the world without mentioning the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The 54th event took place at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas, with the final table on July 16 and 17.
Daniel Weinman took home the bracelet and the massive $12 million final table prize. Not only was this his second bracelet win, but it was also the biggest prize pool for a poker tournament in 2023.
World Series of Poker Europe 2023
The World Series of Poker Europe may not be as big as the WSOP event in Vegas, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t draw a crowd and a hefty prize pool. Austrian player Max Neugebauer took home the final prize of €1.5 million.
2024’s Biggest Poker Events
2024 is another bumper year for poker tournaments, and here are a few of the biggest ones that players will be competing in.
55th World Series of Poker
The 2024 iteration of the WSOP will occur between May 28 and July 17 this year. With the 2023 WSOP tournament being one of the biggest in its history, with over 10,000 entrants, the bar has been set high, and the 2024 tournament has its eyes set on beating it.
While it is still unclear which famous faces and pros will be making an appearance, it is safe to say that Daniel Weinman will most likely be trying to defend his title, considering how easy he made it look last year.
Irish Open 2024
The Irish Poker Open is one of the longest-running tournaments outside of Vegas and the oldest European tournament. It is considered one of the must-play and must-watch tournaments on the international poker calendar.
With guaranteed prize money of €1 million, that is sure to go up — considering last year, the winner took home over €2 million. Whether you love poker or are a casual fan, this tournament can’t be missed.
European Poker Tour
The European Poker Tour is the biggest poker event held in Europe and takes place between February and December in five different cities: Paris, Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Cyprus, and Prague.
With last year’s prize pool ranging from €700,000 to nearly €1.5 million, there will be over €6 million up for grabs in the tournaments this year.
US Poker Open
The US Poker Open is a series of live events taking place in April. The high-stakes games have buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, and there are typically ten tournaments in each series.
Cash prizes are available at the end of each tournament. Still, the overall winner is decided by their results across the entire series, meaning one final table or main event win doesn’t guarantee you the big prize at the end of it all.
The BSOP Millions
The BSOP Millions tournament will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in November of this year. It is being held at the WTC Sheraton Hotel. While details are still space, considering last year's tournament had the biggest prize pool ever in Latin America, the 2024 tournament will undoubtedly break more records.
In summary, 2023 was a massive year for poker and poker tournaments worldwide, and 2024 will be just as big or even bigger. There will be far too much to watch, with tournaments across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. On the other hand, you could take a stab yourself and put your poker skills to the test against some of the best.
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