The World Poker Tour is probably the best known series of poker tournaments in the world after the World Series of Poker. Events are held around the world and they regularly attract the best players in the world. At the same time anybody who can pay the buy in can have the chance to play in these events and many players with little experience have actually managed to win events. The result is that the World Poker Tour now attracts a huge number of players to all of its events, many of them hoping that one big win can turn them into a poker star over night.
The World Poker Tour got its start in 2002 largely as a made for television event. It was recognized that poker was growing in popularity and that there was a demand for television programming featuring the top players in the world. The problem was that the only time that the top players got together to play was at the World Series of Poker which was a once a year event. The World Poker Tour was therefore created in order to have events year round so that the demand could be satisfied. Since then the WPT has become one of the biggest poker events in the world.
One of the reasons that the World Poker Tour has become so popular is that it gives anybody who wants to the chance to play against the best players in the world. You do not have to win your way into the event nor is entry by invitation only. All you have to do is pay the buy in and you can play. Of course the buy in can be quite hefty ranging from two thousand to twenty thousand dollars depending on the event. This naturally limits the number of people who play in the tournaments.
Over the years the World Poker Tour has started to adopt satellite tournaments in order to give more people the chance to participate. Players can enter these events for a low fee with the winners being able to compete in the main tournament. Initially this was done just to give players the chance to get into the main tournament but it has since been recognized that these events are an important part of building the tour’s brand and have really helped to make events more popular.
The World Poker Tour is a little bit different from some of the other major tournaments in that the only game played is Texas Hold’em. The main reason for this is that this is the game that people want to see on television. The event has grown to become a major event and one that any player would be proud to win. The fact that the bigger events have prizes of well over a million dollars is also a major factor in this.