The 10 Best Poker Tournaments of 2018
As a poker enthusiast, we’re sure that you don’t want to miss out on any of the thrilling poker action in 2018. Whether you want to participate or watch from the comfort of your home, there is always something going on in the poker world.
World Series of Poker
The WSOP is the most recognizable and the biggest name in the international poker industry. It has been around for almost 40 years. This year, the WSOP circuit is in its 15th iteration. It will take part in the latter half of the year with the first event kicking off on 29th of May and the final may event landing on the 17th of July.
Each stop on the circuit will have a number of events with numerous buy-ins and a £980 main event buy-in. The popularity of this circuit is so great that this year there will be 7,874 players leading to a prize pool of $74,015,600. The lucky winner will take home a show-stopping $8,800,000.
World Poker Tour Championships
The WPT is second only to the WSOP’s yearly circuit in terms of popularity. The 2018-2019 season will be its 17th circuit. The first half of the season will start with the WPT Gardens Poker Festival running from the 21st-26th of July at The Gardens Casino.
The final event for 2018 will be the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the famous Bellagio from the 10th to the 15th of December. The event schedule for 2019 is yet to be released. Last year’s player of the year was Art Papazyan, and Matt Waxman was the winner of the final WPT Tournament of Champions.
Crown Australian Poker Championship
Commonly known as the ‘Aussie Millions,’ the Crown Australian Poker Championship is the biggest poker competition down under. This year, the winner, Toby Lewis claimed the title as well as £814,460 and a diamond-encrusted gold bracelet by ANTON Jewellery.
The growing popularity of the event also saw it draw a record number of 800 participants. The event is held at Australia’s premier casino, the Crown Casino in Southbank, Victoria. It’s held in January each year with the satellite events in 2018 running from the 7th to the 21st and the main event on Sunday the 4th of February.
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
PokerStars is by far the most prominent online poker casino, and as such, it’s not surprising at all that they host one of the world’s top poker competitions. The tournament took place from the 6th-14th of January, serving up 9 days of action-packed live poker. The eventual winner, Cary Katz, walked away with a £1,120,000 prize.
It takes part in the Atlantis resort in Nassau, Bahamas. The exotic location adds to the drama (and party atmosphere) of this much-looked-forward-to tournament. The buy-in for the main event is a staggering £7,500.
PPC Aruba Poker World Championship
Do we even need to tell you anything about this poker tournament other than the fact that it takes place in the beautiful, tropical paradise of Aruba? This super-popular 11-event series will attract over 200 players this year with a relatively high £1,800 buy-in.
On top of competing in the luxurious Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, the winner will walk away with a guaranteed £377,342 cash prize. The satellites will start on the 3rd of November with the main event scheduled for the 8th. It forms part of and acts as the main event for the Players Poker Championship.
World Championship of Online Poker
Online poker is already a huge industry in its own right, the proof of which is the numerous online poker casinos with millions and millions of active players. As the biggest casino on the block, it’s only natural that PokerStars would host the WCOOP, the world’s largest online poker tournament.
You can watch the tournament live just like any other real-life poker event. The events typically run through the whole month of September. At the time of writing, the schedule for the WCOOP 2018 has yet to be announced, so keep an eye open for it.
European Poker Tour
Next up is the European Poker Tour. As you might have guessed, this is basically the European version of the WTP. It’s very similar in structure and organization. There was no ETP in 2017, so followers will be chomping at the bit to see this legendary and iconic tournament return in 2018.
The first events kicked off at the end of March in Sochi with the second at the end of April/beginning of May in Monte Carlo. The final event will take place in the Casino Atrium Prague from December 7th-18th with the main event running from the 13th-18th.
Spring Championship of Online Poker
Because one online poker tournament isn’t enough, PokerStars SCOOP is for those who can’t stand to wait a year until the next WCOOP. As you might’ve guessed, it happens in spring each year in the month of May.
This year was special, as it served as a celebration of the tournament’s 10th year. During the whole tournament, there was over £75,000,000 in guaranteed prize money. It’s a bit more accessible than the WCOOP as it features low, medium and high-stakes competitions.
Asian Poker Tour
Poker has really grown as a sport in Asia over the last few decades, leading to the rise in popularity of the ATP. The tournament starts in January and runs all the way through early December. Some of its biggest and most popular events are at Macau Billionaire Poker, Paradise Casino Seoul and Resorts World Manilla.
For now, the buy-ins and stakes aren’t as high as those of the ETP, WTP, WSOP or PPC, however, they are growing each year. This year, the finale will take place in the Macau Billionaire Poker venue from the 27th of November until the 8th of December.
Card Player Poker Tour
CPPT is a live poker circuit brought into existence by Card Player Media, the same company that publishes the widely read Card Player magazine and is an authoritative voice on all things poker. It’s currently in its 6th season. Each season usually starts in early January (this year on the 4th at Live! Casino and Hotel) and ends in December.
For 2018, you can find the full schedule up until the October 1st-21st event at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino, while the rest is yet to be released. Buy-ins and winnings are typically lower than some of the other tournaments, opening the doors to almost anyone.
Get Ready For Poker in 2018!
There you go! It’s time to polish off those chips or get ready to watch the best poker tournaments in 2018. Don’t miss any of the high-stakes, hair-raising bets or jaw-dropping grand prizes. As you can see, no matter what the time of year is, where in the world you’re located or what your bankroll is, there is always an option for you.